Meditation is simply the art of slipping out of the continuous chatter of the mind and its antics. It is simple and non-judging watching of one’s thoughts, emotions and moods as they pass through the screen of one’s mind. To be non-judging and indifferent to passing thoughts, however pleasant or disgusting they may be, however enticing or repelling, is key to meditation.
As we watch our thoughts dispassionately, without judgment in favor or against, the thoughts begin to fall as dead leaves from a tree. Watching stops the process of providing energy to the thoughts on which they thrive. Gradually the speed of thoughts lessens in the mind and the thoughtless gaps between them widen. With diligent practice, the seeker comes to stage, where thoughtless gaps appear more frequently and for longer intervals while thoughts lessen their hold on the being.In the thoughtless intervals, the seeker is replenished with something of beyond the world, something pristine and divine. In those intervals, the seeker is in the state of “being” and not “becoming”, in closest contact with one’s true self and core.
With the help of the Master and with diligent meditation, the seeker gradually drops its mind and its sicknesses, ideas, prejudices, boundaries and opens its heart which is connected with the Infinite Existence. As the disciple comes more and more into its heart, love erupts, intelligence manifests, sensitivity develops and one lives in a state of let-go. With trust that it is being led to its destiny by the Ultimate Being and the purpose of our life on earth is to share our joy, love and creativity.
Meditation is silence of mind, cessation of thoughts, abnegation of ego.
For the modern mind equipped with greatly analytical faculties and education, a fast paced and stressful life, and a long conditioning to ways of “doing” rather than “being”, meditation – a process of just being a mere witness of all that happens on the screen of mind – is quite a challenging and even daunting task. To be able to face one’s thoughts without favor or rejection, to be able to encounter and accept one’s past, one’s sicknesses and abnormalities is not so easy and comforting. Hence meditation techniques professed and taught in Satya Sadhana Sansthan ashram are by nature dynamic, rather than passive. They are preparatory for the disciple to arrive at a stage where it can simply sit quietly and witness its thoughts. But the preparatory ground often requires ability to learn the simple yet arduous task of meditation. So meditation techniques taught at Satya Sadhana Sansthan have in them dancing, shaking, catharsis, chaotic breathing and various other means to cleanse the mind of accumulated negative emotions and stress. Once the body and mind have been purified by practicing these techniques, a sense of ease and calm is developed inside the seeker who then finds it easy to simply sit and watch its thoughts (or breath) passing.
Retreats are an answer to modern living that is full of stress, worries and lack of time. Going on a retreat means taking time away from your ordinary life situations and delving deep into yourself to gain peace, healing and a perspective of detachment and mindfulness. The retreats cleanse you deeply, introduce you to several meditations, and in the presence of the Master, take you to a space from where you hold your life and yourself in new perspective — you begin to be a Master of your circumstances. Often many of your unresolved issues are addressed and you gain clarity on your problems. You also meet Master and seek answers to your questions and problems.
Rishikesh, the sacred beautiful city in Northern India believed to be travelled by the Hindu gods and goddesses in ancient time, is an ideal destination for meditation and yoga retreats. Seated on the lap of Shivalik hills facing the magnificent Ganga is the Satya Sadhana Sansthan – Samdarshi Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center. The Ashram is regularly occupied by people round the globe who come to this holy land in search of peace and spiritual healing. People going through a big change in their life and seeking a way to cope with the change choose meditation and yoga retreat at Swami Samdarshi’s Satya Sadhana Ashram and return back home with smiles and cheerful heart.
The meditation and yoga retreat is a psychological healing combined with deeper connection with physical body. The seeker plunges inward her/his self and unfold the mysteries in self realizing the true meaning of life and gaining a skill on nurturing the self. These retreats allow the seeker to explore reasons behind the major changes in her/his life, its importance and its value. The Samdarshi Retreat strengthens the capacity in an individual to detach from worldly pain and pleasure and live a peaceful life.