Please join me at 7:00 pm for a 12-hour watch party of music, dance, meditation, and magic happenings at the celebration of MahaShivaRatri from the Isha Yoga Center located in Coimbatore at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains in southern India, Isha Yoga Center is a sacred space for self-transformation, where you can come dedicate time towards your inner growth.
The spiritual process involves staying up sitting or standing with the spine erect for the entire night, but you are welcome to come and go as you please. Sadhguru will explain why this night is such an important night for spiritual development in the Northern Hemisphere.
In 2011 I came began a long journey out of a brutal 10-year depression, and it all began with the meditative practices of kriya yoga that I was introduced to in Sadhguru’s Inner-Engineering program.
Here is the schedule: Schedule: 7 PM to 8 PM – Mahashivratri opening video discourse by Sadhguru 8 PM to 11 PM – Music, dance, and celebration 11 PM to 12:30 AM – Midnight Meditation and discourse video 1 AM to 4:45 AM – Music, dance, and celebration 4:45 AM to 5:15 AM – Sadhguru’s closing video discourse
I want to tell you about a program that really was/is a miraculous blessing to me. Several years ago in the midst of a brutal depressive episode that had lasted for several torturous years I was desperately looking for something to help me. I had active suicidal ideations. I was in tremendous pain. In my desperation I scoured the Internet looking for something, anything to help me that I could afford. I had been on several expensive retreats which gave me some temporary relief and comfort but that relief would always disappear within a day or two of coming home and I was out of money. It was at this time that I found Inner Engineering Online – a seven session online program that cost $150.00 It was the best $150 I ever spent.
Through this amazing program I was able to learn, experience, and therefore know that it was possible for me to manage my mind, my body, my emotions, and my energies in a way that would lead me out of the depths of depression and put me on a path to wellbeing. Right away I experienced a new found sense of hope. This was followed by many new insights into how the mind, body, emotions and energies could be used to develop a sense of stability and relief from depression. As the course continued I was able to experience to my utter amazement that I could quiet my mind which gave me instant relief from anxiety, worry, fear, depression, rumination, and suicidal ideation. The first experience only lasted 15 seconds, but 15 seconds was like a miracle for me. I would then be able to expand that timeframe of equanimity to longer and longer periods. After completing the Shambavi program at the Isha Institute of Inner-Scienses I was shocked and thrilled to experience a 16 hour day of cancelled airline flights, running from terminal to terminal only to get to a flight that wasn’t going to my airport but to another in New York, which then caused me to miss another flight, and numerous other frustrations, with a sense of peace! I was elated at my ability to stay calm, logical, and even happy as I encountered each challenge. This would never have been possible for me before Inner Engineering Online and Shambavi Mahamudra.
Inner Engineering was not able to cure me of Depression from a genetically inherited biochemical imbalance, but it was able to make it possible for me to have a much happier, healthier, and enjoyable life.
Afterward: It is important for people with biochemically based Major Depressive Disorder that the medications can only take you so far. Medication alone will not lead to happiness; it will lead you to a brain state that is not depressed. From that platform of a more “normal” brain state one can learn how to be happy by eliminating the bad habits that are acquired during childhood and while being in states of chronic depression, and to develop more healthy beliefs and behaviors that lead to peace, happiness, and overall wellbeing.
Beware, I’m going to use that three letter word that some people find more offensive than all of the four letter words, GOD! If you have read my FAQ then you would know that I add the “GOD” tag to all posts where I mention “God”, “The Creator”, “The Source”, “Source Energy”, “Shiva”, “Allah” “El Shaddai”, “Adanoi”, “YHWH”, “Yahweh”, “Jehovah”, or any other number of names given to the Creator by various religions. I read the Bible at least four times during those years and beyond and I learned new things each time I read it, and it helped me get through. Do I believe everything I read? Not exactly. The Bible is sometimes literal, sometimes, mythical, sometimes parable, and the same verses can be interpreted different ways, so this learning may not result in “knowing”. It may nearly result in “belief”. Either way it can be beneficial because what we believe shapes how we interpret our existence and everything in it and what we think my lie beyond.
If you believe in “a higher power” then that is your right and I respect that. I nor anyone else has the right to judge you. If you choose to not believe in “a higher power” then that is your right and I respect that, and again I nor anyone else has the right to judge you. So I would appreciate it if you would permit me to have my belief and write about how it has helped me because perhaps there is a chance it will help you. If you think, “no way” then there is no reason for you to read this page any further because it has the “GOD” tag.
I can tell you that from my experience, knowledge, and perception I KNOW that God exists. This business that people have saying “my God” and “your God” is a bunch of nonsense. Every religion likes to claim their own God and all of the monotheistic religions say there is only one God. And everyone seems to have different names for God so they all fight about it, go to war about it, and slaughter people about it. Not very Holy behavior. But all of these religions have a word that is common to all of them, and that word is “God”. So what’s the problem? Please don’t answer that. It is a rhetorical question. I will not argue.
AA and all 12 Step programs talk about the importance of admitting that you are not capable of beating your addiction alone and they therefor ask that you give this up to a “Higher Power” as you choose to define that. At the very least, a “higher power” refers to something greater than yourself, or in other words, Grace.
I can tell you that my belief in God helped my through six years of hell. I did not “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”, I lived there. For six miserable years non-stop I lived there. I cried out to God and nothing happened. And I cried out some more and nothing happened. And then I cried out to God some more and something did happen, and it was miraculous. It was Grace! But it didn’t last. But if I experienced it once, then I know I could experience it again somehow, someday.
In 2011 I found Sadhguru Jaggie Vasudev, a mystic guru from India who was not your average guru. The dude had a Hummer, a dirt bike, he flies a helicopter, and he does some crazy amazing energy stuff that I won’t get into right now, but I can tell you that millions of people pay attention to him because I is constantly and certainly in touch with Grace, and I found myself on a spiritual path. The difference between a religion and a spirituality is simply that through religion you learn sets of beliefs and ideologies and accept them as fact. On the spiritual path you keep your accept nothing as fact until you experience it. This requires an open mind. As I have said before, “To know is that I do not know”, and attitude leaves me open to everything. So I have had experiences that have led me to KNOW, not to believe, but KNOW that God exists. And that knowledge leaves me open to experience Grace. So what is Grace? I’ll let the guru explain it to you: