Echo From The Cave: 159

Monday November 29, 2021 NYC

CELEBRATION: Report from Satguru Jayanti, 2021

“I am very pleased to hear the many powerful and beautiful vows. I am so glad to hear you all have been deepening Yoga vigorously and cheerfully regardless of the difficult situations of the past one or two years. I am hoping to see all of your faces again in the near future.” 

—The words of Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa at the end of Satguru Jayanti, 2021

 

Jai Satguru Jayanti, Jai!
Pranam
at the glorious lotus feet of our Beloved Guru, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, who has been tirelessly teaching out of the most Pure Love and Grace for 45 years in Japan, for 25 years in New York and in other parts of the world. The gratitude we feel for Shri Mahayogi’s taking on form to live among us and to be our constant guide is inexpressible. How delighted we were to be able to see the beautiful and powerful form of the Master, even if it was only for one glimpse, after a long time…

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Satguru Jayanti—November 23rd—is the day that marks the holy birth of Shri Mahayogi, the day that the formless took on form. This joyous occasion was celebrated and commemorated amongst gurubai throughout Japan, Taiwan, Europe and New York.

The preparations for such a sacred event direct all of our minds to return again and again to Shri Mahayogi, and the significance of his life, his presence and his mission in this world. Jayanti messages filled with words of recognition, gratitude and conviction for Yoga were offered to Shri Mahayogi by many different gurubai from various locations in the world.

From the New York sangha, there were two Jayanti messages featured during the Jayanti ceremony as video messages, coming from two of the gurubai who have come to establish a regular practice of asana and meditation with the New York sangha throughout the past year—Imani in New York and Anthony in France. And in addition, this year the New York sangha also offered a song to Shri Mahayogi, with original lyrics and performance:

 

The offering to Shri Mahayogi
on this most holy occasion of Satguru Jayanti
 and
the 45th & 25th Anniversaries of the Mahayogi Mission
in Japan and New York, respectively,
and the expansion to Taiwan,
and
to many hearts throughout the world.

~Lyrics~


1:  About the Birth

Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahamsa
You appeared in this world to unveil the Truth,
which had been forgotten, hidden from our eyes
So through grace the formless took form just to guide.

Your divine birth, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
Your divine grace, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

It is true, It is true, you came down for our sake
It is true, It is true, all to lead us to the Truth
It is true, It is true, you shine through all darkness
It is true, It is true, Grace manifests through your birth

2:  About His Realization

Awakened to the True Self at a tender age
Beyond Advaita Vedanta is your realization.
You’ve remained void of all duality
Yet you live among us, so we see Truth crystalized.

Your state of Truth, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
Your life conveys Truth, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

It is true, It is true, you are the Truth Supreme
It is true, It is true, all-pervading serenity
It is true, It is true, you’re the purest of the pure
It is true, It is true, you enrapture all our hearts

3:  About His Time of Inquiry

Even though your state was already perfected
you immersed without rest in deep meditation,
you revealed the Truth till no question remained,
law of the universe, secret of mind, breath and body

Unparalleled tapas, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
Your Fire of Truth, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

It is true, It is true, for humanity you went through it all
It is true, It is true, you verified directly through your form
It is true, It is true, no subtlety hides from view
It is true, It is true, by your grace the path comes clear

4:  Truth is Within

By illuminating the Pure and the True
You show us our true nature is ever-free.
You say to seek within where Truth dwells already,
Be still and know that we’re Absolute Immortal Existence.

Feel the Truth vibrating, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
Feel the Truth within, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

It is true, It is true, “I am That” “You are That”
It is true, It is true, Yes, “There is only That”
It is true, It is true, “That” alone is Reality
It is true, It is true, “That” itself is the Atman

5:  All is Manifestation of That 

Seeing only the singular Existence behind all
You show all forms and names as manifestation of One.
You say act through pure love and harmony
For all is God, we are all That, Joy permeates.

Every single life, so sacred, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
Every single life, so divine, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

It is true, It is true, seeing the One shine through all forms
It is true, It is true, your love imbues all with holiness
It is true, It is true, the invitation to return to pure Joy
It is true, It is true, ever-leading us to salvation

6:  Sanatana Dharma 

Sanatana Dharma, Eternal Truth
Holy gospel reigns in our heart endlessly
Each era you come to establish the Truth
The great blessing and proclamation of the Awakened

Ever-steady and certain, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night
The Glory of Love, no one can deny it, just like the sun rises after the night

At your feet, we bow down, witness to this most divine gift
At your feet, we bow down, unshakeable faith in our hearts
We vow and devote to spread the dharma through our living proof
We vow and devote to live the legacy of our beloved Guru

 

Below is the letter written to Shri Mahayogi on this occasion of Jayanti by Karuna, who was the lead of this offering of song:

Dear and Beloved Master, Shri Mahayogi,

“I want to be inhabited only by You.”

This was a statement in my Jayanti message to you last year. I wanted to fully embrace and live by “Yoga for my sake and for the sake of others.” With that longing in my heart, I decided to make concrete efforts to become more receptive to your words so that I could open more space within me for Shri Mahayogi and for Yoga to become part of me. That has been the direction I have tried to move in this past year.

My report to you Shri Mahayogi, is that even with this clearer aim guiding me, I experienced what you have pointed out many times, Yoga requires great fortitude and determination. Since I did not know how to gain that fortitude right away, I simply continued asking myself over and over: “Does what I am thinking, doing or saying match the intention I expressed to my Master last year of wishing to be ‘inhabited only by You?’” I cannot say that I have been able to make myself a perfect vessel for You, but what I can say is that this hope has made me more aware of how, when, and why my mind leads me away from my aim, and this has made a difference. For example, I began to notice the many and repetitive opportunities that come about in daily life to lead my mind back toward my aim of “being inhabited only by You,” and to try, in common daily situations, to turn my focus toward you and your teachings.

Interestingly, in an effort to find the fortitude needed to redirect my mind toward this aim, over and over, I have had to go deeper within me, to a place where I can be with you silently, listening to You more calmly… I am surprised at the way things go when it comes to Yoga and Shri Mahayogi! You see, the wanting to be “inhabited only by You,” is what gradually led me to become more aware that you were already in me! This unexpected discovery gives me much hope and courage every day because You are so very near, Shri Mahayogi!

Using your teachings, I also began to reason, “If Shri Mahayogi is in me, Shri Mahayogi must be in everyone too! Why not?” This deduction made sense, but it was not so easy for me to readily sense You in others. However, as things went, I came upon some images of Yasoda and Krishna, the child, and suddenly felt that the enchanting tenderness and the child-like mischievousness of Baby Krishna naturally led me to enjoy the thought that Krishna the child lives in everyone around me. Looking around with an imaginative eye and burning wish in my heart to be in the company of Krishna, I started to look for Him in others. I imagined him playing everywhere, in the bodies of everyone around me, no matter what a person looks like, how they behave, speak, their age… Krishna can hide in anyone! This playful way of looking at others, has been lightening up my days and interactions.

One day, however, as I was pondering about Krishna and his many stories of childhood and adulthood, I pondered that Krishna is actually the same as Shri Mahayogi, because both are completely pure; because absolutely no harm can possibly come from either. This led me to think that Shri Mahayogi is in everyone too, playing everywhere just like Krishna! Once again, while looking for you, I found that you are already there!

