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757Activities update: May 30, 2010

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  • Swami J
    May 30, 2010
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      Abhyasa Ashram Newsletter:
      Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs
      Update: May 30, 2010

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      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.

      Calendar: http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm

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      ASHRAM NEWS
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      Legal papers have been filed with the State of Florida for incorporation of the ashram as Abhyasa Ashram, Inc. We have also started the process of attaining nonprofit status. Over the coming year we will consolidate finances and seek to acquire or build a larger ashram. Expanded learning programs are under development. Details will be announced as known.

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      LOCAL ASHRAM ACTIVITIES
      (All times CST/CDST US)
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      DAILY Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm

      MON, MAY 31, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUN 2, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      THU, JUN 3, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
      FRI, JUN 4, 6:30pm: First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion

      MON, JUN 7, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUN 9, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      THU, JUN 10, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures

      MON, JUN 14, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUN 16, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      THU, JUN 17, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
      SAT, JUN 19, 10:00am: Third Saturday Satsang and Meditation

      MON, JUN 21, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUN 23, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      THU, JUN 24, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures

      MON, JUN 28, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUN 30, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      THU, JUL 1, 7:00pm: Videos of Swami Rama lectures
      FRI, JUL 2, 6:30pm: First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion

      FEBRUARY in Florida (February 2011):
      Daily discussions and meditations
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/feb-in-florida.htm

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      ONLINE DISCUSSION / SATSANG
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      WED, 9:00pm CST/CDST (US), Satsang and Discussion
      SAT, 8:30am CST/CDST (US), Satsang and Discussion
      SAT, 9:00pm CST/CDST (US), Satsang and Discussion
      SUN, 9:00pm CST/CDST (US), Bhagavad Gita Discussion
      EXCEPTIONS: when I am traveling. Details are always updated here:
      http://www.swamij.com/meetings.htm

      SCHEDULE and DETAILS: http://www.swamij.com/meetings.htm
      (This page is also linked on the home page of SwamiJ.com)

      CLICK THIS LINK to join any of the meetings listed above (meeting ID 417556059):
      https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/417556059

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      RETREATS IN INDIA:
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      November 2010
      March 2011
      November 2011
      Details are on the website:
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/rishikesh-retreat.htm

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      OTHER PROGRAMS (Details TBA)
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      October 2010: East Aurora, New York
      April 2011: Sydney Australia, sponsored by:
      http://www.yogacoach.com/

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      CENTER FOR NONDUALISM
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      A Community for Nondual Religion, Yoga, and Philosophy
      Providing a "Sunday Alternative" for the Emerald Coast
      Every Sunday at: Brooks Beal Center
      100 Beal Parkway NW
      Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547

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      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
      WEBSITE:
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/
      NEWSLETTER:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CenterForNonDualism/

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      SWAMI JNANESHVARA upcoming Center participation:

      JUN 6, 11:00: Main session presentation:
      Claiming, Living, and Following Your Own Path and Truth
      JUN 20, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion

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      4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE and RETREAT:
      Joyously Living Nondualism
      February 2011
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

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      ARTICLES:
      Yoga Nidra – Yogic Conscious Deep Sleep
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm
      The form of Yoga Nidra being described in this article can be called Advanced Yoga Nidra. In recent years Yoga Nidra has been distorted in ways similar to Yoga itself. Unfortunately, almost any guided practice that brings a modicum of relaxation is now called Yoga Nidra. Therefore, it is now virtually essential that we use another term, such as Authentic Yoga Nidra, Traditional Yoga Nidra, or Advanced Yoga Nidra. I've opted for the term Advanced Yoga Nidra in this article.

      Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma.

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      REFLECTIONS:
      There is no path, but you have to follow it to discover that there is no path.

      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
      Someone has also anonymously put 126 short videos of Swami Rama's lectures on internet:
      http://www.youtube.com/swamiramahimalayas

      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

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