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Meditation and Selfless Action
by Swami Rama
On the temple of Delphi it is written, “Know thyself.” How can you know the self? There are two diverse approaches. Western philosophy says go from the gross to the grosser and then to the grossest aspect of life. That is the Western approach. The Eastern approach is to go from the gross to the subtle and then to the subtlest aspect of life. Both are searching for unity in diversity. There is no difference. However, it is easier to go within. Because if you go within, there is no chance of getting lost. If you go outside, you may get lost. You may become a victim of worldly charms and temptations. Therefore, the simple way is to learn to sit still and go within. You don’t have to call it meditation, you can give it any other name.
Man has made many experiments on mind, matter and energy. These experiments have been made because man wants to attain another level of consciousness, a higher civilization. He is not attaining it because there is so much disparity. Those who have attained look like fools in the world and those who have not attained look like they have attained. If we really want to attain the next step of civilization, a higher civilization, then we should learn to look within, find within, and be within. This exploration is missing. I do not say that there is nothing outside, no, no, no.
So far, do you think that the knowledge you have received in the external world, is called right knowledge? This knowledge, received through your sense perception, and by your conceptualization and analysis is limited. This knowledge is important only for dealing with the external world, the world of objects. There is another library within you called the infinite library from where you receive knowledge. That knowledge does not need verification. You will never need to ask your husband, friend, boss or anybody, “Am I right, sir?” Because you know it and know that you know it. And there is no conflict, and you don’t need any evidence. That state of mind seems to be the very state of contentment, it brings and gives you great contentment. Therefore you should learn to meditate.
All the schools in the world and your parents teach you how to behave in the external world, how to have education from this school and that school and how to become a professional, a scientist, a philosopher or a businessman. Real schooling comes when you become aware of yourself, when you start questioning life, though living in the world. I have all the amenities of life, what next? Am I happy? What next? Then you become a seeker of happiness, a seeker of truth, a seeker of bliss. So, you say Lord help me and He helps you.
When truth is universal, Brahman [the absolute reality or truth] is universal, how is it possible for you to be excluded from that highest truth which is everywhere? It means, He is in you and you are in Him. Then where are you? Your existence is not your existence. So the moment you come to know this truth you are free from all bondages, from all ignorance, stress and strain. Therefore, O man, realize that the kingdom of God is within you, the Lord of life is the highest of all. Anyone who has realized this, would like to go to his innermost self. And there is a way for that. I am not talking about Hinduism, I am not talking about Buddhism, I am not talking about Christianity, I am not talking about Islam. I am talking about something universal. The moment you realize that the absolute truth which is not subject to change, death, and decay is within you, then you attain a freedom, freedom from fears, all fears. That is called the state of enlightenment and that can be considered to be a state of perfection. Therefore, learn to go to the deeper aspect of your being. Everyone should learn to meditate so that he’s free from many, many diseases. That meditation should be simple, a purely scientific technique, without putting any brand, like Hindu meditation, Buddhist meditation, Zazen, Zen meditation, Christian meditation or Jewish meditation. These teachers have destroyed the whole philosophy of meditation. Meditation is a simple method.
If your meditational technique is not complete, let me assure you, you cannot go far. What happens? There is a serious weakness among the teachers and gurus these days. They will put a color on it, my meditation, that teacher’s meditation. Meditation is meditation, they put a brand on it. Thus they disturb the system. This is a system that should lead you beyond your body, senses, breath, conscious mind, unconscious mind and then to the center of consciousness which is called soul within you, the main source of light and life within you. You do not need any religion to support your meditation.
Who taught meditation for the first time? Indian woman. I am going to give you that history. Outside every village there is a plaza with a well. Indian women go there in the evening to fetch water, balancing vessels of water on their heads. Women like to speak to each other about their pains and express themselves. They will dance, cry, laugh, discuss family problems with each other, but their vessels will not fall off their heads. This is called meditation in action. You do your duties no matter where you go, whatever you do, but you do not forget your atman, the Lord seated deep down within you. So no matter what you do, the consciousness should not fall. Who is the founder of the school of meditation? Not man, but woman, remember that.
Long ago in China, there were two vehicles of Buddhism that traveled from India. One through Tibet, and another through Southeast Asia. That vehicle which traveled from the north is called Mahayana, the great vehicle and that which went through the southeast is called Hinayana, compact vehicle. Nobody in China knew anything about meditation. So this Buddhist teacher sat against the wall for fourteen years meditating. That attracted everyone’s attention. What is this? How it is possible for a man to face the wall and meditate thus for fourteen years? They asked, “Which religion do you come from?” He said, “Meditation.” Everybody was surprised. That school of meditation became very famous. Meditation is actually not a part of any religion. It is exploring yourself, exploring the deeper aspects of your being, and finally leading you to the center of consciousness within. Anywhere you bifurcate, you mingle any other thing, then it’s not meditation, you are disturbed. There is no chance for you to come in touch with the negative part of life if you are doing meditation correctly.
Many of the western religions are afraid of the word meditation. Meditation means a journey without movement. In all journeys of the world you have to move and then you go forward. But there is one journey where you do not move, yet you go forward. That is called journey without movement. You first learn how to sit. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Something great! What a simple saying, but how difficult to apply. How will you know God? The easiest way to know God is to look within, to find within, to be within. But the Christians and Jewish people don’t follow this. How to be still, that’s the point. How to be still? What is that stillness? If I tie you with a rope to the trunk of a tree to make you still, will you become still? What it means is that without being still, you cannot know the truth, that’s the point. First of all you should learn how to be still.
But no Christian follows it, nobody wants to be still. No church teaches you how to be still. I’ve been around the world, visiting many churches, they don’t know how to be still. “Swami, do you know how to be still?” I said, “Yes, that’s what I learned in the Himalayas.” “But you are a Hindu,” they said. I replied, “A swami’s a swami, he’s not Hindu or Christian or Muslim, he does not belong to any religion, he’s beyond all religions.” “Oh! Then I want to learn.” I love Christianity, but what disturbs me is churchianity. I love Islam, but what disturbs me is fanaticism. I love Hindus, with their great scriptures, immense wealth, but they never study them, they never follow them. These orthodox religions are enveloped with the dust of ages, and they are not helpful to us, they don’t touch the corners of our daily life. Therefore we have to learn to understand life with all its currents and cross-currents.
When I went to Salt Lake City, I was invited to a monastery because I was a monk and they were monks. And we had very frank discussions. Wherever I am invited, I share my joy and partake of their joys. When my turn came, I said, “All of you have studied the Bible, right?” They said, “Yes.” “Do you practice?” They said, “Yes, literally, we practice.” I said, “Jesus says, when somebody slaps you, turn the other cheek. How many of you have done it?” None of them had. I said, “Can you tell me the meaning of this? I give you twenty-four hours to think about it. I am here as your guest.” They said, “But you are not a Christian.” I said, “How do you know? How do you know that I’m not a Christian? Perhaps I’m a better Christian. So after twenty-four hours we will decide who is a true Christian and who is not.” So next evening, we renunciates re-assembled and they said, “We cannot tell you.” I said, “It’s a very simple question. Who is that man in life, whom you can slap and he will give you the other cheek? A child sits on the father’s lap and slaps him and father gives him the other cheek and the child goes on slapping. Nobody does it except a father or mother. It’s a simple answer.” They said, “Yes, you are right.” When you have become a father, then you can tolerate the kicks and blows of the world, nothing happens to you. That’s the meaning of this. Practicality is missing from religions, that’s why nobody is following religions, no one.
The school of meditation is systematic and therefore suits people like scientists. The method of meditation should also be systematic. If it is not systematic, if it is abrupt, if it is colored by some religious myths then it could be a negative sort of meditation, then you come in touch with your negativity. This means your method of meditation is not systematic. Systematically follow the inward journey, a journey without movement. In this journey you have to be still and quiet. That is called meditation, learning to sit still. You have to prepare yourself to learn not to move. From your childhood onwards you are taught to move. Nobody teaches you how to be still. Yoga science teaches you, gives you some practicum, says, learn to be still by being steady and comfortable. For a few minutes every day you should learn to practice this, everyone should. It’s very therapeutic.
A few minutes of meditation, then prayer and then contemplation. Fifteen to twenty minutes of meditation will help you, will help you throughout the day. But if you meditate one day and say it’s enough for a week, that’s not good because there is no food in the world that lasts you for a whole week. Confucius beautifully said that if you do not meditate regularly, if you miss a day, you miss a year’s progress. Learn to meditate every day. All the joys that you have experienced so far are nothing compared to the joy that you derive through meditation, the greatest of all joys. You go to the source and from there you come out with that joy. So learn to meditate.
Patanjali, the codifier of yoga science, a great master of meditation, instructs his students, satu deergha kale nairantarya satkara sevito dhrudda bhumi. “O student, learn to sit every day at the same time.” Why? Because it will be easy for you to form a habit. Today your mind travels in certain grooves and every day the mind is traveling through these grooves. And you do not know what to do with your mind. It’s an old habit and you do not know how to change this habit. Many times you know that it is not good, yet you do it. You drink, you know it’s not good but you cannot break that habit. Why? Because your mind leads you into the grooves of your habits. What do you have to do? You have to create new grooves for the mind to travel in, instead of those old grooves. Mind stops traveling here and starts traveling there. Repeated actions create grooves in your mind. Repeated new actions will create new grooves. So meditation is conscious effort. It should make your mind one-pointed and inward. It’s very pleasant. That which leads you to your negativity is called suggestion, it’s called hypnosis, not meditation. That’s the difference. I will tell you the difference between these two. You are suggesting, “Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep.” This is called auto-suggestion. Your doctor says, “Now you are sleeping, you are sleeping, you are sleeping.” That’s called hypnosis. Hypnosis has two sides, somebody hypnotizes you or you hypnotize yourself.
