I was inspired to do a 10 day residential Vipassana meditation course by my Indian teacher when I lived in Vancouver. During our classes, Yulia shared her experience of taking a 10 day meditation course called Vipassana.
There is no charge for the course – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. Meditation helps a lot if you want to find yourself, if you have questions or are just confused about life. In 1969, he moved to India and started teaching the Vipassana meditation, and started a mediation center at Igatpuri, near Nashik in 1976.
In time, he became an influential non-sectarian teacher of the Vipassana movement and a pioneer of the Vipassana meditation in India.
Goenka calls Vipassana meditation an experiential scientific practice, through which one can observe the constantly changing nature of the mind and body at the deepest level, a profound understanding that leads to a truly happy and peaceful life. TeachingsTen-day Vipassana courses are held all over the world where students learn the technique while observing Noble Silence and following a strict moral code of conduct. To quiet the mind during Vipassana courses, students are asked to have no contact with the outside world or other students, though they may talk to an assistant teacher about questions concerning the technique or to a student manager for any material problems. Goenka explains in his talks that the practice of Vipassana is the essence of the path of Dhamma, the path to Truth.
In his courses and lectures Goenka describes Vipassana meditation as a scientific investigation of the mind-matter phenomenon. LocationsThe technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses taking place in numerous Vipassana locations around the world. There are over 100 locations around the world, both permanent Vipassana centers as well as non-center locations.
The main center and most impressive one is Dhamma Giri, located in Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India.
All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously abstain during the course from killing any being, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies, all intoxicants. Additional precepts include observing silence, Separation of men and women, avoiding physical contact.
It might sound a bit frightening but you will be surprised to find out how easy it is to observe these rules within the framework of Vipassana.
Gautama, also known as Sakyamuni or Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas”), is the key figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules were said to have been summarized after his death and memorized by the sangha.
Siddhartha Buddha was born a prince in Lumbini, Nepal, at the foot of Mount Palpa in the Himalayan ranges.
When he was born, astrologers predicted that upon achieving manhood, Siddhartha would become either a universal monarch (Chakravarti), or would abandon all earthly comforts to become a monk and a Buddha, a perfectly enlightened soul who would then assist all mankind to achieve enlightenment. Doing his best to prevent his son from becoming a monk, Suddhodana raised him in luxury and indulgence and sought to keep him attached to sensual pleasure.
Then one day, desiring to see how the people in his town were living, he managed to get out of his walled enclosure accompanied by his servant, Channa. Siddhartha left his home forever, donning yellow robes and shaving his head, to take up Yogic practices. Thus at age 35, Siddhartha was a Boddhisatva (one who has achieved enlightenment but chooses to remain in this world who help those who are suffering).
I thus behold my mind released from the defilement of sensual pleasures, released from the defilement of heresy, released from the defilement of ignorance. Noble Truth 2 - The Reason for Suffering (Samudaya): it is this craving which leads to renewed existence, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there, that is, craving for sensual pleasures, craving for existence, craving for extermination. Noble Truth 3 - The Cessation of Suffering (Nirodha): it is the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving, the giving up and relinquishing of it, freedom from it, nonreliance on it. LocationsThere are 4 locations in India and Nepal which are associated with Buddha's life and therefore are centers of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Buddha lovers.
Sarnath - a deer park located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India. Wolinsky is a founder of Quantum Psychology, integrating Western Psychology, Advaita-Vedanta’s Non-duality, Quantum Physics, Neuro-Science, and Buddhism.
In the mid 1970’s, Avadhut Bhagawan Nityananda appeared to Stephen as he spontaneously entered Samadhi. Stephen says it was Bhagawan Avadhut Nityananda that guided him to Nisargadatta Maharaj, and that it was Sri Ramana Maharshi that acted as a portal or doorway to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. The connection between Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and Bhagawan Avadhut Nityananda goes back to the 1950’s, and was relayed to Stephen twice, first by a brother disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Alexander Smit.
The second connection between Bhagwan Avadhut Nityananda and Nisargadatta Maharaj revealed itself, when S.
TeachingsAwakening from the trance of the self, says Wolinsky, begins by extending your awareness to every level of who you are: your biological instincts, your thoughts and feelings, the archetypal dimension, and – ultimately – who you are beyond those thoughts, emotions, memories, associations, and perceptions. In December, 2000, he stopped traveling and offering workshops to the general public and began offering retreats about every 2 years.
At the age of two, Tenzin Gyatso was proclaimed the Tulku (rebirth) of the thirteenth Dalai Lama.
