The Starkness of Samyama
From the splendor of Mahabharat to the starkness of Samyama. Both eight-day programs in the Adiyogi Alayam, but of totally different natures. From vibrant saris and maharaja attire, to bare whites. From dancing through the night to people working through their animal nature. And of course, the food. No one forgets the food at Samyama. At Mahabharat, we had a variety of flavors and foods, 15-course meals, but here in Samyama, only three courses – kanji, kanji and kanji.
But these 1,370 diehards are moving fabulously from the chaos of the body to absolute stillness within. And this is the first Samyama in the Adiyogi Alayam after so many years of having the program in Spanda Hall. About the same number of people in a space that is 2-½ times the size. And in terms of experience, what participants are going through, the difference is palpable.
The word "spanda" literally means "primal" or "primordial." Essentially, Spanda Hall was made for Bhava Spandana and Samyama programs – more for Bhava Spandana than Samyama. It is like a melting pot, things happen very easily. Bhava Spandana programs happen especially easily in Spanda Hall because of the nature of that consecration. If Bhava Spandana teachers teach somewhere else, they can clearly see the difference. It melts things down very easily, and it is built in a certain alignment with the Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi, which have a certain kind of impact.
The Adiyogi Alayam is of a different nature. What it does and the way it is calibrated are manifold. It is more functional because it is essentially structured for the science of yoga, so it includes everything. The science of yoga essentially means this: even a little baby, if you pinch him, he will cry because he can feel his body. But he may not be able to feel his thoughts and emotions to start with; he can just feel his body. So the body is the first thing that he feels. The journey of yoga is to take you from the body, to different dimensions of who you are, to the ultimate core. In that sense, He is hugely equipped. We have not consecrated any other space like this; it explores the yogic dimension in a certain way.
If you sit in the Adiyogi Alayam and start observing the nature of your body, you will see – He will take you on and take you faster and further than you imagined possible. If we do Hata Yoga or any kind of meditative process here, anything with eyes closed which involves a certain exploration, it will happen phenomenally well. It may not be the best place to do Bhava Spandana because it brings too much balance – we want a little madness out there. If people are not a little crazy, Bhava Spandana will not succeed. Yes, we want them to fly-off a little bit before they come down. Not that Bhava Spanda cannot be done here too; it would also be assisted because there is a yogic dimension to it. But the Adiyogi Alayam is more exploratory in nature, more driving towards the inner core rather than exuberance.
In fact, if you walk into Spanda Hall, it may feel more exuberant. But if you sit in the Adiyogi Alayam, this will slowly sink into you. It is like this: if you go into Dhyanalinga, if you are not prepared enough, you may look around and just see one rock standing there. You don’t know anything. But if you go into Linga Bhairavi, you feel it because it is exuberant. The Adiyogi Alayam is simply still. It takes a lot more to feel the stillness than to feel the exuberance. Exuberance is easy because it is happening; stillness you have to look for, otherwise you will miss it.
So… the Adiyogi Alayam is explorative in nature. If you take one step and explore, He will take you one step further. That is like, if you earn 100 rupees, he will give you 100 rupees bonus. Good deal, isn’t it?