Prepare yourself, in the morning after a wash, sit down for a few minutes. Let the people at home know that Daddy meditates or Mommy meditates. It influences children. Do you know that if you record the thought waves of a sleeping child when you meditate you’ll find they are different? Even your pets are influenced by your meditation. It even affects your plants at home. It’s a very powerful thing. It sends out good vibrations to all. If you are a meditator and think that you are going to be harsh to your husband after meditation, you cannot. You go to your puja room and pray, and then say, let me give a bit of my mind to my husband, you will not be able to. It’s very good for the wife and husband relationship. It’s very good for father and son’s relationship. There is a great gap between a growing son and parents these days. And the mistake lies with the parents, not the sons, because they want to control their son and the son wants to grow independently. There is a generation gap. But when you learn to meditate, you will perhaps understand. You will understand yourself and you’ll understand others. You don’t understand others because you don’t understand yourself. Please start meditating.
You talk of silence. Have you ever realized what silence is? Have you not seen a mother at home asking her children, even her husband, “Please be quiet. I want you to be quiet for some time. I’m tired of doing my duties. Will you please leave me alone for some time?” Every human being wants to be alone for some time. That being alone does not create loneliness for you. Loneliness is very dangerous. It’s ignorance. But that being alone means being all in one. That you like to be. Why do you not regulate your day and decide that you will not leave your home unless you meditate for a few minutes every day? There are some important exercises called exercises without movement. You can do them at home, in fact in your bedroom. Even if you are very lazy, you can do those exercises. Be aware of your diet, then do some breathing exercises and then start doing some meditation. The last part of meditation is called real prayer. Meditation is compact prayer.
Now, what is this meditation, meditation on whom? It’s a very simple technique. First learn to sit straight in the easy posture on the floor, keeping your head, neck, and trunk straight. If you cannot sit on the floor, you can sit on a chair with your hands on your knees. Gently close your eyes and systematically survey your body from head to toe. Your mind will tell you which part of the body has some strain. You’ll find there is some physical tension which is related to your mind, your emotions. So you are surveying, relaxing every part of the body systematically, going down to the toes and then coming up to the crown of your head. Attend to your breath after that. Push in your abdomen as you exhale, which helps your diaphragm to expel the carbon dioxide, the used up gas. When you exhale, feel as though you are exhaling all your problems, worries, and pains. When you inhale, inhale as though you are receiving energy from the atmosphere. And then do not think of breath and mind, go beyond, and watch your thinking process. A thought comes and goes away. Let it go. Learn to inspect, this is introspection. Be vigilant. This way you will find that thoughts which are coming from the basement of your mind, the unconscious part of your mind, where you have stored many impressions from your daily life are not affecting you. You are being a witness. During that time your mind, nervous system, fine set of muscles, all the tissues and cells will get perfect rest. Of course meditation is a technique that leads you beyond this witnessing of your thoughts. Even if you cannot go beyond, it’s very healthy to sit still. Any method of meditation is helpful, healthy and very, very useful. Learn to sit quietly and teach your children to do so also.
Learning to meditate means learning to explore the dimensions which are not known to you. Many aspects of your personality are not known to you. You are wonderful. Anything that is considered to be bad is not yours. It has come from outside. Anything that is good is already yours. Examine this, this is true. The school of meditation is healthy, therapeutic and calming.
The highest of all joys on this earth is meditation. After all worldly joys what happens to you? You are tired. What do you do? You go to bed, you say you want to relax. What type of joy is it that makes you tired? All your joys finally make you tired and then you want to sleep. When a fool goes to sleep does he come out a sage? No, he comes out a fool. But if a fool goes into meditation, he comes out a sage, he doesn’t come out a fool. So there is difference between sleep and meditation. Sleep is an unconscious act, you get rested, a part of you is rested, but a part never gets rest. That’s why you look tired, you feel loss of energy.
So consciously if you learn to go beyond that state which is called sleepless sleep, that is called meditation, it’s wonderful. You don’t have to run away from home, you don’t have to go to a monastery, go to a swami or to a guru. Just learn to sit down wherever you are at home, regulate your life for a few minutes in the morning and evening. Make it a part of your schedule, it’s very helpful. Even if you just imitate the process, it will help you. Suppose you are not doing meditation, but you are sitting quietly. The autonomic nervous system and the finest muscles will get rested. When a mother is sitting in meditation, her child comes and sits, imitating the mother. Do you think the child is meditating? No, but I say the child is meditating better than the mother. Even imitating meditation is very helpful. Make efforts, conscious efforts to have control over your mind. It is very healthy, very therapeutic. It will bring you in touch with that dimension of life which is not normally known by you. Don’t leave your home unless you meditate for few minutes every day. The moment you wake up, sit down in meditation.
Meditation is very easy provided you learn meditation from someone who himself has been trained on the path. Meditation has two purposes. There is a human reservoir which is termed kundalini according to the scriptures, and there is a technique that is called sushumna application. If you have learnt many breathing exercises but if you have not learned sushumna application, it’s not helpful. Sushumna means sukha mana, joyous mind. To apply sushumna means to create a condition for the mind so that mind is joyous and wants to go inside instead of going outside. Mind has formed the habit of going outside, to the outside world, to the world of objects. Mind does not want to go inside to the world without objects. Here you make the mind inward, you follow the journey without movement. It’s a great joy when you learn to do it correctly. And you don’t have to sit the whole day and become a swami or yogi. Early in the morning, as well as in the evening, when you have completed your duties and the sun starts going to bed, at the wedding of day and night, sandhya, you can sit for few minutes and learn to understand, to compose yourself, to go into that silence where you receive everything.
You have to know how to make your body still. A few days you will find that the body rebels. When I first went to the West, they asked me to come and speak at Los Angeles, at the university. Everybody was shaking like this. I said, “What are you doing?” Their teacher said, “Our kundalini is awake.” I said, “If I don’t speak the truth, it’s not good. But if I speak the truth it’s bad too. What to do?” I said, “Look here, if you are moving like this, in a drugged state, and then say kundalini is awakened, forget it. This is not kundalini.” That latent power, energy in you, when it awakens, it goes through various centers and it’s scientific. I understand that, but there is a system for it. You don’t drug yourself, then start hallucinating and call it kundalini awakening, no! Some of them agreed with me, some of them left because they were drug pushers. Don’t go towards hallucination.
If there is no disturbance, then you are in meditation. If there is disturbance, if you are hallucinating, expecting, desiring, then that’s not meditation. Signs and symptoms of meditation are calmness, happiness, and bliss. Suppose you fight with your wife. But if you meditate, even imitate meditation, after that you will not like to fight with her. It’s a concrete symptom. Those husbands who are great fighters, they should learn to meditate. Those wives who are great naggers, they should learn to meditate. It’s very healthy for you.
We try to hide our insecurities by wearing good clothes, by being vain outside, though full of fears inside. It’s true, we all have that split personality, dual personality. No one knows us because we don’t want them to know a part of ourselves. The real part of ourselves is never known to us. We are three selves, the real self, not known; a part that we don’t want others to know, our petty, so-called weaknesses; and the face or mask we wear for others. For example, how free you are in the bathroom. You have no clothes on, but you are not ashamed because you are by yourself. Then you wear a loose gown in front of the family members. But to go out, for a wedding, you wear very fancy clothes. But if your husband were to say, “Honey, please dress the way you dressed up for the wedding always,” will you be free? No. All the impositions of wearing this and that are not to your liking. You are playing a role for others but you are not happy playing these roles in the external world. You feel that you are missing something. In reality you need to understand yourself on all dimensions, and for that you should learn to go within yourself, because that no one teaches you.
You say that I have been doing meditation for a long time, nothing has happened. That’s not possible. That’s untrue because it’s against the law of karma, it’s against science. You throw a rock somewhere, will it not hit something? How is it possible for that rock to vanish in thin air? Not possible! When you are doing something, you’re bound to reap the fruits. If you are truly meditating, you will certainly be benefited. But what do you do? You sit down and then get annoyed with your wife. “She has not cooked the meal properly on time, she doesn’t listen to me.” And the wife is going, “My husband doesn’t care for me.” What you do in the name of meditation is not meditation, my dear. You are afraid of your wife and so you cannot say any strong words to her. So in meditation you are doing all this. I once put a hidden camera and I told twenty students to sit and start practicing. In one minute’s time, their facial expressions changed fifty times. Their thoughts were affecting their facial expressions. When you sit down for meditation, determine that I will not allow myself to be disturbed by anything. That is why there is prayer. Prayer gives you that strength. “O Lord of life and the universe, please help me, give me strength.” Pray for a few seconds and then start meditating. Keeping your head, neck and trunk straight, take some deep breaths and start meditating. It’s a method of going inward, journey from gross to subtle, and then to the subtlest aspects of your being. If you make sincere efforts, you’ll find that the disturbances that you had to face in the beginning like body movements, are slowly disappearing. Body is now still, breath is serene and slowly mind is becoming calm. If you do something half-heartedly, if you do your business half-heartedly, can you expect good results? No. So is the case with meditation.
