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Jijnasa: Building Spiritual Awareness

JIJNASA – a forum for those who want to find answers to the fundamental questions of life. It is the strong conviction of Team JIJNASA lies in our ancient but timeless books of wisdom.

Jijnasa: Building Spiritual Awareness

An  Initiative of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

The Vision

The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is not meant to be merely a magnificent structure, but also a beacon of spiritual enlightenment for society at large. Spiritual understanding renders an illuminated perception about the true meaning and purpose of life. The consequent divine character of the people is the foundation of a cultured society. In pursuance of this vision, VCM has launched outreach programmes meant to create spiritual awareness among the future leaders of India at some of the premier institutes in proximity to the temple. The aspiration is to make Indians responsible global leaders who are guided by a spiritual worldview and imbued with sublime values.


Jijnasa is a weekly spiritual awareness programme initiated by the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir at the Indian Institute of Management at Indore. The programme is designed as a series of nineteen presentations each touching upon a vital aspect of spiritual understanding. Gleaned from the timeless books of Vedic wisdom, the Jijnasa modules have been tailored to appeal to the scientific mind. The enduring relevance of the eternal truths is amply illustrated with rich contemporary examples that elucidate the subject matter to students unfamiliar with the topics.


The inaugural session of Jijnasa was conducted at IIM Indore on 19th of July, 2015. Around 25 students of the Post Graduate Program (PGP) from First and Second year attended the session. The speakers at the session were:

          Sri Suvyakta Narasimha Dasa – Senior Vice President,Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

          Mr Sundeep Talwar – CMO, Akshaya Patra, PG in Management from Duke & IIM Ahmedabad

 Mr. Rahul Sirohi – Working with Cognizant Business Consulting.

The topic of the session was “Seeing the Aim of Human Life”. The speakers drew from their own unique experiences in spiritual practice making their presentations vivid and inspiring. Speaking of the relevance of spiritual life in the contemporary context and about creating a spiritual – material balance, the speakers actively involved the the students in the stimulating discussion. The students were also introduced to the scientific process of Japa – repetition of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. At the end Sri Krishna Prasadam was distributed to all the students. The keen post- seminar inquiries of the students were a clear indicator of the enthusiasm the session had generated.

Well coordinated by a group of senior students, the Jijnasa session fulfilled their earnest desire to render spiritual benefit to their fellows at the prestigious institute.

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