Category: Friends

Friends Talk 10 April 2021

Friends Talk 10 April 2021

The Portraits of Perfection in the Bhagavad Gita

Friends of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies presents

A talk by Dr Rameshbhai Pattni
of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

What is perfection according to the Bhagavad Gita? 
And what is its relation to the path of spiritual development as revealed by Krsna?
We explore the pictures of perfection in the paths of Karma, Bhakti and Jnana in across the chapters of the Gita.
We look at some the practical implications of these ideas of perfection in human life.

Saturday 10th April 2021 at 4.00pm GMT

Join us on our Online talk via YouTube or Zoom. For Zoom details please contact us on lc@ochs.org.uk or via Facebook Messenger.  

Making a Good Atman:  Yoga as an Art of the Soul

Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul

Leicester Friends Talk 20th March 2021 Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul

LFOCHS Logo

Dear Friends,
Leicester Friends would like to invite you to our talk this Saturday.

Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul 

A talk by Dr Jessica Frazier
of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Yoga is everything to everyone – it calms you, makes you fitter, makes you mindful, and unites you with god. How can it be such a magical key to every door, and is this what the original yogis who lived in the time of the Upanisads, the Mahabharata, and the Yoga Sutras had in mind? Is there a ‘right’ use of yoga? 

A journey into the many yogas of ancient India shows how many goals there could be. And if we go deeper into the neurology of the mind, we see how yoga harnessed a power for India that few other cultures ever discovered. Yoga offers a way to Craft Yourself, shaping the soul like an artist sculpting the perfect artwork.

Jessica Frazier

Saturday 20th March 2021
At 4pm GMT

Warm regards,
LeicesterFriends of the OCHS
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
E: lf@ochs.org.uk
W: www.ochs.org.uk

Zoom meeting details
Time: Mar 20, 2021 04:00 PM London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88005672869?pwd=eUZTQnQvcUQ2c01hdWp1UVJwYzlrUT09

Meeting ID: 880 0567 2869
Passcode: 171303

To phone in: Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsjIgwNYI

Saturday 20th March 2021
At 4pm GMT

Warm regards,
LeicesterFriends of the OCHS
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
E: lf@ochs.org.uk
W: www.ochs.org.uk

Zoom meeting details
Time: Mar 20, 2021 04:00 PM London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88005672869?pwd=eUZTQnQvcUQ2c01hdWp1UVJwYzlrUT09

Meeting ID: 880 0567 2869
Passcode: 171303

To phone in: Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsjIgwNYI

Donate for Free on Amazon
Set up your Amazon account so that it directly donates free to OCHS every time you make a purchase, Amazon will donate a small per cent to a charity of your choice, on Amazon Smile select OCHS as your chosen charity and you will be supporting the Centre for free

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1074458-0

Hindu Lockdown Stories

Hindu Lockdown Stories

Hindu Lockdown Stories

Dear Friends,

Wishing you all a happy new year, hope you are all well and safe.

The Leicester Friends group would like to invite you to our next talk, and we have the pleasure of Shaunakaji, director of the OCHS talking about Lockdown and our scriptures.

Hindu Lockdown Stories

A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das
of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

As we begin a new year, a new strain of virus, and a new lockdown, some of us may think 2020 was not so bad after all. What is clear is the fact that isolation and social distancing are a new reality we can’t avoid. 

We know that sages and sadhus have made a virtue of social distancing, often abandoning society altogether to meditate in the Himalayas. But that seems not to be an easy option for mere mortals – especially as we can’t even travel there.

Happily, there are many ways to meditate, and hearing stories of dharma, avatars, and sadhus – katha – is a most popular form. Meditating on these stories can touch our lives with their spirit and lift us from our own isolation and social difficulty.

This talk draws from the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana to explore a Princess’s year long isolation; the lockdown of an entire community, and the spreading of disease that threatened to destroy the environment.

Saturday 16th Janurary 2021
At 4pm GMT

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87071275191

Or join by phone:
Meeting ID: 870 7127 5191
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdPHscZczx

These talks are open to all; please share links with friends and family.

