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  • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
    CALENDAR: Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
    Message 1 of 18 , Aug 8, 2010
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      CALENDAR:
      Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

      CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
      (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

      MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
      Silent Meditation; satsang after.

      Satsang means coming together in truth.
      sat=truth; sanga=company

      MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

      FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

      SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

      PRIVATE TIME:
      Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

      FEES:
      There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

      SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
      If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

      CALENDAR:
      Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

      DIRECTIONS:
      Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

      BIO:
      http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

      MY YouTube VIDEOS:
      http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

      ABHYASA ASHRAM:
      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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

      CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
      Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

      PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

      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."

      Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

      GOAL OF PRACTICES:

      The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

      This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

      We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

      The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
    • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
      CALENDAR: Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
      Message 2 of 18 , Aug 22, 2010
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        CALENDAR:
        Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
        http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

        CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
        (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

        MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
        Silent Meditation; satsang after.

        Satsang means coming together in truth.
        sat=truth; sanga=company

        MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
        Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

        FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
        Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

        SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
        On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

        PRIVATE TIME:
        Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

        FEES:
        There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

        SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
        If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

        CALENDAR:
        Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
        http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

        DIRECTIONS:
        Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

        BIO:
        http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

        MY YouTube VIDEOS:
        http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

        ABHYASA ASHRAM:
        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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

        CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
        Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
        http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

        PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

        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."

        Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

        GOAL OF PRACTICES:

        The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

        This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

        We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

        The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
      • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
        CALENDAR: Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
        Message 3 of 18 , Sep 5, 2010
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          CALENDAR:
          Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
          http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

          CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
          (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

          MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
          Silent Meditation; satsang after.

          Satsang means coming together in truth.
          sat=truth; sanga=company

          MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
          Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

          FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
          Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

          SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
          On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

          PRIVATE TIME:
          Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

          FEES:
          There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

          SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
          If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

          CALENDAR:
          Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
          http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

          DIRECTIONS:
          Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

          BIO:
          http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

          MY YouTube VIDEOS:
          http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

          ABHYASA ASHRAM:
          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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

          CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
          Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
          http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

          PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

          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."

          Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

          GOAL OF PRACTICES:

          The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

          This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

          We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

          The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
        • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
          CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
          Message 4 of 18 , Sep 19, 2010
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            CALENDAR:
            Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
            http://abhyasaashram.org

            LOCATION:
            Abhyasa Ashram
            505 Hooper Drive
            Fort Walton Beach, Florida

            DAILY ACTIVITIES:
            The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

            In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

            11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
            11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
            *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
            5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
            5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
            6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
            *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


            CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
            (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

            MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
            Silent Meditation; satsang after.

            Satsang means coming together in truth.
            sat=truth; sanga=company

            MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
            Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

            FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
            Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

            SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
            On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

            PRIVATE TIME:
            Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

            FEES:
            There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

            SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
            If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

            CALENDAR:
            Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
            http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

            DIRECTIONS:
            Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

            BIO:
            http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

            MY YouTube VIDEOS:
            http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

            ABHYASA ASHRAM:
            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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

            CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
            Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
            http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

            PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

            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."

            Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

            GOAL OF PRACTICES:

            The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

            This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

            We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

            The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
          • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
            CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
            Message 5 of 18 , Oct 3, 2010
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              CALENDAR:
              Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
              http://abhyasaashram.org

              LOCATION:
              Abhyasa Ashram
              505 Hooper Drive
              Fort Walton Beach, Florida

              DAILY ACTIVITIES:
              The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

              In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

              11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
              11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
              *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
              5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
              5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
              6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
              *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


              CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
              (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

              MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
              Silent Meditation; satsang after.

              Satsang means coming together in truth.
              sat=truth; sanga=company

              MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
              Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

              FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
              Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

              SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
              On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

              PRIVATE TIME:
              Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

              FEES:
              There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

              SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
              If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

              CALENDAR:
              Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
              http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

              DIRECTIONS:
              Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

              BIO:
              http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

              MY YouTube VIDEOS:
              http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

              ABHYASA ASHRAM:
              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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

              CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
              Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
              http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

              PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

              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."

              Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

              GOAL OF PRACTICES:

              The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

              This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

              We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

              The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
            • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
              CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
              Message 6 of 18 , Oct 17, 2010
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                CALENDAR:
                Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                http://abhyasaashram.org

                LOCATION:
                Abhyasa Ashram
                505 Hooper Drive
                Fort Walton Beach, Florida

                DAILY ACTIVITIES:
                The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

                In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

                11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
                *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
                5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
                5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
                *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


                CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
                (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

                MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
                Silent Meditation; satsang after.

                Satsang means coming together in truth.
                sat=truth; sanga=company

                MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
                Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

                FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

                SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
                On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

                PRIVATE TIME:
                Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

                FEES:
                There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

                SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
                If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

                CALENDAR:
                Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

                DIRECTIONS:
                Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

                BIO:
                http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

                MY YouTube VIDEOS:
                http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

                ABHYASA ASHRAM:
                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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

                CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
                Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
                http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

                PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

                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."

                Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

                GOAL OF PRACTICES:

                The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

                This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

                We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

                The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
              • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
                CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                Message 7 of 18 , Oct 31, 2010
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                  CALENDAR:
                  Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                  http://abhyasaashram.org

                  LOCATION:
                  Abhyasa Ashram
                  505 Hooper Drive
                  Fort Walton Beach, Florida

                  DAILY ACTIVITIES:
                  The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

                  In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

                  11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                  11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
                  *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
                  5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
                  5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                  6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
                  *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


                  CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
                  (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

                  MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
                  Silent Meditation; satsang after.

