The Advaita Vedanta Immersive is an intense programme for the study of Vedanta offered by Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), Kerala, India. This year the topic is the second aphorism of the Brahmasutra. The camp will be facilitated by Swami Advayananda assisted by Br. Ved Chaitanya, Brni. Bharati Chaitanya, Brni. Shubhani Chaitanya and Brni. Taarini Chaitanya.
The Advaita Vedanta Immersive 2023 (AVI-2023) is an opportunity for seekers to gain clarity and appreciation of the essential and deep concepts of Advaita-vedanta in a span of one week. This year the text for the study is the second sutra of the Brahmasutra – janmadyasya yatah (Janmadyadhikarana).
Dates: 25 December to 31 December 2023
Venue: Chinmaya International Foundation, Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad, Ernakulam – 682313, Kerala, India
What makes the AVI-2023 an immersive experience?
The first two Advaita Vedanta Immersive (AVI 2017 & 2018) programmes focussed on the Adhyasabhashya and the first Brahmasutra - (jijñasasutra). The upcoming AVI 2023 will be a comprehensive study of the second Brahmasutra – janmadyasya yatah (janmadyadhikarana). Participants will be guided through the second sutra with detailed discourses on the Shankara-bhashya, supplemented with sessions of svadhyaya, group discussions, Q&A sessions, meditation and the submission of a synopsis of the day’s learnings. This holistic methodology of Sravana, Manana and Nididhyasana is what makes this an Advaita Vedanta Immersive. Indeed, it is an amazing opportunity to study the commentaries of Sri Adi Shankaracharya in His very birth home!
About the text: Brahmasutra Chatuhsutri
The Upanishads, the Brahmasutra, and the Bhagavad Gita are the three basic texts of the Vedanta (Prasthanatraya). Every Upanishad reveals that knowledge of the oneness of the Self that destroys the ignorance that is the cause of all problems. Brahmasutra authored by Sri Veda Vyasa expounds the principles of Advaita Vedanta by stringing together the major thoughts presented in the Upanishads. The detailed commentary by Sri Shankaracharya is invaluable for our understanding of the text. A clear understanding of the priceless concepts of Vedanta can be attained by studying the first four sutras, also known as the ‘Chatuhsutri’.
About the Facilitator
Swami Advayananda was inspired by the teachings of the visionary saint Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, the Gurukula of the Chinmaya Mission. In 1992, on completing his Vedanta Course at the Sandeepany, he was ordained into the dedicated spiritual life by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. Later, in 2003, he was initiated into the sacred order of sannyasa by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. Presently, Swamiji is serving as the President of Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) and as a Trustee of Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth (CVV).
Br. Ved Chaitanya (Chinmaya International Foundation), Brni. Bharati Chaitanya (Sriperumbudur), Brni. Shubhani Chaitanya (New York ) and Brni. Taarini Chaitanya (Chinmaya International Foundation) will be assisting Swami Advayananda during AVI 2023.
For attending this programme, you should have been already introduced to Advaita-vedanta and must have studied at least a few basic texts of Advaita-vedanta like the Bhagavad-gita (at least a few chapters), a few Upanishads and some prakarana-granthas. Knowledge of Sanskrit is not compulsory though it will be advantageous.
To be eligible to attend AVI-2023, you will have to qualify through a review process that will examine your basic knowledge of Advaita-vedanta. Click on this link to take the basic eligibility test.
You will receive a notification post answering the test with details of further process including payment of the camp donation and prior preparation required to join the AVI-2023.
Preparation for the Immersive Experience
This year we will be studying the 2nd sutra of the Brahmasutra along with the Shankara-bhashya. Prior to this Swamiji had conducted the camp on Adhyasa-bhashya and the first sutra. If you have not attended these, it is very important to go through the lectures before you attend AVI-2023 in December. We suggest that you subscribe and listen to the following discourses available on the Shravana Mangalam audio-video platform:
You will also require the two volumes of CIF's Brahmasutra Chatuhsutri books for your study and reference. You are required to carry the book while coming for the camp. Here is the link to purchase the books in case you do not have it already: Brahmasutra Chatuhsutri
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