May 20, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

In Hinduism, the Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifests itself in both male and female form.  Every major god has a goddess counterpart (or consort), and many Hindus worship the Great Goddess exclusively.

Led by Acharya Hersh Khetarpal, students will discover the names of Hindu Goddesses, their attributes, symbolism and festivities and why they are a central part of modern Hinduism.

Schedule:

10:00-11:30 Introduction and lecture
11:30-11:45 Tea Break
11:45-1:00 Lecture and Q&A

Location:        28W100 St. Charles Rd., West Chicago, IL 60185-1421

To Register:   You may register by emailing YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com, or by calling Mike Khetarpal@ 630-643-8220.

Cost:               $25 suggested donation, however, no one will be turned away from lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions?  Email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com or Call 630-293-9554.

Every Saturday morning at the Ashram there is group meditation 7:00am-8:00am followed by Hatha Yoga at 8:30.  All are welcome!

Dharma is a concept of central importance in philosophy and religion.  It has multiple meanings. It is difficult to provide a single concise definition for Dharma, as the word has a long and varied history. There is no equivalent single word translation for Dharma in English language.  Yog Sadhan Ashram is offering a workshop on the topic of Dharma on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A simple, vegetarian lunch will be provided.

The workshop will be conducted by Acharya Hersh Ji, the Director of Yog Sadhan Ashram.  In this retreat, we will cover in detail the definition, meaning and types of Dharma.  Please come with questions.

Register:  Please email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Cost: $35 suggested minimum donation, however, no one will be turned away from lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions?  Email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com or Call 630-293-9554.

Join us for a new philosophy class series on the Katha Upanishad that starts tomorrow! For the next 6 Saturdays (1/4 – 2/8) at 1-3pm, Hershji will provide English translations and guide us through the meaning of the teachings in this great scripture. Suggested offering is $60 for the whole series. Email yogsadhanashramusa@gmail.com to sign up!

Throughout the Gita, Lord Krishna describes the need for samnyasa. What exactly does it mean? It is an inner renunciation of ownership and doership, and not outer renunciation of work, wealth, home etc. in Ramananda Prasad’s translation of the Gita, he provides a great summary of the 9 types of samnyasa:

(1) Renunciation of ac­tions forbidden by the scriptures (16.23-24),

(2) Renunciation of lust, anger, greed, fear, likes and dislikes, and jealousy (3.34, 16.21);

(3) Spurning of procrasti­nation in the search of Truth (12.09),

(4) Giving up feeling pride in one’s knowledge, detachment, devotion, wealth, and charitable deeds (15.05, 16.01-04);

(5) Rejection of selfish motives and attachment to the fruits of all works (2.51, 3.09, 4.20, 6.10),

(6) Renunciation of the feeling of doership and ownership in all undertakings (12.13, 18.53),

(7) Giving up thoughts of using the Lord to fulfill material desires (2.43, 7.16);

(8) Spurning attachments to material objects, such as a house, wealth, position, and power (12.19, 13.09); and

(9) Sacrifice of wealth, prestige, and even life for a noble cause and protection of righteousness (Dharma) (2.32, 4.28).

Let us remember that this path is long and difficult, and we may not be able to achieve full samnyasa overnight. But if we commit to do our best and trust that progress will be made with God’s grace, then we will surely find peace.

Hershji gave a very informative and inspiring lecture on prayer during our 2012 Yoga Retreat. This is a live audio recording, so you will also hear questions and dialogue among the group. Enjoy!

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