Echo from The Cave:43

Monday April 25th, 2016 6:00pm, NYC

EXPERIENCE:
NY Gurubai’s Visit to Japan, Winter 2016
and Its Synchronization with Pranavadipa Vol. 17:

Part 3: DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE WILLINGNESS TO KNOW

Day 4:

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The living-dining room at Shanti Kutira, where the gurubhai would meet, have meals, practice daily meditation and, on the days when there was no class, practice asana.

 

On Monday, both Taka and Yohei were working the night shift that night, so they didn’t arrive home until around 9:00 or 10:00 AM. Regardless, the NY gurubhai began their sadhana and house cleaning at 6:00 AM and made breakfast all by themselves. They also took care of the laundry. Before noon, Anandamali joined them and took them to the Shinto Shrine of Kitano Tenmangū (photos in Echo 40), which is 10 minutes by bicycle from Shanti Kurtira. We then had a Yakuzen lunch (medicinal Korean meal) near the site, and spent a good bit of time talking amongst ourselves about this trip and their impressions of Japan. Since the NY gurubhai were scheduled to attend the 2-hour self-practice meditation at Yoga Vihara that night and then spend time with Yogadanda after that, in the late afternoon they practiced asana and meditation at Shanti Kutira by themselves for the first time during this trip.

 

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In the evening we attended the two-hour self-practice meditation at Yoga Vihara. In the early summer of last year, Yogadanda and Kripalu started to practice this voluntarily—their intention was just to sit continuously in silence for two hours, and to just continue to discipline themselves to practice it regularly every week. Seeing and feeling their persistent actions, other gurubhai became inspired, and now they join them from time to time. That Monday night about eight of us practiced there together.

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After the meditation, they spent time with Yogadanda. Much of the conversation was between Ryan and Yogadanda and it was about the practice of self-inquiry and discrimination.

Nandi asked Yogadanda what he has been meditating on. Yogadanda said that in the past he practiced jnana yoga, but now his meditation is to meditate on Shri Mahayogi, and it is only when the need arises that he practices discrimination in meditation. Then Nandi asked why he switched to a bhakti practice from a jnana practice.

Yogadanda answered that he had been practicing the meditation of jnana yoga for some time. He was often told by Shri Mahayogi that passion is crucial for the practice of jnana yoga, but he was not able to understand what that meant. But then he was given the role of Natcheketas in one of MYM’s public performances, “Amrita,” in 2005. He concentrated on practicing for the play all the time, repeating his lines which were filled with the passion to realize the Truth even at the cost of his life, and practicing his role again and again. By concentrating keenly on the mind of Natcheketas, he took the approach of trying to really know Natcheketas, who had staked his life on knowing the answer to the question of what would happen after he died—to realize the Truth. Yogadanda said that he sensed that what Natcheketas was doing—throwing himself completely into the meditation of facing his own death, plunging into death and seeking further beyond it—was the true meditation on death. So he tried to meditate just like Natcheketas did. And in doing so, it was as if he became able to concentrate on the jnana yoga meditation, which intensified his practice. Yogadanda’s concentrated state continued even after the day of the performance, and because at that time his situation afforded him a lot of spare time, he spent many quiet hours in meditation. However, as his situation changed, it became very difficult to concentrate on the subtlety of the process of jnana yoga, so he switched to bhakti meditation. Through his experience, he felt that pursuing the practice of jnana yoga is a very tough thing to do for people of the modern age.

Yogadanda also said that sometime after the day of performance, he had the opportunity to go to his hometown in Kyusyu, the southwestern area of Japan. Since he was not engaged in much of the work of the MYM or any other responsibilities at that time, while he was staying at his parents’ house he meditated continuously, except during meal times. He was focusing in the meditation on death. And, in the sense of seeking out the real Self beyond the death of the mind, it was exactly the same as seeking, “Who am I?” or the self-inquiry of the jnana yoga practice. Yet, there was no awareness of what types of yoga he was practicing, he was just in a state where he continuously and simply did nothing but concentrate. Notwithstanding his continuous striving, after ten days of his efforts yielding no fruit, he returned to Kyoto.

One night, when Yogadanda was working the night shift as a social worker, as he oftendoes, the result came to fruition. After aiding the receiver of his services in falling asleep, he started to meditate on his futon. After some time, his concentration was interrupted, so he simply lay down. And right before he fell asleep, the intuition came suddenly that, “I am dying!” In the next moment, it was as if an electric shock was running through his body and it went rigid. The body experienced the state of death, then his consciousness became separated from the body. But, right then, the receiver of his services woke up and called for Yogadanda, so he was immediately forced to come back from meditation.

(Recently, Yogadanda mentioned that the reason he could not concentrate on the subtlety of jnana yoga was that after this experience—this unfinished meditation on death—he could not continue to maintain the heat that is crucial for jnana yoga’s concentration, which he had been doing up until then. He thinks that there may have been many factors. Perhaps his situation and circumstances had become so busy that he did not really have time to meditate as much as he had been, and probably he was not fundamentally equipped with the tendency toward or had not yet gained the temperament of a jnana yogi, etc…)

Note:
“Amrita” in July 17, 2005 at the Museum of Kyoto—
Supervised by Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa.
This program had three parts:
1. Theatrical Play “Spiritual Journey of Natcheketas”
Actors and actresses—the MYM’s members
Screenplay—Sanatana
Director—Niranjan
2. Asana demonstration—Niranjan
3. Satsangha—Sananda

 

Ryan said that he doesn’t feel that he has pressing issues right now, or that if he does then he cannot go any further in the practice of discrimination, beyond the intellectual level, or that he often easily accepts his desires. Yogadanda advised him that it all depends on how crucial the issue is for the mind. Otherwise the practice of discrimination cannot go further to the point at which the mind itself completely transforms.

