Yoga Vacation Program
January 9 — 16, 2024

Analyzing Ananda

Insights from Taittiriya Upanishad

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

The word “ananda” is perhaps the most used and the least understood word in the spiritual compendium. Vedanta, the knowledge of oneself as limitlessly whole, is incomplete without getting a grasp of what ananda means. We translate this variously as “bliss,” “joy” and so on, but it is an elusive concept at best, an abstraction of sorts. The Taittiriya Upanishad offers a unique analysis of ananda, assimilating which one is freed of fear and sorrow. In this week-long retreat, we will study selections from this Upanishad to gain the direct knowledge of ananda as the truth of oneself.

Offered in morning and evening satsang and afternoon workshops daily (subject to change).

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati, PhD, is a widely-recognized scholar of Advaita Vedanta, teaching internationally through lectures and seminars. She is a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayanandaji Saraswati and is known for her expertise in interreligious engagement and Advaita Vedanta. She is the Acharya of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam and its centers throughout the United States.

As a founding member of the Global Women’s Peace Initiative, Swamini Svatmavidyananda has travelled throughout the world to address the challenges that face humanity on a global scale, ranging from climate change to religious and social unrest. Relating ancient wisdom to modern times, she draws from the spiritual knowledge found within the central texts of the Hindu tradition.



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