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Contemplations on the Essence of Sankhya
by Swami Nityamuktananda
Today, Yoga is practiced on many different levels and has, in many respects, become disconnected from its basic philosophical roots. This commentary by Swami Nityamuktananda, is meant to raise aware-ness and allow the growth of a deeper wisdom in all who are serious students of Yoga and Sankhya.
I attended Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama as a guest in late 2010 and had the great privilege to attend Swamiji's lectures on the Shiva Sutras. I was so inspired by listening to Swamiji speak that I made the decision to return as a Gurukulam student the following year.
I returned home and spent the majority of one year arranging my finances and settling my affairs. I decided that I should attend the Gurukulam program for at least three years and arrived back in the ashram in October 2011 to begin.
The year began with a fairly gruelling schedule of classes. I remember being told at one stage that we would be very busy with the upcoming TTP and then finding (somewhat to my relief) that it was a little quieter than our usual routine. However, despite the hours, I immensely enjoyed the routine, especially the Sanskrit class and the philosophy class covering the text Tattva Bodha. I found the teaching methods in these classes to be wonderfully precise as well as challenging. I had spent years working full time and always wishing for more time to spend on my sadhana (both study and practice) so I was exactly where I wanted to be.
During the first few months, my greatest difficulty with the schedule (predictably) was sleep. Although I had maintained a fairly steady habit of rising around 4 am after my time as a guest in the ashram, I found that as a Gurukulam student, I was getting a little less sleep every night than I was accustomed to. This had the early effect of wearing down my mental fortitude. However, after persevering with the same hours for about three months, I found that I was regularly waking up before my alarm and feeling more and more energized each day. For me, this small result was a wonderful incentive for future effort.
Now that I am coming to the end of my first year in the Gurukulam program I realise that, although the routine of study and practice have been useful, I have benefitted from my time here most in more subtle ways. Having the chance to serve Swamiji, in as much as my limited capacity allows, has been my happiest and most rewarding experience. Also, the sense of good fellowship amongst sincere sadhakas is not something that was available to me in my life outside the ashram and I have made a few very strong friendships here.
As my first Gurukulam year draws to a close, I feel certain about where I am.
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Swami Veda Bharati has for many years invited people to participate in a Spiritual Festival before Guru Purnima. The dates for this years Spiritual Festival are 22 May - 3 July. You can participate wherever you are. And even though 22 May is past, you can start when you read this. CLICK HERE for details.
The Evening Lecture Series is part of the larger event "Transitions and Speaking in Silence" in Minnesota, USA, during the month of July. This event will include Swami Veda's only US public appearances in 2012 and his last "Speaking/Silence" series in North America before he enters a 5-7 year vow of silence on 10th March 2013 in Rishikesh, India. The larger event will include three retreats lead by Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Ma Radha Bharati, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, and Swami Ma Gita Bharati and HYT-TTP retreats. There will also be a Guru Purnima celebration, a Family Potluck Picnic, and an AHYMS-A meeting. In keeping with the theme, "Transition: Preparing to Receive through Silence," the evening lecture series will prepare us to receive the traditions teachings while Swamiji is in Silence. Swami Veda Bharati will be the keynote speaker on July 9 and will set the stage for the other speakers which will include Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Dr. Rene David Alkalay, Sanjay Kumar, Salvatore Zambito, Ragani, Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, and others. CLICK HERE for details.
How is it that a mother is sitting in her house and her child is in an accident. And she gets this strong feeling inside, and she runs out and finds her child. How is the connection established? Because it is a link of love between the two minds – the mind of the mother and the mind of the child.
Because it is a link of love between the two minds - the mind of the mother and the mind of the child. The mind of the masters and those who are serving the masters - their mind is a motherly mind. If you are not a mother, you cannot be a teacher. When taking a teacher training program here, whether you are male or female, learn to be a mother. A mother to anyone who passes by you. A mother to anyone who comes to your class. A mother to anyone who has any suffering. A mother to anyone who has any need. Then you are a teacher. And the persons should feel that they are being mothered. So the connection between the master's mind and your mind is like the connection between a mother's mind and your mind.