Activities update: January 11, 2009
- 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.
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
FEBRUARY in Florida:
Daily discussions and meditations
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):
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.
RETREATS IN INDIA:
March 8 - 28, 2010
November 15 - December 5, 2010
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
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
Avidya and Adhyasa: Veiling and Projecting
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.
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.
Archive of audio podcasts:
Archives of my videos on YouTube:
Email and postal contact: http://www.swamij.com/contact.htm