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A rare opportunity for an immersion into the study and practice of Upanishadic knowledge under the guidance of Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha.
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha has inspired countless seekers to apply the eternal concepts of the Upanishads in modern life. His living knowledge of the Upanishads is a transformational force that helps seekers to expand the mind and heart, and realize growth and fulfillment in all spheres of life.
Upanishads – The Eternal Treasure of Knowledge
Upanishads are the final and the loftiest revelations enshrined in the Vedas. They deal with knowledge and knowledge alone. But this knowledge is not about any material object, deity or philosophy; it is the knowledge of our own real identity.
Religions depend on the faith in some concept of God. Upanishads exhort us to transcend all faiths and concepts, and to discover the Truth first hand.
Upanishadic presentations have a transcendental note, giving us a touch of our innate divinity. They provide illustrations to help us make our mind flexible, impersonal, and vast – finally making it one with the Transcendental Reality.
The Upanishads are the result of the deepest relentless enquiry of the human mind:
How Relevant is the Study of Upanishads Today?
Upanishads are prehistoric – authored how many thousands of years ago we do not know. But they deal with a knowledge, which is eternal, and which when practised makes man aware of his eternal identity. All troubles of human life, whether modern or ancient, arise from ignorance of our real identity.
Knowledge of our real identity
It relieves us from selfish constrictions and the resulting stresses.
Not a theoretical study – the knowledge has to be lived
The purpose of the Upanishads is to provide ultimate fulfillment to human mind – irrespective of time, religious or racial identity. Fulfillment means removal of all greed and insufficiencies. Such a mind excels in confidence, poise, virtues and skills.
Upanishads are a record of:
A mere theoretical knowledge about our true identity has no value unless we strive to become what we have learnt. So, the emphasis must be to relate everything, each word if possible, to our saadhana (spiritual pursuit) – our life, our mind, our deficiencies and constrictions. Truly speaking, Vedanta is not a scholarly study of the scriptures but a way of life.
Upanishadic Knowledge leads to an Integrated Personality
The worldly attractions and repulsions are always pulling our mind outward, making us slave to the external situations.
Knowledge of the Upanishads helps us live and act in the world remaining firmly anchored to our inmost Self. We discover that nothing in the world can really overpower our mind. We can possess or lose anything without getting bound by it, without getting affected by the gain or loss.
The knowledge when practiced frees our mind from the bondages and insufficiencies it suffers from. It integrates the mental, emotional, and intelligential aspects of our personality.
by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha
Dates: 22nd to 31st March 2019
Venue: Centre for Inner Resources Development, Delhi NCR
Address: Sector 5A, Vasundhara, (Near Patrakar Apartments), Ghaziabad District, Uttar Pradesh - 201 012, INDIA
What are the objectives of such a Programme?
Through a rational exposure to the study of the Upanishads and Bhagavadgeeta, the participant will
Close interaction with Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha will present a unique opportunity to understand how the Upanishadic wisdom can shape and guide every aspect of our life.
|"One must live the knowledge. Scriptural knowledge without the living experience is like the picture of fire, it can neither illumine nor burn".
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha.
Who should consider joining this course?
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha
“As the knowledge of Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics does not depend on one’s national, ethnic or religious identity, so too is the knowledge of our Real Identity as revealed in the Upanishads.”
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha, fondly known as ‘Nutan Swamiji’, has been deeply spiritual right from childhood. At 24, he was initiated into the pursuit of Brahmavidya by Baba Gangadhara Paramahamsa. In 1987, he renounced professional life and dedicated himself to the service of Poojya Swamiji in all aspects of his mission.
Scientific quest and Spiritual pursuit have been complementary in Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha’s life. His exposition of Upanishads and Bhagavadgeeta excels in clarity and experiential profundity. Nutan Swamiji’s deep and powerful chanting of Sanskrit shlokas touches the core of the listeners’ heart.
Nutan Swamiji regularly conducts discourses and classes on Upanishads & Bhagavadgeeta in India, USA and Malaysia.
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha
Venue: Centre for Inner Resources Development, Delhi (CIRD Jamshedpur building visible on the left)
Enlightened Living - 22 to 31 March 2019
Tentative Daily Retreat Schedule
The participants will be provided shared accommodation and food at the Centre (Centre for Inner Resources Development, Delhi). Rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with attached bath and toilet. The participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements and also come prepared with sufficient personal clothing and other items.
What is expected of the participants throughout the program?
Spiritual Knowledge is a pursuit in itself and not linked to remuneration. In consonance with this spirit, there is no fee for this programme.
