Namah Te from Raleigh!
i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!
Yoga is a vision not a business. Rishi Patanjali understood this ancient philosophy and so has been able to share how make this a modern practice.
The only way to slow and stop the dilution of philosophy-practice which we are experiencing individually and institutionally, is knowledge of the truth at the relative level. This training will prepare us for Knowledge of the Truth at the Absolute Level.
We do our part through our E-Vichara...
E-Vichara (October 3, 2016) --- Yoga is Transcending the Thoughts of the Mind - Part 1
-Purpose pulls performance - Rishi Patanjali unambiguously shares the purpose of the Yoga Sutra-s is yogah chitta vritti nirodah (yoga is transcending the thoughts of the mind)
-yama - the mind has been created extrovert hence the need to use abstinence to guide the mind inward - by following ahimsa (non-harming), aparigrah (non-collecting), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (non-indulging) and satya (non-lying) we will quieten the mind
-niyama - the mind has been created extrovert hence the need to use observance to guide the mind inward - by following
Ishvara-pranidhana (devotion), santosha (contentment), saucha (purity), svadhyaya (introspection), tapasa (discipline) we will quieten the mind
-asana - when the body is controlled in postures, mental energy is conserved - just as a rocket needs sufficient escape velocity to be free of the Earth's gravity, we need sufficient energy to change
-pranayama - when the breath is controlled in flows, mental energy is concentrated - we lack interest not concentration and this practice trains us to be interested in more than the material
-The conflict between humans, religions, etc., is because we live at the surface where the only meaning is literal - if we study more and reflect more, we will listen more and think more, we will go deeper than the literal to the intention of a human, a religion, etc.
In our next E-Vichara we will explore how the above means are continued and lead to the ends - samadhi.
Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Bathe (safely) with the lights off. Post bath turn the lights on and post dressing write all you thought about.
Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):
A son asks his father, "Dad, are bugs good to eat?"
"That's disgusting! Don't talk about things like that over dinner," the dad replies.
After dinner the father asks, "Now son, what did you want to ask me?"
"Oh nothing," the son says. "There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone."
Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW):
Celebration - For all those who read the E-Vichara (September 5, 2016) --- The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra VI, i had shared -
We are having a Farewell Satsanga (on Saturday, October 22 from 11.00a-12.30p [EST] in Pittsburgh) for the 9 young adults who are joining the Residential Vedanta Course in Trinidad. For those who can join us physically, the address is 1100 Freeport Road, Mars (16046). For those who can join us virtually, the address is --- https://youtube.com/chykwest
We are having a Welcome Satsanga (on Saturday, October 22 from 06.00p-07.30p (EST) in Niagara) for my parents who have completed the Residential Vedanta Course in Sidhabari. For those who can join us physically, the address is 5743 Valley Way, Niagara (L2E 1X7). For those who can join us virtually, the address is --- https://zoom.us/j/3862921622
Retreat - Got fear? Well, Face Everything And Rise! Join us in Houston from Jan 13-16 as we learn to grow up from believing skydiving and public-speaking is being courageous to realizing that responsibilities and equanimity is being courageous. Register and spread the word --- https://www.chykwest.com/houstoncamp2017/
Support - i still need more help. We need more infrastructure so we can do more work. In 2008 i was assigned as the Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Niagara. Since then we have initiated satellite Centres in London and Kitchener. In 2013 i was assigned as the Acharya of Chinmaya Misson Pittsburgh. Since then we have initiated satellite Centres in Cleveland, South Hills and North Hills.
i want you to visualize all our Courses, Classes and Camps as the 'mind' of a Centre. And to support the health of the mind we offer dakshina (regularly). Now i want you to visualize all our Ashram-s as the 'body' of a Centre. And to support the health of the body we offer donations (less regularly). This Autumn our London, Niagara and Pittsburgh Centres are ALL having fundraisers. And as their Acharya i need to help ALL these Centres.
London is facilitating a fundraiser to be able to mature from renting a school for our programs to purchasing our own Ashram. In time my parents, Acharya-s Madhu and Vijay, will live in the city and lead the Centre.
Niagara is facilitating a fundraiser to be able to build a safety fence around our Ashram so that our kids/youth can play on our property without anyone needing to worry. In time, we will establish a play area for kids and a sports court for youth.
Pittsburgh is facilitating a fundraiser to be able to build a Religious Centre on a soon to be acquired ten acre property. In time, we will build a Retreat Centre for the Chinmaya Leadership Foundation.
Next week we will celebrate the completion of 7 years of E-Vichara-s! 7 years of reflecting together!! 7 years of realizing together!!! In Vedantik tradition teachings are given freely. No price can be tagged to the guidance an Acharya offers to seekers to live more purposefully, to kids to try their best, to workers with materials for their classes, offices, etc. Still, filled with gratitude and fulfillment a student seeks to give back.
On June 22, 2009 the 1st E-Vichara was sent to 90 seekers. On October 17, 2016 the 281st E-Vichara will be sent to 4,118 seekers (not including Groups, Forums, etc.). If the subscribers, readers, students of the E-Vichara invest one hour in understanding/appreciating these diverse insights on Life and living, they are engaged in a Course on self-development.
If you feel this Course is worth $0.38 per lesson, please donate $108 to the noble work in London (for our October Hanuman Chalisathon with the aspiration to raise $10,000). If you feel this Course is worth $1.78 per lesson, please donate $501 to the noble work in Niagara (for our November Dipavali Celeration with the aspiration to raise $50,000). If you feel this Course is worth $3.59 per lesson, please donate $1,008 to the noble work in Pittsburgh (for our December Development Banquet with the aspiration to raise $250,000). Between our Chinmaya Mission Niagara Centres and our Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh Centres, every week over 1,000 students study how to realize joy, how to radiate joy. Is there a higher service?
CanadaHelps --- Chinmaya Mission Niagara (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/chinmaya-mission-niagara-canada/)
Check (please make out and mail to the following address)
5743 Valley Way
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada, L2E 1X7
Gratitude to you for supporting the infrastructure (physical) of these Centres. With strong bodies we will be able to focus on encouraging independence (mental) in these Communities.
"By refusing to crave for objects which we do not have, we shall be conserving a lot of mental energy which alone can give us peace within and a capacity to act rightly in the world." ~ Swami Chinmayananda