How is your individual soul related to the cosmic soul? If you understand the philosophy of life, it will become easy for you to practice and understand the role of individual life in our society and then understand the purpose of life here and now. You want to realize God or the Self of all. A human being is great because God dwells in him, lives in him; the highest of all truths, absolute truth, dwells in him. And wherever he moves, that truth, God, has to move with him. But for lack of self-realization, he suffers. All suffering comes from lack of self-realization.
There was a father, a widower, who was lonely and used to drink. He took to drink because he kept remembering his dead wife. He missed her. So he went to the bar and did not return home till two a.m. and the son got worried. The son went to see what had happened to his father. The father was sitting all alone, drinking. The son said, “Father now let’s go home, it’s two in the morning.” He said, “Son, when those two people leave, I will also go.” The son said, “But father, there is only one.”
So when you are intoxicated, you see two instead of one. I see so many faces because I am intoxicated. Beneath all these beautiful faces, there is only one unity. To be aware of that unity, freedom from that intoxication, that’s meditation. When I start meditating, I will not see many faces. Beneath all these beautiful faces, I will see only one unity, one life force. Meditation will lead you to unity, not to diversity. This diversity is because of hypnosis. This is the difference between meditation and hypnosis.
I rarely speak in churches or temples, excuse me, I don’t. Because for me, you are all temples. According to my philosophy every human being is a temple. Which temple is higher than you? If I do not see God in you, and then go to the temple and search for God there, I am not loyal to the Lord, I am not faithful to my Lord. So I directly speak to the living temples that you are. I always make you aware that you are the greatest of all living temples. All these conflicts going on in the world, religious conflicts, will vanish the day human beings understand the real philosophy of life that every human being is a living temple. We should learn not to harm, not to injure, not to hurt anyone and that will be the day of enlightenment for all of us.
I am not against your going to a temple. I think temples, churches and mosques, are community centers, they are essential for communities, but I don’t think they will benefit you much religiously, because you ignore yourself and then go to the temple. What is a temple going to give you? You are a living temple yourself. Please don’t misunderstand me, I also believe in God, but I do not believe in God the way you do. If you want to see the President of America, and say, “I am a beggar. Will you please allow me to come into the White House and meet President Bush?” You will be not allowed to go near the President. You have to be a president yourself if you want to see the President. You have to realize yourself before you meet the Self of all. This is truth and there is a systematic understanding, study and technique. You do not need to retire from the world and go to a Himalayan retreat for realizing the Self. Thou art the greatest of all wonders. The greatest miracle is that infinity dwells in you. You are a finite vessel and you are carrying infinity within. It’s the greatest of all wonders. You are speaking, you are listening, you are thinking, who is giving you that power? That’s why I always say, O man, you are greater than God because God does not have man in him, but you have God in you.
With this understanding you should learn to be very, very practical with yourself. Just try for two-three days, not more than that. I will not speak that which is not to be spoken. I will not do that which is not to be done, according to my own ability. I will not entertain those thoughts which are injurious. One of the great French writers said something beautifully, “If a good thought is not brought into practice it’s either treachery or abortion.” How is abortion treacherous? Ask a woman. For one who understands something about life, if he cannot translate his good thoughts into action, it’s something very treacherous.
What is the goal of life? The goal of life is not to be God, and not to see God. It’s all God. God never created this world. The most ancient scriptures in the library of man today are called Vedas. The Vedas say, prajapatischarati garbhe antaryayamano bahudhavidhayate. The Lord of the universe did not create the universe, no. Then how did it come into existence? The One became many. It manifested, was not created. Where is God? This is all God. Why are you searching? For which God are you searching? This is all God because this is all a manifestation of God. Who else can manifest except one absolute called highest reality or absolute reality? Now, with the help of mathematics which is considered to be the very basis of all sciences today, you can come to the same conclusion. Pick a number, say 92. This 92 will not exist if there is no 1 in it. It will become 91. There is only one absolute and if you repeatedly use that one 91 times, it becomes 91 and then 92. There is only one absolute, which has given all these beautiful faces. Nay, these are the faces of only one absolute. But a human being, because of the dissipation of his mind and its modifications does not assimilate this truth. He roams around in the external world in search of peace. He experiments but he doesn’t obtain that peace.
Now let me give you a picture of society. What is happening with us? Either our mind goes to the grooves of the past, or fantasizes about the future. You will never find yourself if you do not know what the ‘now,’ the present, is. You are misusing human potentials because you are not trained, nobody trains you and you are not training yourself. When wife and husband fight, husband says, “Honey, be happy, I’m taking you to Singapore day after tomorrow.” She’s so happy about going to Singapore. Then some family problems come up and they forget about day after tomorrow. Day after tomorrow never comes. Poor honey, she was very happy for only five minutes. What do you do in your daily life? You postpone your happiness. Yes, this is true, because you do not know how to be in the present.
What is missing in your life? The now is missing. You do not know what ‘now’ is. You know the word, you know the meaning, but you do not know what it is. Because your mind knows only how to travel in the grooves of past experiences and how to go forward into the future. Is there any method that helps you to be here and now? It’s important. If you go to the church and pray, “Lord, put me into the here and now,” He is not going to do that. If you go to your neighbor, he is not going to help you. Who’s going to help you? You will have to learn what that ‘now’ means. ‘Now’ is part of eternity. What will happen the moment you come to know ‘now’? If anyone knows this ‘now,’ he knows past, present, and future. And he’s free. And anyone who does not know ‘now,’ cannot know anything, no matter how much astrology he knows, no matter how much he talks.
You don’t have to search for the teacher. When a student is ready, the teacher appears. If you are not ready, teacher will not come even if teacher is there. Kabira beech bazarme charliyo laptay dekhana hara chalegaye pankhiliyo uttay. A diamond was lying enveloped in dust on the roadside. Nobody cared. They thought that it was a piece of glass that was glittering and shimmering. But a jeweler came along. He knew right away and picked it up saying, “It’s not glass. This glow is from a diamond.” When you are prepared, the teacher will come. Don’t worry about the teacher. Don’t search for the teacher. Teacher has to come, this is Providence. Make your best efforts. Don’t just pray, “Now will you please show me the light? Will I have light?” Even if the whole universe prays for you, you will not have light. You will have to open your eyes to see the light.
Every human being needs therapy. In today’s world, I have not seen anybody who is not suffering on account of stress, except one person, Swami Rama. I have no time for it. You have enough time to think useless things, so you suffer. I don’t have the time, I enjoy. I don’t want to come back. Technique alone is not going to help you. You have to build a concept.
When your body becomes calm, there will be turmoil inside. You should know what to do next. So in all the systems, you climb step by step. It’s like a ladder with many steps. One by one you climb the rungs and finally reach the roof. You and I see the horizon through a small window and conclude that the horizon is so small. But a great man comes, says no, no, no. Come here, I’ll take you to the roof where you’ll see that the horizon is vast. It depends upon your perspective, from where you are seeing. Gradually start working with yourself, you will go to the next step and then the next, and so on. I am happy that you are doing it.
There is something beyond this also. I light a lamp. Please pay attention to this. For some time, I protect the lamp from the gentle breeze. But when that light starts growing, it grows to a forest conflagration helped by the same breeze. When you are weak, you need support. But when you have become strong, adversity also helps you. There is nothing like negativity then. In the beginning you need that moral support, you need that inner support. That’s why you go to this person and that person and consult the scriptures. Scriptures and lectures inspire, but practice alone leads you to that.
If this room is dark for 100 years how much time will it take to light it? One second. Let us not go towards that defeatist philosophy. If I am looking at the sun and walking backwards, I will never see anything. I will have to go in the right direction too. As long as we believe in theory and not practice, then we’ll suffer. I have had many experiences in my life where I can say that there is an invisible power that helps me. And why only me? Everybody. If we don’t drink, perhaps we’ll not meet with an accident. So accident is our karma, our foolish actions lead us to this chaotic condition. If we learn how to do our actions skillfully, lovingly and selflessly, we’ll never suffer. That’s why it is said, svese karmanya garbha samsidhim labhate naraha. We all should learn to discharge our duties and by discharging our duties we will go towards perfection.
As a human being, do you lead a liberated life or a life of bondage? If you study the lives of great men, there is one characteristic that you will find in their lives. They were all selfless, everyone of them. Those who practice, practice this point first. I’ll be totally selfless. Once you become selfless you are free from attachments. There is freedom on many levels. There are two worlds in which you live today. There is the world projected by nature, Providence, the world of sun, moon, stars, earth, stones and rocks. Then there is the world created by you: this is my home, that’s not my home, this is my wife, that’s not my wife, these are my children, those are not my children. The world which you have created and superimposed over the world created by nature, binds you, not the world created by nature. First you will have to seek freedom from that world which you have created for yourself.
Freedom, freedom, freedom. What is that freedom? One freedom is freedom from the bondage of karma. Second freedom is freedom from mental confusion. Final freedom is to make a clear concept in life and thus be free. So there are three steps, three levels of freedom. First we’ll describe what is that bondage of karma. You have to study a law which is called universal law no matter which community you come from. This is called the law of karma. Whether you are a Hindu, a Christian or a Buddhist you’ll have to follow it. As you sow, so shall you reap. Avaseva bhoktavyam krutam karma subha subham. You’ll have to reap the fruits of your actions. All the great bibles agree here.
