Winter Camp - Day 1

Day 1 of Winter Camp on Pranidhana started off well with Gurudev inaugurating the camp with lighting the lamp chanting Guru Vandana & Shanthi Slokas

Below are some of the excerpts from Guruji's Day 1 lecture.
-  No guarantee that practice alone would give one the Transformation, it also requires Pranidhaana

- Pranidhaana means Self Surrender (Guruji though emphasized that the real meaning of the word Pranidhaana would be discussed in the subsequent sessions)

-    What is Self-Surrender?

•    A Mind which is innocent
•    A Mind which is not seeking
•    A Mind which is not begging
•    A Mind which experiences deep satisfaction (Atmasanthosa)
•    A Mind which does not know how to complain and
•   That Mind is the mind which can completely merge with the absolute ONE

-    One should ask this question to one’s own self – What am I seeking & why I am seeking?

-    Sadhana means going back to your own mind

-    Seeking is essential nature of the jeeva. Find out the energy which is constantly pushing you to seek and find out what is that you are really seeking?

-    What is a Quality of a Real Seeker?  - It is the power of persuasion

-  One of the important quality of self-surrender is “PERSUASION”  i.e.. to travel in inner domain, constantly nurture patience and perseverance.

-   We have not made mind to listen, we made mind only to react. Guruji made lot of emphasize on one’s listening quality

-    Meditation means Resistance less LISTENING

-    When YOU end it, THAT works ! (this is samarpana) 

-    Consider external world as DUTY…. Then the samarpana happens in YOU

-    Meditation means integration of all these forces that are working as a corporate sector in me, with me.

-    Try between partner – listen to your partner silently with full attention without reaction

-    If we don’t know how to listen, pranidhaana is impossibility.

-    Hours of yoga, japa or pooja though important , its real meaning & effects happens only if one learn to listen


DISCIPLINE has to inspire to STUDY. STUDY has to take you to the AWARENESS

-    What should we do during Meditation ?


Finally Gurudev asked all the participants to ask a question to one’s own self - what are we really seeking? He emphasized Self surrender happens on it’s own, once we find the answer to this question.

Friends, What listed above are some of the excerpts that this small Mind (ME) could capture.  However one could understand the real meaning only by listening to our beloved Gurudev directly. For those who have missed the camp or not able to grab the full essence of today's lecture (like me) let’s wait for the Video recording to come out, Thank you.

- A report by 'Bansuri'

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