Late last year, Satguru Bodhinatha got inspired to improve Himalayan Academy’s formal study program for the Master Course trilogy. He wanted to inject more practical, specific exercises into student’s study, such as learning how to chant Aum properly, learning how to perform Ganesha puja, improving specific character qualities and more.
It was also felt that if a student actually fulfilled these new study requirements that we could accelerate his or her progress. Today we are pleased to announce that the new program is going into effect.
The new study program lasts 15 months total, instead of three years. It does not have separate levels and does not require any commitment to become a formal sishya (commitments come afterwards).
To see a fuller description of the new program, please visit our Master Course Study page--
In Patanjali's comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It's easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we're clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. "Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience."