CENTRE FOR YOGA AND VEDANTA, SINGAPORE
Centre for Yoga and Vedanta, Singapore (CYV) is an organisation for the assimilation of Self-Knowledge (atmajnana) and other allied contemplative practices taught in the Veda. The Centre is rooted in the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Vedanta) and Yoga as taught in the Upanishads.
The teachings of CYV will be rooted in the tradition of Vedanta as taught by the following teachers:
- Swami Dayananda Sarasvati (Arsha Vidya Gurukulam)
- Swami Satprakashananda Sarasvati (Atma Vidya Vanam)
The Yoga philosophy that CYV expounds are based on the following texts:
- Patanjali Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika of Svatmarama
- Shiva Samhita
- Gheranda Samhita
- Vashishtha Samhita
The current director and guide of the organisation is Kathirasan (Kathir). Kathir had his tutelage with Swami Satprakashananda Saraswati (of Atma Vidya Vanam) who comes from an illustrious lineage of Shankaracarya. He studied the subject of Advaita Philosophy (Non-Dualism) meticulously under Swamiji's guidance for several years. Kathir is also a certified Yoga Teacher. He is a passionate teacher of Vedanta and Yoga Philosophy and highly respected for his knowledge and discourses on these subjects. He has been teaching youths, couples, families, groups and the elderly for over 16 years.
Apart from teaching, Kathir has contributed towards the development of holistic spiritual rehabilitation programme for incarcerated inmates called MITRA and trained two cohorts of Hinduism Teachers and Vedic Yoga Instructors.
He is also an ardent advocate of Inter-Faith initiatives and a trainer for interfaith facilitators.
In the past he had played key roles at the Singapore Hindu Centre and other Hindu organisations in Singapore. He also teaches and consults at The Hindu Hub (www.thehinduhub.org) currently.
In the professional front, he is the Director of a Consulting firm providing organisational and people development services. He is also a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher and a Consultant with a Psychotherapy Centre.
What is CYV’s vision ?
O unblemished one, two kinds of steadfastness in this world were spoken by Me in the days of yore, through the Yoga of Knowledge for the men of contemplative nature and through Yoga of Action for the men of action.(Bhagavad Gita, 3.3)
Shankara in the introduction to his Bhagavad Gita Commentary sets the tone and direction of the Vedic pedagogy by confirming the Vedic tradition to be two fold. This is further reinforced by various scriptural texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Ishavasya Upanishad, Manu Smrti, Mahabharata. The first being the life of Pravrtti which deals with the ends like Dharma (ethics and duties), success and enjoyments. The second is the life of Nivrtti which deals with knowledge and renunciation. CYV aims to fulfil the needs of the urbanites who have a desire for Moksha while being in the Pravrtti lifestyle but faithfully adopting the life of a Karma Yogi.
CYV is a one stop centre for such people where the traditional and authentic wisdom will quench their thirst for Self-Knowledge. CYV adopts the traditional teaching methodology (adhyaropa apavada) to unfold Self Knowledge and will provide hand holding guidance with an enlightened dependance on the teaching rather than the teacher.
How does CYV achieve its vision ?
CYV fulfils its vision through the following programmes:
These are mostly classroom based sessions where one or more teachers will unfold the teachings of a text. The topics will be centred primarily on Vedanta and Yoga texts.
We will also organize meditation or mindfulness practices which are usually practice sessions.
We have created an electronic learning platform, enabled through Skype and internet where a seeker can be coached in their contemplative practices via email and video chats.
Admission to all of its programmes would require a face to face or phone chat with the teacher to better ascertain learning needs.