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Hridaya Newsletter – June 2014

“”Love is the way messengers from the mystery tell us things.”
~Rumi

Beloved Hridaya Sangha,

Greetings from Mazunte, where the summer rains have not extinguished the fire of the Heart but made it even more vibrant. We hope your own heart is glowing as brightly and its wisdom is guiding every moment.

Inspiration from Sahajananda

Introspection into the source of Life

Beyond the life of the body, mind, and soul, there is a fundamental radiation of existence.
The source of Being, like a scorching sun, melts all these tools of individuality.
Remaining centered in It (the Pure “I”), everything takes place against a background of bliss; thoughts and emotions that arise are directly illuminated by It.
A functionality of mind in which the main dimension—“Who am I?”—is no longer ignored.
There is still an inner life, a mental and physical universe, but it has its reference impersonal bliss and eternity. The mind can still use concepts, but their reality becomes very relative and ephemeral, as in a dream. Any ordinary word can transform itself into a pure mantric (sacred) sound; a bird’s song seems to reverberate to infinity, in the valleys of the Heart.

The way of knowing through harmony

Beyond any mental activity, between what we think we are and the universe, inherent harmonies of Existence are revealed.
Knowing through harmony is not an attribute of the mind, but of the whole being. The whole being becomes, by this very act of knowledge, more integrative and “inconsistent,” as a soap bubble that reflects everything on its surface, the whole world, a bubble ready to explode in every moment.
There is an inherent “music of the spheres” in any object and in space itself. This music of objects, a music of the spheres, ecstatically melts objectivity, the dual consciousness, the division of “you” and “me.”
The easiest way to merge two objects is to make them vibrate in the harmony of loving everything, in the harmony of Oneness.
Again and again, the axis remains the pure subjective consciousness, the “I am” that swallows the dream of objectivity.

“Slow” Season?

Although this time of year is generally quiet at our home in Mexico, this year the center has been buzzing with students and activity. In May, Jennifer and Resol lead the From Pain to Peace workshop to a beautiful group of students who reveled in the intimate, supportive setting and the opportunity it presented for true healing. Giselle offered a successful Introduction to Meditation workshop earlier this month, Craig and Giselle will explore the optimal diet for spiritual life in the Spiritual Nutrition workshop 4-6 July, and Claud will be back to delve into sacred relationships in Conscious Loving from 8-10 August. Of course, the Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 1 and our monthly Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats continue to be offered all year long, so it’s always a good time to come visit.

Module 2!

Module 1 has been a rousing success since it was first introduced in March, with more and more students being drawn to the teachings of Oneness. As many are keen to continue their yogic education, we are very happy to announce that the Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 2 will begin in the 28 October course cycle and will continue monthly thereafter. Visit our website for the full course description.

49-Day Retreat

An increasing number of people seem called to spend more time in silence and there has been an outpouring of interest in our 49-Day Prathyabhijna Retreats. The next one starts 17 October and still has space available. If you are one of those who hears the siren call of Stillness, read the testimonials and download an application here.

Resources

The Hridaya Yoga website has long been a great source of information on many topics related to meditation and non-duality. Recently, we have made it even more useful by expanding our Resources section to include more gems from the teachings of Ramana Maharshi. Check them out and be inspired…

Dark Room

We are currently finishing up construction on a permanent Dark Room at our center. The 2014 Hridaya Teacher Training class will be the lucky ones who get to experience its air-conditioned comfort first. Starting in December, bookings will be available to all those who have the yearning to spend a few days in total darkness to reveal their inner light.

Special Offer

Those of you who know the joy of coming to Mazunte for just a few days only to end up here for months will appreciate that we have now created a Retreat Season Pass. Prepay for 3 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreats in one calendar year and enjoy a 20% discount off the course fee. Email us for more details and to book your retreats.

Sahaja’s International Tour

Sahajananda has just finished a beautiful retreat in the desert of Israel and will soon be making his way back to Europe for a busy July. He will hold a retreat in Germany the 4th-12th followed by one in the UK the 18th-21st and another in the Netherlands from 24 July-1 August. He then returns home to Romania for a retreat and spiritual tour in August. Visit his calendar for complete details and booking information.

Other International Offerings

After a successful trip to the UK in May, Antoaneta will return to Liverpool to give a one-day workshop entitled Embody Your Divine Feminine on 27 July (email: lexdevi@yahoo.com). Claud will host a 2-day weekend retreat 12-13 July in the forest of Bear Mountain State Park, one hour north of New York City (email: claud@hridaya-yoga.com). And, Hridaya returns to Agama Yoga Thailand with Keith and Ava’s 3-day retreat 23-25 June (www.agamayoga.com).

The Kaivalya Yoga School and Ashram on beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala will hold 4-day Hridaya retreats starting 2 July and 6 August and offers ongoing month-long Hridaya Intensives; the next one starts 8 July (www.yogaretreatguatemala.com). Naz teaches ongoing Hridaya Yoga classes in London and Milton Keynes, England (email: naz@theheartcentreyoga.co.uk; www.theheartcentreyoga.co.uk). Raluca teaches Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes and gives weekend retreats in Brasov, Romania (email: contact@santosha.ro; www.santosha.ro). In addition to hosting Sahaja’s August retreat, the Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center in Sânpetru, Romania also offers a Dark Room for personal retreats (email: centrulkamala@gmail.com; www.kamala.ro).

Esther teaches Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga classes in Bern, Switzerland (www.kaliayoga.ch). Niamh offers weekly Hridaya Meditation classes at two yoga centers in Liverpool, England and will teach twice-daily Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes in her weeklong yoga and meditation retreat in Turkey, beginning 11 August (www.hridayayoga.co.uk/). Juliane and Giulio present yoga classes and weekend retreats in scenic Florence, Italy (email: lovejuliane@gmail.com). Adam will teach a 12-week meditation course beginning 24 September in Groningen, Netherlands (email: aossin@gmail.com; www.GSpweb.nl). Also in the Netherlands, Esmeralda teaches regular Hridaya classes in Rotterdam and Breda (openheartedly.wordpress.com). And, in sunny Newcastle, Australia, Tamara is teaching Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes (email: yogaheartspace@gmail.com; facebook.com/yogaheartspace).

We hope increasing moments of Stillness are unfolding in your life and hope to see you soon in Mazunte or at one of our many international events.

With Blessings and Love,
The Hridaya Sangha