Journey to the Source: India 2019


The Chakra Institute's  42nd Annual

Journey to the Source, India 2019

 with Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar 

February 5(6) - 22, 2019*

A unique pilgrimage, a self-inquiry with rare saints, an inward journey through daily sadhana…

Bangalore – Mysore – Kolkata - Delhi 



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The Chakra Institute invites you to be with one of the most revered saints and to visit some of the most sacred destinations in India.  A golden opportunity to learn about Vedanta from one of the greatest spiritual teachers ever. 


Swami Atmanandendra Saraswatiji, the finest vedantic saint and scholar, 95 years of age, will address our questions, during our

seven darshans (visits of blessing). Mataji, his sister and a living model of Vedantic philosophy will also offer darshans.


Through the journey, Sri Shyamji will impart his teachings and extraordinary sacred sounds.










February 6 - 7: Bangalore

Arrive at Bangalore for a stay at the deluxe, pure vegetarian, Sai Vishram Hotel, where you may relax in an Ayurvedic spa and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool.

February 8 - 14: Mysore

Morning departure for the magnificent and historic city of Mysore.

Receive extraordinary commentaries on Vedanta with Swamiji.  Mataji will present highly practical tools for daily living, through Vedanta. Their intimate ashram is situated in a peaceful environment outside of Mysore.


Reside at the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center, a highly respected ayurvedic wellness institute. Organic meals are prepared to balance tridoshas. Ayurvedic treatments are available by appointment.   The institute’s large, air-conditioned rooms, designed according to the principles of Vatsu, will be shared. A few smaller single non-A/C rooms with a ceiling fans are also available by advance request.


While here, we will visit Kesava temple (in Somnathpur), Chamunda Temple and Mysore palace.

In this special place, we can spend time in reflection on all the sacred knowledge we have learned from Swamiji and Mataji.



     Kesava temple, Somnathpur                   Chamunda temple, Mysore                              Mysore Palace


February 14 - 20: Kolkata 

February 15 -16:  Mantra meditation concert and workshop offered by Sri Shyamji

February 18 - 20: Reside in a Vedic village just outside of Kolkuta. In this special place, we can spend time in reflection on all the sacred knowledge we have learned from Swamiji and Mataji.

While here, we will participate in a specially arranged Kali Puja. After visits to the Kalighat temple and to a Shivaji temple, Sri Shyamji will offer insights into what will be our extraordinary experiences during these visits.



Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata



Kalighat Kali temple


Goddess Kali, with her purplish-black skin and vengeful visage, wearing a necklace of 108 skulls, the image of the goddess Kali provokes terror. It provokes confusion as well. If our spiritual journey is to dispel darkness and grow our inner light, then the goddess Kali becomes an essential source.

The famous temple of Kalighat Kali, devoted to Dakshina Kali, “the benevolent mother of the world,” is considered one of the holiest shrines of the 51 Shakta pilgrimage centers, revered by worshipers of Shiva and his consort alternatively named as Durga/Kali/Shakti.

While Kali is everywhere represented as a frightening, demonic entity, the statue in this temple is unique.

Created by two saints, Atmaram Brahmachari and Brahmananda Giri, it has three huge eyes, a long protruding tongue, and four hands all made of gold. She holds severed head of Shumba, signifying the vanquishing of human ego, which has been slain by divine knowledge in order to obtain Moksha, spiritual enlightenment.

During this Journey to the Source, early-registrant participants** may partake in a private puja that might result in a major transformation.


February 20: Delhi

Return to Delhi to stay at the Aurobindo Ashram. Participate in Ashram activity and explore historical Delhi.

This Journey concludes on February 22 and another begins….expect transformation!

This Journey includes*:

• All land and air travels within India

• Lodging in 3-5-star hotels, including two nights at the Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi

• Three meals a day

• Concerts and Workshops

• Unlimited bottled water


*Items of a personal nature not included.


The Journey does not include:

• Airfare to/from India

• Donations to Swamiji and to temples

• Tips


What to bring:

Modest clothing covering the torso and legs, and non-leather items, (for temple visits)Personal medications and nutrients
Bath towel and top sheet for the ashram


Program costs: $3,950 (U.S. dollars)

Save $200 (U.S.), pay $3,750 (U.S.), if full payment is received by October 17th, 2018

The balance to be paid by December 5th, 2018.


To apply and register:

Complete the registration form (attached) and travel disclaimer at:

Send both documents with $1,500 (U.S.) non-refundable deposit by October 17th, to: 

Chakra Institute, P.O. Box 34, New Hope, PA 18938.


Please consult your own insurance agent. 


All rights are reserved by the Chakra Institute Inc. and the program directors to make substitutions and/or to modify the itinerary (including hotels/ashrams/other venues) as needed.


All cancellations must be received by Chakra Institute, Inc. in writing 40 days prior to departure for full refund less $1,500 deposit per person; 20 days prior to departure: 50% refund per person after non-refundable deposit of $1,500. No refunds after this date.

Recommend Reading

These publications available at
How to Recognize the Method of Vedanta*, by Swamiji Satchitanandendra Saraswati
Microchakras, by Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar and David Isaacs Ph.D.


*U.S. participants may depart for Bangalore on February 5th. 

Europeans may depart on the morning of February 6th.


**Those interested in the special puja may contact us ASAP for arrangements with the temple