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The opportunity to invest and live in a Hridaya Community—Chartreuse du Glandier

Dear Family of the Heart,

Three years have passed since Hridaya Yoga began blossoming at a beautiful place in France, Domaine de Longeval. It’s been an intense, inspiring, and fascinating journey into which many Karma Yogis have put their passion, efforts, skills, and love.

We couldn’t have built this community without your enthusiasm, trust in this vision, and donations. For all this, we are grateful.

For over two years, we have been offering meditation retreats, yoga teachings, and workshops about the sacredness of the Heart in France. By sharing yogic wisdom, we are stirring the hearts of many people who are longing to understand themselves more deeply, to find the beauty and sacredness of life.

While this inspiring dharma will continue, some have expressed a yearning for a more residential center. A place where people dedicated to the Spiritual Heart can live and deepen their Self-awareness, friendship, and practice of meditation.

It may be possible that the chance to have such a place is already coming for our Hridaya Family. A former Carthusian monastery is being offered for sale. It’s on a large piece of land, comparable to the dimensions of a village, and would make an uplifting home for our community.

If this idea kindles your enthusiasm and resonates in your soul, we invite you to invest in your own house, apartment, or room in the Hridaya Community at Chartreuse du Glandier (see video above).

This project may finally be the realization of our initial vision for “Ramana Village.

”The Carthusian order is one of the most profound in the Christian monastic tradition. These monks, following the call of solitude and silence, dedicate themselves to a contemplative life. To again bring life and sacredness to such a place would be an honor. The nostalgia for the inner peace and sacredness of the Heart, as well as for communion, is universal. It is for these universal blessings that both the Carthusian monks and the Hridaya Community pray.

If this project happens, it will be in full synergy with the Hridaya Center in Longeval. There, the emphasis will continue to be on offering the teachings of the Heart on an ongoing basis. We have regretted not having space to be able to welcome everyone who has aspired to spend time in our spiritual community. This residential location would expand our capacity to serve the Heart.

Of course, there are still many unknowns before this project comes into being. The property will be sold at auction, and others may also want to participate.

The Hridaya Community may or may not yet be committed, prepared, and mature enough to embark on such a venture. We pray for divine grace and accept whatever happens, grateful if this new home is created and equally thankful for the learning experience, if not.

If you are interested in living in this community, please read the project overview and apply now. Of course, there will be a selection process to guarantee that all participants dedicate themselves to the same pure intentions and longing of the Heart.

We look forward to connecting with all those who hear the call.

Avec le Coeur,

Sahajananda and the Hridaya Yoga Team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcnRxIPI1I

10-day Hridaya retreat with Sahajananda, December 2020, online and on-site

Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center invites you to register for the 10-Day Hridaya Retreat with Sahajananda, between 27 December 2020 – 7 January 2021. The retreat will take place ON-SITE, in Kamala center, near Brasov, Romania, and ONLINE (on Zoom application) for those people who can not travel.

We respect the special conditions of actual pandemic situation. The yoga hall and all facilities are disinfected, the accommodation is with single or double rooms (for people who know each other and accept to stay together).

Attention! In the case of symptoms of flu/ sickness just before the retreat, in December, the registered participant will be asked to stay home (the access in our center will not be possible) and the deposit will be transferred for the online retreat.

The full description of the retreat can be read below.

The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique 10-day immersion experience which uses an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques to access your real and essential nature, known as the Spiritual Heart, the Supreme Self, or atman.

During the retreat, you will explore the Spiritual Heart from a variety of perspectives, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, and Kashmir Shaivism. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet and merge into the same ineffable Reality.

During this program you will stay in complete silence and keep a solitary attitude while receiving a set of inspiring teachings and lectures  to provide you with the opportunity to reach the deep states of consciousness that enable the revelation of the Heart. The approach is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Tantra Yoga, and Dzogchen.

You will learn a form of Self-Enquiry meditation inspired by the non-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi.

Most importantly, this retreat will help you experience what it means to be centered in the Heart. This means to be aware of that peaceful and eternal core of your being, which cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, and beauty.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.