After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan Government in Exile) and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007. TeachingsThe Dalai Lama's teachings are the teachings of the Tibetan Buddhism with a special emphasis on the Four Noble Truths which are among the truths Gautama Buddha is said to have realized during his experience of enlightenment. LocationsHis Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings and public talks throughout the year at various times and in different places in India and around the world. There are many Buddhist and other spiritual-related activities and options in this location and it is most recommended. By Train : The easiest way to get to McLeod Ganj is to take an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot, which is about 90 kms from Dharamshala. By Bus : Direct regular bus service is available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Shimla and Manali for Dharamshala.
By Air : Gaggal, which is at a distance of 15 kms from Dharamshala, is the nearest airport to Dharamshala. The center is providing several types of course retreats, among them is the most recommended "Introduction to Buddhism" 10-day course which includes both theory and meditation practice.
Tushita is located in a lovely site near the entrance to Dharamkot village in the forested hills above McLeod Ganj.
The teachings, meditations and practices in Tushita are based on the tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet (the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism), as taught to us by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Delicious vegetarian food, containing eggs and milk products, is served during meal times in the dinning room.
Course participants may be able to stay at the center and have accommodation for two days after the course.
Participants are expected to observe silence (no talking at all) from the evening of the first day until the end of the course. Participants are expected to be gentle in their behavior and sensitive to fellow group members. The current round of human evolution, after that of Atlantis is you believe in those stories, started about 35,000 years ago with further refinement of Cro-Magnon man.  For the first 25,000 years or so, progress was made in social, hunting, language, and adaptability skills. Euclid (300, BC) – an Egyptian and Greek mathematician in the Greek colony of Alexandria.  Today in our High Schools we study Euclidian geometry. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543) – developed the heliocentric (sun centered) theory of the universe. Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) – physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, who showed that the Earth is not the center of the universe.
Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) – mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, who formulated the laws of planetary motion. Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) – mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer, who invented the mechanical calculator. Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727) – English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, who invented calculus and formulated our understanding of the law of gravity.
James Clark Maxwell (1831 – 1879) through his theory of electromagnetism, conclusively proved the unity between electricity and magnetism and proved that light was an electromagnetic wave. Based upon the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, why is it that human beings developed the sense of sight (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, 400 nm-700 nm wavelength) over such a tiny sliver?  Why don’t we see radio waves?
Radio waves do pass through the atmosphere, but in order to see them with the same resolution as our visual sight, our eyes would have to be 10,000 times larger.  The difficulty is also compounded because the sun emits less than one billionth as many radio waves, as compared to the visual range.
So today, in order to extend our perception of the world, we developed and depend upon various instruments. The history of the human race is the story of the expansion of awareness.  We are actively exploring the physical realm, while making headway into understanding the more subtle planes of creation.
Our body experiences sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.  Augmented by refined human consciousness, more subtle and silent levels of creation open up to our view. Meditate each day to accelerate your growth, to hasten the day when you shake hands with the absolute and encompass your full human potential. In a world where only hard evidence matters, most people are skeptical about stories of levitation and other supposed super-human feats.  And yet, religious books are filled with stories of miracles, which the faithful continue to believe. Aside from the Bible, there are other accounts of Christian mystics who have displayed acts of levitation (psycho kinesis) during periods of religious rapture and ecstasy.
Teresa de Capeda y Ahumada, a Spanish Carmelite nun, practiced “mental prayer” (contemplation and concentration) and also spent prolonged periods in silence.  Her description of the experience “devotion of ecstasy or rapture,” characterized by the cessation of sensory perception, memory, imagination and ecstasy, is a clear description of Transcendental Consciousness (TC).
Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – 1556), is said to have levitated and appeared “luminous” while ascended. Seraphim of Sarov (1759–1833) purported to have levitated several times, as witnessed by many people including Emperor Alexander I of Russia.  A young cellmate saw Seraphim rise from the ground, and four sisters saw him walking above grass, lifted up in the air. Padre Pio (1887–1968), said to have been seen levitating, as well being in two places at once.
Pio of Pietrelcina (Italy) as a priest in the Capuchin Order also became famous for his display of the “stigmata.”  He was able to read souls, heal through prayer, and restore the eye sight of a Sicilian girl.
The free floatation of solids can occur via jets of gas, intense sound waves, and beams of laser light.  A metallic conductor can levitate in strong radio frequency fields, charged particles within alternating electric currents, and flux pinning (suspension of super conductors).