 

After an hour or so, Yohei joined in after attending a meeting downstairs. Hearing what Ryan was saying about the practice of discrimination, and after observing him for a few days, Yohei was concerned and began questioning Ryan’s understanding of it. So Yohei offered an example from his actual practice of discrimination that he experienced at one point, hoping to help Ryan:

In the past, Yohei fell into the habit of reading magazines at convenience stores without buying them. But one day it stood out to him that the magazine was spelled Ragtag-Magazine (雑誌=雑+誌) in Japanese. He felt that as long as he continued this habit, his mind would continue to be disturbed, and he concluded that it is the direct opposite of subtle meditation, so from that moment on he completely stopped reading them. After two years of continuously practicing like this, one day Yohei spoke about it to Shri Mahayogi. Then, Shri Mahayogi said with smile, “You have actually become able to discriminate well.” Until Yohei heard these words, he did not think that what he was doing was discrimination on that matter. But Yohei remembered that sometime ago when he spoke about his meditation with Shri Mahayogi, he sensed that Shri Mahayogi uses “name” and “form” when trying to go into the essence of things. So Yohei tried to apply what he had observed and learned from Shri Mahayogi to the magazine.

 

Aniruddha asked for advice on what to do when he has issues that he would like to apply discrimination to, yet he is having a hard time concentrating on actually doing that discrimination in meditation. Yohei answered that Shri Mahayogi once mentioned during satsangha that the mind too has ups and downs, like a biorhythm, and if you cannot do discrimination for whatever reason, then put it to the side and concentrate on God. Yogadanda then explained that when the biorhythm of the mind is low, the issues of the mind are hidden under the sub-consciousness, or not clearly seen on the surface, making it difficult to apply discrimination to them because even if you are looking it is hard to find them. On the other hand, when the issues appear on the surface of the mind, they can be easily grasped. That is why Shri Mahayogi said that if you cannot do discrimination in meditation, then put discrimination to the side temporarily.

 

It was that night that something appeared to start hitting Ryan much more deeply.

(The journey continues… to Echo 44)

Echo from The Cave:42

Sun April 17th, 2016 06:14am, NYC

CELEBRATION:
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAHAYOGI YOGA MISSION IN KYOTO
ORIGINAL T-SHIRT

We are all “Hanuman,”
Beloved Shri Mahayogi is within our heart—Shining!!!

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Oops! Baby Pink in the first photo is for the long sleeves… Excuse us!

 

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The modern yogi and yogini wear stylish T-shirts
with Beloved Shri Mahayogi in their hearts!

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Will keep adding photos…

 

Echo from The Cave:41

Fri April 15th, 2016 06:17am, NYC

EXPERIENCE:
NY Gurubai’s Visit to Japan, Winter 2016
and Its Synchronization with Pranavadipa Vol. 17:

Part 2: BLESSING

Day 2

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Saturday afternoon, the gurubhai from New York took their first Asana & Meditation class in Kyoto, led by Shantimayi. They were a bit nervous at first, but eventually they blended in quite well. After resting for a little while back at Shanti Kutira, we then set out to attend the first satsangha at the Ashrama!!! It was finally time to reunite with Shri Mahayogi at his residence in Kyoto!!!!!!! You can imagine how excited we were… How long we had waited for this day to come!!!!!!!

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At the satsangha, Aniruddha expressed his heartfelt need to be free. He could feel that he was always holding himself back, mostly out of being concerned about how others would perceive him. So he always felt imprisoned by what was going on in his own head, knowing that this was the opposite of the freedom he yearned for.

Shri Mahayogi was just listening and nodding his head, but he didn’t say anything about it.

When asked by Nandi why he feels that others are judging him, Aniruddha answered that his personality is such that he prefers to be reserved, to be the man in the background. He has never sought attention for himself. He was always afraid of being judged.

Still, Shri Mahayogi said nothing.

Who could have guessed that the answer was yet to come—no, actually what would happen went far beyond any kind of answer. Who knew that something that was beyond an answer, even beyond what any of us could imagine, was bound to come…and so soon!

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After the satsangha, we had late dinner with Satya, Kripal, Taka and Yohei at Shanti Kutira. With foresight, Taka had prepared the meal before heading to the satsangha. Ryan couldn’t attend the first night’s meeting because he was so exhausted after not being able to sleep well the night they arrived, but this night, Ryan was wide-awake and looking completely alive. Nandi, on the other hand, who was probably over excited at having seen Shri Mahayogi and attending the satsangha at the Ashrama, couldn’t stay up any longer, so he went to sleep right after dinner. As if Ryan was making up for the precious time with gurubhai that he had missed the night before, he asked a number of questions about the recurring theme present in all of the discussions that took place over the course of their journey—discrimination.

