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747Activities update: January 11, 2009

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  • Swami J
    Jan 11, 2010
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      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.

      LOCAL ACTIVITIES
      Daily Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm
      JAN 11, MON, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita
      JAN 13, WED, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      JAN 14, THU, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
      JAN 16, SAT, 10:00am: 3rd Saturday Satsang
      JAN 17, SUN, 11:00am: Presentation on "Love" at Center for Nondualism
      JAN 18, MON, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita
      JAN 20, WED, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      JAN 21, THU, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
      JAN 24, SUN, 9:30am: Council Meeting, Center for Nondualism (all are welcome)
      JAN 24, SUN, 11:00: Guided Meditation at the Center program
      FEB 5, FRI, 7:00pm: First Friday gathering
      Calendar: http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

      FEBRUARY in Florida:
      Daily discussions and meditations
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/feb-in-florida.htm

      ONLINE MEETINGS
      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):
      https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/417556059
      Exceptions to the following regular schedules will be noted below the specific dates and times.

      Wednesdays, 9:00pm CST (US), Satsang and Discussion
      Fridays, 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.
      http://books.google.com/books?id=UVTfbBezcfcC&pg=PP1&dq=perennial+psychology+of+the+bhagavad+gita#v=onepage&q=&f=false
      Meeting Link:
      https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/721290683

      RETREATS IN INDIA:
      March 8 - 28, 2010
      November 15 - December 5, 2010
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/rishikesh-retreat.htm

      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
      SUNDAY PROGRAM:
      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
      CENTER WEBSITE:
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/
      CENTER NEWSLETTER:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CenterForNonDualism/
      SWAMI JNANESHVARA upcoming Center participation:
      January 17, 11:00am: Speaker in main program
      February 7, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
      ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND RETREAT:
      Transcending Fear, the Greatest Obstacle to Nondual Realization
      February 25-28, 2010


      ARTICLES:
      Avidya and Adhyasa: Veiling and Projecting
      http://www.swamij.com/avidya-adhyasa.htm
      Avidya and Adhyasa are two processes in Yoga that are extremely useful to understand. These two work as a pair so as to take us evermore out into the external world. Receding back through these two leads us inward to the direct experience of Samadhi, Turiya, or Self-Realization.

      REFLECTIONS:
      One of my fondest memories is of
      the day Swami Rama said to me simply,
      "You are on the path. I will lead you."
      He has done what he said he would do,
      for which I am truly grateful.

      PODCASTS:
      Archive of audio podcasts:
      http://www.swamij.com/podcast.htm

      YOUTUBE:
      Archives of my videos on YouTube:
      http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu
      http://www.youtube.com/swamijb

      CONNECTIONS
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swamij
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/swamij
      Calendar: http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm
      Email and postal contact: http://www.swamij.com/contact.htm