Once my Master said, “Stand there.” We were talking about destiny. I stood. He said, “Will you please lift one foot off the ground?” And I lifted my foot. He said, “Now lift both feet off the ground.” I said, “I’m sorry, I cannot do it.” He thus taught me that 50% of your destiny is in your hands and 50% is with Providence. Will you please play your part so that Providence helps you?
What do we do? We get so involved that we forget our duties. A human being has immense capacity and when he taps that capacity, he can be free from all these bondages. Then he is the creator of his own destiny. Otherwise destiny leads him adrift like dry leaves blown by the wind creating many patterns against the sky. That is not our human destiny. A human being is a perfect being though still incomplete. If he learns to complete himself then there is nothing higher than that.
Your body is connected to your thinking portion, conscious and unconscious mind, with the help of these two guards called inhalation and exhalation. Now, when conscious mind, breath, and body separate from the unconscious mind and soul, it is called death. Separation is called death. Even after death, you carry all the past memories and all your desires in your unconscious mind. It’s like a car, a vehicle, which you drive wherever you go. You are still an individual. When you take off your garment in the bathroom where do you go? When you take off the pillow cover, where does the pillow go? Take off the book cover, where does the book go? It remains there, no problem. The soul is immortal. Soul is like a ripple in the vast ocean of bliss. It comes from that ocean, it plays in the ocean and it subsides in the ocean. It does not go anywhere. It has risen from the ocean as a ripple, and it goes back into the ocean. There are many desires hidden in the unconscious mind. Those desires are responsible for your coming back to this world. You have certain desires to fulfill. Those desires motivate you to come forward, and you need a conscious mind, you need breath and you need a body, all of which you assume again. The day this vehicle is dropped, that is called emancipation and complete freedom. Otherwise you are still an individual. Just as all these people are wearing different colors of garments according to their desire, you assume a body according to unfulfilled desires. Parents and children pick each other, wife and husband pick each other, to fulfill their desires.
There are two words, the word rebirth and the word reincarnation. In English, you have only one word, birth. Sanskrit has some beauty, in Sanskrit there are two words: janma and shrishti. What is janma? Janit pradhurbhave. You don’t see me. This is called janma. I was there, I have come forward. I was in the unseen world, I came forward. That’s called janma, rebirth. You are already there and you came forward, that’s called rebirth. So from the unknown to the known and from the known to the unknown, you are going through two gates. One is called birth, the other is called death. What is reincarnation? In this lifetime you want to serve, you have examined all aspects of life. One day you decide that selfless service to humanity is the greatest of all duties. “I don’t want to be liberated, I don’t want to be selfish. If I am liberated and you are in bondage, what good is that life? I don’t want to live that way, no. I will come back again and serve my people, all people.” So that desire brings you back to the world, and that is called reincarnation. And you serve people because selfless service is such an exact prayer that nobody can deny.
I also believe in this prayer of selfless service, the greatest of all prayers. You don’t expect anything, you just serve. Why? Because that is the only way for liberating others. Therefore you learn to do this. Reincarnation is for that human being who has no desires for himself, but who wants to serve others, lead others. Such human beings are reincarnated to help the masses.
Now, one by one we will touch three levels. How to be free from the bondage of karma? That is universal bondage. It is an accepted fact that as you sow, so shall you reap. Here all the great religions meet. There is no dispute on it. Though Jesus didn’t teach it, he didn’t deny it either. A lot of time is wasted brooding on karma and reincarnation so Jesus thought it’s useless to teach it. He was not wrong. If you go on thinking about your past reincarnations, your present is gone. He was right. There are many paths and all paths lead to one summit. Don’t condemn your path. I know the Bible better than any other book, I have studied it so deeply.
A human being cannot live without doing karma, actions. And when he does some karma he reaps the fruits of the actions. And those fruits lead him to do more actions and there is no end. He creates a whirlpool for himself and he cannot come out of that. Is there any way that you go on doing your actions and yet remain free from the bondage of karma? I say yes. If you grease your karma with love, then you will not have a problem. You have stress today, “My wife doesn’t listen to me.” She thinks, “My husband doesn’t listen to me.” They both are going through self-created stress. But if you simply change the concept, there will be no stress. Stress has become the biggest killer today. Everybody says I have stress, I have stress. Why do you have stress? Wife wants to control the husband, husband wants to control the wife. Why do you want to control anyone? This tussle is going on all the time, in all families and you call it family life and love. When I come to your home, you all smile. When I go outside, then you start fighting. I know that and I understand. I think there can be harmony in the family if there is understanding, understanding on a higher level.
A man in bondage cannot think right. A man in bondage is a slave. A slave has no choice. How to be free from that? If I go on doing my duties, and I give the fruits of my actions to others, I will be free. Where are you committing a mistake? You are not giving up the fruits of your actions though you are doing your duties. Why do you do charity, tell me? You do charity because you think, “I will have a good name.” Then another level of charity, “If I do charity my ego will be cleansed. If I do charity I will get double that in my next lifetime.” Actually, why do you want to do charity? You want to do charity because you are holding on to something. Give away the fruits and be free.
Thus comes freedom from the bondage of karma. There will be no bondage. We are all doing our actions but for others and renouncing the fruit. That’s why the family unit was created. The husband does actions for his wife, his wife for him and both do for their children and they in turn do for other children. So the family is meant to radiate love to all, not hatred. We have to start at home. We should create our family in such a way so that it radiates love.
After having this freedom from the bondage, there is another freedom that we need, confusion created by the mind. You know what is confusion? Very close to profusion. Profusion creates confusion. If you have twenty things to do, you are confused. If you have a few things to do, you will be not confused. Don’t give too much work to yourself. Have 100 things and you cannot manage anything. Let us make a practical formula for practice. All the things in the world, no doubt are meant for you. Enjoy them. But are they yours? No. So don’t get attached to them. Early in the morning, tell yourself, “All the things of the world are meant for me, I will enjoy them, but I have no right to get attached to them by owning them, by possessing them. My wife is for me, my children are for me, my house is for me. But they are not mine, there is no attachment.” This formula should be made and practiced in daily life. Again I’m repeating, all the things of the world belong to Providence. They are given to you. Use them but do not get attached to them. “I cannot be attached to them, for they are not mine, but I am using them.” With this formula you are free from the bondage of karma. Practice it everyday, at least one day, and just see how much delight you experience.
Now there is one saying of the scriptures, why are you afraid of me and why am I afraid of you? Dvitiyadvai bhayam bhavati. I think you are different from me, I am different from you, we are afraid of each other. But the moment I come to know that we are only one, I will never be afraid of you. Here I give an example. At night, my two fingers which are very powerful do not hurt my eyes. My teeth do not bite my tongue unless I am sick. Why? Because all the limbs have the understanding that we belong to only one. The day we form the understanding that we all belong to only one reality, we will not have any conflict. We are living in an unnatural way, that is why we are suffering. This suffering is self-created. And, how can God help you? I cried, I said, “God help me, help me.” He said, “Son, you create problems for yourself. How can I help you? Please help yourself.” I cried. I said, “Somehow or other change my mind.” He said, “Your mind is yours, you have to change it yourself.” Human efforts have to be made. When human effort is complete and you cannot do anything, then you cry for help and help comes from Providence. This is truth.
Freedom comes in gradual steps, or sometimes it comes suddenly as in the case of Valmiki or St. Paul. There is no limit to grace. But grace dawns when you have accomplished your mission in life, when you have made all the efforts. In the ancient scriptures called the Vedas, there was a great rishi called Karnava. Karnav means one who cried. He made all the efforts but he failed. Finally he cried and said, “Lord, I have done my best.” Then, suddenly, he realized. Let us do our best without expecting the results. Results are bound to come, for every action has its reaction.
After every day there is a night and after every night there is a day. This is going on for ages. We are in the night awaiting the day. Let us prepare ourselves, with the hope that our next generation will see light and not follow the darkness. There is always hope and we should live with that hope. That’s why the Upanishads say, uttishtata jagrata praptavaranya bodhasa. Wake up, remain awake and gain that knowledge which liberates you. All great men come according to their times, do their work and go, it’s team work. One comes, another comes, this is team work. Rama gave a message. Krishna gave a different message according to the times. Mohammed gave one message in the morning, another in the afternoon, yet another in the evening. There is no conflict, there is no difference, for they have all come to enlighten us, to help humanity.
You must have heard two names, famous names in the West, they were great men. One was Darwin and another was Huxley. Darwin and Huxley did not believe in God, but they were great men. One of the priests of a meditative order got confused. “They were great men no doubt,” he thought, “but they did not believe in God. Let me see what has happened to them.” So in deep meditation he went to heaven. Here the guard stopped him saying, “You mortal, I don’t find your name on our list. How come you are here?” He said, “I want to see your list, to see if you have two people with you.” The guard said, “Get out of this place. I won’t show you my list.” The priest said, “Look, people in heaven are gentle and kind. So you must be a gentle and good person.” He praised the guard and the guard said, “Ok, here is the list.” They did not have the names of Huxley and Darwin on that list. The priest was very bothered. He said, “Which is the way to hell?” The guard said, “Look at that hell hole, go through it.” The priest went through it. There he found a huge person standing outside who said, “Hey, who are you?” He said, “Sir, I have come from the mortal world. I want to know whether Huxley and Darwin are here, as they are not in heaven.” He saw a gate that was unique, superior to that of heaven, and beautiful gardens. It was so wonderful. The priest asked, “Is this hell or heaven?” The guard replied, “Go and ask Huxley and Darwin, they are walking in the garden.” So the priest approached them, “Sir, good morning to you.” They said, “Good morning.” “Sir, is it hell or heaven?” They said, “It was hell alright when we came here. But with all our might and intelligence we created a heaven out of it.”
