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

***

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!!!

 

Echo from The Cave:53

Wed Mar 8th, 2017 06:17 am, NYC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pranavadipa Vol. 28

Sincerity in practice and the pure faith of Yoga will surely lead to the direct experience of the Truth. This message resonates throughout this month’s issue of Pranavadipa as Shri Mahayogi responds over the course of several Satsangha (between 2015 and 2016) to the genuine and honest questions of a group of mothers from the Prema Yoga Circle who have been practicing Yoga under his guidance.

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Prema Yoga Circle

The Prema Yoga Circle was started in September 2013 in Osaka by three disciples who were naturally brought together by the same goal. These three women—Nirmala, Suditi, and Ms. Suematsu—are all mothers and all are seeking the Truth, even as they fulfill their familial responsibilities. It was about five years prior that they met Shri Mahayogi and began to learn Yoga. And in fact, it was through learning and actually applying the practice of Yoga into their lives, while working hard doing house-work and raising (small) children, that they experienced their mind and body being uplifted and becoming lighter. They truly felt the greatness of Yoga in daily life, and out of their hope to share Yoga with others, they initiated these activities.

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Nirmala (Ms. Hamaguchi)

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Suditi (Ms. Akasaka)

The members of the Prema Yoga Circle meet once a week to practice asana and meditation in a communal residential space for one and a half hours during a weekday morning. Since last year, they have also met for Bhakti Sangham (kirtan class) four times a year, led by Mirabai. And in addition, they meet twice a year for Yoga Talks, in which they occasionally invite a senior disciple to share with them, or they share and discuss their experiences of bringing the teachings of Yoga into practice within their daily activities as mothers and householders.

In reading the questions that the mothers ask Shri Mahayogi and following the nature of their conversation, one can feel the simple sincerity with which they yearn for the Truth and with which they proactively seek to put Shri Mahayogi’s words into action in whatever way they can, no matter the circumstance.

But perhaps most inspiring is the Testimony, which is the Jayanti speech offered to Shri Mahayogi by Nirmala, just this past November, 2016. Nirmala speaks with clarity about her ideal and how she wishes to truly live established in karma yoga and bhakti yoga. In her words come the true testimony of the practice! We can see through Nirmala’s practice, and the understanding that she has gained through her own experience, the result that has come from sincerely applying the teachings that Shri Mahayogi spoke during the various Satsangha leading up to that moment!

Her Testimony is our testimony—that anyone in any circumstance can practice and attain Yoga, as long as we really practice concretely with passion and a sincere heart.

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Prema Yoga Circle

 

Pranavadipa is a Monthly Publication of Online Study Material containing the Teachings of Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa & the Experiences of Practitioners that is available by annual subscription. A new volume of Pranavadipa is issued on the 8th of every month.

PRANAVADIPA

Echo from The Cave:52

Sun Feb 26rd, 2017 5:00 pm, NYC

ANNOUNCEMENT:
At the invitation of disciples,

Shri Mahayogi will be in Taipei from March 17th to March 24th!

Today, in honor of this special occasion,
we published the trailer of our DVD, In The Cave With The Master,
with subtitles in five different languages.
(Spanish/Español, French/François, Romanian/Română, Chinese/中文, Japanese/日本語)



Lynn met Shri Mahayogi for the first time during a visit to New York in the summer of 2013. After returning to Taiwan, her passion to learn under Shri Mahayogi grew strongly, and she began to hope to one day invite Shri Mahayogi to Taiwan.

A sincere heart and real passion always reach and move others!
Gradually more people started to join her in her practice of Yoga and in her efforts to invite Shri Mahayogi to Taiwan.

Shri Mahayogi has received and accepted their pure heart and their wish to introduce the Universal Teaching of Truth in Taiwan.

Schedule of Shri Mahayogi’s visit to Taipei:

Satsangha (100 minutes)

March 18 (Sat) 2:30 pm at  JOYFUL LIVING / 心悦人文空間
March 21 (Tue) 7:30 pm at  JOYFUL LIVING / 心悦人文空間
March 23 (Thu) 7:45 pm at  SPACE YOGA

Special Class—Asana and Meditation (120 minutes)

March 19 (Sun) 2:30 pm at  JOYFUL LIVING / 心悦人文空間
March 22 (Wed) 2:30 pm at  JOYFUL LIVING / 心悦人文空間

For information in Chinese, please check Taiwan Sangha’s blog
For general information in English, please e-mail us

OM TAT SAT, OM!!!

 

Echo from The Cave:51

Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 4:00 pm, NYC

DEDICATION:
On The Day Of Satguru Jayanti

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Beloved Shri Mahayogi,
Great Yogi,
Babaji !!!

It is through your grace
that we are blessed with the precious gift of being in this world alongside our Master.
It is the purity of your Truth
that resounds within us and around us, carefully guiding our footsteps.
And it is you who is the light that sparks our hearts and lifts the veil from before our eyes! Thank you very much for your endless compassion.
We bow down in celebration, on this day of Jayanti,
at the blessed feet of the Holy Guru,
our beloved Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa!

 img_0048Messages to the Master from disciples in the U.S. were delivered to
Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa at the Ashrama in Kyoto, japan
during the Ceremony held in honor of
Jayanti
&
the 40th Anniversary of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission in Kyoto.

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Tonight in New York,
To celebrate and honor Jayanti,
the auspicious day that marks the birth of our beloved Master,
Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa,
we will practice an extended meditation together for 1 hour
during our regularly scheduled Wednesday class at Still Mind Zendo.
We will have a short asana practice before a 1 hour meditation.

All are welcome to attend!
We look forward to seeing you then!

Jai, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, Jai!!!