Yoga Vacation Program
January 15 — 21, 2023

Overcoming Obstacles through Prayer

The Ganapati Upanishad

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

The Ganapati-Atharvashirsha-Upanishad is a lucid unfoldment of the vision of God in the Vedic tradition. The word Ganapati means the one who is the Lord of all gaṇa —groups or species. In the vision of the Upanishad, the Lord is all pervasive, all-knowing, and ever-present —obtaining as the self-evident awareness within the intellect. When one understands Ganapati as both the imminent cause of all creation, and the transcendental and limitless presence that is non-separate from oneself, one gains self-knowledge and is freed of fear and sorrow, the hallmarks of saṃsāra.

Offered daily in morning satsang, afternoon workshop, and evening satsang (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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