Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to training and nurturing those who deeply long for the direct experience of union with the eternal, pure center of consciousness, the bliss of being that is one with the absolute reality, as the wave who seeks to remember it is one with the ocean. One word for that union is "Yoga." (See Self-Realization)
Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.
The word "Abhyasa" means "practices." Abhyasa is purposefully choosing to do that which leads to "sthitau," which is a stable, steady, undisturbed inner calmness or tranquility. Abhyasa is one of the twin foundations of Yoga, along with Vairagya, the mental stance of non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16).
The root of the word Ashram is "shrama," which means "effort" or "striving." The hermitage or home of a swami or other person serving people in their efforts towards inner peace and spiritual awakening is called an Ashram.
Thus, our community of meditation, contemplation and learning is known as Abhyasa Ashram. More than any physical location (especially given its tiny size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.
If you would like to see what we're doing in the physical locations, please take a look at the calendar, or contact me if you have questions. There are also maps of the location. Please note that this is not a residential ashram and there are no overnight accommodations; visitors stay at hotels or rental condominiums.
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EXPANSION OF THE ASHRAM: As of winter, 2010, we have started to expand the ashram, both in terms of physical location and offerings, as well as our legal structure. The ashram has been incorporated as of May 2010 (As Abhyasa Ashram, Inc.) and we have applied for nonprofit status through the US government (this will most likely take several months, or up to a year).
Presently, we have local training here in our current location, online satsang gatherings four times a week (including a Bhagavad Gita study class). More online and face-to-face classes are under development.
We are also in the process of developing a sophisticated database management system that will allow us to extensively track aspirants/students progress through the sometimes complex appearing principles and practices. This will emphasize "student/aspirant" training, rather than "teacher" training. In our modern world, particularly in the U.S., we already have far to many "certified" yoga teachers who know very little about the principles and practices of authentic, traditional yoga.
The spirit of our training is captured in an Indian tale of a seeker who went to a great sage asking to be a student on the path of Self-realization:
Before we can truly be a teacher, we have to be a student. Thus, the emphasis of our training is on being a student of the principles and practices, not a teacher. Ours is not a modernized, watered-down "yoga teacher training program". Those who participate in our "student/aspirant" training will surely feel qualified not only to practice and progress on the path, but also to share with and teach others what has been learned and practiced, as have others who have already studied and practiced with us in this way.
If you are interested in our ashram and programs, please let me know, and just start getting involved, being part of our new expansion.
May your meditation today bring you peace, happiness, and bliss.
In loving service,
We have announced in recent newsletters that we are
in the process of expanding the ashram. This expansion involves
incorporating the ashram as a non-profit organization, acquiring a new
building, and expanding learning systems. We are also trying to improve
our communications with the people who are most interested in the
ashram. I have met, received emails and calls from thousands of people
over recent years, and it has been very difficult to keep track of who
is most interested in what we are doing through the ashram [There are
over 2,000 people currently on my newsletter and email lists].