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An Ode to Vishranti-Hyderabad!

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This time it was Hyderabad‘s chance
to get blessed by Acharya Prashant Ji‘s presence.

The 3-day Vishranti Retreat started on 4th of January’19
with seekers from all over the country,
coming together to get a taste of
the real Vishram (Relaxation) and the real Shanti (Peace).


Day 1

After a brief orientation by the retreat mentors, the group headed to the Osman Sagar, a beautiful, serene lake in the outskirts of the city. A perfect place for the participants to get comfortable with their small family for the coming days and also contemplate over the important issues of their lives before meeting the Master for the first time.

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It didn’t take much time, the moment they saw a glimpse of the Master, all of them sung in unison the Guru Vandana to express their love and gratitude!

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु र्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः

Guru is the Creator (Brahma), Guru is the Preserver(Vishnu),
GuruDeva is Destroyer(Maheshwara).
Guru is the absolute (singular) Lord himself,
Salutations to that Sri Guru.

The Nature Walk was an unique opportunity for all seekers to keep pace with the Master while putting forth their sincere and honest questions.

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Next in line was Studio Kabir with Anushri Mishra Ji!

The silence they were left with after the Nature Walk, found its depth by singing Guru Kabir Sahab’s verses with Anushri Mishra Ji at the retreat venue, and something unexpected happened.

Clock had just struck 11pm! Two hour had passed away in their tryst with Guru Kabir.

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Now, it was time for the midnight session with Acharya Ji. All the seekers were ready to take another deep dive into the depths of silence, what followed was an intense discourse which went on till late 4am in the morning, surprisingly, when the entire city was sleeping, there were some madones, burning the midnight oil to light the fire of wisdom.

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Day 2

After sleeping late in the night, the retreat mentors started their day early to explore the city of Nizams and find an ideal location for yet another Nature Walk with the Master.

After visiting all the famous places of the city, they came upon to an oasis. At the heart of an otherwise rushing metropolitan was a serene park on the banks of the famous Husain Sagar Lake, Sanjeevaiah Park.

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Meanwhile, after reading and contemplating over the anecdotes from various Sufi masters’ lives, the Vishranti family moved on to the new location for the upcoming nature walk. Soon, the seekers were blessed by yet another meeting with the Master. The walk offered them an opporunity to discuss topics of personal as well as social interest, to go deep into the relationships an individual has with the world.

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After witnessing the beautiful sunset, the Vishranti family headed towards the retreat venue for another meditative Studio Kabir session with Anushri Ji.

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‘It was a Myth Buster!’

That’s what one of the participant instantly said when she was asked about her experience of the second session. In this session, Acharya Ji busted a number of myths prevalent in today’s world in the name of Spirituality. And amazed with a whole new perspective of looking at the world, the seekers went on to share their heart out with the Master till 3am in the morning, again.

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A few blessed ones also got an opporunity for the one-to-one interaction with Acharya Ji.

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Day 3

The final day of the retreat started with reading and discussing an unique ensemble of shlokas from more than 20 Upanishads. After an intense churning of the first two days, the seekers were initiated with the first principles; directing their focus again on the basics of an intelligent living.

The intensity of discussions instantly turned into innocent expression of love when they started decorating the session venue for welcoming the Master.

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In the final session of the retreat, seekers asked their queries to understand the essence of the wisdom of the rishis and were beautifully guided across the river by the Master!

“Acharya Ji, what would be your advice to us, now, when the retreat is ending?”
asked one of the seekers.

“The retreat must never end,”
said the Master.

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Gems from the Sessions

“टुच्ची लड़ाई करने का दुष्परिणाम ये होता है कि तुम किसी बड़ी लड़ाई के काबिल नहीं बचते।”

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Q: How to express Gratitude?
A: Distribute it.

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“अच्छा कर्म करके मुक्ति नहीं पाई जाती।
मुक्ति के लिए जो कर्म किया जाए वो अच्छा होता है”

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“Science keeps looking at the objects but ignores the subject.
And that is why even the greatest scientists remain in darkness.”

