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10 Day Intensive Retreat, Rishikesh, North India, 1-10 December 2017
: Neema Majmudar & Surya Tahora
: 1-10 December 2017
: Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh
: Selected Verses from Chandogya Upanishad, Chapter 6

Chandogya Upanishad is in a form of a dialogue between a son, Svetaketu and his father, Aruni. Aruni teaches his son about that one thing knowing which everything is as well known. He employs different methods to make Svetaketu discover the meaning of the equation ‘Tat tvam asi, you are that’. To do so, the Upanishad inquires systematically into the nature of reality, the individual, the universe and its cause. It makes us understand with Svetaketu how we are that limitless we have always been seeking behind all our pursuits. Along with meditations and meditative movements in the morning, and dialogue sessions in the evening.

Comments of participants :

(1) I really enjoyed every minute of my time at this retreat. The whole experience during this 10 day of retreat which included very high quality classes, the delicious food, and comfortable accommodation was so complete that it left me feeling that I could never have asked for anything more. The teachings were delivered in crystal clear manner. The all-pervading presence of Ishvara is very vivid in my mind and during this 10 days, I find myself relating to ishvara in very intimate way and I have become a bhakta in a true sense. The dips in Ganga and visits to temples added so much to the whole atmosphere and ambiance within which this profound teaching took place.

Daragh, Germany

(2) I am still raveling in a fact that there can exist a teacher who comes and shows me in a short period of 10 days something that is completely beyond my capacity to comprehend on my own.

It is totally overwhelming for me to meet teachers like Neema and Surya who are so colorful, profound, insightful and who gave me totality of the teaching to the extent that I have no more questions. Indeed the teaching was complete in every aspect and I felt that nothing was left out or left unexplained or unanalyzed. I am ever so grateful to receive this marvelous teaching where every nuance of the nature of Self, world and the cause was shown in a highly sophisticated and complete way.

I was also deeply moved by Shri Rudram chanting in temple. Surya and Neema chanted with so much devotion, perfect intonations and impeccable precision that left me totally mesmerized. The practice of Tai chi which combines physical movements with mental concentration and relaxation blended very well with rigorous thinking process that was required in class.

Finally, originality and creativity of every participant also left me feeling very humbled. Overall, it was just one big wow.

Andre, Australia

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