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The VM Podcast

A Vichaar Manthan project looking to explore modern day issues through a Dharmic lens, in a relaxed and engaging manner. - we hope!

Please tune in and subscribe; and if you agree or disagree with any comments, please let us know, let's keep the conversation going in an earnest manner.

Be critical and let's explore together!


The VM podcast is hosted by VM fellow Sumit Sharma, who you can email on podcast@vichaarmanthan.org

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In our very first episode, we are exploring and understanding Dharma with Dr Sachin Nandha.
SachinJi has a PhD in political philosophy, is an public philosopher and is the international coordinator of Vichaar Manthan.
We take a deep dive into the meaning of Dharma, its origins and its application today.
We tidy up some of our linguistic hygiene and learn Heet, Meet, Preet.

Recommended Books:

Follow Sachin: https://twitter.com/sachinnandha

In the era of Intrapreneurs and Bitcoin millionaires, how can the principles of Dharma help us cut through the noise? 

In this episode, we are exploring and understanding the fundamentals of wealth through a Dharmic lens with Ravi Lakhani.
RaviJi is a senior Private Equity Analyst, currently studying at London Business School and the co-ordinator for Vichaar Manthan Book Clubs.

Recommended Book:

Follow Ravi: https://www.instagram.com/ravidoes/

On International Womens Day 2021, we release EP03 on WOMANHOOD.

In the world of identity politics, gender neutrality and female empowerment, what does it really mean to be a woman?

What are the narratives that surround the emancipation of woman?

Are women now emancipated?

Do women no longer need men?

In this episode, we dig deeper into some of these questions, with Drishti Mae and she helps us try to understand what it means to be a woman and what that means for the future of womankind.


Drishti Ji is a senior Mergers & Acquisitions Integration manager, a graduate in Chemistry from the University of York and current President at the National Hindu Students' Forum (UK). She is also co-authoring Beyond The Bindi, an anthology exploring Hindu perspectives of femininity and womanhood, published by Tattva Press, 2021.


Recommended Book:


Follow Drishti: https://twitter.com/Drishtii_

Whether you are a parent, a child or a friend, no man is an island. As we traverse life we navigate a web of complex and sometimes challenging relationships, but how should we approach them?

From alcoholic fathers to financially irresponsible spouses, we explore the practical lessons that Dharma can teach us when it comes to creating wholesome relationships.

What does it mean to be compassionate?

When should we walk away from relationships? and how do we deal with the guilt when we must do this

 How can we go about creating wholesome relationships in which all parties can flourish?

Life is inherently uncertain. If nothing else, the COVID pandemic has highlighted our inability to navigate a world full of uncertainty and novel experiences. How do we enhance our relationship with others, and with the world around us? How can the principles of dharma help us navigate through life in the 21st century?

In this episode, we are joined by Mr Dharmesh Chheda to take a stab at some of these questions, and explore how we might manage the challenges of life in a more sustainable way. 

Dharmesh Ji has a career that has spanned many different businesses and in roles primarily around business development, and building and growing client relationships. He is the head of Academy of Professional Development at the ICAEW. He has a passion for engaging with, mentoring and coaching young people. 

Recommended book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alchemist-Fable-about-Following-Dream/dp/0061233846 

Follow Dharmesh: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dharmesh-chheda-6622763a/?originalSubdomain=uk 

Hindu civilization and its rich vedic culture have produced many books, scriptures and prayers from an ancient oral tradition through to vast texts such as the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Gita with which we are familiar today.

What are these texts? Is there a main ‘Hindu book’?

How do the Vedas fit together?

What is smriti?

How many versions of the Gita are there?


How do we navigate this vast body of literature and make sense of it today?


In EP06 of The VM Podcast, we are joined by Siddhartha ji Krishna to help answer these questions whilst we go on a journey through the many texts that make up ‘The Hindu Library’, Let’s learn about their structure and content, and how the modern reader should approach them.


Siddhartha ji Krishna was raised in a family tradition of yoga, memorised the Gita at the age of 6 and was educated at the Kailash Ashram Brahma Vidyapeeth in Rishikesh. He is a spiritual master and a teacher of Indian philosophy, including Advaita Vedanta, Patanjali’s Yoga and Sanskrit, and continues to be based in Rishikesh at the Omkarananda Ashram.


Recommended books:

Bhagwad Gita

The Upanishads

Yog Sutra

Follow SIddhartha Krishna: https://www.siddhartha-krishna.in/

How do we define a flourishing society?

How can society help those who are most in need?

Is a flourishing society one that helps those who are most in need?

How do we reflect the Hindu value of Sewa (selfless service) in our actions?

And how do we translate our personal success into giving back to society in the years to come?

In this episode, we explore all these questions, what it means to contribute sustainably and how to translate ideas into actions that make our society a better place.

Will you join the 1% club? - earthfoundation.org.uk

This episode’s guest is Dr Bansri Lakhani, an Ophthalmologist and the National Coordinator of Youth for Sewa.

Recommended book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/205854.My_Grandfather_s_Blessings_ 

Follow Bansri: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bansri-lakhani/


Born in the UK, Divya Prabha did her first B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University and worked for top American Investment Banks until 1999.

Having booked a ticket to India, intending to stay for a year, she remains there 21 years later, finishing her PhD in Ancient Grammar. Divya Prabha delivers lectures all around the world on yoga and Sanskrit whilst running the gurukul she founded, the International Chandramauli Charitable Trust, in Varanasi, where the protection and promotion of Sanatan Dharma and Bharatiya Sanskriti with the Vedas and Shastras are taught as a way of life. This podcast reveals the life and times of Divya Prabha and her extraordinary journey exploring Dharma!


Recommended Book: Bhagwad Gita

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