Monday, September 7, 2020

Dear readers,

Yesterday, I announced to you that study sessions will be taking place each week in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall via live video stream on the Siddha Yoga path website.

I’m happy to share with you that in the first study session I will elaborate on the meaning and the importance of the title that Gurumayi has given to these study sessions:

स्वाध्याय

Svādhyāya

The Siddha Yoga path website is a treasure house of knowledge and experiences of the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices. Usually at the end of a satsang, you must rely on the power of your memory to recall and retain what you heard, what you learned, and what you experienced. This is not the case when we have at our fingertips the Siddha Yoga path website. The exquisite gems of wisdom—such as Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s poems and talks, the study tools on Gurumayi’s Message for 2020, the recordings of Siddha Yoga music—remain posted for you to visit and revisit, study and study again, and share with new seekers who are interested in following a spiritual path.

I have also heard that many people—regardless of age—have shared with their friends how they are not aware of all that is available on the Siddha Yoga path website to support their Siddha Yoga sadhana. They are unclear about how to navigate this website and discover all of the study tools. It’s understandable! The knowledge available on the Siddha Yoga path website is as deep as the ocean. It’s an incredible library of Siddha Yoga teachings.

Therefore, as the Managing Director for these study sessions, I have planned for the first study session to include a tutorial on how to navigate the Siddha Yoga path website efficiently and successfully. And my hope is that once you learn this in depth, you will be able to share how to do this with anyone who might need your support.

For you to access this library of Siddha Yoga teachings in a time-effective manner, and to optimize your study and practice, the SYDA Foundation is holding this tutorial, which will be conducted by Sandeep Knoesel, SYDA Foundation Website Department Head. Sandeep was assigned to be the Website Department Head in December 2014. As you know, he has been doing a great job in ensuring that the Siddha Yoga teachings are available and accessible to you, to further your Siddha Yoga sadhana.

In order to accommodate people in different international time zones and to support your full participation, the first Svadhyaya study session on Saturday, September 12, will take place twice:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (USA)
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (USA)

Here are some further details:

  • Each of these tutorials will cover the same information, so please tune in at the time that is convenient for you.
  • The tutorials scheduled for this Saturday will be in English, and translations will be available at a later date.

Stay safe, everyone! And make time for the study sessions in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall.

With warm regards,

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Swami Akhandananda
Managing Director for Study Sessions
SYDA Foundation