Echo from The Cave: 61

Wed Oct 11th, 2017 00:15 am, NYC

Editor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 35

Two months have passed since our dearest beloved Shri Mahayogi returned to Kyoto, Japan. This span of two months is exactly the same as the precious amount of time we had to be in the physical presence of the Master, Shri Mahayogi, this summer. We miss him dearly… … … While he is in Kyoto, let us keep up our practice and go forward by applying what we have learned from the Master. Through doing it, may we feel Shri Mahayogi’s presence more and more and go closer to Oneness!

This issue of Pranavadipa (Vol. 35) contains the transcription of the Satsangha that took place in New York on July 21, 2017. Those who have yet to met Shri Mahayogi can find great inspiration throughout this issue, some of the topics of which are described in our blog post, “Echo from The Cave 60.” (The Table of Contents for all issues of Pranavadipa are also always available on our website.) For those of us who attended the Satsangha that day, we will surely appreciate reading this Satsangha and reminding ourselves again and again about the teachings of Buddha, the practice of discrimination and the other precious teachings that we received through the grace of Shri Mahayogi that day.

The Testimony this month is an article by our brother Gopala, who some of you may have had the opportunity to meet, as he visited NY from Kyoto during the month of July in order to learn directly from Shri Mahayogi. The title of his article is “The Existence and Guidance of the Guru: Reflecting on my Stay in New York City.” The contents of the “Testimonies from Actual Practitioners” bring different aspects of inspiration and hints for our practice, since these are about how practitioners apply the teachings in their everyday life as they aim for Satori.

As we work on the publication of each issue of Pranavadipa, there is such a wealth of great content that we feel truly blessed, as this is our constant opportunity to learn more and more. With each time we read, we have the opportunity to find something more and to delve deeper. We hope that Pranavadipa will also support your own practice as you journey to find the true Self.

This month we would also like to introduce an article written by one of our NY brothers, as he reflects on Shri Mahayogi’s visit this summer.

Reunion of Brothers: Ekanta, Gopala, Badhra and Aniruddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXPERIENCE: Testimony from our Brother in New York

Before Shri Mahayogi’s arrival

There is much that we can learn from Shri Mahayogi’s visits to New York, and one of the ways this takes place is through being involved in the activities of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission. From cleaning the space to offering the mala, every moment spent with the Mission is an opportunity to learn and grow.

In a meeting we had before class, our brother Gopala, who was visiting from Kyoto for one month, shared with us the importance of being prepared for Satsangha. I do not remember his exact words, but the message was that Satsangha are extremely valuable moments spent in the presence of our Guru and that it is extremely important that we always have questions which come from our direct experience of practice. This was a great lesson that I learned during Shri Mahayog’s visit to New York this year.

A couple of months before Shri Mahayogi’s visit, our senior disciple, Anandamali, suggested that we start holding an Asana and Meditation class at my home in Queens. This was a great opportunity because now I would have to prepare the space almost entirely by myself, giving me the chance to observe my mind while the body was engaging in different activities. One of the preparations involved cleaning the space, which is not only done on a physical level. In fact, by keeping the mind in a state of sattva, the room becomes clean in a more subtle way too. Every detail is important: from arranging the curtains, considering how much sun and air is let in, to setting up the sign in table, considering the distance between items and the placement of each item in relation to the one next to it. It was while performing these preparations that different aspects of my mind came to the surface. For example, in order to set up I needed to remove all objects, including my mattress, from my room, which is where the practice takes place. One of the thoughts that arose after two or three classes was, “Oh! Am I going to have to do this every time?” Upon noticing this thought, I felt, “What a good opportunity, now I can follow and see where this thought is coming from in the first place.”

Apart from the set up, Anandamali had also asked me to demonstrate a few asana during the classes. I found myself having to be aware of many things at the same time; performing the asana, listening to the direct instructions of Sadhya, who leads the class, and also being aware of the attendees in the room. This made me see the class from a very different perspective, unknown to me before, and showed me how important it is to take care of what our thoughts are doing each and every moment throughout the entire duration of the class. For example, once, while Sadhya was talking during the end of the class my mind wandered away, thinking of something completely unrelated. At one point, when my attention came back, I realized that for the duration of time that my mind had wandered, it took a piece of the class with it, and it felt almost as if in the middle of a game, when all the players are on a field, one decides to leave. At that moment, the team is no longer complete and everyone may lose as a result. So even a single thought can have a big impact on the energy of the space and on the other minds in the room. Now I am beginning to understand the importance and significance of all the minds involved in the class becoming one as they follow the direction of the person who is leading the class.

