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Shraddha: Building Awareness

Shraddha workshop
Shankar Kumaran conducted the Shraddha workshop on 2- 4 June 2013. He introduced the Panchakoshas, the five layers of human existence to the campers. His sessions focused on increasing concentration and awareness through various kind of activities. Breathing exercise to control and change emotions were also introduced. Games and classes helped the Yuva to realize and recollect the innocence they had left behind, in the venture towards so-called ‘maturity’. He also gave activities to help the campers learn and enhance the power and sensitivity of all sense organs.

 

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The games were really great and it made me know the real values of the senses and their purpose. It also helped to learn to trust each other and also promoted my interest to help the needy in the ways that are possible in my life.
– Aswathi T.S.

With Sankar sir’s classes, we got to learn how to control our senses, to use them, and how we can get happiness with them.
– Mopuri Saitheja

This class is very interesting because nowadays we are losing our concentration.
– Miryala.Akhil Bharadwaj Maharaj

Shankar sir is like Sherlock Holmes or rather Sherlock Holmes is like Shankarji (confusing right???):) This session was as though a needle is passed into a banana without the banana itself not knowing. Shraddha was learnt practically through the innovative games we played.
Daamini Visaalaakshi

The most awesome and qualitative sessions of the camp, the practical application of Gita’s concepts in life. These sessions really made me realize that we have stopped living, thanks to Shankar Sir for making us realize that.
– Prarthana Shedge

Shraddha classes awakened me to a new world. From all the classes I was learning a lot of lessons. Shankar sir is really great, he makes us understand macro things through some micro activities.
– Aarathy E R

It was a totally surprising experience as I met my happy, innocent and loving self. I recognized the capacities of my body, and the levels to which I could really reach.
– Gayathri P.S

The most active part of the camp, making us forget boundaries of age and enjoy games, which actually enhance our concentration and make us focus and be in the moment.
– Medhini Madhavan Menon

It was really an interesting session and we enjoyed it a lot.
Parvathy Venugopal

Shankarji is an awesome guy. The way he took his sessions was truly amazing and innovative. Thanks to him that I know what ‘Shraddha’ is.
– Anjani Kumar Pathak

Learnt how to mingle with everyone without any fear.
– Pranav S

Shankarji is one whom I met first in this family. He taught us how to feel and experience ourselves. Now if I know who I am, it is also because of Shankarji. Thank you for giving me this chance.
– Prabu Vignesh S

Learnt a lot. The most important thing is, having control on annamaya, manomaya, pranamaya, and vigyanamaya are the goals in our life whereas attaining anandamaya kosha is the ultimate purpose in my life. The paper tearing session was the best which bought out the innocence out of me and I am really thankful to Shankar Sir for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.
– Vasudevan N

Shraddha never let the spirit of the camp to go down. It maintained a balance between joy and boredom. In that way, it was an essential part of the camp.
– Jayadev HR

Wow! Never in the world did I think that life’s most important aspects can be conveyed in this manner. I salute the approach. It was thought-provoking and blissful.
– Aiswarya PL

It was really amazing and had a very good time. I got lots of information which I have not known these many days.
– Priyadharshini J

It was practically explained what Shraddha is through all the amazing games. Thank you so much, Sir, for bringing back the innocence in me one more time.
– Neeraja Valsan

He is such an amazing guy and super cool.
– Arun Prasath B

Shraddha session was awesome, I can’t express it in words.
– Ruxana.V.P

The most interesting session.. He made us go back to being little children. We were doing what we felt like doing. We were not thinking about what others will think about us. Each and every moment we were enjoying, and I think we all are happy now.
– Saranya

He made me ask “why in the world should I be serious all the time? “. It’s one life and definitely, I am happy that I got to meet such fantastic people here.
– Geethanjali VS

Though Shankarji had designed those sessions with fun and entertainment, the original purpose for developing Shraddha and lifting ourselves from Annamayakosha to Anandamayakosha, which was well understood.!
– Aswathi Krishna RL

