The Advanced Triangle Pose, and Vrindavan Calling

Vrindavan Calling!
A Saucha (cleanliness) initiative

Vrindavan is a very sacred and special place for all Hindus, and millions of other spiritual seekers from all around the world. It has lots of beautiful and clean areas but it also has lots of very filthy and broken areas where you don’t want to be but you would like to be because of their historical and Holy association with Krishna and Radha.
I have had often thought about doing something there, ,but ever since my last visit to Vrindavan my mind has been unsettled because I am not doing anything about it. That unsettledness in my mind has led to the clarity and commitment in my mind that being a Hindu and a devotee of Krishna, and someone who cares so much about the environment, I must do something.
When things look so bad, one doesn’t know where to begin, but the only way is to begin somewhere. That’s what inspired me to schedule the yoga retreat in Vrindavan. One of the purposes of this retreat is to identify small projects which we can initiate. The instant and overwhelming response for the Retreat has reinforced the clarity and commitment in my mind. I already have some ideas which I will share during the Retreat and on my blog, and I am sure, together, we will have many more. But we must implement them and help in making Krishna’s abode clean and pretty, something we can be very proud of.

Whether you are on this yoga treat or not, if this initiative interests you, and you can help in any way, please write to me.
As a starter, in order to raise funds, I am thinking of doing more than just one or two yoga retreats which I had originally planned., and all money raised from the yoga retreats will go toward this initiative. I personally will not take any.


Vrindavan is calling me. I must use this opportunity to practice SAUCHA in a very meaningful way!
The waves of pure yoga in me are ascending higher and descending deeper than ever, and I look forward to sharing yoga with you like never before.

Waves of pure yoga

The Triangle Pose!


The Beginner Triangle Pose


The Advanced Triangle Pose

In the picture above, both legs and the right arm together represent the Three Guna, the three primary energies, that govern the universe. The Three Guna are:
Sattava‌: Purity, blissful, positivity, peaceful, and calmness etc are some of the characteristics of Sattava energy
Rajas: Activity on the physical and mental level are the primary characteristic of Rajas
Tamas‌: Negativity, dullness, and wrong understanding are the primary characteristics of Tamas.

These three Guna are present everywhere and always. Neither of the Guna can be eliminated fully but, through the practice of proper yoga, their proportions can be altered.
For example, when the dullness takes over, which is the dominance of Tamas energy, practicing some asanas can change most of the Tamas to Rajas energy, and then by meditating, the Rajas can be changed to Satava. However, some amount of Tamas and Rajas will still remain.
The three Guna affect your mood, feelings, emotions, and energy level.

So, the legs and the right arm in the picture above represent the three Guna.
Bending of the torso toward the floor symbolizes that you have no choice but to function in the world that is governed by the three Guna.
The left arm stretched up toward the sky symbolizes that while functioning in the three Guna, one must transcend the Guna and not get effected by them.
The face turned upward toward the sky symbolizes that a seeker’s focus, while functioning in the world, should be on the sky-like Self.
Proper understanding, and proper living of the yogic knowledge are the two essential tools to transcend the Guna and to remain focused on the Self. The one who achieves such a state is a true practitioner of the Advanced Triangle Pose, and is known as a Bhavateetam.

Anidra was a Bhavateetam.
He once said,
“Yoga, when practiced in its true sense, cultivates vairagya‌ in one’s mind, and its improper practice adds to one’s ignorance.”

Update – Vrindavan Calling

Kindly note that this retreat now is full with over 110 people. Any more requests will be added to the waiting list. I am so touched by your overwhelming response. I promise to do another and bigger retreat next year .
You can still write to me if you are interested. Things do change.

With lots of love, JGD
Krishan

Vrindavan Calling!’


Yoga Adventure & Retreat in Vrindavan!
Hatha Yoga Bhakti Yoga Gnana Yoga Karma Yoga
Are you interested?

Come and join my wife Bharti and me for a unique, meaningful, fun-filled, rejuvenating, and devotional experience in Mathura-Vrindavan, the birthplace and playground of Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna is the Lord of Yoga and the supreme embodiment of love and devotion. Vrindavan is the most befitting and sacred place to learn yogic wisdom, and enliven one’s devotion by hearing Krishna’s playful and miraculous stories right where they happened.

This could also be a great opportunity to introduce yoga to your non-AOL family and friends in a fun and adventurous manner, which could be a stepping stone for them to step into the AOL to explore their spiritualty further.

What will we do in Vrindavan:
1. Hatha Yoga
Asanas twice daily. Learn how to do asanas properly and more effectively.
Learn a new technique (not named yet), inspired by the ‘Vrindavan Calling’. It has strengthening, energizing, cleansing, and calming effects on the body and mind, and I believe it can improve the functions of the involuntary muscles in the body. It will also make your asana practice more effective.
Daily practice of Pranayamas and Bandhas.
Different Meditations
 based on the wisdom of yoga

2. Bhakti and Gnana Yoga
Satsang with yogic wisdom, and devotional stories from Shrimad Bhagvatam
Visit birthplace of Krishna
Visit streets of Vrindavan where Krishna played with His friends, and played His flute.
Visit places associated with Krishna and His beloved Radha.
Visit ancient and new Temples

3. Karma Yoga:
We will identify some service projects with an intention to initiate them at a later date, in conjunction with the local Authorities, to make Vrindavan a cleaner and prettier city. It is one of the best ways to serve Krishna directly.