Any creative person can convert hell into heaven. This is the point. You have to do it, you can do it, you should do it. So, heaven and hell are here, let us create that harmony, that symphony which helps us, by understanding life, understanding each other, learning to love each other, discharging our duties, being nice to the neighbors, to the country, to the whole of humanity. Again I say, O human being, you are God all right, learn to be a good human. Make that effort.
I was brought up by a great man, a sage born in Bengal who lived for many, many years in the mountains. Our country will perhaps never have a yogi like him for 200-300 years. I’m not praising him because he was my Master. He was a man of great wisdom and knowledge. In my childhood I became an orphan and was taken by my Master, who educated me in modern universities as well as in the monasteries of the Himalayas. I think we human beings are not trained, so we waste our time and energy thinking about others and not thinking about ourselves. My Master always used to say, “Mind your own business. Know thyself on all levels, the way you think, the way you breathe, the way you function in the external world, and that will help you and will prevent you from wasting your time.” The final word, my Master gave me, “I send you to the West to share my knowledge, it’s not yours. You are only a messenger.”
My Master brought me up from the age of three, a child who did not see his parents, who did not have brothers, sisters, or anyone. He brings up this child and never spanks him and never takes anything, not even a glass of water from him. I started crying. He said, “Why are you crying?” I said, “You have not taken any service from me.” He laughed. So I rushed to the mountains, in the Himalayas, and there was a beautiful blue lotus coming out of the rock. I pulled it out and straightaway ran to him. He started crying. He said, “You have killed a child of nature. Why did you do this? Being my son you have done this?” Since then, I never accept flowers no matter from where they come. I don’t pluck flowers. He told me, “Go into the world. Teach your students with the same zeal with which I taught you.” That is my dakshina, that is my love offering. I am trying my best, but I fail sometimes and sometimes I am successful.
I always believe in maintaining a state of joy by remembering the Lord’s name. You know what Guru Nanak Dev said in simple layman’s language? Nanak dukhiya sab sansara sukhiya soyjo nama adhara. Nobody has seen God, O Nanak. The whole world is in a state of chaos, happy is he, who remembers the Lord’s name with every breath of his life.
I pray to the divinity in you. I thank you very much but all the praises go to the Lord of life. A human being is not worthy of such praise.
And if from these lips while here I dwelt,
A heedless taunt you ever have felt,
Forgive me, forget, and now adieu,
I bid goodbye to all of you.
Peace, peace, peace.
& The Sixth Sense
Someone meets an accident, suffers injuries but doesn’t want to panic parents by giving news yet his or her mother already senses it thousands miles away. This person has no clue how?
One fine morning you think of a close friend and decide to call him later during the day but to your surprise he himself calls you and tells you that he was thinking of you since morning. You wonder how this happened.
You have a weird dream about some neighbour, known person or close relative and few days later you hear about his/her death or becoming seriously ill. You can’t understand the logic.
A’s grandmother, who used to love him most, suddenly died thousands miles away while he was recovering from post surgical anesthesia after an accident. He felt her coming, sitting on the bed, crying and holding his head in her lap complaining that why no one informed her about A’s accident. When A became fully conscious, he enquired about grand mother. He couldn’t believe that she had died earlier in the morning and there is no way she could have visited him. A is yet to resolve this mystery even after many years of that ‘experience’.
P came to live in a new neighborhood in the town where he got a new job. He had no interaction with neighbors as his busy office schedule allowed him just enough time to go, shower and sleep for a few hours in his apartment. On the third night he dreamt of a bleeding donkey with completely ripped open skin stopping in front of the fourth apartment to the left of his own condo. P woke up breathless and perspiring on a cold winter morning. It was 3.30 am in the morning. One hour later when P was trying hard to get another short nap, he heard a series of wailing voices in the neighborhood. Stepping out he got shocked to find that a man in his early forties had died of massive heart attack at the same time in the same apartment, where the bleeding donkey had stopped. P is still unable to resolve this riddle.
Mostly we brush such experiences as bizarre as we have no clue that why this happens but when we savvy the real capacity and power of the mind, we would not be that shocked or surprised.
Though mind is in the body yet it is not bound by time, space and speed like the rest of the body. Though it uses brain cells to express, contemplate and manifest yet the mind doesn’t live in the brain only. Mind can be present in each cell of the body and yet remain free from them.
Each mind has its own vast mind field which extends beyond time, space and matter. Waves from one mind field can travel to other mind fields in no time and feel many things. The waves of a disciplined, trained and evolved mind are more energetic, focused and strong. The healing waves of a Saintly and Yogic mind are known to know about, help and heal not just one or two but thousands.
Mind can travel in past and future, to other planets beyond galaxies and milky ways in no time. A disciplined, trained and evolved mind can accomplish even more ‘unthinkable’. Powered by the resolution of highly evolved and enlightened minds, souls re-incarnate on this planet and as well migrate to other worlds too, when their karmas are done here.
An invisible mysterious world, which keeps sending us those ‘weird’ messages through dreams or ‘déjà vu’ feelings simultaneously co-exists with this visible world, we daily interact with. We can’t see this invisible world as the five senses of perception (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin) are to understand and explore this visible world only.
Intuition and telepathy are the sixth sense of perception and can be developed by training the mind to become meditative, focused, disciplined, quiet and free from distractions like anger, hate, jealousy, greed, ego and other similar negative traits and self destructive consumptions. When the sixth sense starts developing then the mysteries of the invisible world get revealed, gradually.
Meditation and Types of People
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by Swami Nitya
The Ocean has many currents, yet they are all Water. On its surface we find a variety of diverse waves, which according to the conditions in which they appear (such as times/tides and circumstances) vary tremendously.
It is the same with human beings. Basically we share one existence, there is only one divine energy (call it what you may). This view is today shared by many scientists as well as Mystics, Sages, Yogis and wise Ones across the globe. The Siddha and Avadhuta, Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri is one such “Voice of the Self”. He said: Reach to your core, the sense of distinction is not the Truth. ….there is “same-ness”… burn up the idea of “you and I”….no separateness! Yet this “Sameness”, this unified field of conscious energy…has currents. Across the world these have been named the Five Elements, or five energy fields.
Each existence, each human being is a unique mixture of these five. Any mixtures has one dominant ingredient, accordingly we talk about constitutions. So each of us has a constitution with which we came into this world and which expresses accordingly in the conditions and circumstances in which we live, thus accounting for the immense plurality of human beings. However, there are similarities amongst this diversity so that we can talk of certain types of people, just like we talk of certain currents in the ocean.
The Five Energy-fields we know as : Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, accordingly we have five types of people being dominated by these energies which in a very simplified way can be said to be determined by the following characteristics: Earth: stability, security, generosity, holding all without judgement Water: flexibility, adaptability, receptivity, nourishing Fire: transforming, ascending, illuminating, joyous Air: Transparent, clarity/truthful, movement, connectivity Space: unlimited, detached, generative, holding - wisdom
This means, people who have a mixture or rather shall we say a constitution, with one of these elemental tendencies as dominant, will be influenced by these character traits. The traits determine our mental and physical tendencies, our emotional and physical make-up, even our health and potential illness. As we are “shaped” by these tendencies/energy currents…our attitude to meditation (amongst the many things in life) is also influenced by these.
So, different types of spiritual practices speak to different people, they act so to say, as doors – towards various levels and practices of Meditation. Ultimately Meditation simply will happen. Life-energy/prana/Shakti..is supremely intelligent and will find her own way to the State of Meditation, where it sinks into That “Sameness”, that One-ness which is beyond words and descriptions.
So, for a person that is dominated by the energy-field we call Earth, the discipline of having a upright posture is important, because the “Earth person tends to slump… to sink into herself… which blocks the energies flow-ing smoothly; especially through the frontal meridians and the spine. Furthermore having a stable base puts us right in the 'lap and security' of the Earth.
Earth people often lack flexibility… so if it’s easier for them, they can happy-ly sit on a chair, especially when elder. Nowhere in the scriptures (to my knowledge)it says one has to sit on the floor. However lying down is not an option. The weight of the body presses on the sacro-iliac joint and inhibits breathing apart from fostering the tendency of falling asleep! From this level of physical, material stability we can rise to subtler levels. Stable posture is a necessity for all meditators, but the Earth-person is in its “Element”.
For a while the Earth –person will be fully occupied with her body, to be-come comfortable and at ease so as to be stable and rooted here (in life as well as in posture). Relaxation of the physical body at this point is very important.
Next step is to focus or concentrate on an object; be it outer (like an object, a picture, or word /mantra, or even parts of the body. Gradually with practice focus changes from the apparent physical, to something higher… even within the body such as non-vocal mantra, the Chakras or an inner picture/visualisation etc.
Gradually one evolves from a more sense orientated nature, to a more evolved being. One will notice that the behaviour towards one-self and the people around, or even the environment will change. Our modern western society seems to have lost this simple truth. We know full well that when people have a sense of self, a point of belonging, of security in themselves, they behave differently.
