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Year-Long Programmes Galore

by Rukmini Abbruzzi

RudraI Am “Siva is beginning soon, a foundational course in consciousness, with no prerequisites.  Everyone is welcomed to experience Swamiji’s magical mix of classical teaching stories, psychology and yogic practices, along with the tangible Grace that reveals your own Divinity to you.

Join Swamiji’s FREE Intro call October 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern Time).  Click here to get the phone codes.

And (DRUMROLL PLEASE), announcing the title for 2014’s new year-long programme:

Guru & Self
Kamal and Swamiji  Ganeshpuri, IndiaYou need a Guru, yoga says, repeatedly emphasizing this in the ancient texts.  Why?  Explore the mystery of the Guru with Swami Nirmalananda as she explains the pivotal importance of the Guru in our Shaktipat tradition and illumines the secrets hidden in the traditional ceremonies and practices.   Learn how your Guru serves you as a teacher, as a guide, as a mentor, as a role model, as an exemplar and as a mirror in which you see your Self.

Your stories and experiences are an integral part of this course, through the group discussions with Swamiji.  She helps you discover how to serve as an agent of Grace, uplifting others through your sharings, while deepening your understanding of your own experiences.  With each personal story, Swamiji offers teachings and insights that enhance your inner blossoming.  Extra phone conference calls are included in the schedule so you find a time that works for you.

Two enrollment options are available:

Option #1 — monthly teaching articles, audio recordings by Swamiji, and phone conference calls (about 2 weeks apart)

Option #2 — monthly teaching articles, audio recordings by Swamiji, and phone conference calls PLUS a weekend retreat Oct 24-26 2014

Prerequisite:  Shaktipat Retreat OR Shishya Membership

Eligible yogis may join Swamiji on a FREE Intro call, March 15 from 4:00-5:30 pm (Eastern Time).  Click here to enroll and get the phone codes.

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Collaboration?

By Swami Nirmalananda

Why collaborate?  I love it when the deeper answer coincides with the practicalities. I actually don’t do anything without this inner and outer integration.

The deeper answer is that Master Yoga runs on Grace, just as the Ashram does.  With the formal separation between them, it’s been a little like “Siva and you — you are “Siva, but you don’t know you are.  The good news is that Master Yoga never lost the Grace, largely due to our Teacher Trainers, especially Vidyadevi and Karobi, who continued to work closely with me.  Even when I wasn’t physically in the classroom, I always knew what was going on and was able to offer input and blessings.

Our new levels of collaboration are pumping the flow of Grace into Master Yoga in a whole new way.  I can see a type of enlivenment reaching into the corners, like sunlight shining onto a plant in the corner at the dawn.  Both Boards continue to meet and develop answers — sometimes they have to come up with the questions as well!

The practicalities dictate efficiencies, both for better responsiveness to yogi’s needs as well as to handle your money respectfully, for the organizational funds all come from you, thus we think of it as your money.  This also draws the two organizations closer and streamlines activities, including programs as well as our shared Business Manager.  We’ve already seen a reduction in the number of emails and other communications needed, both internally as well as coming to you.  Our goal is transparency — to keep you up-to-date without burying you in TMI (too much information).

Comments — click here to offer your input into the collaboration question.

Who is “Siva?

by Swami Nirmalananda
Shiva-peaceful
Yoga says you are “Siva.  OK – but who is “Siva?  Swami Nirmalananda says, “I had never heard of “Siva when I received the mantra, so I had no idea what it really meant.  I created the I Am “Siva course so you would understand the tremendous meaning of this mantra, to deepen your experience of who you really are.”  Experience Swamiji’s magical mix of classical teaching stories, psychology and yogic practices, along with the tangible Grace that reveals your own Divinity to you.

If you have taken this course before, please know that Swamiji is updating all the articles and audios, plus you are eligible for a specially discounted tuition rate on Enrollment Options 3&4.  The reason is that your participation will not only benefit you, but your previous studies will support the new students in the programme.

Click to register for our free Intro call, October 16 7:00-8:30pm (Eastern Time)

Designed to fill the year-end gap, this course gives you teachings and practices to support you through the holidays and into the new year. Our multi-media format allows you to study at home, preparing for the Weekend Retreat in November, or to choose a level of participation that works with your budget for both money and time.

Give your Self the support you deserve!

Choose from four enrollment options:
Option #1. Monthly Articles (enrollment available all year)
Option #2. Monthly Articles & audios (enrollment available all year)
Option #3. Monthly Articles, audios & phone calls (calls are not recorded)
Option #4. Monthly Articles, audios, phone calls PLUS the November Weekend Retreat

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Shaktipat

by Theresa Morrison

Swami DarshanWhether concrete or subtle, yogis receiving Shaktipat from Swami Nirmalananda experience a range of openings, expansions, and revelations that are real and profound.  Please enjoy these yogis’ descriptions of Shaktipat from recent Retreats with Swamiji.

