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Every August Swami Parthasarathy and daughter-disciple Sunandaji from India conducts a series of lectures in Durban, Cape Town & Johannesburg. Lectures are free and open to all.

Swami Parthasarathy conducts a one hour introductory talk in Johannesburg and Durban. See past topics below.

Sunandaji conducts a three to four day lecture series on the Bhagavad Gita in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The conversation between Lord Krishna & Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita churns out the knowledge of Vedanta. Praised by great thinkers, serving as guidance to presidents and prime ministers and providing comfort to the strained individual, the Bhagavad Gita is eternal. Sunandaji’s annual dissemination of this sacred text provides practical techniques to be applied at home, work, school, anywhere.

In addition to the annual lecture tour, Alumni of the Vedanta Academy, now based in South Africa, conduct retreats and workshops throughout the year.

Past Topics Include

The Dilemma of Choice

William Shakespeare's immortal line "To be or not to be" encapsulates the perennial dilemma of choice that confronts every human being. Of all living creatures, a human alone is endowed with the choice of action. Thus humanity needs instructions on life and living. This presentation provides the guidelines to develop the clarity of thinking needed to make the right choices in life.

Message for Youth

Millions of doctors have graduated from medical schools, but one person discovered the cure for tuberculosis. One person found out how to transplant a kidney. Millions of engineers passed out of engineering schools but one person designed the Panama Canal. One person devised the Euro Tunnel. What separates the achievers from the rest? It is the intellect which is distinct and different from intelligence or knowledge gained from schools and universities. Vedanta, the ancient Indian philosophy, enables you to develop the intellect - the capacity to think, reason, judge and decide. Only then does your intelligence take the right direction in life making you successful and peaceful in this world.

The Law of Karma

The functioning of the universe is governed by the principle of cause and effect. It is the law of causation or 'karma' that governs the life and functioning of beings. Non-understanding of this law has caused a lot of confusion regarding the role of effort in human destiny. As a result, various superstitions and beliefs are practically destroying humanity. A clear understanding of this law provides the clarity of thinking required for sound, purposeful living.

The Virus of Attachment

The virus of attachment spares none. The rich and poor, young and old, educated and uneducated. Few are aware of this deadly trait and its pervasiveness in human life. Attachment is love vitiated by self-centredness and selfishness. It destroys everything – your work, your relationship, your children and your spiritual development. You need to develop a powerful intellect to realise and overcome the devastating nature of attachment.

Upcoming Events
1jul

Lessons to Develop Positive Relationships

  • Johannesburg
  • Start: 10:15 a.m.
  • End: noon

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29jul

Skills for Life

  • Swami Parthasarathy
  • Durban
  • Start: 11 a.m.
  • End: 1:30 p.m.

Live by Choice, not by Chance. Think independently. Build character and values. Handle life’s challenges.

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30jul1 aug

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Power of Action

  • Sunandaji
  • Durban
  • Start: 6:30 p.m.
  • End: 8 p.m.

Living is an art, skill, technique that needs to be learnt and practised. The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient philosophical text which expounds the eternal principles of life and living. The third chapter entitled Yoga of Action explains the necessity ...

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4aug

The Law of Karma

  • Swami Parthasarathy
  • Cape Town
  • Start: 5:30 p.m.
  • End: 6:30 p.m.

The entire universe is governed by the law of karma which is based on cause and effect. Every cause has an effect and every effect a cause. There is no such thing as luck or accident. No extraneous power shaping ...

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6aug8 aug

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 - The Yoga of Meditation

  • Sunandaji
  • Cape Town
  • Start: 7 p.m.
  • End: 8:30 p.m.

Learn the true meaning of yoga, and how its proper practice leads one to preparation for meditation, the gateway to Enlightenment. A three day workshop on the 6th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient authority detailing the procedures of ...

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12aug

To Gain Self-control

  • Swami Parthasarathy
  • Johannesburg
  • Start: 11 a.m.
  • End: noon

The mass of humanity runs after acquisition and enjoyment of the world. They indulge indiscriminately in objects and beings and end up getting neutralised to the enjoyment. Their life turns insipid and monotonous. A small minority takes a stance of ...

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13aug15 aug

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 - The Yoga of Meditation

  • Sunandaji
  • Johannesburg
  • Start: 7 p.m.
  • End: 8:30 p.m.

Learn the true meaning of yoga, and how its proper practice leads one to preparation for meditation, the gateway to Enlightenment. A three day workshop on the 6th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient authority detailing the procedures of ...

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