Workshop Syllabus.


* The flow of topics and contents of each workshop vary according to the audience & facilitator. The introductory jeevan vidya workshop or jeevan vidya shivir attempt to cover most of the points in the 'topics of study' or adhyayan bindu that cover the principle set of proposals in this philosophy


Day 1: Introduction

  • Appraisal of current state of affairs  in: Self, Family, Society and Nature
  • Basic Human Questions: Why to live? & How to live?
  • Basic Human Requirement = Knowledge  = Resolution = Happiness
  • Resolution= Understand reality & live accordingly: nature-existence, myself and my role in existence


Day 2: Understanding the Conscious Self, & Existence

  • Human as Conscious Self and Body
  • Distinguishing between conscious and other activities –  role of Assumptions
  • Activities in the ‘Conscious Self’
    • Tasting, Selecting, Analysis, Desiring, Contemplation, Understanding, Realization
    • Reasons & Solutions for problems and lack of purpose in the Self
  • Need to understand form-full and formless dimensions of reality: appearance, properties, true-nature & religion


Day 3: Understanding Human Relationships: in the Family

  • Basic Nature & basis for Human Relationships
  • Various roles: Father, Son, Wife, Teacher, Friend, etc
  • Values & Expectations in relationships: Trust, Respect, Love, Affection, Care….
  • Structure of Family, issues and resolving them.




Day 4: Understanding Human Relationships & Systems in Society

  • Assessment of current human society and its issues
  • Universal Goal of Human Society
  • Appraisal and proposals for ‘humane organization’ in the areas of:
    • Education & Values, Health, Production & Commerce, Justice & Security


Day 5: Understanding Nature & its dimensions

  • Form, Properties, True Nature and Dharma of the Material Order, Plant Order, Animal Order and Human Order
  • Inherent interconnected-ness & ‘cyclicity’ in Nature
  • Causes for current ecological imbalance and solutions


Day 6: Understanding Existence, the Universe & Evolution

  • Existence as Coexistence = Insentient (Pshysio-Chemical) and Sentient (Conscious) units saturated in space
  • Space as all pervading and energy in equilibrium
  • Evolution and progression in Existence.
  • Mans place in Existence


Day 7: Questions & Sum up

  • Open Questions
  • Participant sharing and feedback