Vijñāna Bhairava teaching, 17th – 26th October 2014
at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India
What do you want to do with fickle unstable forms of wealth?
Why not pursue the stable transcendental treasures?
- Vijñāna Bhairava
The Vijñāna Bhairava is a fundamental Tantra of Kashmir Śaivism which is the main authority when it comes to spiritual practice and mystical experience in the Tantra tradition.
It contains 112 methods (dhāraṇā) of meditation or spontaneous experiences of the Divine Consciousness. It goes beyond the ritualistic practices of many paths and replaces them with a purely spiritual attitude.
It speaks of many ways that spontaneous transcendence occurs in those who are receptive, purified and ready.
One or two sessions of text teaching of about 1½ hours daily, combined with meditation sessions, putting the text studied into practice (no guided meditation).
At least 3 hours meditation daily.
Recitation and listening to Stotras and Ślokas of the tradition.
Dr. Bettina Sharada Bäumer is a direct disciple of the last Master of Kashmir Śaivism, Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-1991). She lives in Varanasi since 1967, is an accredited as Professor at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, in Religious Studies. She has taught at these and several other universities in Europe, and for the last 28 years she gives Retreat-Seminars on Indian spirituality, mainly Kashmir Shaivism.
She has authored and edited 25 books in Sanskrit, English and German, and about 60 research articles, mainly in the fields of Āgama/ Tantra and Kashmir Śaivism, Upanishads, Indian aesthetics, temple architecture and religious traditions of Orissa, and interreligious dialogue.
The above description does no justice to Dr. Bettina Bauemer. There is even a Felicitation Volume in her honour by eminent international scholars.
She has her own teaching and research centre in the holy city of Varanasi, and a quiet cottage in the mountains above Rishikesh where she spends many months in solitude.
Learning about the 112 methods taught in Vijñāna Bhairava would not in any way mean changing your regular practice in the tradition of our Gurudeva Swami Rama.
Daily practice of usual hatha in our tradition and daily silent meditation of one hour with svb will also continue.
As we are having eminent high level scholar and sadhika as our guest, in addition to covering the costs of SRSG hospitality, to keep an offerings envelope ready to correspond with the level of her eminence.
Experience in meditation and yoga. Some knowledge of Sanskrit will be helpful. but it is not an essential requirement. Only full participation will be allowed because the text needs to be studied in its entirety.
(1) Swami Veda’s recordings of Meditations from the Tantras,
(2) Swami Veda’s recordings of Shiva Sutras,
(3) the book Kundalini Stilled or Stirred by svb together with recommended readings of Swami Rama mentioned in the KUNDALINI book.
If you start studying now, you may complete the prerequisites in the right time.
Swami Veda’s lectures from the Shiva Sutras study are available for download at CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SwamiVedaBharati CD's of these lectures are also available at https://www.yogaineurope.eu/store/audiocd/
We have received communication from Dr. Bäumer. In preparation of the retreat-seminar on Vijnana Bhairava, please note the following books required:
Please bring at least one of the two editions of the text:
Vijnana Bhairava, by Jaideva Singh, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass
Vijnana Bhairava, The Practice of Centring Awareness, with commentary by Swami Lakshman Joo, Varanasi, Indica Books
Both editions contain the text with translation.
The German speaking should bring a copy of my book: Bettina Bäumer, Vijnana Bhairava, Das göttliche Bewusstsein, Verlag der Weltreligionen
Attendance and Dakshina
Regarding the Vijñāna Bhairava teaching, Swami Veda has requested that people taking this teaching take the whole course from beginning to end including all sessions. Also they should be experienced in meditation practice. Swamiji has also written regarding this Vijñāna Bhairava teaching, "As we are having eminent high level scholar and sadhika as our guest, in addition to covering the costs of SRSG hospitality, to keep an offerings envelope ready to correspond with the level of her eminence."
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