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Monday, July 25, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

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The Renison Centre for Spirituality & Wisdom Practices presents:

Human Excellence: Foundation of Wisdom Traditions

Monday, July 25, 2022, 3:00pm ET

Please note: This event will be presented in a hybrid format. Register below for either online or in-person attendance. If you have any questions, please reach out to renison.alumni@uwaterloo.ca.  

Dr. Chinmay Pandya speakingSpeaker
Dr. Chinmay Pandya, Pro Vice Chancellor, Chairperson, International Festival for Yoga, Culture and Spirituality, Sanskriti University, India

Dr. Chinmay Pandya is grandson of one of the greatest scholars, seers, philosophers of recent times Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya (1911-1990), who was the founder of All World Gayatri Pariwar fraternity, which has 100 million members and thousands of global centers for social reform. He currently serves as Pro Vice Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya University (DSVV). Following medical studies in India, he trained in the United Kingdom, where he gained Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych). In London, he rose through the ranks of the British National Health Service and secured the post of Associate Specialist in Older People Services at the West London Mental Health Trust. In this capacity, he managed patients with multiple psychiatric disorders, focusing on the treatment of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. He returned to India and DSVV in 2010, heeding an inner calling.

Today, Dr. Pandya occupies multiple roles in the life of his University and beyond. He is Editor of the Dev Sanskriti, an Interdisciplinary International Journal that addresses a abroad range of Indian intellectual interests including Vedic philosophy, culture, psychology, communication, education, Ayurveda, Indian and Eastern studies and religious pedagogies. As Vice President of Indian Yoga Association, he leads efforts to analyse and advance the scientific and philosophical understanding of yoga, meditation and stress management in contemporary contexts. He is Chairperson of the International Festival of Yoga, Culture and Spirituality and has convened more than two hundred national and international colloquia at DSVV on issues ranging from the rights of indigenous people to water desalination. He is responsible for ethos, academic rigour and policy implementation at DSVV.

About the lecture
We, as human beings, carry a seed of greater potential within ourselves. We are born, not as slaves of the circumstances but as makers of our own destiny. Unfortunately, very few of us ever live to realize our latent possibility because it is rare to see someone manifesting it to the fullest. And contrary to it, we see other millions of people, who all, are going in the opposite direction, riding the same boat, living their lives as per their unconscious urges and because our minds convince us that so many people cannot be wrong – we follow them and our potential dies even before blossoming. We need to be rooted in our own potential to feel blissful and content in life. 

Life presents this opportunity to grow to everyone and those who unearth it; are able to acquire what can be called self-actualization. Interestingly, the word for self-actualization in Sanskrit; i.e. Bodh (from where Buddha also comes) actually refers to the one, who has found his home; i.e. he/ she has discovered their divine potential. This concept of acquiring our purpose in the life and translating our sacred possibilities into reality had always been the center of Vedic quest, and is called as Human Excellence – A life lived with excellence in all dimensions of personality has also been the life of a Yogi, as defined in the scriptures; i.e. Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam (Yoga is excellence of all actions).

Knowing our purpose and ourselves should have been the easiest thing in the world, but somehow, it has become most difficult. As Confucius said – Life is simple but we insist on making it complicated. And in the similar manner, this talk while being founded on the pillars of ancient Vedic wisdom – uses simple terms of contemporary context so that we all could unearth our divine potentials to make earth a better place to live. This ingenuous presentation is an easy opportunity to discover how to accomplish that.  

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