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“तुमको अगर दुःख मिल रहा है तो इसलिए नहीं मिल रहा कि तुम्हारे अतीत में कुछ है।
इसलिए मिल रहा है कि ठीक अभी तुम दुःख का साथ दे रहे हो।”

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“Sex becomes an issue to you when you say,
‘I am going to have sex and it will satisfy me’.

When you are really concerned with your Liberation,
then such thoughts stop bothering you.”

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“चमत्कार सत्य की ओर से नहीं होता, चमत्कार होता है तुम्हारी ओर से, जब तुम सत्य की ओर देख लेते हो।”

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Q: What is your way to the Mukti?
A: Suffering. An honest acknowledgment of suffering.

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“आज़ादी ध्यय हो तो जीवन ही ध्यान है।”

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“Your questions are living proof,
that you are not alright with yourself.”

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A Glimpse of the Sessions


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26th Advait Learning Camp: The Dance of the Center

After the Mystical-Mukteshwar,
it’s the time for  Spiritual-Shivpuri.

Shivpuri is the land of lord Shiva. Seekers from across the globe, after witnessing the tandav of the periphery, will now sink into the stillness of the center.

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26th Advait Learning Camp(ALC):

An opportunity of a deep mystical experience,
An opportunity to heal our relationships,
An opportunity where you can unload yourself,

Come and let your Shiva loose in the wildness of nature.

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You are heartily invited in 26th ALC with Acharya Prashant
Applications are open 
Camp dates- 26th-29th Nov’16
Place:- Shivpuri – Rishikesh
To apply, send an email to: requests@prashantadvait.com
The details regarding the conveyance and charges will be sent to you
as a reply to your request.

Limited seats. Send in your applications early.
For any assistance or query, contact Shri Kundan Singh: 09999102998


Glimpses from the 25th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar

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Memoirs from 24th Advait Learning Camp

Rajni Singh,

a strong single mother, a courageous activist
and now a sincere volunteer at PrashantAdvait Foundation.

She says, “I am glad that her roots are getting stronger at such an early age. She is really blessed to get the best what the world can ever offer, the Guru himself. I would really want my daughter to stay here, learn here, and know Life in its truest sense.”

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Read her full memoir here:  A miracle that happened!


Mr. Sanjay Sahay,

a fellow seeker, shared his reflection in one of the reflection sessions
conducted at 24th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar. 

I realized that holding up of pain as memories and reflecting on them is useless. I learned it from yesterday’s reading – “Finish the meal and just clean the plate.”

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Read his full memoir here: Finish the meal, and clean the plate


Sonali Bhattacharya

a fellow seeker, expressed her love for her brother
in one of the reflection sessions at 24th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar. 

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(Sonali sobs as she speaks about her relationship with her brother) I and my brother never remained connected with each other. We could never form that bond that siblings cherish. And when he came in here, to the 24th Advait Learning camp, I hugged him; and that was the first time that I hugged him in my entire life. This is just not so normal in between us. It isn’t that I didn’t want to hug him before or there were no opportunities to hug, there was a bundle of them, but the hug never happened.

Read her full memoir here: Coming to Advait Camp is like giving wings to your relationship!


The Advait Learning Camps, led by Acharya Prashant, are rare and blissful experiences, giving one the unique opportunity to come close to the Saints, the Scriptures, nature and in the process to the Self. Held in the lap of the Himalayas, twenty-five Learning Camps have been held till now.

To read more about Advait Learning Camps, visit: Advait Learning Camps

25th Advait Learning Camp: Come close, yet closer!

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Come close, come close!

How will you end if you don’t come close?

How will you come alive if you don’t come close?

Come close, yet closer!

 

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Listeners during a Forest-Session in 24th Advait Learning Camp

Grace has knocked yet again…

25th Advait Learning camp (Entries open)
with Acharya Prashant

A wonderful opportunity awaits you…

>To be a part of a unique opportunity to have four uninterrupted days of being close to Acharya Ji and his magical discourses.