However all welfare programs of the Ashram are made possible by the generous support and contributions from individuals who believe in such benevolent activities. Ashrams exist solely for ensuring welfare and cohesion of the society. Of all the various societal-welfare activities, conducted by Narayanashrama Tapovanam, under the guidance of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, the primary focus is “dissemination of spiritual knowledge”.
For more information on the Ashram and Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha please visit our online resources. Discourses, audio, articles, photographs, quotations and other links available at:
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Satsang Hall, CIRD Delhi
Poojya Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha conceived of the Centre for Inner Resources Development (CIRD) as a unique knowledge institution that will help individuals discover and harness their Inner Resources to develop a poised all-embracing personality through a deeper understanding of the human mind. Under his guidance, workshops, classes, satsangs, etc. are held at CIRD regularly. CIRDs have been established in Delhi, Jamshedpur, Malaysia & USA.
Narayanashrama Tapovanam – Our Ashram
Narayanashrama Tapovanam, emerged as an abode of learning around Poojya Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha in 1963. The Ashram located in Trichur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual Master. The focus is on the study of the mind and its behavioural intricacies – to make it free and fulfilled.
Narayanshrama Tapovanam in Trichur, Kerala, India
The Ashram contributes significantly to the cultural welfare and evolution of the society, playing an active role in the environmental and economic welfare of the surrounding villages.
Venginissery, P.O. Paralam, Trichur, Kerala - 680 563
Phone: (0487) 2277963, 2278302
Do I have to know Sanskrit? Will I be learning to recite the scriptures?
Prior knowledge of Sanskrit is not essential. There will be shloka chanting and Sanskrit appreciation classes. Practice of shloka recitation with correct pronunciation leads to rhythmic breathing, concentration and attention.
I have no familiarity with Vedanta or Indian culture. Should I apply?
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha says, “Vedantic knowledge and practice does not depend on religion or racial origin. Prior knowledge of Vedanta and Indian culture is not essential. The primary requirement of participants is an eagerness to learn, an open mind and an aspiration for self-transformation. “
What is the meaning of Saadhana?
Spiritual knowledge becomes meaningful only when it is lived. Saadhana means striving to live the knowledge.
Will this program cover meditation? Will I be taught to meditate?
Although there won’t be any exclusive meditation class, the exposure will certainly make meditation facile. However there will be personal time which you can use for meditation or for sitting in quiet contemplation.
What language will the course be conducted in?
All classes will be conducted in English.
Can I attend part of the program if I am unable to make it for the entire duration?
No. Attendance for the entire program is compulsory.
Can I have a single room?
We are not able to provide single accommodation due to the limited availability of rooms. Rooms will generally be twin sharing with attached bathrooms (hot water shower, sink and western toilet).
Where is CIRD - Delhi and how do I reach there?
Nizamuddin Railway station is the best connecting point for people travelling to CIRD - Delhi from outstation. Vaishali is the nearst Metro station. Taxi's are the most convenient mode from the Railway station / Indira Gandhi International Airport. Please find a detailed map here.
Will I have time for sight seeing?
Since this is an intensive course with limited time, during the course there will be no opportunity for sight seeing.
What is the weather like in Delhi?
During March the temperature ranges from an maximum high of 28 degrees (Celsius) to a low of 10 / 11 degrees (Celsius) at night.
What if my application was not successful and I do not get a confirmation email?
Please write an email to
an Intensive Residential Retreat based on Upanishads & Bhagavadgeeta
WHEN 15th to 25th November, 2015
WHERE Centre for Inner Resources Development (CIRD) Jamshedpur
From 15th November to 30th December, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha conducted the third annual residential retreat for pre-registered participants (in the age-group 25 to 50). This unique programme is intended to give serious spiritual seekers an experiential insight into the vast spiritual treasure of India contained in the Upanishads and Bhagavadgeeta and learn how to apply Vedantic knowledge to attain excellence, peace and fulfilment.
Fourteen participants from different parts of India and abroad stayed at the Centre for Inner Resources Development (CIRD) for two weeks. They were heartily hosted by a core group of dedicated devotees from Jamshedpur who offered their loving service at the Centre, enabling each day of the retreat to be a valuable and enriching experience for all.
On 14th Nov, the inaugural evening, participants and devotees were welcomed by beautiful devotional singing of bhajans followed by special bhakti-bhog (vegetarian feast). Nutan Swamiji commenced his discourse, speaking about the significance of the great knowledge treasure that has been the cultural back-bone of the country: “We should feel blessed to have inherited the lofty thoughts and discoveries recorded in the eternal literature, and handed down through generations by the lineage of realized Teachers. We are not aware that it is due to this stock of the eternal knowledge and the inner power generated by the seekers who lived this knowledge, that our civilization is still surviving.”