The practice of “levitation” does not violate the law of gravity.  Rather, the practice utilizes other laws of nature (to counteract gravity) yet to be discovered and understood. He describes how the practice of “Samyama,” which consists of three components, is used to invoke various human abilities (siddhis). By making samyama on the three kinds of changes, one obtains knowledge of the past and the future. By making samyama on the sound of a word, one’s perception of its meaning, and ones reaction to it – the three things that are usually confused, one obtains understanding of all sounds uttered by living beings.
By making samyama on the distinguishing marks of another man’s body, one obtains knowledge of the nature of his mind, but not its contents because that is not the object of the samyama. If one performs samyama on the form of one’s body, obstructing its perceptibility and separating its power of manifestation from the eyes of the beholder, then one’s body becomes invisible.  Thus also, its sounds cease to be heard.
By making samyama on two kinds of karma, that which will soon bear fruit and that which will not bear fruit until later, or by recognizing the portents of death, a yogi may know the exact time of his separation from the body. By making samyama on friendliness, compassion, etc., one develops the powers of these qualities. By making samyama on any kind of strength, such as that of the elephant, one obtains that strength. By making samyama on the Inner Light, one obtains knowledge of what is subtle, hidden, or far distant.
By making samyama on the radiance within the back of the head, one becomes able to see the celestial beings. By making samyama on the relationship between the ear and the ether, one obtains super natural powers of hearing. By making samyama on the relationship between the body and the ether, or by acquiring through meditation the lightness of cotton fiber, the yogi can fly through the air.
By making samyama on the gross and subtle forms of the elements, on their essential characteristics and the inherence of the gunas in them, and on the experiences they provide for the individual, one gains mastery of the elements.  Hence, one gains the power of becoming as tiny as an atom and all similar powers, also perfection of the body, which is no longer subject to the obstruction of the elements. By making samyama on the discrimination between the sattwa guna and the Atman, one gains omnipotence and omniscience. These powers of knowledge may also come to one whose mind is spontaneously enlightened through purity.  There are many reports, including those of the Christian mystics presented above, where this is probably the case. Although anyone can practice the yoga sutras of Patanjali, only those individual who are fully enlightened will experience the sutra’s full value. Nature enables these abilities only for human beings who have overcome personal ego-centric views, thoughts and actions.  It’s a kind of a safety feature,” so that these powers cannot be used for selfish means.
This information presented in this blog post is for you – so that you can make up your own mind about super-human feats.  Are they real or not? Often called a mystic, Kabir tried to reconcile his own enlightenment with Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.
If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time.
The creature is in Brahma, and Brahma is in the creature: they are ever distinct, yet ever united. He Himself is the limit and the limitless: and beyond both the limited and the limitless is He, the Pure Being. The river and its waves are one surf: where is the difference between the river and its waves? The whole world does its works and commits its errors: but few are the lovers who know the Beloved. In his heart the sacred water flows day and night; and thus the round of births and deaths is brought to an end. Held by the cords of love, the swing of the Ocean of Joy sways to and fro; and a mighty sound breaks forth in song.
What a wonderful lotus it is, that blooms at the heart of the spinning wheel of the universe! There love-songs resound, and light rains in showers; and the worshipper is entranced in the taste of the heavenly nectar. Travelling by no track, I have come to the Sorrowless Land: very easily has the mercy of the great Lord come upon me. They have sung of Him as infinite and unattainable: but I in my meditations have seen Him without sight. One day your eyes shall suddenly be opened, and you shall see: and the fetters of death will fall from you.

There is nothing to say or to hear, there is nothing to do: it is he who is living, yet dead, who shall never die again.
More than all else do I cherish at heart that love which makes me to live a limitless life in this world. It is like the lotus, which lives in the water and blooms in the water: yet the water cannot touch its petals, they open beyond its reach.
Where the branches throw a deep shade, there does it have its nest: and it comes in the evening and flies away in the morning, and says not a word of that which it means.
It dwells within the Unattainable, the Infinite, and the Eternal; and no one marks when it comes and goes. In 1976 Chogyal Namkhai Norbu began to give Dzogchen instruction in the West.  He taught first in Italy, and then in other countries. The mind does not have an evil nature, it is positive.  The three basic qualities of the mind are emptiness, clarity, and compassion.
Our happiness does not depend on external factors.  We can tap into the source of internal happiness to experience the unconditional inner peace and happiness enjoyed by sublime beings like Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Ordinarily sentient beings perceive the apparent reality, but do not realize the actual reality.
If we happen to be tormented by specific suffering or illness, we can bring these to mind as we focus on the seed syllable. We now visualize moon discs in the heart region of Vajrasattva and his consort, lying flat with a white seed syllable ‘HUNG’ on top….
