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Yoga Veda Festival – Auckland

Saturday 23 June, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Swami Karma Karuna will be a Speaker on the panel on “Good Karma, Bad Karma – How does it work?” starting at 2.30pm.

 Come and join us to celebrate a unique fusion of practical philosophy, music and Vedanta 

The first ever Yoga Veda festival in Auckland is about celebrating the wisdom of ‘Yoga’ and ‘Vedanta’. It is dedicated to people who like to think about living, its purpose and many issues related to life. The festival endeavours to bring together experts, thinkers, intellectuals and practitioners to share the deeper truths about life and its mysteries. This festival aims to bring the benefits of Vedanta and Jnana yoga to the wider community. It is being organized on a not-for-profit basis to spread the awareness of the benefits of Jnana yoga and Vedanta which have been the science of life for centuries. 

This festival will decipher and examine the understanding of an age-old concept of ‘KARMA’. The festival is a symposium where different viewpoints and perspectives will be shared by experts who are scholars and practitioners.  
The themes covered:
·         Good Karma, Bad Karma: How does it work? – Meaning, concept, perspectives of karma by various scholars
·         Workshops on ‘Significance of karma in Funeral rites’, Guided meditation: From action to actionlessness
·         How Karma really works? (Karma according to Vedanta darśan)

 

 2018 Festival theme: KARMA 

Karma is one of the most intriguing and misunderstood concepts today. Karma means many things to many people, but how it really works is a real mystery. Every day lots of people across the globe browse the internet to find answers to intriguing questions like ‘Why me?’, ‘why good people suffer?’, good Karma, bad karma etc. We also hear people repeat the cliché ‘what goes around comes around’ which has become part of our daily conversations. Though it is a direct reference to the age-old concept of karma, its meaning, import and implications requires deeper understanding. 

This festival aims to provide a platform to share, research and gain more clarity on the dynamics of karma. To decode this concept, we are inviting experts from the field of Yoga, Vedanta, psychology and philosophy. Leading practitioners of Yoga and Vedanta will also conduct workshops on practices that offer a wholistic roadmap to journey through our karmic lives. 

Festival highlights 

  • Featuring nine distinguished speakers from Australia, New Zealand and India who will share their expertise on the wisdom from Yoga and Vedanta traditions 
  • Round up panel discussions with Q & A 
  • Breakout workshops on life-knowledge and guided meditation that could transform our practice 
  • Covering a broad range of topics with a focus on dynamics of karma, the choices we make and the consequences of our decisions 

Opportunity to mingle with speakers, researchers, Vedanta and Yoga teachers informally 

 

Sessions Welcome  2.00 pm  Inauguration, Welcome and Invocation chants 
Keynote speech  2.10 pm  Keynote speaker 
Panel discussion  2.30 pm to 3.45 pm 

Panel discussion x 5 speakers with Q&A 

Topic: Good Karma, Bad Karma – How does it work? 

Meaning, concept, perspectives of karma by various scholars 

Break  3.45 pm  Tea/coffee break, Music 
Two workshops  4.15 pm 

Workshop 1: ‘Significance of karma in Funeral rites’ 

Workshop 2: Guided meditation: From action to actionlessness 

Talk  4.45 pm 

Talk 

Topic: How Karma really works? (Karma according to Vedanta) 

Reflections  5.15 pm  Reflections on the festival by speakers and participants 
Vote of thanks  5.45 pm  President, Board of trustees Chinmaya Mission New Zealand 
Close  6.00 pm  Mix and mingle 
Swami Karma Karuna at Anahata

Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience. She specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation and pranic practices and shares in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.

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