The Missing Self in the Selfie

Friday, March 9, 2018

7:30 pm

Havana Room, Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94035 Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Bhakti Yoga Club, Stanford Zen Society, Stanford Hindu Students Association

Our smartphones and social media are full of selfies. Every time we click the shutter, we are making a subconscious decision— that this moment is important, where I am now or what I am doing now is worthy of capturing. However, if we don’t like the selfie, we can simply delete the photo and experiment with a different tilt of our face or another angle.

But does this repeated self-expression and self-exploration reveal who we really are? Or are we missing our self -due to elements like false ego, stress, or depression?  Do we use technology to numb ourselves from just boredom and distress or also to numb ourselves from our deepest selves?

In this talk, we will discover higher potentials that lie hidden, beneath the layers of distraction. We will also learn how to achieve balance our own self amidst disruptive emotions or situations.

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm – Kirtan Yoga accompanied with Musical Performance

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm – Talk on The Missing Self in the Selfie

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm -  Free Vegetarian Dinner & Networking

Speaker Bio

Chaitanya Charan Das is a monk, mentor, and spiritual author. He travels all over the world giving talks on spiritual subjects in various universities and corporations such as Princeton, Cambridge, Intel, and Microsoft. 

Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction,  he dedicated his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita. He is the author of the world’s only Bhagavad-Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. Till now he has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world. He also answers questions by seekers on his site, where his over three thousand five hundred audio answers and several hundred articles are available.

He has authored several spiritual books and articles in leading newspapers such as Indian Express, Economic Times and Times of India Speaking Tree column. His writings in English have been translated into several foreign languages including German, Chinese and Romanian and several Indian languages including Kannada, Telgu, Bengali, Hindi, and Marathi.

Friday, March 9, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Havana Room, Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94035 Map



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