At some point, Yohei, knowing that Satya had been practicing discrimination, suggested that she share her practice of discrimination.

She shared that her tendency is such that if something rises up within her that she is bothered by or concerned about, she cannot think about anything other than that, and this makes her naturally enter into the condition of discriminating on a given issue. In the beginning, it took a long time to process, but she now feels that she has grasped how to get to the core of discrimination, or how to go about discrimination, so her process has been shortened. Discrimination begins by thinking about the matter, (this is the gross level in which she is aware that she is thinking about it, and this is the condition in which she and the issue are entangled). Then, as she continues, gradually, the condition arises in which it seems as if the issue is being looked at from above. By that time, the state of concentration deepens and continues in the depths of the mind. That condition ends too. And then, the condition in which it appears as if the mind no longer contains that issue at all arises. At that time, she is not aware of concentrating, but the concentration still continues. At some point she experiences the feeling of being very clear and light, as if the clouds have been cleared away and the sun has come out into the blue sky. Then all of a sudden at that time, the intuition comes, that “the matter in its entirety will be resolved very soon.” And later it vanishes by sheer chance.

Ryan asked her how she knows if the matter is completely resolved or not. She answered that when the issue is completely discriminated, then she clearly knows that the matter is completely separate from her, so that she can never be bothered by it again in any way whatsoever. Since she knows from her experiences the difference between the condition of intellectually understanding it, (in which her mind forcibly tells her “that is ignorance”, “that is the Truth”), and the issue being resolved by actually discriminating, she carries the process through until the very end of discrimination, which results in the renunciation of that issue.

And she also explained that the practice of discrimination she is working through is nothing like a big subject such as “death,” but rather it is focused on the agitations within her mind that occur in daily life. For example, it could be something like, “Why does a feeling of “not liking” this person arise?” Or, if she is bothered or disturbed by the words of others, “what is the real intention behind these words?” Or if her negative habits arise, why does she still allow them to continue?

She said that hearing the questions that Ryan asked Yohei and Taka gave her the impression that they might be thinking that the practice of discrimination is something very far removed from the matters of daily life. But she feels that discrimination begins by first taking a subject that is closely related to one’s own actions, which is a very concrete thing. And by continuing to practice discrimination in this way, one is able to understand the teachings of Truth more and more, and to sense and absorb them on a deeper level. Through engaging in this process, as its consequence discrimination on ignorance—that is the very root cause of these thoughts and habits—happens. And then that ignorance is renounced. If that act of discriminating the root cause, or ignorance, was attempted at the very beginning, the process would be as elusive as grabbing a cloud.

(At another time, Satya, when thinking back on that night, mentioned that if they were to speak more openly about their issues, then she might be able to try to go through the actual process together with them. Unfortunately, Ryan’s example was not that clear, or perhaps he had not yet opened himself up, so she gave up on speaking about it further—discrimination begins from the point of clarifying what the issue is, so it cannot begin if the issue is not clear.)

When asked to share about her practice of meditation, Satya spoke about trying to know and understand Nag Mahasyaya, whom she had chosen for the subject of meditation for the Siddha Marga* program. (We will share her experience of concentrating on Nag Mahasyaya in another blog. It was very inspiring!)

* Siddha Marga is the three-year program that was initiated for the concrete growth of each disciple. It was a program made only for serious practitioners who have attended MYM’s classes regularly for some years and were willing to go further. The program was run between April 2013 and March 2016. It was led by Sananda and Sanatana.

Taka also spoke about his experience in Siddha Marga program. He chose Swami Vivekananda as his ideal. He had not really meditated on any Enlightened Being except for Shri Mahayogi, so at the beginning, it was very difficult to focus on Swami Vivekananda. He was, of course, interested in India, where Yoga and religion are well rooted and have developed, but sometime later he really wanted to see and experience how, and in what kinds of places Swami Vivekananda actually lived and practiced. So he went to India. He tried to feel the life and spirit of Swami Vivekananda through communicating with the swamis and devotees in Belur Math and branches of the Ramakrishna Mission, to see and touch and trace the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda’s life and work. When he returned to Japan, his daily life was very much influenced by meditating on Swami Vivekananda. If there was ever a moment in which he caught the mind in an idle, unfocused state—he would immediately begin to repeat the name of Swami Vivekananda. So, gradually he was able to focus intently on Swami Vivekananda, and he has begun to feel the bliss, or the Reality that he feels when he focuses single-mindedly on Shri Mahayogi. The quality of his concentration was not steady at first, but through persisting and continuing to practice, there was something that he began to understand: the origin of that bliss, or Reality, that he feels from Swami Vivekananda and Shri Mahayogi exists within him. And because of the fact that this experience of Reality is not consistent, some days it is strong and some days it is weak, his immediate goal is then to make it possible to feel this bliss and Reality at all times, endlessly, and to know its essence. He understood the essential need to deepen his learning and restructure his life completely in order to accomplish that task. And this learning and meditation have continued up to now.

Upon hearing this, Aniruddha said that he could clearly see that his practice has been an easy one up until this moment. He could feel how seriously Taka meditated on Swami Vivekananda, and he was touched by it.

