Bhagavata Saptaha: The Philosophy of Devotion
Mon., 29 July 2019 – Sun., 4 August 2019
With guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India.
Mon. 29.7 – Son. 4.8 / 8 pm
Meditation concert on Sat. 3 August 2019 / 8 pm
A seven-day journey towards the meaning of life. With guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami.
Coming together and listening to the Srimad Bhagavatam was very dear to Swami Vishnudevananda’s heart, especially towards the end of his life. This classical scripture combines Jnana (knowledge)
with Bhakti (devotion). Many yoga practitioners who listen to the recitation from this scripture of 18,000 verses connect to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life.
Sri Venugopal Goswami has been bringing the spiritual message of this yogic scripture to the European Sivananda centres for over 20 years. Sri Venugopal Goswami comes from Vrindavan, a holy city not far from Delhi with innumerable Krishna temples. In the Radha Raman Temple he was initiated into the 500-year-old family tradition which teaches the classical scripture Srimad Bhagavatam. He studied Sanskrit and Indian philosophy at the Hindu University in Benares. He also studied classical singing under the world-renowned Indian vocalist master Pandit Jasraj. Sri Venugopal Goswami is a master of Hari
Katha. This classical form of discourse combines spiritual storytelling with poetry, music and philosophy, and uplifts the heart and the mind. In his incomparable style, Sri Venugopal Goswami combines the message of the Srimad Bhagavatam with a melodious interpretation of classical mantra songs (Kirtan). The inspiring words of wisdom leave a deep impression on the mind of the audience who, evening by evening, are guided on a seven-day soulful journey to the meaning and goal of human existence.
With live music: harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shanai oboe and tabla.
You can also participate on a day-to-day basis.
Future dates in 2019
|ACCOMMODATION & MEALS In a smoke-free eco-hotel|
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Triple rooms on request for 3 people staying for the same dates.
All rates include VAT and are subject to a €1.80 visitor's tax per person per night.
|6:00 – 7:30 am||Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk|
Occasionally the morning meditation takes place in the form of a silent walk
|8:00 – 9:30 am||Asanas and pranayama, sometimes a short talk on the health aspects of yoga follows the class|
|10:00 am||Vegetarian brunch|
|From 11 am||Time for an invigorating sauna visit, a relaxing massage, occasionally a walk or an excursion|
|2:00 – 3:00 pm||Lecture or workshop (sometimes a short lecture following the morning asana class)|
|4:00 – 5:30 pm||Asanas and pranayama|
|6:00 pm||Vegetarian dinner|
|7:30 – 9:00 pm||Evening meditation, mantra chanting, talk, sometimes by a guest presenter.|
Occasionally the evening meditation takes place in the form of a silent walk
Programmes are subject to change or cancellation.
Participation in the afternoon lecture/workshop is optional.
Donate your time: Many yoga vacation guests contribute to the community feeling in the Retreat House by volunteering during their stay. Ask at the reception desk for more information.
Accommodation and meals are in the non-smoking eco-hotel serving wholesfood organic vegetarian meals.
All guest rooms have wooden floors and furniture, health mattresses, shower, toilet, hairdryer, telephone and radio. Most rooms have a balcony.
A meditation pillow for the morning and evening meditation sessions is recommended. A meditation shawl is also advantageous.
To practice the yoga poses you will need a non-slip yoga mat or wool mat. You will need a blanket to cover yourself at the end of the yoga class during the so-called final relaxation.
Pillows, shawls, blankets, mats and much more can be purchased in our online shop or in our boutique after arrival.
For your stay you should bring comfortable clothing, slippers, walking shoes, rain gear, torch (flashlight), bathing suit and towels. Eyeglass wearers should bring a hard case for safe storage during the yoga classes.
Bookings are closed for this event.