For the last class with Shri Mahayogi, we had a good number of attendees whose native language is Romanian. Anandamali gave me the opportunity to be part of the leading staff for the first time during Shri Mahayogi’s class. I was asked to translate the asana instructions from English to Romanian for the new Romanian students. I was excited, so before class I started to think about the translation. But not too long after the class began, Anandamali let me know that I was moving too fast, in a restless kind of a way. Bringing my attention to my actions, I immediately noticed my tense body, which was the result of my mind being afraid of failure. This was again a valuable lesson that the body will follow the mind in everything we do and that it is more important to constantly be aware of the state of the mind. I was only focusing on the physical part of the activity so I did not realize that I was rushing through class trying to adjust the physical body of the practitioners, not paying attention to the finer details of practice, like their breathing. I moved too quickly and in a rough way, without putting care into the surroundings and the noise that comes as a result, creating a disruptive wave of energy that could have a direct effect on the level of concentration of the practitioners in the room and change the type of energy that had been created up until that point.
On my way to the first Satsangha this year I remember being very happy, but I also remember thinking that I did not have any questions. All of these situations made me notice my mind and the actions that came out of my state of mind. However, having not applied any of the teachings to these patterns of the mind, I only received a small mental satisfaction, which came from observing my mind and recognizing the incorrect thoughts. I guess at first my mind was just satisfied with the discoveries it made, but the fact that I didn’t have any questions also made me wonder if simply seeing the mind’s way of thinking is enough. Now I have begun to understand that I need to do much more than just look at my thoughts, because even though I may notice them, they do not change or go away.

So although Shri Mahayogi is giving us so many blessings by showing us how the mind works, we are the ones who have to put the work and effort into applying the teachings so that we can grow and move past these patterns of the mind—otherwise they will remain unresolved. I know that now I will have to embark on an actual battle with my mind, and I am so thankful to Shri Mahayogi that not only he directs us into seeing concretely the shortcomings of the mind but that he actually gives us the teachings with which we can win over the endless river of false beliefs that constantly drag us into suffering from one incarnation to the other.

Jai Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa!

Ekanta

Echo from The Cave:60

Mon Aug 14th, 2017 08:00 pm, NYC

Gratitude:

The purpose of life is to know what the Truth is,
and then realize It.
The absolute Truth is Eternal Reality,
which is your true Self…
The
Guru is the Truth itself….
The
Guru brings Liberation, not bondage.”

— From The Universal Gospel of Yoga,
Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa

 

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our most Beloved Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa for accepting the invitation to come to New York and gracing us with his Pure Existence for the past two months. Truly it is difficult to grasp how rare it is to have the opportunity to learn from and experience a true Master of Yoga.  Yet this year, many seekers from a variety of different backgrounds had the opportunity to meet Shri Mahayogi for the first time, to ask the questions burning in their hearts and to experience the stillness that permeates everything around him.

During this visit, Shri Mahayogi directed Asana and Meditation every Sunday and held two Satsangha, in which seekers gathered to ask the Master questions about the spiritual path.

Topics ranged from the basic teaching of who the true Self is, to quantum physics, the teaching of the Buddha, the highest responsibility of a parent, the correct understanding of prayer, the mistaken understanding of the concept of sin and the true essence of all religion, just to name a few. Shri Mahayogi also responded to seekers’ earnest questions about how to deepen meditation, how to manage relationships, how to build faith, and how to confront desires in the mind.

Shri Mahayogi pointed us the way to attaining Truth again and again with his words, while at the same time allowing our hearts to taste that Truth in the space beyond his words.