Shri Mahayogi, I do not know how things will go from now on, but I know one thing: You are here! This makes all the difference, because You make it so that there is no reason to have any concern at all—You ease the way. For the first time, I can breathe, live, experience something that I could not experience before. I would like to continue to be with You and to share the lovely and playful reality that you open up. I hope that if I continue to be more and more receptive to your words and your teachings, you will continue to bless us all with your presence, and to play with all of us.

As a young child, I was taught to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” Today, on your Jayanti, I would like to say, “Your kingdom has come, let your will be done! May we always be inhabited only by you! And may we spread the great news to as many as possible! Let your will be done near and far!”

Jai, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, Ki! Jai!

Bowing at your Blessed Feet,
Karuna

奉納詩 日本語訳 (Translation of lyrics in Japanese)

1: 聖誕

サットグル・シュリー・マハーヨーギー・パラマハンサ
真理を明かすべく、この世に降臨された
忘れてしまった、隠されて見えなくなった真理を
導くために、恩寵によって形なきものが形となった

貴方の聖なる聖誕を、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
貴方の聖なる恩寵を、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

真に、貴方は、私たち皆のためにご降臨された
正に、正に、すべて我々を真理に導くために
真に、貴方は、すべての暗闇に光を照らす
正に、正に、恩寵は貴方の御聖誕を通して顕現した

2: 彼の悟り

幼くして真我に目覚め
アドヴァイタ・ヴェーダンタを超越した貴方の悟り
完全なる非二元性にとどまられながら
貴方は私たちと共に生きておられる、私たちが真理の結晶を見ることができるように

貴方の真理の境地を、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
貴方の人生が真理を語っていることを、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

真に、貴方は、至高の真理である
正に、正に、静穏が全てに浸透し行き渡る
真に、貴方は、純粋の中の純粋なる者
正に、正に、私たちのハートは酔いしれる

3: 探求

貴方の境地はすでに完全であるのに
途切れることなく深い瞑想に没入され
なにも疑問がなくなるまで、真理を解明された
宇宙の法則、肉体、呼吸と心の秘儀を

貴方の比類のないタパスを、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
貴方の真理の炎を、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

真に、貴方は、人々のために全てを行なわれた
正に、正に、貴方の御身を通して直接それを証明された
真に、貴方は、いかなる微細なものをも見逃さず解明された
正に、正に、貴方の恩寵により道が明かされる

4: 内なる真理

純粋なもの、真実を照らし出すことで
貴方は私たちの本質は自由であり、吉祥だと示される
すでに真実が内在する内を探求するよう言われる
静まりて、私たちが絶対の不滅の存在であることを知れと

真理の響きを感じて。夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
内なる真理を感じて。夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

真に、真に、「私は『それ』だ!」「あなたは『それ』だ!」
正に、正に、『それ』だけがある!
真に、真に、『それ』だけが、リアリティー
正に、正に、『それ』こそが、アートマン 

5: 全ては『それ』の顕現

万物の背後に唯一の存在のみを見ておられ
貴方は私たちに全ての形と名前は一なる者の顕れであること示される
純粋な愛、調和をもって行為するように言われる
全てが神であり、私たちは皆『それ』である。歓喜が浸透していると。充満していると

全ての命が神聖であることを、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
全ての命が神であることを、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

真に、真に、貴方は一なる存在が全ての形を通して輝いているのを見られ
正に、正に、貴方の愛が万物を神聖さで染める
真に、真に、純粋な歓喜へ回帰する招待
正に、正に、永遠に救済への導き

6: サナータナ・ダルマ 永遠の真理

サナータナ・ダルマ 永遠の真理
聖なる福音が、私たちのハートに永遠に君臨する
いつの時代にも、貴方は真理を確立するために顕れる
それは覚者の偉大なる祝福と宣言である

常に不動で確かなもの、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない
愛の栄光、夜明けに日が昇るがごとき、誰も否定することはできない

貴方の御足に、ひれ伏します、この最も聖なる贈り物の証人として
貴方の御足に、ひれ伏します、揺るぎない信仰をハートに灯し
私たちは、誓います、捧げます—ダルマを広めるために、生きた証拠になることを
私たちは、誓います、捧げます—最愛なるグルの偉業を生きることを

Jai Gurudeva!!!!!!!
OM TAT SAT, OM!!!!!!!

Echo From The Cave: 158

Monday November 1, 2021 NYC

Announcement: MYM’s Online Asana & Meditation Classes NOW Open for ALL

Starting from November, all Mahayogi Yoga Mission Asana & Meditation online classes are now expanding to ALL practitioners, including those who are new to our practice! 

The state that emerges from beyond the mind through the gradual stilling of the various waves of mind activity that are constantly moving, never letting us rest for even a moment, is the ultimate and original aim of Yoga. Since ancient times, this state has been described as Bliss or True Freedom, the inherent and natural state of the Self.

Mahayogi Yoga Mission’s Asana & Meditation classes introduce participants to the path of Yoga that is instructed to the disciples of the great Master of Yoga, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, who himself spontaneously realized the state of Yoga at the age of 8, and in response to the request of seekers, has been quietly teaching and conveying this aim of Yoga and the path to reach it for more than 40 years.

The time for asana and meditation is a precious time and equally so is the opportunity to learn and practice together! We are very happy to be able to expand our online classes and be able to welcome all levels, including very beginners and those who may have experience elsewhere but are new to our practice.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending for the first time, please visit our WELCOME PAGE for further instructions.

Classes will be held:

Tuesdays 8 – 9:30am EST
Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm EST
Fridays 7 – 8:30pm EST
Sundays 9 – 11:30am EST

Visit our ONLINE SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION page to sign up.
We ask that everyone sign up 24 hours in advance so that we can best prepare for all participants.

For further inquiries, please contact info@mahayogiyogamission.org

Echo From The Cave: 157

Wednesday July 21, 2021 NYC


Announcement: 
New Summer Schedule 2021 (July & August)
of Online Asana & Meditation Classes!

Mahayogi Yoga Mission will be holding Asana and Meditation classes on Zoom throughout July and August. Classes will be held for:

  • Anyone who is new to our practice (Introductory Class: Part 1 & 2)
  • Anyone who is already familiar with our practice (Regular Coed, Women’s and Men’s Classes)
  • Any Spanish speakers who would like to take our class in Spanish (Los cimientos del yoga: el asana y la meditación ~ open to all levels, Spanish language proficiency required)

Visit our website to see more, including the schedule and registration. (http://mahayogiyogamission.org/class/onlineclass.html)

24-hour advanced registration is required.

Please share with friends and family, in any part of the world.

Lake Paramahamsa in New York State (Swan Lake)

We look forward to practicing together soon!

 

Echo From The Cave: 156

Monday May 3, 2021 NYC


Editor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 77
“Sanatana Dharma—Eternal, Universal Truth”
&
“Spiritual Discipline and Prayer”

Pranavadipa Volume 77 was published on April 8th, 2021, the day that officially marks the celebration of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela, the Grand Ceremony of the Divine Manifestations. One of the Satsangha that is part of this volume’s content was held one day before the celebration took place in April of 2019. Below are Shri Mahayogi’s words in response to a request to teach us about Sanatana Dharma. Shri Mahayogi graciously offered further insight into the purpose of this celebration itself, perceiving the question came from the sincere wish to have the mind properly prepared to attend the celebration of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela the next day.

Sanatana means eternal. Dharma here refers to the teaching of Truth. Truth, of course, is eternal. It is not swayed or affected by the characteristics of an era or a culture, or any condition whatsoever. It is the Truth that continues to exist without change, transcending time. This Truth abides as the essence within all living beings and the entire universe. However, the human mind—due to not knowing this, and rather to the contrary, having a mistaken concept—comes into contact with this world and chases after transitory freedom or fake, vain happiness in the world. The result is miserable suffering.

