Monday, October 12, 2020

Dear readers,


In the northern hemisphere, the autumn season is in full bloom. This means that in many parts of this region, all the colors we associate with Baba Muktananda are vividly present in the surroundings—the reds, oranges, and golds so vibrant with luminosity.

On the Siddha Yoga path we consider the month of October to be auspicious, since it is in this month that we honor Baba’s Solar and Lunar Mahasamadhi.  This year, moreover, the celebration of Navaratri—the nine nights dedicated to the worship of the Devi in her beautiful, wondrous, and awesome forms—is occurring right in the middle of Baba’s month, making this time all the more sacred.

The next Svādhyāya Study Session, Session V, takes place on the first day of Navaratri, Saturday, October 17. The focus for Study Session V is the breath.

The breath is integral to living. For the practice of svādhyāya especially, it is most vital, as the breath is what powers your recitation of the sacred mantras of Shrī Guru Gītā. In Study Session V, you will learn about the relevance of breathing naturally, how to draw upon the full capacity of the breath, and the specific role the breath plays in svādhyāya, the recitation of sacred texts. In Siddha Yoga sādhanā, breathing with conscious awareness is paramount.

The details for Study Session V are as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 17, 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)

Here are some ways to prepare for this study session:

  • Read and reflect on the talk from Study Session IV, Focus Your Gaze.
    • Practice the instructions for how to hold your chanting book.
    • Make a note of your insights in your sādhanā journal.
  • Prepare a space that is conducive to study.

Stay safe, stay smart, and stay informed, everyone!

Warm regards,


Swami Akhandananda
Managing Director for Svādhyāya Study Sessions
SYDA Foundation