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India Retreat 2024

Tuesday 29 October, 2024 @ 8:00 am - Saturday 07 December, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana: A Journey of Elemental Purification

Rikhiapeeth Ashram, India

The Tattwa Shuddhi course will be led by Swami Karma Karuna under the direct guidance of Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, the Peethadhishwari of Rikhiapeeth Ashram.

Tattwa Shuddhi is a dynamic meditation rooted in the Tantric Tradition. It is designed to cleanse and harmonize the tattwas or elements within the practitioner’s body. The process involves asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), the chakras (energy centres), mantras (sacred sounds), yantras (geometrical forms) and meditations. The course will also include theory and offer a well-balanced approach with practical applications for your daily life.

The word tattwa denotes the different principles or factors which comprise our embodied personality. Tattwa also signifies ‘that-ness’ and refers to the Reality which underlies our embodiment. The five fundamental elements that constitute the human body and the universe are Earth (Prithvi), Water (Apas), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu), and Ether/Space (Akasha).

The word shuddhi literally means ‘purification’, but in the context of the practice we can understand the word to mean ‘exploration’. Therefore, Tattwa Shuddhi can be translated as a practice or exploration of the different dimensions of our existence to reveal what we are in Essence.

Retreat participants will be introduced, step by step, to the different facets and stages of Tattwa Shuddhi. It is a process of exploring, refining and expanding the idea of who we are by dissolving the imbalanced facets of the mind and unconscious conditioning which keep us locked in unhealthy patterns of being. The practice leads one to the stillness within, bringing clarity of mind, and receptivity; opening the practitioner up to the fullest potential.

The course is held in a traditional ashram environment offering integration into ashram life programs such as special rituals, chanting and seva (selfless service).

Option 1: Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebration & Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana ~18 nights
29th October – 15th November

Includes: Hotel in Kolkata, Travel to the Ashram, Diwali Celebration & Tattwa Shuddhi Program at Rikhiapeeth Ashram

NZ $2,995*
 Option 2 : Diwali, Tattwa Shuddhi, Ashram Immersion & Sat Chandi Mahayajna ~ 39 nights
29th October – 7th December

Includes: Hotel in Kolkata,  Travel to the Ashram, Diwali Celebration, Tattwa Shuddhi Program, Sat Chandi Maha Yajna & Ashram Lifestyle Stay at Rikhiapeeth Ashram

NZ $3,495*
About Diwali – The Festival of Light
This auspicious time of year, considered to be the Hindu New Year, symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Associated with Lakshmi, the Goddess of Abundance & Prosperity, Diwali is a time for sharing, giving,and savoring the sweetness of life. Havan and Pooja are performed to open our energy to the universal grace of giving and receiving with equanimity, to become selfless in our actions, and to dedicate our lives to the benefit of all. On the eve of Diwali the Ashram becomes radiant with the light of thousands of candles representing how our own inner light becomes magnified when in the company of other luminous souls.
About Sat Chandi Mahayajna – Celebrating God as the Mother 

Goddess Chandi, a form of Durga, is said to be the remover of negativity from the world. She represents the universe itself. This energy is invokedto dispel the negative forces that limit and contract us so that we may be fully open to the experience of abundance. This 5 day yajna celebration is dedicated to the Cosmic energy, Shakti, and holds the greatest significance in terms of the history and tradition of Rikhiapeeth. Started in 1995, the Sat Chandi Mahayajna became a means of reaching out to countless families from the surrounding villages; to spread the blessings of peace, plenty and prosperity in each home and family. Participating in the distribution prasad to thousands of villagers over the 5 days is the highlight of this festival.

“Yajnas confer peace, plenty and prosperity through the medium of divine energy that is invoked by mantra and ritual… It is not asana or pranayama or Dhyana…this is yajna, where the mind, intellect and intelligence have no role to play.  In this situation child-like innocence and spontaneity pay higher dividends than intellect.” Swami Satsangi

About Ashram Life

Integrate the experience of Tattwa Shuddhi by immersing yourself in the daily activities of the ashram, by practicing Karma Yoga / Seva alongside the ashram residents. The basis of ashram life is selfless service. The ashram lifestyle reveals to us how to become free from the dictates of the mind and regain control over our life. In today’s day and age this has become most relevant, as the ashram lifestyle makes us aware of our immense potential and enables us to give that a constructive direction. We learn to direct and expand the mind by adopting the spirit of selfless service, which in turn blossoms in our life as creativity and excellence in thought, word, and deed.

$950 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is due at the time of booking in order to secure your space. All deposits must be received by July 1st 2024
EARLY BIRD: 10% Discount: Ends 1st July 2024 use code INDIA10
Bookings Close & Payment in Full due: 15th August 2024
A limited number of Scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information and an application.

View the Itinerary Options and Inclusions

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*All participants are responsible for international flights to/from India, any solo travel while in India, and return travel plans upon exiting the Ashram.

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