 

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In the morning, they took an Asana and Meditation class led by Dharmini. After that, Nandi went back to Shanti Kutira alone by bicycle to meet Gurudas there. They are both masseurs, so they shared their practices and learned from each other. (It was quite an adventure for Nandi to get back there all by himself… and, well… he lost his way… But it was better than another guruhbai from New York some years ago who got lost riding back by bicycle and ended up circling around the immediate neighborhood for several hours!)

The rest of us were in Kripalu’s car. He took us sight-seeing to the Fushimi Shrine, the iconic Shinto shrine with the vermillion toriis cascading down the hillside. Throughout our visit, Kripalu graciously took care of us in addition to Taka and Yohei. He quit his job right before our visit due to his former company’s relocation to the next prefecture. In order to continue to serve by participating in the works of the MYM, he chose to quit his job rather than relocating with the company. Because of his newly found flexibility, he unconditionally offered us a lot of his time and energy. Very often, he would come to pick up Anandamali, who was serving as the translator and organizer of the trip, at 2 am, or even 5am, to take her where she was staying, at Yoga Vihara, the residence of Yogadanda and Satya.

 

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As it turns out, Sunday proved not to be the best day to visit the famous shrine. There were so many people there that we decided to take a side path and find a more secluded area.

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After resting a little at Shanti Kutira, we visited Seva Kutira, the house of service, to have dinner with Saci, Madhri and Mirabai, who reside there. These three female disciples have been working solely for the Mission for many years, and they are the engine behind many of its activities.

Aniruddha was again the first one to ask them a question. In an attempt to get help for himself, he said that he supposed that at the beginning, their focus was not only on Yoga, so what was it that made it possible for them to focus solely on Yoga? They answered very openly and sincerely.

Saci said that although when she first met Shri Mahayogi she didn’t understand what Yoga really was at all, she had a feeling that she shouldn’t continue the way she had been living, and that she should not leave her ego as it was, so she thought about trying Yoga.

She started to attend the satsangha at the Ashrama every week, but she felt that Sanskrit, or a lot of unfamiliar words were being spoken, so honestly she could not understand what Shri Mahayogi was saying for quite a long time. Still, she was somehow convinced that this must be the real, authentic thing here, in Shri Mahayogi, even though she had never really felt that her life up until that point had been false…

She continued to practice asana every single day, she took everything that was taught to her as being the positive things that she should practice, such as not drinking alcohol or not eating meat. And one year later, there was an incident that made her recognize a great transformation of her mind, and it really amazed her to know that the mind, which had been so resistant to change no matter how hard she tried, could change if she practiced Yoga continuously and persistently over the course of one year. That made her think that Yoga is her life’s work and the one thing that she would continue.

Madhri said that at some point, she started to feel that she really wanted to find out what the aim or purpose of life is. While she continued her search, and when she felt that she would not be able to go further, she met Shri Mahayogi. And the firm words spoken by Shri Mahayogi, “The Truth that is unchangeable, exists in everyone,” penetrated her, and she started to feel convinced. Then Shri Mahayogi told her, “Seek seriously only that which is truly precious, and by doing that, the number of things that are equally precious that remain, will be clarified.” Upon hearing this, she began the practice.

Mirabai said that she had been seeking the meaning of life, seeking something that she could live for.

Then, Anirruddha suddenly asked her, “Could you teach me about kirtan?”

Mirabai: “Why do you want to learn kirtan?”

Anirruddha: “Because Mr. Shimada told me that if I want to learn more about bhakti, I should ask Mirabai about kirtan. What is kirtan?”

Mirabai sensed that something about the way that Aniruddha asked, had nothing to do with the spirit of kirtankirtan was not something you could exchange, like a tool to heighten one’s bhakti, so she expressed her supposition,

“You do not really understand what kirtan is.”

Aniruddha was really surprised to hear these words.

Nandi then asked, “Aniruddha why do you wan to know?”

Aniruddha had actually intended to ask if this could be a tool to help him, but instead, he expressed his core feelings by saying—

“I have always wanted to be free, to experience freedom from my desires.”

In a strong surge of emotion, Aniruddha’s head fell toward his chest and he placed his hand on his forehead, as he struggled to contain his emotions. No matter how much he struggled to gain control, it could not be controlled. Moments of silence ensued… and through a forced whisper, he said,

Anandamali… I came here knowing that perhaps this is my first and last visit—I would never have a chance to come back again…. Even though I am not in such condition both mentally and spiritually, I was able to come… I really want to deal with the part of me that is indecisive… “

Then the tears broke.

 

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After we left Seva Kutira, Aniruddha said that he was very embarrassed because he had never cried in front of people before. He felt ashamed.

Later on, after reflecting on his experience however, he realized that Shri Mahayogi had not said anything at the satsangha, but actually, he had received much more than an answer… THE EXPERIENCE OF OPENING—it was Shri Mahayogi’s blessing that did that for him. It was Sri Mahayogi’s blessing that freed him for the very first time. Aniruddha said,

“Shri Mahayogi let me truly see how much He means to me in my life. “

 

(The journey continues… to Echo 43

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Echo from The Cave:40

Sat April 9th, 2016 10:00pm, NYC

EXPERIENCE:
NY Gurubai’s Visit to Japan, 2016 Winter
and Its Synchronization with Pranavadipa Vol. 17:

Part 1: PURIFICATION

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Crossing the first torii (gateway), symbolizing the entrance into the sacred grounds, located at the Shinto Shrine of Kitano Tenmangū (founded in 947 AD) near the Ashrama. Shri Mahayogi used to play baseball here when he was a young boy. It must have been quite different back then.

