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The Ultimate State

by Swami Nirmalananda & Vidyadevi Stillman

November 2018 Teachings Article

Spiritual Upliftment #11


In meditation, you are either “in” or “out”.  In deep meditation, you’re immersed within which is called samadhi.  You may even think you’d fallen asleep.  You see and hear nothing, absorbed in deep peace, growing more and more blissful.  Then you bob “out”. Your mind gets busy, revving the engine, read to go.  In the beginning, either you are meditating or you are enslaved by your mind.

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This is an article in a year-long series on “Spiritual Upliftment”, our theme for 2018, co-authored by Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, Vidyadevi Stillman and Rukmini Abbruzzi.

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Diving Deep Within

October 2018 Contemplation Article

by Swami Nirmalananda & Rukmini Abbruzzi


“Most Svaroopis experience samadhi in every class; it’s a taste of enlightenment.”

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Swamiji India 1By Swami Nirmalananda

If you were studying Zen, you’d look for a Roshi.  In Tibetan Buddhism, the teachers is often a lama, even a Rinpoche, who is a reincarnation of a previously recognized lama.  In Theravada Buddhism (aka Mindfulness Meditation), the root teachers are honored by the title Ajahn, a monk who is a teacher in the forest tradition of Burma.

In yoga-based meditation, for the deepest teachings and fastest progress toward enlightenment, you study with a Swami, a yoga-monk.  As a student, you get benefit from any teacher who is ahead of you on the path, but you get the most from the teacher who has gone the deepest.  A swami is one who has dedicated their life to Self-Realization, commonly called enlightenment.

Mainstream lifestyle focuses on family, wealth, beauty, sexuality and peer pressure, well depicted in media.  Monks are people who say, “Been there, done that,” whether it…

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Sept 2018 Teachings Article:

Spiritual Upliftment #9

By Swami Nirmalananda & Vidyadevi Stillman

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A yogi sits on top of a mountain, with the setting sun painting beautiful colours across the sky.  She slowly closes her eyes to meditate.  Instantly her mind quiets. She rests in a serene  inner state.  Cut!

Movie scenes and car commercials lead you to believe that meditation should be instantaneous. If this is not your inner experience, you think you are a failure.

Let’s rewind the footage and slow it down.  Meditation is a 3-stage process.

1809 Flow State – Click to read

Philosophy Discussion Group
Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati
Whatever time you have spent doing yoga, you know that your experience gives you so much more than a healthier body.
What is that for you?
Here is an opportunity to explore that question for yourself and to learn from others.
We will use the monthly contemplation articles as a starting point for discussion. This is a great way to expand and deepen your
We invite you to join us in this venture of ‘more yoga’!
The group meets monthly by Skype at 8.00am – 9.00am; and participation is free.
The next group will be on Sunday 16th Sept.
This year we are focusing on reading and discussing our monthly contemplation articles by Swami Nirmalananda, Vidyadevi Stillman and Rukmini Abrussi– (Spiritual Upliftment)
Please have a copy of our Sept article ready.
CLICK HERE 1809 Flow State
If you would like to be a participant please email the group leader with your Skype Name.
She will send you a contact request and add you to the call group prior to the call as you will need to be added to the call group in order to participate.
The group leader will be Daya Ma.
Her email address is:
Please let her know if you’d like to join us.

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Breath & Beyond

June 2018 Teachings Article

Spiritual Upliftment #6

by Swami Nirmalananda & Rukmini Abbruzzi

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“Breath is life.  Expanding your breathing capacity increases your vitality, health and happiness.  Ujjayi Pranayama, the breathing practice taught at the beginning of every Svaroopa® yoga class, gives you all these benefits and more…”

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