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Critical Thinking and Vedanta : Live Interactive Program

● Dive deep into a framework that describes the many facets of critical thinking. Learn how Vedanta empowers you to master this vital capacity to shape your world view and enhance your decision making.


We all wish the world was a more rational, sensible, and harmonious place. Every day, 24/7, we are bombarded with data, images, articles, opinions, lectures, narratives, and analyses. Over time, we are unable to separate the noise from the signal because we mentally anchor a fixed point-of-view while ceasing to apply our minds. This anchoring is reflected in our world views and our vital life decisions.

We become slaves to prejudices and biases eventually developing strong opinions yet weak convictions. All the while believing our minds are free and that we are making thoughtful choices. When, in fact, we are making mindless sub-optimal decisions. The missing piece in our thought process is the discipline of Critical thinking.

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking can be formally understood as `the intellectual process that helps a human progress toward the objective truth’. For us to fulfill that higher and more impactful potential within us, we need to move from the position of `prove I am right’ that comes from our ego to `seek the truth’ which is beyond personal limits. This journey unlocks excellence in decision making - leading, in turn, to personal fulfillment.


The key question is: How does one develop critical thinking?

This is where Vedanta comes in. Some core principles of Vedanta enable us to be aware of our thought process at a much deeper level. This empowers us to introspect and recognize the source and quality of our own thoughts, views, opinions, and judgments. We suddenly develop insights and discover dimensions that we didn’t know existed. We start to cut through the stale clutter with a fresh clarity of thought.

with Sampath Iyengar

Sampath is the founder of Applied Vedanta Institute a platform dedicated to transmitting Vedanta insights for modern relevance. He is a private investor and mentor focused on Innovation and Impact. Sampath has had an extra-ordinary career in terms of variety and challenges and has been an effective change agent. He has worn many hats – technical, entrepreneur, Global CEO, Investor, Advisor, Mentor - and has lived in different parts of the world. His journey with the Vedanta began in earnest from 2008 when he was associated with the Chinmaya mission while living in Princeton. Over the years, he has continued to apply the teachings of the Vedanta and for this treasure, he is grateful to his gurus from several sampradayas. His objective for this program (also see Vedanta @Work) is to help professionals achieve higher levels of dynamic performance inherent in their potential. You can check out his TEDx talk at IIM Bangalore here.

What the participants say...!

My current role calls for coaching senior leadership on critical thinking and this program gave me new thinking directions.

- Vetrivel Janakiraman, Director at an MNC
Rate the program 5/5 on all parameters.

- Dr. Sayeda Jowena Dewan, PhD Scholar
Sampath Iyengar was sound in his knowledge. He was engaging by his choice of words. He used his words prudently. He didn't name anyone. He didn't judge anyone. It's all up to us to choose. Had he judged, it would have ended the purpose of the presentation.

- Prashant Kumar, Student
Great program, enjoyed every minute of the session!

- Naveen Sarawgi, MD of an Automobile Firm
Every investigative litigation is an exercise in critical thinking. In fact, this program can be delivered in law schools as well!

- Aswin Prabhu, Practicing Lawyer, India
Thanks to Open Pathshala and to Sampath Iyengar for the fascinating and self reflective session!!

- Debojyoti Bhattacharjee, Educator
It was a great topic and discussion. Fresh and different perspective.

- Ramesh Naidu Meesala, IT Professional

Session on: To be announced

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  • 2-Hour Program

  • Sunday, 6:30 pm IST

Check your local time here

All participants get a Certificate of Participation!


Live Session

Interact with the instructor and ask questions on YouTube Live

Duration

Live-Interactive session of 2-hours on Sunday

Recorded Session Available

Participants get recorded session for the duration of 2 weeks

Certificate

Certificate of Participation for every participant

Who is this program for?

Particularly useful for all decision makers and University students. We welcome participants from all nationalities and cultures.

The value that participants got from this program...

Knowledge was presented from ancient texts and well-adapted to contemporary situations including the Vedanta formula for critical thinking, and aspects that one needs to watch out for on the road to develop critical thinking. Explanation given was excellent!

- Sangeetha Chakravarti, Mentor
Found the Critical thinking formula of Vedanta most useful.

- Babyson Terang, Assistant Professor
It completely opened a new dimension of thought process. Everybody talks about `thinking’ but nobody tells how. This was the very first session in which I understood how one must start thinking.

- Tejal Pawar, Student
The presenter has transmitted to me the need to be a better listener. Learned a better thinking process when a decision must be taken. Also in some way it has increased my self- awareness. Now I am more aware of the others' thinking background when they express an opinion.

- Armel Boueyguet, France
The program was an eye opener - especially the details on Ahamkara and Manas and how we can critically think through these two is most useful for me.

- Anushree Nagaraj, Counselor, Coach and Trainer
Learned about the Vedantic view and its significance in today's world.

- Dr. Wanphai Mary K Japang, Research Scholar
The session was very crisp and very clear. Overall it was very informative and thought provoking.

- Sumathy Ramaswamy, Homemaker
All aspects of this course are very useful and valuable.

- Rozy Perween, Computer Science Student

What You Will Learn

Some of these powerful Vedanta principles are:

  • Antahakarana: Comprises the Chitta, Buddhi, Manaha and AhamkaraChitta is our consciousness and memory Buddhi is our intellect; the seat of judgment and discrimination Manaha is our mind or the dynamic field of thought and desire Ahamkara is our sense of individual identity and ego

  • Svabhava: Our inherent personality or attributes which directs critical thinking

  • Gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas attributes that make up our Svabhava

  • Raga-Dvesha: Our intense likes and dislikes, irrational but real

  • Svadhyaya: Deep introspection

  • In this program, we will take a 35-point framework of Critical thinking examples and apply relevant Vedanta principles. Sign up today to become a Critical thinking champion!


Please fill the form below to get notified when next batch is announced.

Session on: To be announced

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  • 2-Hour Program

  • Sunday, 6:30 pm IST

Check your local time here

All participants get a Certificate of Participation!