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Another torii (gate) to pass through.

To become a disciple, or to begin on a path of any sorts,
we write in Japanese “entering the gate”.

入門 =  入(Enter)+ 門(Gate)

Usually the approach to the Hall of Prayer from the first torii does not follow a straight path.
Shri Mahayogi taught me that this is symbolic of the process of purification.

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 Another gate to pass through: Tower Gate

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Finally, we arrive at the Hall of Prayer.

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Nandi, the holy cow—this shrine must be for worshiping Shiva!!

 

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Day 1:
Heading towards the center on a bus to familiarize ourselves with the city of Kyoto,
Japan’s ancient capital for 1,000 years.

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Shanti Kutira

The three brothers had the daily assignment of practicing asana, meditation and attending to the housework. Knowing that there was a dinner meeting with gurubai that evening and knowing that they must not eat for at least two hours after practicing, they returned mid-afternoon to Shanti Kutira, the residence of Taka and Yohei and place where they were staying, to complete their daily sadhana before the dinner would be served. Taka practiced with them, then went to work. He is a social worker, as is Yohei.

After completing their sadhana, they rested until the dinner meeting. They must have been tired and jet lagged after such long hours of travelling. In spite of that, they had woken up early and started off the morning cleaning house. And this continued every morning throughout the time they were in Japan, in both Kyoto and Tokyo.

Mr. Shimada arrived from his job, and prepared the dinner, assisted by Yohei who had also come back from work.

The first night with the gurubai was spent with Sananda, Kripalu, Mr. Shimada and Yohei. Wasting no time, Aniruddha began asking Sananda questions about the practice of discrimination. In answering these questions and throughout the course of the night, Sananda spoke a lot about “the importance of discrimination and daily practice: kriya yoga.” He emphasized that in order to make progress toward the goal of Realization, asana and meditation practice are essentially pointless if you are not practicing thorough discrimination in your daily life.

Yohei mentioned that following the instruction of Shri Mahayogi, he had started practicing discrimination thoroughly, not only in meditation but also throughout his everyday activities. He shared a lot about himself, the mistakes he made, his tendencies, and how he has been practicing discrimination strictly. He remarked that it has helped him to clarify his obstacles and goal, so that he can focus only on Yoga. Aniruddha told us later that hearing the fact that Yohei had been practicing discrimination for a year was quite shocking, but then when he heard that he had been following such detail in his practice—this was truly eye opening. He had found the way his brothers had spoken about discrimination so practically to be very inspiring and helpful in allowing him to understand how to dig much more deeply into what the practice really is.

For sure, that night’s conversations set the tone for the whole visit. All conversations that took place after that were related to the application of discrimination in daily life—what you eat, how you act, how you spend your time, how you interact with people, etc.

 

(The journey continues… to Echo 41)

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Both sections of Pranavadipa Vol. 17, Shri Mahayogi’s Satsamgha and the Testimony by Yohei: “Three Gurubai From New York and My Ten Days with Them” are centered on the topic of applying discrimination in daily life. It is a very practical and inspired issue!
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Echo from The Cave:39

Sun April 3rd, 2016 12:00pm, NYC

CONVEYANCE:
Mirabai of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission will visit Taipei, Taiwan in April


During her two week visit she will offer a Kirtan program called Bhakti Sagham: Chant—touch the Love and Joy in the depths of the Soul,as well as Satsangha, and Asana & Meditation classes. This will be her second visit to Taipei at the invitation of our sangha in Taiwan.

Bhakti Sangham   4/24 14:30~16:30 at SPACE YOGA
Bhakti Sangham & Satsangha   5/1  14:00~17:15 in Taipei City
Asana & Meditation   4/26, 28, 5/3 and 5/5 19:30~21:30 at Joyful Living / 心悦人文空間
Satsangha   4/27 and 5/4 19:30~21:30 in Taipei City

For further details (in Chinese), click here
All other information, please E-mail here

Mirabai has been learning Yoga from Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa for 15 years in Kyoto, Japan. Through dedicating herself to Kirtan, one of the practices of Yoga, she has experienced the transformation of her life into one that is filled with Love and Joy.  In Japan she is a member of a Kirtan group, known as Shakti, through which she now shares this experience of God’s Love and the Joy of connecting with God.

Her writings and speeches can be read on our website and online publication, Pranavadipa:
Raja Yoga: Yama & Niyama by Ms. Endo
Raja Yoga: Asana by Ms. Endo
Pranavadipa #10 Testimony by Actual Practitioners: Transformation through Bhakti:
Jayanti Speeches from 2007, 2009 and 2011
by Mirabai
Seeking for the Truth, Memoir of a Yogini (Published by the Mahayogi Yoga Mission Kyoto,  2015.   This books is in Japanese only.)


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Echo from The Cave:38

Tue Dec 8th, 2015 7:07 am, NYC

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Jai Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa Ki Jai!!!

 

DEDICATION:
Pranavadipa

It was with pure delight and deepest gratitude
for our Venerable Master
Satguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahansa
and his sacred words of Truth
that we wish to announce
that the next cycle of Pranavadipa,
The Light of Resounding Truth,
begins Today, December 8th.

