Let’s ring in the Bhav for 2023 with a Adhyatma Ramayana workshop at our San Diego ashram.

Manoj will guide us with stories and symbolisms of the Ramayana through the lens of Advaita Vedanta philosophy; where Lord Ram is an avatar of Consciousness (Higher Self of formless), Sita is us (lower self in form) and Hanuman is the uniter of us to Consciousness.



By Manoj Chalam
When:  January 27-29, 2023 (Friday to Sunday)
Where: Vivekodayam Ashrama (The Rising of Knowledge Center)
             3772 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Price:   $108 per person (non-refundable)
            Includes vegetarian lunch, snacks, coffee and the famous bomb chai
            You find your own hotel/AirBnB/accommodation. 
            (payment details below)

Friday, January 27: 
– Doors open 4PM for hangout and social (snacks & coffee/tea)
– Teachings from 6PM – 8PM
Saturday and Sunday, January 28 & 29
– Teachings from 10AM to 6PM 


We will also delve deeply into Hanuman’s Heroes Journey and how it connects the Form to the Formless. 

Many aspects of yoga come from Hanuman, including many asanas.  His father was Vayu, the wind deity so he taught the yogic world pranayama.  His guru was Surya, the Sun god so he taught the world Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation).  He is so intelligent that he is able to reconcile the three main systems of Vedanta philosophy: Dwaita (Duality), Vishishta Advaita (qualified non-duality) and Advaita (non-duality).

This is best illustrated in this story…

When this unassuming monkey becomes a superstar of the Ramayana, at the end, Ram asks Hanuman “Who are you?” 

Hanuman replies:

Deha bhavena dasosmi – “when I take identification with my body, I am your (God’s) servant.”

This is Dwaita, duality, where you are separate from God and thus express devotion, the path of Bhakti.

Jiva bhavena twadamshakaha – “when I take identification with the traveling soul, I am a part of you.”

This is Vishishta Advaita, qualified non-duality, where you are part of God. 

Atma bhavena twamevaham – “when I take identification with pure Consciousness, I am You”

This is Advaita, pure non-duality, where you and God are One.  

Saying this,
Hanuman ripped his chest open
to reveal his heart, 
his Ishtadevata,
Lord Ram. 

This is a little known story: Hanuman is actually an incarnation of Shiva and Shakti.  

Shiva was meditating on Mount Kailash one day and came to a realization that he shared with his wife Shakti.  He said it is time for Lord Ram to become the main ruler of the Universe.  His wife Shakti said “What are you saying, You are the main man!”  Lord Shiva replied, “No, things have changed. People are living too much in their head and excessive egotism has lead to divisiveness, jealousy, wars, etc.  So I’m going to incarnate as a lowly monkey so people will take me for granted.  Through my selfless service, I’m going to show everyone the power of Devotion and living from the heart.”  Shakti replied, “In that case, I’m going to incarnate as your tail so we will always be together.”  

So Hanuman is Shiva and his tail represents the Kundalini Shakti. The word Shakti also means power and that’s how he lights fire to the entire island of Lanka in the great epic of Ramayana. 

Jai Hanuman!


We expect this event to be Maha full.  A whole bunch of folks have signed up even before this email went out.  Kurt’s penchant for western order says keep it comfortable and not overcrowded (Schoolhouse Rock-style Elbow Room).  Manoj’s penchant for Indian chaos is this event is like an Indian bus of Bhav; we can always take one more.  What to do.

Ultimately Lord Ganesh decides, Ganesh is the Lord of Ganas (groups). 


STEP 1: Send text or email to Manoj


STEP 2: Send your $108 (non-refundable) payment to Manoj

– Venmo to @Mike-Chalam (last 4 digits of phone is 4869)

– Zelle to mikechalam@yahoo.com (bank account name is Jody Chalam)

– PayPal to mikechalam@yahoo.com and use “Friends” option so there is no additional charge.


Please give Manoj your cell number and he will include you in the Adhyatma Ramayana WhatsApp group for study, updates, questions, testing new jokes, etc.


Leeza Villagomez and the Jai Ma Bhav Band will prayerform Kirtan to amp up the Bhav.