However, when people are about to forget this Eternal Truth, then that Truth Itself incarnates, and appears on this Earth to remind people once again. For such Beings their Existences are beyond time and space, unbounded by it, yet, whoever it is that performs this work within this world limited by time and space—that Being is called the Avatara, translated as an incarnation of God—for such an Existence needs to manifest from time to time. That was Buddha, and in the modern era, Shri Ramakrishna; and for this truly important, precious and sacred Truth and Existence, let us [recall and] renew [our thoughts and gratitude toward them, along with] our intention [of aiming toward the state of Truth which the Avatara demonstrate through their life and live accordingly] once again.”

—Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, Kyoto, April 2019

 

As the title of this Satsangha in Volume 77 suggests—“Sanatana Dharma—Eternal, Universal Truth,” which took place in Kyoto in 2019—the content is very timely, and with another Satsangha following in this same Volume—“Spiritual Discipline and Prayer,” which took place in Kyoto in 2006—the message that Shri Mahayogi seems to be bringing us, from many different angles and in response to many different questions is to see only Atman (the true Self) within everything by training the mind to focus only on the Truth, and act for the sake of Atman within all by following the work of the Avatara. That is, to practice karma yoga, which is to act “for those who are in pain and sorrow, for people, animals, living beings in such difficulty, [and] try to remove that suffering.”

Many questions arose from disciples trying to understand further, to move closer, to see and act upon the Truth while they go through the process of actually applying the teachings in their lives, bringing practical topics that reinforce the establishment and development of the spirit, teachings and actions needed to transform oneself.

To continue from the excerpt about Sanatana Dharma shared above, in the first Satsangha Shri Mahayogi also speaks about how it happens that the Avatara come time and time again, detailing specific examples, like that of Buddha, Jesus and Shri Ramakrishna, along with the historical contexts in which these occurred, and the importance of what each established during their respective times; he teaches about eternal time in Yoga; renunciation through discrimination versus the giving up and letting go of surrendering; bhakti yoga; the restraint of the mind through various means (raja yoga, jnana yoga, and bhakti yoga) and what it comes to be filled with; and Sat Chit Ananda, the enjoyment free of emotion which is the state of Joy or Bliss and the resulting lila (divine play). And in addition to that, as one attendee inquires into how to approach her work in education, where there is a lack of a guiding standard of faith in the curriculum that is coming to be centered around ethics and morality, Shri Mahayogi teaches about the universality of Yoga, and the universal preciousness of all life that goes beyond all notions of differentiations and discriminations and encourages us to learn the universal fundamentals of human beings through Yoga as our own base. For this time in which the world seems to be ripe with troubles caused by constant differentiation, this teaching—with universality at its core—seems to be ever-more important for each and every one of us to take to heart.

The second Satsangha of Pranavadipa (Vol. 77), “Spiritual Discipline and Prayer,” begins with the questions of a young man from Canada who has been practicing Buddhism and is traveling in Japan. He expresses that he knows that he needs to transform his mind but is struggling with repeated endless reactions of habitual thoughts and actions, and is finding it difficult to find faith while being under the influence of these. The reader may find familiarity in his question, as this can be a common state for many spiritual practitioners. Shri Mahayogi’s response and guidance may be simple, and it could be seen to some readers as a similar type of answer that Shri Mahayogi gives many times over, yet we would like to share his words here again, because if we take his straightforward answer to our hearts and really follow it, then surely we will know how powerful his answer really is:

“The [level of] devoted service that can eradicate all karma (cause and effect of actions) and sanskara, requires the level of intention where one is willing to exchange one’s own life for it. That intention is the beginning of the search for the Truth.

And what must be done next is to find the right Master and the right teachings. Then one has to ardently apply the teachings in action and apply the practice of disciplines given by the Guru (Master). This, of course, requires not only learning the Truth from the scriptures or the mouth of the Guru, but the application of the disciplines of practice using one’s body is also indispensable.

In Yoga, asana and pranayama (the method to control the breath or energy) fall under the category of the discipline of practicing through the body. Furthermore, one must work to carefully and watchfully control one’s daily actions.

In this current age, no matter what kind of occupation you have while living in society, you can realize Yoga. The more you continue, the more purified the mind becomes, and devoted service will be heightened more and more.”

After speaking these words, Shri Mahayogi further goes on to talk about sitting positions for meditation, prana and removing sanskara (latent impressions from past experience); and while Shri Mahayogi is giving this young man an overall teaching of Yoga, disciples ask questions that are centered around daily life activities and the ways of practicing and cultivating discipline in daily life. As he carefully responds considering the circumstances and conditions of each individual, Shri Mahayogi effortlessly raises our minds and hearts to again and again look towards and focus on seeing Atman in all, and directs us toward Atman, the essence of Eternal Existence, the true Self. Indeed, the bringing of ourselves to meet and align with the most pure and straightforward essence of Truth is always at the core.

We can see this very clearly in the following example, in which Shri Mahayogi responds to a practitioner who is asking about how to improve his communication and interactions with others.

“The common reason why human interactions often fail, is because you see differences in others; it’s this sense of differentiating oneself from others. A person who is favorable to you, or not favorable to you, a person you love, a person you hate, a person beneficial to you, a person of no benefit to you…various differentiations make your relations to others increasingly uneasy, troubled and confused.

What Yoga teaches is to remove these kinds of differentiations. The people and situations in front of you are inevitably in these conditions or situations, whether it’s family, colleagues or friends. Therefore, without making differentiations, you proactively act on what you think will be best for them—simply, that is what you can do. Then, do not be attached to the results, whether your actions go well or not. [When it comes to action,] the action has the other person as its object, but in actuality, there is only One—this can become possible by seeing the Atman within each and every one, whether it be strangers or children.”

Beyond directing us to look towards the core essence of Atman and the heart of all existence, through a conversation with one of the disciples, Shri Mahayogi also teaches about the meaning and origin of the word Atman—which ultimately has no proper translation into the English language that captures its true meaning—and how it ultimately came to indicate the “true Self.” It is fascinating to learn about and certainly can be a helpful tool for anyone who is trying to deepen understanding about what really is Atman, what really is the true Self.

Additional content of this second Satsangha includes the meaning of solitude through Shri Mahayogi’s experience of it, the true meaning of prayer, and where to focus one’s efforts in spiritual practice—particularly in relation to Yoga, the teachings of Buddha, the form of Buddhism that has developed and become popularized after Buddha’s life, and how the origin of Yoga and the realization and subsequent teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are, at their core, of the same content, whereas the content of Buddhism has strayed from that original teaching of Buddha—his exceedingly clear analysis is something that is remarkable and exceptional.

We are amazed with Shri Mahayogi’s clear understanding of the core content and the distinction that he makes for us when it comes to choosing the path that will lead towards concrete transformation of the mind! And as Shri Mahayogi responds to each attendee, truly the worldly concerns that tend to busy and worry our minds seem to pale starkly with the Truth and fall away, losing their power, as Shri Mahayogi, with precision and from many different directions, raises up and shines the light on the simple Truth that is ever right in front of our eyes.

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“Where do people go after death?”

When I first encountered a person’s death and witnessed the consciousness leave the body, this was the question that arose within me. For a brief moment, the mind became still and tried to go inward. However, the trivial matters of the world easily made me forget this essential question.

“People get sick. And eventually die. There is no one who can escape death.”

