The practices of the Himalayan Tradition integrate the four practices of meditation, contemplation, prayer, and mantra, which all together embrace the possibility to practice in every moment, in every here and now, to make your whole life a life of meditation.
* It includes self-awareness practices.
* It includes several mantra practices; used during meditation and contemplation, japa, ajapa japa and constant awareness.
* It includes internal dialogue and contemplation; a process to fathom the deepest and most subtlest aspects of existence to eventually bring you to Self-realization.
* It includes a systematic meditation practice that contains asanas, relaxation practices, breathing practices and a systematic process to go through the mind and beyond the mind. This practice is to make the mind one-pointed and to lead it inward, so that it can directly meditation/contemplate on Tripura.
An aspirant will find out that along the way of sadhana the four practices of mantra, prayer, meditation and contemplation will merge together, converge into a single process to dive deep within during your quiet moments (of meditation/contemplation). All four practices together bring you to a constant awareness of the Non-dual Reality and its dance, while living in the world.
Recently my teacher Swami Jnaneshvara has written a book, called ‘Summary of Practices of the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters’.
With this book in existence it is easy to give an answer to the question; what are the practice you do? The respond to that question will be that I can coach, train, and accompany you in the practices written in this book. It contains all the practices we do. This is the outline we use when we facilitate retreats, classes and one-to-one coaching session. (In the future this book will also be available in Dutch, it requires some time to translate)
This book is an expanded explanation of the 7-page ‘Summary of Practices’ paper, it directly follows the outline on the first page of that handout. The handout has been used by Swamiji since 1996 to teach and train sadhakas at many location all over the world. The purpose of the book is to complement classes, one-to-one coaching sessions, meditation retreats at Sadhana Mandir Ashram, Rishikesh, India (Swami Rama’s ashram) and all activities in Abhyasa Ashram, Florida, founded by Swami Jnaneshvara, or anywhere else were we teach and share in the world.
Also available in print through lulu; this is a nicely printed book and is recommended.
click here to take a look at the printed version
Abhyasa Ashram offers many different ways in which we can support your process in learning these practices. There are online satsangs, in both English (with Swami Jnaneshvara, and Swami Ma Tripurashakti) and in Dutch (with Swami Ma Tripurashakti, see online activities on this site). Look at the site of Abhyasa Ashram for the all its activities locally. One in a while there is an intensive meditation retreat in Sadhana Mandir (Rishikesh, India). During a year I travel between Florida, Europe, and other places. Look at the calendar to see my current travel plans. And there are many channels through which you can get inspired/supported on your path, look at the page contact for all the options.
You can connect with me through email firstname.lastname@example.org, I hope you will try to find me if you are practicing these practices and need support…
In loving service,
Swami Ma Tripurashakti
| top |
Yoga Meditation, Contemplation, and Devotion for Self-realization
This site is an offering to those who deeply long to experience Pure Consciousness that is known as Divine Mother or Tripura (‘Tri’ means three, and ‘pura’ means city); She is the one that lives in the three cities of Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Temporary leaving behind the three cities and residing only in Pure Consciousness is called Self-realization. Another name for this realization is Yoga; the union of the individual self with the universal Self; the union of Atman with Brahman, or Shiva with Shakti; or the dis-union of Purusha and Prakriti. Some might think of Tripura as an anthropomorphic being but She is not, She is the Non-dual Reality in which all appearing manifestation seems to exist. All that is, is the Non-dual Reality.
On this site the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta, and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra are offered to guide you in learning to meditate directly on Tripura by using modern ways of communication such as through animations, while preserving the ancient wisdom. These teaching have been given to us by an ancient lineage of meditation masters, lovingly called the Tradition of the Himalayan masters. These practices lead us to a space of stillness and silence where Yoga meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer converge into deep devotion and constant awareness of Tripura. At the end of the journey when all efforts are exhausted, grace will dawn. This is known as shaktipata, through which the final barrier is removed, which is the piercing of the bindu, and leads to the direct experience of Non-dual Reality. This finally reveals an unimaginable Joy from knowing the Non-dual Reality or Pure Consciousness!
| top |