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      Torchlight of Knowledge - Perspectives from Ancient Indian Texts 6 TALK SERIES in New Paltz

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      October 27, 2019

      Sunday   4:00 PM (on various days)

      332 Springtown Road
      New Paltz, New York

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      Torchlight of Knowledge - Perspectives from Ancient Indian Texts 6 TALK SERIES

      Sep 29th - Discovering the Self Who are we?... Are we our body? Or our mind? Or are we something higher? What IS spiritual? Our materialistic society, with its non-spiritual intelligentsia, has made it virtually taboo to inquire into our real, higher self. Instead we use our valuable time maintaining, decorating, and pampering the body for its own sake. Might there be an alternative? Oct 6th - A Definition of God Society’s concepts of God are many and varied. Children tend to imagine an old man with a white beard. Many adults regard God as an invisible force or a mental concept or as all humanity, the universe, or even oneself. The ancient Vedic texts describe a surprisingly intimate view of God. Oct 13th - Reincarnation and Beyond  Although the media is generally obsessed with violence and death, our perception of death and dying is superficial. As for our own death, we generally tend to suppress the mere thought of it. As long as one is in the full vigor of life, one forgets the naked truth of death, which one has to meet, time unknown! What happens after death? The ancient teachings provide a practical answer. Oct 20th - Philosophy of Yoga Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Hot Yoga, Bhakti Yoga – Which one is for you? To understand, one needs to go deeper in understanding the meaning of Yoga, the origin of Yoga and the purpose of Yoga. As a Yoga Practitioner of 25 years, Nimai explains from Bhagavd-Gita. Oct 27th - Controlling the Mind – Living in the Present Bhagavad Gita explains that an uncontrolled mind can be one’s worst enemy – taking one from lamentations, frustrations, from anxiety and depression to addictions. While a controlled mind can become one’s best friend – to be mindful of the present, being used as one’s tool. What are the practical techniques to be able to do so? Nov 3rd - Simple Living, High Thinking A spiritual aspirant finds it difficult to pursue spiritual centered life in this world that values materialistic achievements above all else. Nimai will use ancient texts as torchlight of knowledge with his own experience to show possible pathways. Schedule: 4 pm – Welcome/Meditative Yoga 4.30 – Talk 5.00 - Discussion/QA 5.30 – Kirtan Music 6.00 – Gopal Farm Vegetarian Dinner Fees: Donations (as is the Indian Brahmin tradition when sharing spiritual Knowledge) Address: Gopal Farm, 332 Springtown Rd, New Paltz, NY Nimai Pandit is a trained Brahmin. Leaving his IT corporate job in Denver CO, he went back to India and joined an ashram to practice as a monk where for many years he learned the ancient texts, practiced meditative yoga, incorporated Ayurvedic lifestyle and became conversant in the Temple Cuisine. After extensive traveling with his wife Ashley they have settled in New Paltz and now operate Gopal Farm where they are incorporating the Vedic principles of value of life, respect of environment & people with ancient techniques of Indian agriculture. As a successful businessman (he is CEO of their Ayurveda ecommerce company), he has been incorporating the principles learnt in his spiritual training and yoga practice of 25 years to try to keep a balanced life of work, play and pray.  Nimai says “At 24, I needed to know the answers to all questions of life – to know who am I, where did I come from, why does the world exists, why am I here, what happens after death, what/is the Supreme. I wanted to be happy WITH knowledge. I love to inquire, and love inquiries from others. I find it imperative for enhanced understanding about everything. This existential open-minded seeking has manifested in a fulfilled peaceful life in my overall journey.”

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