We all come to meditation with our own background and our own state of mind – at different times this might be emotional, out of balance, seeking clarity or peace, or looking for a deeper sense in life. We all bring our own experiences and capacities.
There are many meditation traditions that provide us with pathways and tools to still and refine the meditative mind. With the 21 Stages of Meditation Yogi Bhajan has provided a practical guide to discovering our real self beyond the emotions and commotions of life and to being able to express that true self in an authentic way. Continuous practice takes us further, beyond the dimensions of finite existence, on to a path at the end of which we transcend the boundaries of the limited self, realizing the infinite nature of all, merging into the unlimited self.
These 21 stages provide a unique path to realizing our pure and elevated consciousness, giving us the tools and experience to deepen our meditation practice and come to a profound understanding of our Self.
This path, though unique in itself, touches on very common aspects and steps of the spiritual path and can inform and guide students and teachers from all contemplative traditions. It is a systematic approach to self-discovery, realization and self-healing through meditation, which is both accessible to new meditation practitioners looking for guidance on their path and for experienced practitioners looking to go much deeper.
Yogi Bhajan describes this meditative path as a continuous process, in which there are three distinct journeys which follow on each other, but in a way also take place at the same time. While progressing, the journeys need to be revisited; the experiences deepened and refined.
The Journeys you will take with us
The first journey “The Crystallized Self” deals with the veils and disturbances in the meditative process when searching for our inner self: frustrations, boredom, emotional upsets, doubt.
Once we become more clear about ourselves and more stable and skilful in the practice, and more intuitive and compassionate, the challenge is to live the practice and express its virtues in actions, speech and thought – the journey of “The Expressive Self”.
And continuing on the path of practice we reach a point where we step out of our ordinary mind, driven by feelings, emotions and attachments, and start the journey towards “The Transcendent Self”, into a higher consciousness, resting in deep stillness, and merging with the infinite pulse.
During our retreat we will travel these three journeys, going through the 21 stages that constitute the complete path. We will go through intensive meditation practice, complemented with asana and breathing practice, following a yogic lifestyle for the duration of the retreat with vegetarian food, sharing in basic tasks and with time for relaxation and walking in the surroundings.
Course accreditation (for those following accreditation)
The KRI 21 Stages of Meditation program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is part of the intensive group meditation requirement for the KRI Level Three program – REALIZATION.
Our day will start at 4am with morning practice and we are invited to join the monks of the monastery during their morning prayers. We finish early evening with a closing meditation. During the retreat there will be opportunity to practice noble silence.
In addition to the main teachings and practices of the retreat, there will be a special teaching from the Khenpo (highest teacher) of the monastery, a guided walk to the meditation caves and chances to observe the prayers of the monks.
Departure from Kathmandu to the monastery is on Saturday morning at 9am (day 1), and we return to Kathmandu on Sunday evening (day 9).