Online open satsang; bring your questions or topics. This time is selected primarily for the benefit of people in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, and India when it is afternoon/evening in these locations, while it is 10:00am at Abhyasa Ashram in Florida (same time zone as Chicago). For login info, see here:
This group is an extension of Abhyasa Ashram, which serves people throughout the world, with its home ashram in Florida USA. The activities in Europe are coordinated by Ma (Swami) Tripurashakti Bharati. While she leads most of the satsangs and training sessions, these are also co-facilitated by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati when he visits from USA. For further information about Abhyasa Ashram, please see the website at http://abhyasaashram.org and the main Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/abhyasa-ashram/.
Abhyasa Ashram practices universal meditation as taught by the ancient lineage of yogis of the cave monasteries of the Himalayas, especially as transmitted through Swami Rama. The tradition has no name, and is not affiliated with any of the institutions or religions of the plains of India or other countries surrounding the Himalayas, although individual meditators may personally align themselves with a wide variety of religions or institutions.
We may refer to the tradition as "the tradition of the Himalayan masters" or "the Himalayan tradition", but that is for the sake of convenience, and is not a style or brand name as is popular these days. Our methods of meditation and contemplation involve systematic awareness of all levels of our being, including actions/senses, body, breath, mind, finally resting in the awareness of the Self (atman) which is one with the universal Self (brahman).
At Abhyasa Ashram we have aspirant training, not teacher training. Our approach to training is mostly individual or group coaching, as Yoga meditation and contemplation has been traditionally taught for thousands of years. Aspirants with various degrees of experience naturally teach others within the context of their own lives and modes of service.
From the perspective of our meditation tradition, each person is perfect, pure consciousness (atman, purusha, shakti) at the core of her or his being. The entire process of yoga sadhana (meditation and contemplation practices) is to reduce the colorings of attractions, aversions, and fears that usually veil that realization (often called Self-realization). This is done by systematically receding inward through senses, body, breath, conscious and unconscious mind. The final barrier is removed through a transmission of grace, which is known as shaktipata, the bestowing of the pure consciousness of shakti. It is also known as guru kripa, grace of guru. In our tradition guru is a force field of consciousness, and is not any person, although that grace of guru can flow through a person.