Yoga is a complete science of self-discipline. Yoga balances, harmonizes, purifies and strengthens the Body, Mind and Soul. It shows the way to perfect health, mind control and peace with one’s Self.
Yoga postures focus first on the health of the spine. By maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength, blood circulation is increased and the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen.
Also the internal organs receive a massage and stimulation through the various movements.
Regular Yoga practice makes your body strong and gives you a peaceful mind and one-pointedness. This will give you a proper foundation for a profound study of the Upanishads.
Swami Tattvarupananda is the co-founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham along with Swami Govindananda and Swami Nivedanananda. This organization is conducting regularly Yoga Teachers Training Courses in India and abroad where Swami Tattvarupananda is teaching the Vedanta Philosophy and Sanskrit. (sivanandapeetham.org)
VEDANTA (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita etc)
The term ‘Vedanta’ refers to the Upanishads or Indian philosophy. The main subject matter in the Upanishad is : Who am I ? What is God ? What is this world ? These are the main three questions in our mind. To get the correct answers to these questions, one has to study and contemplate upon the teaching of the Upanishads.
The Upanishads are not merely speculative or logical texts; they describe the Ultimate Truth experienced by the great seers. There are about 108 important Upanishads according to the Muktikopanishad. A study of Upanishads is the starting point in any study of Indian philosophy.
Sree Sankaracharya, the great philosopher of India, has written elaborate commentaries on ten important Upanishads. They were later known as the ‘Principal Upanishads’. The cardinal message of the Upanishads is the oneness of God, man and the world.
To be able to study the Upanishads, you need to acquire a good knowledge of Sanskrit.
To learn any Indian scriptures you need to know the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit is the tool they used in communication. Therefore, it is important to know Sanskrit. The belief is that Sanskrit is the language of the gods. The term ‘Sanskritam’ (Sanskrit) means refined. Sanskrit has strict rules of grammar which were codified by the well-known grammarian Panini.
The Vedas, Puranas, Epics, Astrology and Ayurveda treatises were written in Sanskrit language. If anyone likes to explore the Indian philosophy, culture and literature, he should study Sanskrit.
Here in our Gurukulam we are conducting Sanskrit classes in three levels : Introduction to Sanskrit, Intermediate and Advanced level.
Introduction to Sanskrit : You will learn the alphabet, vowels, consonants and combination of both. We will also study the correct pronunciation and how to read Sanskrit.
Intermediate level : You will be learning certain words and how to use them in a sentence as well as in a conversation. This level will make you more confident and help you to become more familiar with Sanskrit.
Advanced level : You will be learning the grammar and especially the seven cases and how to use these cases, more words and more sentences. We will end this course with some important verses of the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
We offer a 2 weeks’ intensive course for each level. You will have daily 2 classes (morning and evening) as well as constant practical advice from the teacher. You should be ready to study on your own for at least 3 hours.
If you are motivated and follow the three levels step by step, you will be able to read and understand Sanskrit. We will take only a limited number of students for these courses. The course will be held in our Gurukulam as you need a proper and spiritual atmosphere to learn the language of the gods. Please contact us for any further information you may require.