His class was truly remarkable. He has taught us the essentials of life in interesting ways that will never fade from our minds. His classes were very scientific apart from the usual lectures that we used to have in schools and colleges. I would like to add that he is a man of great genius. I am very grateful for all his efforts.:)
– Anjali Anil

Shankar chettan, awesome human being who is innocent at heart and taught us the value of being innocent. He made us realize the meaning of life and showed us where we can correct ourselves. He gave me a wider perspective of my skills and the fortune of having a perfect body and life. I started to respect people with disabilities for their courage and patience. Thank u so much, Chetta.
– Arjun CB

The best I have had in my life. Everything he said, inspired me totally. Even now I feel so happy to meet that great man, Shankar ji
– Harisankar KH

In Shankar chettan’s class, I realized how serious I had become as I grew. His class brought back my innocence and enthusiasm. He also thought about the koshas and that the only necessity needed for our survival is happiness.
– Abhishek Suratkal

The moment I saw Shankarji, I didn’t think he was capable of making every moment so joyous and lively. I was wrong. He reminds me of Br. Manoj’s activities, jokes, and compliments that he did in camps. The session was awesome and hope to attend more in the future.
– Sujith P Shaju

In the first, this was the most confusing class but I understood the values which was taught by Shankar ji. I am inspired by him, and the way he teaches is awesome.
– Rahul Kowshik R

Shraddha classes made us realize about our self, the common misconception on who we are. Shankar sir teaches the concepts with the help of various activities, which we all enjoy.
– Nishanth Bhat K

I am doing my MCA and I was worried about the fact that IT people have higher stress levels than any other professionals according to statistics. I was searching for the reason and I got the answer through one of his class, which helps me a lot. Thank you Sir.
– Koushik KKS

Shraddha class helped me to know what is faith and the full meaning of Shraddha i.e. explore, inquiry, awareness, etc.
– Ram Prasath VR

Made me find who I am.
– Prashanth S

Shankarji is the coolest person I’ve ever met. I enjoyed his classes to the core.
– Divyaprasaath S

Shankar sir was a great person who was very friendly with all and taught us more things and give us more inspiration as he taught and more lessons. We all loved it and we miss him a lot.
– Sreeragh

Shankarji- a person filled with life and enthusiasm that is unmatched by any other teacher that I have come across so far. We rediscovered our childhood innocence that we had lost. The most memorable part of it was the “paper abhishekam”. Ji, you taught us to look into ourselves more than anything else.
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

I just enjoyed it to the core.
– Balakrishnaveni A

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Shradda: Connectivity through Innocence and Awareness

Shankar Kumaran conducted the Shraddha workshop on 2- 4 June 2013. He introduced the Panchakoshas, the five layers of human existence to the campers. His sessions focused on increasing concentration and awareness through various kind of activities. Breathing exercise to control and change emotions were also introduced. Games and classes helped the Yuva to realize and recollect the innocence they had left behind, in the venture towards so-called ‘maturity’. He also gave activities to help the campers learn and enhance the power and sensitivity of all sense organs.

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Learnt how to mingle with everyone without any fear.
– Pranav S

Shankarji is one whom i met first in this family. He taught us how to feel and experience ourselves. Now if I know who I am, it is also because of Shankarji. Thank you for giving me this chance.
– Prabu Vignesh S

Learnt a lot. The most important thing being, having control on annamaya, manomaya, pranamaya, and vigyanamaya are the goals in our life whereas attaining anandamaya kosha is the ultimate purpose in my life. The paper tearing session was the best which bought out the innocence out of me and I am really thankful to Shankar Sir for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.
– Vasudevan N

Shraddha never let the spirit of the camp to go down. It maintained a balance between joy and boredom. In that way it was an essential part of the camp.
– Jayadev HR

Wow! Never in the world did I think that life’s most important aspects can be conveyed in this manner. I salute the approach. It was thought provoking and blissful.
– Aiswarya PL

It was really amazing and had very good time. I got lots of information which I have not known these many days.
– Priyadharshini J

