Monthly Archives: March 2019

Echo From The Cave: 107

Sunday March 17, 2019 NYC

Krishna revealing his cosmic form to Arjuna

Editor’s Note: Pranavadipa Volume 52

In the famous scripture, Bhagavad Gita, the Lord Krishna said that, verily, it is by action alone that men attain perfection.

This month’s issue of Pranavadipa (Vol. 52) features the first of two precious Satsangha that took place in New York, in January 2019 during Shri Mahayogi’s visit to New York.

We were so grateful to have this opportunity to be in the presence of Master, to be able to ask questions and then receive answers. Every moment with the Master is filled with grace and everything about his being stills the waves of our mind, opens our hearts and allows the Truth that is within us, that is within one and all, to resonate more and more strongly.

The Sastsangha began by the question, “How does one create tapas?” Such a question, with its straightforwardness and directness immediately sets the tone of the Satsangha to one of practical action. As the questions unfold, the reader can sense the sincere desire among attendees to further their practice and to overcome the various challenges they have had in deepening in Yoga.

From beginning to end, Shri Mahayogi patiently offers words of encouragement and reassurance to the attendees that practice is possible, speaking about the concrete practice that needs to be applied in order to overcome obstacles and make progress towards realizing the Self. Shri Mahayogi graciously explains again the basic teachings like yama and niyama and emphasizes the importance of not judging one’s own practice regardless of success or failure, but simply practice with perseverance. He then goes on to elaborate on the meditation that comes from acting in service of others as well as the importance of cultivating fortitude within oneself.

Many topics are covered during this Satsangha, but even so, there seems to be a thread that is weaving everything together. And that thread is ACTION. No matter the practice, no matter the obstacle, no matter the teaching, Shri Mahayogi continues to encourage taking action as the key to it all.

And indeed, reading scriptures and hearing the teaching of Truth is a great blessing, but without actually training our minds and bodies by putting the teachings into practice, we can neither experience the transformation nor the depth of understanding that can only come through the experience of actual practice. Yoga is learned through experience alone. Experience comes through taking action based on the teaching.

Let us all persevere and continue to act, moment to moment, on the teaching so that the content beyond the words that Shri Mahayogi is offering us in this Satsangha will be revealed!

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This month’s Testimony, written by Sadhya, is the experience of one of the asana taught by Shri Mahayogi, simhasana (the lion pose), and what is being revealed through its practice. Just like with the words offered by Shri Mahayogi, the content of the asana that he teaches may be well beyond what we might at first think, or can even imagine when we first begin. But through steady and continuous practice, driven by the fervor to learn the Truth, we can all begin to experience the depth that is contained within.

There is much we can learn from this article: Sadhya’s proactive attitude to learn is remarkable—she continuously devotes to trying to understand the meaning behind what we can see. And this is what leads to that meaning being revealed—the blessings and grace of Shri Mahayogi come with her practice.

 

Echo From The Cave: 106

Friday March 8, 2019 NYC

Shri Mahayogi’s Words of Truth Resound in NY:
March 3rd Sadhana Program with Shri Mahayogi
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Gratitude for Shri Mahayogi’s Visit to New York

 

Pranam to the Great Master, the Great Paramahansa!

The immeasurable grace of your presence has brought the light of Truth concretely into our hearts and into our lives for the past one and a half months while visiting New York. The swift return of Shri Mahayogi has served to strengthen the golden thread that is ever-connecting our heart to yours and this strength has allowed us to carry on with our seeking and practicing to become one with the Truth. In your presence, all else pales in comparison. In your presence, our worldly afflictions mysteriously dissipate. In your presence, we are lifted out of darkness, as if you are lifting an incredible weight off of our shoulders. In your presence, your grace is all pervading and undeniable. We cannot find words enough to express our gratitude.

During this visit, that strengthened presence of Shri Mahayogi in New York has seemingly settled into not only our own hearts, but also the hearts of several of the attendees who have faithfully come to Shri Mahayogi’s programs, strongly pulling them towards the path of Truth. One such attendee is Dheeraj, who offered flowers to Shri Mahayogi on behalf of the NY sangha during the last program of the visit. To witness the kindling of sincerity and devotion to the Guru within those who come to see Shri Mahayogi is indeed one of the most beautiful and precious things to witness on this path. It is the workings of Shri Mahayogi’s purity and grace concretized right before our eyes.