If you become well accustomed to meditation on emptiness, this very experience will enable you to abandon your fixation on the true existence of phenomena. Transcend the field of ephemeral life to know that truth.  It is beyond the senses, and found to be the very core of our Being. Some time ago a young spiritual seeker named Nachiketas ascended to the etheric realm to seek the advice of the Lord of Death, Yama. Having arrived at Yama’s gate he was made to wait three days for his audience with the Lord.
Once, desirous of heaven, the son of Vajasrava (Gautama) gave (in a sacrifice) all that he possessed. When the presents were being distributed, filial anxiety (about the welfare of his father) entered into the heart of Nachiketas, who was still a boy, and he thought. Joyless verily are those worlds to which a man goes by giving (presents in a sacrifice) cows which have drunk water, eaten grass, given their milk and are barren. Hope, expectation, company with good men, friendly discourse, sacrifices, pious gifts, sons and cattle – all these are destroyed in the case of the ignorant man, in whose house a Brahmin guest stays without taking food. Yama: O Brahmin, as thou a venerable guest, hast dwelt in my house three nights without eating, therefore choose now three boons in return. Yama then explained to him that fire sacrifice, the source of the worlds, what bricks are required for the altar, how many and how they are to be placed, and Nachiketas repeated all as explained. Satisfied, magnanimous Death spoke to him: I give thee here this other boon, this fire-sacrifice shall be named after thee, and take thou this many-colored chain.
Whoever performs three times this sacrifice of Nachiketas fire and has been united with the three (father, mother and teacher) and has performed the three duties (study, sacrifice and alms-giving) overcomes birth and death. This, O Nachiketas, is thy fire which leads to heaven and which thou hast chosen as thy second boon; people will call this fire thine alone.
Nachiketas: There is that doubt when a man is dead, some say he is and some he is not this I should like to know, taught by thee. Nachiketas: Thou sayest, O Death, that even the gods had doubts here and that this is not easy to know. Yama: Choose sons and grandsons who may live a hundred years, herds of cattle, elephants, gold and horses.
Yama: Whatever desires are difficult to attain in the world of mortals, ask for them according to thy wish.
Nachiketas: What decaying mortal living in the world below and possessed of knowledge, after having approached the company of the undecaying and the immortal, will rejoice in long life, after he has pondered over the nature of the pleasures produced by song and sport (beauty and love)? Yama: O Nachiketas, thou hast renounced objects of desires (such as sons and grandsons) and desirable objects of pleasant shape (as the heavenly nymphs), judging them by their real value. Yama: These two, ignorance and knowledge, are wide apart and lead to different points or goals. Yama: The ignorant, who live in the midst of darkness but fancy themselves as wise and learned, go round and round deluded in many crooked ways, as blind people led by the blind.
Yama: The way to the hereafter is not apparent to the ignorant man who is foolish, deluded by the delusion of wealth. Yama: That Self, when taught by a man of inferior intellect is not easy to be known, as it is to be thought of in various ways. Yama: I know that the treasure is transient, for that eternal is not obtained by things which are not eternal.
Yama: The wise sage who, by means of meditation on his Self, recognizes the Ancient, who is difficult to be seen, who is unfathomable and concealed, who is hidden in the cave of the heart, who dwells in the abyss, who is lodged in intelligence, indeed renounces joy and sorrow. Yama: Having heard and well grasped this (the Self), the mortal, abstracting the virtuous Atman, attaining this subtle Self, rejoices, because he has obtained what is cause for rejoicing. Nachiketas: That which thou seest as other than virtue and vice, other than cause and effect, other than the past and future, tell me that. Yama: If the slayer thinks ‘I slay,’ if the slain thinks, ‘I am slain,’ then both of them do not know well. Yama: The Atman, subtler than the subtle, greater than the great, is seated in the heart of each living being.
Yama: The wise man, who knows the Atman as bodiless, seated firmly in perishable bodies, great and all pervading, does never grieve. Yama: This Atman cannot be attained by study of the Vedas, nor by intelligence, nor by much hearing. Yama: But he who has not turned away from bad conduct, whose senses are not subdued, whose mind is not concentrated, whose mind is not pacified, can never obtain this Atman by knowledge. Yama: Of whom, the Brahmana and the Kshatriya classes are (as it were) but food, and Death itself a condiment (or pickle), how can one thus know where that Atman is? Yama: The two who enjoy the fruits of their good works being seated in the cavity of the seat of the Supreme, the knower’s of Brahman call them shadow and light, as also the performers of the fivefold fire and those who have propitiated three times the Nachiketa fire. Yama: We are able to understand both, the Nachiketa fire which is the bridge of all sacrifices (to cross misery) and also the highest, indestructible Brahman, fearless and the refuge for those who wish to cross the ocean of Samsara. Yama: He who has no discrimination and whose mind is always uncontrolled, his senses are not controllable like vicious horses of a driver. Yama: But he who has understanding and whose mind is always controlled, his senses are under control like good horses of a driver.
