In February I conducted a meditation retreat in a beautiful venue by the Ganges, in Rishikesh. Of the roughly 75 participants there, some felt left out because all my discourses were in English and their primary language was Hindi. Plus, some other regular readers of my blog who wanted to join the retreat, couldn't do so because of its price. And, finally, some others couldn't because there was no space left. We don't do these retreats for profit.
I've been thinking of some way to reach out those who got left out. On that note, I'm pleased to announce a meditation camp at the ashram. We've priced it as low as possible to cover the cost of food, bedding and utilities etc. The content will be almost similar to the one in February. My priority is to give registration to new people. All discourses in this camp will strictly be in Hindi.
Before you even think of signing up for this camp, please please note that while the content of this camp will be similar to the one in February, the overall experience won't be the same. We have extremely limited accommodation at the ashram. Only 6 guestrooms and a big hall. All guest rooms have attached washrooms and in addition, we have five common washrooms. You'll be sharing your accommodation with many other devotees. We'll provide bedding, and good satvik food. We've solar water heaters in the ashram but they are often not enough.
Your donation will just cover our costs so, please don't expect any comforts. There are no housekeeping or laundry services, much less any room service. We often even run out of water (we have our own water source now, thanks to a devotee who got it done for us. But, from this source we can only get about 6,000 litres in one day). Only attend this camp if you wish to hear my discourses, learn directly from me even at the cost of basic comforts. If you wish to have a proper retreat experience where practical issues won't be a challenge or hear my discourses in English then sign up for one of the retreats I may announce in the future. Still interested to learn meditation? Read on.
Average human being goes through 60,000 thoughts in a span of 24 hours. Angry mind, agitated mind, disturbed mind, restless mind, talkative mind, lazy mind, or an untamed mind robs your inner peace and potential. In the various states of mind live a myriad of thoughts. And, beyond the flooding streams of thoughts awaits an ocean of bliss and infinite joy. Meditation is the river that merges effortlessly in that ocean. It's an art anyone can master, a skill anyone can learn, a craft anyone can practice.
Most seekers complain that their mind wanders off when they try to meditate. The harder they focus, the more difficult it gets. Many have been meditating for years but they have not experienced any real benefits, they tell me. A lot many state that they don't know where and how to start on the path of meditation.
The meditation I practice is chiefly based on Mahamudra, Patanjali yoga sutras and my own experience of nearly 23 years. In this camp, I'll expose you to the basics and the foundation of meditation for superior concentration and insight. We'll primarily focus on the following:
The detailed schedule will be provided to the attendees beforehand.
This camp will focus exclusively on the non-tantric path of meditation.
Total cost is Rs. 4500. (Four nights/five days, all meals and bedding included.)
90 0 spots on a first come, first served basis.
4 nights, 5 days. Starting on Oct 24 afternoon and concluding on Oct 28 morning.
You are responsible for your to-and-fro travel to the ashram. You can do travel tie-ups with other attendees for convenience and cost savings. (The list will be circulated beforehand to all the attendees.)
We encourage you to wear comfortable white top throughout the retreat. You can bring a white shawl if you don't have white tops. Lower can be jeans, track pants or any other colored clothing.
Your cell phone must be silent at all times.
Only vegetarian food, free of onion and garlic, will be served (included in your donation.)
Children below the age of 12 are not allowed on this camp.
All discourses will be in Hindi only.
Please note that it's a camp and not a retreat. You'll be sharing accommodation with many other attendees.
|Bank Name||State Bank of Patiala|
|Account Name||Sri Badrika Ashram Cum Charitable & Social Welfare Society|
|Account Number||6510 0807 552|
|Branch Address||The Mall Road, Patiala - 147001|
|After you have deposited the money, please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Your full name.
2. Age and gender.
3. Your contact number and full address.
4. Deposit confirmation/reference number (if any).
5. Any comments or notes.
6. Your date of arrival and departure at the ashram. (You can arrive a day early but you'll be required to depart by 28th. Under special circumstances, we may allow you to depart by the 29th Oct but not beyond that.)
Last Date of Registration: Aug 15, 2015 or 90 spots (whichever is earlier).
Once you've made the payment, you must send an email on email@example.com with the following information:
1. Your full name.
2. Age & Gender.
3. Your contact number and full contact address
4. Deposit Reference/Confirmation number (if any).We'll confirm your spot as soon as we receive your donation.
You can cancel anytime before July 31, 2015 for a full refund. Absolutely no refunds will be issued if you cancel after that. Please don't request us for making an exception. If you are unable to attend, your donation will be used for a social cause supported by the ashram. In case of any questions, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.