IIM Kozhikode had the honour to play host to Swami Dayanand Saraswati, a highly renowned teacher of Vedanta, who gave a discourse on ‘The Indian Spiritual Heritage’ to the students and faculty. Swamiji’s deep scholarship and assimilation of Vedanta combined with a subtle appreciation of contemporary problems make him a rare teacher who can reach both traditional and modern students.
Swamiji enlightened the students about the true meaning of spirituality and its universality. He highlighted the problems we face in our daily lives due to our inherent nature to judge ourselves which leads to dissatisfaction. Drawing parallels between the ‘guru-shishya’ concept in Indian tradition with that of light & dark, he said that solutions to the issues we face lie in Indian spiritual heritage. It is through the ‘guru-shishya’ relationship that this heritage has been maintained in our society.
During his discourse, Swamiji, through various real-life instances, explained that all the solutions that we seek lie within ourselves and that happiness can be attained through self-awareness and acceptance. Swamiji emphasized that the concept of spirituality is one that transcends place, time and nationality. According to him, spiritualism within the Indian heritage is universally applicable and relevant to all.
The PGP students were delighted to be exposed to the flavor of spiritualism with our Indian heritage and truly enjoyed the experience with Swami Dayanand Saraswati.