From Sri Kapilnath’s trip to India: One of my guru’s gurus was named Shri Pagala Baba. He lived in Ranchi, India and established an ashram which is alive with his blessings to this very day. I was finally able to visit and have darshan there. What a blessing and inspiration. I will write more about this remarkable Baba and his ashram in the future. For now, I want to share a few pictures I took during my stay at the ashram.
Dattatreya is considered the adi guru(originator – root guru) of many Indian traditions. Lord Datta is perhaps best remembered as the Avadhut, (a human being who has removed the fetters). As Avadhut, Dattatreya was heard to say a number things. One of the most fascinating of these stories involves the teachings of his 24 gurus. Sanskrit tells us that one name of 24 is Siddha (accomplished, perfected to degree). 24 is also the number of horas (hours in a calendar day). The significance of these meanings aside, we must note the identities of his gurus. All of these 24 gurus were things and entities which existed on earth and inhabited our solar system. While only 24 in number, the number is complete, perfect and reports a miracle. With an awakened mind, Dattatreya used his inbuilt awareness and intelligence to be informed directly by the whispering Cosmos. Even better, he took tuition from the Sun, Moon, Earth, elements, animals, insects, people and nature. These agencies informed his experience and understanding was illuminated. Dattatreya communicated, listened and transformed to become Avadhuta. Astute readers note that not one book is listed among Dattatreya’s gurus. Traditions of the book therefore being different than Dattatreya’s process as described here. Dattatreya is dear to us as the first holder of primordial wisdom and Avadhuta. Dattatreya is the Adi Guru of the International Nath Order. Jai Datto Hung.
From rising to rising of the Sun is called Savana reckoning. By that are determined the Savana days and by these the regulation of the time of sacrifices. Surya Siddhanta 14.18
Twilight Yoga uses the rising and setting of the Sun for daily timing purposes. The exact time of sunrise is determined when the Sun is half its diameter above the horizon to the East, and sunset when the Sun is half its diameter below the horizon to the West. These are the two most important junctures of the Savana or ritual day. This timing is based on our physical position on Earth relative to the Sun. In this conception of phenomena and time, the Sun is the soul of All, the Atman. The supreme Cosmic Spirit embodied as the solar orb. Twilight Yoga begins before sunrise and extends after that point into the day. Twilight Yoga begins before sunset and extends after that point into the night.
Having established the timing basis for Twilight Yoga, now the method. Seat yourself in the circle of Yogis in a comfortable seated posture. Beneath you is your physical mat or seat, also called asana. This can be made of any material, but some suggest that natural fibers more easily collect and retain the divine vibrations generated during the work. A Yogi’s personal asana which has collected the vibrations and energy of so many yogas and exalted moments is a great personal asset. Virasana or Padmasana are ideal postures. Feel free to shift position slightly every 20 minutes or so to allow proper blood flow. Relax. Please avoid excessive fidgeting and movement. If you are new to meditation and can’t get comfortable sitting on the ground, please consider sitting on a large cushion with your legs folded in front of you or sit in a chair. Serious yogis always have their personal seat with them for use at any formal sitting.
Now being comfortably seated, the next step is to begin withdrawal of the senses by closing the eyes. This is being done so that we may more efficiently drawn our awareness within. This is the interior focus where we are directing our awareness back to its apparent source. This is the left turning path of the Tantrikas. We are going back to the source of consciousness from whence we came.
In this method, concentration is used to bring our awareness deeply into our breathing process in an unbroken stream for the entire duration of the meditation. The in and out breathes are timed to equal duration by the use of mantra. The duration of each breath is the same duration as the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” repeated two times for both the in and out breathes. This mantra recitation is done in complete silence and only intoned by the mind. Example: (In breath) Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya (Out breath) Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya. One will notice that it is necessary to keep the syllables moving at an active and even rate. In this version of this upaya or method, the mantra is inwardly repeated and coordinated with the breath in an unbroken stream for the entire duration of the meditation. Thus, the exposition of the method.
Concentration and clear intention are the key elements to successfully bring together our individual awareness, breath and mantra.
After the first hour of meditation I will be silently visiting a few participants during each meditation session and sharing my own meditation energy, (Shakti) with them. All of this will be explained and discussed at our first meeting on Sunday.
As a classical summation, this method or upaya of Twilight Yoga consists of: Asana, Pratyahara, Dharana, Pranayama, Mantra and Dhyana.
“Yoga is the transformation of the mind complex and its activity; The helixform path of magick leading to higher spiritual levels; To vanquish the conditioning and habits inflamed by civilization, Restoring our original nature and magick charisma of divinity By union of the individual spirit with the supreme Atman” Shri Gurudev Mahendranath
Shri Mahendranath presented the Nath path as based on a conscious thinking power which permeates the infinite universe or Cosmos. While all people and everything is integrated by this divine essence, we are separated from the fullness of its bliss and Shakti due to our personal limitations in the form of Karmas, Kleshas and Konditioning.
A non-dual view of the Cosmos is embraced and trumpeted by many people and has been for a long time, yet the KKK matrix holds most in bondage and few are they who get away. The Naths propose a limited number of modalities as practice suitable for Awakening. These modalities however must be embraced with sufficient intensity and devotion to catalyze the personal transformations which when mature, spontaneously unveils the Cosmos as a divine Unity. This Awakening is then known and experienced as the obvious and natural condition of the Natha and the Cosmos.
Shri Mahendranath’s system pivots on the KKK matrix as the definition of the impediments causing our bondage. Are we currently perfected? Are we working towards Freedom and Awakening or busy with something more important? A personal review of where we stand in regards to the KKK matrix will give us indication of our general status and perhaps even suggest the next step. Peace, Freedom and Happiness to All.