Jiva Institute offers the following seminars, conducted by Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji. For more details and dates please contact Jaya@jiva.org.
Ayurveda & Spirituality: How to lead a healthy life of purpose
Ayurveda is the traditional Indian science of integrated health. Ayurveda understands health through the functioning of the body, mind, and soul; it examines the complete person. Diagnosis is therefore designed to identify the cause of a problem and treat it accordingly as opposed to merely treating its symptoms. In this course, students will learn the definition of health, the three doshas (physical constitutions), how the doshas are related to various diseases, daily routines to maintain health, the three types of treatment, the three pillars of health, the three types of diseases, and the five types of karmas.
Sankhya Philosophy: Origins, Influence, and Modern Application
Sankhya is one of the six traditional systems of Indian philosophy. It is the oldest of all schools of philosophies and has influnced every school of Indian thought, including the Tantra schools. Since Sankhya forms the metaphysical and ontological foundation of both Yoga and Ayurveda, a thorough understanding of its principles is essential to fully be able to practice these more popular disciplines. Sankhya explains the evolution of matter and the three levels of material energy in the human body and universe at large. It is rooted in the principle of cause and effect and clarifies the reason for human suffering and ability to transcend it. Sankhya teaches us how to remain peaceful and stress free while functioning in daily modern life.
The Yoga of Dejection: 1st Chapter of Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most famous books in the world and a source of spiritual wisdom in the East and West. This course presents a comprehensive analysis of its first chapter, in which its protagonist Arjuna is completely dejected. Through investigating the layers of meaning in Arjuna’s depression, we are able to learn how to free ourselves from our sorrows in order to understand our true self. Students learn how to understand their personal tribulations as stepping stones to their ultimate success.
Vedic Psychology: Understanding the Complete Mind
In this course, the human mind is examined from a Vedic perspective. Students will learn about consciousness as a characteristic of the atma and its relation to the mind (manas), intellect (buddhi), ego (ahankara), and unconscious mind (chitta). The course describes the twenty-four modifications from primordial matter (prakrti), relation between the mind and physical body, relation between the mind and senses, the process of sense perception, memory, the distinction and respective categories of proper and improper knowledge, causes and cures for mental sickness, and the role of love in human life.
Yoga and Ayurveda: An authentic understanding for health and happiness
Yoga and Ayurveda are classical Indian sciences which have gained increasing popularity in our modern world. Why have these traditional systems experienced such a renaissance – because they have worked successfully for hundreds of years. But this resurgence has one considerable drawback – there are extensive misconceptions in the application of these ancient practices. This course provides an authentic overview of Yoga, Ayurveda, and their common philosophical system – Sankhya. The eight limbs of Yoga, kriyayoga, and the three doshas (physical constitutions) are specifically discussed.
The Art of Love: Find what you are looking for
Everyone is looking for happiness. Some seek it in wealth, or prestige, or food, or sex, or sports, or entertainment. But real happiness is found only in love. We all have an inherent craving for love. But most of us don’t know what love really is. Our ignorance and misconceptions prevent us from attaining that for which we yearn most deeply. This course teaches the alpha and omega of pure love, the qualification required to attain it, and the process to get it so that one’s life can be filled with bliss. Although everyone is eligible for love, and love is the ultimate goal of life, we still need certain qualifications to be successful on the path of love. If we are serious about love, just as in any pursuit, we better know what it takes to attain it. But we never think to learn the basics of love – we assume we know what love is and how to get it. This is the biggest misconception and cause of our failure. This seminar is unique in teaching the fundamental concept of love. If we realize the principles taught in this course, we will feel fulfilment in our life.
Vaishnava Philosophy: The Cream of the Vedas
Vaishnava Philosophy is the most popular philosophy practiced in India. It includes the most famous Indian scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana, and Upanishads. Many of the most prominent Indian teachers and sages over the past 1000 years were Vaishnvasa including Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbarkacharya, and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This course gives an overview of the various schools of Vaishnavism and their respective teachings. It explains the nature of the Absolute Reality and its intrinsic oneness and difference with the world and human beings.
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