Gururaj Ananda Yogi
How to Meditate with Gururaj
"'I could be thousands of miles away from you but if you do gurushakti properly and focus your attention, then I am at your side. Just pour out all your troubles, whatever they are, and you will see the great difference that comes about. Always infallible, 100% guaranteed, 24 karat gold."
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AMS Newsletter 
Volume 43, September 2015
Dearest meditator friends,  

Just a reminder that we have a few Facebook pages ~

 1 - The AMS closed group discussion page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/230416255330/

2 - The public page that Karuni keeps up with Gururaj quotes:  https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMeditationSociety

3 - The NY closed Group page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/920014428020215/

4 - The Knoxville closed Group page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/amsknoxchapter/

You are welcome to request to join any of the closed group pages by going to the above links. 

Also, toward the bottom of the homepage of our website, AmericanMeditationSociety.org, we have a daily live feed of current articles on meditation from the Huffington Post.

Love & namaste, Vidya 

 Upcoming Retreats
Upcoming Retreats


NEW YORK ONE DAY SILENT RETREAT
White Plains, New York
September 19, 2015


NEW YORK FALL WEEKEND RETREAT
October 16 - 18, 2015


KNOXVILLE FALL WEEKEND RETREAT
November 6 - 8, 2015


EAST COAST SPRING RETREAT
April 15 - 17, 2016
Sloatsburg, NY


NATIONAL SUMMER RETREAT
June 29 - July 4, 2016
Haverford, PA
Satsang with Gururaj
Intuition, Inner Silence

 

CHELA:  I have read in many books about following the so-called inner voice.  Can this be a tangible thing, and if so, how can we best listen?

 

GURURAJ:  The best way to listen to the inner voice is not to listen to it.  Let it speak by itself because once you start listening and divert your attention or put your attention on listening, you are activating the mind. And the mind, the mental processes, would go through its own various ways, and that very mental process will stop you from hearing the inner voice. 

 

The inner voice comes from an area that is beyond the conscious mind.  The conscious mind works on the surface level.  As a matter of fact, on a recent course I drew some diagrams on a chart where I discussed the sensory inputs that go to the surface level of the mind: hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, and tasting. So the surface mind is controlled by sensory input.  And when we try to listen to the inner voice, the sensory inputs of the five senses would interfere in making you hear the inner voice. 

 

What is the inner voice?  The inner voice is not something that is audible or utterable.  You can't hear the inner voice like something going "tweet, tweet, tweet" in the head.  The inner voice is an intuitive knowingness about something.  An intuitive feeling just wells up and it could never be wrong because it is not mixed up with the mechanics of the mind.  It is that silence.  So the inner voice, in reality, is silence.  And through that silence, certain realizations come, and they could never, ever be wrong because they go beyond your conscious mind and your subconscious mind and reach the level of the superconscious mind which is so connected with that inner light that is within you, the Kingdom of Heaven within.  So through the superconscious level of the mind, the Kingdom of Heaven expresses itself and that is the inner voice.  


 

I would personally prefer to call it not the inner voice but the inner silence.  And that silence is synonymous with guidance.  You come to a fork in the road, and if you can make yourself still enough through your meditational and spiritual practices, you will just automatically take the right turn instead of the left one.  And the right turn is the turn you have to make to reach where you want to reach.  Now there is nothing going through your brain that's telling you, "take the right road, take the right road, you take the low road, I take the high road", no nonsense like that. But that intuitive feeling just wells up and just makes you take the right road. 

 

So that inner silence guides you, and it has been guiding you all along without you realizing it.  And this is an experience of everyone in this room where they, bringing that inner silence to the conscious level of the mind, just do what has to be done.  It has happened to everyone.  Why things go wrong is because we let the thinking apparatus take over. Then you get the static, like on the radio, and you do not get the full transmission.  And then Bach or Beethoven or Wagner sound like the disco people because of the static. 

 

So, that is the inner silence.  Let us never think of the inner voice because as soon as we say the "inner voice", we set the mind in action and want to hear a voice.  That voice is never heard.  It is experienced, realized.  ~UK 85-11 

2015 Summer Retreat Experiences
Experiences from the 
Summer Retreat in St.Louis
by Donna Bernstein


I have being meditating off and on for over 10 years. I received my initial meditation training with the dynamic, remarkable duo- Merrill and Mataji. I was drawn to them and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have been drifting in and out of their lives for years. I always felt ok with this as I felt like a wandering child coming home. Fortunately I was always welcomed back with opened arms. I became more regular with my practices during the meditation teacher training course. I have attended several East Coast weekend meditation retreats but this was my first 5 day Summer Course.  The timing of it was not great, the distance far, but I was drawn to attend. Was it for a sense of completion of my teacher training or something more? Who knows, but boy was I glad that I went with my gut, intuition, heart - whatever you want to call it - and got my New York butt to Missouri!

Insights and Experiences gained on the Retreat:
  • Self awareness, true heartfelt  and unconditional love, joy, happiness, closeness to Divinity, Gururaj
  • Recognizing the  outward uniqueness and difference of people, yet underneath that  sense of sameness
  • The heartfelt belief that everyone and everything is a mirror of ourselves
  • A direct message from Guruaj after a deep shakti meditation: Be nothing, Do Nothing, do your practices, keep an open heart and  life will flow the way it is suppose to flow.
  • Everyone in our life is neither friend nor foe - all is neutral. It is our view point, our perspective of how we perceive the situation/interaction.
  • Your thoughts are just thoughts - don't get caught up on whether they are good or bad. Attachment to the good thoughts will grip you the same as the bad ones. They are all just thoughts.
  • We are human beings, not human doings. When we label ourselves, we are limiting ourselves, Suffering comes from limiting ourselves with the little " I".
  • All our problems are due to conflicts in our mind. CON-flicts are conning our mind. They are just illusions
  • Being present where I am right here, right now. 
  • It does not matter if I am loved as long as I give love, for the need to be loved, validated, acknowledged, accepted, comes from the ego.  It does not matter if I am loved because I am love itself. 
  • Connection, compassion, introspection, silence.
  • The gift of a new, heart-opening meditation practice - the mandala practice.
  • People sharing their heartfelt passions, talents, wisdom, insights. We were immersed in amazing  music , singing, yoga,  dancing, satsangs.
  • Meeting and getting to know the people I did teacher training with. All I can say is that the internet is great but it has nothing on heart-to-heart  human connection.

Thank you to all those who worked so hard to make the 5 day AMS summer course possible. For those of you who could not make it this year, I strongly recommend that you look within yourself  and let yourself be pulled to wherever it is next year. I would not have had such a profound experience if I had not stayed for the full 5 days. I am so grateful, that I feel I am important enough to go where I am drawn and reap the benefits.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "What lies before us, what lies behind us, is nothing compared to what lies within us."
 
Lots of love,
Donna