SMU Bhakti Yoga Club organizes Spiritual Retreat
Posted August 8, 2005
The SMU Bhakti Yoga Club (a registered student organization at Southern Methodist University, Dallas) will be organizing a Weekend Retreat from Aug. 12-14 2005 at SMU campus. The theme for the retreat is: "Open the doors to the spiritual world". The retreat features lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations and a contest too! On behalf of the Bhakti Yoga Club, I would like to invite you for the retreat along with your family and experience a blissful weekend. Given below is a brief synopsis of the programs to be conducted during the weekend.
- Mind, Brain and Consciousness - Ancient and Modern Perspectives: Can sophisticated computers be conscious as we humans are? Is consciousness a display of extremely complex behavior? A seminar and video presentation explores the relationship between the consciousness, the physical brain and the mind.
- Quest for Happiness: The search for happiness, the means and application from the Bhakti tradition.
- Religion, it's applicability and misuse: Lecture on the relevance of religion in the modern world, its applicablity in the wake of scientific discoveries and social paradigm shifts and prevention of fanaticism based on religion.
- Conquest of Nature: We commonly perceive the gross physical world around us. The Bhagavad Gita makes us aware of a subtle material world made up of certain modes which controls the living entities. This lecture will shed light on transcending the gross and subtle elements of material nature and the benefits accrued thereof.
- Workshop on Mantra Meditation: Introduces the audience to the subtle techniques of chanting from the Bhakti tradition and its positive effects.
- Workshops on Stress Management, Relationships
- Spiritual Survivor Contest: Participants share their approach to real-life circumstances and judges from a panel share their insights on the issue.
- Multimedia Presentation on "A Day in the Spiritual World" and Kirtans
- His Holiness Romapada Swami: H.H. Romapada Swami is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and is also a GBC for North America. He frequently speaks at many universities and corporations in U.S. and India (Cornell, Yale, Stanford, Microsoft, Lucent, Cisco etc), discussing the insight, science, and practicality offered by the ancient wisdom of India. Known for his serenity and vivid explanations, Srila Romapada Swami always invokes great inspiration within his audience.
- His Holiness Keshava Bharati Gosvami: H.H. Kesava Bharati Goswami Maharaja met Srila Prabhupada in 1972, and received first and second initiation from him in 1973. He has been living in the renounced order since 1977, living and preaching in 8 countries around the world. He currently makes his base in Govardhana, India, at ISKCON's only functioning monastery and is an English editor for the BBT.
- His Holiness Rtadhvaja Swami: H.H. Rtadhvaja Swami Maharaja joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1975, and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1977. He accepted the renounced order of life in 1985, after spending many years traveling and preaching in South America and Florida. He has also spent much time and energy in educating the youth of ISKCON. Currently, Maharaja's base is Gainesville, Florida, and concentrates his preaching efforts in Texas, Asia, and Europe.
- Rasajna Devi dasi - A disciple of Srila Prabhupada, an accomplished artist and exponent of Ayurvedic healing, she guides spiritual seekers in Austin.
- Nityananda dasa Adhikaari- Nityananda dasa Adhikaari joined the movement in 1983 in Fiji, and was inspired by His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja, whom he met that year. He graduated as an attorney and chartered accountant from University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has preached in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, the United Kingdom and has spent the last 12 years in the U.S. He is now the Temple President of the Dallas Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji temple, the secretary of the North American GBC Executive Committee, and a member of the Spiritual Strategic Planning Team (the Hare Krishna think tank group in the U.S. and Canada). He has spent substantial time preaching to the youth, and now also teaches yoga.
Venue: 241, Umphrey Lee Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX-75275 smu.edu/maps/download/umphrey-lee.asp
Time : 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Aug. 12, Friday.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Aug. 13, 14 - Saturday and Sunday.
Contact: Rasaraj das at 972-618-8280 or email@example.com (RSVP requested)
The complete schedule for the retreat is at: people.smu.edu/skizhakk/Bhaktiyoga/events.html. Prasadam will be served on Friday evening and on Saturday & Sunday.
The program is free for students and others are encouraged to make a donation of $15 for the entire retreat to cover the expenses.
On Behalf of SMU Bhakti Yoga Club,