Vedanta camp on Upadesha Saram

We are conducting a One week residential camp at the Gurukulam in the last week of September. The camp will be conducted by Swami Sarvananda, the resident Acharya of the Gurukulam.

Interested people are welcome to come and join us at the serene and picturesque Gurukulam for seven days of traditional teaching of Advaita Vedanta.


September 24 to October 1, 2016. Report by 6 PM on September 24, 2016 and leave after lunch on October 1.

Medium of Instruction

All classes will fully be in English.


Upadesha Saram by Ramana Maharshi

Description of the topic

Upadesha Saram is a set of 30 verses composed by one of the greatest saints of recent times - Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. These verses are a condensed version of the teaching given by Lord Shiva to a group of Rishis who are unfortunately committed to just the performance of Vedic Rituals. Lord Shiva comes down to teach them that one has to rise above the addiction to just rituals and their benefits and finally get to committed to Self Knowledge. Because Self knowledge is the only way to solve the basic human problem of being dissatisfied with whatever we have and obtain. One has to ultimately understand that the happiness we are seeking lies within ourselves and we just have to know how to tap into that endless resource.

The verses deal with the following topics - Limitation of Action, Role of Action, Likes & Dislikes, Harmony in Life, Karma Yoga, Bhakti, Worship, Praise of the Lord, Contemplation, Attitude of Non-Duality, Non-duality as the highest devotion, Quietening the mind, Yoga of knowledge, Self-enquiry, Enquiry into the nature of God, Nature of knowledge & Happiness is the truth of the Self.

The uniqueness of this text is that the teaching is very direct, in the characteristic style of Ramana Maharshi. He takes us straight to the core of the human problem, which is the ego or ahankara, and gives us the methods to deal with it.

Daily schedule

5:30Wake up



8:30-9:30Upadesha Saram

11:00-12:00Upadesha Saram


3:00-3:55Tattva Bodha - Introductory text of Vedanta by Sri Jithendra Vaidyanathan

4:45-5:45Upadesha Saram


7:30-8:30SatsangSatsang will include question/answer sessions, stories from popular Indian epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana) with focus on values, attitudes and life style of our Sages with specific relevance to today’s world.

* Schedule is subject to minor modifications.


Healthy, nutritious & non-spicy South Indian food.


Accommodation will be shared and every room has attached washrooms. Total camp size will be 25-30.


Minimum donation of Rs. 4000/- per person. We are a non-profit organisation. So, if you want to contribute more you are welcome to do so.


To reserve a space you must complete the application form online (@ along with a non-refundable deposit of Rs.2000/- per person ($60 or equivalent for non-Indians) as an enrolment contribution. Remaining contribution of Rs.2000/- ($60 or equivalent) (or more as you wish), may be paid on arrival to the Gurukulam. Demand drafts / cheques may be taken in favour of ‘Swami Dayananda Satabhishekam Memorial Trust’ payable at Chennai.


Seats are limited. We can accommodate only a maximum of 25-30 people.