8-day Silent Meditation Retreat
The Retreat for the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart is a unique immersion into our real and essential nature, the Supreme and Divine Self, Atman. During this retreat we will address various aspects of the Spiritual Heart through an artful integration of meditation & Yoga techniques as well as poetry. The retreat is drawing from a variety of traditions including Advaita Vedanta (Non-duality), Sufism, Christian Mysticism, and Kashmiri Shaivism.
Type of Event
Includes 9 nights shared accommodation (private + $70), all meals (vegalicious) and tuition
10% Early-Bird discount until 10 April
"To know one's Self is to be blissful always."
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
According to an old Hindu legend there was a time when all men and women were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the 'chief God', decided to take it away from men and women and hide it where they would never find it again. Where to hide it became the big question.
When the lesser gods were called into council to consider this question, they said, “We will bury man’s divinity deep in the earth.” But Brahma said, “No, that will not do, for man will dig deep down into the earth and find it.” Then they said, we will sink his divinity into the deepest ocean.” But again Brahma replied, “No, not out there, for man will devise a way to dive into the deepest waters, will search out the ocean bed, and will find it.”
Then the lesser gods said, “We will take it to the top of the mountain and there hide it.” But again Brahma replied, “No, for man will eventually climb every high mountain on earth. He will be sure some day to find it and take it up again for himself.” Then the lesser gods gave up and concluded, “We do not know where to hide it, for it seems there is no place on earth or in the sea that man will not eventually reach.”
Then Brahma said, “Here is what we will do with man’s divinity. We will hide it deep down within man himself, in his Heart, for there he will never look”!
The deepest longing of the conscious human soul has always been to one day merge the mind with the heart and explore the peaceful bliss of this union - the full authentic nature of the Self and unimaginable capacity it contains. Overwhelmed by all the expectations and ambitions lying upon us, desperately seeking the recognition and a better understanding of what we really are or simply looking for a quiet escape where we can forget all the drama of our human existence and find a little island of freedom, we often confuse meditation with relaxation. We think that when we pick a quiet spot and close our eyes, we automatically let go of every trouble of our every day life and recharge our inner subtle batteries, getting ready for the next battle offered by the busy days in the concrete jungle around us.
As everyone who tried that already knows, to overcome our restless 'monkey mind' is a task that's very hard to accomplish, there is a need to understand the real concept of meditation from within, in order to get its transformative power to work in our favor.
Meditation is not our little escape from the world and meditation is not unfolding at the moment of closing your eyes. This is just a necessary starting point. On this exciting journey back to our origin of Oneness we can use different techniques of mindfulness to reach a genuine meditative state which in itself is beyond any techniques - a state of Pure Beingness.
What meditation really is can be explained as our ability to let go, to drop every idea, every notion of self-identification, judgment, patterns. To allow what is often referred to as "The Real Self", the Self beyond personality to reveal itself and shine through us. In this sense the process of meditation is much like a continuous (very often decades-long) peeling away of the different layers of conditioning, fears, insecurities, belief systems, social and family 'baggage' etc, which constitute who we are or who we think we are.
In the ancient Vedic scriptures of India our true nature is described as SatCitAnanda - "Pure existence, Pure Consciousness, Pure Bliss", the understanding of which can be reached only through personal experience and never through rational mind and reason nor through listening or reading about somebody else's experience.
Hridaya, the Meditation for the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart is based on the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the great contemporary saints of India. He speaks of the recognition of the Heart as the seat of Atman (Supreme Reality) allowing us to experience the entire Universe as identical with ourselves, one entity unfolded into a multitude of forms and manifestations.
The meditation we offer uses very simple tools to deepen our awareness to a level where all veils fall away and our real Self is perceived clearly and directly. Asking the fundamental question "Who Am I?", dropping any effort to reach an answer, simply allowing it to reverberate deeply in our hearts, until there is only stillness left, we recognize organically with every cell of our physical body Stillness as the essence of all that is and the only possible answer to our question becomes obvious and undoubtable - "I am". Nothing more, nothing less.
At the end of the path stands a life full of unconditional love, compassion and clarity as the meditator reaches the realization that the ultimate nature of every single thing and being is the very same One. As Sri Ramana Maharshi put it: "There are no others". There is nowhere to go and nothing to accomplish. All there is is Here and Now. In the depths of our own Heart, our best teacher.
Our courses at Kaivalya guide aspirants on a transformative and exciting journey inside themselves. They are invited into a safe and inspiring environment in order to experience the gradual, but inevitable heart opening and expanding of consciousness, a natural result of the diligent practice of Self-awareness.
Hridaya Meditation for the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart offers and empowers to find their way 'back home' and provides them with the wisdom how to integrate this practice as a sustainable nourishing part of their everyday existence. In Sri Ramana's own words:
"Your own Self realization is the greatest gift
you can render to the world".