Details
When : Arrival Nov 14 – Departure Nov 23, 2019
Boarding, Lodging, Hall rental, and other course related expenses: $ 750.00/person
Suggested Knowledge Donation only$150.00/ person.
{if you are unable to afford this, don’t worry about it. You can make a smaller donation. Some of this donation will be used to give scholarships to sincere yogis who are keen on doing SSY TTP but are unable to afford it.}
Total Fee: Canadian‌ 750 +Donation
Meals: Daily three pure vegetarian, delicious, and wholesome meals. Afternoon tea with seasonal cut fruits.
Accommodation: 2 people/room in a very comfortable 4* hotel.
You will be arranging your own transportation to and from the hotel.re-requisite
1. Interest in yoga
2. Some experience of yoga. However, if you are new to yoga, you may still apply, and learn some yoga between now and November.
3. Good health
4. Minimum age: 18

Before you register, you must:
Consult your physician for any health concerns.
Consult the Department of Health in your country for any travel advisory, required vaccinations, or for any other recommended precautions.
Check if you are eligible for obtaining a visa for visiting India.


Interested in joining?
November is a very pleasant month to visit Vrindavan, and is a very high tourist season, but we have managed to find a very good hotel for a reasonable cost.
However, in order to go ahead with this, we must have 50 people registered with a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 by Feb 15, 2019.
The balance $650.00 would be due by Sep 1, 2019.


Those wishing to register after Feb 15, if any spaces are still available, would be able to register with a total fee of $1050.

Please write to me by Feb 1: krishan@shudham.org

The registration link will be provided only when we have minimum 50 people interested.

Hoping that some of you would be able to join.

Vrindavan Calling!

Yoga Adventure and Retreat in Vrindavan!
Hatha Yoga Bhakti Yoga Gnana Yoga Karma Yoga
Are you interested?

Come and join my wife Bharti and me for a unique, meaningful, fun-filled, rejuvenating, and devotional experience in Mathura-Vrindavan, the birthplace and playground of Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna is the Lord of Yoga and the supreme embodiment of love and devotion. Vrindavan is the most befitting and sacred place to learn yogic wisdom, and enliven one’s devotion by hearing Krishna’s playful and miraculous stories right where they happened.

This could also be a great opportunity to introduce yoga to your non-AOL family and friends in a fun and adventurous manner, which could be a stepping stone for them to step into the AOL to explore their spiritualty further.

What will we do in Vrindavan:
1. Hatha Yoga
Asanas twice daily. Learn how to do asanas properly and more effectively.
Learn a new technique (not named yet), inspired by the ‘Vrindavan Calling’. It has strengthening, energizing, cleansing, and calming effects on the body and mind, and I believe it can improve the functions of the involuntary muscles in the body. It will also make your asana practice more effective.
Daily practice of Pranayamas and Bandhas.
Different Meditations
 based on the wisdom of yoga

2. Bhakti and Gnana Yoga
Satsang with yogic wisdom, and devotional stories from Shrimad Bhagvatam
Visit birthplace of Krishna
Visit streets of Vrindavan where Krishna played with His friends, and played His flute.
Visit places associated with Krishna and His beloved Radha.
Visit ancient and new Temples

3. Karma Yoga:
We will identify some service projects with an intention to initiate them at a later date, in conjunction with the local Authorities, to make Vrindavan a cleaner and prettier city. It is one of the best ways to serve Krishna directly.

Details
When : Arrival Nov 14 – Departure Nov 23, 2019
Boarding, Lodging, Hall rental, and other course related expenses: $ 750.00/person
Suggested Knowledge Donation only$150.00/ person.
{if you are unable to afford this, don’t worry about it. You can make a smaller donation. Some of this donation will be used to give scholarships to sincere yogis who are keen on doing SSY TTP but are unable to afford it.}
Total Fee: Canadian‌ 750 +Donation
Meals: Daily three pure vegetarian, delicious, and wholesome meals. Afternoon tea with seasonal cut fruits.
Accommodation: 2 people/room in a very comfortable 4* hotel.
You will be arranging your own transportation to and from the hotel.Pre-requisite
1. Interest in yoga
2. Some experience of yoga. However, if you are new to yoga, you may still apply, and learn some yoga between now and November
3. Good health
4. Minimum age: 18

Before you register, you must:
Consult your physician for any health concerns.
Consult the Department of Health in your country for any travel advisory, required vaccinations, or for any other recommended precautions.
Check if you are eligible for obtaining a visa for visiting India.


Interested in joining?
November is a very pleasant month to visit Vrindavan, and is a very high tourist season, but we have managed to find a very good hotel for a reasonable cost.
However, in order to go ahead with this, we must have 50 people registered with a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 by Feb 15, 2019.
The balance $650.00 would be due by Sep 1, 2019.


Those wishing to register after Feb 15, if any spaces are still available, would be able to register with a total fee of $1050.

Please write to me by Feb 1: krishan@shudham.org

The registration link will be provided only when we have minimum 50 people interested.

Hoping that some of you would be able to join.