I spent the week leading up to Christmas in Pondicherry, India, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother did their great work of building the energetic foundation for humanity’s evolution to the next level of consciousness. Words are feeble when describing the experience, but here are some takeaways I want to share.
1. Yoga is Best Learned through Transmission.
Imagine visiting the scene of one of the great spiritual events in the history of humanity. Imagine that event is so recent that a residue is palpable, and available to you as a feeling, a vibration, so your experience is not simply one of inspiration, but of transformation: you shift.
That happens when you visit the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo Ashram (where he and the Mother are laid to rest). As I sat there in silence, I realized what I was feeling was not residue, but evolution in real time. I watched -- and felt -- a deep and universal Love realign my past and my future to a more beautiful story of oneness, harmony, and purpose fulfilled. My life broke free of its old limitations, and the liberation was profound and humbling. Sri Aurobindo may have left his body, but he did not leave the ashram. The Mother’s physical form may have died, but her energy did not disappear. The work of evolution is happening NOW, and anyone who sincerely aspires can participate.
While you don’t have to be in Pondi to do the work, the original fountainhead does have special power: the energy of transformation is so close to the surface there. When you sit in silence in Sri Aurobindo’s room, where he worked in deeply focused seclusion around the clock for decades, pulling down the force that is evolving the world, you are changed. If you retain that experience as a tactile memory embedded with sensation, you will never have to wonder what “yoga” means, or what its true essence is; you will have felt it and known it. That’s better than a thousand definitions and a lifetime of study.
2. A System Helps. A Lot!
While transmission is the root of spiritual teaching, it is only effective when we are receptive, and receptivity requires a lot of work. It would be great if we could hop on a plane, breeze through the front gate of the ashram and emerge from the gift shop, changed. That’s not the nature of integral, lasting transformation, though. We must have a systematic and effective way to get rid of our junk in order to make room for our Light.
I have never been more grateful for Purna Yoga and Heartfull Meditation than I was in Pondicherry. My practice made my experience possible, and it continues to enlarge and refine my power to evolve. Without Purna Yoga and Heartfull Meditation, I would have been a tourist observing a place where something epic happened; with the help of my practice, I experienced, participated in, and was blessed by, the on-going movement of consciousness towards a loftier peak.
3. I’m Going Back.
Pondi was bigger than a personal shift for me. I felt the promise of humanity’s future. Part of my growing up, spiritually, is helping to create this greater future, here and now. So, I am going back to Pondi, and I am taking with me anyone who wants to participate in this great change. For a full month, you will learn the tools of Purna Yoga and Heartfull Meditation so you can be as receptive as possible to what’s extraordinary in Pondi. We will go to the samadhi and open our consciousness to evolution. We will meditate in the Matrimandir and find the beauty that we hold inside. We will change, and, as we change, we will begin building the world we aspire to live in.
If you want to come with me, the first and most important thing to do is to believe: “This is possible for me.” Then we can work together to make the possibility a reality.