Workshops, Satsang, Lectures and Conferences
There will be a “European Silence Retreat” welcoming students from all over Europe:
December, 28th to January, 2nd
Silence is the backdrop to all of Creation
Please find the details and many other events on the calendar.
For those perplexed and disturbed by the way of the world today, here is an excellent new article by Swami Nitya explaining how we came to where we are today, and what we can do to make a change.
Yoga; perennial wisdom.
Revolutionary Thoughts on the profound job Yoga has to do in modern society)
We believe what science says; science has become the ‘truth holder of our time’. So we feel good if we can say “Yoga is a science (or we can prove Yoga is effective through science)”. But what is ‘science’? Science as we know it is relatively young in human history. ‘Hard science’ that focusses exclusively on matter, has existed for 500 years; a mere eye blink in human history! But its base is much, much older! However today we treat science as if it were the word of God! We are proud to have evolved to having science and what it classifies as ‘hard facts’. What does it mean? A maxim, a ‘law’ is/was established that a particular method or technique allows only that as truth, which can be measured or calculated. Then a hypothesis is formed, and then that very hypothesis must be verified by experiments that prove and attest to the hypothesis…i.e. scientifically valid is only that which produces a predicted result. Predictability and shared agreement became the hallmark of scientific truth, or what is deemed a ‘fact’.
What was, is, and can be studied, used to be limited to that which could be touched and seen etc., i.e. matter. Today we are a little step further in that ‘New science’ also allows and explores subtle aspects and connections between phenomena etc.
But either way, the question is hardly asked, “What is the Foundation of how something is studied, what is seen, thought, experienced?”
This foundation is in the mind of the scientist. We know now that minds are conditioned, maybe even from the moment of conception. Thus in modern physics we know that we cannot measure, experience anything without it being influenced by the observer… (i.e. the observing mind).
So whatever is seen and observed scientifically or otherwise, goes through mental filters of a person, which are by nature conditioned. My quest this time is not the process as how this happens, but to explore the effect that it has had.
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As Aum (ॐ ) is the sound of the universe, Aeem (ऐं) is the Divine vibration of knowing; the cosmic intelligence vibrating throughout the universe.
SHE is honoured in different contexts in the form of Saraswati, Savitri or Gayatri (India), as Prajnaparamita( Buddhism) as Dolma (Tibet), as Sophia, Athene (Greece) as Dahomey (Africa) as Pte san-Wi (white Buffalo Woman (Native America)) as Danu or Brigit (Celts) …etc., all these are forms of the Divine Force of wisdom.
Wisdom is living from the awareness of Oneness.
Applied wisdom is Yoga
It is adamant that we turn away from the power-crazy, destructive perception, which in our global society has gone to extreme, which means unearthing and redirecting our focus into the opposite direction.“That means, even though the goal is balance, there first has to happen a turning; in this case from a materialistic society dominated by the masculine principle, to rekindle the values inherent in the feminine principle. Hence I endeavour to contemplate the feminine principle however not in isolation but with the awareness of, and in dialogue with, the masculine. This means we cannot talk about driving out the patriarchal and installing a matriarchal society, but we need to move to the next level up, where both energies (the masculine and the feminine) contribute to a society of harmony and peace; where co-operation in love and respect is the goal; not the survival of the strongest, most scrupulous and ruthless.”