Mount Shasta: the American Mount Kailash

By Sterling Wilson – Southern California Devotee – 2017

Mount Shasta is the retreat to go to.

Mount Shasta is in Northern California, almost at the Oregon border.  I got a bit dizzy while at a rest stop looking at a state map on my first trip there from Southern California.  That’s how far North we are!?  Nevertheless, a three-day weekend retreat with Himalayan Master Yogiraj at this mountain is a must.  He often refers to it as the American Mount Kailash, which is perhaps the holiest mountain in the Himalayas.  It is interesting to note that the native Americans refer to Shasta as Adi-Nar, which is very similar to one of the Sanskrit names for Lord Shiva: Adi-Nath.

The retreat is a weekend of freeing our minds.  The mind, the root source of all disease, loses its iron grip.  Healing and sweet, deep consciousness fill the void.   That is the essence of any time spent with Yogiraj.

After years of retreats, I easily fall into the rhythm. During the satsang question-and-answer sessions, his answers are sometimes heavy with authority. The next moment they are playful and teasing; spontaneous discourses into the ancient lore of India, yogic healing transmissions, chanting and community.

When Yogiraj  entered the meditation hall at the start of last year’s retreat, my mood somehow lightened, erasing my two-day journey North. There were about twenty new people sitting up front and he wanted to make sure they felt comfortable and accepted.  Old timers, such as myself, left unchecked can hog the question-and-answer sessions.  Yogiraj caught us in the act and gave special attention to the newbies.

Saturday’s big event was the outdoor meditation on Mt. Shasta at an open field called “Sand Flat”.  Yogiraj came and then we spread out across the whole field and forest for meditation.  He took us with him as he sat in meditation, going into deeper levels of consciousness.  The Guru is like a benevolent black hole, sucking all negativity into its void.

The bees and flies were buzzing and the late morning sun beat down.  Nevertheless, we remained in meditation, or something that at least looked like it.  Afterwards Yogiraj called us together and told us that he had taken us into Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the deepest layer of mindlessness.

Before breaking up, Yogiraj suggested eating something sweet and something a little spicy with lunch: “With the sweet and spicy the healing will take place.”  As we laughed, he laughed about what an easy Guru he is.  I recall years ago that he said, “One must only look for the most spoiled disciples and know that they are mine.”

Did I mention that Mount Shasta is the retreat to go to?

You can join Yogiraj and our spiritual family this summer at Mount Shasta. Learn more at our U.S. Events Page.

McCloud Middle Falls

By Sterling Wilson – Southern California Devotee – 2017

When we are in nature, standing face to face, it is we who blink first.  Nature holds her gaze.  The energy is too strong for most people- we quickly fall into fiddling with cell phones, talking loudly or drinking beer and building big fires and making lots of noise around them.  We just don’t know what to do with ourselves.  Kriya pranayam and Surya meditation give us a way to connect with nature, something to do there.  This is an ancient lifestyle and it is only the beginning for young America.

The Mc CLoud river becomes Middle Falls as it works its way through the forest below Mt Shasta.  Yogiraj often discusses the coming spiritual civilization that is right now developing on the West Cost of America.  He has said that right now there are more practicing yogis on the west coast of America than in India.  

He teaches that water, especially flowing water greatly benefits meditation.  The Himalayan pilgrimage group makes sure to stop at a mountain waterfall on the journey.  Both the Haridwar and Rishikesh retreats  have time set aside for a dip in the strong flowing, clean, very cold, mountain-pure Ganges.  The prana that is the river current flows through our bodies.  At the Shasta retreat in 2015 he answered a question about eclipses saying that they enhance the meditation and the flowing water  even more so.  A Full Moon lunar eclipse? Go find a river to meditate in…….. or bathtub.

And every year at Middle Falls I see it and recognize it.  Hamsas from the whole West Coast and beyond are there: from Vancouver down to San Diego……and those are just the ones I know…..The scene of scattered Hamsas, some off under the waterfall sitting, others across the water happy to be drying off in the sun.  Valiant yogis to be!  And that water is cold. I can personally attest to sitting under the falls and feeling the energy rise.  The science Yogiraj gives us is true.

