From time to time, the Ashram gives courses which investigate the teachings of specific texts. These include the following:
Vigyana Bhairava Tantra
This ancient text can be roughly translated as ‘Insight into Consciousness’ and is a manual of meditational practices which can be utilised in daily life to bring about a fundamental transformation in one's perception and one’s level of energy. They are aids to centring Awareness even in the most mundane and seemingly worldly situations. These teachings show us how we can use situations that we encounter in our day to day life as a means of awakening joy and insight into our identity as Awareness.
The Bhagavad Gita (lit., the ‘Song of the Divine’) is a superb classical Sanskrit text on the practical and mystical teachings of Yoga. It is a scripture on Brahma Vidya (the ‘Science of Consciousness’), showing us how Yoga can be lived moment to moment in daily life and how our actions can be a way to transcendence.
It is the text par excellence on Karma Yoga, though it also gives an excellent presentation of most of the other paths of Yoga.
The Bhaja Govindam (which roughly means ‘Let us Celebrate Reality’) is a classical yogic text ascribed to the sage Shankaracharya. Though written about 1000 years ago, its teachings, contained within 31 pithy verses, are still pertinent to us in the modern world. It involves Gyana, Mantra and Bhakti Yoga.
Mandukya, Kena, Ishavasya and Katha Upanishads
The Mandukya Upanishad explains the meaning of the mantra OM.
The Kena Upanishad asks us to reflect on the question ‘Moment to moment, who experiences all the sensory impressions and thoughts that comprise our life?’
The Ishavasya Upanishad inspires us to have a wider vision of life and to balance outer and inner understanding.
The Katha Upanishad looks at the nature of death.
In all such courses on the texts, there is an in-depth explanation, followed by reflection, practice and Meditation.