An important facet of Anjaneya Foundation is to provide an opportunity to scholars, professionals, spiritual aspirants to gain insight into the key texts of ancient India and the rich repository of knowledge and learning they hold. India has had a long unbroken tradition of spirituality as a life process. The Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita have influenced ordinary and scholarly minds for generations, both in the East and West with their deep philosophical insights. These texts not only addresses spiritual issues of human values but also deals with the question of individual behavior, models of social functioning, leadership and organizational governance.
The Foundation holds regular talks on the subjects that the ancient texts deal with under its “Theme Week’ program. The content is provided in a lucid manner and every effort made to help participants assimilate the learning in a context they find themselves placed.
The talks are spread over 5 to 7 days with a session of an hour each. Some of the key themes that the Anjaneya Foundation offers are as follows:
- (1) Discourse on ‘Sthitaprajna’ – Sankhya Yoga, Ch.2, The Bhagawad Gita
Attaining a state of ‘Sthitaprajna’ – (a state when the mind has become balanced, steady & unruffled and yet active) is seen as the ultimate fruition of yogasadhana of a Karma-Yogin. What is the sthitaprajna state? How the sense of balance attained by the sadhaka in his inward absorptional state impact his interactional life in the world outside? This important spiritual and philosophical goal is dealt with in Sankhya Yoga – Chapter 2 (Verse 54–72)of the Bhagawad Gita.
This important spiritual and philosophical goal is discussed in a lucid manner. The learning premised in the verses can guide one to live a life of serene dynamism in ‘this world’.
- (2) The yoga of action and devotion
The training of Karma Yoga (yoga of action) prepares us for the greater fights on life’s battlefields. Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) helps blossoming of the personality through the surrender of our limitations at the feet of the Lord. A synthesis of these two paths is a surer way to acquiring new vitality in the world of action and also deepening love for the Supreme through inspired moments of deep contemplation. The essence of the twin paths is shared and its practical dimensions explored.
- (3) ‘Empty thyself’ – with Mantra and NaamJapa
‘Mantra’ and ‘NaamJapa' are two important instruments, which help emptying the mind of needless clutter and infuse a state of silence and quietitude within. In this state a sadhaka revels in a higher plane of consciousness. The session (workshop) dwells on both the conceptual and practical understanding of the twin techniques of Mantra &NaamJapa and allows participants to taste the spiritual nectar available in an experiential manner.
- (4) Bhaja Govindam
BhajaGovindam is one of the seemingly smaller but extremely important works of AdiShankara, a great thinker and the noblest of Advaitic philosophers. Here the fundamentals of Vedanta are taught in simple, musical verses. Bhaja Govindam gives an eloquent picture of the art of realization and a deeper diagnosis of the human unhappiness. The simple looking stotrams (verses) are addressed to seekers as a book-of-instruction to help walk the path of life, free from delusion, straight to their goal, and become awakened.
- (5) Recognize the ‘yogi’ in you – mastering renunciation
Attaining total fulfillment at work and in personal life ought to be a true seeker’s aim. The task is difficult but a determined seeker can make his spiritual journey as rewarding as a pilgrimage by understanding the real purpose of life and making dharma his guiding principle.
Drawing upon his professional experience and the insights he has had during his spiritual quest, Shekhar reveals how a fine balance between the mundane and the spiritual can be struck. He believes that by awakening the yogi within the seeker can attain a most desirable synthesis between the material and the spiritual worlds.
- (6) Kabir - Awakening, Self-realization and Enlightenment!
Kabir, who lived between 1398 and 1448, was one of the great poet-saints of India whose works continue to be sung and quoted by millions of people. He lived in the Indian city of Benares (present day Varanasi or Kashi). His poetry, often difficult to fathom without deep contemplation because of his use of arcane words and allusions, is nonetheless simple, immediate and deep.
The workshop looks at Kabir’s earthly work, which is firmly grounded in the experience of Self-realization. His powerfully direct, vibrantly alive; yet very simple in its style couplets (dohas) touches the heart of a spiritual aspirant and guides the path of awakening.
- (7) Discourse on Karma Yoga (Chapter 3, Bhagwad Gita)
The Yoga of Action Its practical application in daily life.
- (8) Discourse on Bhakti Yoga (Chapter 12, Bhagwad Gita)
The Yoga of Devotion – Blossoming of the personality.
- (9) Discourse on the Upanishads
To draw essence from seemingly short texts, which carry profound wisdom and knowledge to help steer the journey of life in a meaningful manner.