Here we would like to share the speeches of gratitude offered by three members of the sangha at the end of the Sadhana Program with Shri Mahayogi.

And of course, we would like to share the words of Shri Mahayogi, the simple yet invaluable message he left for us all.

 

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Dheeraj, who for this special occasion had changed into a traditional orange-colored kurta, approaches the Master with a bright and cheerful bouquet of flowers to offer from the NY sangha, and begins to express his gratitude.

Dheeraj:

Dearest Guruji, Shri Mahayogi, on behalf of the NY sangha, I would like to offer you these flowers as a token of our appreciation and gratitude. (offers flowers)

It is truly a blessing to be in your presence. You have removed many obstacles in my life. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Guruji, I realize the value of a true Master, a true Guru, for everyone seeking the Truth. You are the hope and light that dispels the darkness of ignorance and ego.

Thank you Guruji.

Once again on behalf of everyone in the New York sangha, we would like to have you back in New York (joyful laughter from all).

Thank you Guruji.

Aniruddha:

Shri Mahayogi, the NY sangha would like to thank you very much and share our gratitude for hosting you this visit. Even though the length was only a month and a half, its shortness reminds us of how precious it is to take advantage of every opportunity.

You’ve shown us that there is a lot of work to be done in NY. Many new seekers have come before you to learn, and we as individuals, especially me, do know that there is much more that we can do, and we shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to speak your Truth to others. And until you return we hope and want to grow ourselves as individuals, to keep our faith, and to strengthen sangha. And we hope to have you back soon with us.


Sadhya:
Shri Mahayogi, again, on behalf of the NY sangha we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for coming so soon after being here just this summer. Your quick return, your presence among us and your grace have brought gurubhai, helped bring us together, and helped keep the connection between the gurubai. Thank you.

And to everyone here: Yoga is almost unknown, and Shri Mahayogi is almost unknown too, so it is a great blessing that all of us have found Shri Mahayogi. So please, everyone continue, and discover for yourself who Shri Mahayogi really is, by persevering and actually practicing by putting his teaching into action. I have no doubt that as we practice, our understanding will deepen, and that what we receive from Shri Mahayogi will only become greater and greater and greater. So, let’s please all experience this together.

And to gurubai: we have much work to do in NY. And we cannot rely on Shri Mahayogi visiting to help bring us together. So, we need action, moment to moment action, to practice and grow for real. I hear that this weekend, next Saturday, there are over 70 people waiting to take the class with Shri Mahayogi in Japan, traveling from all over. We, as disciples, have the responsibility to prove that Yoga can be attained, to prove Shri Mahayogi’s teaching and his existence. We need to become the body of Shri Mahayogi everywhere, living and breathing his teaching, so that others can also find Shri Mahayogi and find the Truth. So, I encourage the gurubai to feel the responsibility of this more and more.

And again, Shri Mahayogi, thank you very much for coming, and we just cannot wait until this summer when you return. Please come with the warm weather.


Then Shri Mahayogi spoke:

“I would very much love to return to New York right away, but in April there is an event we hold in Kyoto called Sanatana Dharma Avatara Mela (The Grand Ceremony of the Manifestations of Divinity). That will be held on April 8th, the date that is said to be the day that Buddha was born. It is very good weather in Japan, it is the spring season and it is when the cherries are in full blossom. And then, after that I will visit Taipei for a little while. The one who is leading the group in Taiwan, is Prasadini, who actually used to come to take this class here [in New York, though she is originally from Taiwan]. I heard that the group there is already growing into about 50 students. And then I have another appointment in May as well. (smiling) So please forgive me, but my visit to New York will have to be after that.

 But [I would like you to remember that] the Truth within me is also the Truth within you all. More precisely, I am You. Remember that always, continue your practice and don’t neglect to study the scriptures.

 And let us look forward to meeting each other again. All right, then.”

 

 

Our greatest Master, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa, You are our father, You are our mother, You are our best friend, You are the Hope, You are the Light, You are the embodiment of Truth, You are our Dearest Beloved, You are my Beloved, Your are Love.

