Unlimited Horizons presents....
Sunday, April 15, 2012
2:30 to 5:30
Gulf Breeze Recreation Center
800 Shoreline Dr.
Gulf Breeze, FL
$10 at the door
the Ladder of the Inner Sky
Almost everybody in modern spiritual circles has heard of chakras and the Om mantra. However, there is depth to these and interaction between the chakras and Om that is often overlooked or simply not known.
In our gathering we will delve into the subtler meanings of the seven levels of consciousness mapped out by the Om mantra. By understanding these levels of consciousness there is a greater ability to systematically follow our awareness inward during meditation, through all of these levels so as to have direct experience of the eternal center of consciousness, which has been described by ancients sages as a state of pure existence (sat), consciousness (chit), and bliss (ananda). It is like climbing a ladder to the inner sky, which has been described as like the light of a thousand suns, and is the realization of being one with the absolute, nondual Reality.
You will be guided in a simple, but highly effective method of meditation on all of the chakras. This has the effect of gently “opening” all of the chakras. This sushumna kriya (practice of purifying the central channel coursing through the chakras) is at the heart of many kundalini and kriya yoga practices. This practice is often held to be a “secret” meditation revealed only to special insiders of meditation traditions. It is, however, a universal meditation practice that all motivated people may perform with confidence that it is both useful and safe. There are two stages to the practice, one of systematically moving through each of the chakras and then moving attention through the sushumna, the central channel that is shown as piercing the chakras in most all of the artistic representations.
About Swami Jnaneshvara
I am a monk of the tradition of the Himalayan masters, and am founder and president of Abhyasa Ashram, a meditation center in Fort Walton Beach which practices universal meditation as taught by the ancient lineage of yogis of the cave monasteries of the Himalayas. I am also founder of the Center for Nondualism in Fort Walton Beach. I have retired from active teaching in the sense of sponsoring retreats, seminars, and workshops, and now focus my time and energy on serving the needs of a small number of sincere students and seekers of Self-realization.
Our Himalayan tradition has no name, and is not affiliated with any of the institutions or religions of the plains of India or other countries surrounding the Himalayas, although many individual meditators personally align themselves with a wide variety of religions or institutions. We may refer to the tradition as "the tradition of the Himalayan masters" or "the Himalayan tradition", but that is for the sake of convenience, and is not a style or brand name as is popular these days.
From the perspective of our meditation tradition, each person is perfect, pure consciousness (atman, purusha, shakti) at the core of her or his being. The entire process of yoga sadhana (meditation and contemplation practices) is to reduce the colorings of attractions, aversions, and fears that usually veil that realization (often called Self-realization). This is done by systematically receding inward through senses, body, breath, conscious and unconscious mind. The final barrier is removed through a transmission of grace, which is known as shaktipata, the bestowing of the pure consciousness of shakti. It is also known as guru kripa, grace of guru. In our tradition guru is a force field of consciousness, and is not any person, although that grace of guru can flow through a person.
For more on Swami Jnaneshvara
Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
505 Hooper Drive NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548