These words of the Buddha were very obvious facts, yet still so shocking. Because up until that moment, my mind had been devoted only to the happiness I can get in this world and the actual results I can achieve, I had tried not to look at the significant fact that death is inevitable to all. But by facing death head-on, whatever I had been chasing up until then crumbled so easily. No matter how much wealth or how many accomplishments I gain in this world, no matter how happy my life is, death will surely put an end to all of it.

“Then, what is the meaning of this life?”

“Am I this body that will eventually die, or will I continue to exist after death?”

Here again, this essential question came up. Yet this time, it wasn’t about others’ deaths, but the urgent matter of my own death. If I see myself as being so important, then I must answer this question. There is nothing more pointless than simply living day to day without finding a purpose to live for.

In this world, various religions preach about Heaven and Paradise, which is the world in which there is an easy life after death. Nevertheless, even if one can reach such a paradise after death, the issue of whether it is endless, whether death will arrive again, will continue to follow you like a shadow. This will get me nowhere, for this is simply replacing the issue with something else. (Pranavadipa Volume 77)

This heart-quenching search is how the Testimony in this month’s Pranavadipa (Vol. 77) begins—it is the translation of an article written by Yogadanda, a disciple of Shri Mahayogi in Japan. After introducing this very personal yet very universal inquiry, he then gradually starts to introduce the rishi (holy sages) of long ago, who unraveled these universal inquiries and their answers in the ancient verses of India called the Upanishad.

This Testimony includes the Prologue to some articles about the Upanishad that Yogadanda wrote later on, and the Testimony also includes one of these, which centers on the “Teaching of Uddalaka Aruni,” coming from the Chandogya Upanishad.

The uniqueness of this article is that through Yogadanda’s Testimony, not only are we introduced to the pristine teaching of Truth coming from the Upanishad, but how he has come to learn about this teaching through the presence and guidance of Shri Mahayogi, who grasps the core essence of what the rishi were originally expressing.

The particular teaching of the Upanishad which is written about in this article, is the story of a young man who, after studying 12 years and learning all there is to know, learns the true teaching of the knowledge that cannot be known, sitting at the side of his father. As Yogadanda introduces this teaching, he breaks it down for us in the way that he has learned from Shri Mahayogi, and draws a clear link between the way the Truth was taught in the story of this teaching and the way Shri Mahayogi teaches us today.

Through Yogadanda’s Testimony, it feels that we too can feel the Upanishad come to life, right now, today! And the universal message that is being heralded in the age of the Upanishad and right now, by Shri Mahayogi, is the powerful message to bring our minds only to the Truth—there is nothing else to know other than Truth, the Truth is the essence of each one of us and of all things, and there is no other base upon which to found our lives, except That!

Echo From The Cave: 155

Monday April 19, 2021 NYC


Editor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 76
“Truth Exists Within Everyone”

Pranavadipa Volume 76 was published on March 8th, 2021. We have already published Volume 77, but please let us introduce the content of Volume 76 and some key points below since it is full of great content!

“What must be learned in Yoga, is the Truth. What is the Truth? That is nothing but the Truth of yourself, or who the Self is—if you understand the answer to this, then you will understand the Essence….of all things. According to what Yoga teaches about it, the essence is Pure Existence. There is neither superior nor inferior there; there is no duality there. Everyone is the same, sacred Existence—that is what the Essence is.”

—Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa     February 2015, Kyoto

 

Truth Exists Within Everyone
The Satsangha of Pranavadipa (Vol. 76) contains questions that many of us may be able to easily relate to in the context of the very practical matters of our daily life situations, and they are posed to Shri Mahayogi in a manner that focuses on the way of working to transform oneself in the face of some very familiar common struggles. Though these questions are asked in a way that seeks to find out how we can concretely practice the teachings of Yoga in our daily lives, whether you practice Yoga or not, you will find Shri Mahayogi’s guidance very heartfelt, inspirational and helpful in a way that is practical and can be applied right away. No matter what the questions are, Shri Mahayogi directs us to see only the Truth, the Essence: Everyone is the same, sacred Existence. The Truth exists within everyone!

So now why can we not see this Truth for ourselves, and what should we do to be able to recognize it? Throughout the Satsangha in this issue (Vol. 76), Shri Mahayogi explains that it is due to our mind containing thoughts and ideas that are influenced by memories, as that is the nature of the mind, that we are not able to see it—in other words, that it is because the mind is not pure or transparent. That is where the importance of going through the practice of viveka (discernment) between the thoughts or ideas in the mind and the Truth comes in, so that we can firmly understand that the thoughts of the mind are imperfect, and so that we can remove the impurities from the mind—alternatively heightening the purity of our mind—and we can also heighten concentration in order to come to experience this Truth in meditation. And here too, he points out again that we should direct our mind to see only the Essence: Everyone is the same, sacred Existence. The Truth exists within everyone!

To begin, the Satsangha starts off with an inquiry into the differences between meditation and the process leading up to meditation, discernment. Shri Mahayogi, not only answers the questions, but also clearly elucidates this fine-tuned process using the example of the subject of meditation being “existence,”[1] and how the process that leads towards true Knowledge, the knowledge that lies beyond the mind itself, unfolds. We are amazed at the clarity and simplicity with which Shri Mahayogi teaches about the subtle realm of the mind, meditation and the source of knowledge!

[1] We would like to share one more time the discourse between a disciple and Shri Mahayogi regarding the actual practice of discriminating on the subject of “Existence,” previously published in Pranavadipa Vol. 3, either on the blog or in an upcoming issue of Pranavadipa, since it seems that many of us have found difficulty in moving forward with the practice of discernment.

The question and answer then turns from these very subtle layers of the mind to the practical matters of daily life situations, such as the struggle that arises from traumatic events or relationships from our past, comparing our own situations with that of another, getting hung up on what’s good or bad, what’s right or wrong—certainly these kinds of situations and the concerns that arise from them are common among all kinds of people, regardless of where we live or what our background is. And here again, Shri Mahayogi also points out and reminds us to see only the Essence—that everyone is the same, sacred Existence, that the Truth exists within everyone, and that the world, our minds and our situations are constantly fluctuating. He responds carefully to each question, and strongly lays the foundation of the teaching of Truth from a variety of angles, giving us an unwavering base upon which to bring ourselves to stand.

Then, the final Q & A of the Satsangha, titled “The Shift to the Path of Yoga,” captures a rather emotional and strong interaction, in which an attendee—after a long absence, after having hesitated to return due to her feeling of lacking readiness to dedicate herself—returns to seriously and sincerely seek Shri Mahayogi’s guidance, upon truly realizing the incomparable value of the teaching of Truth and the existence of Shri Mahayogi. She humbly asks the question hidden within her, “Please, I would like Shri Mahayogi to teach me what it means for me to choose to walk on the path of Yoga for myself.” Shri Mahayogi, with great compassion, speaks to her, what it means to study and learn Yoga—it is to correctly learn what this world is, and how to live in this world, and that all of the teachings, trainings, practices and disciplines of Yoga exist for the purpose of realizing the true Self. His presence and words surely must resonate within our hearts.

No matter what lens of struggle from our daily life circumstances we may be experiencing, it is as if Shri Mahayogi’s words, bring us to recall what is existing most fundamentally and absolutely at the core of our hearts, and the essentialness of working and practicing to establish that core, each of us within ourselves. In hearing Shri Mahayogi’s teachings, the vacillations that arise from our daily circumstances, seem to pale and weaken in front of the firmness of the Truth.