>To come close to the core of the Saints and Scriptures, through the readings and sessions on selected texts by Acharya Ji.

>To be amidst nature, in the lapse of the Himalayas.

>To be a part of various activities to help understand and observe your own life very closely.


Memoirs from 24th Advait Learning Camp

 

Rajni Singh,
a strong single mother, a courageous activist
and now a sincere volunteer at PrashantAdvait Foundation.

She says, “I am glad that her roots are getting stronger at such an early age. She is really blessed to get the best what the world can ever offer, the Guru himself. I would really want my daughter to stay here, learn here, and know Life in its truest sense.”

dop

Read her full memoir here:  A miracle that happened!


 

Mr. Sanjay Sahay,
a fellow seeker, shared his reflection in one of the reflection sessions
conducted at 24th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar.
 

I realized that holding up of pain as memories and reflecting on them is useless. I learned it from yesterday’s reading – “Finish the meal and just clean the plate.”

sanjay-ji

Read his full memoir here: Finish the meal, and clean the plate


Sonali Bhattacharya
a fellow seeker, expressed her love for her brother

in one of the reflection sessions at 24th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar. 

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(Sonali sobs as she speaks about her relationship with her brother) Me and my brother never remained connected with each other. We could never form that bond that siblings cherish. And when he came in here, to the 24th Advait Learning camp, I hugged him; and that was the first time that I hugged him in my entire life. This is just not so normal in between us. It isn’t that I didn’t want to hug him before or there were no opportunities to hug, there were a bundle of them, but the hug never happened.

Read her full memoir here: Coming to Advait Camp is like giving wings to your relationship!


Applications are invited!

Camp dates:- 16th Oct to 19th Oct’16
Place:- Mukteshwar, Nainital

To apply, send an email to: requests@prashantadvait.com
The details regarding the conveyance and charges will be sent to you
as a reply to your request.


The Advait Learning Camps, led by Acharya Prashant, are rare and blissful experiences, giving one the unique opportunity to come close to the Saints, the Scriptures, nature and in the process to the Self. Held in the lap of the Himalayas, twenty one Learning Camps have been held till now.

To read more about Advait Learning Camps, visit: Advait Learning Camps

The Language of Emotions

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Question: Is getting devoid of all emotions a part of feeling contented?

Acharya Prashant: Can you do that?

Why must we give importance to hypothetical questions? Can you really get rid of all emotions? And if you do, would that person be the same as this one? And if not, then why must this person ask an imaginary question about that person?

You live in emotions. What makes you so afraid or resentful of emotions? Do you even know what they are? A letter comes to you, in some alien language, would you tear it up and throw it away, because you cannot comprehend the language? Do you know French?

(Pointing to some other listener) You write a letter to him in French, what is he to do?
“Oh! French! I don’t know this language.” (Gestures of the letter being torn)

Do you know the language of emotions? Do you know what they are telling you? Why don’t you read their language? Why don’t you listen to what the mind is saying through emotions? Why do you want to dismiss all emotions? I am not saying patronize emotions. I am just saying, first of all, know what something is, before doing anything about it. And is that not simply obvious?

What are emotions? 

It’s an intense wave in the mind, powerful enough to have physical signs. 

A little bit of disturbance in the mind, you call it anger or irritation; seismic waves in the mind! And your cheeks flush and your body starts shivering and then you say you are getting emotional, right? From where is the emotion drawing its energy? What is contained in your subconscious? Are emotions not a beautiful opportunity to learn from your mind?

Don’t you want to know, why you got furious? Don’t you want to see, what saddens you so much? We cannot often read the subtle language of the mind.

Emotions are gross, you cannot miss them; thoughts can be missed. Faint signs can be missed; emotions cannot be missed. You are weeping, you are crying hoarse—it’s impossible to miss. Or you are beating somebody up. Now, neither you nor that person can miss what is happening. If you miss, it will pain a lot.

