... finally to and back from India...
..after completing the YAI 200 Teachers Course with Shivam at Baghsunath/McCloedganj/Dharamshala!
Was a very good and fulfilling experience, being immersed into Meditation, Pranayama, Asana, learning, re-membering all about the Chakras their Location, Colors, Bija-Sounds, about Ida, Pingala and Shushumna, the Nadis, proper breathing, proper postures, proper livelihood.
Learning about Patanjali's eightfold path Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Learning about the various Techniques and their Sanskrit Names and "diving" deeper and deeper into this wonderful, exciting "materia prima" or better understood as the Brahman.
The Jiva, the immortal essence of a living being, Atman, (the German word for "Breath", "Atmen" is probably derived from a shard Sanskrit root) - Atman the individual soul or the observer, the higher individual self or the eternal soul which is identical to Brahman in essence.
In the Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad , Atman is explicitly called a Person that created the universe by first splitting himself into male and female halves. In the Chandogya Upanishad, this single god is called Brahman, and is "the One without a second"; this Brahman is not only the principle and creator of all there is, but is also fully present within each individual.
But as Paramhansa Hariananda puts it, we are engrossed through our senses in the games of the empirical world of appearances, we get so much entangled that we lost our original awareness of our true nature, of the true nature of all things!
It is like we embark on a journey to unknown lands, I started 37 years ago, or even a wee bit earlier, but it really doesn't matter, without a map, blue print or any knowledge, training about what we are going to experience - so we are highly prone to get lost in the magnitude of impressions, experiences, tastes, contradictions, the various moods of the countless gates of perception and it's magnitudes of deceptions!
So the path of Yoga - the eightfold Path is the lighthouse on the disntat shores we once sailed off from, buried in unconsciousness, in want, wishes, dreams, love, desire and the drive we call "life. Leading us back to our true origins, back to the roots, to our very selves, not the one we are impersonating day, after day, year after year, but the very true self, the witness within, that tiny little flame, which is nourished through the bellow of the breath, which contains it's very essence the core energy of the universe, life giving to each and everything, living or simple materia - the life force PRANA !
Immersion into ones very own self, into the "one" which doesn't need ears to hear, no eyes to see, no tongue to taste, no hands to touch, no senses to understand, no mind to perceive - the silent witness, where observer and the observed become one!
here some impressions from a journey that will never end.....