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DIRECTOR’S VOICE:
Now that the first year 12 volumes have been released to subscribers, we wanted to create a sample page for those who are not yet subscribers to get a glimpse of what powerful insights subscribers receive every month. To wrap up this first year, we sent out inquiries to some of the subscribers asking them to tell us which volume they liked best and why. Indeed, we saw the phenomenon of “ten minds, ten answers.” Almost all the answers are unique.

In the end, we decided to select Vol. 12 for our sample, and now that volume and the table of contents for volumes 1 to 12 have been made available for you to view on the publication page on our website.


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OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING:

Our Beloved Master,
As the reader’s comments indicate,
Your Sacred Existence,
Your Pranava—Your words of Truth
really have the power to change the course of our lives!

Jai Satguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahansa ki Jai!

 We humbly bow before you.

 

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READERS’ VOICES:
Pranavadipa is like an answered prayer. While I love the book ‘SATORI’ and it contains the words and teachings of Sri Mahayogi, I tend to read it straight through. What I like about Pranavadipa is that I spend a month on each volume as it comes out, reading and re-reading sections every night. I feel much closer to Sri Mahayogi than I did before Pranavadipa. I feel as though he is right in front of me teaching me through this! I also feel like I am a part of the Sangha in Japan, and feel a connection to Sangha members around the world.”    (MJ Yazzetti, New York)

Pranavadipa creates a feeling of anticipation for me every month, because I look forward to reading what topics will be discussed during the satsanga and what the personal testimonies will be about. It is through Pranavadipa that I came to learn of the twelve depending originations of Buddha, which motivated me to want to know more about Buddha’s teachings. What I greatly enjoy about Pranavadipa is how much deeper topics are delved into when there is uncertainty. Answers are often looked at from various angles giving the reader a broader perspective. Plus we have the added benefit that most of these questions come from more advanced disciples who deeply want to understand Shri Mahayogi’s teachings, whose inquiry goes beyond the surface. In turn, the depth Shri Mahayogi will go into when answering these questions provides greater understanding of his teachings than the level at which we have now.”    (L Spence, New York)

On “Teachings of Shri Mahayogi”:

Vol. 1: ‘Truth is One,’ Sri Mahayogi is letting the entire world know that Truth is Truth, and It is already inside and available to access by everyone. He defies the stereotype of a Guru being from India. Also, in ‘New Wine for New Bottles,’ He is telling everyone that there are no circumstances preventing anyone from becoming Enlightened. It is for everyone, regardless of job or lifestyle. This is great comfort to a beginner.”

Vol. 2: because it gives a basic overview of Yoga and relates it to Buddhism, and includes the most useful testimony from a practitioner.”

Vol. 3: The crystal clear explanation of what meditation truly is and how we should strive to attain it has been the most helpful to me in terms of my actual practice. It inspires me to try to use every experience everyday to go further in rejecting my own notions about what things are, and to try and discern deeper and deeper levels of concentration on the pure essence of existence.”

Vol. 4: One of the most powerful teachings that really made an impression on me was in the satsangha from Volume 4. Sri Mahayogi’s explanation of the relationship between fear or anxiety and attachment to possessions really demystified the origin of fear and how to overcome it. The way he explains the practical day-to-day understanding and how it can eventually lead us toward the great goal that we are striving toward inspired me to put it into action!”

Vol.5: One thing I love about Pranavadipa is that we get to see Sri Mahayogi speak autobiographically and “hear” him describe his own life experience, particularly as a child or a high school student. This is really precious to me because Sri Mahayogi doesn’t speak about these things in every satsangha. When we get the opportunity to read a new satsangha every month, then we are bound to get some of these fascinating insights from time to time. I particularly like Sri Mahayogi’s discussion about how he was practicing Yoga without having any knowledge of scriptures or teaching or anything, just Buddha as his ideal.”

Vol. 6: There are many great disciples asking real practical questions. This displays their passion for the teachings of the Guru and their thirst for Truth. Regardless of whether it’s coming from seeking an answer to counter fear or the uncertainty of life, their motivation of eagerness to help others, or simply their wanting to know the Truth or love for God. They show unparalleled honesty and passion toward that end.

These questions were asked 19 years ago, and by knowing a few things about these outstanding elders 19 years later, this gives solid proof of the transformative power of Yoga when embraced and practiced with a genuine heart. This fact gives me inspiration to look forward evermore to the glorious journey ahead.

In practical terms, as different as they are as individuals, I do see part of myself in all of their reflections. Therefore, those questions of the past are my questions at this time. And the ones that I am not quite conscious of, I will be able to make use of them in some time. It almost seems like Shri Mahayogi’s answers are directed toward me personally. I do learn a great deal from this Satsangha. Thank you translation team!”

Vol. 7: The explicit instructions for actual practice are, to me, the most concrete and practical of all the very practical advice and teachings within the entire Pranavadipa. Without constantly returning to the basic understanding of yogic psychology outlined in this volume, it is impossible to make much progress, however much asana one practices. Or at least, this has been my own experience.”

Vol. 8: ‘Do not do what you want to do, then you will be able to do what you want to do.’ Ever since the moment I read it, this article has been constantly stuck in my mind.”

