The Sanskrit word “Prashant” means absolute peace, “Jivan” means life and “Darshanam” means vision or to see. Thus “Prashant Jivan 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 for any teaching. People are provided free food, stay and teaching. But it is important to know that it is only open to men 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 staying 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 more names and contacts of the co-ordinators who can be contacted for the lessons.
- Elliott Newhouse (USA) – Mobile and Whats Up – +
- 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.
A total of 6 weeks. The first 5 weeks is for 5 elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space) and 6th week is for the mind and intuitive level.
- Good command on English language as this is the medium of education.
- 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 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.
- Specific asana, pranayama with mudra, bandha, specific mudras, specific methods of concentration – as taught by Baba Shantananda etc.
- 72 gospels of Baba Shantananda. (the gospels are originally in Hindi. Please see Download page with english transliteration and translation).
- Explanation of each practice according to the guidelines suggested by Baba Shantananda.
- Karma Yoga – Karma Yoga is an integral part of the Retreat.
Relevant Yoga Books for Prashant Jivan Darshanam Yoga Retreat –
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Raja Yoga – Swami Vivekananda or
Four Chapters of freedom – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Gospels of Baba Shantananda – A small booklet that compiles 72 basic teachings of Baba Shantananda.
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 6 days in a week.
- 5.30am to 7am – Personal practices
- 7am to 7.15am – Herbal tea/Drink
- 7.30am to 9.30am – Asana, Pranayama followed by Relaxation
- 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 – (Meditation, Relaxation: Lecture and practice and Vice-versa)
- 3.30pm to 4.30 – personal cleaning and Karma Yoga
- 4.30pm to 6.30pm – (Asana, Alignment and Adjustments: theory and practical training, teaching practices)
- 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
- Voluntary Donation only.
At the moment please visit the ashram at the given address.