Oh my Love, You are everything…


Jai Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa Ki, Jai!!!

 

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Jai Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa Ki, Jai!!!

 

ディラージからのスピーチ (日本語訳)
最も親愛なるグルジ、シュリー・マハーヨーギー、ニューヨーク・サンガを代表して、貴方への 感謝の証としてこの花束を捧げさせて頂きたく思います。

こうして貴方の存在の下にいられることは、本当に祝福です。貴方は沢山の障害物を私の人生から取り除いてくださいました。貴方なしではそれをすることは私にはできませんでした。

道を求める誰もにとって、真の師、本当のグルがいかに重要であるのかということを知りました。貴方は、無知とエゴの闇 を払いのける希望であり、光です。

ありがとうございます、グルジ。

もう一度、ニューヨークの弟子の代表として、ニューヨークにどうかお戻りくださいますようお願い申し上げます。

ありがとうございます、グルジ。

アニルッダのスピーチ (日本語訳)
ニューヨーク・サンガを代表してこの度のご訪問への感謝の気持ちを述べたいと思います。期間はたった一カ月半でしたが、短いからこそすべての機会が本当に貴重なものであり、最大限にそこから学ばなければいけないということを身を以て感じております。貴方はニューヨークのサンガには沢山のやらなければならない課題があるということを見せてくださいました。多くの新しい求道者たちが貴方から学ぶために来ました。そして我々個々人は、特に私自身は、自分たちにできることはもっとあるということ、そして人に真実を伝えることを恐れるべきでも恥ずかしく思うべきでもないということを確信しています。貴方がお戻りになられるまでに、我々一人一人が成長し、信仰をもち続け、サンガが強くなることを願い、求めます。そして我々は貴方がすぐまた我々の元にお戻りになってくださることを願います。

サーディヤーのスピーチ (日本語訳)
シュリー・マハーヨーギー、私からもニューヨーク・サンガを代表して、この夏にお越しいただいてからこんなにも早く訪問してくださったことへの心からの感謝を表明させていただきたく思います。すぐに戻ってくださったこと、私たちと共にいてくださったこと、貴方の恩寵は、グルバイを増やし、グルバイをまとめ、またグルバイ同士の絆が維持されるのを助けてくださいました。ありがとうございます。

ここにいる皆さん、ヨーガは殆んど知られていません。シュリー・マハーヨーギーも殆ど知られていません。だから、こうして私たちがシュリー・マハーヨーギーを見つけたということは、本当に大きな祝福なのです。どうか皆さん続けてください、そしてシュリー・マハーヨーギーが本当にどなたであるかということを、皆さんが自分で見つけて、発見してください、忍耐強くシュリー・マハーヨーギーの教えを、行動を通して実践することによって。修行を続けていけば、私たちの理解が深まっていくということを、そして、私たちがシュリー・マハーヨーギーから頂くものは、より大きくなるばかりであるということを私は全く疑いません。だから、みんなでそれを一緒に体験しようではありませんか。

グルバイの皆さん、私たちはニューヨークでやるべきことが沢山あります。私たちが団結して一丸となることをシュリー・マハーヨーギーのご訪問に頼っているわけにはいきません。行動が、一瞬一瞬 の行動が、真の修行と成長が必要です。

今週末の土曜日、日本でのシュリー・マハーヨーギーのクラスを受けるために日本中から集まる七十人以上もの方たちが、その日を待ち望んでいると聞いています。私たち弟子たちは、ヨーガが達成可能であるということを証明し、シュリー・マハーヨーギーの教えとご存在を証明する義務があります。私たちは、どこにいてもシュリー・マハーヨーギーの体となって、彼の教えを生き、そして生きたものにする必要があります。教えを広げていく、そして教えを生きていくべきです、そうすれば、他の人たちもシュリー・マハーヨーギーを見つけ、また真理を見つけることができるからです。グルバイたちは、もっともっとこのことに責任を感じていってください。

再度申し上げます。シュリー・マハーヨーギー、お越し頂きありがとうございます。この夏にお戻りになってくださる時がとても待ち遠しいです。暖かい気候 の時期にお越しくださいますように。