It is hard to imagine somebody lashing out at society, take drugs, hitting an old lady or starting a war if they feel secure, accepted, held and loved within them-selves. We recognise these trends in ourselves and others, but can we change it? To change others we first have to change ourselves, we have to drink our own medicine; it does not work by proxy.
So for the Earth Person, it is important to work with the manifest first; she will feel attracted to a physical representation of Guru or God, or concrete ideas about behaviour, social and ethical codes. May be even to a religious frame of meditation, because it’s “safe”.
The spiritual question She has to answer is: Who am I” . In the context of the earth-dominated person and her attraction to meditation, it has one more interesting angle. To answer her core Question, she will gather knowledge, in the sense of facts. Facts on which she can rely; that give her security and stability. Once this is gained….she has great foundations to move on.
For a person that is dominated by the energy-field we call Water still the posture is important, as for all people who practice meditation.
And it’s almost un-necessary to say, that the “Water- person” like any other, benefits from the calming influence of meditation. The reason is interesting though. The core question that drives the spiritual quest of the Water-person is: Where am I coming from and where am I going… so these people are constantly likely to flow from one thing to another in order to find out. They too need to find boundaries, stability but in a different way than earth-people.
Water flows, is flexible and adapts… but needs channelling otherwise it disperses. It needs the stability of posture and the calming influence of concentration… in order to give it direction. Water needs channelling whether in nature as such or as a personal energy. Flowing must not, and cannot be stopped… so contemplation is attractive to these people.
Water-people are often highly emotional, in fact they battle with fear. No wonder, as every-time they flow to a new place, they have to let the old place (their identification with it) behind. So in order to not be held prisoner by their emotive energy …they benefit by channelling the emotions in a safe way. Thus swadhyaya, contemplation, study or chanting mantras is attractive to these people. There is activity, there is flowing, there is emotional involvement but it is channelled and made safe.
This is a good dharana (door) for people dominated by the Water-element. Another good way is chanting /or silently repeating 'Ohm' in conjunction with the breath, either alone or with the encouragement of a group! Be careful however, because of the 'emotionalism,' Water people’s devotion could become a form of self-indulgence.
They should use meditation to reduce their attachments and avoid getting caught up in the outer forms of devotion. They need to learn to go beyond the form to the formless and infinite reality. However for that they have to battle with their fears. So David Frawley advises that they are 'particular good at meditating upon the eternal, immutable aspect of truth.' The awareness of water as ocean increases the space of mind; it lets us swim in wider visions.
Meditation upon the void is also particularly good. 'It can be combined with meditation upon the inner light, bringing more fire into their minds.' Their minds are prone to rest comfortably, such contentment can easily be confused with higher states of mind.
Water-people must make sure they stay alert; as the Zen call demonstrates: 'Attention, Attention, Attention.' David Frawley adds: 'They should use meditation like climbing a series of mountain peaks along a great journey, not stopping along the way, no matter how pleasant.' (p.53)
Indeed Water- people must stay alert, alert to their own tendency to flow here and there, and in the process drown others, or disperse themselves. However if channelled…their quest to reach the Ocean, the depth of the State of Meditation will be successful- according to their capability!
There is one more concept to which the Water-person might be alert to. Because of the nature of flowing…. It has a tendency to try this sort of Meditation and this one and so on…searching for ever new ways to which to flow! In this way they easily disperse their energies. To explore is good… but not to disperse…or evaporate! Here too Attention is asked for! Balance is asked for!
But ultimately the commitment must be to one’s own spiritual evolution , and a water-person has the capacity, through its determination to flow to the Ocean!
For a person that is dominated by the energy-field we call Fire , Meditation can be a 'god’s end' it can calm their inherent rajastic energy (they need to be constantly active) furthermore they often carry anger and aggression in themselves. Their need to 'get on doing this and that', their ability to focus/concentrate can be put to good use.
The danger is that here too, they want to achieve something – they have to learn to relinquish all control, and become receptive, this way they can expand their hearts and minds. Once they do, the path of devotion is “their path”. To “get there, to meditate on forgiveness, compassion and love is a great help. Then to surrender to the divinity of their choice is the ultimate Meditation-path for these people.
Their problem is, that they have to test “how far can I go?” They go to extremes of any kind…good or bad, and they are challenged to come back from there and find a balance that will not destroy them. Potentially they destroy all form. And thus in terms of meditation, they might easily rebel…”I don’t want to sit still” . If they find a balance, they can not only transform, but transcend…fire becomes light, becoming light even on the spiritual path.
In Yoga and many spiritual traditions around the world, the element of Fire has a special place because of this ability to transcend. Fire-ceremonies are performed across the globe. Fire is often seen as a bridge between this world and the beyond… but for that the hard work of emotional purification has to be done. In Yoga it’s often referred to as tapasya .
What than can we learned from meditating on Fire? None can say it better than this ancient prayer from the Aboriginals of Australia.
'May the fire be in our thoughts, making them true, good and just. May it protect us from the evil one. May the fire be in our eyes.
May it open our eyes to share what is good in life.
We ask that the fire protect us from what is not rightfully ours
May the fire be in our ears.
We pray that we may hear with a deep, deep listening the flow of water and of all creation.
And the dreaming, may it protect us from gossip and things that harm and break down our families.
May the fire be on our lips so that we may speak the truth in kindness, that we may serve and encourage others. May the fire protect us from speaking evil. May the fire be in our arms and hands so that we may be of service and build up love. We ask that the fire protect us from all violence.
May the fire be in our whole being, in our legs and our feet enabling us to walk the earth with reverence and care, and to walk in the way of goodness and truth and be protected from walking away from what is truth.'
To think that this is 40,000 years old ! Within the Fire, it asks for its opposite; the quality of water; a deep, deep listening, “that we may hear the flow of the water and all of creation - and that we may serve others.
And this is the path of the person who is dominated by Fire energy. May they learn to tame their own Fire, balance it, so that they can transcend Fire and become light, especially the light of love and compassion for others.
For a person that is dominated by the energy-field we call Air, it is almost natural to focus on the breath. And indeed in almost all meditative traditions the most frequent recommendation for Meditation is to focus on the breath
The breath takes us away from focus on the manifest realm, it is manifest but also subtle, we can’t see, taste, or smell the Air (well sort of) ..yet we can feel it, for example on the skin or on our nostrils, or indirect through expansion and contraction of the lungs, belly etc. In other words… our relationship to Air is different the awareness is one of movement...not so much a “thing’ an object. It’s subtler.
The cyclic rhythm of breath is like a gateway to experiencing the movement of existence.
There is rising and there is falling, there is in-breath and outbreath, there is coming and going, there is birth and death. So breath has a lot to teach us. For example that we have to let go… without letting go with the outbreath.. no new breath can come in.
Letting go of what is not needed is a core issue for People with the dominant Element Air. Hence the spiritually guiding question in their lives for Air-people is : what do I need to let go of? It’s a question of discrimination. Ultimately in meditation it means letting go of the ‘experiencer’, the “I”, the Ego….who observes…
When we let go of things what remains? The ultimate Truth. We gain clarity of who we ultimately are.. or better of that which we ultimately are.
But focus on the breath reveals not only movement, and letting go, but there is a 'space in between breath'; there is a point, a powerful point of stillness. This stillness plays a great part in Buddhist Meditation, especially Zen; it’s the core of all emptiness and with it the womb of all form.
Stillness in between breath has been compared to the zenith of the sun; it’s the vital 'turning-point.' For one instance there is 'neither this, nor that'; one can witness - from the outside - the ever changing movement. Much as a mountaineer standing at the peak can see both: where he came from - and where he is going.
But as the example shows, we have to stop and stand back if we want to see 'change;' we can neither be caught up in the past nor the future; the process of change needs us to let go – even let go, eventually, of this the vantage point (the experiencer).
The point, where we see what has happened, and realize we need to let go, is also called the 'Turning Point', and that is Now; in the Now, the mentally agile Air person can harness their “abundant mental energy for meditation, which for them should be like the flight of the eagle. They must let their mind soar without losing focus.” (D.Frawley; p. 300)
For a person that is dominated by the energy-field we call Space, Meditation has a great attraction. Space is the vast unknown from which all form comes forth. Meaning the person dominated by the Space Element….there is an awareness of infinite possibilities. It can be a call to great creativity, or a call to great exploration in the manifest or the spiritual; potentially it’s the vastness of potential...which is itself very challenging… because its limitless… where to go? And therefore the leading spiritual question for a person dominated with the Space-Element is: what is my Purpose, why am I here?
The Space- person might have to tendency to escape with his/her mind into this vastness…or might realise that from this potential we need to act, and because Space is clear and subtle he teaches us: no matter whether we are a - writer, shoemaker, mother, or husband “ we must walk our talk” (as the indigenous people of the Americas say) we must fulfil our purpose! And this goes further than we think, because it is irrelevant whether we are a teacher, a poet, a president or a pauper, a computer technician, a nurse or a Guru; it is not the roles we play that are important, it is not the achievements we gain which is our purpose, but how we are, what we are.
All grandeur, all ego-trips can be cut out. The vision that space holds for us is to fulfil our potential by achieving the highest aspirations of a human being, and history is full of such noble men.
