Inquiry into the Nature of the Self in the Upanishads

Event Start Date: 
Jan 5 2011 - 08:00 to Feb 9 2011 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Many sages in India have stressed the importance of discernment between Self and non-Self, and they have said that the major characteristic of a basic human ignorance is the blurring of this distinction.  What is the Self?  How can we approach the understanding of the Self? How do we distinguish this from the usual many manifestations of self?  The Upanishads regard the aim of human existence to be Self-realization and they present a model of a free, bold and non-sectarian inquiry into the nature of the Self.  This course will draw upon the insights of the principal Upanishads in an exploration of the Self.

Recommended Reading

  • The Principal Upanishads, translated and edited by S. Radhakrishnan
  • The Upanishads, translation and commentary by Sri Aurobindo
  • Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna by Ravi Ravindra


Dr Ravi Ravindra is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, and the author of a number of books including Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna, The Yoga of the Christ and Whispers from the Other Shore. He has directed a number of sessions of the School of the Wisdom in the past. 

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What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Participants will receive printed matter which outlines activities Please bring your own laptop/notepad etc. Meals are optionally provided. Sign up for it separately


Inquiry into the Nature of the Self in the Upanishads


600020 Chennai , TN
13° 0' 13.6188" N, 80° 15' 24.8616" E
Tamil Nadu IN


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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. An intense sense of Life must always accompany every true student. There can be no Wisdom without an ever increasing sense of Wonder.

Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature. The message which each tree, flower, animal, meadow, sea, sky, and cloud has, must be listened to and understood.

Timings (may vary due to the course)

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11 a.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.
Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by the students, who may spend free afternoons doing research on their own or at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, Adyar Campus, Chennai.

Applying to the School

Application Form you find as an attachment from the Session's description. Students may register for all or some of the Scool of the Wisdom sessions in one form, and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen. The form should be sent to:



The Theosophical Society
Secretary's Office
The School of the Wisdom
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198


If you need accomodation, please specifically say so in your application, or send the accommodation needs to

Western style: Leadbeater Chambers is not available due to renovation (2019-2020), but if western style is requested, tell it in the form and we'll figure out a suitable house.

NEW QUADRANGLE, Indian style accommodation, bathrooms outside, is basically for Indian participants.

Rates are given on request.


All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner) will cost Rs.280-300/- per day, according to what you order. Taking only lunch (Rs.100) must be informed the day before. Tea/coffee at 4 pm is Rs.20.

Other information

Scholarships, full or partial, may be provided for some deserving TS workers. Applications should be made well in advance,  providing full details and suitable recommendation.
Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention are requested to register separately, see instructions.