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The Vedanta Academy, Lonavala
Vedanta Academy, Lonavala The Foundation has been accorded the coveted status of a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Government of India. The Academy is situated amidst the picturesque hills of Malavali,108 kms from Mumbai, in Maharashtra State, India. Founded in 1988 by Swami Parthasarathy, the Academy offers continual three-year residential courses on Vedanta. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for enrolment irrespective of nationality, race or religion. English is the medium of instruction.

The curriculum includes intense analysis of a range of scriptural texts expounding Vedantic Philosophy. The study is complimented by select works from English literature and poetry. The course also includes a module for training students in Sanskrit language and verses. On completion, graduates are awarded a diploma in Vedantic Philosophy.

The Academy disseminates knowledge through a scientific programme of study and contemplation. Encourages a spirit of enquiry. A liberal approach that enables students to apply these principles in life. The course instills physical, mental and intellectual disciplines for comprehensive development of the personality.

The Academy schedule runs from 4:15 am to 9:00 pm. It harnesses the different aspects of the student's personality for self-development. The day begins with an hour and a quarter of individual study and reflection. Followed by a structured yoga session and jogging, supplemented by gymnastics and sports. Providing an hour of physical exercise.

Without weekends and vacations, every single day courses through individual study, physical exercise, lectures by Swamiji, campus work, Sanskrit lessons, group discussions, audio-visual presentations and community singing.

The schedule is designed to maintain the traditional spiritual disciplines of karma action, bhakti devotion, and Jnana knowledge.

Getting there:
The Vedanta Academy is located in the picturesque Malavali Hills in Western India, about a hundred kilometers from Mumbai. It lies between Mumbai and Pune near the town of Lonavala.

Vedanta Academy Teaching Vedanta is derived from two words Veda - Knowledge, and Anta - End. Vedanta means the end of knowledge. This ancient philosophy presents the eternal principles of life and living. It programs a life of mental peace combined with dynamic action in the world. Equips one with clarity of intellect to deal with the challenges of life. Above all, it's philosophy leads one to the ultimate goal of Self- Realization.

One person smokes a cigarette and finds pleasure in it. Another person detests it. One lady divorces her husband. Another craves for and marries the same man. Therefore, pleasure and pain are not inherent in objects and beings of the world. It is in how you relate to them.

Vedanta is the art of relating to the world. Mastering this technique, you lead a smooth, pleasing existence - to yourself and to others.

The pre-eminent philosopher Swami Parthasarathy, popularly known as 'Swamiji', is widely acclaimed as the greatest living exponent of Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of life and living. He has multiple degrees in literature, science and law, and completed a post graduation in international law from London University. He renounced a lucrative corporate career early in life to dedicate himself to study and research of Vedanta.

In a life of selfless service over five decades, Swamiji's exceptional contribution has been the translation of subtle philosophical themes into practical techniques of living. An exercise that has reduced stress and increased productivity among human beings. His personality and lifetime effort has been profiled in books prescribed for students in India:

101 Great Indians who have made India proud in the last century.
101 Great Indian Saints (portrayed on the front cover)
101 Great Indian Authors and Poets
The Mind of the Guru, fore worded by the Dalai Lama, as one of the preeminent philosophers of our times.

Yoga Meditation Vedanta Academy His teachings develop the clarity in thinking needed to
-Reduce stress in everyday living
-Increase productivity at work
-Maintain harmony in relationships
-Master the technique of living

Books
Swamiji has written ten books, including two best sellers. His seminal new book is the Fall of the Human intellect
He has spoken to
The Festival of Thinkers as a keynote speaker alongside sixteen Nobel Laureates, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, also as a keynote
- The Young Presidents' Organization, The World Presidents' Organization, The World Economic Forum
- Harvard, Wharton, NASA, Microsoft, Ford, Indian cricket team

Swami Parthasarathy has a multi-disciplined academic base with post graduation from London University. Renouncing a lucrative corporate career early in life he has dedicated himself to full time study, research and propagation of Vedanta. His writings, discourses and seminars have met with outstanding response all over the world for over fifty years. He has been covered in print and television media worldwide and is known for his personal counseling to business, sport and film celebrities...

But here is something incredible about him:
At 80 years old, Swamiji follows a daily schedule of yoga and jogging. As an accomplished sportsman, he still wins most valuable player awards for his Academy cricket team. Above all, at 6 feet he has maintained a 32 inch waistline and 148 pound weight for the past 60 years! Born in South India to a premier business family, here is a man who gave away his Rolls Royce in the prime of youth and dedicated his life to a noble cause.