Award-winning destination spa and wellness retreat Ananda in the Himalayas introduces a new series of programs centered on spiritual awakening and wellbeing. “The Bhagavad Gita” Vedanta Master Class Retreats is a new complimentary offering conducted by experts in Vedanta. A holistic wellness retreat on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate in the Himalayan foothills overlooking the spiritual river Ganga and Rishikesh valley, Ananda in the Himalayas creates an idyllic atmosphere to imbibe the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita. Each seven-day series conducted at the wellness property in February, April and May begins with the chanting of the verses, followed by explanations and its practical application to life.
This series is a week-long spiritual commitment to the path of realizing one’s essential being through the study of the Bhagavad Gita, considered the greatest manual for life and living, applicable to all human beings, irrespective of background. Senior disciples of Vedanta Academy founder Swami A. Parthasarathy, the master class retreats will be led by Joseph Emmett, Siddharth Jain and Shyam Nataraj. The series of retreats will be held at Ananda in the Himalayas on February 25 – March 3, April 8 – April 14 and May 6 – May 12. The master class series can be added on to any 7-night program at no extra cost.
At Ananda, daily interactive Vedanta talks, and teachings have been conducted for over two decades. Vedanta, derived from two words, Veda (knowledge) and Anta (end) is the ancient Indian philosophy which answers the fundamental questions of life. It designs the pursuit of happiness through logical and systematic exposition of eternal truths. The knowledge of Vedanta promotes an attitude of peace through dynamic action, while its philosophy leads one to the ultimate goal of self-realization. With this series, Ananda delves deeper into the Vedanta philosophy through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita has been a companion to some of the greatest people to ever live. Henry David Thoreau, the famed American writer noted, “In the early morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonic philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial”.