The highest goal of our lives is to realise our Divine Self which is of the essence of infinite Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, Freedom, Beauty, Purity and Immortality. The whole universe and its living beings are a manifestation of the Divine Energy (Shakti) of the Supreme Consciousness.  Spiritual practices are designed towards intensification and control of this energy within us to expedite our spiritual evolution.

Japa (repetition of mantras) and meditation are traditional spiritual practices to quicken the awakening of the divinity within us.

The aim of this weekend spiritual retreat is to study the science of mantras and their proper utilisation in our daily sadhana. Participants will  have better clarity regarding the efficacy of mantras such as:

  1. About mantras: What mantras are, the source of mantras, the power of mantras, the application of mantras etc.
  2. Japa: Practical suggestions on the application of mantras in sadhana.
  3. Integration of Japa with meditation

We have made provision for 3 categories of participants:

  • RESIDENT PARTICIPANTS – limited accommodation for participants from outside Auckland.

  • DAY PARTICIPANTS – Auckland based participants to travel from home.

  • ONLINE PARTICIPANTS – Join the main sessions from anywhere via Zoom

Please register in the form below to book your place. Registration will close one week before the retreat.

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Swami Tadananda
Swami Tadananda

Minister-in-Charge Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre Auckland

Other Organizers

Chetan Patel

Hourly Schedule

Friday 22 September 2023

5.30 pm - 6.00 pm
Arrival at retreat venue
6.00 - 7.30
Arati and Meditation
7.30 - 8.00
8.00 - 9.00
Orientation for the weekend ahead
Chanting around bonfire (weather permitting)

Saturday, 23 September 2023

5.00 - 6.00
Morning group meditation
Guided meditation session
6.00 - 6.30
Group chanting of mantras
Maha Mrytunjaya Mantra
6.30 - 7.45
Ablutions, breakfast
8.00 - 10.00
Session 1: What is mantra, mantra shakti, initiation and source of mantras?
This session with introduce mantras and their application in sadhana.
10.00 - 10.30
Tea break
10.30 - 12.30
Session 2: Application of mantras in Sadhana
Practical considerations in Japa and meditation
12.30 - 2.00
Lunch break and silent walkabout
Enjoy the serenity of the forest and reflect in silence
2.00 - 4.00
Session 3: Harmonising the 4 Yogas in our everyday life.
Spiritual health is key to overall health
4.00 - 6.00
Tea and reflections.
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful forest
6.00 - 7.30
Arati and meditations
7.30 - 8.00
8.00 - 9.30
Discussions, chanting etc around the bonfire
Weather permitting

Sunday 24 September 2023

5.00 - 6.00
Morning group meditation
6.00 - 6.30
Group chanting
Gayatri Mantra
6.30 - 7.45
Ablutions and breakfast
8.00 - 10.00
Session 4: Question and Answer session
Interactive session
10.00 - 10.30
Tea break
10.30 - 1.00
Final session: Concluding session
Feedback and sum up.
1.00 - 2.00
2.00 - 3.00
Clean up and depart
Participants are requested to help with clean up please