Yama: But he, who has no discrimination, and whose mind is not under control, and who is always impure, does not reach that goal, but enters into the round of births and deaths.
Yama: But he, who has understanding, who has his mind always under control, and who is pure, reaches that goal whence he is not born again. Yama: But he who has discerning intelligence as the driver and a well controlled mind as the reins, reaches the end of his journey, that highest place of Vishnu.
Yama: Beyond the senses are the rudiments of objects, beyond these rudiments is the mind, beyond the mind is the intellect, beyond the intellect is the great Self. Yama: This Atman is hidden in all beings and does not shine forth, but it is seen by subtle seers through their sharp and subtle intellect. Yama: Let the wise sink his speech into the mind, the mind into the intellect and the intellect into the Great Atman and the Great Atman into the Peaceful Atman.
Yama: He, who has known that which is without sound, without touch, without form, without decay, without taste, eternal, without smell, without beginning, without end, beyond the Mahat (great) and unchanging, is freed from the jaws of death. Yama: A wise man who hears and repeats the ancient story of Nachiketas told by Yama, attains glory in the world of Brahman.
Yama: Whoever with devotion recites before an assembly of Brahmins or at the time of Sraddha of forefathers, this highest secret, obtains thereby immortality, obtains immortality. Yama: The ignorant run after external objects of desire and fall into the snares of widespread death, but wise men, knowing the nature of Immortality, do not covet the fleeting (unstable) things here.
Yama: To the Self by which one knows form, taste, smell, sound, touch and the sexual pleasure, nothing remains unknown. Yama: The wise, when he knows that by which he perceives all objects in dream or in waking is the great omnipresent Atman, grieves no more. Yama: He who knows this Atman, honey-eater, Soul, always near and the Lord of the past and the future henceforward fears no more. Yama: Who beholds him seated within the five elements, him who was born of Tapas (of Brahman), who was created before the waters, who entered the cave of the heart and dwells there (he verily sees Brahman). Yama: Who is born along with Prana in the form of all Devatas, who, entering into the heart, abides therein, and who was born with the elements (he who knows Him, verily knows Brahman).
Yama: The fire that is lodged within two pieces of wood, as the fetus is well preserved by the pregnant woman, is worshipped daily by men who are awake and those who offer oblations. Yama: And that whence the sun rises, and whither it sets, on that there all the Devatas depend and no one goes beyond. Yama: What is even here (visible in the world), the same is there (invisible in Brahman), and what is there, the same here. Yama: The person (Purusha) of the size of a thumb resides in the middle of the body, as Lord of the past and the future, and henceforward (after knowing Him) fears no more. Yama: That person, of the size of a thumb, is like a flame without smoke, Lord of the past and the future.
Yama: As water, when rained on a mountain-ridge, runs down the rocks scattered on all sides, so does he, who beholds the objects as different, run after them only on all sides.
Yama: As pure water poured into pure water becomes the same only, so the Atman of the thinker who knows this, becomes, O Gautama. Yama: As Hamsa (sun) he dwells in heaven, as Vasu (air) he dwells in the sky, as fire he dwells on the earth, as guest he dwells in a house, he dwells in men, in gods, in truth, in ether. Yama: He (Brahman) sends up the Prana and throws the Apana downwards, that adorable one seated in the centre, all Devas worship. Yama: Not by Prana, not by Apana does any mortal live, but it is by some other on which these two depend that men live. Yama: Well then, O Gautama, I will explain the mysterious, ancient Brahman and also what happens to the Self after death. Yama: Some Jivas enter the womb in order to have a body, others go into the inorganic matter according to their Karma and knowledge.
Yama: This Purusha who, building desire after desire, is awake when all sleep, is called certainly ‘the pure,’ is called Brahman, is called even immortal. Yama: As the one fire, after it has entered the world, though one, takes different forms according to whatever it burns, so does the internal Atman of all living beings, though one, takes a form according to whatever He enters and is outside all forms.