シュリー・マハーヨーギーのお言葉 (原文)

「すぐにでも帰ってきたい気持ちは山々ですが、四月には京都でサナータナ・ダルマ アヴァターラ メーラーというお祭りをします。ちょうど四月八日は、かのブッダが生まれたと言われた日です。そして日本の気候はちょうど春の桜がキレーイに満開になる頃です。そうしてその後、台北の方に少し行きます。台湾のグループをリードしているのは、かつてこのクラスに来ていたプラサーディニー。今ではもう五十人前後の生徒たちが集まっているそうです。そして、五月もちょっと予定が一つ決まっている。(笑)ごめんなさい、ニューヨークに来るのはその後になります。

でも、私の真実はあなた自身の真実でもあります。もっとはっきりと言えば、私はあなたです。いつもそれを忘れないで、プラクティスを、そして少しばかり聖典の勉強を怠らないでください。

そして次に会うことを楽しみにしましょう。それでは」

ジャイ・サッドグル・シュリー・マハーヨーギー・パラマハンサ・キ・ジャイ!!!

Echo From The Cave: 105

Saturday March 2, 2019 NYC

Shri Mahayogi’s Words of Truth Resound in NY:
February 24th Sadhana Program with Shri Mahayogi

In the western world, Yoga is often used to refer to the physical postures, called asana, which make up a small part of what is known as Raja Yoga, an eight-limbed scientific path to reaching the ultimate state of Self-Realization. Because there is so much emphasis in the West on “Yoga” being synonymous with “asana”, it may not be common knowledge anymore that the aim of the practice of Yoga actually is Self-Realization, rather than merely to achieve some physical benefits or relaxation.

At the same time, for those who are seeking Self-Realization and who have studied the paths taught by the Masters of the past, such as Shri Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharishi, and Paramahansa Yogananda, it may seem that asana was not taught or emphasized as part of that path at all.

Considering that, it may appear to be difficult to unite the teaching of asana (at least how it has come to be known and popularized today) and the path to Self-Realization. And we may even wonder whether one is part of the other or not. Yet, Shri Mahayogi is here now, a living Master, and he is teaching asana practice as one of the first steps along this same path to Self-Realization—to Yoga—that the Masters of the past have also taught since ancient times, or we should say that that was how the practice of asana began in the first place.

So, what is the difference? Why does it seem that asana has a role in this path?

During last Sunday’s Sadhana Program with Shri Mahayogi, a new attendee inquired exactly about this topic. Here we would like to share with you his question and Shri Mahayogi’s words in response.

 

Q: What exactly is the role of asana practice in Self-Realization?

The purpose of Yoga is to know and to realize the Truth. Then the question is: What is that Truth? It is the true Self, that is, God, which is also called Truth. Normally, the “I” that the mind believes itself to be is this body or the mind. But they are not, they are not the Self. The true Self is not the mind, It is the Pure Consciousness that witnesses the mind. The mind is always seen by that Consciousness. However, because it seems to be that the mind sees, as if it is identified with that Consciousness, the mind does not know the true Self. The various workings of that mind are the karma or the attachments towards this world; and the root cause of all of them is what is called ignorance. Therefore, what you must do is to purify the mind to be clean and transparent. If you do that, then the true Self will be awakened by itself. That is the entire path of Yoga. Yet, there are so many obstacles in the mind that are dormant. In order to eliminate and remove them, a year or 10 years of practice are not sufficient. In most cases this is the work of a lifetime. If you cannot complete it in this lifetime, then you should continue to exert effort to attain it in the next lifetime. Even so, while in search of the Truth it is better to go closer, even one step, or two steps closer towards the Truth, rather than clinging to the transient phenomena of this world, the things that are false.

