Gururaj Ananda Yogi
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AMS Newsletter 
Volume 35, August 2013
Dear Meditators,  
 

We had a deep and powerful Summer Course in St. Louis.  It was a gift to have teachers come from the UK, Spain and Belgium.  Their presence enriched the experience tremendously for all of us. We look forward to more international visitors coming next summer.  Please note the dates of the Fall weekend retreats below.  We will give you details with costs, registration info, etc. within the next two weeks.  Scroll down below and make sure to note the Stress technique given by Gururaj in 1985.   

 

Namaste, Vidya 

 Upcoming Retreats

labryrinth New York Fall Retreat

October 18-20, 2013

Sloatsburg, NY  

 

Knoxville Fall Retreat 

October 25 - 27, 2013 
Knoxville, TN

International Retreats 
  
Canadian Meditation Society Annual Retreat 
August 17 - 23, 2013 
Victoria, BC, Canada 
Contact: rpbowers@gmail.com
Volunteers Needed

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Volunteers Needed

AMS is run by volunteers and help is greatly needed to keep AMS in existence.  If you are able to help out in any way, even for small pockets of time, please contact Vidya at vidya7@aol.com.


"Life is made to give and not to take. For the giver always gains the greater benefit." ~ Gururaj
Sujay's Book Now Available!
Warrior's Song:  The Journey Home
by Robert (Sujay) Anderson 
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Warrior's Song: The Journey Home takes you on an adventure through childhood with a boy, through war in the jungles of Vietnam with a young U.S. Marine, into corporate boardrooms with an Information Technology Executive, and into the heart and soul of a seeker of Truth.

Along the way, Robert Anderson deepens his understanding of the warrior's values he learned in the Marine Corps: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. He meets his spiritual teacher, Gururaj Ananda Yogi, and the author's lifelong inquiry into life's deepest questions gathers greater substance: Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a place within the human heart that can experience true peace?

As one reviewer says, "Warrior's Song is not the usual, run-of-the-mill book you read for a pastime! It is an intense book about a brave man who describes the gripping journey of a real U.S. Marine written from the depths of his heart. Some books you put down and don't pick up again. Not this one. You will pick it up time and time again." (See this review and more below.)

The author takes you with him on his adventures around the world to diverse cultural settings and shares his fascination with physics, cosmology, music, and a practical philosophy of life. He surprises you with how he learned to apply an intuitive process to problem solving in business.

Anderson has reverence, respect, and understanding for all religious traditions, and declares, "I believe that we are all fellow travelers on the same journey, and ultimately we will all arrive at the same home."

Editor's note:  the book has already received numerous glowing reviews.  Check out the book on Amazon to read more.
Satsang Excerpts from Gururaj 

Leaping into the Unknown 

 

GURURAJ:  If man is not prepared to go from the known to the unknown, he can never be on the spiritual path. The spiritual path or self-discovery is an adventure. There is no fun in climbing up a mountain if you know the route. But as you go along climbing the mountain, you have all these various experiences and excitement at every step, at every nook and cranny and that is what the spiritual path is about. Now if a person wants to go to things that he knows, then all the adventure, excitement and joy is lost, because if one approaches that which is already known, then expectations begin. You expect that you will find this on the path or that on the path. So where is the joy of it?

 

On the spiritual path, leaping into the unknown is an exploration. Man is born into this world to explore his latent potentialities. For if you want to go to the known and know about the known, why would you want to do that? It is because of an inner fear, an inner insecurity, that you will not venture forth until you know what is in store. The spiritual path is so individual that you can never know - it is so unknown. So as you progress, various experiences come about that you had not expected and because you had not expected, that is the time when you receive true experiences which are not only of the mind but so much beyond the mind. So the path to God, the path to Divinity is to take that leap where the route is unmapped. And if a person is not prepared to do that then he can reach nowhere.

 

When the Astronauts took their rocket to the moon, they did not know what was going to happen and without taking that leap, they would not have reached the moon. When Hillary and Tensing climbed Everest, they did not know what was going to happen. How could they know if there would be an avalanche or whatever the case might be? So man is not prepared to gamble because of his fears and insecurities. The spiritual path is a gamble although this is not the appropriate word. The appropriate word would be that you have to take a chance into the unknown sphere of that which you know nothing. And to take that chance into the unknown sphere where you know nothing, you will find everything. It requires courage and therefore it is said by all Masters that the spiritual path is the hero's path.  UK 80-37


Technique for Releasing Stress, Insomnia

 

GURURAJ:  The world's greatest disease today is not cancer and neither heart disease.  The world's greatest problem today is stress and strain. I want to show you a very simple trick which was founded by the sages five thousand years ago:  

 

Lie down and intertwine your big toes.  And, only if comfortable, try and intertwine the little toe over the big toe as well. Then take your mantra in your mind, and allow your mantra to flow through your entire body to the toes and out.  It will require a little practice, but you will feel so relaxed.  It is good for releasing stress, for getting rid of insomnia, and for so many other things.  And you will find it very successful.

 

The greatest things in life are the most simple things. People only try and complicate things because they are in business.  I'm not. Try this out and you will find so much stress being released from your entire system.  And when stress is released, strain is automatically gone.  Because today in this world it is just hurry, blurry all the time.  Take a walk down the street, any street, and just look at people's faces.  Look at the stress on their faces.  Look at the strain on their faces.  It is such a pity.  And stress and strain, of course, creates other complications and other problems, where you lose work efficiency, where you lose deeper thinking abilities, productivity, and so many other things.  So many other things happen.  And you feel ill at ease, which is disease. 

 

So try it out, especially at night when you lie down in bed, for five or ten minutes, depending on how long you want to do it.  To repeat again, take the mantra in the brain and mentally shift it down the body, and feel that stress being thrown off from the toes.  You can cover your toes with a blanket if you like.  So much stress is released.  Do it.  With a little practice you will find it very successful. We've experimented on this with hundreds of people, and every single person was successful.  Try it.  It will help you.  US 85-44