Yama: As the one air, after it has entered the world, though one, takes different forms according to whatever it enters, so the internal Atman of all living beings, though one, assumes forms, according to whatever He enters and is outside all forms. Yama: As the sun, the eye of the whole world, is not contaminated by the defects of the eye or of external things, so the one internal Atman of all living beings, is not contaminated by the misery of the world, being external to it. Yama: The wise who behold the Self as the eternal among the transient, as conscious among the conscious, who, though one, grants the desires of many, as dwelling in their own selves, to them belongs eternal peace, not to others. Nachiketas: They (the sages) perceive that indescribable highest bliss as ‘This is That.’ How shall I know that?
Yama: The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightning’s shine and much less this fire. Yama: This whole universe evolved from Brahman, moves in the Prana (in the highest Brahman).
Yama: From fear of Brahman fire burns, from fear the sun shines, from fear Indra and Vayu and Death, the fifth, run.
Yama: A wise man, having understood that the senses separately produced are distinct from the Atman and also their rising and setting, grieves no more.
Yama: Beyond the senses is the mind, higher than the mind is the intellect, higher than the intellect is the great Atman, higher than the Mahat is Avyaktam (the unmanifested). Yama: When the five organs of knowledge are at rest together with the mind, and when the intellect ceases functioning (becomes calm), that they call the highest state.
Yama: When all desires that dwell in the heart of one cease, then the mortal becomes immortal and here attains Brahman.
Yama: When all the knots of the heart are severed here on earth, then the mortal becomes immortal, so far is the instruction (of all Vedanta).
Yama: Nachiketas then having acquired this knowledge imparted by Yama, and also the whole teaching about Yoga, attained Brahman, having become free from all impurities and death. Brighter than the bright and fainter than the faint, the absolute is consciousness, existence and bliss. You are an intelligent manifestation of the divine, living an individual life on this Earth. This beautiful and timeless masterpiece presents a clear vision of life; its goals, structure and challenges. The verses are presented by the author in groupings of similar content.  Although the complete text consists of 423 verses, I have here presented just a few of them.
The latter means to see things as they really are, that is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation.
I remember myself for the first four days thinking about one particular thought all the time that drove me nuts.In fact, our mind can be compared to a record player as it keeps playing the same thoughts To top it, the modern obsession with multi-tasking adds to the woes. It has been mentally hard to be on my own here without my friends from home, internet and yummy food. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit from it. Born in Burma, he followed the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, under whom he trained for 14 years. He trained more than 1300 assistant teachers and each year more than 120,000 people attend Goenka-led Vipassana courses. He was survived by his wife Elaichi Devi Goenka, also a prominent meditation teacher, and six sons. Mere observation of breath allows the mind to become naturally concentrated, a practice called Anapana.
He does not claim that this Vipassana tradition is the only way to Truth, and constantly reminds students of the Universal and non-sectarian quality of this path.
During these courses, participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers in the past) are expected also to abstain from eating after midday, sensual entertainment and bodily decorations, high or luxurious beds. You need to check for courses scheduling in your preferred center and apply for the course by completing and submitting an application for a scheduled course.

Passed down by oral tradition, the Tripitaka, the collection of teachings attributed to Gautama by the Theravada, was committed to writing about 400 years later. His father, who desired his son to become a universal monarch, asked the astrologers what his son would see that might cause him to retire from the world.
Guards were posted to assure that Siddhartha did not make contact with the four men described by the astrologers.
Seeking instructions from several hermit teachers who lived in caves in the neighboring hills, he practiced severe Tapas (austerities) and Pranayama (breath control) for six years, during which time he almost starved to death and became exceedingly weak. It is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence. Wolinsky, PhD is one of the few direct living disciples of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj living in the United States. Upon receiving initiation (shaktipat diksa) Bhagawan Nityananda, became his Initiation Guru. In a conversation with Maharaj, Smit asked him, “Did you ever meet Nityananda?.” Maharaj replied, “Yes”. In addition, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe presenting workshops to the general public until late 1999. It both illuminates and elaborates upon the major understandings, confrontations, and contributions of this most remarkable sage. Thus he became Tibet's most important political ruler just one month after the People's Republic of China's invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950. HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) has recently introduced a luxury bus service from New Delhi for McLeod Ganj. It is a friendly and conducive place for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha.
Joseph of Cupertino (1603 – 1663) supposedly levitated in the air for more that 1-hour, on several occasions.
