Manas or mind – the receptacle of our sensory memories and perceptions, is an incredibly powerful tool. It informs our intelligence or buddhi – the higher mind which regulates our cognitive responses to the world around us, while together with Buddhi and Hridaya, Manas determines one’s Swabhava or intrinsic nature. An equanimous mind can guide your actions in the best way possible whereas, in the grip of fear or other negative emotions, the same mind may lead to ill-judgement and debility. In this course, we shall explore how taming and transcending the sensory mind may lead us to integrate with higher intelligence and help resolve the doubts and dilemmas of every day.
Living in the modern macrocosm of an intensive rat race fuelled by the “do what I do” marketplace around us, we continually find ourselves baffled, emotionally distressed, and burned out in the effort to keep up and in the process, get further away from knowing and embracing the truth of our Swabhava -our true intrinsic nature. This course is for individuals seeking answers to the following:
-- How to be equanimous in distressing and euphoric moments alike and remain capable of taking rational?
-- How may I contribute meaningfully through my work?
-- Should I focus on the result or the process of my actions?
-- Can I refrain from over-indulging in sensory pleasures?
-- What is my role when it comes to contributing to a larger social and natural system?
-- Engage with your unique swabhava and behaviours from a holistic perspective.
-- Expand meta-skills of self-knowledge and Viveka to guide your Swabhava and grow.
-- Transcend from swabhava to swadharma.
-- Harmonise Vedic practices and analogous Western models of sustainable and contextual change.
-- Connect theory to practice, through reflection, discussions, and engagement facilitated in mixed medium.
PhD (Literature), SNDT (1986)
MA (Literature, Journalism), SNDT (1981)
BA (Psychology, Sociology), St Xavier’s College (1979)
Diploma in Ayurveda & Yoga, TMV (2012)
Organizer of An Introduction To Swabhava & SwadharmaRashtram School of Public Leadership nurtures ‘self-aware’ and ‘civilisationally-assured’ public leaders who are nourished by Indic knowledge traditions and systems of thought. The specific focus of the school is to prepare leaders in three domains: Academia, Politics, and Civil Society.
Dr. Mala Kapadia, Professor, Director of Centre for Wellness & Resident Mentor at Rashtram
Dr. Mala Kapadia is Professor, Director of Wellness Practice and Resident Mentor at Rashtram. She has a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology and Literature. She is a writer, international speaker and executive coach integrating Yoga & Ayurveda. She previously served as Adjunct Professor of the SP Jain School of Global Management on the campuses of Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai. Researcher in the area of holistic well-being and Integrated Intelligence for more than 30 years. She is also author of several books like ‘Heart Skills: Emotional Intelligence for Work & Life’. She has been a pioneer teacher of emotional intelligence to MBA students in management institutions in Asia. Her doctoral thesis on Gujarati literature integrates knowledge of psychology analysis creating an integrative approach. Consultant of different multinational organisations. Advises with a model of sustainability of performance and holistic leadership. Her knowledge about well-being, Ayurveda, Yoga, leadership and Emotional Intelligence make her a unique advisor for our open training programmes.
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