3rd Bhagavad Geeta Retreat @ Fraser’s Hill: Group Assignments

During the retreat at Fraser’s Hill, we were divided into groups and given a group assignment. We would like to share with all the results of the assignment from the various groups so that we may all learn together!

Once again, we had a wonderful time at the retreat – and we look forward to having another one in 2019!

3rd Bhagavad Geeta Retreat @ Fraser’s Hill 2018

All participants with Ashok at the 3rd Geeta Retreat

3rd Bhagavad Geeta Retreat @ Fraser’s Hill 2018
written by Bro. Kumara

Ashok at his 3rd Bhagavad Gita Retreat continued to expound the truths of the scriptures. He gave us a good appetite on the Bhagavad Geeta, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas and extracts from other literatures.  We appreciated the abundance of knowledge there is in our scriptures. We revisited the beauty in Hinduism. We understood jnana, upasana and karma yoga as the path to liberation.

The cool climate at Frasers Hill accompanied with its lecture room ambiance was most conducive for a student to do ‘sravanam’ ‘mananam’ and ‘nidhiyasanam’. All our doubts got cleared with Ashok. Being with likeminded people, it was indeed a real retreat for all of us. Many also found comfort being away from the hustle bustle of city and family life. We came to realise that the Gita is undeniably our holy grail.

 

The beautiful view of our accommodation, and Ashok delivering his talks

Participants had opportunity in group assignments and presentations. Team working was so much fun. We saw many fine characters and wondered on the many divine qualities. It was interesting because members came from different backgrounds. There were ladies, men, some older, some younger, different occupations, some married, some not, working and retired, newcomers verses long-time devotees, etc. They all had a good sense of humour.

Working on the assignments

The diversity of activities made our 3 days-2nights stay with a group of 39 participants exciting. We had yoga in the mornings, walking down the trails/greenery, bird-watching, or just chatting and relaxing over a cup of coffee. Students were reenergized and rejuvenated. 

Enjoying the cool weather, getting rejuvenized

And soon it was time to return home. Ashok had shared plenty of advice for us to take back. Mine had 3 notable ones. Being grateful to have received this knowledge, not sure after how many past births is my first. This bliss is indescribable and you have to experience it yourself is my second. If the abundance of literature and discourses available has not helped you yet, believe me it will someday, keep striving with Ashok’s classes. We look forward to HIS next retreat.

Geeta Jayanti 2018: Chapter 17 today!

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev. 

We can’t believe we have almost come to the end of our Geeta Jayanti celebrations. We have had a beautiful 16 days so far, going through each chapter of the Bhagavad Geeta, working towards lifting ourselves higher.

For those of you who have been coming regularly, thank you for your support and we hope that you have enjoyed and benefitted from these days as much as we have. For those who have yet to come, it is not too late!

We would like to invite each and everyone to join us for Chapter 17 tonight, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm at Geeta Ashram Malaysia.

Geeta Jayanti 2018: Days 14 – 16

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

We would like to share with all of you highlights from Days 14 – 16 of Geeta Jayanti.

The host giving the welcome speech and introducing Swamiji

The commentary for Chapter 14 was given by Swami Supriyanandaji from Ramakrishna Mission.

 

Commentary for Chapter 15 given by DLS Swami Brahmanyanananda

We were blessed to have DLS Swami Brahmanyanananda give us the commentary on Chapter 15.

 

Chapter 16 by Dato’ J Jegadesan

Today’s commentary on Chapter 16 is by Dato J Jegadesan – Datoji has shared some excellent notes with us on Chapter 16, which we hope to share with you soon on the blog!

We would like to thank the hosts for days 14 – 16, namely:
Smt. Sita Shukla and Family
Society for Inner Resources Development (SIRD)
Shri Raman Kukreja and Family

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to participate in Geeta Jayanti yet, it’s not too late! We still have two days to go!!!

Please do join on 17.12.2018 for Chapter 17 – the speaker will be Smt Pummy Sharma.
On 18.12.2018, Geeta Jayanti day we will be having a full Geeta Havan in the morning from 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Geeta Jayanti celebrations will culminate on 18.12.2018 with a night programme, with Recitation of Chapter 18 & commentary by the High Commissioner of India, H E Mridul Kumar.

Jai Shree Krishna.