Shri Mahayogi’s message to us all in the final Sunday Asana and Meditation Class was to establish and deepen in actual practice.  Whether we have just met Shri Mahayogi for the first time or we are seeing him again after many years, it is a message for us all to take sincerely and earnestly into our hearts. The clues for how to put the teaching into actual practice are all around us. May we all open our hearts to see them and recognize that Awakening is REAL and it is attainable for all who humbly and passionately seek to experience it for themselves. May we all tirelessly apply with utmost sincerity these precious teachings that Shri Mahayogi has given us into every moment of our daily lives and continue to walk the path towards Truth, so that Shri Mahayogi may return soon to New York to grace us with his direct guidance again.

We humbly bow down to the feet of our Beloved Guru.
Jai Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, Ki, Jai!!!
OM TAT SAT, OM!!!

 

Shri Mahayogi instructs meditation in the class while others practice asana

Stillness

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Here are some voices from first time attendees of the Satsangha and the Asana & Meditation program with Shri Mahayogi:

“After hearing the response to my question about everything being energy, [in regards to quantum physics,] I felt that Shri Mahayogi was inviting me to experience the true Self for myself…and that gave me chills.”

— words from an Attendee, Satsangha, 7/21/17

“The vast knowledge that Shri Mahayogi has is way beyond my understanding, but when I was in Shri Mahayogi’s presence my mind was calm and at peace.” 

 — words from an Attendee, Satsangha, 8/4/2017

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“My warm thanks to the members of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission for their accommodating welcome — a wonderful group of students.”

— words of gratitude from a seeker who,
after meeting Shri Mahayogi this year for the first time ever, attended all subsequent programs during Shri Mahayogi’s visit

 

 


Editor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 33

Words from a Reader:

On August 8th, the same day that Pranavadipa Volume 33 was published, the following words arrived from a subscriber:

“I was so moved by every word—laughing, crying, taking in and feeling so thankful once again that this teaching is here to be taken as food for practice.

So many things had to have happened for these words to come together in one volume!!!: conversations among disciples, actual practice with actions constantly guided by the earnest seeking for the Truth, disciples writing and sharing their experience, and, at the heart of it all, the existence of Shri Mahayogi himself, like the sun that shines on all of us. Oh my goodness, Pranavadipa is the Light of the Resounding Truth without a doubt. Thank you to all of the many efforts that make it possible. It is priceless!!”

The Satsangha in this month’s volume of Pranavadipa is coming from a small-group Satsangha that was held at the Mahayogi Ashrama in Kyoto just days after the first celebration of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela, the Grand Ceremony of the Manifestations of Divinity.  Shri Mahayogi expounds on the teaching of Asana, the correct understanding of emotion, of family, of discrimination on Atman, and of the establishment of Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Truth.

The Testimony is a report on Shri Mahayogi’s first visit to Taiwan.  Shri Mahayogi visited Taiwan for one week this past May 2017 and four Satsangha were held with well over 100 attendees gathering to meet with Shri Mahayogi for the first time. This Testimony, written by Priya, one of the staff members in Taipei who served as the Chinese to Japanese translator, contains an overview of the contents of those four Satsangha.  The gratitude expressed for Shri Mahayogi’s visit and the opportunity that that visit brought for the people of Taiwan to meet an Awakened Master and to experience the direct teaching of the Truth is heartfelt and reminds us of how precious such an opportunity is.

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Echo from The Cave:59

Sat July 8th, 2017 07:10 pm, NYC

BLESSING: Special Class with Shri Mahayogi
Almost one month has passed since Shri Mahayogi arrived in New York and already we have had four opportunities to learn and practice Asana & Meditation with Shri Mahayogi during the special Sunday program. We have witnessed that attendees meeting Shri Mahayogi for the first time have swiftly been uplifted by the presence of the Master. To relate a few examples:

After the first class, one woman who had been attending the MYM’s classes on and off since last fall, and had at first been unsure of whether or not she should attend the special class with Shri Mahayogi or not, expressed that now she understands that it is impossible to describe what it is like to meet Shri Mahayogi with words, that this is only something that can be experienced—it is an experience that is beyond words.

