Udhava Surekha, the facilitator of the workshop, is a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. He has studied Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Shankaracharya. He is deeply indebted to the writings of Sri Aurobindo for helping him understand the Gita and the Veda. Taking time out of his full-time consultancy, Udhava teaches Vedanta part time to spread the knowledge of the ancient scriptures.
Vedanta gives us the vision of oneness of all beings, oneness of man with Nature. If one understands this vision, service to humanity and service to the world would come naturally. To introduce the students of Delhi University to this vision of oneness through illustrations and examples, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) organized a workshop on Vedanta.
Many students carry out social service and community assistance but only for a certificate or attendance. They are not clear as to what one gets from service if done with the right intentions and attitude. In this workshop, the facilitator helped them understand that through service they can become more self-aware—and therefore fulfil the most fundamental need of human life.
Attended by 20–25 students from the college’s social service society ‘Parivartan’, the interactive workshop was a great success. Questions were taken from all students individually after the workshop and addressed to take the deliberation further from the planned itinerary. The feedback was very positive and most students found the workshop ‘inspiring’ and ‘though-provoking’.