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Knowledge of the Self

Motives for learning, which are a result of temporary conditions, such as passing an exam, getting a certificate and teaching flexibility are subsidiary to those that reflect the orientation of the serious Sadhaka or Sadhaki; for whom Knowledge of the Self is of paramount importance. 

Importantly Teachers and Students can be strengthened in ways that do not restrict their freedom to follow their own path (Dharma). The aim is to foster independence and self-reliance in such a way that illustrates the assimilation of ethics into the aesthetics of yoga practice and that preserves the integrity and dignity of an ‘I and Thou’ relation. 

In I-Thou relationships attitudes of manipulation are absent. In I-Thou relations others are free to be themselves, not what I want them to be. The relation is one of being rather than an emotional condition. Tattwamasi. Aham Brahmasmi 

Major philosophies of India accept Consciousness Itself ultimately Transcends mind and matter. Paramatma is not dependent upon intellect -nor personal awareness. Every living being is permeated by a Supreme Universal Spirit (Paramatma), which the individual human spirit (Jivatama), or soul, is united with in Essence. This is primary meaning of “Yoga” -Union.

Advaita (non-duality) teaches us Consciousness (Spirit) is the only Reality. Notions of subject and object are considered mere vibrations of consciousness (Maya). Eternal Spirit is the only Reality. Yoga is the Unity of the Inner-Self with Supreme Consciousness; the very “Essence of the Self is identical with Consciousness”. Mandukya Upanishad 1V: 4

Om Saha Na navatu
Saha nau bunaktu
Saha viryam karavavahai
Tejasvi na vadhitamastu
Ma vidvishavahai

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

May our studies be blessed
May we be nourished together
May we work together
United for the good of Humanity 
May our learning be luminous and purposeful
May we never argue

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

The Atma Shatkam of Adi Shankara: Great Adi Shankara (the first Shankaracharya) of the 8th Century summarized the entirety of Advaita Vedanta (Non dualistic philosophy) in six stanzas. When a young boy of eight while wandering in the Himalayas seeking to find his Guru, he encountered a sage who asked him, “Who are you? The boy answered with 6 stanzas, or Atma Shatkam, “The Song of the Self”. 

Awakening joy of contemplation and reflection (Nirvana). Atma Shatkam – “the Song of the Self” is a beautiful way to realize Essence of the Brahma Sutras, Mandukya Upanishads and Agamas for Yoga Darshana. Singing or chanting, or repeating mentally and reflecting on the meaning of the Atma Shatkam; also known as Nirvana Shatkam – leads to Self-Realization. Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham.  

The Ultimate goal for life is to reach that total unity, where we experience the whole creation and whole of humanity reintegrated into THAT; which is Pure Reality, Pure Being and Pure Joy - Sacchidananda. [Existence-Consciousness-Infinite Bliss]