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Activities update: October 29, 2009

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  • Swami J
    Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to training and nurturing those who deeply
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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
      Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm: Satsang and Mantra
      Mondays, 4:00 pm: Book Club: Bhagavad Gita
      Wednesdays, 12:00 pm: Curriculum discussion
      Thursdays, 7:00 pm: Swami Rama videos and discussion
      Due to traveling to India, there will be no local programs from Nov 3 – Dec 8
      Calendar: http://www.swamij.com/calendar.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

      Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 9:00pm
      Open discussion.
      Registration Web Link:
      https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/497462179

      Wednesday, October 28, 9:00pm
      Open discussion.
      Registration Web Link:
      https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/289635018

      Friday, October 30, 10:00pm
      Open discussion
      Registration Web Link:
      https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/764543394

      Saturday, October 31, 8:30am
      Open discussion
      Registration Web Link:
      https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/545996099

      Sunday, November 1, 9:00pm
      Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
      Registration Web Link:
      https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/177785162

      RETREATS IN INDIA:
      November 16 – December 6, 2009
      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
      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/

      Annual Conference and Retreat:
      Transcending Fear, the Greatest Obstacle to Nondual Realization
      February 25-28, 2010

      Swami Jnaneshvara upcoming participation:
      December 13, 11:00am: Speaker in main program
      December 21, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion

      ARTICLES:
      Frequently Asked Questions from SwamiJ.com
      http://www.swamij.com/faq.htm

      REFLECTIONS:
      David Frawley, an internationally recognized scholar and teacher, is quoted in the Sep/Oct 2000 issue of Yoga Journal: "Yoga in the West has only scratched the surface of the greater Yoga tradition," he says. "The Yoga community in the West is currently at a crossroads. Its recent commercial success can be used to build the foundation for a more profound teaching, aimed at changing the consciousness of humanity. Or it can reduce Yoga to a mere business that has lost connection with its spiritual heart. The choice that Yoga teachers make today will determine this future."

      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
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