Our weekly Satsangs and Kirtans take place Monday through Friday from 8 – 9 p.m. after the evening Agnihotra and meditation.
- The company of the “highest truth.”
- The company of a guru.
- Assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth.
Why do we call this an “Interactive Exploration”? We chant the verses together, discuss the meaning and implications, talk about our own viewpoints, and are encouraged to interpret for ourselves what it might mean for our own life.Along with the Gita, at times we explore some of the Upanishads. These texts existed in the Indian culture before the Gita, and influenced the teachings in the Gita. The word “upanishad” means “sit down close to the teacher,” implying learning directly from the teacher. According to S. Radhakrisnan, the “Upanishads belong to the revealed literature. They are immemorial, timeless. Their truths are said to be breathed out by God or visioned by the seers…the sages who speak out of the fullness of their illumined experience.” Please join us for the study of the Bhagavad Gita every Monday 8 – 9 p.m. in the Cosmic Temple.
Tuesdays – Fundamentals of Yoga & Guruji’s Texts with SasiFundamentals of Yoga is a comprehensive handbook of theory, practice and application of Yoga. A classic in its field, first published in 1959. “In FUNDAMENTALS OF YOGA, Dr. Mishra introduces Yoga philosophy by teaching the concrete practices of Yoga. This serves to inspire as well as to inform the novice and the expert practitioner.” — Judith Lasater, Contributing Editor, Yoga Journal Marcelo Carvalho began teaching yoga in 2001. His yoga classes include asana (poses,) pratyahara (internalizing the focus of the mind and the senses,) and pranayama (expansion of primordial energy – prana.) He emphasizes meditation, yoga psychology, and Self-knowledge as principle tools for personal transformation and healing. Marcelo studies Sanskrit with Dr. Ram Karan Sharma and the Yoga Society Sanskrit faculty. An active member of the Yoga Society of San Francisco, Marcelo has been on the board of directors since 2000, and is elected Board member for the term 2012-14. Although he did not meet Shri Brahmananda during his lifetime, he has embraced him as his Guru. Please join us for discussions on Guruji’s Yoga texts every Tuesday 8 – 9 p.m. in the Cosmic Temple.
Wednesdays – Homa, Listening to and Chanting from Rig Veda and other recordings done over the decades with Shri. Brahmananda Saraswati with Ram Gopal“Worship would be impossible without dualism, but at the end we realize that a foreign God cannot be worshiped and that He whom we worshiped as the omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient God is our real Self.” -Shri Brahmananda Please join us for the study of Guruji’s text and audio recordings every Wednesday 8 – 9 p.m. in the Cosmic Temple.
Consciousness, along with nature, is a fundamental element of this cosmos. Life is an interaction between them. Knowledge of both is the path to all-round wellbeing. This is the essence of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. “… bhogāpavargārtham dṛśyam – 2.18”Everything that we experience (nature) is for enjoyment and liberation. Enjoyment (bhoga) includes everything in this nature – objects, people, our body, and our mind. Yes, even our thoughts, emotions, and memories are all part of the nature. We tend think of them as an intimate part of ourselves. But, that is where the yogic wisdom comes to dispel our misconception. Considering our self as one and the same as our mind is the true source of all misery. Yoga says that you are free from the qualities of your mind, which is part of the nature. When you are able to abide in your core self, the modifications of nature (our thoughts, emotions, memories) cannot enslave us. You will be free from all misery. You are independently happy. That is the supreme self-reliance or independence (kaivalya) that yoga is trying to teach. Patañjali mentions that the purpose of our interaction with nature is for enjoying the nature as well as achieving liberation from it (apavarga). This is attained by knowing the true essence of your core self. Our life consists of taking both the outward path (experience of the nature) and the inward path (abiding in our core self). Lack of awareness and education of the latter is the reason why we constantly stay dissatisfied with life. The aphorisms of Patañjali shed light on the mechanisms of pleasure and misery and describe the path to liberation, which a higher state of consciousness that is free from the dualities of pleasure and pain. Upon achieving liberation, consciousness remains fully content in its own self. That is the all-round satisfaction that we all innately yearn for every moment of our life but cannot attain because we are constantly seeking it in the objects of nature. Consciousness realizes its own essence by differentiating itself from the nature. That is why the experience of the nature is essential to attain liberation. This is the purpose of consciousness coming into contact with nature and experiencing life. “Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali” describes various practices to attain true knowledge of one’s core self. Please join us for the study of Yoga Sūtras every Friday 8 – 9 p.m. at the Cosmic Temple