                  Satsang means coming together in truth.
                  sat=truth; sanga=company

                  MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
                  Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

                  FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                  Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

                  SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
                  On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

                  PRIVATE TIME:
                  Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

                  FEES:
                  There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

                  SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
                  If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

                  CALENDAR:
                  Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                  http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

                  DIRECTIONS:
                  Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

                  BIO:
                  http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

                  MY YouTube VIDEOS:
                  http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

                  ABHYASA ASHRAM:
                  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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

                  CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
                  Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
                  http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

                  PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

                  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."

                  Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

                  GOAL OF PRACTICES:

                  The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

                  This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

                  We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

                  The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
                • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
                  CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                  Message 8 of 18 , Nov 14, 2010
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                    CALENDAR:
                    Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                    http://abhyasaashram.org

                    LOCATION:
                    Abhyasa Ashram
                    505 Hooper Drive
                    Fort Walton Beach, Florida

                    DAILY ACTIVITIES:
                    The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

                    In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

                    11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                    11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
                    *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
                    5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
                    5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                    6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
                    *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


                    CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
                    (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

                    MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
                    Silent Meditation; satsang after.

                    Satsang means coming together in truth.
                    sat=truth; sanga=company

                    MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
                    Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

                    FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                    Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

                    SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
                    On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

                    PRIVATE TIME:
                    Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

                    FEES:
                    There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

                    SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
                    If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

                    CALENDAR:
                    Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                    http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

                    DIRECTIONS:
                    Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

                    BIO:
                    http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

                    MY YouTube VIDEOS:
                    http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

                    ABHYASA ASHRAM:
                    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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

                    CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
                    Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
                    http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

                    PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

                    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."

                    Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

                    GOAL OF PRACTICES:

                    The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

                    This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

                    We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

                    The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
                  • AbhyasaAshram@yahoogroups.com
                    CALENDAR: Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                    Message 9 of 18 , Nov 28, 2010
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                      CALENDAR:
                      Please visit the website for complete schedules of daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                      http://abhyasaashram.org

                      LOCATION:
                      Abhyasa Ashram
                      505 Hooper Drive
                      Fort Walton Beach, Florida

                      DAILY ACTIVITIES:
                      The following activities occur most days, except when there are other weekly, monthly, or special programs.

                      In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a systematic process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation.

                      11:00am - 11:30am*: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                      11:30am - 12:00pm: Silent Meditation
                      *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 10:00 or 10:30 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 11:30am. This earlier scheduling of classes will start after we have transitioned from morning meditation at the townhouse to morning meditation at the 505 Hooper Dr ashram. This will most likely shift on a day by day basis, depending on the schedules of the individual teachers.
                      5:00pm - 5:30pm*: Many/most days Swami J is at the ashram at 5:00pm if you have any questions or want coaching on your practices. Then, at 5:30pm is personal, self-directed practice time.
                      5:30pm - 6:00pm: Personal, self-directed Hatha and Pranayama
                      6:00pm - 6:30pm: Silent Meditation
                      *If there is a facilitated class, it will start at 4:30 or 5:00 at the discretion of the teacher, and will gently transition into silent meditation at 6:00pm.


                      CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
                      (Mostly Fort Walton Beach, Florida area)

                      MOST DAYS, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
                      Silent Meditation; satsang after.

                      Satsang means coming together in truth.
                      sat=truth; sanga=company

                      MOST DAYS, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
                      Silent Meditation; satsang before and after meditation

                      FIRST FRIDAY, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                      Satsang, topic discussion, tea and food. Please suggest a topic or a question either directly from your readings and practices from the Yoga Sutras, or that can be related to the Yoga Sutras in our discussions. These are informal gatherings, which have been happening monthly since 2001. They are usually quite fun and informative. Sometimes there are only a few people; other times it's a bit crowded.

                      SATURDAY (+2), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
                      On the Saturday that is two weekends after the first Friday (15 days after the first Friday) there is satsang, topic discussion, meditation, food/prasad. Please bring topic questions from sources such as Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, books by Swami Rama, or articles from SwamiJ.com. (This generally falls on the third Saturday of the month, but sometimes falls on the fourth Saturday)

                      PRIVATE TIME:
                      Please contact me to arrange private time to talk about life, meditation practices, or to receive individualized training, such as with meditation or breathing techniques.

                      FEES:
                      There are no fees for classes, other gatherings, or personal meetings. Donations from the heart are gratefully appreciated, but are never solicited.

                      SPEAKING AND FACILITATING:
                      If you'd like me to facilitate gatherings at your location (near the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area), please let me know. I'm flexible and informal about this. There are also no fees for this.

                      CALENDAR:
                      Please visit the website for the complete calendar for descriptions. Revisions and cancellations are also listed there.
                      http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

                      DIRECTIONS:
                      Please email or call for directions (850-796-3115).

                      BIO:
                      http://www.swamij.com/swamijnaneshvara.htm

                      MY YouTube VIDEOS:
                      http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu

                      ABHYASA ASHRAM:
                      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 (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

                      CENTER FOR NON-DUALISM
                      Our Center for Non-Dualism has gatherings each Sunday morning. Details about the Center, the gatherings, location, and times are on the website:
                      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

                      PURPOSE OF OUR ABHYASA ASHRAM COMMUNITY:

                      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."

                      Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.

                      GOAL OF PRACTICES:

                      The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

                      This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

                      We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

                      The activities are mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida or nearby communities. Most are at Abhyasa Ashram or are graciously sponsored by other people at different locations. While I seldom travel, there are a handful of other activities in other cities. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests.
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