Francis of Assisi he was seen by a large crowd hovering overhead for quite some time.  During a visit to Pope Urban VIII, after kissing the Pope’s feet, in religious ecstasy St. Meditation (dhyana) – an uninterrupted flow of thought toward the object of concentration. Absorption (samadhi) – the experience of the infinite absolute timeless value of consciousness, along with that of the object, so that the object’s true nature stands forth free from distortion by the mind of the perceiver. Having made this offering, the light returns to our hearts with blessings from the Buddhas and bodhisattvas.
Having negated the fixation on the true existence of phenomena, there is a risk of fixating upon non-existence. He said this again and for the third time, the (enraged) father said: To Death I will give thee. As the first of the three boons, I choose that Gautama, my father, be pacified, kind and free from anger towards me, and that he may know me and greet me, when I shall be sent away by thee. He will sleep peacefully at night and when he sees you released from the mouth of death, will lose his anger. Thou knowest the fire-sacrifice which leads us to heaven; explain it to me, for I am full of faith.
I know the fire that leads to heaven; know the fire which leads to heaven (which is the cause of acquiring infinite worlds), and which again is the support of the universe and which is seated in the cavity (of the heart).
When he has understood this adorable bright, the omniscient fire born of Brahman and realized him, then he obtains everlasting peace. The wise man prefers the good (Sreya) to the pleasant, but the ignorant man chooses the pleasant (Preya) for the sake of the body. I believe Nachiketas to be one who desires for Knowledge, for even many desires have not shaken thee. But when it is taught by a preceptor who is one with Brahman (who beholds no difference), there is no doubt concerning it, the Self being subtler than the subtle, and is not to be obtained by arguing. Therefore, the Nachiketa fire has been propitiated by me with the perishable things and I have obtained the eternal. He who is free from desire, with his mind and the senses composed, beholds the majesty of the Self and becomes free from sorrow. Who else, therefore, save myself, is able to comprehend the God who rejoices and rejoices not? Beyond the Avyakta is the Purusha, beyond the Purusha there is nothing, that is the end, that is the highest goal. Like the sharp edge of a razor is that path, difficult to cross and hard to tread—thus the wise say. But, some wise man with eyes averted from sensual objects (with his senses turned away), desirous of Immortality, sees the Atman within.
He proceeds from death to death who beholds here difference (between Brahman and the world).
Adoring Him one does not grieve, and liberated (from all bonds of ignorance), he becomes free. He is born in the waters, he is born in the earth, he is born in the sacrifice, he is born on the mountains, he is true and great.
One of them (Sushumna) penetrates the crown of the head, moving upwards by it one (at the time of death) attaining immortality, the other nerves are of various course. It presents practical wisdom in guiding us to Nibbana, the eternal state of non attachment. We were starting to meditate for 10 minutes at a time and slowly increased that time a few minutes every class. More than ever, it has become important to learn to relax and live wisely in the present moment. However, students are free to contact the management about their any needs, and to speak with the instructor.
There are about ten hours of meditation throughout the day, interspersed with regular breaks and rest periods.
This concentration prepares one for the main part of the practice: observation of the reality of the present moment in the body and mind through body sensations. However he claims that an authentic tradition survived in Burma, passing from teacher to student in a long lineage from the time of the Buddha to his teacher, U Ba Khin, and now through himself, to the student. Goenkaby William Hart (Paperback)The Ancient Meditation Technique that Brings Real Peace of MindVipassand-bhavand, \"the development of insight,\" embodies the essence of the teaching of the Buddha. Because his mother, Maya, died seven days after his birth, he was raised by his foster mother, Maya’s sister Mahaprajapati.
He placed his son in a magnificent walled estate with gardens, fountains, palaces, music, dancing and beautiful women. Seeing their mortality, he realized that he also would one day become prey to old age, disease and death. He finally realized that starvation did not serve his aims, as it would lead to the very conditions he was trying to surmount. Upon consuming the physical food, he realized that he was starved for spiritual nourishment. From 1975 to 1985 he met over thirty different Gurus, Teachers, Rinpoches, and Meditation Masters. A few months later he met Swami Muktananda, a disciple of Nityananda who told him “come to India”. Mullarpattan, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s primary translator in the years 1976-1981, told Stephen that Bhagawan Avadhut Nityananda, as a young man used to stay with Mullarpattan’s family quite often, and that Mullarpattan used to go and see Baghawan Nityananda frequently in Ganespuri, and that he still does his mantra japa, (repetition). Utilizing his direct personal experience, interactions, commentaries, quotations, and the inquiry procesTs, Dr. He is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as the world's most famous Buddhist monk. There, he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony. Joseph levitated for a prolonged period and was eventually ordered to come back down to the ground.  St. Nachiketas does not choose any other boon but that (concerning the Soul) of which the knowledge is hidden.
