We hope you will join us to celebrate the Mahasamadhi Celebration of our beloved Gurudev, Swami Lakshmanjoo. This event will be broadcast online via Zoom on Tuesday, 13th of September, 2022, at 10:30 am Pacific Time and last approximately 3 hours. Check your timezone here! We will broadcast the event live from Oregon. This is a free event.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
Swamiji left his physical frame twenty-three years ago in India, on September 27, 1991. Since that time, each year we joyously celebrate his Divine life and remember him by performing a traditional “Havan” or “Fire Ceremony” along with worship and the recitation of sacred hymns on the lunar date of this special occasion.
On the days following the Mahasamadhi Celebration, Wednesday, September 14th, through Saturday, September 17th, the Fellowship will hold its bi-annual four-day Study Retreat.
Each day begins at 8 am with yoga, followed by meditation and recitation of Sanskrit verses specially selected for worship (puja) by Swamiji.
Following this, using the sacred revelations given by Swamiji, we will examine a number of important texts central to the philosophy and practice of this great tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. For more information about the retreat visit the events page.
Texts we will cover during the retreat:
Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, end of Chapter 5 and start of Chapter 6.
Chapter five deals with the eight basic meditation practices pertaining to the individual who resides in the state of ‘anavopaya’; the first of the four-fold means (upayas) explained in Kashmir Shaivism. Meditation on breath, organs of the senses, mantra, letters of the alphabet, tattvas and internal and external visualization are some of the subjects covered in this chapter.
In the 6th āhnika of Tantrāloka, Abhinavagutpa’s explains the pathway of time – kālādhva – in great detail, especially time’s relation to:
- The movement and measurement of breath;
- How days, weeks, months and years can be calculated in breath;
Magical Jewel of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism: Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa’s Stava Cintāmaṇi
“Stava Cintāmaṇi is the work of Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa. Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa is one of the most important Shaivite masters.
Stava Cintāmaṇi means stava – hymns, cintāmaṇi – jewel. Cintāmaṇī jewel is that kind of jewel, i.e. whatever you wish for it will come true. It is the bestower of all your boons, all your desires. All your desires are fulfilled by that cintāmaṇi; that jewel. And this is the jewelry of that cintāmaṇi of hymns to Lord Śiva. It purifies all of your desires and wishes.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo
Interviews with Swamiji and Mother Alice (video)
Mother Alice was a yoga teacher from the United States, who brought her students to study with Swamiji in the summer. Her simple questions pertaining to yoga and day-to-day life would inspire Swamiji to share special secrets from the oral tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. We are grateful that these videos were preserved.
Practical Meditations from the Vijnana Bhairava
In the Vijnana Bhairava, Lord Bhairava (God) clears the doubts about the essence of the path towards Self-realization. He explicitly reveals 112 meditation techniques for entering into the state of God consciousness. We will be sharing one of these practices each day.
Shanna will teach the yoga classes in the morning:
This class will interweave movement for strengthening and stretching the body, linking the breath with the movement, pranayama (breathing practices), and aligning the heart, body and mind through the sharing of stories and poems.
Online. Information will be sent to you upon registration. Requires a computer (ideally) or smartphone with Zoom app, an internet connection, and a headphone set (optional).
RECORDINGS will be available EACH EVENING
for those WHO CANNOT MAKE the LIVESTREAM!
The four day study retreat cost $340
We hope you can make it to both events and look forward to seeing you (online).
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mahasamadhi + Retreat” in the subject line.
You can also call on (310) 837-0402.
Jai Guru Dev
Universal Shaiva Fellowship Family