Bramhavaadini, a women's group interested in Sanatana Dharma held their inaugural event on Mother's Day weekend with a talk on the Dharma of Motherhood featuring a "Temple Side Chat" with Dr. Shashikala Dwaraknath, the co-founder of Chinmaya Maruti, Andover.
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Ritu Kapur, one of the founding members of the group welcomed the audience and described the mission of the group. "The group was started recently with a mission to serve as a learning and support group for all women seekers who use Sanatana Dharma scriptures and rituals as the basis for their life’s journey. Our vision is to become a go to resource where women can come to learn and share the essence of the Sanatana Dharma scriptures and rituals in a positive, women friendly environment focusing on the woman’s perspective. The resource will serve to support the novice and the deep seeker and allow women to learn from each other" said Kapur.
The "Templeside Chat" was moderated by another founding member, Ranjani Saigal. "Bhagavad Gita is the book I recommend for all mothers to read" said Shashi ji. In addition to the the Divine Mothers - Mother Parvathy, Lakshmi and Saraswathi, she felt mothers Kunti and Kausalya are truly inspirational. She addressed the different mother roles including that of mother-in-law and grandmother. Her talk was inspirational. Another Bramhavaadini founding member moderated the Q/A session. Following the Q/A a senior mother, 84 year old Prof K. Parvathy Ammal gave her inspirational reflections on motherhood. Other reflections were presented by Jeyanthi Ghatraju and a young mother Ankita Chitrath.