Socrates was such a noble man, he was tried and executed in 339 B.C. because he did not believe in the city gods and is said to have misled the youths of the city with his philosophy. Indeed he was renowned as a man of fortitude and courage. He was also known for living the truth, for being true to himself and even-minded; for having great self-control; he was dressed summer and winter in the same thin clothes and walked barefoot. Plato described for us Socrates' speech (Apology), in front of the court at his trial:
'Someone might say: "Are you not ashamed, Socrates, to have followed the kind of occupation that has led to your being now in danger of death?" However, I should be right to reply to him, "you are wrong sir! If you think that a man who is any good at all, should take into account the risk of life or death, he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or a bad man. It is not difficult to avoid death, gentlemen of the jury, it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death."
So meditation for people that are especially influenced by Space energy has two options… to contemplate the highest Truth until they become that truth; or to straight away focus on the peace and emptiness of the mind. The No-thing, that emptiness.. which is potential… which is Fullness…
The Meditation on emptiness is symbolise nowhere better for me, than in the following prayer from the Metah Sutra. 121
Peace to all beings, may all beings be well and happy and free from fear. Peace to all beings, whether near or far, whether known or unknown, Real or imaginary, visible or invisible, born or yet to be born...
Within and beyond imagination, in the world of ideas, In the world of memories and in the world of dreams...
Peace in all elements, of earth and air and fire and water, fulfilled in space.
Peace in all universes, from the smallest cells in the body To the greatest galaxies in space, peace and light rising.
And the fullness, is best describe in the opening verse from the Isha- Upanishad:
Om pūrṇaṁadaḥ pūrṇamidaṁ
Pūrṇasya pūrṇamādāya Pūrṇamevā vaṡiṣyate
Om. That is fullness.This isfullness. From the fullness springs the fullness. If the fullness is taken from thefullness, the fullness remains.
Finally let’s not forget, that we all are All, all the qualities, all the tendencies, all potentialities…All.
Om Tat Sat
Spiritual aspirants are invited to
Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam
A School in the Meditation Tradition of the Great Yogis of the Himalayas
Gateway to the Inner Self, the source of Consciousness & Bliss
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Rishikesh, India
Spiritual Guide - Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati
Disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas
Spiritual aspirants are invited by Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam to receive the knowledge and practical disciplines of the Meditation Tradition of the great yogis of the Himalayas in the ancient and contemporary context and gain entry into the inner Self and realize the highest goal of life.
Although there are many institutions introducing people into various meditation methods, the specialty of the Himalayan tradition is that it includes hundreds of the paths leading to inner Self, taught systematically according to the capacity of the aspirant, his emotional state and the state of his subtle body.
Yoga has been now reduced to mere physical exercise. We teach hatha yoga in the context of meditation.
In today’s pseudo-spiritual market, Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and Tantrik Kundalini Yoga are often used as brand names and misleading people. Here those practices are traditionally rooted and given according to the capacity of the aspirant.
At present, the study of the scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads is mainly done by treating them as texts of philosophy and doctrine or on the basis of logic, grammar, etc. These texts were acquired in the state of samadhi or deep absorption of the mind-field in the inner Self, the source of Consciousness and Bliss. Thus they are guides to the path of samadhi and without the realization of deep meditation, their meaning cannot be comprehended. We teach these texts in the context of meditation practice.
School semester: 1st Oct. – 15th May
Gurukulam Level I: One foundational semester.
Level II: Semester 2nd and 3rd
Level III: Semester 4th and 5th
After completion of the first foundational semester, students can choose one of these three tracks:
1. Complete - Attending all classes.
2. Sewa - Supervised selfless service in the ashram.
3. Self-study and practice developed and guided by a spiritual guide.
The Ashram has also sewa and self-study and practice programs independent from the Gurukulam.
Webs: sadhakagrama.org ; dhyanagurukulam.org ; ahymsin.org ; swamiveda.org ; himalayanyogatradition.com
Enquiry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A school of world excellence in Yoga Meditation, its practices, science and scriptures (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads...)
In the Tradition of the Himalayan Yogis,
as taught by Shri Swami Rama
Yoga is the means and the goal (Samadhi), having Meditation as its core
Spiritual Guide: Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati
Long term residential program of studies and practices
Including 600-Hour Teacher Training Program with Yoga Alliance Certification
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Rishikesh, India
International headquarters of Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN)
School semester: 1st Oct. 2014 – 15th May 2015
Total No. of semesters: 3 to 5. After completion of the 1st foundational semester, students can choose one of these three tracks: complete (attending all classes); sewa (selfless service); guided self-study and practice
Webs: sadhakagrama.org ; dhyanagurukulam.org ; ahymsin.org ; swamiveda.org ; himalayanyogatradition.com
Enquiry at: email@example.com
Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam is a school of world excellence in Yoga Meditation, its practices, science and scriptures in the Tradition of the Himalayan Rishis, seers of the Truth, as taught by Shri Swami Rama for the entire world.
Dhyana Gurukulam teaches systematically a variety of meditation methods and its instrumental practices (asanas ‘postures’, breath awareness and pranayama, emotional purification, mindfulness, discipline, withdrawal of senses, concentration…) and knowledge, including ancient scriptures (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Tantra texts...) and basic Sanskrit as well as Yoga Science, Psychology and Anatomy in a scientifically supported method.
Yoga is the means and the goal (Samadhi or Self-realization), having Meditation ‘Dhyana’ as its core. The reason for the physical yoga is to prepare our body and mind for meditation. Ancient scriptures come from the spiritual experience to inspire the direct experience of fit seekers through deep meditation.
The foundational Gurukulam program is taught and practiced in one semester, which takes place every year, from 1st October until 15th May. It includes classes, both theoretical and practical, and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram regular practices, as well as discipline and self-control to ride the tiger of your own mind for sake of deepening in meditation and expanding your awareness of the true Self, the source of life, knowledge and bliss for the whole world.
Daily regular schedule:
- 4:15am Wake up
- 5:00am Sanskrit prayers
- 5:15-7:00am Joints and glands exercises, light hatha
- 7:00-7:30am Pranayama
- 7:30-8:30am Meditation
- 8:30-9:30am Breakfast
- 9:30-10:25am Self-study
- 10:30am-12:30pm Classes
- 12:30-1:00pm Pranayama
- 1:00-2:00pm Lunch
- 2:00-3:00pm Self-study
- 3:00-4:00pm Class
- 4:00pm Tea
- 4:15-5:30pm Hatha Yoga class
- 5:45-6:45pm Meditation
- 7:00-8:00pm Dinner
- 8:00-9:00pm Class/Self-study
- 9:00pm Sanskrit prayers
- Saturdays afternoon: 1 hour of karma yoga (cleaning class-rooms, etc.)
- Thursdays: Whole day of silence and intensive meditation and contemplation
- Sundays: Free
The Gurukulam students have access to other special programs happening at the Ashram, eg. the three levels of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Program, with the certification of Yoga Alliance USA; special seminars and courses by international visiting teachers and spiritual guides; but also devotional programs (bhakti), viz. main Indian festivals, as Shiva-ratri, Krishna-jayanti, Navaratri (9 days for the Divine Mother), Guru Purnima, Diwali, Holi, as well as Christmas, etc.
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama is an international and inter-faith ashram, as meditation transcends all differences and true Self is only One and the same.
The Dhyana Gurukulam students are a selected and small number of sincere seekers of Truth through meditation and its instrumental practices and knowledge coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds, ages and parts of the world.
All the students are lovingly observed and guided by spiritual guides. The sincerity and progress of the student will be assessed by regular observation and personal relationship by the ashram spiritual guides. When student and Gurukulam program seem not to match, the former maybe asked to leave the program.
3-5 semesters, three tracks
The Gurukulam ‘’ is a three to five semester program. After completion of the foundational first semester, students can choose one of these three tracks:
1. Complete -- Attending all classes.
2. Sewa -- Supervised selfless service in the ashram.
3. Self-study and practice developed and guided by a spiritual guide.
For all three tracks, the school year is always from 1st Oct. until 15th May. During the Gurukulam summer vacations, the students can optionally stay in the ashram for self-study and practice and karma yoga (selfless service).
The students following the complete study program are trained to become teachers of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition and start teaching practices from the 2nd Gurukulam semester.
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ‘village of spiritual seekers’ is a beautiful and peaceful international ashram in the holy city of Rishikesh, at a walking distance from river Ganga (Divine Mother).
The ashram was founded in 2002 by Swami Veda Bharati, close disciple of the great yogi Shri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and himself a great spiritual and meditation master and scholar on Sanskrit scriptures. His commentary on Patañjali´s Yoga Sutras is worldly well-known.
Swami Veda, in a five-year vow of silence, resides permanently in the ashram. His blessings and inspiration enlighten the solid traditional substratum of all the teaching and practical disciplines taking place in the ashram.
The ashram is the headquarters of AHYMSIN ´Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International´, founded by Swami Veda.
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, being a spiritual Ashram, offers the Gurukulam program without fixed fee structure and is totally based on voluntary donations.
Every student is expected to cover his study, lodging and boarding provided by the ashram through a voluntary donation.
The basic Gurukulam donations suggested are:
For overseas students:
Registration - 500 US dollars (only once)
Monthly - 300 US dollars (Total per semester --Oct.-May, 8 months--: 2,400 US dollars)
For Indian students:
Registration – 7,000 Indian rupees (only once)
Monthly – 5,000 INR (Total per semester --Oct.-May, 8 months--: 40,000 INR)
The donations suggested for students on the guided self-study and practice track after the completion of the first semester vary.