Another attendee, who attended for the first time during the third class, was greatly impacted by Shri Mahayogi’s teaching about the Pure Consciousness. Shri Mahayogi taught that our true Self is not the mind, but is Pure Consciousness, which simply witnesses the mind, never saying anything or becoming involved, and that the way to find that Pure Consciousness is through the gate of the heart. After hearing this, she went home and immediately read as much as she could about Shri Mahayogi on the Mahayogi Yoga Mission website, then expressed her thorough disbelief that it could even be possible that she had just been in the presence of such a Master as Shri Mahayogi. Still others remained speechless after the class, but their lightness and blissful smiles spoke louder than words.

Shri Mahayogi will be in New York one more month before he goes back to Japan. We hope that as many new attendees as possible will take this rare and special opportunity to meet Shri Mahayogi and that those who have already met Shri Mahayogi will continue to take advantage of this most precious opportunity to learn from and be in the presence of the Master!

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Pranavadipa Vol. 32
This month’s issue of Pranavadipa, Vol. 32, contains the last part of the Satsangha that we have had the opportunity to read and study for the past two months. This particular Satsangha lasted over 3 hours and Shri Mahayogi generously delivered the teaching of the Truth to practitioners who had recently begun to practice. Truly we all can learn from studying these simple and easy to understand teachings again and again.

There is no amount of book knowledge that can make us know something. Therefore, a practitioner never reads just for the sake of reading alone. A practitioner is always looking for the ways they can put the teaching into practice, since it is only by experiencing the teaching through that practice and the depths of our own intuition that we can truly understand it.

This month’s Testimony, “Small Steps Along the Way”, is an article written by Shaci, a long time disciple, living in Kyoto, Japan. She wrote it in 2003 for Paramahamsa, a bi-monthly newsletter published in Japanese, which means 14 years have already passed since the time she wrote this. It is so inspiring to see Shaci’s internal practice, which is nothing showy, but rather very quiet, simple and practical. It has really required firm resolution and passion to continue persistently over the course of a long period of time, but in the end, this is exactly what builds real fortitude within a practitioner. In fact if you see her, you may not realize how much she has been putting in the effort to purify herself in this way behind the scenes, but here she reveals the way in which she makes continual effort in daily life. Her daily efforts and practice in the “Now”, in each and every moment, is a great example of the demonstration of Shri Mahayogi’s teaching: that the real field of practice is in daily life and that we must practice diligently and steadily without complaint or expectation. Often times, as practitioners, we may want to have a spiritual experience, to experience a miracle or something extraordinary, or think that if we do then it is a sign of our advancement, however this is a trap. We hope that just like she learned and applied the teachings from the practice experienced by a real person who devoted himself fully to attaining Satori, we too can learn through the concrete examples of our brothers and sisters who have been walking the path before us and along side us. Surely, if we do so, we too can deepen our own understanding of the teaching of Yoga and, at the same time, bring to life the words of the teachings, so that even those who may not have the opportunity to encounter them for themselves, may be able to feel them through our way of living.

At “Tatsunoko” Illustration by Shaci 2003

 

Echo from The Cave:58

Sat June 10th, 2017 08:30 pm, NYC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pranavadipa Vol. 31

Sadhya’s lunch box. Since returning from Kyoto in April, She has been practicing everyday to bring to work a complete home-cooked meal for lunch. Her lunch box, which she brought from Japan, keeps the meal warm.

The Satsangha in this month’s issue of Pranavadipa, Vol. 31, is a continuation of the Satsangha previously published in Pranavadipa Vol. 30. During this Satsangha, which was held for newer students who had just begun to practice, Shri Mahayogi explains the basic teachings in simple and easy to understand language. The wise practitioner knows that we are all beginners and, OF COURSE, the depth of this teaching may only be revealed the more we actually put it into practice.

This particular Satsangha will also continue into next month’s issue of Pranavadipa.

Currently Shri Mahayogi is here in New York, and the first class with Shri Mahayogi will be held tomorrow.

Let us all deepen our practice, so that we, as practitioners, can ask Shri Mahayogi questions that arise from the experience of actually putting the teaching into practice!

The question is: How do we deepen our practice?

The Testimonies in Pranavadipa Vol. 30 and Vol. 31 both relate to actual practice and the teaching of samarasa. It is inspiring to know how practitioners practice samarasa, as well as the discoveries they have made through their practice.