Donate for Free on Amazon
Set up your Amazon account so that it directly donates free to OCHS every time you make a purchase, Amazon will donate a small per cent to a charity of your choice, on Amazon Smile select OCHS as your chosen charity and you will be supporting the Centre for free

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1074458-0

Warm regards,
LeicesterFriends of the OCHS
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
E: lf@ochs.org.uk
W: www.ochs.org.uk

Lockdown and the darkness ahead: Coping through Meaning and Means

Lockdown and the darkness ahead: Coping through Meaning and Means

Lockdown and the darkness ahead: Coping through Meaning and Means

A talk by Dr. Ramesh Pattni DPhil (Oxford)
OBE of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
 
We are going through unprecedented times not experienced in recent history where suffering and death is a persisting existential reality. Human beings have tried to make meaning of suffering and death and solutions have been formulated by religious traditions through millennia. Vedanta and Yoga offer tools and techniques for dealing with suffering in the moment and liberation ultimately from all suffering. The Sanskrit term Sādhanā literally means “that by which something is performed” or more precisely “means to an end.” In the sphere of religion, it is always used to indicate the essential discipline that leads to the attainment of the liberation and release from suffering. Find out what are the Sādhanā-s and Siddhi-s in the traditions of Vedanta and Yoga and how these can help us not only to move towards the final goal of liberation but give us the benefit of mental wellbeing in these times of the lockdown and the coming winter. There will be a guided meditation to demonstrate the effects of the practice of dhyāna.
Kali, Karma and Global Transformation

Kali, Karma and Global Transformation

Kali, Karma and Global Transformation.

A talk by Dr. Raj Balkaran
of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

This talk draws from the wellspring of Hindu teachings to make sense of the tumultuous times we’re living through. First, we look to classical Hindu philosophy to outline four types of karma, and consider the relationship between personal and collective karma. Secondly, we examine the rich narratives of Kālī to show what she represents and how she functions in human life. Thirdly, we dovetail karmic theory with the teachings of Kālī to provide a framework for making sense of the massive shifts occurring across the globe – indeed for finding meaning amid the chaos of our times.

Love and Attachment – Conceptions of Devotions in the Narada Bhakti Sutra

Love and Attachment – Conceptions of Devotions in the Narada Bhakti Sutra

Friends Event: Love and Attachment - Conceptions of Devotions in the Narada Bhakti Sutra

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 13 July 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street 
Leicester LE4 6LF 

A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 

The core ideas of the Bhakti tradition are explored in the well-known text attributed to Sage  Nārada. What is the nature of pure devotion? What is the goal and means of devotion? How does one cultivate bhakti? How does one reach the state of supreme devotion starting from mixed emotions of love?

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS – Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk
Chankya – The Genius of Statecraft

Chankya – The Genius of Statecraft

Friends Event: Chankya – The Genius of Statecraft

Saturday, 6 April 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street
Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the OCHS

Chanakya, also known as Kautilya and Vishnugupta, was a brilliant and original thinker living  in ancient India around the 2nd Century BCE. He was an economist, a jurist, a philosopher and a master of statecraft. He was instrumental in the rise of the first Mauryan Emperor, Chandragupta and served as his chief minister and advisor. We look at some of his ideas in the Arthashastra which demonstrates his masterly grasp on many aspects of statecraft.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS – Leicester
Finding your Guru: The Tale of the Avadhuta Brahmin

Finding your Guru: The Tale of the Avadhuta Brahmin

Friends Event: Finding your Guru: The Tale of the Avadhuta Brahmin

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 12 January 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street
Leicester LE4 6LF

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Hindu traditions have always honoured the guru as a great source of wisdom. This Puranic story expands the idea of guru beyond that of the saintly sadhu to embrace the whole world. It says that a guru can come in all shapes and forms. They don’t even have to be human. As we begin a new year, hoping for a bit more wisdom, we will discuss our everyday concerns learning from our new gurus. What can the sky, a tree, or a mountain teach us about our relationships? How can a python, a pigeon or a bee help us to be happier? What can we learn from water, fire, and a fish to name but a few to inspire us for the year ahead. 

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS – Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk
Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else?

Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else?

Friends event: Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 June 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street, Leicester

Prof. Emeritus Werner Menski and Mrs. Nilima Devi MBE

In this combined presentation, we delve into the kite structure of dharma, and the constant need to balance competing expectations, connected to the individual, groups, the nation, and the cosmos as a whole. This talk will be richly illustrated with images and video from dance and literature showing how Hindu culture has framed and expressed the immensely rich theme of relationships. We will start with ancient foundations and contexts – clarifying the relationships between Vedic visions and later Hinduism – and then move on to classical, medieval, and finally, modern forms and concepts. We will see the surprisingly strong influence of the ancient upon the modern.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS – Leicester