Monthly Archives: September 2022

Why a Meditation Club?

By Gurudevi Nirmalananda

It was so easy for me to meditate when I lived with my Baba.  He led the meditations every day.  I didn’t want to miss it!  And my experience was so much deeper than when I was meditating on my own.

This is why I created the Meditation Club, to support your daily meditations.  The single most important yogic practice is meditation.  It’s so important that all the other practices exist specifically to improve your meditation.  

* The poses make you able to sit. 

* Breathing practices quiet your mind, as does chanting, which combines breathing with mantras.  

* Sutra study helps you understand your meditation experience, even to navigate effectively in the inner expanse.

I was so fortunate to have years of living and studying with my Guru.  The best was sitting in silence with him.  It opened up my inner access to dimensions I could never have imagined.

Daily meditation was one of the reasons I opened Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram.  I have been meditating with the Ashram residents daily for over ten years.  I began planning it as an online Meditation Club in 2019.   Zoom and the pandemic empowered me to create that access for you.

It’s delightful and amazing to see this Divine energy flowing through the internet – amazing and not surprising at all.  For it is the gift my Guru gave me that makes it all work, the gift of the ancient sages of India.  

The single most important thing I do every day is meditate with you.  Every day. 

Gurudevi’s Mid-Week Satsang

Come chant and meditate with Gurudevi Nirmalananda in her free Wednesday evening program, live in Downingtown.  To zoom in, enroll in our online Yoga Wednesday (Bookends or Full Day).

This satsang features a long chant and meditation, both led by Gurudevi.  Live music accompanies the chant in the traditional yoga style.  You’ll find it easy to follow the printed words and everyone else singing along.  After the chant, Gurudevi guides the meditation, making it easy for newcomers, while simultaneously making it deep and profound for everyone.

The chant and meditation during Gurudevi’s mid-week satsang is powerfully deep.  I settle in much more deeply than I can with chanting and meditating on my own.  I attend every week! – Lynn C.

Easily Do More Yoga 

Amanda (Purna) Schmidt 

Build your home practice of Svaroopa® yoga with Daily Practice pose cards.  They complement the Foundational Poses found in the Svaroopa® Yoga Basics set.  Learn how to establish a consistent home practice that suits your needs. 

Practice deeper variations of reliable spinal release poses, and get more comfortable with seated poses.  If you are interested in meditation, this new information helps you get started.  New and experienced yogis alike can benefit from these pose cards.  Revel in the results of daily practice! 

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Dimensions: 8.5” x 5.5” 

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Perception & Action

By Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

Yoga says we have ten senses, not merely the five about which I learned in 7th grade science class.  Your senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are called the j~nanendriyas in Sanskrit.  They are modes of perception.  Your senses reach out to explore the world.  Your mind follows them and you try to construct a sense of self out there. Unfortunately, you have lost your core being, what yoga calls your capital-S Self.

You have five more ways of getting lost, all of them mesmerizing capacities.  These are the five modes of action, called karmendriyas:  locomotion, handling, speaking, sexuality and excretion.  They take up a tremendous amount of mind-space, especially if you’re having trouble in any of these areas in life.  

Yoga says that you are the perceiver, not what you perceive.  Whatever you are seeing or hearing, as well as what you are doing, you are the one who is experiencing it.  You are the experiencer, not the experience.  You are the doer, not the action or its results.  Know who you are, even while you are perceiving and acting, and you are…

Meditate with Gurudevi Daily 

Every day at 6:30 am, you can join Gurudevi for your morning meditation.  The most important of yoga’s practices is meditation.  But it can be hard to get it going on your own.  Meditating with others makes it much easier, especially when they are experienced meditators.  When you meditate with a Master, your meditation is fueled by the blessing of their knowing. 

Meditation Club — so much Grace.  To have daily access through phone connection direct from the Ashram community is divine. –Barbara H. 

Let Gurudevi and the Ashram residents support your process by sharing our daily Ashram meditation with you.  Meditation Club is available on Zoom by monthly subscription.  Gurudevi begins with a short reading from her Guru, followed by a short chant, invoking blessings on your meditation.  Next you sit in the holy silence, transmitted from the Ashram, for the rest of the hour, a sweet and Grace-filled experience. 

What Are the Chances? 

By Kelly McKee, interviewed by Lori (Priya) Kenney

Sitting in that Grace-filled room with all the yogis and Gurudevi, a Shaktipat Guru, I thought: “This is really remarkable.  How did I get here?  What are the chances?  This is extraordinary.”  I live in the same town as a Shaktipat Guru.  Yet I knew nothing about this kind of yoga until five years ago. 

In a community flyer, I saw an ad for yoga classes at Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, a branch of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram.  I showed up for the class with a beach towel for a mat.  My teacher was super kind and got me all set up.  Soon afterwards, I received a postcard in the mail about a free meditation class with Swami Samvidaananda.  I loved it and wanted more.   

Attending Swami Sunday Satsangs, I loved listening to Gurudevi give her discourses on the ancient teachings.  That’s how I learned about Shaktipat.  I’d never heard of it before.  I’d been interested in a spiritual path and what Gurudevi said made sense to me.   

One day, I was browsing the Ashram website.  I needed a part-time job.  On a whim, I looked in the Opportunities Section and saw the Ashram needed part-time help.  It was just what I was looking for.  I now assist with Ashram meal preparation and other household tasks.  I keep thinking how lucky I am to be working at an Ashram.  Again, I wonder, “How did this happen?” 

When the May Shaktipat Retreat came along, I wanted to sign up.  I told Swami Praj~nananda I wanted to go, but she said the On-Site spots were already filled.  Soon after, someone cancelled.  At the last minute, I was able to get into the On-Site Shaktipat Retreat. 

Gurudevi spoke about her Guru, Baba Muktananda, and how he gave her the teachings she shares with us.  Even more, he gave her the inner experience that the teachings describe.  I realized, the gift of Shaktipat is receiving that inner experience.  It’s totally amazing.  I remember feeling reassurance and being hopeful.  Here I am, I’m on this path.  I’m sitting here with a teacher from an extraordinary lineage.  I have been put on the path to enlightenment.  That’s the big goal.   

Since the retreat, I’ve noticed changes.  Meditations are definitely deeper and more expansive.  My spine feels more open and straighter.  I’m more even and kinder and less reactive to other people.  Words that I don’t want to have don’t fly out of my mouth anymore.  I feel less separateness and more a part of everything.  And I realize I don’t have to be perfect.  The “small-s self” part of me is being worked on.  My essence is already perfect.   

I feel immense gratitude for Gurudevi, Grace and the lineage.  I’m so grateful for Shaktipat and receiving that gift of glimpses of my Self.  Sometimes how graced I am just washes over me.  What an extraordinary gift it is to have her.