A  few tourist families mill about at the Falls as well, with dad taking a dip in the water and the kids looking on. And of course the “beer drinkers” ( a term my mother uses) are there as well- sunburned skin, cigarettes, beer, loud voices and heavy metal soundtrack.

How wonderful that we have something to do there.   “Go sit and do Kriya pryanayam under that waterfall, or stand in the cold river water doing Surya.”  Oh  yes I can do that.

Kriya Yoga Initiation & Review – Greater Philly Area

Sunday May 4, 2014 – Sunday May 4, 2014

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MEDITATION INNOVATION – “Be the architect of your own happiness,the secret resides in your breath” – Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath

The KEY is KUNDALINI KRIYA YOGA.

BEGINNERS:

You are cordially invited to participate in Kriya Initiation and Review event on Sunday from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Hamsacharya Surojit Das will conduct the initiation and teach the following techniques as instructed by Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath .

  • Omkar Kriya:Hearing the birthing hum of creation introduces one to the Divine Indweller.
  •  Shiva Shakti Kriya:This practice is Kundalini Energy in motion. It is the raison d’etre of Kundalini Yoga. It deals with the highest evolution of humankind and is thus called the science of all sciences.
  • Maha Mudra:The purpose of Maha Mudra is to open the flow of life energy in the spine by realignment. Integration of the physical, emotional and mental is achieved by body, breath and light movement.
  • Parvasta: Living in the “here-now”:Integrating around a higher center of consciousness. Holding onto the Present Awareness.

For more information about Kriya Yoga, click here.

FEE: Initiation – $108/- ( Cash preferred, no credit card )

PRIOR INITIATES:

This is a good opportunity to get your Kriya Yoga techniques reviewed by Authorized Hamsacharya and ask any questions you may have about the techniques.  Suggested donation for Kriya Yoga Review $20 payable by cash at the venue.

 

 

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Kriya Yoga Intensive Camp (German Hamsas)

Thursday March 27, 2014 – Sunday April 6, 2014

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This Kriya Yoga Intensive camp is for hamsa group from Germany. Please contact event coordinators for more information.

Seats are limited, please call or email for reserving your seat. Please note that your seat is not reserved till you receive the confirmation email.

Event coordinators: Klaudius Kania, David Schulz
Email: klaudius@hamsa-yoga.org, david.schulz@hamsa-yoga.org
Ph: +49 (0)163 6663602, +49 (0)7733 978 309

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May 10 2013: Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath bestowed honorary title at rare Spiritual Coronation

May 10 2013: Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath bestowed honorary title at rare Spiritual Coronation

 

Yog Martand Yogiraj Satgurunath Siddhanath

10th May 2013 proved to be a royal blessing for all those who witnessed the spiritual coronation ceremony of Yogiraj Satgurunath Siddhanath. He was honored as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Ratna1 and was bestowed with the title of ‘Yog Martand2’ by the Brahman sansad3 of varanashi. The Brahman sansad of varanashi is the highest authority on the Sanatan Dharma since it is established by the four main Jagatguru Shakaracharyas of Shringeri, Jagannath Puri, Dwarika and Badrikashram jyotirpeeth respectively. The auspicious occasion of Satgurunath’s birthday happened to be the day for his spiritual coronation. The celebration of Satgurunath’s birthday was merged with the grand coronation ceremony and with that, the Siddhanath Forest Ashram became the host to the colorful extravaganza. The Nath Mandal was decorated with scented flowers, 108 colorful oil lamps, red carpets, Rangoli designs, colorful ‘pandal’ and beautiful garlands. Yogiraj Siddhanath and his family were looking stunning and elegant in their regal attires. Besides this, the other men were dressed in white with orange turban, and women were dressed in silk and zaree sarees splashed with different colors, and accompanied with beautiful jewelries. Satgurunath and Satgurumata were ushered on the stage with the blowing of the ranabheri4.

Once Satgurunath and Satgurumata took their seats, the coronation rituals were commenced by Satgurunath’s grandchildren Aryasangh and Ritaum, who came in and lit the mangal deep5 on the centre stage. They were accompanied by their sisters Vedanjali and Ujjaini who came in with the mangal kalash6 which they placed in front of the mangal deep. Then, the granddaughters did the vijay tilak7 and aukshan8 to Satgurunath and Satgurumata Shivangini. The same ritual of aukshan was carried out by Yogiraj Satgurunath’s daughters-in-law Sau. Savani Raje and Sau. Vrushali Raje, who held the thali (plate) with 70 lamps which marked Satgurunath’s entry into his 70th spiritually victorious year.