Blessed is he who, between them chooses the good alone, but he who chooses what is pleasant, loses the true end.
We get attached to those things quickly without realizing that we can perfectly live without them.
Chairs are provided for those unable to sit comfortably on the floor because of age or a physical problem.
Goenka emphasizes that, "The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma - the way to liberation - which is universal" and presents his teachings as non-sectarian and open to people of all faiths or no faith. This is the Vipassana practice itself which involves carefully scanning the surface and later the interior of the body with one's attention and observing the body sensations with equanimity, becoming progressively more aware of their ever-changing nature.
Siddhartha married Yasodhara at age sixteen, who subsequently gave birth to their son, Rahula.
Going deep into meditation, he contemplated his journey with its temptations and desires but did not yield to them. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted.
In January 1977, he journeyed to India to study meditation, and remained there for almost six years.
In January 1979, after living in India for two years and studying I AM THAT, he met his Teacher (Acharya) Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. More interestingly, both Nisargadatta Maharaj and Bhagwan Avadhut Nityananda gave the same mantra diksa (initiation), and taught the same unique way of repeating the mantra, (japa).
On the eleventh day, speech is resumed as a way of re-establishing the normal pattern of daily life. Throughout these early years of his life, he knew nothing of the sufferings that were taking place outside his enclosure. The legends tell us that he came out of the meditation victorious, his face shining with illumination and splendor, having attained Nirvana. Continuity of practice is the secret of success in this course; silence is an essential component in maintaining this continuity. Goenka, this path to self-awareness is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results.
With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy--all qualities of enlightenment. The Vipassana technique can be successfully applied by anyone.Based on the lectures and writings of S.
He got up and danced in divine ecstasy for seven days and nights around the sacred Bo-tree, after which he returned to a normal state of consciousness filled with incredible compassion for all. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha\'s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike.Buddhaby Karen Armstrong (Paperback)With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? Later he realized the identical nature of the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Madhyamika, (Middle Way) Buddhism Founder, Nagarjuna, and his Eight Negations. Goenka--and prepared under his direct guidance--The Art of Living shows how this technique can be used to solve problems, develop unused potential, and lead a peaceful, productive life.
In Buddha she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world 2,500 years after his death. He shares how he wanted to run away after the first day and how he even packed his suitcase, but one woman asked him to give this program another trial day. No one describes this more concisely then Nagarjuna (the founder of Madhyamika Buddhism) with his eight negations, or personifies it quite like Avadhut Nityananda.
Goenka, as well as answers to students\' questions, that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.S. What did he actually do in his roughly eighty years on earth that spawned one of the greatest religions in world history? Armstrong tackles these questions and more by examining the life and times of the Buddha in this engrossing philosophical biography. Against the tumultuous cultural background of his world, she blends history, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a man whose awakening continues to inspire millions. Unique among teachers of meditation, Goenka is a retired industrialist and former leader of the Indian Community in Burma.
Although a layman, his teaching has won the approval of senior Buddhist monks in Burma, India, and Sri Lanka, a number of whom have taken courses under his guidance.
Wolinsky deconstructs the spiritual and psychological realms as philosophical traps (neti neti), discarding all perceptions, even that of the brain and nervous system, and, going even further by deconstructing deconstruction itself.
Despite his magnetism, he has no wish to be a \"guru\" --instead he teaches self-responsibility. This is the first systematic study of his teachings to appear in English.The Discourse Summariesby S.
That somehow, there might be a way to \"wake up\" to an entirely new revelation of the world and of yourself?
In 1977, a young psychotherapist named Stephen Wolinsky left his practice to answer these questions. His search would lead him beyond the roots of modern psychology and the contemplative traditions of the world to India’s legendary sage Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
On Waking from the Trance, you are invited to learn what evolved from Wolinsky’s quest: a revolutionary new understanding of the nature of consciousness that can help us to see beyond the inner structures that limit our awareness.
Goenka (Paperback)Celebrated Vipassana meditation teacher S N Goenka interprets the Buddha\'s teachings in this collection of lectures, essays, and interviews. These writings provide insights into how one of the most influential contemporary Buddhist practitioners defines Vipassana and how he uses it to achieve peace of mind and lead a happy, useful life. Goenka to spiritual and religious leaders of the world who were gathered for the Millenium World Peace Summit, August 29, 2000. The purpose of the meeting was to promote tolerance, foster peace, and encourage inter-religious dialogue. In his presentation to the delegates, Goenkaji tried to highlight what they, and all spiritual paths have in common: the universal Dhamma.

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