MEAL (Maintaining Equilibrium in Activities and Living)

Discussion sessions on Maintaining Equilibrium in Activities and Life (MEAL)

This page contains summary of weekly discussions and handouts, etc.

Session 1 – Introduction

Session 2 – What is Philosophy?

Session 3 – What is Equilibrium? Connectors for managing the Equilibrium: Knowledge, Bias and Ignorance (Guna). Their proportion fosters the three equilibrium states (Gunathvam): Tranquility, Turbulence and Inertial.

Session 4: What are “Activities”? ; Yoga: Managing the equilibrium states in activities through the understanding and balancing of the Connectors.

Session 5: Enlightened Person (Yogi); Who is “I” or What is “it”? Separating our thoughts, feeling and action from the life giving force (Soul, Spirit, Athman).

Session 6, 7 and 8: Exploring in depth the five layers (Pancha Kosha) of “I”: The three pathways for union with the Self (Karma Yoga, Bhakthi Yoga and Gnana Yoga); Subjectivity Vs. Objectivity; Beyond Objectivity: Cognitive Vs. Subtle Universe

Session 8 and 9: Vedanta: The essence of Vedic Philosophy; Implications of understanding the Cognitive and Subtle Universe; Western Philosophy Vs. Vedic Philosophy; Vedic Philosophy and “Science”; Co-existent role of Materialism and Spirituality: Managing Equilibrium in the activities of daily life: Vedic Philosophy as a guide.

Session 10: Philosophy, Theology and Science; Brahman: Kenopanishad; Two aspects of Yoga: Union with the self; What is “Ego?” or self-centered nature? “Professional” as a practicing philosopher

Session 11: Managing Equilibrium in Life as a whole ; The four pillars of life (PurushaArtha); Four stages in life; Renunciation Vs. liberation.

Session 12: Yagna Spirit; Maya: Illusion ; Bliss: Sath Chith Ananda; MEAL: Maintaining Equilibrium in Activities and Life – Vedic Philosophy recaptured; Spiritual evolution: Where do “I” belong?; Spirituality in Practice

Session 13: Review of Questions and answers; Sath Chith Ananda; Vedanta and “Free will”

Session 14: Symbolism used in Vedic Philosophy: Symbolism of AUM.; Symbolism of the lamp at the Altar; Candle or oil lamp and its components; Yoga and Meditation; Bird in an open cage; Brahman: The intangible and the tangible.

Session 15: Conclusion.

Participant Feedback – Q and A.

Final documents:

Goutam comment and discussion based on that

What are the tangible benefits of studies or Education on Philosophy; MEAL Final Summary.

MEAL – Hand out for ready reference and Pictorial Summary