As you all are aware, we began constructing a new meditation space above the existing Meditation Hall at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in the summer of 2019. While the world was forced into a ‘pause’ in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, including the SRSG ashram, we were still able to continue the construction work for the “New Meditation Hall”. No, we will probably not be calling this beautiful meditation space – ‘the New Meditation Hall’!
Sitting in his hermitage of Badrika-Ashram, one day Sage Ved Vyasa asked Sage Narada, “Man seeks freedom. This seeking without devotion is dry. Many paths lead to freedom but they have importance only in so far as they are auxiliary to devotion. I, therefore humbly ask you to share with me the virtue of devotion.” Sage Narada said, "I shall explain devotion to you in the form of sutra (aphorism)." Saying so, the sage delivered a discourse on devotion in 84 aphorisms, later known as the Narada Bhakti Sutras. He also blessed Sage Ved Vyasa and said, "Its full explanation shall be given by you in the ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’ Mahapurana later.”
The Atma-Bodha by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya is a short treatise on Advaita Vedanta. In this compendium of sixty eight verses, the seekers are taken through the journey of the SELF that is described in a unique and simple style containing several similes and metaphors taken from the nature and our day to day life.
Shri Shankaracharya also describes the meditation technique based on the aphorism `I am Brahman,' the supreme being. According to Atma Bodha, false identification with the fleeting objects of the material world can be overcome only when knowledge of the Self or the Eternal dawns.
Begin the New Year 2021 with an intensive study about the requirements of an aspirant, the nature of this world, the five elements, evolution, the three states of experience, the influence of Maya and the superimposition of Atman. This course will thus offer much ground for self-reflection and personal growth.
The exploration of the mind and the different constituents of the personality has always been a central focus of yoga philosophy. In this course, we will understand and recognize the different layers of the composite human personality, from the physical body, through the senses and the mind, in order to guide our journey towards the center of consciousness within.
In the New Year 2021, this unique and important study offers us an opportunity to decode, understand, and work with our own individual personalities.
This intensive study with Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) spanning over 6 sessions is based on Swami Veda Bharati’s early lectures* on the same topic. Swami Veda would often encourage all the initiates to study these lectures as part of their foundational studies in the Himalayan Tradition.
Gurudeva Swami Rama has taught us the importance of regular practice of the 'Joints and Glands Exercises', which are the preliminary, foundational practices of Hatha Yoga.
We will practice these exercises with Ramprakash Das from Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). These sessions will be offered in Hindi.
As our Master Swami Veda Bharati would often remind us that it is not possible to put a price on the teachings received, there is no course fee for this course. Loving donations from the heart may be offered and will support the ashram during the pandemic.
Begins: 14 December, 2020 (Monday)
Ongoing sessions will be organized four times every week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 7-8 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).