Indeed, the mind has to be brought under control and restrained. However, catching the mind is difficult, just like trying to catch the wind. So, then what about water? If you use a container, then you will be able to catch the water. If it is an ice cube, it’s even easier. These are all made of H2O. The body corresponds to the ice cube. For that reason, by practicing asana, you first practice to attempt to control the body. In order to live in this natural world, the body always receives stimulation [from the outside] and becomes agitated, just as does the mind. So, the purpose of asana practice is to make the body healthy and strong, and into the body of a yogi, which remains unaffected no matter what conditions the body is under. And then if the body is well-conditioned, the path of prana that flows inside the body will be purified. That is to say in other words, to condition the breath. If the prana is getting controlled, then simultaneously, it will lead to the calming of the mind. Then the mind will come to be unaffected by various stimulants, and at the same time a very keen power of concentration arises. Using this, you concentrate on the Truth, and meditate on It. At the same time, you strive to purify the mind. Through practicing this way, the mind will actually come to be transformed completely. That means that it is becoming prepared for the real Self to emerge on its own, because It is what is undoubtedly the true Self within all of you.

I would like you to continue practicing these asana [that we practiced in the class today] for some more time, then study and learn the scriptures. By scriptures, I mean the ones that have gathered the words of Truth from Enlightened Beings, or Saints. So [since these are worthy of learning], I would like you to study hard and learn them well. Then practice meditation. Then that would be good. Here [in the class] we carry a very small book, and it will help you on your journey, at least to some degree.

 So, now I’ll end the class for today.”

Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa

 

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In modern times, we want to get results instantly, we want to know what the manual says or what technique we should use right away. But clearly that is not how the practice of asana can be. Just like how the practice of Yoga was not revealed unless someone searched for it seriously, longing for it more than anything else in life, the secret of asana too was only revealed to those who were seriously seeking Yoga. Information is abundant nowadays. Yet, the key to know and experience or to realize the Self cannot be attained through doing some kind of “technique” only for a temporary time, or by applying a “technique” that we’ve read about or heard about from just anyone. The real secret is only revealed by putting our body and mind to work, to bring them under control and purify them under the direction of a true guide who has attained the goal. That is why we need a Guru, One who knows how to bring his or her students to that same state of attainment. That is why Yoga cannot be known through intellectual knowledge, but only through actual and persistent devoted action and practice under the guidance given by a Guru. For this reason, the company of sangha is also essential as a way to support one another in learning. In this sense, although Yoga seems to be known now far and wide, true Yoga still remains practically unknown. Yoga is by nature empirical—it is nothing theoretical or philosophical.

We have mentioned several times that the asana that Shri Mahayogi teaches, though the forms may look similar to what is being taught in a multitude of schools, has a content and purpose that is entirely different. As we practice this asana, without a doubt we will discover this for ourselves and come to understand little by little why asana has a role in this path, and why it is a necessary step in the present time for many who wish to walk towards Self-Realization.

We invite you to practice and begin this discovery for yourself.

Tomorrow we will hold the final Sadhana Program with Shri Mahayogi for this visit to New York. Please do not miss this last opportunity to learn, practice and experience Yoga under the direction of a true guide who is in the state of Yoga, the Honorable Master, Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa.

 

The Sunday Sadhana Program directed by Shri Mahayogi will be held from 3-5pm at Still Mind Zendo: 37 West 17th Street #6W New York, NY 10011

 

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Here is The SMALL BOOK that Shri Mahayogi mentioned at the end of the class. It is called The Universal Gospel of Yoga. We actually only have a small stock still available for purchase.

Contained within this Gospel are the uniquely comprehensive teachings of Yoga and its practice, excerpted from conversations between Shri Mahayogi and his disciples and devotees. With the sole purpose of Awakening ever-present from beginning to end, he sheds light on the various teachings, practices and disciplines of Yoga. From the physical, such as asana practice and dietary suggestions, the most practical of daily matters, to the most subtle inner-workings of the mind, all is made practicable for the seeker of the modern age. If practiced diligently, the teachings in this Gospel have the power to clearly and precisely direct the seeker to an ever-deepening understanding of the true purpose of life—which is to awaken to the immutable and eternal Truth.

Published originally in Japanese, SATORI-AWAKENING, features a collection of teachings delivered live in public satsangha in Kyoto, Osaka and New York from 2000 to 2006.  This exquisitely designed and unique book contains actual dialogue between the Master, Shri Mahayogi, and disciples or devotees and demonstrates how the teachings of a living and true Enlightened Being lead us to the realization of our universal reality—our True Self.  As we read, we gradually touch upon the purpose of our existence, and understand Yoga as both the method and the goal of our spiritual quest.