Kriyavaan Kriyacharya Shivraj, who took every possible effort in making the function grandiose, joyous and royal, welcomed the honorary guests, and in short but powerful words, explained how the visit to Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple led Shri Shankaracharya to acknowledge Satgurunath’s spiritual stature, and made him to decide to bestow upon him the powerful title of ‘Yog Martand.’ He also thanked Babasaheb Purandare, a world renowned historian and an authority on the literary works of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja9, for gracing the occasion with his presence. Shivraj Raje did not forget to bring to the notice of the audience that “the grandmaster of ceremonies Pandit Gagha Bhatt came from Varanashi with the ‘panchateertha jal10’ to coronate Maharaja Shivaji as ‘The Chhatrapati’. Today, on the 10th of May 2013, approximately three hundred and seventy five years after the big event, Pandit Amarnath Mishra comes from the same Varanashi, getting along with him the same holy waters, to coronate Yogiraj Satgurunath as ‘The Yog Martand’ and to bestow upon him the honor of Chhatrapati Shivaji Ratna.” After mentioning this fact, Shivraj Raje also said that the political and the national history are repeating itself as the spiritual and world happening.

Shri Shankaracharya of Dwarika had personally sent his political representative and the President of Brahman Sansad of Varanashi, Pandit Amaranth Mishra, to do the formalities and rituals of the spiritual coronation. Pandit Amarnath Mishra was accompanied by eleven Brahmins from Kashi, and had brought with him the waters of the ‘panchateertha jal’. With these holy waters, the abhishek of Satgurunath, Satgurumata and their family was done. Thereafter, as a blessing, Pandit Amarnath Mishra sprinkled the spiritually charged ‘panchateertha jal’ over the head of each and every person who was present there to witness the divine nostalgia, which took everyone 5000 years back into the times of Prabhu Ramchandra. The divine bliss felt by the audience after being blessed by the ‘panchateertha jal’ was expressed through the waters of their souls as they shimmered through their eyes. Later, Pandit Mishra started his speech by voicing the opinion of Bhagwan shankaracharya of the Dwarikapeeth, who very assertively stated that “Yogiraj Satgurunath is a Rudra Swaroop (rudra avatar) and the only Nath yogi who has made himself uniquely available for the benefit of humanity, simultaneously in the spiritual and terrestorial realms to solve the problems of humanity and bring back the ‘Ram Rajya’ (Lord Ram’s Kingdom) and the Satyug.” Pandit Amaranth Mishra himself mentioned that he intuitively felt that Satgurunath is the Manu, sitting with the sword and four Vedas in front of him and Satgurumata is the human aspect of the divine mother Goddess Tulja Bhavani.

Later, Shiv-Shahir Babasaheb Purandare unveiled the certificate of honor, which was later read by Pandit Amarnath Mishra. After this, Satgurunath was enthroned and was coronated by Pandit Amarnath Mishra with the bejeweled family head gear called the ‘Shinde Shahi Pagdi’ which symbolizes the ‘Chhatra’ (the royal shelter for all). Then, he handed Satgurunath with the Vedas as a symbol of the ‘shaastra’ (scriptures of wisdom), and gave him the sword, that symbolizes the ‘shastra’ (weapon to protect the cause of truth and peace). After this, he requested Satgurunath to say a few words. It was Yogiraj Satgurunath who explained the true meaning of the title that was bestowed upon him. He said that when a king is not just a king but is also a yogi, then his sword is transformed from a weapon of violence into a weapon of spirituality, known as the ‘Gyan Aaseen’. The sword becomes a powerful weapon to separate the truth from the untruth, the pure from the impure and the reality from the illusion. He reinforced that it is the spiritual evolution and the empowerment of humanity that can help in bringing the ‘Ram Rajya’ back on earth plane, and not the violence, wars or hatred. With his spiritually mesmerizing talk, Satgurunath gave a completely new dimension to his spiritual coronation ceremony, and uplifted the already blessed spirits of everyone who was present there.