It was practically explained what Shraddha is through all the amazing games. Thank you so much Sir for bringing back the innocence in me one more time.
– Neeraja Valsan

He is such an amazing guy and super cool.
– Arun Prasath B

Shraddha session was awesome, I can’t express it in words.
– Ruxana.V.P

The most interesting session.. He made us to go back to being little children. We were doing what we felt like doing. We were not thinking about what others will think about us. Each and every moment we were enjoying, and I think we all are happy now.
– Saranya

He made me ask “why in the world should I be serious all time? “. It’s one life and definitely, I am happy that I got to meet such fantastic people here.
– Geethanjali VS

Though Shankarji had designed those sessions with fun and entertainment, the original purpose for developing Shraddha and lifting ourselves from Annamayakosha to Anandamayakosha, which was well understood.!
– Aswathi Krishna RL

His class was truly remarkable. He has taught us the essentials of life in interesting ways that will never fade from our minds. His classes were very scientific apart from the usual lectures that we used to have in schools and colleges. I would like to add that he is a man of great genius. I am very grateful for all his efforts.:)
– Anjali Anil

Shankar chettan, awesome human being who is innocent at heart and taught us the value of being innocent. He made us realize the meaning of life and showed us where we can correct ourselves. He gave me a wider perspective of my skills and the fortune of having a perfect body and life. I started to respect people with disabilities for their courage and patience. Thank u so much, Chetta.
– Arjun CB

The best I have had in my life. Every thing he said, inspired me totally. Even now I feel so happy to meet that great man, Shankar ji
– Harisankar KH

In Shankar chettan’s class I realized how serious I had become as I grew. His class brought back my innocence and enthusiasm. He also thought about the koshas and that the only necessity needed for our survival is happiness.
– Abhishek Suratkal

The moment I saw Shankarji, I didn’t think he was capable of making every moment so joyous and lively. I was wrong. He reminds me of Br. Manoj’s activities, jokes, and compliments that he did in camps. The session was awesome and hope to attend more in the future.
– Sujith P Shaju

In the first, this was the most confusing class but I understood the values which was taught by Shankar ji. I am inspired by him, and the way he teaches is awesome.
– Rahul Kowshik R

Shraddha classes made us realize about our self, the common misconception on who we are. Shankar sir teaches the concepts with the help of various activities, which we all enjoy.
– Nishanth Bhat K

I am doing my MCA and I was worried about the fact that IT people have higher stress levels than any other professionals according to statistics. I was searching for the reason and I got the answer through one of his class, which helps me a lot. Thank you Sir.
– Koushik KKS

Shraddha class helped me to know what is faith and the full meaning of Shraddha i.e. explore, inquiry, awareness, etc.
– Ram Prasath VR

Made me find who I am.
– Prashanth S

Shankarji is the coolest person I’ve ever met. I enjoyed his classes to the core.
– Divyaprasaath S

Shankar sir was a great person who was very friendly with all and taught us more things and give us more inspiration as he taught and more lessons. We all loved it and we miss him a lot.
– Sreeragh

Shankarji- a person filled with life and enthusiasm that is unmatched by any other teacher that I have come across so far. We rediscovered our childhood innocence that we had lost. The most memorable part of it was the “paper abhishekam”. Ji, you taught us to look into ourselves more than anything else.
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

i just enjoyed it to the core.
– Balakrishnaveni A

 

Shraddha workshop: invoking the innocence, controlling the mind

breathing controls the mind

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Gave me confidence and courage. – S.Prem Santhosh

The Shradha workshop was really cool because we learnt more about our body and the way our minds work. The things we learnt from this workshop is simple but yet, extremely important. I really enjoyed the games and the way it was connected to our mind. – Rishika Rajkumar

Due to this Gita camp I was able to know about shradha. Shradha is one of the most important concepts. If we add the concept of shradha in our life, our life would be better – J.S Nandhitha Sree

The workshops were really interesting as it was based on testing our internal expressions and feelings like innocence, blindness etc and breathing techniques were tested which provoked a lot of interest. – K.Adhithy

