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Friends Event: The Gita in the Thought and Life of Gandhi

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

​Meeting House of the Society of Friends,
1 Hamlet Road Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9BG​

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

It is well known that the Gandhi took the Bhagavad Gita as his major religious resource and constantly reflected on its message for inspiration and energy. Indeed his autobiography suggests the influence of the text in its very title: The Story of my Experiments with Truth. To what extent did the Gita form the basis of his personal and political life? What were the precepts of the Gita which influenced his decisions and direction? How was his public life shaped by one of the central ideas in the Gita: Selfless action and what about his inner struggles in attempting to live a life of discipline? We will explore some of these questions in the talk.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Friends Event: Stepping Stones for Change

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

With 2015 now upon us it is ​we can take stock of time past. We all hope for a better world, a brighter future, improved health and happier relationships, but it is not always easy to know how to make resolutions a reality. This talk draws inspiration from Hindu sacred texts, teachers​,​ and teachings to shape our resolve and bring about change for good.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: How New is Modern Yoga?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 6 December 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 

Rothley Street
Leicester LE4 6LF



A talk by Dr Jason Birch of the OCHS

Modern yoga is generally believed to be an ancient discipline. However, many of the postures (āsana) of modern yoga are not mentioned in mediaeval yoga texts, such as the Haṭhapradīpikā. This has led to claims that most of the postures we see today are the invention of twentieth-century Indian gurus. This talk will provide a general history of yogic postures and assess the antiquity of modern postures in light of three late mediaeval manuscripts which contain new information.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: Detachment in the Gita

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies

We are all attached to our stuff – our gadgets, our cars, our homes, our pets, our parents, our country, and our looks. Yet we know everything wears out eventually, and then we suffer. The Gita speaks about the nature of our attachments, why we want loads of stuff, why the grass on the other side looks greener, and why we are often not satisfied with what we have. In this talk we will discuss what the Gita proposes one to do when being attracted to material things seems so inevitable and being attached to spiritual things seems so distant; and how these proposals challenge our notions of religion, politics, family, and identity.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga?

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Shree Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Sparkbrook
Birmingham, B11 1NR

A talk by Ramesh pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Yoga has become a multi-billion dollar commodity with over 30 million people in the US alone practising one form or another of Yoga. Where did all these forms arise from and are they traceable to earlier scriptures? What does Patanjali have to say about what has come to be known as the Classical text of Yoga called the Yogasutra? We look at Patanjali’s text in detail and trace some of the developments in Yoga philosophy and practice from ancient times.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Friends Event: Hindu Perspective on Success and Failure

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 

Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by by Anuradha Dooney of the OCHS.

In our world we see success on the X-Factor and on talent shows, we see success in industry, in banking, in sport, and in schools. But how do we measure success? Who has defined success for us? Is it to do with social acceptance? national agreement? moral standards? wealth generation, or fame? In this talk we dip into ancient texts to see if we can find different measures of success and failure to reflect on, to inspire thoughtful discussion, and even to challenge or norms.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Shree Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Sparkbrook
Birmingham, B11 1NR

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Sitting at the Guru's feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF



A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The Upanisads are among the most influential Hindu sacred texts. Though often cryptic, they form the foundation of Vedantic discourse, and still influence the religious imagination of countless spiritual seekers, both traditional and modern. Its 'secret' teachings are often presented through the voices of Vedic teachers, and the roles these teachers play is central to these teachings.

Focusing on the stories found in these religious texts, this talk will explore the character of the Upanisadic gurus, the roles they played, the way they taught, and their relationship with their disciples, and thereby reflect on the vale and ways of education in the modern world.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 June 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF



A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Despite global recession India edges closer to being one of our wealthiest nations, yet the face of poverty also continues to portray India to the world. In a country of economic and social contradictions it is easy to play one off against the other. But wealth and India are not new bedfellows, either materially or spiritually. In this talk Anuradha Dooney asks if wealth is generated by hard work or by destiny? How can debt be a blessing and not a curse? Who decides what is valuable? and which corporation is the best to worship?

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

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