Testimony
The Testimony of Pranavadipa Volume 76 is a great example of what is being taught in one of the sections of this issue’s Satsangha, called “Approaching the Way in Which the Saints Live.” It is a translation of the second half of a 6-article series, “Guided by Another Teresa: The Little Way of Saint Thérèse,”[2] written by Yukti, Shri Mahayogi’s disciple in Japan.

[2] The first half of “Guided by Another Teresa: The Little Way of Saint Thérèse” was published in Pranavadipa Vol. 75 and its content is introduced in Echo From the Cave: 151, as well as a little bit about the journey of Yukti that we have been witness to so far through her articles. This series of articles was originally published in Paramahamsa (Mahayogi Mission’s monthly magazine in Japanese for members) over several issues spanning from 2014 to 2015. Her series of articles “Living on the Words of Mother” was previously published in Pranavadipa (Vol. 67, Vol. 68, Vol. 69).

Yukti’s journey continues as she dives into trying to understand the essence of Jesus, as a man of God, and the meaning of his final words on the cross: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?)

What is remarkable about her, as you may have also recognized from her actions that have already been written about in her previous articles, is that she does not let herself be satisfied just in hearing the words, like those she received from the priests and sisters who offered their own thoughts and interpretations about Jesus’ last words, but rather, she herself tries to keenly delve into the meaning. But finally, being unable to find the answer herself, she asked Shri Mahayogi, who responded: “…. You must think of what Jesus tried to leave behind as a message.” “It is ignorance. In Christianity, it is called sin, but in Yoga, it is called ignorance. Jesus became a sacrifice through bearing the sin of humanity.”

Though her testimony in this issue begins by her trying to understand the meaning of these words, it is truly amazing and inspiring to see the devotion, perseverance and heartfelt yearning that seems to move Yukti into a continuous search for answers, trying again and again to come to her own understanding through her life experiences, and trying to apply the examples she is learning through Mother Teresa and Saint Thérèse into her own life. Even so, in her search, Shri Mahayogi’s words are always with her, she always bears in her heart the words that she has received from him, very carefully pondering upon them to understand their subtlety, trying to find the essence lying underneath, within the depth of his words, while constantly trying to see or think of the spirit of Mother Teresa, of Saint Thérèse and of Jesus through them. Through her process of pondering and through her journey, we can realize more and more how precise Shri Mahayogi’s guidance is to her, as if he knows what she will face next or, more correctly, as if he is laying down the road to follow before her. And through this she was led to realize that in order to know the spirit of Mother Teresa, of Thérèse, and of Jesus, all her ideas about the teachings of Yoga that she had understood intellectually had to be removed, and instead she needed to become One with Yoga and truly live in Yoga, as the universal essence of all religion, which is exactly what Shri Mahayogi teaches.

Currently Yukti is working at one of the public health centers in Osaka where aid for the pandemic situation is more critical than the area of the hospital where she had been working as a nurse up until February, living in her parents’ home, in Matsuyama. Without hesitation, she goes wherever the need for support is most crucial. We can see her determination and her actions as the very reflection of the life mission she has found, and that is written about at the end of this series of articles.

To conclude this blog post, we would like to share two comments from disciples in Matsuyama, Japan, who had interactions with Yukti in February, before she moved to Osaka to continue her mission.

From Ms. Oomori:
I see that Yukti-san has lived in Kyoto, Fukushima, Ehime, and Osaka, making action quickly; and every time she does that, she also changes the place where she works. So I asked her if she experiences any reluctance in having to start over from the beginning each time, needing to learn anew and accommodate herself to a new situation and environment, for example. This is the summary of her response:

“When I start at a new workplace, I just do what I can at each moment, therefore, I have no reluctance. Worry, concern or reluctance are hindrances that only make yourself tired, after all. What is needed is to simply concentrate without getting involved with emotions.”

In conversation about interactions with people at her workplace, Yukti said:

“There are many different people, and that means different karma, so it is natural that there are people who may not have compatible ideas with yours. Therefore, it is a waste for you to even frustrate yourself thinking “why?” I tell people what I think will improve or help the situation or condition, but even if no change is reflected, I don’t hold any grudge against the person. Rather, I myself, in carrying out the right way of living, will bring many positive effects and influences to my surroundings.”

“While interacting with many people, there are people who criticize me and there are people who praise me, nonetheless, since the mind of people easily changes, I am not swayed by such things. If someone criticized you three days ago, the same person may praise you now—that is a common occurrence. As Shri Mahayogi says, it is important to understand correctly such truth of this world.”

My impression of Yukti-san is someone who is always light and steady; and upon hearing these things, I feel like I have a glimpse into the reason behind why she is light and steady. I was especially impressed by her saying, “myself carrying out the right way of living will bring many positive effects and influences to my surroundings.” It is about not seeing the external, but being firm with how you want to be and how you want to live.

Having an ideal, and making thoughts, words and actions as one—the conversations with her were not necessarily about Yoga, but they were full of the essence of Yoga. I remember that sometime ago, Anandamali-san said that Yukti-san is not necessarily using words from the teachings of Yoga, yet she goes directly to the essence of Yoga by herself jumping into the world and acting. I saw that.

I heard that Yukti-san would work in Osaka for some period of time, but she will eventually return to Ehime again. I thought that I should not just remain receiving this stimulus from her, but make it as food for my own walk, and grow, myself, until the next time I see her.

From Anandi:
One of the members is attracted to St. Thérèse; and Shri Mahayogi advised her to “think about God 24-hours a day.” Yet she kept saying for a few months that she was so interested in worldly matters that it was very difficult for her to do it. So, I mentioned about her to Yukti.

Then Yukti lent her the book called The Imitation of Christ. I heard that this book is considered to be almost like a second Bible, and Thérèse used to refer to this book often. I heard that Yukti told her, “Please live according to this book.” The reason why Yukti lent this book to her was because this book is written about the way devotees should be, and so she would be exposed to it. Yukti also told her to share with gurubai what is written there.

A few days after the conversation with Yukti, she shared with me that she realized that her reading of this book was so superficial and that her understanding was so shallow. The words of Yukti that Yukti had spoken very powerfully, deeply reminded her of something. Those words were:

“Since you have been practicing Yoga, I would like you to read this book, using Yoga as the base.”
“As each one of us deepens Yoga, we benefit others, just like how the article written by Karuna[3] has inspired us here in Japan!”
“We exist in order to praise God.”

[3] Echo from the Cave: 134

Echo From The Cave: 154

Wednesday April 7, 2021 NYC

Celebration:
Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela
—The Grand Ceremony of the Divine Manifestations—
&
45th Anniversary of Mahayogi Yoga Mission

It is the time of year when beautiful buds and blossoms of fresh new life are beginning to herald the arrival of spring and also the arrival of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela, the Grand Ceremony of the Divine Manifestations. It is a joyous time of year that brings the celebration of hope and salvation to our hearts, as this is the time in which we honor all of the great Awakened Beings (Avatara) who have brought the teaching of Eternal Truth (Sanatana Dharma) to humanity.

Since it began in 2017, this celebratory gathering (Mela) has taken place in Kyoto, but this year, because of the world circumstances, the gathering was held online, allowing participants to join from New York and Taiwan in addition to different locations around Japan. For many, this was the first opportunity to see and be with (virtually) our Beloved Guru, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, in over one year; so, it was filled with heartfelt preciousness without a doubt.