Vol. 9: this one in particular would be a favorite because her question is one that I have been struggling with for quite a while. The words and teachings of Sri Mahayogi on this topic are so deep and for me they were difficult to grasp fully. When reading it one knows they are hearing from no ordinary human. These are the words of a Master!!!”

Vol. 10: of Pranavadipa has lots of teachings that really stayed with me. Most of all was the fact that when a disciple asked about parabhakti, the state of supreme love for God, Sri Mahayogi began his answer by describing the structure of the mind from the perspective of yogic psychology and building his answer on that foundation to explain how surrendering the mind to God leads to Awakening. This manner of connecting the empirical aspects with the mystical aspects of Yoga is one of the many things that makes Sri Mahayogi’s teachings so unique!”

Vol. 11: ‘The Attitude of Seekers’: Intensely practical advice on how to translate the isolation of sadhana into effective and constant daily practice. I guess that for me, the most practical teachings are the most easily relatable, as well as the most inspiring.”

Vol. 12: because it seemed to have very practical advice.

I really like teachings which you can apply immediately in your daily practice; in daily life; moment to moment. I felt issue #12 really spoke to my current situation.”

 

On “Testimonies from Actual Practitioners”:

Vol. 4: ‘What is Yoga? Part 4: Power of Asana is Great’ This testimony from Mr. Shimada comes back into my mind often when I struggle with my asana practice. The advice to encourage oneself by remembering that this effort results in tapas, and that tapas is the key to self-purification, has helped me immensely and continues to help me every day!”

Vol. 6: ‘Buddha’s Enlightenment – The Twelvefold Dependent Originations’ is My favorite.

I like this because I believe this is the first thing, and maybe the most important thing that an individual who is just starting out on the spiritual path has to understand. Once this is fully grasped there is no way back. It is like a crack in a dam. Once the dam of ignorance is understood and has been broken, the pure Yoga is going to flow naturally through one’s body. Understanding this is like a skydiver that takes the jump. Once he did it there is no way back. The gravity of the Truth will take care of the rest. This writing contains the wisdom that’s going to make one take that jump. Sanatana’s words are so beautiful written that not only can one understand the meaning but he or she is also excited to start on this journey.

My love to Shri Mahayogi for guiding his disciple to write such inspiring words about the importance of starting a spiritual journey!”

Vol. 7: ‘What is Yoga? Part 5: Actualy Practicing Meditation’ of Mr. Shimada that carefully explicates each limb of Raja Yoga.

Vol. 9: ‘Dedication on the day of Shri Mahayogi’s Jayanti 2014′  To me, this is one of the most beautiful things I’ve read. The vulnerability and Light in Sadhya is palpable. Her words connected with me deeply.”

Vol. 10: ‘Transformation through Bhakti: Jayanti Speeches from 2007, 2009 and 2011′ What I particularly like about this is seeing her spiritual growth and transformation over this time. It is black and white proof that discipline, Kriya Yoga and spending time in the teachings of Sri Mahayogi do transform an individual, and this helps me want to strengthen my resolve to practice diligently.”

Vol. 11: ‘The Meaning of Life: Third Phase of Life’ The reason for this is that I was fascinated with Sananda’s passion with Awakening, and how he truly demonstrated that no matter what situation one is facing, as long as one is determined to realize the Truth, he is on the right path toward Yoga. His story is very inspiring for me.”

Vol. 12: ‘Guru, The Master’  Beautifully, simply and clearly written. If you read this article, there is no question any more about the necessity of a Guru in the spiritual practice.”

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Before Reading Vol. 13, we recommend that you read “The Search for True Life—The Meaning of Life Part 1 of 4” on the Mahayogi Yoga Mission website, so that you can prepare yourself to read Part 2 of 4 in ” Testimonies from Actual Practitioners” on Vol. 13.

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REFLECTION:
The Real self

I just want to be myself! Be yourself! These are phrases we hear used daily and we ourselves have used from time to time. But who is this “self” we claim we want to be. How did you come to this conclusion that this is who “I am”? This question of who the “self” really is, is what’s raised in the first article of a four part series written by Sanatana in 1999 entitled, “The Search for True Life—The Meaning of Life.”

Sanatana’s approach to this subject is very fascinating, yet different. The question is not raised from a philosophical stand point, such as “Who Am I” in the grand scope of life; but rather, when I look in the mirror, how did this individual I claim to be, come to be. These thoughts I possess, these desires, these goals… how did I come to claim these as my own? For the uncertain mind that does not know what to do with their life, or wanting to become a productive member of society, having a sense of our real identity is paramount for true success. This is what Sanatana goes on to answer for us as he presents a systemic approach we can take to uncover the Real self.

Aniruddha

 

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on the 8th of every month, that means Tuesday December 8th!!!

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A RECEIVER’S VOICE: Pranavadipa

Reflecting on the First Year of Pranavadipa:

The day it arrives in my Inbox is a good day. A new Pranavadipa! The first time I look at it, I scan the section titles and subtitles. I skim all the way down to the bottom and then soar back up to the top, to begin to read in earnest.