If you would like to order the book The Kitchen of Samarasa, the Way of Yogic Cooking (filled with full-colored photos—in JP only), please contact us. —See the blog  Echo From The Cave: 26 

Note: Samarasa is a term in Yoga, and another word for samadhi, (the state of complete absorption). It can be translated as “same taste,” which indicates “tasting ultimate bliss.” (sama = equal/same, rasa = taste)

 

Echo from The Cave:57

Sun May 28th, 2017 00:00 pm, NYC

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa visits New York!

June – August 2017

It is with immense joy in our hearts that
we welcome back
our Beloved Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa to New York! 

Since his first visit to New York in 1996, Shri Mahayogi has bestowed upon seekers coming from near and far the wisdom and true essence of Yoga.  Established in the state of Awakening since the age of 8, Shri Mahayogi guides seekers from all backgrounds and faiths from his own direct experience of the Pure and Eternal Existence within one and all. How rare and unique it is to encounter a Master who has perfected and completed the ultimate state of Yoga, the state of supreme Silence!

Shri Mahayogi teaches from his own experience all four branches of Yoga: raja yoga, jnana yoga, bhakti yoga, and karma yoga, as well as the teachings of the Buddha, which, according to what he has directly perceived through his own meditation, are no different from the teachings of Yoga.

In the Master’s class, the seeker practices highly focused asana & meditation.  The asana that he teaches comes directly from his own spontaneous practice, without any external instruction, that continued for 16 years beginning at the age of 14, and is aimed at preparing seekers to experience for themselves the true and ultimate state of Yoga—the complete restraint of the mind and the true Freedom that comes as a result. It is exceptionally rare for a seeker to have the opportunity to practice in the serene and blessed energy that radiates from an Enlightened Master, and to receive the direct guidance that comes through words, touch or, most importantly, silence.

Shri Mahayogi also offers Satsangha for seekers who would like to practice toward Awakening into the true Self. This is a very special opportunity for seekers to ask questions in regards to their practice or their journey towards experiencing the true Self. From the physical to the most subtle inner workings of the mind, Shri Mahayogi guides each seeker according to his or her conditions at any given time and in any given situation.

Pre-register
for programs
with Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa.

Space is limited!

Petal: 26

Sat May 27th, 2017 1:30 am, NYC

Before the opening of the event

REPORT: OPEN MIND, OPEN MIC at Rubin Museum

As it begins: A Seeker yearning for Buddha

“Buddha… Most Revered Buddha… Most Beloved Buddha…

What is Real?

“You left the palace,
you left wealth,
you left your wife,
you left your child…
Everything you left
to know the Truth.

So Buddha,
what IS Real?!”

 

“I think of you sitting under the Boddhi tree that day.
Already you had given up even the desire for your own life,
all to know the Truth.”

 

She sits and vows.

MC and the photographer from the Rubin Museum

“Withdraw the breath…
Withdraw the senses…
Withdraw the mind…

So that I can know only You.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By this point, the space had
already begun to fill with silence.
It seemed that it was quite unexpected for the audience when she began to move…, and a few whispered curiosities to each other in the back.  But soon the only sound that resonated was the sound of camera’s shuttering from all around.

Omkarasana

The audience was captured by the seeker’s intensity and single-pointedness.
Her eye gaze and body were completely still and fixed for a long time.
The audience was drawn into that stillness too and complete silence permeated the space.

Then, the seeker meditates.

 

The End

Petal: 25

Sun May 22nd, 2017 12 am, NYC

INVITATION:
As a representative of Mahayogi Yoga Mission,

Sadhya will present a short performance:
Yearning for the Truth.

At the Rubin Museum of Art
Friday, 5. 26. 2017  7–9PM  Free Admission

 

Description of the program:
“The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, began his life as a prince. However, when he witnessed the suffering of the world, he renounced his title and his worldly possessions to explore the possibility of ending the cycle of suffering and the unsatisfactory nature of life. After much study and meditation, he finally achieved his own enlightenment. His universal story of searching, questioning, and discovery has parallels to our own lives, which we invite you to explore during this special night. Performances will be organized into three sets — searching, questioning, and discovery — relating to the Buddha’s story.”

