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My miraculous search continues. Who am I? Why am I here?

Unanswered questions

Lost orphans

Fathomless.

I travel from Saccidananda  with my troubled soul to meet my Guru  Fr Korko in his ashram The Dhyana VanemAshram in  Dindigul to attend a 12 day silent retreat.

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Note to self

Yes is true,

The Sad Guru – Bhagavan Sri -Ramana Maharishi, is right.

Complex  questions  about the meaning of life cannot understood by the mind

The meaning of  life can only be  be experienced by the heart in silence.

 And so my REAL quest begins in silence in Korko’s Dhyana Vanem Ashram .

The  Dhyana Vanem Ashram

Fr Korko describes his ashram known as Dhyanavanam, as a place for reading, reflection, introspection, practice of awareness, yoga and meditation.

 

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Where guests staying to attend a silent retreat are requested to

v  Observe silence in the ashram to maintain an environment of peace and calm.       Avoiding the use of mobile phone, radio or computers.

v  Refrain from smoking and from taking liquor or drugs.

v  Help in ashrams services in the morning and evenings like cutting vegetables, gardening, watering the plants as well as general cleaning around the ashram.

v  Follow daily time table which requires

o   Early morning rising

o   3.45 am Rising

o   4.30am   Common Meditation ; Eucharist

o   7.00 am  Cutting vegetables and other services in the ashram

o   8.00 am  Break-fast

o   9.30  am Class

o   11.00 Lunch

o   3.00 pm  Class

o   4.30 pm Garden work.

o   5.30  pm  Supper

o   7.00 pm  Common Meditation –

o   8.00 pm  Satsangh. ( Sharing at the end of the day)

o   9/930 pm Day ends

Note to self.

O my lord this looks difficult…. I mean who gets up at 3.45 in the morning? And why would you get up that early!!! And, its 4 hours until breakfast!! Oh my Oh my ……Am I able for this?  

Korko gave us some guidelines to help us benefit from our stay in the Ashram which I will place as Question and Answer format for clarity- I hope!!!

Question. What is an Ashram?

o   Ashrams are places where people of any caste, creed, sex or nationality can stay and practice intense meditation, taking up an inward journey under guidance of a Realized Master, in our case Fr Korko Moses  to realize the truth of oneself as divine.

o   An ashram is not a place for devotional practices or a retreat house where the retreatants try to reform their lives, discern God’s will or deepen their relationship with God.

o   The practice in the ashram is to experience the divine as one’s very self.

o    The aim is not what one has to do but to discover what one’s being is.

o   This goal is pursued in the ashram through yogic method.

o   Yoga is union of oneself with oneself, with people, with nature and with God. This union is brought about through Karma, Bhakti, Jnana and Dhyana yogas.

Note to self.

o   Ok,  Korko says that an ashram is

not a retreat house where the retreatants try to reform their lives, discern God’s will or deepen their relationship with God’

o   Well, I find this a bit  vague and challenging right now. I know brother Martin touched on this subject so let’s wait and see as my quest for the miraculous deepens over the next 14 days

Question. What is an Karma Yoga?

o   Karma yoga is union through action; it is to do all one’s duties and the day to day activities not for one’s own self centered interest such as to get a remuneration or name and appreciation or for self satisfaction but for the welfare of the world, for the good of others.

o   In the ashram therefore we are expected to do all our works (including our prayers, meditations, eating, bathing, washing, walking, gardening, sleeping etc) with mindfulness for the good of all the welfare of the world. Doing all joyfully and gratefully for the opportunity of getting a chance to serve selflessly.

Note to self

This looks interesting it definitely a new way to look at work and pray! Yup I’m definitely going to give Karma Yoga a try 

 

Question. What is  Bhakti Yoga?

o   Bhakti yoga is union through devotion; it is to surrender one’s life and actions to God, the higher power and seek intimate relationship with Him.

o    In the ashram we will be able  participate in  devotion through  the morning worship and the evening Bhajan service, and during the day we if repeat the name of the Lord( Nama Japa*) and offer all our actions to the Lord for his glory, we will be practising Bhakti Yoga

*Note Japa yoga is repeating a mantra or repeating the name of God as a mantra (Nama-japa). Beads known as mala help with  practice of Nama japa.

 

Note to self

This looks a bit challenging and different to what I’m used to, but I’m definitely going to try it out – provided I do not sleep in that is!  

Question. What is  Dhyana Yoga?

Answer

o   Dhyana yoga is union through concentration and silence; it is to bring the mind to one-pointed-ness through systematic meditation.

o   In the ashram, there are two daily meditations in common- early morning and evening. Korko further recommends that we also try to put in at least two more meditations on our own.

o   As well as trying to maintain silence throughout the day and  if we  need to speak, we must speak softly.

o   We are also advised to try to remain in the present for the whole day. As our bodies are  in the ashram, we must help our minds to be there  also.

o    Finally Korko says Slow down! Walk slow, eat slow, do everything slowly and mindfully.

Note to self

o   Not sure about the two extra meditations!! Like the idea of slowing down, being mindful and leave the crazy world behind for a whole 14days. 

 

Question. What is  Hatha Yoga?

o    Hatha yoga or yoga-asana is physical exercises that prepare one to sit properly for meditation.

o   We will practice Hatha Yoga in the morning

Note to self  

o   I’m really looking forward to practising Hatha Yoga a whole 14days. JJJ

Question. What is  Jnana Yoga?

Answer

o   Jnana yoga is union through knowledge; it is to think critically to understand one’s real identify as the Spirit.

o   Every day during the retreat we will have two input sessions to stimulate our reflections as well as meeting our Guru Korko  to seek guidance in our spiritual journey.

Note to self

This looks amazing and I promise to take copious notes and share my interpretation with you – I absolutely promise  J But remember it will be my interpretation not the absolute truth and also remember I am not a theologian or a scholar just a humble seeker in search of the miraculous in India

Finally Korko concludes that he hope we will be energised and recharged after our ashram experience but just in case we are not we will have a rest day before we leave!

Note to self

Phew!!

And,

v  Before leaving the ashram guests

o   sweep out their bedrooms and empty the thrash;

o   wash the bed-sheets & pillow-case.

o   leave the key in the lock on the door

o   return your library books.

v  The ashram does not charge the guests. However as the ashram runs only on donations guests are requested to make a generous offering to cover the expenses of their stay

v  Refrain from tipping individual workers as it causes problem; it is better instead to make a donation towards the welfare of the workers, if you so wish.

v  The ashram also has a social unit which conducts De-addiction programme for alcoholics and drugaddicts; contribution for this important  project is greatly  appreciated

 

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 MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY

 

 

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