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764Abhyasa Ashram Activities update - July 8, 2010

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  • Swami J
    Jul 8, 2010
      Abhyasa Ashram Newsletter:
      Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs
      Update: July 8, 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.

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

      Dik Dee has visited and installed the new maha-computer system; what a gift! Hannah has virtually completed the paperwork for filing nonprofit status with the government; we'll review it in next couple days and will then be put in the mail.

      (All times CST/CDST US)
      DAILY Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm
      (If you are in another city, state or country, please join us from your home if you are free to do so at these times.)

      FRI, JUL 9, 7:00pm: Mantra Mela (traditional Gayatri, Mahamrityunjaya, etc.) (meditation at 6:00pm and light food after that)

      MON, JUL 12, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUL 14, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      SAT, JUL 17 10:00am: 3rd Saturday Satsang

      MON, JUL 19, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, JUL 21, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering

      SUN, Jul 25, 2010 6:30-8:30 pm: Guru Purnima celebration (Silent meditation is 6:00-6:30pm). Annual celebration of the guiding force on full moon day. The actual full moon is 8:37pm CDST on Jul 25. We'll have tea and food, and share stories. We will end punctually at 9:00pm due to the 9:00pm online Bhagavad Gita satsang, for which you are welcome to stay for the live discussion.
      MON, JUL 26, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      WED, JUL 28, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering

      MON, AUG 2, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, AUG 4, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      FRI, AUG 6, 6:30pm: First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion

      MON, AUG 9, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, AUG 11, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering

      MON, AUG 16, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, AUG 18, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering
      SAT, AUG 21, 10:00am: 3rd Saturday Satsang

      MON, AUG 23, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita, followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, AUG 25, 12:00pm: Curriculum review gathering

      FEBRUARY in Florida (February 2011):
      Daily discussions and meditations

      OCT 30, 2010: Overnight meditation retreat at Ramada on Okaloosa Island. Details will be announced in the newsletter.

      Times are CST/CDST US
      WED, 9:00pm, Satsang and Discussion
      SAT, 8:30am, Satsang and Discussion
      SAT, 9:00pm, Satsang and Discussion
      SUN, 9:00pm, Bhagavad Gita Discussion
      EXCEPTIONS: when I am traveling. Details are always updated here:
      When I am traveling, the online satsangs will generally be opened and facilitated by Kathleen Gibson.

      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):
      (this may change at some time, so please always refer to the most current newsletter or the web page)

      November 2010
      March 2011
      November 2011
      Details are on the website:

      OTHER PROGRAMS (Details TBA)
      September 16-20, 2010: New York City (Write to me for contact information of the people in New York who are sponsoring the visit, or directly contact one of the circle of people in New York if you are connected with the satsang group there.)
      October 1-3, 2010: East Aurora, New York (Write to me and I'll pass on contact information for the sponsor of the visit.)
      October 2010 Santiago, Chile
      November 2010: Rishikesh, India
      April 2011: Sydney Australia (and possibly Bali), sponsored by:

      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


      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


      SWAMI JNANESHVARA upcoming Center participation:

      AUG 1, 9:30: Speaker for main program
      AUG 8, 11:00: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
      AUG 15, 11:00: Speaker for main program
      AUG 29, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
      SEP 12, 11:00: Speaker for main program
      SEP 26, 11:00: Speaker for main program
      OCT 10, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
      OCT 31, 11:00: Speaker for main program


      Joyously Living Nondualism
      February 17-20, 2011



      Seven Skills for Meditation:
      There are many Yoga techniques that can be learned. In pursuing those techniques, one can be left with a bewildering sense of uncertainty about "why" all of the methods are being learned, aside from a general idea that the methods are for "Self-Realization" or "Enlightenment".

      Difference between techniques and skills: To put it simply, there is a vast difference between a skill and the methods or techniques that were used to attain that skill. Think of the way an infant does many actions in those early months and years. The child may be playing with this or that toy, or exploring the new environment of this new world. Yet, all of the play and exploring leads to development of a few underlying skills, such as the motor skills of being able to hold an object in the hand, or to move the legs so as to go from here to there.

      Techniques are tools to gain skills: In Yoga science, all of the techniques are used to develop certain skills by which one can meditate at a depth that will reveal the Center of Consciousness, the Self within. It is not so much a matter of the techniques themselves being important, but rather the techniques are tools to cultivate the underlying skill.



      Before you leap over the fence for the greener grass,
      be sure to water the grass on your own side.

      Archive of audio podcasts:

      Archives of my videos on YouTube:
      Someone has also anonymously put 126 short videos of Swami Rama's lectures on

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