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Sun 19 Sep 2021

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC+5.5)

Event Type: Weekly

Chandogya Chapter 6 with Adi Sankara’s Bhāṣya by Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

Chapter 6 of the Chandogya Upanishad is a dialogue between Svetaketu and his father, Uddalaka. Svetaketu, having gone to the Gurukulam for studies at age 12 returns home at age 24, insufferably proud. The father Uddalaka —concerned with his son’s demeanour, and with a view to making him see that no matter how much one knows, if one misses the truth of oneself as whole and limitless, one’s knowledge is of no use— decides to teach him self-knowledge. Using the timeless karya-karana prakriya, the pedagogy that helps one to understand that the effect is non-separate from its cause. Just as the pot is not separate from it source —the clay, so too, the entire universe is non-separate from Īśvara, the Lord. We will be studying this chapter with the help of Adi Sankara’s commentary, which highlights subtle nuances and connects us with the guruparampara.


Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati


Dr. Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati has taught at several universities nationally, including UC Berkeley. She is widely recognized as a scholar of Advaita Vedanta, and is a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayanandaji Saraswati, an internationally known Acharya of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, interfaith leader, and scholastic author of Vedanta, responsible for the inception of the All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva), a non-profit enabling rural Indian children to receive a proper education. She is widely in demand for lectures and seminars, in the USA and internationally, for her expertise in interreligious engagement, and in-depth training and scholarship on Advaita Vedanta. Dr. Saraswati is the Acharya of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, which was founded in 2004 and has centers in Atlanta, GA, Eugene, OR, Washington DC, Detroit, MI, Milwaukee, WI, and Fort Meyers, FL.