AWAKENING COMMUNITY CIRCLES
Join Us to Experience:
Your own inner wisdom
Rich, authentic sharing from people of all walks of life
Being honored for who you really are by compassionate facilitators and a caring community
Themed circles of sharing on real life issues (like navigating change, self-love, independence)
Rich sharing from people of all walks of life
Some circles incorporate creative projects to help you to move from your head to your heart
Awakening Community Circles: Inspiration
The Awakening Community Circles program team is inspired by Vedika's founder Acharya Shunya’s great-teacher and personal great-grandfather. Paramatman Shanti Prakash, a 19th century renowned Vedanta Guru in India, was a social reformer, creator of the Adi Bhagwad Gita (a sacred scripture), and a role model in the way he devoted his entire life to serving and uplifting his community. In 1931, Parmatman Shanti Prakash established the historic Sadharan Dharma Sabha and Sangha, a Veda inspired spiritual and humanitarian foundation, and laid the ground for his pioneering ‘Sarva Arogyam Sarva Mukti Movement’, a Sanskrit phrase meaning “Radiant Health and Spiritual Empowerment for All”. This historic mission has resurfaced in 21st century America, as the tagline and guiding vision for the Awakening Community Circles program.
Arogya Mandala was a special social service initiative that Parmatman Shanti Prakash set up as early as 1900. The Mandala restored dharma (universal values) and hope in society, and fostered community support during a time when the presence of colonial rulers had left Indians feeling greatly alienated, disempowered and demoralized in terms of their cultural heritage and pride. At a time when the caste system was heavily prevalent in India, Bade Baba brought people together across caste and class differences by exploring mutual spiritual inter-connectedness and a conscious life. In this modern time of great division in our country and the world at large, the Awakening Community Circles, inspired by Parmatman Shanti Prakash’s life of service, offers a platform where we can stand together in the truth that we are all connected. The Circles are the medium for creating space to deepening our innate yet often forgotten humane-interconnectedness.
A Letter from Awakening Community Circle Co-Directors Janya and Sreedev
We cordially invite you to join us for an upcoming Awakening Community Circle (formerly Mandala Circle). These programs are offered on a by-donation basis to the community and are a wonderful way to meet kindred spirits and gain valuable perspective on life.
What has moved us the most is the honor of bearing witness to the “a-ha” moments when participants experience and/or articulate something that connects deeply within them. We also love how our Circle participants are willing to take risks by sharing authentically from the heart.
We look forward to having you join us for an upcoming Circle.
Janya and Sreedev