Two-day study camp on the Upanishads in Patiala:
A two-day study camp was organized by the Patiala branch of Sri Aurobindo Society from 12th to 13th of April 2014. The theme was the Upanishads in the light of Sri Aurobindo. Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Director of SAFIC, facilitated the study camp and explained to the participants the various aspects of the Upanishads. Along with an introduction to all the Upansihads, three major Upanishads (Isha, Kena and Katha) were discussed elaborately. Twenty seekers from various parts of the Hindi Zone participated in the camp.
One-day Seminar in Sirsa:
The Sirsa branch of Sri Aurobindo Society organized a one-day seminar on Yoga in everyday life on 14th of April 2014. Dr. Sampadananda Mishra who was invited as a speaker, spoke on Srimad Bhagavad Gita in the light of Sri Aurobindo. He spoke on the relevance of Gita’s teachings in our day to day life. Dr. Mishra elaborated on the work done by Sri Aurobindo Society in this regard and also presented the contents of the multimedia CD on the Gita prepared by Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. This evoked keen interest amongst the participants as could be evinced by the sincerity with which they participated in the programme.
At Ramakrishna Mission College, Narendrapur, Kolkata:
Dr. Mishra was invited to address students of the Non-formal Sanskrit learning center at Ramakrishna Mission College, Narendrapur, Kolkata. Addressing the students and a few teachers, Dr. Mishra explained the importance and relevance of Sanskrit for present times. He stressed that Sanskrit is a language of Yoga and one can get the benefits of Pranayama by consciously using Sanskrit. He also explained that a lot of speech related disorders and disabilities can be avoided by using Sanskrit. He also shared his experience of using Sanskrit for Speech therapy and voice culture.
Two-day Workshop on Mantra, Mind and Memory:
Bharatiya Sanskriti Sansad, Kolkata, organized a two-day workshop on Mantra, Mind and Memory in collaboration with SAFIC on 26th and 27th of April, 2014. Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Director, SAFIC facilitated the workshop. On the first day Dr. Mishra explained to participants about the importance of developing inner faculties like concentration, memory etc. The importance of multiple concentration was explained to the participants through various activities and presentations. On the second day the focus was on using Mantras for silencing the mind. The importance of Mantra-yoga was explained and the ways of chanting various Mantras were shown to the participants. Twenty two participants from various parts of Kolkata participated in the workshop.
Below is the feedback from two young participants:
We sincerely thank you for conducting a workshop on mantra chanting and concentration at our premises. We were not aware of many things that you spoke of and found your insights very revealing and are encouraged to explore and understand more about our traditions and existing knowledge base that has largely been ignored by the mainstream education system. – Aman Gopal Surekha
It was a very informative and helpful workshop and it has reinforced my desire to know more about Sanskrit and our rich Indian heritage and culture and play a part in trying to preserve and popularise it. – Harsh Modi