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Philosophical Discourses

Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj will present discourses in Hong Kong from 15 to 24 October 2015. The discourses are an opportunity for students of Yoga to reflect more deeply on the philosophical precepts of Yoga. A student can clarify concepts, apply these concepts to one's own experiences, and ultimately, gain a deeper understanding of one's own self.

About Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj


Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaji is currently the head of Jagadguru Sannyasa Ashram in Rishikesh. He is respectfully called as Maha-Mandaleshwar — “Keeper and Defender of the Vedas”. Receiving formal initiation into sannyasa in 2013, and being made a Maha-Mandaleshwar, he moved to Rishikesh where the Sanyas Ashram is located.


In his earlier years, Swamiji studied Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Bombay University. During this period he saw and heard Pujya Swami Chinmayananda for the first time. The Master’s strong conviction of Truth remained with him long after this first introduction to Vedanta. He went on to complete the Brahmachari course of the Chinmaya Mission, and following this period he has studied under other respected teachers of Vedantic and Bhakti texts.


While maintaining the spiritual traditions of the Ashram and putting in efforts to take the Ashram to greater heights of glory, Swamiji also travels to places in India and to countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy and France where eager gatherings welcome him. 


There will be two streams of discourses, a stream on Blessings of the Enlightened One, a stream on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and one discourse on the Aims of Life.  


Discourse: Blessings of the Enlightened One


Swamiji will present discourses drawing from a text called Brahmavida Ashirwadah (Blessings of the Enlightened One). The premise of this text is the question: If you met a Brahmajñāni (an enlightened one), what would you ask of him/her? If a seeker is unaware of what ought to be sought from such a master, he/she fails to realise the potential of such an opportunity and gets caught in his own projections, in his own preferences. Swamiji will also draw from The Bhagavad Gita.

Exposition on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Swamiji will lead interested students in a detailed study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This will involve investigation, inquiry and reflection on each sutra and it’s meaning.
Discourse: Aims of Life
Swamiji will present a discourse particularly inspired by the concept of the Purusarthas  (the four aims of life). This concept helps the listener to reflect on the aims of life. It can help one to gain clarity on their goals and purpose in life. The talk is scheduled to allow those who work office hours to be able to attend before their work day begins. Tea, coffee and toast will be offered after the talk.

Vegetarian Picnic & Discourse

Join us for an outdoor gathering and vegetarian pot-luck picnic with our esteemed guest Mahamandeleshwar Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri. During the picnic, Swami Abhishek Chaitanya will give a one-hour discourse. The picnic will be held on the lawn in Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, a 10-minute walk from our centre on the harbour front.
For the picnic, please bring along a vegetarian dish to share (no eggs please). Please also bring along something to sit on (such as a blanket) as well as plates and cutlery. 
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Address: Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
By Bus: 4x, 43 X, 90B or 94X
By MTR: Sheung Wan MTR Exit D. Cross the footbridge to the Macau ferry terminal and then go west along the coast


Schedule Blessings of the Enlightened One Exposition on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Aims of Life
15 October 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm    
16 October 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm 7:00pm - 8:00pm  
17 October 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm    
18 October 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm 6:45pm - 7:45pm  
19 October 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm 2:45pm - 3:45pm  
20 October 2015 6:15pm - 7:15pm 2:30pm - 3:30pm  
21 October 2015

12:00pm - 2:30pm (Picnic & Discourse)

7:00pm - 8:00pm  
22 October 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm   7:30am - 8:30am
23 October 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm  7:00pm - 8:00pm  
24 October 2015   6:45pm - 7:45pm  















There is no charge for attending the discourses. If you wish to, you may offer Guru Dakshina (an offering) to Swamiji.

Registration by email or phone is appreciated.


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