Action Speaks is honored to welcome Swami Tyagananda as the third panelist for our final panel (TONIGHT!) of the fall 2013 season. A Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna order and a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, Tyagananda brings both a scholarly and religious perspective to exploring the birth of yoga in America. He is the Hindu chaplain at Harvard University and MIT and currently working to promote interfaith understanding and educate students about spirituality. His surname, which translates to “the joy of detachment,” serves as a reminder of the values he tries to impart to his students: self-mastery as well as ‘letting go.’
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Tyagananda’s work includes the translation of sacred texts as well as academic research addressing many questions at the heart of spirituality. Last year, as head of the Ramakrishna Vendanta Society in Boston, Swami lectured on “Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times.” In this speech, Tyagananda poses questions about how to reconcile the spirit with the mind.
How can we express the inexpressible? How can we conceptualize what lies beyond concepts? How can we name the unnameable?
His best known paper, “Kali’s Child Revisited -or- Didn’t Anyone Check the Documentation,” has been praised by religious scholars as “indeed [going] to the heart of things.” His ‘General Talks’ audio discussion on different aspects of yoga and Vendata are streaming online for free on the Advaita Academy website.
Get ready for our final 2013 panel at the AS220 Performance Space this Thursday, October 24th (TONIGHT) to join in the discussion with Swami, Carol Horton and Devarshi Steven Hartman on views yoga and it’s long and complex history in America!