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On the day following the Birthday Celebration, Sunday May 10th, through, Wednesday May 13th, the Fellowship will hold its bi-annual four-day Study Retreat.

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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.

Daily Schedule:

Texts we will cover during the retreat:

Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter 5

This chapter 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.

Hymns of Shiva: Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali

The verses that comprise the Hymns to Shiva are an outpouring of devotion, spiritual wisdom and philosophical insight from the heart of Utpaladeva, a great spiritual master and mystic. These profound hymns have the power to free the devoted student from the restrictions of their intellect and instantaneously elevate them to the experience of oneness with the very nature of their own divine consciousness.

Swamiji and Mother Alice interviews

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.

Denise / 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 computer and preferably high-speed internet connection, or a headphone set.


The four-day retreat Sunday May 10th, through, Wednesday May 13th, will cost $340. We recommend that you attend the entire retreat to get the full value.  We are, however, going to allow registration for single days at $90 per day. To register for the full retreat click below…
Or email us your preference at info@lakshmanjooacademy.org

Reserve your Space for all Four Days


Universal Shaiva Fellowship

Scholarships will be available; if you have any questions please contact us at info@lakshmanjooacademy.org

or call us at 1 (310) 837-0402 or 1 (877) 594-2516 (toll-free).

Jai Guru Dev
John & Shanna Hughes

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