This retreat is guided in English, with Romanian translation if needed. 

Content

The retreat includes guided meditations, lectures, and practical methods including:

  • The Self-Enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi (using the question “Who am I?”)
  • Techniques for stilling the mind using breath awareness
  • The symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
  • How to maintain awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity)
  • The Christian “Prayer of the Heart”
  • Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
  • Methods for moving from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
  • The four fundamental aspects of the process of revealing your True Nature
  • Daily themed meditations related to Self-awareness
  • Poetry
  • Hridaya Hatha Yoga sessions
  • A contemplation of death as a way to transcend desires and the tendencies of the ego
  • An inspiring lecture on the meaning of true love. 

The leader of the retreat

The Revelation of the Spiritual Heart Retreat is led by Claudiu Trandafir (Sahajananda), whose meditation, for years now, has been dedicated to the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart through Divine Love and the opening of the soul. Claudiu, an engineer in electronics by education, was formerly a professor at the University of Parapsychology in Bucharest, Romania. He has been a Yoga teacher for 25 years, specializing in solitary cave retreats, following the example of Ramana Maharshi and other Jnana Yoga masters. In 2001, after many solitary retreats, Claudiu began to guide groups of people using this method. He has led this special retreat for thousands of participants across Europe over the last seven years, and has also started to lead Retreat programs in Mexico and Thailand. By popular request, the Retreat program is now available in Canada, Great Britain, Romania, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Thailand, India, etc

We recommend you to read the guidelines and the specific rules of the Silent Hridaya Retreat here and  here. 

Administrative details:

The schedule of 27 December:

14:00 – registration and orientation

16.00 – hatha yoga session and practical recommendations for the retreat (asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation). We strongly reccomend all to participate to this yoga and meditation session, even if you have participated in other Hridaya retreat, so you can be proper prepared for the beginning of the retreat.

18.00 – dinner

19.00 – In the meditation hall, there will be explained guidelines for participants, some general principles of the retreat and it will be the first lecture and meditation with Sahaja.

All administrative details will be resolved in that evening (27 August), so that when the retreat will begin on 28 December, the following 10 days will be devoted exclusively for meditation and interiorization.

The end of the retreat will be on 6 January,  after the meditation of the afternoon, when the participants will share the experiences lived in this period. Next morning, on 7 January, it will be the last meeting for meditation, questions and answers, lunch and the depart of participants.

The program will be about 10 hours per day (approx. 6.5 hours for meditations, 2 hours for lectures and presenting inspiring texts, 1,5 hours Hatha Yoga practice), with breaks for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and rest.

First meal is the dinner on 27 December, the last meal is the lunch on 7 January. The diet is vegetarian (vegan on request).

The retreat is held in Sanpentru, a town about 2 km from Brasov. The trip from the airport in Bucharest to Brasov takes about three hours, either by train or bus. We can offer you all the necessary information for a fast and safe transport to Sanpetru.

The retreat is held in English.

For retreat fee info, please contact us:

by e-mail: centrulkamala@gmail.com or contact@kamala.ro

by phone +40731324241.

Payment must be made in advance. A deposit of 150 euro is due with reservation.

Refunds Policy

If you want to cancel the participation to this retreat:

-till 31 September 2020 the fee will be refunded (less bank transfer fee)

-till 1 December 2020 will be refunded 50 %

-after 1 December 2020  the fee is non refundable.

If a person makes the decision to leave the retreat, he or she does so with the foreknowledge that the fees are forfeited.

The only exception to this scenario is for cases of medical emergency, in which case – following substantiation of a refund request – Kamala Center will return fees for the unattended portion of the retreat (on a per diem basis, according to the rate of fees paid).

Registration is being coordinated by Kamala Yoga and Meditation Centre.

Contact:

email: centrulkamala@gmail.com or contact@kamala.ro

phone: + 40 731 32 42 41 or +40 731 32 42 39

Registration is made in order of request.

More info: www.kamala.ro.

May the Sacred Tremor of the Heart enlighten our lives!

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