Spiritual Education - Wisdom of the Ages

Workshop Offerings — Available as individual workshops, or in ongoing series.

 

Spiritual Education-Wisdom of the Ages

(Workshops/ Seminars/ Lectures)

 

  1. 1.      Workshop on Patanjali Yoga Sutras (Raja Yoga) and Classical Hatha Yoga Texts

             (4 to 8 sessions of 2 hours each.)

  • Science of Yoga, its definition, purpose and benefits for all ages. Different types of Yoga
  • Yogic Psycho-Physiology/Pancha Kosha (Five levels of human personality)
  • Concept of Tri-Dosha. Body type: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • Concept of Kleshas (Cause of human pain and suffering and how to eradicate them)
  • Yama and Niyama (Universal Values that makes human nature Divine)
  • Theoretical/practical aspects of Asana and Pranayama and Yoga Nidra
  • Techniques of Concentration, Meditation and Samadhi (Super Conscious Experiences)

 2.      Workshop on Tantra Yoga and Kundalini Yoga

             (4 to 8 sessions of 2 hours each.)

  • Explaining the system of Nadis, (the astral nervous system) and Granthis (Energetic Knots)
  • Chakras their name, location, characteristic properties, purification and activation
  • Kundalini Energy, its location, function and properties
  • Different techniques to awaken and experience the benefits of Kundalini energy.
  • Experiences of awakened kundalini.

 3.      Workshop on Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial)

( 12 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • 1.Introduction to Lord Krishna and the gist of the teachings
  • 2.Life an inner and outer battle. How to fight this battle of life correctly.
  • Law of Karma:  How the law binds us, creates pain and suffering
  • Karma Yoga: Understanding one’s own duty and dharma in life and doing it correctly
  • Explaining the Laws of Re-incarnation of human souls, and its purpose and goal
  • Bhakti Yoga: The Nature of God, why He creates the Universe. The Yoga of love
  • Gyana Yoga: The Yoga of Wisdom. The Nature of the Soul and how to attain self-realization
  • Concept of Gunas: Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas, and their effects on the body and mind 
  1. 4.      Workshop on Kriya Yoga and Meditation

             (4 sessions of 2 hours each.)

  • Introduction to the great Himalayan Guru lineage
  • Definition and purpose of Kriya practices.
  • How is it different from other meditations.
  • Kriya magnetizes the spine, activates the chakras, improves intuition and third eye capability.
  • Helps to destroy desire seeds and access the superconscious level of the mind.
  • Helps to achieve attunement with the soul.
  • Basic Kriya techniques their benefits and experiences.
  • Advance Kriya techniques their benefits and experiences. 
  1. 5.      Workshop on Advaita (Non-Dual ) Vedanta Philosophy

             (4 sessions of 2 hours each.)

  • Nature of the soul and ego.
  • Qualifications for the study and practice of vedanta philosophy.
  • Definition of Maya (Universal Illusion).
  • Methods to remove the veil of Maya.
  • Signs of enlightened beings

 

  1. 6.      Workshop on Yugas ( Cyclic World Ages) or Cyclic Nature of Time

      (1 session of 3 hours)

The Sun’s movement around an unseen Star, probably a black hole, in one arm of the Milky Way galaxy, creates Yugas or Cyclic world ages. Like the four changing seasons there are four Yugas which keeps changing in an ascending and descending cycle. In the descending cycle the Yugas change from Golden to Silver, to Bronze to Iron. In the ascending cycle they change from Iron to Bronze to Silver to Gold.

Just as each season has its own specific characteristic qualities affecting human life, similarly each Yuga has very specific characteristics that affects the evolution of not only human life, but human civilizations. We are now in ascending Bronze age or Dvapara Yuga that unfolds a vast potential and quickens growth of human consciousness. The subject explains in great detail the precise direction and what characteristics will come into play, in the evolution of human civilization in the coming decades and centuries.

  1. 7.      Kundalini Workshop
    (4 sessions of 2 hours each)

Today we are experiencing a time period called Dvapara Yuga. A time period when a very quick expansion of human consciousness is taking place. More and more people are awakening to very unusual experiences, occurring within themselves, often in explicable but very soul satisfying and uplifting. In this scenario, the ancient wisdom of Tantra and Kundalini  that talks of higher and higher planes of existences, existence of higher super human beings and man’s evolution from human beings to saintly beings to angelic beings and finally to Divine beings take on new meaning.