Seated to the of left of Yogiraj was Hamsa Kriyacharya Rudrasen Raje Shitole, who sat for the fire ceremony (havan), the ashes of which were mixed with the Ganga water used for the coronation. Rudrasen has been the silent backbone of the Hamsa Yoga Sangh, and has been coordinating international hamsa activities for over the last 14 years.

On the behalf of Hamsa Yoga Sangh, Hamsa Kriyacharya Jyoti thanked Shri Shankaracharya, Pandit Amarnath Mishra and The Brahman Sansad, and  gave the vote of thanks to the high profile bureaucracy marked by honored people such as the Collector and the Commissioner of the State. After this, everyone from the audience came to the stage one by one and took Satgurunath’s blessings. Even though this was the concluding aspect of the ceremony, one cannot really say that the coronation ceremony concluded with this, as it is still alive and throbbing in the hearts of people who were present there. Hamsa yoga Sangh is grateful to Kriyavaan Kriyacharya Shivraj and his wife Sau. Savani Raje, whose efforts got forth such a celestial event for all the Hamsas who were present.

 Footnotes:

1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Ratna- with this title, Yogiraj Siddhanath is addressed as the precious jewel that further glorifies the legacy of chhatrapati shivaji, and through his spiritual contribution, brings pride to the land and the people of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Ratna- adored jewel/ precious Gem.

2. Yog Martand- The supreme sun of spiritual splendor. Martand- the supreme sun in the cosmic scenario.

3.  Brahman Sansad- Religious Congregation of eminent scholarly priests, which is the highest authority.

4. Ranabheri- traditional Maratha war trumpet.

5. Mangal Deep- the auspicious lamp with five flames which signify the enlightened five senses of soul.

6. Mangal Kalash- auspicious pitcher which holds the panchateertha jal.

7. Vijay Tilak- the vermillion which is applied like a flame on the forehead of the victorious warrior. Vijay – victory. Tilak – flame on the forehead.

8. Aukshan- waving of a lamp that is done to a person in order to honor his victory and in order to pray for his further success.

9. Shivaji Maharaja- The greatest India warrior king of the 17th century who was the avatar of Shiva.

10. Panchateertha jal- the holy water of the five divine rivers of India, i.e. the Ganga, the Yamuna,  the Saraswati, the Narmada and the Godavari. This Panchateertha jal is also known as ‘Gangaamrut’.

Yog Martand Yogiraj Siddhanath in the center, Shivraj Raje Shitole on the left, Rudrasen Raje Shitole on the right, Satgurumata Shivangini on the extreme right

 

Yogiraj Satgurunath Siddhanath

 

Satgurumata Shivangini

 

Yog Martand Yogiraj Siddhanath on the day of coronation

 

Certificate of honor bestowed upon Yogiraj Siddhanath by Sri Shankracharya

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New Life Awakening Retreat – Kundalini Kriya Yoga with Yogiraj Siddhanath

Event Date : Dec 14th Friday, 5:00pm to Dec 16th Sunday, 9:00pm

Events Details:

Spend 3 days with Yogiraj at the ashram and take empowerment (diksha) into Kundalini Kriya Yoga, Omkar Kriya, Mahamudra, Siddhanath Hamsa Yoga and Siddhanath Surya Yoga. Yogiraj will be giving Shaktipat and Shivapat transmissions and answering your questions. Limited seats.

Event Address:

Siddhanath Forest Ashram,

Sitamai Dara, Sinhagadh

Pune, Maharastra, India

Contact : +91 8976180272/74

Email : mumbairetreat@siddhanath.org

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Volunteer & Organizational disclaimer

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  • If you want to learn Kriya Yoga or any other practices of Siddhanath Yoga Parampara, please learn from authorized/certified acharya. The list of such acharyas is available at http://www.siddhanath.org/our-community/teachers. If the person is not listed here, he/she is not an official acharya from our organization.
  • All the authorized techniques of Siddhanath Yoga Parampara are listed at http://www.siddhanath.org/his-teachings. Any technique which is not listed has not been authorized Yogiraj Satguruanth Siddhanath.
  • Yogiraj does not hand out organizational titles like his secretary, personal chef, personal driver, etc.. Any such claims should be debunked and not taken seriously.
  • Yogiraj or Siddhanath Yoga Parampara does not employ people full time. Everyone here is a volunteer. Neither does Yogiraj allow full time apprenticeship or in-stay programs.
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Siddhanath Yoga Parampara – Yogic Principles and Cultural Guidelines