In addition to that, this year, 2021, marks the 45th anniversary of Mahayogi Yoga Mission in Japan and the 25th anniversary of the Mission in New York. Truly it was a very special event, for us to go back, to learn and acknowledge, honor and offer our gratitude for the endless and immeasurable and unimaginable work that Shri Mahayogi has been fully throwing himself into for all these years, and for us to commit ourselves to make solid the base that he has established and work towards developing it even further into the future. Various speeches were offered for the occasion, each filled with palpable devotion, faith and inspiration, Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Truth) clearly becoming crystalized in the speakers. A historical slide show was also presented, featuring moments and artifacts compiled from 1976 onward, there are not many photos that exist of Shri Mahayogi from the early years, so all the photos and records that are capturing some unique aspect, moment or detail of Shri Mahayogi’s tireless work for Sanatana Dharma are invaluable.

Here we would like to share with you the message that Shri Mahayogi spoke at the end of the celebration:

Today, as it’s the 45th Anniversary, there were some good old photos that were shown. In the very beginning, in order to convey the true and authentic Yoga, which is Sanatana Dharma, I made a flag. [The motif] was the Sahasrara Chakra, which symbolizes Sanatana Dharma and the completion of Yoga. Above the chakra, there is a sacred passage taken from the ancient Upanishad. It says, “From Pure Joy, springs all creation. By It, it is sustained. Toward Pure Joy it proceeds. And to Pure Joy it returns.” This word “Joy” is Ananda—as in Sat Chit Ananda. This Sat Chit Ananda is the Existence that has, at times, been called Brahman, at times been called Atman, or it has been called God. All and everything, the whole of [existence] is Brahman. There are many scriptural passages that come to mind, but this one—“Whenever there is decay of righteousness [Sanatana Dharma], and there is exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth; For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers, for the sake of firmly establishing righteousness, from age to age”—this is the reason for the manifestation of the Avatara. This world is always filled with struggle and pain. Various disasters, large or small, come always. Yet time and time again a savior appears—for, in actuality, everything is the sacred Existence, called Brahman.

Hearing the messages from various locations today, I am really overjoyed. Because, I feel everyone’s eyes are coming to be awakened. (laughs) I am truly pleased. Right now, difficult circumstances have been ongoing; however, as it is said that there is no night that does not have a dawn, eventually, the sun will rise again. Right now, this is the time for you to internally deepen Yoga within. And I am looking forward to the day I can see you again. Thank you very much for the many joyful words today.”

—Satguru  Shri Mahayogi  Paramahansa

Below are the messages offered on the occasion of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela & the 45th Anniversary of Mahayogi Yoga Mission, the 25th Anniversary of Mahayogi Yoga Mission in New York, on behalf of the New York Sangha:

“Yoga is a revelation of Shri Mahayogi  (Avatara), and to know its Truth, the Eternal Truth, ‘Sanatana Dharma‘—that ‘our true Self is Eternal Existence’—and to realize It, is a right given to all human beings; that is why I am convinced that It is the original religion, the essence of religion. Sanatana Dharma is often translated in English as “Eternal Religion,” and as I checked the origin of the word “Religion,” I found that it has been written that: “Religion” in Latin is “again” and “tie firmly or solidly together.” It is clear that the ultimate form of that is where Sanatana Dharma exists.

When I imagine the ancient Yogi, Shri Mahayogi is always there. We have been given grace—to witness how the ancient Yogi were, how Yoga, or Sanatana Dharma, was transmitted, right now in front of our eyes—we are truly in the Upanishad! I am awed by that. And the way Shri Mahaoygi does everything is TRULY FREE! Because he has a complete grasp of the Essence of the Essence, he is not bound by anything—everything Shri Mahayogi radiates, comes from that “Freedom of Being Free”! Anandamali lives in Sanatana Dharma within Shri Mahayogi, becoming One with Shri Mahayogi as that “Freedom of Being Free.”

Shri Mahayogi, today, through the slideshow, and through the expressions of the gurubai, we have been given an opportunity to retrace the steps of Shri Mahayogi, and for that, my heart is completely full.

For 25 years, Shri Mahayogi has visited New York every year, and with Your Entire Being, demonstrated to us “Satori,” and you have guided many souls. I cannot express words enough to express my gratitude…

But I hope to be able to communicate to You the heartfelt thoughts, feelings and emotions of we, the disciples in New York—through our recognitions, through our transformations and through our declarations.”

—Anandamali

“Twenty three years ago, I met Shri Mahayogi in Chicago. Two years later, my job led me to the land of New York. Since then, I have witnessed the most unbelievable story, a fantasy in real life, here in New York.

One day, in a Satsangha, I asked Shri Mahayogi: “Why would a father neglect his duties toward a son? Why?”  He answered that Love can be forgotten, and we have to remember It. These words summarize what I believe Shri Mahayogi is here to do: to lead us back to True Love.

 I witnessed people from different parts of the world come to meet Shri Mahayogi, and I observed how he communicated with them in a way that they could take in his teachings.

Shri Mahayogi spoke to an artist from Germany in the language of art. While describing the symbolism of forms in abstract painting, he was actually speaking of True Love. That was how the teachings entered directly into that man’s heart.

I heard from Anandamali about Shri Mahayogi’s interaction with a rug repairman from Iran, who was passionate about rugs. When he saw Shri Mahayogi enter the store, this man began to sweat profusely. As some know, Shri Mahayogi has an appreciation for rugs. It probably goes beyond the artistry. Perhaps behind the craft, the materials, patterns, colors, Shri Mahayogi sees the human story, with True Love as its foundation. Even without words this man must have understood and was overtaken by emotion.

I witnessed Shri Mahayogi break barriers of age, culture, race, ideology and religion, speaking gently yet boldly, but always touching upon something at the very core of a person’s being, the One Existence. What beautiful remembrance Shri Mahayogi brings!

I have seen Shri Mahayogi invite every heart to drink from the purest and most liberating Love, which is constantly there regardless of the topic of conversation and the person. I have seen the greatest expression of this Love in Shri Mahayogi—this, I could not have even dreamed of.

What we have seen with our own eyes is what caring for others truly means. In the way Shri Mahayogi moves, touches objects, walks, dresses, smiles, through all he does, we can learn how to love. These small things can make a big difference in understanding the refined and profound meaning of Shri Mahayogi’s teachings. Shri Mahayogi has constantly been teaching us the ways of True Love.

I realize now that Shri Mahayogi’s words “we must remember True Love,” was a message for all of us. Following His example, this is what we need to do: become True Love!”

—Karuna

“When I arrived at the feet of Shri Mahayogi, it felt like a new beginning, the start of a new path to walk forward. What I didn’t notice until recently though is my mind’s attitude of looking forward. Forward to the future, forward to what’s next, forward to what my role to play is in this Mission that is so close to my heart. But lately I’m starting to recognize that this forward looking, has been missing something that is absolutely essential. And that is—looking back.

When I think of how Buddha called the path of Sanantana Dharma, “the ancient straight road”, it is clear that a road is not only one way forward, but there are two ways, each extending as far as the eye can see. How can I walk straight forward without understanding where this road is coming from? If I only look forward, I can only follow the limits of my mind.

Over the course of the history of the Mission in Japan and in New York, so many moments of learning of Truth must have been born through Shri Mahayogi’s existence, each historical and precious, making a foundation that is filled with the wisdom and the spirit of Truth that are the reason behind even the smallest of things. And I would like to express my gratitude for each and every one of these moments as I feel they all have their role in making visible this ancient straight road that, without the Avatara, seems impossible to find. I feel that there is so much to learn about where Shri Mahayogi’s Mission is coming from and where it can go. But we need to look back and cultivate the eyes to see, the mind of learning and understanding the depth and richness of the how’s, the why’s that contain the spirit of Shri Mahayogi. Then, rather than proceed forward, let’s humble our minds, mold them to that spirit that is already coming from all these past moments, and allow ourselves to be swallowed up and carried forward by the strong current of Sanatana Dharma.