 In this workshop Yogacharya Dharmananda will explain the following :

  • The characteristics of the Astral body,
  • Detail explanation of the Nadi system,
  • The characteristics of the Chakras and their functions.
  • How chakras are the portals to entrance to higher dimensions.
  • What are the characteristics of Kundalini energy, its process of awakening, the problems and difficulties that invariable accompany the arousal.
  • How to purify and activate the chakras, explaining the techniques in detail and all the numerous experiences, sometimes fearful, scary but mostly very inspiring and uplifting,  that a seeker of Spirituality has to go through.

 

  1. 8.      Workshop-- Mind its nature and how to get rid of ego habits
    (1 session of 2 hour)
  • What is soul and its characteristics?
  • What is ego and its characteristics?  How ego creates misery. How to bring it under the control of the soul.
  • Contents of the mind, the childhood wounds, traumas, abuse and how to get rid of them.
  • Why so much pain in human life and how to get rid of it.
  • What are Sanskaras? How they are formed in the mind. How they enslave us. How to dissolve them.

 

  1. 9.      Workshop-Mid-life crisis
    (1 session of 2 hours)
  • Purpose of human life.
  • Stages of human life.
  • Duty and responsibility at each stage.
  • Understanding crisis to be an opportunity for awakening.
  • What to be done for the awakening.

 

  1. 10.  Workshop-Essential teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Wisdom).

      (4 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Mind its essential characteristics and impurities. Definition of Ego (Ahamkara) and Soul (Atman)
  • Law of karma and Karma yoga.
  • The stages through which the study of Vedanta philosophy progresses. Sadhana Panchakam.
  • Concept of Pancha Kosha. How the Koshas evolve through the different kingdoms of nature.
  • Concept of Maya, Ignorance. How the Gunas in Nature create the ignorance.
  • Concept of Varnashram Dharma. Duties according to the stage of life and your inner nature.
  • Qualifications to study and practice Advaita Vedanta Philosophy.
  • What is Samadhi its nature and various stages of experiences.
  • Qualifications of a Self –realized sage an Avadhoot.

 

  1. 11.  Workshop-Characteristics of the Astral Body

       (2 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Composition of the astral body.
  • The astral nervous system, nadis their functions and characteristics.
  • The chakras their functions and characteristics.
  • Methods for the purification  of the chakras.
  • Kriyas or techniques to activate the chakras.

 

  1. 12.  Workshop-Law of Karma and how it affects human life and spiritual evolution.

       (4 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Definition of Karma, Law of karma.
  • Good and bad karma their respective effects. How the effects can be delayed.
  • How wrong karma creates painful ongoing suffering.
  • How to remove childhood traumas, hurt feelings and wounds.
  • How Karma Yoga leads to a life of peace, harmony, freedom and deep satisfaction.

 

  1. 13.  Workshop-Science of Pranayama

       (2 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Location of prana and its functions in the physical body.
  • Explaining nadis and chakras that allow the free flow of prana removing the blockages.
  • Tantric methods to purify the prana.
  • How prana can be used to heal and vitalize the body.
  • Learning to reverse the flow of prana and concentrating it at the Agnya chakra.
  • Learning how to make prana enter the Astral spine the sushumna nadi to experience Higher consciousness and Samadhi.

 

  1. 14.  Workshop-Meditation

      (2 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • What is meditation?
  • What are the different purposes for which people meditate?
  • What are the physical and psychological benefits that accrues from meditation?
  • How many types of meditation techniques are there?
  • Why do we have so many techniques?
  • Some popular meditation techniques are Trancendental meditation, Kriya yoga meditation, Vipassana meditation, Breath awareness, Mantra meditation, Kundalini meditation, Devotional meditation, Chakra meditation etc.

 

  1. 15.  Workshop Samadhi

      (2sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Definition and explaining the nature of Samadhi.
  • How does meditation lead to samadhi.
  • Benefits that accrue from Samadhi.
  • Different types of Samadhi.
  • Stages through which Samadhi progresses.
  • Experiences that different stages of Samadhi unfold in human consciousness.

 

  1. 16.  Workshop-Death and dying

     (4 sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Preparation for death.
  • Death is only of the body. I do not die.
  • Death is not to be feared rather welcomed.
  • Death is freeing not an end.
  • Death is freedom. It is a rebirth in a Heavenly world.
  • Death is a healing process. Many wounds inflicted on each other are healed.
  • Death is an important experience in life. It is not the end of life.
  • Importance of the moment of death. Thoughts at the moment of death. They create the blue print for the future existence.
  • Life after death full of love and bliss.
  • Return to human life.