Spiritual Retreat for Students of Seth M. R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow

Start Date:24-May-2022

End Date:24-May-2022



The 5th edition of the annual spiritual retreat was held by Seth M. R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow, for its students of classes 6 to 9 and some of its teachers, where Shivakumar, Director, SAFIER, took sessions on the topics “How to Contact the Divine” and “Three Gateways to the Divine”.

During the session on “How to Contact the Divine”, Shivakumar focussed on the following key points:

  • Who is the Divine? The Divine exists in three capacities:
    • The Transcendent - The one who is above all existence
    • The Cosmic Divine - The one who Creates, Preserves & Destroys
    • The Inner Divine - The one who is secretly inside everything
  • The Divine created the Earth out of his own self as a progressive manifestation of Himself.
  • Putting ourselves in touch with our Inner Divine (Psychic Being) will bring out the Perfection we are meant to live in this life.
  • We can light the Psychic fire within to manifest our Perfection by Aspiration.
  • We can keep engaging with the Spark Within, through our will for progress & self-purification, consciously removing the negative aspects, remaining calm in face of all circumstances, not complaining about others' behaviour & offering everything we do to the Divine.

A full video recording of this session is available here.

During the second session on “Three Gateways to the Divine - Three processes to get intimate with the Divine”, Shivakumar focussed on the following key points:

  • Uniting with the aspects of the Divine can be done mainly through three gateways
  • First is the Gateway of Divine Work (Karma yoga) involving selfless & unegoistic actions
  • The second is the Gateway of Knowledge (Jnana yoga) involving knowing & connecting with what we wish to gain knowledge about
  • In order to develop the power of concentration, one has to develop the power of observation
  • Third is the Gateway of Love (Bhakti yoga) involving the experiencing and expressing of love
  • The secret essence of everything is the Psychic presence

A full video recording of this session is available here.

Though the sessions were held online, what made up for it was the enthusiasm shown by the students who kept interacting during the sessions regularly. The Retreat continued with other speakers and more topics.