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July 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am - July 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

A 7-Day Tattva Bodha Residential Retreat of Timeless Wisdom

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Tattva Bodha is a prominent text in Advaita Vedanta that has been widely studied and revered for its timeless wisdom. The term “Tattva Bodha” literally means “knowledge of reality” and it is considered to be one of the most important texts of Vedanta that helps in understanding the nature of the Self, the world, and the ultimate reality.

The Advaita Vedanta philosophy is based on the fundamental principle of non-dualism, which states that the ultimate reality is one without a second. It asserts that the individual self (jiva) and the ultimate reality (Brahman) are not two different entities, but are essentially one and the same. 

Not only is Tattva Bodha a complete manual for liberation, but it also introduces the most crucial terminology and concepts that are essential for a deeper understanding of texts like Bhagavad Gita, Brahma Sutra and Upanishads — should you undertake them in the future.

Therefore in this immersive 1-week residential retreat in Germany, led by Vedic and Sanskrit teacher Andre V. — you will be systematically and carefully guided through the text so your understanding is aligned with it's clarity. Each lesson builds upon the previous until you've grasped it intimately.

Teachings are based on Swami Dayananda's Tattvabodha book, and Swami Tejomayananda's Tattvabodha book, which we highly recommend you get on Amazon.

We will have 2-3 sessions per day (morning/afternoon/evening), to help integrate the wisdom deeper while enjoying organic farm-to-table meals amidst like-minded souls.

The topics covered in Tattva Bodha include:

Click to download the PDF document that we will use in class.
  1. Introduction: The purpose and importance of Tattva Bodha in understanding Advaita Vedanta.
  2. Four-fold Qualifications (Sadhana Chatushtaya): The essential qualifications required before pursuing any non-dual text. They include discrimination, dispassion, six virtues, and a burning desire for liberation.
  3. Three Bodies (Sharira Traya): An explanation of the physical, subtle, and causal bodies.
  4. Five Sheaths (Pancha Kosha): A detailed analysis of the five layers of experience that covers Self… including the material, physiological, mental, intellectual, and bliss sheaths.
  5. Three Gunas: An exploration of the three fundamental qualities of nature (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas).
  6. Three States of Experience: A discussion of the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states. Point of discussion is to see they are mere transitory states obtaining in You (Consciousness).
  7. The Nature of the Self (Atman): Insights into the true nature of the Self, its characteristics, and its distinction from the body, mind, and intellect.
  8. The Nature of Ultimate Reality (Brahman): A comprehensive examination of the ultimate Reality, its attributes, and its relationship with the individual Self (Atman).
  9. The Doctrine of Identity (Tat Tvam Asi): An explanation of the essential identity of the individual Self (Atman) and the ultimate Reality (Brahman).
  10. The Qualities of a Jivanmukta: What are characteristics of one who has attained liberation while alive.

Where is it?

  • Address: Klever Strasse. 115 47533 Kleve, Germany.
  • Description: Retreat will be held at the Vlierhof, an eco-community. In the large seminar house next to the farmhouse, is a beautiful group room, a dining room, and a relaxation lounge. All of which can be used freely. There is also a large camping area. Meals are provided by the Vlierhof cooks, using vegetables from their own garden.  


  • Arrival: The retreat is from July 10 to 16. Attempt to arrive by 2pm.
  • Departure: Departure is on Sunday, around 3-4pm.


July 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am
July 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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