Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham

Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham is a community dedicated to the practice of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga with a special emphasis on karma yoga (or selfless service). The ashram is situated on a three-acre homestead property with a 100-year-old house that doubled in size with a new addition completed in 2008. The building is surrounded by towering elms, a few oaks, and one majestic old pine tree. There are flower gardens and fruit trees, a swimming pool, and a tennis and basketball court. The immediate outlying areas are mainly vineyards and agricultural plots.

Sri_aurobindoSri Aurobindo born Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution. Sri Aurobindo developed a method of spiritual practice he called Integral Yoga.

Sri Aurobindo’s teaching states that this One Being and Consciousness is involved here in Matter. Evolution is the method by which it liberates itself; consciousness appears in what seems to be inconscient, and once having appeared is self-impelled to grow higher and higher and at the same time to enlarge and develop towards a greater and greater perfection. Life is the first step of this release of consciousness; mind is the second; but the evolution does not finish with mind, it awaits a release into something greater, a consciousness which is spiritual and supramental. The next step of the evolution must be towards the development of Supermind and Spirit as the dominant power in the conscious being. For only then will the involved Divinity in things release itself entirely and it become possible for life to manifest perfection.

Website: www.sasp.collaboration.org

References:

Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham – sasp.collaboration.org

Sri Aurobindo – wikipedia.org

The Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat providing stress relief, rejuvenation and outdoor recreation located just 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga. The retreat is a world-class yoga center offering classical yoga and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels. Guests journey from around the globe to visit this unique destination to relax, reflect, and reconnect with nature in a tranquil oasis nestled in Tennessee’s spectacular Upper Cumberland. The Institute offers a variety of programs that provide methods for anyone to attain physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. It is a unique space created for human beings to deepen their experience of life, and to reach their ultimate potential.

Sadhguru-Jaggi-VasudevSadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, is a yogi, mystic, and visionary humanitarian who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all. Sadhguru is a speaker and opinion maker who is widely sought after by prestigious global forums including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the World Presidents Organization, the British House of Lords, Tuck Executive Education, and TED, among many others.

“This life for me is an endeavor to help people experience and express their ultimate nature.” -Sadhguru. His mastery over the mechanisms of life, an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, serves as a guide in exploring the subtler dimensions of life. Rooted as strongly in mundane and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom, Sadhguru’s life and work serve as reminders that inner sciences are not esoteric philosophies from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times.

Website: www.ishafoundation.org

References:

Sadhguru – ishafoundation.org

New Dharma Washoe Valley Center

The New Dharma Center is located in Washoe Valley, Nevada and is the primary residence of Sat Shree and many of his devotees. The center is situated approximately 20 miles south of Reno and 18 miles north of Carson City. Dharma Community House is located nearby with five permanent residents. Several other devotees also live in the area. The Washoe Valley Center is a residential program dedicated to assisting individuals in their spiritual progress. The individuals who live at the center have been invited by Sat Shree to live in a spiritual community and with the teacher for a period of time.

Sat-ShreeAn architect and community activist living in Nevada, Sat Shree experienced a sudden awakening to the spiritual dimension of existence in 1998. This state arose suddenly without any effort on his part in the midst of an individual human life in one night in 1998. This ‘awakening’ was a glimpse of an utterly different and radical state of being that he now resides in. He is now the director of his New Dharma community in Nevada.

New Dharma is a ‘way’ to live in constant, immediate and direct relationship with the Divine principle that governs all existence. Its purpose is to reveal the eternal path for mankind that takes one from the personal to the impersonal, from the individual to the universal and back again. It shows how action can be transformed into a vigorous and integral expression of this Divine principle, the ‘Sat-chit-ananda’; Truth, Consciousness and Bliss.

Website: www.satshree.org

References:

Sat Shree – Buddha at the Gas Pump

Sat shree – New Dharma

Sunburst Sanctuary

Sunburst is a world community of practice dedicated to personal and planetary awakening, with headquarters at Sunburst Sanctuary north of Santa Barbara, California. The sanctuary encompasses 4000 acres of natural beauty, pristine meadows and oak-covered hills on California’s central coast. The sanctuary is available to facilitate spiritual education and support through workshops, meditation and devotional song circles, as well as classes and initiations in the universal science of Kriya Yoga: the science of uniting the soul with the Infinite Spirit. Endeavors also include exploring the principles of sustainable Earth stewardship through permaculture and organic gardening.

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Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is considered one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times. Author of the best-selling spiritual classic, Autobiography of Yogi, this beloved world teacher came to America in 1920 and he is now widely recognized as the Father of Yoga in the West. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (1920) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (1917).

