Observer Research Foundation Mumbai

Ideas and Action for a Better India

ORF Talk – “The Spirit of India – Why India Must Rediscover its True Self”

Observer Research Foundation Mumbai

Centre for the Study of Indian Knowledge Traditions

Cordially invites you to a talk by

Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati


“The Spirit of India

– Why India Must Rediscover its True Self”


Date: Thursday, 23rd September 2010

Time:  5:30 pm onwards

Venue: Observer Research Foundation, NKM International House, 5th Floor, 178, Backbay Reclamation, Babubhai Chinai Marg, Mumbai, 400 020

About the Talk

Across the globe there is a universal quest for peace (inner and outer), joy, bliss, meaning and fulfillment in life. Indian culture has, at the roots of its philosophy and traditions, the answers to this quest. The keys to that for which we are searching lie within our own heritage and our own culture. However, tragically, over the last several decades particularly, Indians have become indoctrinated into the Western belief systems that, that for which we are searching is to be found outside of us, that it must be acquired and obtained through wealth, beauty, success and social status.  The search is as fruitless as trying to purchase milk in a flower shop. Neither are we able to enjoy the beauty of the flowers due to our single-minded focus on milk, nor is our thirst for milk ever quenched for it cannot be found in a flower shop. In the same way, there is much that the material world has to offer — comfort, convenience, knowledge — but peace, joy, bliss, fulfillment and meaning in life can never be found there.  In order to benefit from our own timeless teachings, in order to re-connect with our own tradition and culture and to find deep joy and peace there, one does not have to abandon the material world nor any of its pleasures or conveniences. One merely has to abandon the notion that this material world is the source of joy, the source of peace, the source of meaning or fulfillment. Then, the material/social world can be enjoyed for what it has to offer, and the true peace and joy for which we are searching can also be found — in the place where they lie, which is in a connection to our own culture, our own roots and our own tradition.  Sadhvi Bhagawati will speak about how to re-connect to ultimate treasure-chest which lies within our selves. She will share how, through re-connecting to the timeless truths of Indian tradition, we not only achieve stress-management, but also Self-management!

About the Speaker

Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati is an American PhD graduate from Stanford University, who came to Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the holy banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh from America in 1996.   She took Sanyas Diksha in June 2000 from her guru His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion, and has been living in India and been serving the poor and needy ever since. Sadhvi Bhagwati was raised in a traditional, upper class, American family in Hollywood, California and has a Ph.D in Psychology.

She performs service, teaches meditation and yoga, and teaches about spirituality and Indian culture. She also counsels people who come looking for answers and guidance, and many times her duties take her on travels across the world, in the seva of His Holiness Pujya Swamiji, addressing international audiences. Her talks blend the knowledge and logic of the West with the insights, spirituality and wisdom of the East. She always emphasizes to Indians living abroad the importance of maintaining their culture, and of not trading the deeply rich world of tradition and spirituality for the shallow and superficial world of Western materialism.

She is also the International Director of Youth Education Services (YES), a charitable program run by the Indian Heritage Research Foundation that sponsors and runs free schools and orphanages in India. In addition to being the director of educational programs, she also assists in administration at Parmarth Niketan, prepares and manages the websites, newsletters and brochures for Parmarth Niketan and the India Heritage Research Foundation, manages English correspondence, and is the Managing Editor for the monumental project of the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism.

About the Ashram

Parmarth Niketan is a true, spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is also the largest ashram in Rishikesh. Parmarth Niketan provides thousands of pilgrims – who come from all corners of the Earth – with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.

Parmarth Niketan offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine. The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, daily satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, world renowned Ganga aarti at sunset, as well as Nature Cure, and Ayurvedic treatment and training. Additionally, there are frequently special cultural and spiritual programs given by visiting revered saints, acclaimed musicians, spiritual and social leaders and others. There are also frequent camps in which pilgrims come from across the world to partake in intensive courses on yoga, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, Reiki and other Indian, ancient sciences. Parmarth Niketan is open to all, with no discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, religion, caste or creed.

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About the Organisation

The India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF) is an international, non-profit, humanitarian foundation founded and chaired by one of India’s most revered saints, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. IHRF runs and sponsors free schools, women’s vocational training programs, a medical clinic, orphanages (gurukuls), frequent free medical health camps, “Clean, Green and Serene” programs, organic gardening programs, Cow-Care programs, an extensive rural development program, has developed the first ever Encyclopedia of Hinduism, and conducts innumerable other humanitarian projects, as well as ashrams and medical clinics in the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

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