Vikasa 2016 – A Microcosm of Life’s AlaCarte packed into 7 days

Vikasa 2016 – A  Microcosm of Life’s AlaCarte packed into 7 days Anuva Agarwal, VIF A bright yellow jacket clad someone scampered across the two train boogies booked for the participants of Vikasa 2016, trying to remember each personality she met, absorbing each name, and failing miserably in containing her wonder when she first shook hands with the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and […]

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Vikasa 2016: Participants Experiences

Vikasa means progress, Vikasa means development! Vikasa 2016 : A Leadership program for the Youth, with an Indic approach was jointly offered by Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation at Rishikesh, Himalayas in December 2016. The program blended insightful sessions, hand-on activities, local outing and self-reflection and meditation. 55 young people from different parts of the country, eager to make […]

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Thoughts on Education

Krishnamurti, a visionary, philosopher, speaker and writer, says that there are two instruments available to us: the instrument of knowledge that helps us acquire various skills and the instrument of intelligence that comes from keen observation and awareness.  A good educational system should ensure the proper development of both these instruments. Sri Aurobindo and The Mother believed that education begins […]

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Siddhar Charithiram: Karuvoorar

~ Venkatapathy and Sooryanarayan This is an ongoing series on the Siddhar Paramabarai of India. Siddha refers to perfected masters who have achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. We look at various Siddhas who have graced upon this earth with their Presence – their life and the wisdom they shared in the form […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 4

One day Shantanu sees Satyavati and falls in love with her. He approaches her father, and her father lays down conditions which Shantanu is not ready to meet. And hence he comes back to his kingdom, Hastinapura. Devavrata comes to know of this. He pursues Satyavati’s father and asks for Satyavati’s hand in marriage for his father. Satyavati’s father lays […]

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Prashnottara: Shanti Mantras

Om sahanaavavatu sahanaubhunaktu sahaveeryam karavaavahai Tejasvinaavadheethamastu maavidvishaavahaihi Om shanthi shanthi shanthihi Om Shri Gurubhyo Namaha Hari Hi Om   Why do we start with a Prayer? Vikasa (name of the retreat program) means progress. Now when we say progress, we can look at two specific dimensions of it. One dimension is outer progress. Outer progress includes even our career progress […]

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Kathalaya: Bhajagovindam Stories-5

  Bhajagovindam was composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. In this composition, Adi Sankaracharya talks about the importance of devotion to God and how it can make our lives happy and fulfilling. In this series we would be explaining the meaning of each sloka through a story. This month we highlight the importance of devotion and how it can make a […]

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