Equanimity of Consciousness is Peace, Concentration of Consciousness is Time, Concentration of Time is Consciousness: Baba Shantananda
Prashant Jivan Darshanam Yoga Retreat
About PJDR: The Sanskrit word “Prashant” means absolute peace, “Jivan” means life and “Darshanam” means vision or to see. Thus “Prashant Jivam Darshanam” means Vision of life for absolute peace or vision that bestows absolute peace in life. The retreat envisages the teachings both theory and practical of a great personality “Baba Shantananda” who preached in India for 14 years, and for the last 16 years he has been living a secluded life in the Himalayas.The purpose is to spread the wisdom so people can help guide themselves.
How it goes: People can directly visit the place where Baba Shantananda lived and preached. At present Naresh ji; a direct disciple of Baba Shantananda lives there and guides the aspirants. There is no fee fo any teaching. People are provided free food, stay and teaching. But it is important to know that it is only open to man for now for several reasons. We are trying to organise this for woman also but this will take time. The place is very remote and stay there is almost like living as primitive people.
Apart from that there are worldwide co-ordinators who have received this knowledge. They teach this for the sake of service only. They can be personally contacted for the teaching. According to their nationality, place, circumstances and so on can decide how to organise the retreat. In any case no teacher is allowed to receive any fee for the teaching. However voluntary donation is accepted.
Address in India: C/O Secretary: Sadhaka Naresh ji, Shantananda Janan Yoga Ashram, , Village: Mirjapur, Post Office: Vidyapatinagar, District: Samastipur, State: Bihar, Country: India, Postal Code: 848504.
Worldwide Co-ordinators: Very soon we will add the names and contacts of there co-ordinators who can be contacted for the lessons.
Duration: A total of 6 weeks. The first 5 weeks is for 5 elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space) and 6th week is for the Intuitive level.
Retreat curriculum: Specific asana, pranayama with mudra, bandha, specific mudras, specific methods of concentration as taught by Baba Shantananda etc.
Philosophy: 72 gospels of Baba Shantananda. (The gospels are originally in Hindi. Please find the link in the Download page with english transliteration and translation).
Techniques and Training and Teaching Methodology: Explanation of each practice according to the guidelines suggested by Baba Shantananda.
Retreat eligibility: The retreat is open to everyone who have ample perfection in Hatha Yoga practices and wants to follow up Yoga as means for transcendental awareness. Sound health physical as well as mental is a requirement however if there is some health issue, this should be intimated to the school before registering for the retreat. To clarify this more, the participant need to estimate these followings:
: To be able to hold a posture of meditation for at least half an hour without any discomfort.
: More importantly long time practitioners who want experiences of causal level to be a guide to themselves and others in this path.
- Providing of the requisite completing training to the participants endeavour to blossom into integrated personalities with equipoised mind.
- Fetching the attention of those who want to have a compact discipline into their lives for spiritual illumination for ongoing evolution.
Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga is an integral part of the Retreat.
Relevant Yoga Books:
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Raja Yoga: Swami Vivekananda
Gospels of Baba Shantananda: A small booklet that compiles 72 basic teachings of Baba Shantananda.
The Daily Schedule: The daily schedule starts by 5am. All students have to wake up at this time except in some contingencies. The above daily programmes are tentative and subject to change according to need. All classes are held for 5 days in a week.
5.30am to 7am: Personal practices (Recommended ones)
7am to 7.15am: Herbal tea
7.30am to 9.30am: Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga training
9.30am to 10.30am: Meal time
10.30am to 11.30am: Rest
11.30am to 12.30pm: Lecture
1pm to 1.30pm: fruit/fruit juice
2pm to 3.30pm: Pratyahara and Dharana session
3.30pm to 4.30: personal cleaning and Karma Yoga
4.30pm to 6.30pm: Practices, its practical method as to how to do them; theory as well as practical
6.30pm to 7.30pm: Dinner
7.30 to 8.30pm: Kirtan, Chanting, video shows, personal time etc. (This is an optional session but participation of everyone brings a distinct harmony between all of us)
9pm: Bed time
The Retreat Fee: Voluntary Donation only.
For your convenience, we hint at the normal exchange rates which keep changing as per the day:
1 USA$ – 68 rupees Indian, 1 EURO – 72 rupees Indian, 1 Australian$ – 47 rupees Indian, 1 Swedish Kr – 8 rupees Indian
The above are the gross idea. It keeps changing but there is always a little bit change in the rates. You can always check the current rates at www.xe.com.
Deposit: Voluntary donation only.
Hari Om Tat Sat!