I have heard that each person encounters Shri Mahayogi in their own time and way. Surely every moment and every person must have their role at the feet of the Avatara.

May we all wholeheartedly and continuously reach to learn from the spirit of what has come before us, so that the Truth can be ablaze within us, and help point the way to this ancient straight path that is so graciously revealed.

And whether it is in the past, now or in the future era, please allow us to play these roles at the feet of the Avatara, again and again and again.”

—Sadhya

Top photo: Karuna (Left) Anandamali (Center) Sadhya (Right)   Bottom photo: Sangha in New York

Disciples in Japan who made speeches, as well as the MCs of the event.

Sangha in Taipei, Taiwan

We look forward to sharing some additional speeches in the next Pranavadipa.

Echo From The Cave: 153

Tuesday Mar 23, 2021 NYC

Announcement:
MYM’s Series “Positive Transformation in Times of Change”
presents
Disarming the Mind for Freedom – Part 4
Friday, April 2nd 7-8 pm

With our eyes fixed on the external world, internal observation of the mind is more challenging than ever before. Glimpse just beyond the realm of our immediate perception, to the battle waging constantly within our minds that keeps us in an un-free state, and seek together with us to disarm its factions in a step towards Freedom.

 In past programs, we have been working on the recognition of the unfree state of our minds, dependent and vulnerable to external conditions. In this next program, we will introduce an important tool for us to use to assist in this process—asana (physical postures of Yoga).

Asana: A Tool for Cultivating the Field
Cultivating the land is hard work that requires time, effort, and patience before it bears fruits. Cultivating the field of the mind is no different, though the tools that are needed are certainly of a different kind.

The first step in cultivation requires seeing what’s already in the field, recognizing what’s already in the mind—no matter how entangled and overgrown it may be with its own activities. Asana is a practice that can help us not only begin to see the field, but to also start clearing away the overgrowth. In this program, join us in our learning about what asana is, where it comes from, the importance and significance of it in cultivating the mind to walk on the path towards Freedom—and experience a small taste of asana for yourself.

Speakers: Karuna and Sadhya
Suggested: Please arrive without a full stomach to have the opportunity to experience the maximum benefit a few seated asana (physical postures) that will be introduced during the program.

REGISTER HERE

* Tickets will be available for purchase for up to 24 hours in advance.
* Please note that using Zoom is required for attending the program.
* You will be emailed a Zoom link on the day of the program.
* We will be happy to provide technical assistance to anyone who may need it.
* We will open the Zoom space at 6:15 for attendees to enter and test that zoom is working properly.
* We highly encourage you to connect early to troubleshoot any unexpected issues and then return just before 7 pm.
* On the day of the event, we will post a contact number here for any technical issues that may arise.

Please reach out to info@mahayogiyogamission.org for inquiries about this event.

LINKS
Report for Positive Transformation ~ The Story of Freedom 1: Recognition (Blog 145)

Youtube video Positive Transformation ~ The Story of Freedom 1: Recognition (Blog 148)

Report and Youtube video of Positive Transformation ~ The Story of Freedom 2: Self-Reflection (Blog 149)

Echo From The Cave: 152

Monday Mar 22, 2021 NYC

Announcement: MYM begins offering classes in Spanish
Introduction to
YOGA: ASANA AND MEDITATION (Online)
Saturday, March 27, 2021    11:00 am – 12:30 (EST)
ALL ARE WELCOME!

¡MYM ofrece clases en español por primera vez!
Introducción al
YOGA: EL ASANA Y LA MEDITACIÓN (en-línea)
Sábado, 27 de marzo 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (EST)
¡ BIENVENIDOS TODOS !

We’re very pleased to introduce Mahayogi Yoga Mission’s first Yoga class in Spanish. This is an introductory class, designed for people who have never practiced Yoga or have not yet practiced asana and meditation as it is taught by our Master, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa.

Nos complace grandemente presentar la primera clase en español de Mahayogi Yoga Mission. Esta clase es una introducción, diseñada para personas que nunca han practicado el Yoga o para aquellos que aún no han practicado el asana o la meditación según las enseña nuestro Maestro, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa.

In this class, there will be an introduction to what Yoga is, to the basic postures of asana (yogic postures) and to meditation.

Asana:
• Along with the help of a demonstrator, each asana is instructed verbally with care and detail. Specific adjustments or modifications are given to each practitioner accordingly.

Meditation:
• The basic practice of meditation (an introspective approach that guides the mind through meditation) is introduced, as well as the appropriate sitting positions for meditation.

Q & A:
• 
Time at the end for some conversation with the opportunity to clarify any questions and share practical and useful teachings of Yoga.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 27

Esta clase ofrecerá una introducción a lo que es el Yoga, a las posturas básicas del asana (posturas yóguicas) y a la meditación.

ASANA:
•   Se instruye mediante demostraciones de cada asana, junto con cuidadosas y detalladas indicaciones verbales. Se indican ajustes y modificaciones específicos a cada practicante.

MEDITACIÓN:
•  Se ofrece instrucción en la práctica básica de la meditación (usando un acercamiento introspectivo para guiar la mente durante la meditación), y se presentan las posturas sentadas apropiadas para la meditación.

PREGUNTAS Y RESPUESTAS (Q&A):
•  Al final de la clase, se ofrece tiempo para conversar, aclarar preguntas o compartir enseñanzas prácticas y útiles del Yoga.

MÁS INFORMACIÓN Y MATRICÚLA PARA EL SÁBADO, 27 DE MARZO

This past Sunday, March 21st, the first Asana and Meditation class in Spanish welcomed some attendees new to Yoga and also some with experience who were looking to deepen their practice. Though not physically together, the virtual medium allowed us to meet Spanish-speaking practitioners from Puerto Rico, France and Spain in a charming togetherness.

El pasado domingo, la primera clase de asana y meditación en español les dio la bienvenida a algunos participantes nuevos al Yoga y también a algunos con un poco de experiencia buscando profundizar su práctica. Pese a no estar físicamente juntos, el medio virtual nos permitió conocer a practicantes hispanoparlantes desde Puerto Rico, Francia y España en un conmovedor compartir.

Echo From The Cave: 151

Sunday Mar 7, 2021 NYC

 #Krishna is everywhere in #miniature #paintings #Kangra #Pahari #Guler #Basholi whatever you name, but he is the one who transcends all boundaries!! #sects, #Sampradaya #Language #Geologicalboundaries, he is breaker of #boundaries? he diminishes boundaries, i.e. #EgoEditor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 75
“Master (Guru) and Disciple”

Tomorrow we will publish Pranavadipa Vol. 76, but let us introduce here the great content of Pranavadipa Vol. 75.

“If a person could reach Satori by reading books, then all scholars would have already reached Satori. However, throughout the history of the past tens of thousands of years, there is not a single precedent for that. The most important thing is to come into contact with the Existence of Truth. Even if this Existence does not utter a single word, this is of no concern—for the Truth is beyond words to begin with.

In India, after one has completed all one’s studies, [it is customary] to wander around seeking the darshan (blessing) of a Guru, just to receive even one single moment of darshan. The darshan of a Guru is above hundreds of thousands, or rather, countless scriptures and words.”

—Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa     May 2005, Kyoto

 

The content of the Satsangha in this month’s Pranavadipa, Volume 75, can be summarized with these words of Shri Mahayogi above.

In MYM’s last online program, Disarming the Mind for Freedom Part 3, one of the central themes was the story of our mind, captured through the stories of “Buddha and the Farmer” and of “Jesus and the Adulterous Woman”, which were depicted at the beginning. From the former, we learned that the farmer became a disciple of Buddha after the encounter with him, and from the latter we learned that the woman later became a disciple of Jesus after this incident. But why did they become disciples? What did their hearts see in Buddha and in Jesus? It must be the Light that shines from such Holy Beings, and the words, infused with that Light, that are delivered by them. It is said that the Truth is within each one of us—that we are That. As it is said, when we encounter that Light outside of ourselves, the Light within us also resonates, and if our hearts are open and ready to listen with humbleness, there is something that shifts within us—this is the story of the mind that was captured in the program by these two accounts, and it can be our story too.

“Shift”—in everything that Shri Mahayogi is teaching it seems that at the core there is a shift that is required in the practitioner. A shift of the mind that makes one want to live one’s life according to the Truth, rather than according to karma, a shift that makes one want to give up the old ways of the mind and make space to learn and receive what the Guru is constantly offering us, and a shift towards seeing the need for the Truth to continue beyond our time in this world and, as such, acting towards making the Truth come to life and be realized in our own lives so that that same Truth bestowed by the Guru can be passed along beyond the time that the physical body is in existence.

“Grace is continuously bestowed upon you. You are continuously being given to.
It is not something you receive with a grim face. It is something you receive gladly.”
—Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa

How often do we welcome all the situations and circumstances that life brings to us—good, bad and everything in between—with open arms and an equal amount of gladness in receiving what arrives before us? How often can we recognize the grace that is being given to us moment after moment, or do we more often forget about it, and rather become tangled up in the situations and circumstances themselves? The opportunities to purify our minds, to transform ourselves toward the Light, the original state within us that the Great Enlightened Beings show is right in front of us in each and every moment. If we want to attain that Light ourselves, we need to boldly shift our minds, taking steps towards It by using our own actions.

As a key aspect of actualizing that, using the example of Shri Ramakrishna and his disciples, Shri Mahayogi emphasizes the importance and implications of disciples proactively modeling their lives after that of the Guru or of a holy being, saying that “as long as you have a physical body, that [way of living] will become a fortunate gift to your surroundings and relations; and even after your role in the physical body ends, how you lived will continue to have a further effect on the work [you completed and left behind during life].”

Actually, in the Testimony of this month’s Pranavadipa (Vol. 75) and of the next (Vol. 76)—“Guided by Another Teresa: The Little Way of Saint Thérèse”—we find a concrete demonstration of this among us right now.

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This month’s Testimony is the first half of a 6-article series written by Yukti, and was originally published in Paramahamsa (Mahayogi Mission’s monthly magazine in Japanese for members) over several issues spanning from 2014 to 2015. Yukti is a disciple of Shri Mahayogi in Japan whose series of articles “Living on the Words of Mother” was previously published in Pranavadipa (Vol. 67, Vol. 68, Vol. 69).

As Yukti studied and learned from the ways of Mother Teresa, originally seeking out the best way to serve the dying, and then the meaning behind the words of Mother, “Be holy”, she naturally tried to model her own life after that of Mother’s and understand the intentions behind Mother’s actions. But, her doubt in herself to be able to truly understand kept her searching, and in this search she came across another Saint, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux,[1] who Mother Teresa had modeled herself after.

St Thérèse of Lisieux: The Last Eighteen Months

St Thérèse of Lisieux

[1] A well-known French Carmelite Saint of the 19th century. She lived a short life of 24 years and is known as “The little flower of Jesus.”

As we read Yukti’s articles, which open a window into the life of Saint Thérèse, we also can see how ardently and seriously Yukti strives to understand who Saint Thérèse was and why Mother would have modeled herself off of her. Not only does Yukti study and read the autobiography left behind by Saint Thérèse, but she wastes no time in modeling her own actions after those of Saint Thérèse.

Yukti’s effort to learn from the “little way” of Saint Thérèse (making small sacrifices in mundane things in order to love God) by incorporating it into her own daily life activities shows us a very concrete example of this shift that each one of us can work towards making within ourselves. In fact, in a variety of examples in this Testimony we can clearly see how Saint Thérèse must’ve completely shifted her own mind again and again, not allowing the mind to follow the ways of its own ideas, its likes and dislikes, and, in her case, offering up everything of herself only to God—her Spouse. As we read Yukti’s article, we can see in her example so evidently that this shift is also followed by Yukti. The “little way” of Saint Thérèse is nothing grandiose, it is a most practical training for anyone, anywhere, and certainly by seeing the example of how Yukti takes that “little way” and brings it to life in her daily circumstances, we can see just how accessible and practicable working towards shifting the thoughts of our minds and our resulting actions really can be. And—we must say, that this example is not to be taken just as something to do once or over a short period of practice, but rather, with having a clear aim, the consistent discipline over a long period of time that is needed, along with positive willingness, becomes possible.

Beyond that, we are once again so inspired to catch a glimpse of the way Yutki strives to learn. She stops at nothing and is constantly assessing within herself where she sees a lack, comparing her ways to the ways of the saints and then trying to raise her self, her lifestyle and her understanding to match those of the saints more and more precisely.

To read more about Yukti’s own life and journey, please read Echo From the Cave: 138. And to read about her previously published article series—”Living on the Words of Mother,” please see Echo From the Cave: 125, 127 and 131.

Echo From The Cave: 150

Saturday February 13, 2021 NYC


Announcement:
Online Program Disarming the Mind for Freedom 3

Part 3 Friday Feb. 19th, 7-8pm
Part 2 Friday Dec. 4th, 7-8pm
Part 1 Friday Nov. 20th, 7-8pm

Mahayogi Yoga Mission presents Part 3 of its online program “Disarming the Mind for Freedom,” from its series: Positive Transformation in Times of Change. Information about Part 1 and Part 2 can be viewed as follows:

Part 1: Nov. 20th (see Echo from the Cave: 141 and 145)
Part 2: Dec. 4th (see Echo from the Cave: 148 and 149)

To see recorded excerpts from the Dec. 4th program, please watch our YouTube videos:

Program Description

With our eyes fixed on the external world, internal observation of the mind is more challenging than ever before. Glimpse just beyond the realm of our immediate perception, to the battle waging constantly within our own minds that keeps us in an un-free state, and seek together with us to disarm its factions in a step towards Freedom.

In Part 3 of this program, the layers and entanglement of the mind that have been presented in Part 1 and Part 2 will be brought together to understand and learn the way to move forward towards what comes next.

All are welcome to attend. No prior experience or knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Attendance to Part 1 and 2 is not a requirement, however we request that all attendees view the two YouTube videos from Disarming the Mind Part 2 in preparation of the event.

Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 7 – 8pm
Speakers: Ekanta and Sadhya

Required: Please watch the two YouTube videos from our previous program:

Register HERE.

  • Tickets will be available for purchase for up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Please note that using Zoom is required for attending this program.
  • You will be emailed a Zoom link on the day of the program.
  • We will be happy to provide technical assistance to anyone who may need it.
  • We will open the Zoom space at 6:15 for attendees to enter and test that Zoom is working properly.
  • We request that all attendees join Zoom by 6:45pm so that we can begin punctually.

Please reach out to info@mahayogiyogamission.org for all further inquiries about this event.