Monthly One-Day Yoga Shibirs from January 12
Starting January 12, Siddhachalam will hold monthly one-day yoga camps. Inspired by the Arhum Yoga camps Guruji held at Siddhachalam in the 80s and early 90s, the camps will initially focus on basic asanas taught by Guruji.
"Arhum Yoga: both words are complete," wrote Guruji in a July 1988 camp booklet. "Arhum represents Right Knowledge, and more than union, Yoga means the state of total bliss – Samadhi. Bliss is our aim and Right Knowledge is the means to reach there. Arhum Yoga shows the way, the technique that can lead us to total bliss. Arhum Yoga is the mastery of the inner-self through watchfulness and direct perception."
"Arhum Yoga," Guruji wrote, "is the ancient knowledge of the Arihants. This knowledge has been given by the Arihants from age to age...The essence of knowledge is the perfection of the soul...We forgot our completeness. How can we awake it? By practicing Arhum Yoga." Neither the Arihant not Arhum Yoga, said Guruji, has any relation to any religion or nationality.
Arhum Yoga, as taught by Guruji, encompassed the eight steps of Yoga (yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahar, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi), practice of sound vibrations by chanting mantras, understanding healing, science of colors and wholistic health, and practicing ahimsa and anekantvad. Our camps, however, will focus on basic Yoga lessons and progress further based on participation and availability of learned teachers.
The camps will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. and will be held on the following Sundays in 2014: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 20, May 11, June 1, July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 12. There are no charges for participating in the camp on a non-residential basis; however, volunteerism and donations are appreciated.
Siddhachalam is a Jain ashram and teerth located in an idyllic setting in rural north-western New Jersey on 120 acres of hilly terrain. It is managed by International Mahavira Jain Mission, an independent, religious public charity in special consultative status with the United Nations.
Siddhachalam was founded in 1983 by the Jain saint Acharya Sushil Kumarji. It was here that Guruji, as he was lovingly called, perfected the secret science of sound behind the Navkaar Mantra. The mantra is considered by Jains to be the most auspicious of all mantras. It was also here that he practiced and taught the Jain form of yoga called Arhum Yoga. Guruji left his human body in April, 1994. There is no successor to Guruji.
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