Seminar in Denver Jagrti, September 29 and 30, 2018

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We had a very nice seminar in Denver Jagrti on September 29 and 30, 2018. Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt. was the trainer, and Brother Arun was the organizer. We had two classes on Saturday on the topics Yoga and Bhakti, and Adarsha and Iista. On Sunday we had one-hour Kiirtana followed by meditation and spiritual discussion related to the third seminar topic of Sadvipra. Those topics are very interesting and give a good scope for discussions. Margiis came from Denver and nearby cities to attend the programs. It was a very enjoyable seminar and stay in Denver.
In the discourse “Yoga and Bhakti,” Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji discusses the definition of yoga by Patainjali, “Yogashcittavrtti Nirodhah” – Yoga is the suspension of the propensities (vrttis) of the mind. He then introduces the Tantric definition of yoga, “Saḿyoga Yoga Ityukto Jiivátmá Paramátmanah.” The unification of Jiivátman with Paramátman is termed Yoga. The difference between the two is that in Patanjali’s definition, the goal of meditation is not made clear, where will the suspended vrttis go? And in the Tantric definition, the goal is made clear, that the unit soul (Atman) will merge into the cosmic soul (Paramátman.) Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji then explains how this will happen. It will only happen due to intense love and longing for the Supreme. Bhakti or devotion is essential for reaching the supreme goal of meditation. At the end of the discourse, Baba explains how the goal of yoga is attained in practical terms, i.e. how the Kulakundalini rises due to an intense longing for the Supreme, and the devotional feelings that arise in the mind of the devotee at that time. The ultimate being a total suspension of the mind into the unqualified Supreme Consciousness Nirguna Brahma.) This discourse is so beautiful and is published in Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 18 (by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.)

After Dharma Cakra in Denver Jagrti on Sunday September 30, 2018.