 

  1. Shiva Goraksha Babaji is the supreme & ultimate source of this knowledge.
  2. The organization regards actual practice above intellectual discussion or debate.
  3. We are not an ideological or philosophical discussion board. (unless it guides someone directly to the practice of Kriya Yoga)
  4. The teaching of the SatGuru Yogiraj & Babaji are upheld & used for benefit for all seekers. (member must be be respectful of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath)
  5. The organization is a vehicle to help seekers, teacher & students deepen their practice. (anything else is technically off limits)
  6. The forum is open to all & is not denominational or religious. All members, disciples and devotees or otherwise, are required to be respectful of Yogiraj’s teachings & philosophy.
  1. All exchanges in formal sessions have to be to either clarify, communicate or assist the participants.
  2. The organization is a safe & confidential environment – we do not attack or gang up on people not share their personal information.
  3. Privacy is respected by all contributors and this forum will not host advertising or promotion for events held by any group or organization outside of Hamsa Yoga Sangh.
  4. We respect people’s difference of opinion & differing attitudes towards life & yogic styles.
  5. It is not mandatory to ensure everyone confirm to one single social or cultural viewpoint.
  6. Our goal is build a supportive community & not a propaganda vehicle.

What is Kundalini

Kundalini is the Kinetic energy remaining after the completion of the Universe. This residual bio-electric force lies as light-sound vibrations potentially coiled three and one-half times round the swayambhu Linga with its mouth closing the root of the sushumna nadi in the spinal cord. This divine energy is tucked away in the mooladhara chakra. To avail of it for one’s own evolution and realization is the birthright of every human soul. It may be awakened by scientific Yogic procedures: Shaktipat, Shakti-sancharan, and best by Unmani (a no-mind state of absorption).

A timeless evolution of Consciousness

A Timeless Evolution of Consciousness !

In the human brain exists the formation of a “swan in flight”. In the head is the Corpus Callosum and the ventricles which are located in the mid-brain.

When a Hamsa Yogi through meditation and pranayama activates the Kundalini energy, then these ventricles in the brain open up. The two petals in the Agaya chakra open (corresponding to the pituitary gland). The Yogi at this stage experiences Hamsa consciousness – being breathed by the Divine Indweller, the universal Prana.

As the Yogi progresses in the Hamsa meditation, the subtle fibers in the corona radiata light up with divine energy and effulgence. These radiant fibers spread in the Sahasrara chakra. The Hamsa Nath Yogi’s Sarvikalpa consciousness then expands to the Paramhamsa Nath Yogi’s state of Nirvikalpa consciousness. An expansion of awareness beyond the “I-ness” of humanity takes place.

The Sushumna channel in the spinal chord is the highway through which the Kundalini energy travels and the evolution of consciousness takes place. A still greater state than Paramhamsa is that of the SiddhaNath Yogi, a jeevan mukta. When the mighty Hamsa soul rests in absolute “zero” in the Cave of Brahma, spreading its wings of consciousness to experience the Divinity of creation, one is the SiddhaNath Yogi.

Then the majestic soul proceeds to a loftier state of spiritual awareness beyond the reckoning of mortals where one transfigures oneself into an AvadhootNath Yogi and experiences the total divinity of and beyond creation, gaining the ultimate knowledge of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ (That Thou Art). The Yogi then merges into Niranjan, the final Nirvana, and is the conqueror, the supreme Jina, having attained the enlightenment of the Buddha and the Christ. This AvadhootNath Yogi returns to the world no more. If, under rare circumstances this Yogi ever does return, it will be as the descent of divinity in flesh and form, and as AvatarNath Yogeshwar.

Note: The Cave of Brahma is located in the center of the skull, with the thalamus glands as its wall, the hypothalamus as its floor and the plexus of the third choroid ventricle as its roof. Within the cave is the spring of life, the aquaduct from which flows forth the cerebrospinal fluid upon which floats the Hamsa swan-like Corpus Callosum.

 Mind Negates the inflow of higher knowledge
Negative Mind is the Nemisis of knowledge