Nobody present could miss the festivity that pervaded Isha Yoga Center on 4 June, the first day of the Inner Engineering Intensive with Sadhguru. With drum beats and flute notes suffusing the evening air, followed by a colorful folk dance, the participants were ushered into the opening session. And this was only the beginning of a most elevating spiritual experience.
A few hundred people, among them noted doctors, television personalities, businessmen, executives, teachers, and housewives, gathered from across the world to be with Sadhguru. It was a privilege that, in the course of the program, many of the participants would experience as something much greater than they could have expected.
Stirring the minds of those who had gathered and encouraging a revisit of preconceived notions, Sadhguru systematically laid the foundations for the realization of the self. Many who had earlier thought of Indian spirituality as too complex and too boring listened in rapt silence as he unfolded the profound in a simple and clear way.
Participants were of diverse backgrounds and of different countries, but, Sadhguru struck a chord with all, leading each by the hand to calm and clarity. One participant stated: “Before coming here I had a lot of confusion about karma, rajas, tamas and spirituality in general. His presence and way of putting complex concepts in a simple way gave me insights to understanding life at a practical yet deeper level.”
The experience of the program was enhanced by visits to the Dhyanalinga Temple, dips in the Theerthakund, games in the open, music, dance, festive dinners, a trek to the Vellangiri Mountains, and, most of all, being in Sathsang with the Mystic.
The initiation into Shambhavi Maha Mudra offered a possibility of a new and a more meaningful and deeper way of living life. Marzi, a US resident, said: “I am so glad I chose to come here. Initiation seems like a sea which broke my resistance and the inhibitions that curtailed me.”
A participant summed up her personal program experience in the following way: “I have learnt a way of living life in a more joyous manner, where I will be responsible for myself and be capable of handling more diverse situations.” It was a perception shared by most.
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