Tuesday, October 6, 2020
On the Siddha Yoga path, the month of October is dedicated to honoring Baba Muktananda on the anniversary of his mahasamadhi. This year marks the 38th anniversary of this sacred day. As you know, when a great being departs from this world, their shakti permeates each molecule of the universe. It is for this reason that we continue to honor and celebrate Baba Muktananda’s life and teachings. He isn’t gone. He is with us.
I hope you have been looking forward to receiving this communication from me about the next Svādhyāya study session, Session IV. As a teacher for the Svādhyāya Study Sessions, I am most enthused to inform you that in this next study session you will learn about the importance and benefits of focusing your gaze during the practice of svādhyāya. Many of you already engage in this potent technique for concentration through your regular recitation of sacred texts and your longtime practice of meditation.
However, I want to encourage you to participate with a beginner’s mind. The benefit for each of you, wherever you are in your sadhana, will be immense.
The study session will take place on Saturday, October 10, on the Siddha Yoga path website—first as a live video stream and then, a few hours later, as a webcast. The details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time, USA (live video stream)
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, USA (webcast)
Preparation Required for the Study Session
To obtain the maximum benefit from the study session, prepare in the following ways:
- Read the talk from Study Session III, Refine Your Pronunciation.
- Make note of what you’ve learned in your sadhana journal.
- Practice the pronunciation exercises.
- Practice the posture instructions in the talk from Study Session II, Establish Your Posture.
- Create a space that is conducive to study.
I wanted to share with you that, to optimize your learning, it’s also best to participate in the entire study session, starting at the beginning. If you are sending reminders to one another about the study sessions, I suggest you do so thirty minutes in advance of the session so people can arrive on time.
Stay safe and stay smart, everyone!
Managing Director for Svādhyāya Study Sessions
My heart is forever grateful for the teachings of the Siddha Yoga path. Through the Svadhyaya
Study Sessions, I am learning how to recite Shri Guru Gita
and focus my awareness on each syllable throughout the entire recitation. When I finish, I feel refreshed and renewed and centered in the present moment.
Virginia, United States
In 2001 I participated in a Premotsava musical training, which involved practicing svadhyaya
in a group for prolonged periods of time over several months. Previously, I had read or heard about the effect prolonged concentration has, especially when practiced in a group, but I had never experienced this effect.
We were all very motivated, supported each other, and were repeatedly encouraged to give it all we had. We learned about several focus points (e.g., pronunciation, blending in) to concentrate on. After doing this for hours almost every day for a few months, it happened: I “woke up” in the middle of reciting Shri Guru Gita.
After many years of intellectually learning about what I could
practice, I had actually done
Learning to concentrate on what’s happening now has made me a better father, husband, engineer, and colleague. For this I am very grateful. But nothing compares to the ultimate fruit of my practice: being alive and consciously participating in the phenomenal experience of life on earth.
Oregon, United States
I feel profound gratitude for all who have helped to bring Gurumayi's blessings to us in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall with so much love and discipline during the four Svadhyaya
Study Sessions. I have rediscovered the power, joy, and serenity of discipline.
Florida, United States