Location: In the 4th floor gallery at the Rubin Museum of Art
150W 17th St NY (Bet 6th Ave and 7th Ave)

 

Invite Your Friends!!!

We hope to see you there~!

 

Echo from The Cave:56

Sun May 21st, 2017 02:00 am, NYC

ANNOUNCEMENT:
One More Opportunity to Order
the Mahayogi Yoga Mission’s 40th Anniversary Original T-shirt
with Shri Mahayogi’s Stamp!

After so many requests to re-order,
here they are again with new additional colors!
If you are interested in ordering, please contact us before May 25th.

We expect that orders will most likely arrive at the beginning of July.

Click here to See the actual image of T-shirt on our blog 

Additional color for Style A

 

 

Style A: 100% Cotton  5.6oz
Additional Short Sleeves colors : Above 8 colors
Additional Long Sleeves colors: Red and Charcoal

Original colors:
(From the top)
Baby Pink (Long Sleeve Style)
White (Short Sleeve)
Charcoal (Short and Long Sleeves)
Mint (Short Sleeve)
Banana (Short Sleeve)
Heather Grey (short sleeve)
Slate (Short sleeve)
California Orange (Short Sleeve)
Black (Short and Long Sleeves)
Forest Green (Short Sleeve)
Bright Green  (Short Sleeve)

 

 

 

(From the top)
Turquoise (Long Sleeve))
BLK (Short and Long Sleeves)
Navy (Long Sleeve Style 2 & Dolman Short Sleeves Style 3)
White (Short Sleeve Style & Long Sleeve Style 2 & Dolman Short Sleeves Style 3)

 

 

Style 2: Long Sleeve Narrow Cut & Light Weight 100% Cotton 4.6oz
Colors: White and Navy

Style 3: Dolman Short Sleeve 50% Cotton 50% Polyester 4.0oz
Colors: White and Navy

About the Size:
Sizes run approximately one size smaller than standard US sizes.

Style 1: 100% Cotton 5.6oz

  • Short Sleeve
    Man (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
    Woman (G-S, G-M, G-L)
    Child (Please ask for the sizes)
  • Long Sleeve
    Unisex (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
    Young (please ask for sizes)

Style 2: Long Sleeve Narrow Cut & Light Weight 100% Cotton 4.6oz

  • Woman (M, L)
    Unisex (XS, S, M, L, XL)

Style 3: Dolman Short Sleeve 50% Cotton 50% Polyester 4.0oz

  • Woman (M, L)

 

Echo from The Cave:55

Sat May 20th, 2017 03:30 pm, NYC

EXPANSION: New Class

After a Wednesday class, during a casual conversation,
Ms. R was telling us how much her friend enjoyed the class
but would not be able to attend because of his work schedule,
that Saturday is the only day he has availability.

Spontaneously the thought came,
“Then why don’t we have a class on Saturday in Queens?”

Ten days later, here it is…

Many people gathered, hearing about it only through word of mouth.
This is the beginning of the Saturday class in Queens.

If you would like to have our class near you, please contact us!

Echo from The Cave:54

Mon May 8th, 2017 05:45 am, NYC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pranavadipa Vol. 30

View from the Prema Ashrama, Kyoto

The day of the Flower Festival is
the day of the Buddha’s birthday festival…

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In Celebration of
Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela
—The Grand Ceremony of the Manifestations of Divinity—

April 8, 2017

Reception of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela at the Prema Ashrama

Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela

The sound of OM filled my ears, filled my heart and reverberated throughout my very cells. This was the beginning of the Puja and the opening of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela. Approximately 72 disciples and devotees from Taiwan, New York and from all over Japan were gathered in the open room of the Prema Ashrama and some were overflowing into the entryway. Anandamali sat next to me, exuding overwhelming joy as the sound of these few male voices, interspersed amongst the attendees, filled the space with a tone of sacredness that was palpable.

