PRESENTATION OF THE ATMA PROGRAM

Nowadays, more than ever, we face many challenges and life situations often get out of hand. The situation associated with the epidemic has changed the daily routine of many. Instead of security and comfort, restlessness, insecurity, depression and even a crisis of existence have entered our lives. In particular, more vulnerable groups of people, such as children, the elderly, women and the economically and socially disadvantaged, are facing increasing material as well as emotional distress. The current complex social situation suggests that today’s challenges did not appear all at once. The current situation has only further burdened the previously unbalanced and unnatural lifestyle. The current society, despite many efforts, does not have appropriate solutions to all these difficult life situations and challenges. Therefore, in order to solve the problem sustainably, it is necessary to find different approaches.

One possible solution is indicated by the proverb that a chain is as strong as its weakest link. Similarly, one could say that a society is stable if its individuals are stable. In other words, the more effectively an individual faces life’s challenges, the more stable and successful society will be. The key to success is therefore in the inner personal growth of the individual and his positive contribution, first in the family, and then more broadly in society. The present model of the Vedic sustainable lifestyle ATMA is also based on the principle of personal growth of the individual “from the inside out”. The model is based on an opus of knowledge from the Vedas, the oldest documented records in Sanskrit, which, among other things, strikingly reveal the workings of gross and subtle laws of nature and various levels of human personal growth.

The sciences as a complete individual define one who is balanced on the following levels:

  • physical, reflected in good health,
  • energy, which is reflected in vitality and in the full exploitation of their natural and cultivated talents,
  • emotional, which is reflected in awareness, sensitivity, kindness and inner peace,
  • intellectual, which is reflected in the responsibility, morality, principle and ability to make the right decisions, and
  • metaphysical or spiritual, reflected in gratitude, mercy, and service to others.

Individuals who are balanced at these levels are fulfilled and happy. They act fearlessly, confidently, compassionately and committed to a higher meaning of life. Through multimedia presentations, we will systematically explore the principles, mechanisms, building blocks and characteristics of individual levels and how they are reflected in lifestyle and society.

In the introductory presentation “Let’s be the change we want to see in society – but how?” we will take a closer look at the principles on which the ATMA model is built and after which steps it can be put into practice.

Other presentations:

  • Knowledge – revive ancient science for modern success
  • Recognize the “invisible” laws of nature (guna, karma, dharma)
  • Maybe we are just victims of bad habits?
  • The key to our hidden potentials
  • Pain is inevitable – suffering is a choice!
  • 7 steps to change the character
  • Gratitude – the secret to original love

Lecturer: dr. Anton Vezjak (Ananta dasa), (teacher, researcher, scientist, yoga instructor, mentor)

Dr. Anton Vezjak

Anton Vezjak, Ph.D. (Ananta dasa)
Co-founder and Director of Bhaktivedanta Institut, Slovenia

Anton Vezjak has received his Ph.D. from Mechanical Engineering at University of Ljubljana in 2003. At the end of his graduate study (1994) he came in contact with the Vedic knowledge presented in the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavata Purana. His interest in the Vedic sciences of consciousness, yoga and metaphysics gradually increased so after 10 years (2005) as a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering he shifted his research focus and fully dedicated to the Vedic wisdom and practice, especially the tradition of bhakti yoga. In 2003 he co-founded The Bhakitvedanta Institute the Slovenian branch of The Bhaktivedanta Institute International, the academic wing of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. He is also the head of Vedic Cultural Center (ISKCON Ljubljana) from 2001.
His main present focus and interest is in values-based education, research and application of spiritual technologies, holistic personal growth and well-being models, building sustainable communities and leadership for higher consciousness.