I was clearing some old papers and came across these two poems written in another continent at another time, but still relevant for seekers on the path of true Knowledge. Though having two authors they intertwine and a later generation gave this united title – WHAT THEY SAID – Ammaji (photo: L. Arya)
WHAT THEY SAID
THE WANDERER WISE
OH Wanderer! From far off lands
With just a briefcase in your hands
And knowledge in your heart!
Tell me what of this world
You have seen and heard and lived
What of God and where It is
Of soul and who am I?
And tell me more of this world and the next
I know you can
I love hear it from your lips
The flow of Knowledge true.
And give to me that I may
Impart to others too.
THE REPLY TO A FELLOW WANDERER
Is not the wanderer himself a question mark?
Is it not that he wanders in the wild wood of the world?
To reveal but his own mystery?
Is it not that he roams about silent in the center of
Some disturbing sighs (sic) and sounds – but to un-riddle his own being?
He dances on the rhythm of the drum of his own desire –
And calls it wisdom!
He fills the flute of breath with his own self –
And calls it music!
The glare of his own light blinds the eyes of his flowing current
And he is but a darkness unto himself.
How then shall he be a light unto you?
How, then shall he answer your questions?
He recollects not when he floated down to earth with his wings
Fluttering through the vast emptiness.
Is it not the recollection of the past that the consciousness
Of the present abides and the dreams of the future are dreamt?
And if he recollects not the day when he was the angel of light
How shall he know in the dark night what he is now?
For to know one must let the face of the present
Reflect in the mirror of the past.
Are you the same as he?
Why, then in his recollections should you seek your salvation?
Let in your recollection his salvation lie for his limbs are
Now weary and he may wander no more in the search
Of the unknown.
He may surrender himself to the stony stream and when
He reaches the ocean of the past in his future, he shall be no more.
Seek him not, for the present is dissolved and he is no more.
(These two poems are copyrighted to Lalita Arya.)
SRSG NEWS March 2014
California group led by honorable Dr. Mehrad Nazari & famous author Michele Hebert, visits SRSG and parties with Ammaji.
Buddhist Prayers for SVB – This was though a brief prayer meeting it was a wonderfully inspiring experience to hear Buddham Sharanam Gashaami being chanted to Indian ragas. At first when I saw the musicians, I thought they looked kind of dowdy in their black non-leather jackets. But when the tabalchi started his drums and the singer cleared his throat as the chant progressed I fell into a liquid pool of scented rose petals and disappeared into its fragrant melodies. I awoke from the trance when the Sponsor, a close friend of Swami Veda, Lama Doboom Tulku’ s voice questioned how was it?
KHEL NEWS –March 2014
DREDGING the RISPANA RIVER
By Ammaji, (with additional information from Beni)
The Rispana River borders Shiv Puri Colony where Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA), KHEL’s school for under-served children, is located. During the monsoons in 2013, the Rispana broke her banks twice, flooding the colony and causing much devastation to the community and to LDA.A few years ago the Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) passed a law stating that no construction was allowed within 250 meters from the middle of any river towards their banks. Although this helps to limit illegal building, some are still built and occasionally the MDDA carries out demolitions which are met with much protest; since building illegally can only occur when someone is paid a ‘capitalization’ cost, or more bluntly, a bribe. More recently, the Uttarakhand government (which outranks the MDDA as it is the state government) passed a regulation allowing construction on the banks of the ‘barsati’ rivers – rivers that are only full of water during monsoons; the rest of the year these river beds, like the Rispana, are dry. During the year garbage piles up in these river beds and is then washed away with the monsoon rains, polluting the rivers downstream. There are political reasons for allowing this type of building but it’s also helpful to migrants, refugees, temporary immigrant workers and others who need immediate housing but can’t afford to rent – many years ago, Shiv Puri Colony was made up solely of people of this socio-economic class.
Let me be clear about what kind of housing we’re talking about; this ranges from a piece of tarpaulin held down with bricks and held up inside with a tall stick scavenged from the surrounding forests, to brick houses (often without cement to holds the bricks together) consisting of a single room that is home to several people. More sophisticated construction would be a small shop front with an area in the back to sleep. The shop fronts are usually the only buildings with any kind of security such as proper doors or locks; women and girls in these areas live in a state of constant vulnerability. There are no bathroom facilities and if there’s a city water source it will be a pump or a tap that serves several families in the area. These settlements take a long time to be recognised as legal; India has extensive laws governing squatters’ rights which are too complicated to explain here. Since these settlements aren’t within city limits utilities aren’t provided and it takes a lot of lobbying from the residents to get basic services. Eventually, these areas can become recognised as legal settlements and will then have elected officials like Kamli, KHEL’s former Librarian and wife of our General Manager, Beni. She’s done such a great job advocating for the community to improve roads and other services.
The Rispana River is used as a dumping ground for garbage because the municipality hasn’t been able to provide trash removal facilities. The sight and smell of rotting garbage is too much to bear when we drive over the bridge to go to our school. I wonder how the residents can live with that smell and the attendant diseases that amount of garbage produces. I was therefore quite surprised when visiting LDA recently to see huge cranes dredging the river. On inquiry I was told that Kamli is part of the team that recommended this dredging; at least it will clear the polluted air for the community for a little while. The Mayor of Dehradun says there should be a system to educate the residents and research the sources of the garbage and then initiate a project to correct this. The local City Counselors, like Kamli, are doing their best with the limited resources and funding that they have by dredging the river but this is only a temporary solution; the bigger problems of garbage collection and disposal are in the hands of the city.
The one long term benefit from the dredging is that the river bed will be deeper during the next monsoon, hopefully keeping the Rispana from flooding Shiv Puri Colony.
Guest Programmes at SRSG
Individual Spiritual Retreats, Silence Retreats and Group Retreats
Foundational Instructions of the guest programmes:
· To experience some level of calm mind, relaxation, or stillness while at the ashram
· To know how to sit properly and how to meditate
· To know about the “Himalayan Tradition”: foundation, history, and basic theory etc.
· To understand the meaning of “YOGA” and “MEDITATION” fully
· To apply yoga and meditation into daily life.
· To deepen their practice
· To keep the connection via full moon meditations and/or home centers
Individual Spiritual Retreats :
Guests are offered a daily schedule of instruction in meditation, pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga philosophy in accordance with their individual goals. With the welcome interview, the programme is tailored for an individual. Every guest can experience of one day silence retreat through ashram official silence day (every Thursday).
Silence Retreats :
SRSG is the perfect setting for a guided period of silence, whether for three days or for three months.
Silence is not merely an absence of speech. It is a fullness of the mind; the mind filled with the flow of energy from within. For such a silence one needs guidance, because there is a science to practicing silence that many are not aware of. A systematic series of practices is given under the guidance of Swami Veda.
Group Retreats :
The SRSG staff will also help design programs for groups to meet their specific needs. The campus can accommodate up to 100 participants.
Participants in all the programmes follow the daily ashram schedule which begins at 5:00 AM and runs until 9:30 PM. Time for reading, journaling, and reflection is always available.
Classes on the basic yoga practices are regularly scheduled as well as lecture courses for Gurukulam which guests may attend as appropriate. Guests also attend Swami Veda’s classes when he is in residence.
Video recordings of Swami Rama lecture series on topics such Yoga Sutras and Upanishads are featured on a regular basis.
Programmes are available all year; however, since Gurukulam is on holiday from June to August, no regular classes are scheduled.
Daily Ashram Schedulethat includes individual programs—classes to meet needs
04:15 Bell Ring
05:00 Morning Prayer
05:15 Joints & Glands Exercise / Asanas
07:00 Breathing Practices / Nadi-Shodhanam
10:00 Class 1
11:30 Class 2
12:30 Breathing Practices / Nadi-Shodhanam
02:00 Digestive Breathing
04:15 Hatha Yoga
05:30 Guided Relaxation
06:00 Meditation with Swami Veda
06:30 Japa & Breathing Practices
08:00 Night program (Lecture/Satsang)
09:00 Evening Prayer
All campus residents participate in service for the Ashram. Service includes a variety of tasks from meal service and cleaning to transcribing lectures, helping with mailings and so forth. Inquire at the Mandala Office(Reception Office).
Participants live in one of 35 spacious double or triple occupancy guest cottages, each with kitchenette and bathroom with hot shower.
For Fees and other information
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPARTMENTAL EMAIL DIRECTORY:
ASSOCIATION OF HIMALAYAN YOGA MEDITATION SOCIETIES INTERNATIONAL (AHYMSIN):
AHYMSIN Introduction Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrxLZw3z24s
SRSG MANDALA RECEPTION AND FRONT OFFICE:
Dr. Manju Talekar, Managing Director of SRSG
email@example.com (Guest information, reservations & bookings: Silvia Baratta)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Accounts & book keeping, D.M.T. Office: Bhupendra)
SWAMI RAMA DHYANA GURUKULAM: email@example.com
Bhola Shankar Dabral, Director
firstname.lastname@example.org (Publications and bookstore: Deepti)
HIMALAYAN YOGA TRADITION - TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM (HYT-TTP):
Chuck Linke, Director
Carolyn Hodges and Maryon Maass, HYT-TTP Office
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