Workshops, Satsang, Lectures and Conferences
A special workshop announced for October in Meran..
Swami Nitya next is going to Vienna for a workshop on Yoga and Religion
Followed by Athens and a workshop on “Love, Serve and Remember” the motto of Swami Rama.
Swami Nitya returns to the UK in September for workshop in Devon. Join her for a “beginners” introduction to the Yoga Sutra’s, and Meditation.
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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This is a fascinating insight into balancing the feminine and masculine principles within each of us, society and the world at large. Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati takes up the challenge of delving into the root cause of many of the problems we face today. In doing so, she returns to the beginning and powerfully lays out how and why things went awry. She offers tangible solutions to redress the balance.
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.”
“To become truly human”
We are happy to offer the first seminar in Meran/ Italy, where Swami Nitya
decided a year ago to live.
Meran is a beautiful small city, surrounded by a marvellous landscape at the
feet of the alps. This area invites you to take a deep breath, to step down and to
be intercepted by nature in the middle of Europe.
Swami Nitya, representing the universal wisdom of Yoga, will explore the
important intention, expressed by Swami Rama (Master of the Himalaya):
´to become truly human`
Looking from different angles, sharing insights and explaining these kind of
questions in a loving attitude is her gift to us.
Sabina Cesaroni, an artist in movement and body language, will accompany the
lectures with daily deep inspirational body work and a mixture of
yoga and dance.
The seminar is divided into two major parts – lectures and guided silent days.
You can either book for the whole time, to our pleasure, or to decide to go for
the lectures or the silent days.