Lectio Brevis - Pushpashrama
June 1st was the chosen day for the Lectio Brevis 2019 of
the Pushpashrama Institute of Philosophy and religion.
‘Devotion to the Lord is the supreme wisdom’ was the choice
theme of the year’s Lectio Brevis. Therefore to commence the
year with the grace of the Lord Almighty, holy mass was
celebrated at 9:00 am in the shrine. Fr. Provincial presided
the Eucharist along with 13 concelebrants who joined from
the neighboring communities. He preached a meaningful homily
which emphasized the practicality of the wisdom that we gain
in our studies. The creative facets were seen in the liturgy
as brothers put up a small enactment before the mass and
also symbolically offered gifts in the form of boats which
sailed in the ocean of God’s mercy and love.
After the mass, photos of different batches were taken
respectively. The Institute is indeed blessed and proud to
have 36 scholastics studying under its roof in which 15 form
the first year batch (includes 6 Norbetines, 3 from Andhra
Pradesh Province, 5 from KG Province and one from Tamil Nadu
Province), 5 the second year and 16 the third year.
Following this was the Lectio Brevis of which Fr. Provincial
was the president. The event was beautifully compered by the
brothers and the lamp was lit by the dignitaries. The
gathering was welcomed by Fr. Rector and the Lectio Brevis
was presented by Fr. Jaison Vadakkan OFM (Cap), PhD from the
Calvary Philosophical College, Thrissur where he is
currently serving as the dean of studies. The topic was the
‘Exclusion of Sudras from the Bhasyas of Shankara’. It was
presented methodically and succinctly by him which prompted
the fathers and brothers to ask questions as they were
dawned to the knowledge of something new.
After this, ‘Cosmos’ – the annual magazine which compiles
the works of scholastics in the form of prose, poetry and
paintings was released by Fr. Provincial and Fr. Jaison. Fr.
Provincial then delivered the presidential address and after
this followed a joke enactment, dance by the brothers and
the report by the Dean of Studies Fr Pradeep Pinto. Br.
Richard thanked the gathering after which the institute
anthem was sung by the brothers which brought an end to the