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9th Convocation

The 9th convocation programme of HSC was held on the auspicious day of Sri Shankara Jayanti at the very birth home of Adi Shankaracharya at Veliyanad. The programme started with an invocation prayer by Girija ji followed by welcome address and presentation of Home Study Courses Report by Radhika Modur, Administrator of Home Study Courses (HSC).

HSC is reaching out to the spiritual seekers across the world breaking all barriers. Students from over 100 countries are pursuing various courses with HSC. Enrolment for 2017 stood at 2076 and from Jan 2018 till date was 501 students. HSC has been disseminating the spiritual knowledge through postal, online and webinar modes. The webinar was started in 2015 and about 2500 students have registered for various webinar courses. She said that many changes are in the offing to make the student experience a pleasant one

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Dr. Vinayak Rajat Bhat, Assistant Professor and Head, School of Vedic Knowledge Systems, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth was the Chief Guest of the function. At the outset, Dr. Vinayak ji congratulated all the students who had completed various courses. He made a profound statement saying that we follow Adi Shankaracharya or Swami Chinmayananda because they are Philosophy themselves, not Philosophers which is the only difference between them and us. He also cited the example from the life of Guru Samartha Ramdas when he told a mother to bring her young son after ten days who complained about her son eating too much of jaggery. After ten days the Guru told the boy not to eat jaggery. When asked why he did not give this simple advice on day one, Ramdas ji said he had to give up eating jaggery in these ten days and only then he could tell the boy! Dr.Vinayak ji emphasised on ‘Darshanah bhava tatah Daarshanikah’ – first become the Philosophy, then the Philosopher which, he said he has been following deriving inspiration from Srimad Bhagavadgita. He also quoted extensively from the practical teachings from the Gita where they have given solutions for many problems in life and urged that we need to put to practice whatever learnt.

Few of the students shared their feedback about the course, its benefits and how it has helped in their inner transformation.

The residential Teachers of CIF have been instrumental in ensuring the exam papers of the students are evaluated on time and graded thus enabling students to progress steadily. HSC honoured these Teachers expressing its reverence, love and gratitude.

Pujya Swami Advayananda ji began the presidential address with a story of Akbar and Birbal. A person claiming to be the wisest posed a challenge to figure out the differences among the three identical looking dolls. Birbal found out that the first doll had holes in the ears, the second one in the mouth and the third had none. He said all the three represent three kinds of students- the first kind, whatever listens cross ventilates, the second one preaches others and the third one takes in and gets transformed. Swamiji said that is knowledge which makes us humble and turns into wisdom. Wisdom is Knowledge plus Practise. If Vedanta is not going to transform into wisdom, then it is better not to study.

Swamiji suggested the students to take up study of various texts like Panchadashi, Atma Bodha, Tattva Bodha to deepen their knowledge, share with others for their own benefit as well as of others.

The HSC staff members were appreciated and felicitated for their dedication and hard work enabling smooth functioning of HSC.

The traditional convocation maxim from Taittiriya Upanishad, Shishya Anushasanam was led by Brahmachari Ved Chaitanya ji. This was followed by certificate distribution by Dr. Vinayak ji and prasada pustika by Pujya Swami Advayananda ji to the students who had completed various courses.

Brahmahari Chirantan Chaitanya ji proposed the vote of thanks and the function concluded with closing prayers.