HRIDAYA MEDITATION RETREAT IN THAILAND
This special and very popular 8-day silent meditation retreat focuses on our real and essential nature, the supreme and divine self, âtman. During this immersion retreat, we will address broad aspects of the Spiritual Heart, from a variety of traditions including esoteric Christian, Sufi, and Kashmir Shaivism.
Type of Event
With some breaks during the day.
- All courses can be booked in advance on our website via PayPal (only in USD)
- You can also pay in person at the registration desk at our campus in Ko Phangan, Thailand, via credit card or money (only Thai Baht).
- No food or accommodation are included in the price, as the school doesn't provide it. We can recommend places nearby.
The program aims to create an experience most resembling a solitary retreat (as in a cave, for example), with the intention to provide attendees with an opportunity to reach deep inner states of consciousness, intense aspiration for the Divine, and highly focused interiorization for the awakening and blossoming of the soul, jîva-âtman. This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedânta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen.
This retreat is led by Sahajananda (Claudiu Trandafir), whose meditation has been dedicated for many years to the revelation of the Spiritual Heart through love and the opening of the soul. Sahajananda, an electronic engineer by education, was formerly a professor at the University of Parapsychology in Bucharest, Romania. He has been a Yoga teacher since 1985, specializing in solitary cave retreats, following the example of Ramana Maharshi and other Jnâna Yoga masters. After years of solitary retreats followed by spiritual accomplishment, in 2002 Sahajananda began to guide groups of people using this method. He has led this special retreat for more than 1,000 participants across Europe, Asia, and North America since 2001.
During these years, Sahajananda has developed a method that gradually cultivates the following attitudes in participants:
The inner awareness of all sensory perceptions and emotions that will gradually become, through sublimation, an awareness of the Spiritual Heart;
The calming down of the mind (a state of peace of mind);
The polarization between the individual soul and the divine Self, âtman, that is experienced as a state of very strong and profound aspiration and longing for God;
The evocation of death of the physical body as a way of transcending desires and egotistical tendencies;
The act of powerfully evoking and experiencing the mystery of God’s presence in our hearts.
To support the retreat, complete mauna (silence) must be maintained at all times, and students are also expected to observe celibacy. An atmosphere full of love and aspiration will be created in which participants can surrender to their real and essential nature.
This retreat includes advice for guided meditation, lectures, and practical methods such as:
Ramana Maharshi’s method of introspection (Self-inquiry, âtma vicâra, using the question “Who Am I?”)
Techniques of stilling the mind using breath control
Study of the symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
Advice for maintaining awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers of the Desert (from Christianity)
The Christian method of the Prayer of the Heart
A proper understanding of Advaita Vedânta’s fundamental principles
Methods of passing from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
The four fundamental stages in the process of the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart
Daily special meditations on themes connected with Self-Revelation
Yogic methods that approach the issue of the Spiritual Heart
Hatha Yoga sessions
An introductory session takes place on the day prior to each retreat at Shiva Hall, Srithanu campus (Koh Phangan), during which we meditate and explain the rules. Registration follows immediately afterward (so please come prepared with your payment), and we resolve all administrative details, so that when the retreat begins the next morning it may be consecrated exclusively to mauna (silence) and meditation. Hopeful participants must attend this registration session and agree to abide by the retreat guidelines for its duration.