Geeta Jayanti: Days 11 – 13

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

We would like to share with all of you highlights from Chapters 11 – 13 of Geeta Jayanti.

Dr Rumesh truly gave us a wonderful commentary on Chapter 11. In summary, Chapter 11 has 4 parts to it – and one can use the mnemonic RUPA.
RUPA (cosmic form )
R- request
U – universal form
P – prayer
A – armed form

Dr Rumesh’s full commentary can be accessed here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11AQHGJu73UGi5sSIYzSaqG-vtJZSi3fm/view?usp=sharing

Day 12 of Geeta Jayanti – Devotees listening to Dr Sarinder Kumari sharing with us stories from Gurudev.

Dr Sarinder spoke on Chapter 12, the heart of the Geeta, and truly shared with us lessons from our beloved Gurudev. Here’s an audio clip of her commentary:

Day 13 Chapter 3 with Swami Supriyanandaji from Ramakrishna Mission

On 13.12.2018, we were blessed to have with us Swami Supriyanandaji from Ramakrishna Mission who gave us the commentary on Chapter 13.

We would like to thank the hosts for days 11 – 13, namely:
Dr. Rumesh Kumar Sharma and Family
Shri Suresh Ranga and Family (Singapore)
GAM Thursday Geeta Class Students

Geeta Jayanti 2018: Days 8 – 10 with our beloved Gurumaa :)

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

We had an amazing three days with our Beloved Gurumaa Geeteshwariji, whom we truly wished could have stayed with us longer. She shared with us Chapters 8, 9 and 10 of the Bhagavad Geeta. Here are some pictures from Days 8 -10.

Congregation taking a group picture with Gurumaa on 9.12.2018

Gurumaa giving her commentary with Smt Pummy Sharma as the translator

Gurumaa with some of the members of the Management Committee

We are also truly blessed to share with all of you the audio clips of Gurumaa’s Pravachan from Days 8 – 10. Here there are below!

Chapter 8:

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

We would like to thank the hosts for days 8 – 10, namely:
Shri/Smt Yogesh and Anjanna Sharma and Family
Dato’ Ramesh Kodamal and Family
Dr. Datesh Agarwal and Family

 

Geeta Jayanti 2018: Days 5 – 7

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

We have been having a wonderful time at Geeta Jayanti and the youth would like to apologize for the delay in the uploads. Here’s a recap from Day 5 – 7 with some salient points learned during those days.

Day 5, Chapter 5 of Geeta Jayanti.

The commentary for Chapter 5 was given by Shri Suresh Ranga. He highlighted that Chapter 5 is the basis of several spiritual schools in India. Even Paramhans Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi” emphasizes on Kriya Yoga which is based on chap 5.  Our life should be lived like the lotus flower which lives in this world but does not let the world live in us.

Day 6, Chapter 6 of Geeta Jayanti

On day 6, Shri B. R Letchumanan shared with us The Yoga of Self Discipline. He discussed the path to meditation – to be firmly established in God and achieve supreme bliss. One of the highlights of Chapter 6 is verse 6, which  emphasizes that you should lift yourself by yourself. The Atma is super consciousness. It is the higher self & can lift the lower self such as ego. Thus we create our own reality. No one can do this for us. The Lord also says in this chapter that without doubt the mind is fickle and it is difficult to control, but it can be done through practice and dispassion.

Chapter 7 of Geeta Jayanti

Sister Nirmlah gave us an excellent commentary on Chapter 7. The main highlights of this Chapter are:
– Ishwara’s Gyaan, Iccha and Kriya Shaktis sustain this universe
– These 3 Ishwara’s Shaktis are our glories.
– To overcome our delusion we have to cross Ishwara’s maya shakti
– For knowledge to blossom into wisdom orientation is needed to remind us we are not the body. Otherwise the 3 Gunas delude us.
– Maya makes the limitless Brahman limited. Because we identify with body and mind we set ourselves with limited goals.
– We attempt to control the world and get under the trap of Maya.
– To free ourselves from this delusion use our willpower and do punya to eliminate our past karmas.

 

We would like to thank the hosts for days 5 – 7, namely:
Shri Lucky Sadhwani and Family
Shri Prakash Lal and Family
Shri Naseeb and Family (PJ Hills Catering)

May Bhagawan Shree Krishna continue to bless you and your family with abundance. 

Look out for Gurumaa’s pravachans next!

 

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