Now what ever I am doing I have the knowledge ‘for what I am doing and why’ and the only answer is TO BE HAPPY AND SMILING!! – K.S.Amrita

Shradha was very very awesome with Manojji, Shankarji, and was really beyond our expectation and imagination with wonderful games. – G. Sathiyapriya

Shradha is the most important thing that everybody should have. – Sangeetha.M.T

I like shraddha games. We knew how blind people feel. – S.Sabarinath

I learned to concentrate from these activities. This helped me as I used to lose concentration. – K.S.Megha

I learned that we should be together always, to have faith, confidence and a lot more. – S.Aishwarya

It is very helpful and keeps us away from lazyness. – Srinivasa Raghavan S

The event was interesting. We learned about several things in our daily life. We learned how to be happy even with the simplest of the things. We learned to control our minds, about prana, and how to control it. We learned about the hardships faced by the blind people. So the workshops were really useful. And we really enjoyed it. – Srinath. S

This session is really going to change my life. – Ajay Sarma

 

5 gateways of Knowledge

In shradha I learned three things:
1)I learned how the blind people will feel and what are their feelings.
2)We got to know what is the importance of innocence.
3)We were thought how to control our breathing.
All these sessions had a very great impact on me. – Amrutha Ramakrishna

Shraddha is faith. It is also enquiry, innocence, love, and awareness. We need to have intense faith on God without any doubt as God always alerts us by giving an obstacle for a particular work if the path of reaching it was wrong. If we have faith in ourselves, we surely can succeed – “nambikkai dhaan vaazhkai” (as we say in Tamil). – K.Jayapreethi

Very interesting and lots of learning lessons and games related to the human body and mind.
– Amrtya Rajkumar

Shradha was a very fun and exciting class in which we learned more about focus and concentration. We learned about three koshas, Annamaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha and Manomaya kosha through a series of different interesting activities. We learned about how people feel during these different levels of happiness. – Madhav Govind

Before attending this camp I could not focus my mind on a particular thing but with the help of Gita I understood shradha fulfills my work. – K Gayathri

Concentration, focus, and awareness lead to shradha. – S. Sree Sakthi

It is the practicals of the camp. – Deepak Kumar

All the three dimensions of Shradha were extremely interesting. Usually, people give long speeches and dry activities for such concepts, but this was unique. I realized about our innocence, our breathing pattern and how powerful our mind can be if we are able to train them properly. – Chitkala S

Taught us Concentration and focus, being creative, innocent, and honest. – Divyadayanand

We learned many inexplicable things from the shradha workshop. It was really an exciting workshop. – Varija V

 

recovering innocence

The workshop on Shradha was so cool and interesting too. It had many things to work with. – P. Anandh Krishna

We came to know about concentration, innocence and we came to know about the feelings of a visually challenged person. So they tied our eyes and we were asked to reach one goal. That time I came to know about their feelings. So that was a great experience for me.
– Anoosha M. Bhadauria

The Shraddha workshop really made me aware about how important all of our senses are. I learnt about breath control and also about teamwork. The highlight of course was tearing the newspaper and having more fun than I can remember in a long time. – Vaishnavi G

In the section of shradha workshop we were enjoying ourselves. We realized that love and innocence are the essence of our life. – Athmika Prajesh

We played games and we enjoyed it and learnt about the happiness due to innocence, controlling the breath to control the anger and the struggle in the lives of the blind.
– Shantanu Sriranjan.B

We learnt to increase our attention, concentration and faith. – Akash P Rajan

Shradha is all about how to increase our concentration. Here we also got to know more about the difficulties faced by the blind people. The sessions also helped us to control our brain by making us walk according to the our breath that is, controlling our breath as well as walk. – Rahul. C. M

I expected it to be a boring session but it was one of the most memorable sessions in my life. – Ramakrishnan PS

It helped us to take anything easy and taught us that if we have shradha we can get victory in our life. – P.Surat Kumar

We understood the difficulty of blind people, flow of breathe in our body and our mind activities. Thank you. – R.Saranya