DIVE DEEP INTO YOGIC SPIRITUALITY
Murtis & Vedanta for the 21st Century
$108 total fees
Murtis = Archetypes of Hindu/Buddhist deities
Vedanta = non-dual philosophy
With Dr. Manoj & Jyothi Chalam
4th Annual January Retreat:
Jan 17-20th, 2019
Begins Jan 17th 5-8pm , Jan 18-20th 7:30am-6pm
$108 includes gourmet Sattvic lunch, snacks, coffee& chai
Adventure to the Realm where Mythology and Murtis meet
Get Inspired in Your Hero’s Journey by Uncovering your Yogic Archetype along with Shared Storytelling
with Manoj Chalam
Explore Texts: Vedanta Dindima
Verses 8-16 and
Bhakti Compositions of Tyagaraja
with Jyothi Chalam
Each Verse we contemplate and practice on is a hologram of the whole.
Ashram style teaching:
- 7:30-8:30 Morning Puja – Meditation
- 8:45-9:50 Yoga Asana
- 10:30-12:30 Murtis – Archetypes
- 12:30-2:30 Lunch, Nap, coffee/chai
- 2:30-4:30 Proclamations of Vedanta
- 4:30-5:00 Snacks, Coffee/Chai
- 5:00-6:00 Murtis – Archetypes
To Sign Up: PayPal or Venmo $108 to Manoj (use family and friends) and email address; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Paypal Here
Retreat Address: Unique Arts Temple 7868 Silverton Ave, Suite J, San Diego, CA
“Some thoughts on our Retreats” Retreat News and Logistics:
5-6 pm Group Introductions with mango lassi, samosas, snacks, chai, coffee
6-8 pm Teachings, Team exercises
- 7:30 – 8:30 Morning Puja – Meditation
- 8:45 – 9:50 Yoga Asana
- 10:30-12:30 Murtis – Archetypes
- 12:30- 2:30 Lunch, Nap, coffee/chai
- 2:30 – 4:30 Proclamations of Vedanta
- 4:30 – 5:00 Snacks, Coffee/Chai
- 5:00 – 6:00 Murtis – Archetypes
My wife Jyothi and I will co teach. Our Bios are at the bottom of this email. You already know me as a murti wallah/scientist/story teller that illuminates archetypical and synchronistical living in samsara with a lightness of being.
These days people call me a spiritual stand up comedian but I often fall flat on my face and that keeps my ego in check.
Jyothi is a Maha scholar and teacher of Advaita Vedanta philosophy (and my teacher) as well as an accomplished South Indian classical music singer. Many people end up studying Vedanta and Puja from Jyothi by Zoom after the retreat. All at no charge.
OUR INTENT AND COMMUNITY
I’m still getting emails from people who shifted deeply from the one week retreat in August. Including someone who couldn’t come but got a Darshan hit by talking to an attendee who had a massive transformation.
Face to face group energy is very much needed today. Because interconnectivity and spiritual sadhana lead to spiritual Intersubjectivity.
Consciousness research shows that spiritual Intersubjectivity happens when our subjective experiences co-mingle and gets escalated to flow states and to transformations that persist.
Murti Flow State is about aligning with the source energy. Includes 21st century team practices such as Liberating structures and hero’s journey. Along with ancient practices such as mythology, meditations on archetypical symbols and shared story telling.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes. -Marcel Proust
His actual quote was
“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.”
This is Murti Dhrishthi. Myths and Murtis point us to infinite eyes.
Seers of Reality. Rishis are the Seers.
So we have a great community of students/friends/yoga teachers/corporate burnouts and general seekers, that attend the retreats and we have a great time connecting with like-minded people and building community and friendships.
GETTING INTO THE DIGITAL AGE
Lots happening. Despite the face to face emphasis, we are reluctantly entering the digital Bhav. What to do.
- About 108 hours of podcasts and videos of Jyothi and I are going to be filmed.
- Web site with e-Darshan of Murtis and Vedanta teachings is here!
- People are called to serve and doing all this as part of Seva.
- To bring out the teachings in the digital age. All in the Bhav.
Our intent is for the digital to spark an interest in people to attend our face to face retreats in our temple as well as workshops when we travel. Let’s see what happens. We can make all the plans we want but Ganesh decides.
Name of the web site is www.MurtisAndVedanta.com
Please keep in mind that as far as web site goes, we are transitioning metaphorically from the ancient Sarasvati civilization to the 21st century.
As most of you know, we have never had a functioning web site nor social media presence during the 18 years we have been doing this. It’s been created with great devotion by our Seva leader, Sierra.
The Podcast will be interview style – created/filmed/edited by Sierra and her team of Jeanette and Kurt. A lot of really useful information on Murtis & Vedanta will be posted, on the upcoming podcasts and videos.
A “Find your Ishtadevata” Online course developed by Sierra. With some high quality murti pictures by Jeanette. Check it out, great for Teacher Trainings, yoga students and anyone interested in how to Work with your Archetype/Ishta Devata and How to deal with Bhav Busters! Preview Course Here
I’m also trying to persuade our daughter Janita (a techie) to develop Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning bots for Murtis and Ishtadevatas. That’s going to really jack me up. Stay tuned.
“The real AI is Archetypal Intelligence living our hero’s journey.” -Manoj
Ram Dass Foundation interviewed me on their podcast in September 2018. If you are on our mailing list, you will receive a message when it is available. To be added: Sign Up Here Sierra will add you to the list.
And finally, love to you all – we have a heart connection. I love our chats at various events or by texts. And I’m wonderstruck by your humility, intellect, grace and above all, Bhakti.
Anam Cara…Gaelic for Soul Friend
Please come with an open heart. To get the most benefit of Vedanta Sadhana practices, hit the reset switch in your mind and make it a beginners mind with minimal prior conditionings. Especially important when you are a yoga or spiritual teacher.PAYMENT
PayPal (or Venmo) to my email the fees ($108/person). Please use the friends and family option for PayPal payments Paypal Here PayPal email is email@example.com
Quality Inn. Off the freeway. 2.2 mi, 7 min drive. Inexpensive but decent. Very close to temple. Can’t walk around to stores or restaurants. Breakfast included. $89/night+tax for room with 2 beds. Maybe slightly different for Jan. 9350 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego CA 92126 Phone 858-578-4350. Ask for room block under “Manoj”
Parking near my temple: Our temple is in a business park and there are quite a few parking spaces around as well as on the street. Please don’t park in an illegal spot and pray to Ganesh and make him a co conspirator. Because Ganesh will not get the ticket, you will.
Cell is 858-735-4869
BIOS OF MANOJ & JYOTHI
Manoj is the Murti Wallah, somebody who schleps and sells Murtis (statues of Hindu & Buddhist deities), teaches their symbolisms, archetypes, philosophy, mythology and a story teller who combines science, popular culture, psychotherapy and whatever I can get my hands on. I’m a scientist by training (Ph.D. In chemical engineering from Cornell) and try also to keep the whole thing real with a healthy dose of humor.