Murtis and Vedanta

Timeless Teachings from the Traditions of India

What We Do

SAMPLE WORKSHOPS

 

Govinda

1) Form & Formless: Hindu/Buddhist Deity Archetypes & Enlightenment

By Dr. Manoj & Jyothi Chalam

Enlightenment (in the Vedanta tradition) is the journey of Knowing the Self, abiding in the Self and seeing the same Self in others with love and compassion. Jyothi will guide you through the 3 practices of non dualistic Advaita Vedanta philosophy:  Shravanam (listening), Mananam (contemplation) and Nidhidhyasana (abiding in the Self).

The question then arises, what role do these deities such as Ganesh, Shiva, Lakshmi, Buddha,Tara play in this journey?. Manoj will bring in statues of these deities and relate their symbolisms to our journey to enlightenment. Through humorous archetypical story telling, discover your Isthadevata (personal archetype), uncover their secret symbolisms and learn the five ways to work with them as part of a practice towards spiritual awakening.

(This workshop is 80% lecture, 10% meditation, 5% Mantras and 5% light spiritual stretches.)


2) Hindu & Buddhist Deities: Their Most Entertaining Stories & Secret Symbolism And Why it’s Relevant in Your Heroine’s JourneyLakshmi 1244

By Dr. Manoj & Jyothi Chalam
Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will take you on an humorous story telling journey and will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us.  We will all kayak the collective unconscious of Jungian Archetypes that guide us in our heroine’s journey to Self Actualization or Enlightenment.  Uncover their hidden symbolisms and learn the five ways to work with them as part of a spiritual practice.
Manoj will help you find your archetype/personal deity/Ishtadevata
(This workshop is 80% lecture, 10% meditation, 5% Mantras and 5% light spiritual stretches.)

3) Awaken Shakti – the Goddess Archetype within you

In your Heroine’s JourneyKaliMaa

By Dr. Manoj & Jyothi Chalam
This class is suitable for men and women. The pinnacle of the Goddess archetype is the Wisdom Goddess with side archetypes of the Mother and the luminous Devi. Discover the archetypes of the slumbering Goddesses or Shakti within us as Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, Durga, Tara and Kwan Yin. Unleash this Shakti, within you as the creative power of the One. This Shakti archetype guides us through all aspects of life transitions such as adulthood, relationships, marriage, parenting, profession, mentoring and finally enlightenment. With Shakti’s guidance, we are able to fully express the heroine’s journey to Self Actualization.
Manoj will help you find your personal deity Goddess archetype
(This workshop is 80% lecture, 10% meditation, 5% Mantras and 5% light spiritual stretches.)

4) How to invoke Lakshmi and Shiva – the Yogic archetypes of all 4 Quadrants In your Heroine’s Journey

By Dr. Manoj & Jyothi ChalamLakshmi
This class is suitable for men and women. Understand how working with Goddess Lakshmi helps us through all aspects of of a Grihastha Yogi, balancing the material and spiritual aspects of a householder yogi.
Invoke Shiva as the dancing Ananda Tandava, the archetype of Transitions and the joy of embodiment.

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We are going to symbolically kayak through Jung’s collective unconscious for both these Archetypes. And how entertaining story telling fully expresses our hero’s journey to Self Actualization.

(This workshop is 95 % lecture and 5% chanting)
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