is the Witness?
Objects: The are many, many objects in the world and the mind, including the objects of meditation. However, none of these objects are "Who I am."
Sensing: All of those objects are experienced through the senses, whether the physical organs or the mental sensing instruments. These tools of sensing are also not "Who I am," even if they are the subtlest of metaphysical senses.
Mind: The senses present those impressions to the mind, which processes all those impressions. This mind is also not "Who I am," however intelligent and productive it might seem.
Witness: Who is it to whom the mind presents all those impressions? Who is the Witness? The Yogi turns away from the objects in the quest to resolve this. The Yogi goes beyond even the instruments of sensing, whether physical or subtle, seeing them too as not enough. The Yogi even sees that the mind itself is an instrument, and seeks the stillness and silence beyond.
To the Yogi, meditation starts with, but then goes beyond mere objects,
so as to explore and go beyond the sensing instruments, to then examine
and set aside the mind itself, so as to dwell in the pure consciousness
that is the recipient and witness of all of this. Ultimately, the
question of Self-realization comes down to the single question,
"Who is doing the experiencing?"
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presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of
the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and
beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of
our sadhana or practices is the highest
Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the
center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is
one and the same with the Absolute Reality.
This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga
Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the
intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which
complement one another like fingers on a hand.
We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti
Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha,
and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer
finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final
stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the