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Malibu Retreat

A THREE DAY RETREAT TO ASK YOURSELF:

WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

Discover life’s purpose at a three-day retreat in the hills of Malibu with internationally acclaimed scholar of Vedanta, Sunandaji

23 – 25 September 2016
Calamigos Guest Ranch, Malibu

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The Speaker

 

This is not a meditation retreat, nor a spa getaway. In this immersion with Sunandaji, world-renowned philosopher and teacher, you will receive a down to earth presentation of the eternal truths of life.

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Schedule

 

Learn the art of managing one’s desires to find lasting satisfaction in life. Discover and fulfill the purpose of human existence while uplifting the mind and body with music, yoga and a vegan diet..

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Venue

 

Set on 130 natural acres of Malibu Wine Country, the Calamigos Ranch is a premier location for wellness, and healing. Calamigos is the ideal location to take time out of your busy schedule to delve into yourself and your life’s mission.

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Text

 

Study the Bhaja Govindam, an ancient philosophical text of India, via lectures and interactive sessions. The Bhaja Govindam highlights the two human motivations – acquisition and enjoyment. It points out the delusion in external pursuit and urges one to seek the supreme Self.

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Standard Single
$1000

Single room
Meals
Lectures
Yoga
Q & A Sessions
Group Discussions

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Standard double
$1500

Two standard bedrooms
Meals
Lectures
Yoga
Q & A Sessions
Group Discussions

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Deluxe Cottage (single)
$1500

Single room cottage
King Size Bed
Private deck
Meals
Lectures
Yoga
Q & A Sessions
Group Discussions

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Deluxe Cottage (couple)
$2000

Single room cottage
King Size Bed
Private deck
Meals
Lectures
Yoga
Q & A Sessions
Group Discussions

 

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Deluxe Bungalow
$2800*

King sized bed
Premium bathroom
Private balcony
Studio living space
Meals
Lectures
Yoga
Q & A Sessions
Group Discussions

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Sunandaji

Daughter-Disciple

Sunandaji is the daughter-disciple of internationally eminent philosopher Swami Parthasarathy. She has been imbibing Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of India for over three decades.

Powerful Presentation

Her clear and powerful presentation of ancient wisdom in contemporary thought has been acclaimed by prestigious organisations including the Young Presidents’ Organization and many leading universities around the world.  Read recent press articles on Sunandaji.

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Diverse Audiences

Sunandaji has addressed diverse audiences across four continents for the past twenty years.

Administrator

Sunandaji is a senior administrator and trustee of the Vedanta Cultural Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to the study, research and propagation of Vedanta. The Foundation has been accorded the coveted status of a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation by the Government of India. The Foundation also established the Vedanta Academy in Malavli Hills, 108 km from Mumbai.

Bhaja Govindam

Seek the Self, seek the Self. O foolish mind! At the destined time,
mundane activity would never indeed save you.

The Bhaja Govindam highlights the two human motivations – acquisition and enjoyment. Its thirty­ one verses point out the delusion in external pursuit and urges one to seek the supreme Self.

It was composed by the philosopher­-saint Adi Sankaracarya, popularly known as Sankara. He was born in 788 A.D. in Kaladi, a village in the west coast of India. Early in life he took to sannyasa, celibacy and renunciation. He died at the age of thirty­ one.

The Bhaja Govindam gives out the basic instructions on life.

Venue: Calamigos Guest Ranch, Malibu CA

A fifth-generation owned property nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. For 60 years, the Gerson family has fine-tuned an outstanding 130-acres of exquisite Malibu countryside. Calamigo’s is now a top-ranking special events location for guests and locals of Southern California. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, this resort offers elegant indoor accommodations topped off with the comforts of home. With a friendly staff at your service and a variety of on-site modern amenities, one is sure to have a favorable stay at Calamigo’s Guest Ranch. Welcome.

Schedule

Sunandaji will teach the Sanskrit text Bhaja Govindam, offering insight into the vain search for peace and happiness in the external world.

Clarify questions from the opening session with Sunandaji.

End the day with a relaxed light vegan meal.

Arise early to make the most of the day

Derived from Atmabodha the Sanskrit composition of Adi Sankaracarya, this invocation directs us to contemplate at an early hour of the day upon the Self.

English Translation:
“Early morning, I contemplate upon Atman, the essential Self shining in the heart, which is existence, ­knowledge­, bliss, supreme goal, fourth, which constantly cognizes the waking, dream and deep sleep states. I am that indivisible Brahman, Reality and not the assemblage of elements.”

One hour is given in the early morning to study Vedanta. This time is given for each individual to look within, reflect and contemplate upon the truths provided in the literature. Through daily study in the early hours of the morning, the intellect develops clarity and the mind becomes purer.

A hatha yoga class is offered to keep the body flexible and strong.

This invocation is directed to the sun. The Gayatri mantra is an appeal by the seeker to the divine Sun within to emerge from the cloud of desires and shine forth Its resplendent light.

English Translation:
“We meditate upon the adorable effulgence the divine Sun ­that may that unfold our intellects.”

“Physical fitness is conducive for spiritual development, just as fertile soil is for cultivation”

Fresh locally made vegan breakfast

Sunandaji will teach the Sanskrit text Bhaja Govindam, offering insight into the vain search for peace and happiness in the external world.

We will study two works of English poetry which convey great human values. The message of the poem is designed to guide us to the deeper philosophy of Vedanta, through which peace and success can be achieved.

We will study:
“The Turkey and the Ant” by John Gay
“Even This Shall Pass Away” by Theodore Tilton

Relax in the beautiful Malibu hills for a farm fresh lunch.

Small Group discussion is an an exercise whereby you will work with other attendees and a graduate of the Vedanta Academy to formulate a specific question pertaining to Vedanta. It is through rigorous questioning that the intellect is developed and the principles can be understood.

There must always be chai!

Continuing with Bhaja Govindam, Sunandaji will delve further into the motivations that guide our life.

The questions formulated in the small group discussion will be taken up with Sunandaji.

End the day with a relaxed light vegan meal.

Arise early to make the most of the day

Derived from Atmabodha the Sanskrit composition of Adi Sankaracarya, this invocation directs us to contemplate at an early hour of the day upon the Self.

English Translation:
“Early morning, I contemplate upon Atman, the essential Self shining in the heart, which is existence, ­knowledge­, bliss, supreme goal, fourth, which constantly cognizes the waking, dream and deep sleep states. I am that indivisible Brahman, Reality and not the assemblage of elements.”

One hour is given in the early morning to study Vedanta. This time is given for each individual to look within, reflect and contemplate upon the truths provided in the literature. Through daily study in the early hours of the morning, the intellect develops clarity and the mind becomes purer.

A hatha yoga class is offered to keep the body flexible and strong.

This invocation is directed to the sun. The Gayatri mantra is an appeal by the seeker to the divine Sun within to emerge from the cloud of desires and shine forth Its resplendent light.

English Translation:
“We meditate upon the adorable effulgence the divine Sun ­that may that unfold our intellects.”

“Physical fitness is conducive for spiritual development, just as fertile soil is for cultivation”

Fresh locally made vegan breakfast

Sunandaji will teach the Sanskrit text Bhaja Govindam, offering insight into the vain search for peace and happiness in the external world.

A chance to review the entire module, and present any final clarifications for discussion.

Videos

Stress Management

Acquisition and Enjoyment

Fate vs Freewill

The Perfect Marriage

Establishing Harmony and Relationships

Building Relationships

Combining Peace and Prosperity

The Technique Of Living

Its Time To Focus On Your Life

Vedanta, The End Of Knowledge

Parenting, An Art