Hindu swamis discuss financial problems

As the world continues to face significant financial challenges, management gurus have begun to reassess and turn their back on the failures of the Western system.

Alberto Gomes On Thursday 12 September four Hindu leaders will join Professor Alberto Gomes, Director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue to discuss the contemporary global crisis as a shift towards human wealth. 

Swamis Sridharananda, Tyagananda, Baneshananda and Sarvapriyanananda will talk about the crisis as an issue of attitude rather than economics: doing all of one’s work as a form of worship through service to mankind.

Professor Gomes said the public seminar would be a fascinating insight into the global crisis from an entirely different perspective to the one generally written and talked about in Australia.

‘We will draw on the ancient wisdom of Bhagavad Gita and the Artha Shastra to consider a new way of viewing the financial crisis and what we mean by human wealth,’ he said.

The Centre for Dialogue was established in 2005 to undertake research that is focused on a dialogue between cultures, religions and civilisations as well as between competing globalisation discourses and perspectives.

Swami Sridharananda is President of the Vedanta Centres in Australia and New Zealand. Born in India and educated as an Engineer, the Swami joined the Ramakrishna order in 1947. His spiritual guru was the direct disciple of Sri Sarada Devi who, with Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, gave practical shape to modern Vedanta. He started the Sydney Centre in 2000.

Swami Tyagananda is head of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and the Hindu chaplain at MIT and Harvard. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.

Swami Baneshananda, who has been living in the Vedantic tradition for well over 30 years, heads the Vedanta Gesellschaft, Germany, near Berlin. He teaches the authentic theories and steps of meditation.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is a dynamic young monk of the Ramakrishna Math. Since joining the Order in 1994, he has served in various capacities including Vice- Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, and Principal of the Sikshana Mandira Teachers' Training College at Belur Math, near Calcutta, India.

The free public seminar The Contemporary Global Crisis is a joint presentation between the Centre for Dialogue and the Melbourne Chapter of the Vedanta Centre.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Western Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus

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