The following day after morning prayers and breakfast, Nutan Swamiji started the daily Upanishadic class in an intimate setting exclusively for retreat participants. They were exposed to the lofty dimensions of Nachiketa’s mind and intelligence that made the little lad of Kathopanishad a rare and deserving seeker of Brahmavidya. Knowledge from books and lectures is easy to gain, but absorption and realization of the knowledge is possible only if a seeker has the requisite qualities, the saadhana chatushtaya, in ample measure. The mythological story illustrates through Nachiketa’s behaviour the real meaning of each of these four-fold qualities.
Immediately after morning class, participants did silent introspection, writing their understanding of concepts presented and evaluating their own personality. Spending time everyday in focused introspection was found to be beneficial:
“…Before attending the retreat the concept or practise of looking within was overlooked or forgotten. I was doing it initially but couldn’t progress, or rather I misunderstood it so had given up.”
“…The stay at CIRD is different from life at home and work. I had lots of time to look into myself and make changes.”
“… The purpose of opening up to share one’s inside is beneficial indeed.”
In the afternoon, there was a Sanskrit chanting class. First participants were introduced to pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet and then learnt to chant both in a group and individually from the 15th Chapter of Bhagavadgeeta. This chapter was particularly useful because it is chanted in the Annakshetra (dining-hall) before taking lunch and dinner. Participants shared their enthusiasm for Sanskrit chanting at the end of the retreat:
“… Sanskrit chanting classes have given me hope, inspiration and encouragement to learn Sanskrit and uncover the treasures the language hosts.”
“… I could never imagine the progress that I could make in 15 days.”
“... Sanskrit chanting was something very new for me. I would never have picked it up properly if I did not attend the retreat. I will continue to practice chanting every day.”
Part of the afternoon session included an in-depth study of saadhana chatushtaya (the four-fold qualities for a spiritual seeker.) Participants listened to a series of Prabhaata Rashmih (morning talks by Poojya Swamiji) explaining each quality, and also read Maa’s articles with practical examples of titiksha (forebearance), vairagya (dispassion) and viveka (discrimination). The Ashramites who were present discussed with the participants about the difficulties they face in cultivating the virtues, shared insights and day-to-day lessons from their Ashram life.
The spiritual discussions often continued during the evening walk with Nutan Swamiji. This was an informal time when Nutan Swamiji would shed light on various aspects of spiritual life, as well as stories from his childhood (in Jamshedpur). Indeed, the entire 2-week retreat is a rare opportunity for serious aspirants to stay in the close association of a Saintly person and clarify their doubts through discussion and interaction with Nutan Swamiji.
In the evening was a series of public lectures on Bhagavadgeeta Chapter 3 – The yoga of Enlightened Action or Karma Yoga. The emphasis was on how spiritual knowledge can become applicable and beneficial for everybody, and how through proper understanding and introspection we can make our life and interactions “enlightened”. Nutan Swamiji revealed the intricacies of Karma-yoga as a path to expansion, integration and freedom.
Swamiji led listeners deep into the meaning of Sanskrit words through poignant chanting of slokas and cross-reference to various chapters of Geeta as well as other scriptures. Even though we may be familiar with the concept of Karma-yoga, Swamiji explained: “There are various levels of understanding each word in Bhagavadgeeta. I am trying to expose the ultimate transcendental meaning in practical terms so that the words become living experience. It is not an academic study.”
Through this exposition, the synthesis of Karma, Jnaana and Bhakti was understood as a wholesome pursuit to transcend the constrictions of our body-mind personality and expand to the Universal Identity. Nutan Swamiji highlighted the indispensability of “yajna-bhaavanaa” in performing all actions. “Yajna in Bhagavadgeeta means doing whatever to be done with an attitude of sublimating our constricted ego; doing with the awareness that whatever my body-mind personality does is only a part in the universal Yajna of the Supreme Lord.” Swamiji explained that whether we call it “Samatva” or “Yajna-bhaavanaa” or “Surrender”, it means the same “natural state of being” in the ultimate understanding.
As we go through the feedback forms, we understand that the intensive residential retreat was a life-changing exposure for most of the participants:
“…This Retreat has changed my entire belief system .... Till this Retreat, I had never known the supreme importance of mind and intellect for the growth of spirituality... The selfish attitude in doing anything has been challenged and broken into pieces.”
“The retreat was an awakening to the rich treasure of our ancient Indian knowledge which is to be practiced and pursued for a fulfilling and contented life.”
“Clear and penetrating insights, coupled with love and compassion … A life-transforming retreat!”
“Even though I have attended discourses and satsangs before, the clarity of the concepts has become better after this retreat. I now understand the need for intensity of saadhana, sloka chanting and importance of scripture readings.”