Form & Formless: Hindu / Buddhist Deities & Moksha
By Dr. Manoj Chalam
Enlightenment (in the Vedanta tradition) is the journey of Knowing the Self, abiding in the Self and seeing the same Self in others with love and compassion. Manoj will guide you through the 3 practices of non dualistic Advaita Vedanta philosophy: Shravanam (listening), Mananam (contemplation) and Nidhidhyasana (abiding in the Self).
The question then arises, what role do these deities such as Ganesh, Shiva, Lakshmi, Buddha,Tara play in this journey?. Manoj will bring in statues of these deities and relate their symbolisms to our journey to enlightenment. Through humorous archetypical story telling, discover your Isthadevata (personal archetype), uncover their secret symbolisms and learn the five ways to work with them as part of a practice towards spiritual awakening.
(This workshop is 80% lecture, 10% meditation, 5% Mantras and 5% light spiritual stretches.)
Manoj uses an entertaining story telling style using Hindu/Buddhist deities in his workshops to illuminate deep Vedanta philosophy and help people in their hero’s journey. These days people call Manoj a spiritual stand up comedian but he often falls flat on his face and that keeps his ego in check.An Indian-born scientist with a PhD in Chemical engineering from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 5 practices to work with their archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deity archetypes.
Manoj is in the business of story telling to inspire people. And podcasts / you tube videos is the new compelling media to tell stories. Manoj was interviewed recently by the Ram Dass foundation for their podcast on "The Deities". Manoj is also being filmed for 108 hours for a new podcast series "Murtis for the 21st Century". www.MurtisAndVedanta.com