Dialogue with Death – Katha Upanishad Lecture Series – Sunday 10 October

Sunday 10 October: 11 am to 12.30 pm

A monthly lecture series from April to November 2021 Event available live via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81443035940?pwd=ME93eDF2VUZadWd2OWpScGVHa0RPdz09  and recorded and uploaded later to the Vedanta Society of NSW YouTube Channel


  • Talk/ PowerPoint Presentation by Pravrajika Sridharaprana, a senior nun of the Ramakrishna Order
  • Q & A/ Discussion

THEME: Tree of the World – Part 1. Chapter 6 of the Katha Upanishad

Indian mythology presents the striking image of an upside-down peepal tree. The taproots, depicted as stretching to the sky, are above the world of time, nourished in Brahman’s unified, eternal world.

The branches below dig their way into the everyday world of diversity, their growth prompted by the consequences of human action. The ‘Brahman’ root is also called ‘prana’ – which sustains creation. The tree also represents the degrees of realisation in our spiritual evolution.

Learn more in the talk this Sunday.

Katha Upanishad

THROUGH the story of a confrontation between the fearless child, Nachiketa, and the all-powerful Yama, God of Death, this favourite Upanishad raises compelling issues.

Who am I? What dies? What is left? Are we here merely to be torn away from everyone and everything? What are we to do – while alive – about the inevitability of death?

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