Robin Blankenship describes her experience of Shaktipat as the movement of energy through her body:

“My Shaktipat retreat was a very deep and intense experience. I now feel Kundalini go all the way up into my head during yoga practice and meditation. It used to be blocked at my neck and shoulders. [I] experienced Shakti in my body as a source that is ever changing and moving. I experienced it as a moving part that is now unstuck.  I continue to have access to this experience of Shiva as constant change.  It is helping me to accept change… in my life and not be afraid of it.”

She summarizes that the experience of Shakti moving freely throughout her own body had a direct effect on her spiritual practice and allowed her to have new insights into the nature of movement and change in her daily life.  This has allowed her to become unblocked and unstuck.

France de la Fontaine shares some particular experiences of blissful from her recent Shaktipat Retreat:

“On Sunday morning, I woke up and I felt pure joy and peace, no fears. I imagine bliss this way — since, in meditation, I can have a glimpse of this state… the other thing that I felt on that Sunday morning was the impression that the world was in my belly. It was very special.”

France goes on to describe that Shaktipat opens her heart and helps her to “progress on the path of illumination.”

Beth Richardson recounts her own experience of progress.  She writes, “I feel my meditation is clearer, and I am happier, more patient and more at peace.”

Whether momentary or enduring, these experiences of clarity or Self offer glimpses of what is possible. They encourage further seeking and practice.

Susan Daniel shares, “The Shaktipat Retreat continues to provide motivation to prioritize a daily meditation practice.”

Dhananjaya King says that he has found a new “willingness to stay in the present rather than constantly looking toward future events.”

Shanti Ellan Catacchio describes a beautiful transformation that she attributes to the effect of Shaktipat in her life:

“We have taken down a fence that was in front of our cottage, and I have moved from hiding-out in the back yard, out of sight, to the front yard, enjoying the view and people walking by.  My Mother put that fence up 50+ years ago.  I am more comfortable in my own skin than ever before.  I am more aware than ever before. [I am] closer to Self.”

The particular effects of Shaktipat manifest differently for each individual, but there is an undeniable power in this transfer of energy from Guru to disciple.  Swamiji gives Maha-Shaktipat, the awakening of your own energy of transcendence, Kundalini.  Whether direct (in person) or indirect (through an intermediary, such as a photograph), this transmission of Shakti is a life-changing experience.  It deepens each time you receive it, all through the loving act of Grace, given by the Guru.

The Shaktipat Retreat, offered several times each year by Swamiji, is an intensive, nurturing experience designed to prepare each individual to receive this initiation most fully.  Through chanting, meditation, and a series of teachings each student is given the tools they need to understand and open to the Grace.

Swamiji confers Shaktipat three distinct times over the course of each retreat weekend, likening the energetic transfer to that of a burning candle sharing its fire with one still waiting to be lit.  Amongst other things, this powerful gift leads individuals to a fuller realization of themselves, empowering them to live in the experience of their own Self as Shiva.

Freedom is the Goal

by Swami Nirmalananda

fireworks1-wikimedia-orgWe celebrate America’s birth tomorrow, a celebration of freedom.  Yoga says freedom is the goal of human life, but nor merely political freedom — something more.  Freedom is a natural quality of being, inherent within your Self.  The One Reality that is your own Self is inherently free within It-Self for there is nothing and no one creating bindings.  Honored by the name “Siva, that One Reality has taken on bindings to become this world and everyone in it, becoming you and becoming me.

Repeat this to yourself — that which has ever-been supremely free, has taken on bindings in order to be me.  You may have to repeat it a few times before it begins to percolate through, and then something will happen.

That which has ever-been supremely free, has taken on bindings in order to be me.

When you get it, something arises inside.  It might be a feeling, an understanding or insight, a spinal opening, profound joy or even bliss.  All at once, you see that “Siva is choosing to be you.  You are so important that “Siva is choosing to be you.  “Siva wants to be you.  “Siva is enjoying being you.  There is a reason for your existence — “Siva is being you.

This means you embrace the binding that makes you a limited individual, while you simultaneously recognize the whole of your true identity:  “Siva.  It’s a little bit like watching fireworks — the fuse is lit and then you wait, nothing happens for a bit and then, boom!  You have the limitation of time and space, and the explosion of something into that time and space.  Within your own being, the whole of consciousness is expanding ever inward.  All you have to do is know your own Self.