On the first reading, some small things will jump out at me. In Pranavadipa #1, for example, it was the title “New Wine for New Bottles”, about adapting the ancient practices of the rsi to modern lifestyles. In Pranavadipa #12, it was Shri Mahayogi’s explicit instructions for how to meditate on Buddha- to really feel the Essence of the object, feel his body, feel the rhythm of his breath, make it as tangible as possible.

Then I read it again and again throughout the month, on the train, waiting to see the dentist, at night at home on the couch, wherever I happen to be. I keep it in my phone, handy to read anywhere anytime, even without an Internet connection

For most of us who have very little or no real experience or understanding of Yoga or serious spiritual practice (in the religion I was brought up in, spiritual practice means practicing rituals at certain times of the week or year and saying a certain number of prayers every day, for the most part), Pranavadipa is like fresh air in springtime. Yoga is in point of fact not postures or chanting or “being spiritual”. Yoga is breaking yourself down in a new way at every step. I was going to write about how challenging this is at the beginning stages, but truthfully there are only two stages: the beginning and the end. I am beginning the journey repeatedly until I reach the destination, because at every juncture I discover a new area of the mind that needs to be sand-blasted out of delusion.

Pranavadipa is a blessing and a delight because it connects me to the struggles of others who are attempting the same path. It inspires me to be more creative in the ways I attempt to combat my own lower self, using the examples of others and the techniques they have developed as indispensable guides.

But even more so, it connects me to Shri Mahayogi. It enables me to do with his image the very things he describes for others to do with the image of Buddha or Swami Vivekananda: To feel the life, the personality, the breath, to get as close as possible with the mind in order to go beyond the mind.

For me, Pranavadipa is the very synthesis of Buddha’s Three Jewels, the Buddha or Guru, the Dharma or Teachings and the Sangha or Brotherhood of practitioners. The sincerity of the gurubai, the depth and weight of the teachings and the words and ways of Shri Mahayogi permeate every issue.

I cannot wait to see what the New Year will bring.

Prajna

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A RECEIVER’S VOICE: Pranavadipa Vol. 12 – Testimony

Reading Sananda’s testimony about the Guru makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The most mysterious questions of life can only be truly answered when the mind is prepared to receive those answers, and when the person who can demonstrate that they possess the true answer arrives. Who is that person, and how shall I know that they are truly qualified? Why should I be concerned with the role of the Guru, and whether I can find my own Guru in this life? Here we can find the answers: how the Guru guides the seeker, how the seeker recognizes the true Guru and what the qualifications of a true Guru actually are. You may be surprised!

The more I contemplate these ideas, the more deeply they reach me. How long must I have been searching, in order to find such precious treasure? To read these words that explain so plainly, so succinctly, without any attempt at mystification or grandiose language, the profound simplicity and tremendous power of the True Guru‘s light, and the way he can focus that light onto the seeker at the perfect intensity to burn away the unnecessary and unwanted, without destroying the vital and the good or causing undue pain. What a comfort and relief to know that a steadying hand is always ready to catch me when I stumble on the dark and treacherous path!

The struggle for yoga and against the mind is a difficult battle that must be fought to the very end, or there is always the danger of the tricky, impure mind asserting itself again if one attempts to make progress on one’s own. By immersing myself little by little into the Essence of the Master, I am led to my own Essence. There is nothing to fear when walking in the footsteps of someone who exemplifies the Eternal Truth. When the sacred encounter happens, it is unmistakeable, and it is open and available to anyone who is ready to receive it. Even though I spend time meditating on that same Essence every day, it becomes all too easy to believe that the appearance of a True Guru is a commonplace thing. It is not! And truly the efforts of myself and my brother and sister disciples in our practice are not simply our own efforts, but rather the light of the Master infiltrating our muscles and bones, and carrying us along with the force of a thousand tides, inexorably but perhaps without our even feeling it, across the ocean of life and death and on to Reality.

Prajna

 

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A RECEIVER’S VOICE: Pranavadipa Vol. 12 – Teachings of Shri Mahayogi

The recent issue of Pranavadipa, Volume 12, entitled Practical Methods of Meditation, was just that: very practical approaches to meditation, whether one is just beginning or has many years of experience.

If you pay attention, you will recognize that this volume chronicles three separate satsanga from 2001 to 2002, centering around a seeker, in this case Ms. Endo (Mirabai), from her first satsanga with Shri Mahayogi to a year and four months later. These three sastangha capture her sincere effort in wanting to know how to correctly meditate. It is an inspiring example that shows how having the attitude of a seeker who is willing to practice Shri Mahayogi’s advice proactively, enables a seeker’s experience to deepen.

The conversations between Shri Mahayogi, Ms. Endo and the other disciples bring forth practical insights and applications that all of us practitioners of Yoga can take something from in order to further our meditation experiences and daily practice.

It is said that meditating on the physical form of God is the easiest way to experience the Truth, but when one chooses to meditate on their ideal, how do we truly experience the real essence of that Being? How do you come to understand your ideal on a personal level, not just intellectually based on what’s written in books? What are the effects of daily meditation on someone’s life and how does Meditation influence this? Should we be anxious to really want to experience realization? These are some of the questions raised through these satsanga in Pranavadipa vol. 12, in which you get to experience not just how Shri Mahayogi answers them but also how he teaches Ms. Endo and the other disciples. These are a few of the highlights I have presented, you may find more that can aid you in your personal journey of meditation.

Aniruddha

 

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