RISHIKAS: The World’s First & True Feminists | Recorded Live

Vedic texts were written by sages and seers, who were not just great men (Rishis) but also great women (Rishikas). These colossal women played a pivotal role in the development and transmission of Vedic wisdom. Little is known about them personally, though the lineages of the Vedic sages are often listed according to their mothers.

In this fourth edition of our ongoing Vedic Webinar series, founder of the Vedic Management Center, U Mahesh Prabhu, offers a refreshing perspective on these extraordinary women whose life was their legacy. The webinar will present forgotten legends, stories, parables, and teachings of the ancient Rishikas which can provide insights to address our challenges today so we can attain true peace and prosperity.

The webinar dispels myths about the role of Vedic women as subjugated, ignorant, and submissive, and rather present their unparalleled accomplishments that continue to benefit all humanity.

 

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Sukham & Duhkham: The Vedic Philosophy on Happiness and Sorrow

We are all born into this body without possessing anything. All that we gain is after the birth of this body. We are also sure to die, after which all that we have accumulated and achieved must be left behind. So, we are neither born nor do we die possessing anything. More like a computer game. Given this why should we fear anything? Why not accept everything as a game and appreciate everything life delivers unto us? Neither pleasure nor pain is lasting. They all have an expiry date. Only those with wisdom live beyond pain and pleasure, happiness and unhappiness into a state of perpetual bliss.

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Sannyasa: The True Meaning

Vedic Sanskrit word सन्यासं (Sanyasa) is made of two words, namely: सत् or Truth and न्यास् or Living. Sanyasi, “a person living in Truth,” is one who is full of unconditional LOVE & without a shred of HATE. A true Sanyasi never disown anyone; on the contrary accepts everyone as one’s own – without any EXPECTATIONS. Realizing that ATTACHMENT is the reason for pain; they live in BLISS at all time; be they alone or in company of people.

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Ahimsa: A Vedic Perspective

Dharma is not doing to others what you don’t like being done by someone else to you. Dharma is that which sustains the order in self (mind), family, society, nation and the world at large. Dharma is sustained by doing things where the strong don’t thrive by suppressing the weak and the weak are not subjugated by the strong. Dharma provides a way for people to live and let live. When there’s an imposition of someone else’s will on you or your own excesses on others, that’s Himsa, causing Adharma.

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What is Kootaneeti? Why is it Important?

There are times to fight, there are also times for retreat. We need not win all the battles in life. Some battles make us strong some teach us valuable lessons. To try and win all battles is vain; but to try and win losing battles is stupidity. Long before we can win, we must gracefully learn from our defeats. To make it worse, we neither considers patience nor perseverance a virtue; most see them as “vice.” The modern definition of success, the ones that are propagated by our business schools, the media organizations, and societies is clearly flawed. Success is not when we receive some award or when some magazine puts us on its cover, or a filmmaker decides to make a biopic. The Vedic idea of success is best explained by Krishna:

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Tantra, Mantra, Rajaneeti & Kootaneeti: Unmistakable Connection

Mantra and Tantra were regarded by Kautilya as two crucial elements in the art and science of Vedic approach to politics – Rajaneeti. Without a plan and a strategy to execute it Shakti (read Power) is of no use. In Arthashastra, he declares “Power by itself is useless” and that “Person who seeks power without sound Mantra (objective) and Tantra (strategy) is verily consumed by it.”

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