It wouldn’t be until later that I would learn from Yogadanda, who was sitting right in front of me at the feet of Shri Mahayogi, how much devoted and dedicated practice had gone into the chanting and offering of OM over the course of years, how much it had transformed his understanding of the self, and how he had come to experience the OM as Shri Mahayogi himself and the essence of all things living and non-living. In that moment, all I could do was experience and bow down in reverence with my heart.

 

I am sure that many of you, like me, have heard before of the great khumba mela that take place in India. I first read about these in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and remember that it was during one of these great gatherings that Lahiri Mahasaya encountered the most revered Master, the deathless Guru who rarely reveals himself, Mahavatara Babaji, the one who initiated Lahiri Mahasaya into kriya yoga.

When I first heard about Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela, I wondered what kind of a gathering this might be? The word mela alone brought to mind the great gathering of yogi in India, where many attend just with the hopes of encountering a true Guru, or perhaps Babaji himself. The words Sanatana Dharma Avatara, however, firmly grounded my peaked imagination into a more concrete purpose than simply a gathering of yogi with hopes of spiritual gain. Sanatana Dharma, simply put, refers to the Eternal Truth. And Avatara refers to an incarnation of God. Avatara throughout the ages have included Babaji, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Shri Ramakrishna, just to name a few. This mela is more than just a gathering, it is an occasion meant to honor and celebrate the existence of the Avatara as well as their great mission, to establish and re-establish Sanatana Dharma today and throughout the ages. How unique and rare is this gathering!—There is no need to hope to encounter a Master—the Great Yogi, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, is alive right now and sitting before us! There is no need to hope to receive the teaching of Truth. The teaching has already been bestowed upon us and Shri Mahayogi continues to teach us through every moment of his existence!

As part of the celebration, seven disciples offered a speech to Shri Mahayogi, three of whom, the main speakers, were selected by Shri Mahayogi for having embarked concretely on the mission of establishing Sanatana Dharma. In the moment, I could not understand the words that they all spoke, since, of course, everyone spoke in Japanese, but I could not help but feel the sincerity and nakedness of each one’s heart. Words are secondary to the power that the alignment of the heart behind them holds. Each one’s words were charged with emotion. Tears, laughter, radiant joyous smiles and moments of silent reverence were flowing abundantly from beginning to end. Without a doubt, every attendee present was invigorated by the precious opportunity to be with Shri Mahayogi and was filled with joy and urgency alike as each of these seven disciples demonstrated with their words and with their hearts their true commitment to and passion for living their lives according to Sanatana Dharma, for carrying on Shri Mahayogi’s great mission, and that of all Avatara, through their own concrete actions and through the pure joy they have experienced through walking this path.

I couldn’t help but feel that if we open our eyes and look closely, if we open our hearts, then we can see the Avatara himself manifesting Sanatana Dharma through the lives of his very own disciples. Each one is different, yet each one shows yet another form of the infinite forms of the Avatara!

 

In last month’s volume of Pranavadipa (Vol. 29) the contents centered around the meaning and significance of the Avatara and what the mission of Sanatana Dharma really is. In this month’s volume of Pranavadipa (Vol. 30) you can read the speeches offered by two disciples for the occasion of Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela. They are both truly inspirational. If you open your heart, there is no doubt that you will feel inspired by their sincerity of practice and their demonstrated passion for passing on Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Truth, to as many people as possible. And, through their examples, I hope that we can all find the hints and clues that will lead us to establish our own lives more deeply in Sanatana Dharma.

Sadhya

Sadhya

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Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela was held at Prema Ashrama, the new Ashrama of the Mahayogi Mission! The speakers were as follows:

Introduction of Avatara:
– Sananda

Main Speeches:
– Anandamali
– Shachi
– Anandi

Additional Speeches:
– Sharanya
– Satya
– Chaitanya
– Gopala

MC: Sananda and Madhuri

Anandamali on the right, Yogadanda in the center

Shachi

Anandi

Sharanya

Satya

Chaitanya

Gopala on the right

 

 

Disciples from Taiwan: Marula, Priya and Radha (from left)

Our Beloved Shri Mahayogi!!!!!!!!!!!!

“From pure Joy springs all creation, by Joy it is sustained,
toward Joy it proceeds, and to Joy it returns.”

-Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa

OM TAT SAT, OM!!!