So, emotions are a good opportunity, they speak very loudly—listen to them. And by listening to them, I do not mean, again, patronize them. I do not mean that you must supply more energy to them. I do not mean that you must take them as the Truth. Of course, they are mental activity, but whatever they are, they tell something about the state of the mind.

Why not read the letter? Rather than asking questions like “Who am I?”, if you just pay attention to how you are behaving, how emotions are rising within you, you will see you know already everything about who you are.

Through your personality, nothing but the Truth expresses itself.

If you have any dislike for yourself, then you are disliking the Truth.

That does not mean that you must like yourself.

Not disliking is sufficient.

There is hardly anybody who really likes himself. We are just too full of contempt towards ourselves. Even the ones who are called as narcissists are really self-negators like everybody else.

See what is going on without condemnation, without feeling the need to correct it.

There is nothing random that is going on.

All the happening is rooted in you, to know the happening is to know oneself.


.. From the book, ‘The Beautiful Heart’ by Acharya Prashant ..

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This book takes you very close to the ever existing notion that says: Mind and Heart- Twain shall never meet! And if that be the case, how does a man get rid of this restless feeling of being torn between the mind and the heart.

Author has extended an invitation through this book to come close to the beautiful heart of yours and see how enchanting it is to live by it. His words, poetic in nature, will take you to the peace that one craves for all the time.

Many a times, he also expounds on the mystical verses of Kahlil Gibran, Hafiz, Rumi and many other sufi mystics, and helps us to go close to their sublime meaning without getting into any complexity, bringing the mind at ease, to it’s essential nature.

The Beautiful Heart, a paragon, will introduce you to an extremely different way of living, not professed by many before; a way that is far away from calculations and manipulations and cautious, fearful steps that is conditioned into us since childhood. Living by the Heart is a harmonious way of living.

The book is available at:

What is intelligent spirituality?

13Questioner: What is the meaning “Intelligent Spirituality”?

Acharya Prashant: Actually, one of the words is redundant.

You could just say, ‘Spirituality’ or you could just say, ‘Intelligence’.

But they both have to be put together for a double effect because a lot that is being touted around as spirituality these days is just stupid. Continue reading

24th Advait Learning Camp: A dip into the Self

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The Royal riding the bullet

 

The Advait Learning Camps, led by Acharya Prashant, are rare and blissful experiences, giving one the unique opportunity to come close to the Saints, the Scriptures, nature and in the process to the Self. Held in the lap of the Himalayas, twenty-three Learning Camps have been held till now.


24th Advait Learning Camp: An Invitation 

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A wonderful opportunity awaits you.

To be a part of a unique opportunity to have four uninterrupted days of being close to Acharya Ji and his magical discourses.

To come close to the core of the Saints and Scriptures, through the readings and sessions on selected texts by Acharya Ji.

To be amidst nature, in the lapse of the Himalayas.

To be a part of various activities to help understand and observe your own life very closely.

 Applications are open 

Camp dates:- 12th Sept to 15th Sept, ’16
Place:- Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

We will leave by the night of 11th Sept and return to Noida by the morning of 16th Sept.

To apply, send an email at: requests@prashantadvait.com
Limited seats. Send in your applications early.


23rd Camp: A glimpse of the SELF

 

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Students from various colleges, working professionals from various fields of work along with the core members of the Advait Team have regularly been participating in the camps.


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Acharya Prashant engages in free-flowing talks that deal directly with life and the camps have brought about volumes of his discourses on Vedantic literature, songs of saints and philosophies and wisdom texts from all times and places.

Acharya Prashant has a vision dedicated to bringing the wisdom of ancient scriptures, words of the Saints and Modern Philosophy to the help of mankind, combining the intellect and great works from all across time and space, he helps in infusing the fundamental basics of living life. The camp has been the most beautiful, engaging and blessed medium to take ahead his vision.


For any assistance or query, contact:
Mr. Kundan Singh: 09999102998
Or write at:  kundan@prashantadvait.com