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Indian Scriptures

It is an undeniable fact that the ancient Indian scriptures are enlightened expressions of exceptionally awakened minds in quest of Truth.

At SAFIC we currently offer three intensive study camps/courses that introduce the participants to a deeper vision and understanding of some of Indian scriptures in the light of Sri Aurobindo. These three courses are offered in rotation, once every three years.

Our Approach to the Study of Scriptures

Our courses on scriptures are not designed as scholastic or academic scrutiny of the theories of the scriptures. Our purpose is to get into the spirit of the scripture and approach these for help, guidance and inner light. Our aim is to distinguish the essential and living messages and insights, all that which humanity has to seize for its perfection and its highest spiritual welfare; to seek in these the living truth that these scriptures contain; and to extract all the values and wisdom that can help us or the world at large.

Vedaprabodha: An Intensive Study Camp on the Veda


When
: October; final dates to be determined by SAFIC  |  Duration: 5-7 days

Description: Dates for this workshop are flexible and decided by SAFIC. This course is offered once in three years.

Sri Aurobindo, while writing on Sanatana Dharma, says: “I seek not science, not religion, not Theosophy, but Veda—the truth about Brahman, not only about His essentiality, but about His manifestation, not a lamp on the way to the forest, but a light and a guide to joy and action in the world, the truth which is beyond opinion, the knowledge which all thought strives after—yasminvijïätesarvamvijïätam.I believe that Veda to be the foundation of the Sanatan Dharma; I believe it to be the concealed divinity within Hinduism,—but a veil has to be drawn aside, a curtain has to be lifted. I believe it to be knowable and discoverable. I believe the future of India and the world to depend on its discovery and on its application, not to the renunciation of life, but to life in the world and among men.” (CWSA, Vol. 12, p. 62)

The ultimate goal of Sanatana Dharma is to realize the Divine in our inner life and outer existence. It aims at uplifting the man Human to the level of man Divine. For this a bridge has to be built between the Man and the Divine. And it is the Veda that can do so. But the Veda has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and has been presented to the humanity not in its true sense. It must be presented in all its purity, and the Truth hidden in the Veda has to be brought into the front if the humanity has to raise itself to the level of divinity.

There have been several attempts to find the true sense of the Vedic Mantras. But the secret of the Veda is yet to be discovered. A proper understanding of the key words of the Vedas and the symbolism underlying the Vedic hymns can lead to discover the experiences of the Vedic Rishis expressed so lucidly and elegantly and symbolically through the hymns. This study camp on the Vedas aims at explaining some of the important aspects of the Veda purely in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s vision so as to get into the true sense of the Vedic Riks and to enter into the spirit of the seers of the Veda.

Eligibility: This course is open to all those who genuinely aspire to enter into the spirit of the Indian scriptures and live the truths expounded therein.

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Read about our previous course.

Vedaprabodha 2018 videos.

Svadhayaya: The Upanishads


When
: October; final dates to be determined by SAFIC  |  Duration: 5-7 days

Description: Dates for this workshop are flexible and decided by SAFIC. This course is offered once in three years.

From the Vedas evolved the Upanishads, which carry within themselves copious enquiries into the nature of man, the Universe, and God, and which further raise innumerable thoughts and questions that lead to attaining all the knowledge that is available to human mind till date. The Upanishads are fundamentally manuals of sadhana, which immensely help aspirants in their spiritual growth. These are the records of a period in human evolution when the sages and seers of the time translated their inner experiences and realizations into rich poetic imagery and philosophical expressions. It is here that one gets a glimpse of the workings of the genius minds of the great scholars and thinkers of ancient India. It is from here that the entire systems of Indian philosophy, religion and spirituality have drawn their inspiration and the force for their growth and enrichment. The Upanishads represent the true Indian spirit in not only faith, philosophy, religion and spirituality, but they are also the ‘Fountainhead’ of all Indian art, poetry and literature.

Through a systematic study of the Upanishads, and the knowledge gained thereby, one can gain self-awareness and realize the purpose of life and connection to the Supreme. In a life riddled with contradictions, the Upanishadic teachings add meaning to day-to-day activities and improve the quality of life in the current stress-ridden environment.

This five-day intensive workshop on the Upanishads focuses on several key aspects:

  • The significance of the teachings of the Upanishads for developing greater self-awareness, for knowing and realizing one’s higher nature, and for understanding the higher meaning of life
  • The study of the Upanishads to help deepen the understanding of the true meaning of true spirituality and the spiritual genius of India
  • Upanishads as the prime example of intuitive poetry
  • Upanishads as records of spiritual education, ideal relation between the teacher and the student, and ways and means of delivering such higher education.

Eligibility: This course is open to all those who genuinely aspire to enter into the spirit of the Indian scriptures and live the truths expounded therein.

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Svadhyaya: Srimad Bhagavadgita Study Camp


When
: October; final dates to be determined by SAFIC  |  
Duration: 12 days

Description: Dates for this workshop are flexible and decided by SAFIC. This course is offered once in three years.

The words of the Gita flowed directly from the mouth of Satchitananda Krishna as a revelation to Arjuna. The Gita also contains the essence of the Vedas, unfolds the highest truth and gives supreme felicity. Gita is Yoga, a spiritual truth applied to external life and action. It is said that all that is needed of spiritual truth for the spiritual life is found in the Gita. But the question is how to approach this great scripture, and with what attitude?

Sri Aurobindo says that we must ‘seek in the Gita for the actual living truths it contains, apart from their metaphysical form, to extract from it what can help us or the world at large and to put it in the most natural and vital form and expression we can find that will be suitable to the mentality and helpful to the spiritual needs of our present-day humanity’. Further he adds that ‘if we steep ourselves in the spirit of this great Scripture and, above all, if we have tried to live in that spirit, we may be sure of finding in it as much real truth as we are capable of receiving as well as the spiritual influence and actual help that, personally, we were intended to derive from it’. This, indeed, is the reason why scriptures are made.

The SAFIC study camp on the Gita keeps this vision in mind. This 12-day intensive study camp covers the entire Srimad Bhagavadgita, with word-by-word explanations and deeper exposition of the thought contents of each of its chapters.

Eligibility: This course is open to all those who genuinely aspire to enter into the spirit of the Indian scriptures and live the truths expounded therein.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR CONTACT INFO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE UPCOMING COURSE.