Sanatana Dharma – An ancient blueprint for the modern world
Sanatana Dharma is a blueprint for Life shared by the ancient Rishis of India which is still applicable today. These principles are like keys that unlock doors and are also practised by indigenous cultures who are still in touch with their ancient ways.
These include daily practices such as Prayers, daily offerings, gratitude to our ancestors, taking care of ones health and taking care of others in order to lead a blissful and meaningful life whilst living in the world.
Lack of awareness of the true Self and our connection to ourselves, our ancestors and the world around us has created a world of lost souls who do not know who they are or why they are here, with impacts such as mental and physical health issues and a huge imbalance on planet Earth.
When these ancient but simple principles are followed and integrated in to daily life, they can create a roadmap for Life and a path to healing and wholeness for oneself and the World.
We will explore these themes in the workshop and find ways to integrate them into each of our lives.
Agni Hotra sunset fire ceremony
Agnihotra is a simple vedic fire ceremony to purify the surroundings. The fire is prepared through a specific process, which is performed twice a day – during the sunrise and the sunset.
We make offerings to the fire with simple mantras to harmonise ourselves and the atmosphere.
Vandita will perform Agni Hotra at sunrise on Saturday morning.
Vandita believes that by realising our true nature as eternal and bringing the sacred in to whatever we do, we can become resilient and a force for goodness in the world.
Her background lies in environmental and social justice, a journey that took her to South America in her 20s where she spent time with indigenous communities in the Andes and Amazon, learning their Cosmo-vision and the intricate symbiosis and connection between the land and our well-being.
Due to burn out in her early thirties when she was heading legal campaigns against oil companies to protect land in Colombia and Ecuador, she travelled to India to seek healing and inner change.
She was blessed to meet Amma, known worldwide as the Hugging Saint. She realised that she had been searching for this deep truth of unconditional love and service her whole life. This changed her life overnight and put her on a new track and the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga and the unfolding path of Sanatana Dharma – the Eternal Law.
This is a blueprint for Life shared by the ancient Rishis of India which are still applicable today. When followed and integrated in to daily life, they can create a roadmap for Life and a path to healing and wholeness for oneself and the World.
Chanting with the harmonium in particular and rituals such as fire ceremonies became a key part of her life and helped to navigate huge internal changes as she spent years processing and transmuting inter generational trauma. She continues her connection with indigenous communities in South America and supports indigenous women and their traditions through her project, Sacha Spirit.
Now in her late 40s, Vandita has integrated a breadth of healing experiences, including ceremonies from Vedic and Native American traditions, family and systemic constellations, training in Trauma awareness and grief rituals. She is guided to share the nuggets of her transformational journey with those on the path of Truth and Healing and is particularly inspired to serve the next generation to support the New Earth that is emerging.
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