Workshop from 12-14 October , 2014
" Discourse on Vivekchudamani "
by Swami Ashutosh Bharti
Study retreat at Deer Park Institute (Bir, H.P)
The Vivekachudamani (Sanskrit: विवेकचूडामणि) is a famous Sanskrit poem ascribed to Adi Shankara in the eighth century. It expounds the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and is in the form of 580 verses in the Shardula Vikridita metre. The Vivekachudamani describes developing Viveka—the human faculty of discrimination—as the central task in the spiritual life and calls it the crown jewel among the essentials for Moksha. The title Vivekachudamani translates to Crest Jewel of Discrimination. Through the centuries, the Vivekachudamani has been translated into several languages and has been the topic of many commentaries and expositions.
Shri Swami Ashutosh Bharti took to the path of monkhood nearly 20 years ago. He had the opportunity to learn Sanskrit grammar and Bhartiya Darshan at the feet of Revered Shrimat Swami Ramannand Saraswati of Onkareshwar for almost twelve years. He has been teaching Bhartiya Darshan and Vedanta at the Markandey Sanyas Ashram, Onkareshwar in M.P. for the last eight years. He has been on a two month retreat at Vivek Dham, Tang, Dharamshala. He has very kindly consented to conduct the three days retreat for serious spiritual seekers containing discourses on Vivekchudamani and Question and Answers sessions on Vedanta.