Sunburst’s teachings of Self-realization are based upon the message of Paramahansa Yogananda’s direct disciple, founder Norman Paulsen, and the living guidance of Christ consciousness that Jesus exemplifies unceasingly. These great souls are active in these teachings today, as are many others from the living presence of I Am That I Am, the light of pure divine consciousness. Everyone, regardless of spiritual affiliation, can embrace these teachings in the temple of their own hearts, and draw closer to the Divine with each passing moment.

Website: sunburst.org

References:

Sunburst Sanctuary – sunburst.org

Self-Realization Fellowship – Paramahansa Yogananda

Mount Madonna Center

Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California. The community is designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth, inspired by Baba Hari Dass and sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga. They offer a supportive community atmosphere for relaxation, reflection, and a wide variety of learning experiences. Program participants are invited to join in all ongoing center activities – celebration, work, and play. Amenities include hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a pond for swimming, a hot tub, a gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and bodywork at the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center.

baba hari das

Born near Almora, India in 1923 Baba Hari Dass left home at the tender age of eight to begin his study and practice. Before coming to the USA in 1971 at the request of several young students, he completed the traditional vows of a Vairaagi Vishnava (qualified non-dualism). Babaji is first and foremost a master yogi, having practiced the disciplines of yoga from childhood. Although Babaji no longer makes public appearances, his lifelong example of peacefulness encourages regular practice of his teachings.

It is from this classical grounding that Baba Hari Dass taught ancient scriptures of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavadgita, and Samkhya Karika as well as the philosophy and practices of Ashtanga Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyan Yoga, and Tantra Yoga. Mount Madonna Center is inspired by the example and teachings of Baba Hari Dass and dedicated to the principles and practices of yoga. The center aspires to create an environment for the attainment of peace.

Website: www.mountmadonna.org

References:

A Conference, Retreat and Yoga Center – mountmadonna.org

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary is located on a secluded and truly charming stretch of the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. Founded by Jamie Van Ess and Naomi Palmer, it is small, spiritual community living their highest ideals and sharing that process with others. Living off-grid since 2002 has allowed them to develop their own harmonious, workable homesteading model, that is centered around authentic experience of the Divine through meditation and yoga. There are number of sacred spaces on-site, including the main temple and a private cave, that carry a very deep vibration from many hours of intense meditation over the years. They welcome those who want to experience the gifts of such a lifestyle for work exchanges or internships. 

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The teachings and lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda are emphasized at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary. They love all true masters and saints and incorporate teachings from other yoga lineages and modern spiritual teachers. They are a spiritually committed community with a cooperative spirit.

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary hosts a variety of meditation retreats, workshops and silent retreats, led by experienced teachers. From Raja yoga and Kriya yoga intensive retreats, to Vedic astrology workshops, their community of practitioners offer a range of insights into the path of spiritual awakening.

Website: www.pleasantvalleysanctuary.com

References:

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary – pleasantvalleysanctuary.com

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is located on 40 acres in the Gold Country of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California. For almost 20 years the ashram has remained in its original state: a farmhouse and pond surrounded by rolling hills and majestic oaks, saturated with the songs of wildlife. The accommodations – cabins on the hills and new deluxe shanti cabins – are beautiful and comfortable, keeping to the spirit of “simple living and high thinking.”  The programs are diversified including the powerful teachings of classical yoga and the modern ideas and current, well-known teachers.

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Swami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandayogafarm.org

References:

Five Points Four Paths – sivanandayogafarm.org

Vedanta Society of Northern California

The Vedanta Society of Northern California was thrice blessed with three eminent direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna’s greatest apostle, carried his master’s message and his immense spiritual power to the West, and, in the last years of his mission, to San Francisco. There he started the Vedanta Society of San Francisco on April 14, 1900. The New Temple, located at the corner of Vallejo and Fillmore Streets in San Francisco, is the Society’s headquarters. The New Temple offers a variety of spiritual services.

Ramakrishna VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.sfvedanta.org

References:

The Society – sfvedanta.org

The Ramakrishna Order – vedanta.org

Vedanta Society of San Diego

The San Diego Monastery, a branch of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is located near Balboa Park, at 1440 Upas Street. It holds Sunday lectures, evening classes, and meditation and vesper services. The Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) is under the spiritual leadership of the Ramakrishna Order of India; Vedanta societies are the Western branches of the Ramakrishna Order. The Society was founded in 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ramakrishna Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.sandiegovedanta.org

References:

San Diego Monastery – sandiegovedanta.org

The Ramakrishna Order – vedanta.org

Vedanta Society of Southern California

The Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) is under the spiritual leadership of the Ramakrishna Order of India; Vedanta societies are the Western branches of the Ramakrishna Order. The Society was founded in 1930 in Los Angeles, California. The Society maintains centers in Hollywood, Santa Barbara, San Diego, South Pasadena and Trabuco Canyon.

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.vedanta.org

References:

Vedanta Society – vedanta.org

The Ramakrishna Order – vedanta.org