Activities update: May 6, 2010 UPDATE
- UPDATE: Resending the newsletter because forgot to include First Friday Yoga Sutras on May 7, 7:00pm.
Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs
Update: May 6, 2010
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.
We have started the process of incorporating the ashram and attaining nonprofit status. Over the coming year we will consolidate finances and seek to acquire or build a larger ashram. Details will be announced as known.
Daily Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm
MAY 6, THU, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
MAY 7, FRI, 7:00pm: First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion
MAY 9, SUN, 9:30-11:00am Center for Nondualism
MAY 10, MON, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita
MAY 12, WED, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
MAY 13, THU, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
MAY 20-24, Satsang in Pittsburgh
FEBRUARY in Florida (February 2011):
Daily discussions and meditations
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
Click this link to join any of the meetings listed below (meeting ID 417556059):
Exceptions to the following regular schedules will be noted below the specific dates and times.
Wednesdays, 9:00pm CST (US), Satsang and Discussion
Saturdays, 8:30am CST (US), Satsang and Discussion
Saturdays, 9:00pm CST (US), Satsang and Discussion
Sundays, 9:00pm CST (US), Bhagavad Gita Discussion
Online copy of Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita is here.
RETREATS IN INDIA:
November 17 - December 7, 2010
March 7 - 27, 2011
November 14 - December 4, 2011
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
SWAMI JNANESHVARA upcoming Center participation:
May 9, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
May 9, 11:00: Stairway to Heaven
ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND RETREAT:
Joyously Living Nondualism
Yoga (as the term is used on SwamiJ.com)
Throughout this website the word "Yoga" is used in its traditional meaning of spiritual realization, rather than the revisionist meaning of Yoga as a physical fitness program.
Traditionally, Yoga (Sanskrit: union) has referred to the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti. Yoga is the realization of union between the microcosm of individuality with the macrocosm of universality.
The most important trip you'll make in life
is the trip into meditation,
where you go nowhere.
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Email and postal contact: http://www.swamij.com/contact.htm