Activities update: December 28, 2009
- Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs
Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to training and nurturing those who deeply long for the direct experience of union with the eternal, pure center of consciousness, the bliss of being that is one with the absolute reality, as the wave who seeks to remember it is one with the ocean. One word for that union is "Yoga." The word "Abhyasa" means "practices." Abhyasa is purposefully choosing to do that which leads to "sthitau," which is a stable, steady, undisturbed inner calmness or tranquility. Abhyasa is one of the twin foundations of Yoga, along with Vairagya, the mental stance of non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16). The root of the word Ashram is "shrama," which means "effort" or "striving." The hermitage or home of a swami or other person serving people in their efforts towards inner peace and spiritual awakening is called an Ashram. Thus, our community of meditation, contemplation and learning is known as Abhyasa Ashram. More than any physical location, it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.
Daily Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm
DEC 30 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
DEC 31, THU, 7:OOpm: Mantra Mela
JAN 1, FRI, 7:00pm: First Friday gathering
JAN 4, MON, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita
JAN 6, WED, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
JAN 7, THU, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
Regular online meetings, reviewing articles from SwamiJ.com and other sources, along with Q&A on general topics
Schedule and details: http://www.swamij.com/meetings.htm
Usually several times per week unless I am traveling and have no internet access
Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 9:00pm CST (US), Open Discussion
Friday, January 1, 10:00pm CST (US), Open Discussion
Saturday, January 2, 8:30am CST (US), Open Discussion
Saturday, January 2, 10:00pm CST (US)
Sunday, January 3, 9:00pm CST (US)
Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita (Ongoing discussion)
Online copy is here:
RETREATS IN INDIA:
March 8 - 28, 2010
November 15 - December 5, 2010
CENTER FOR NONDUALISM
A Community for Non-Dual Religion, Yoga, and Philosophy
Providing a "Sunday Alternative"
Every Sunday at: Brooks Beal Center
100 Beal Parkway NW
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
9:30-10:30 am: Interactive Program
10:30-11:00 am: Fellowship
11:00-12:00 am: Main Program; speaker, guided meditation, inspirational reading
12:00-12:30 pm: Fellowship
Annual Conference and Retreat:
Transcending Fear, the Greatest Obstacle to Nondual Realization
February 25-28, 2010
Swami Jnaneshvara upcoming participation:
January 3, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
January 17, 11:00am: Speaker in main program
Archery and the Art of Reducing Karma through Yoga
The ancient sages of Yoga and Vedanta use the metaphor of Archery as a teaching tool for how to work with and reduce karma through the process of Yoga meditation. In Yoga Meditation, Karma is of three kinds: Sanchita, Kriyamana, and Prarabhda, using the metaphor of three kinds of arrows in archery. Karma Yoga is the Yoga that emphasizes doing Yoga while also doing actions in the world, or Meditation in action.
If one day I say I am a Buddhist, the next a Christian,
the next a Hindu, the next a Jew, the next a Muslim,
and the next something else, has the "I" actually changed,
or only the opinions of the mind? Who am I?
That cannot be answered with a mere opinion of mind.
It can only be experienced in the stillness and silence
of direct experience, wherein these divisions evaporate.
May all humans one day see that
we all are of the same one source.
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Email and postal contact: http://www.swamij.com/contact.htm