The journey begins with the elevation of our condition from the lower stratum of imbalance to one of holistic integration and maturity (skr. sattva). But getting our relationships and lives together is merely the embarkment point. Spiritual work isn’t just concerned with alleviating emotional and existential difficulties.
The subsequent stage of the journey is that of self-actualization, an existential shift in one’s sense of self from the ego to the constitution of spirit (skr. brahman). We are essentially spiritual beings. The body and the mind are merely instruments of our experience and operation in the world. Our healing is complete when we have fully retrieved and deeply known our true self.
The essential self (skr. atman) has an absolute necessity (skr. prayojana), namely the experience of divine love (skr. prema), which cannot be substituted by any other human experience. The means (skr. yoga) is Bhakti. Attaining ever deeper states of absorption, purity and love, a person finally attains the Beloved’s direct audience in a life of complete freedom.
Finding the spiritual path is a time of great celebration, but as one soon discovers Bhakti isn’t spiritual tourism. The process seems simple enough, but the application can be difficult for many. Our Anartha Nivritti Course illuminates the subtle causes of failure in devotional service, and presents practical insights and holistic strategies for accelerating one’s progress toward spiritual maturity in Bhakti. As learning outcome participants will feel empowered to realign their spiritual journey so as not to be diverted by unconscious issues and incomplete approaches towards transformation in their lives.
In the introductory Module of our Anartha Nivritti Course we look at the power of Bhakti in eradicating all impurities. We analyze six measures of healthy progress and six signs of stagnation in devotional service. We then discuss the hidden causes of failure in Sadhana and introduce a complete map to protecting and nurturing the creeper of devotional service in our lives. To keep us alert to egoic self-deception and subtle pitfalls on the path, we also illuminate common Distortions in Bhakti Culture, in both individual and social dimensions.
We teach participants a Spiritually-Based Therapeutic Modality as a resource for processing painful feelings and fears in a healthy Krishna conscious manner. We also explore nine unique false ego structures as a way of self-discovery and insight into the cornerstone of persistent anarthas.
In the advanced Module of our Course our focus is on developing expertice in Bhajan, Sadhu-Sanga and the Culture of Sattva in one’s physical wellbeing, lifestyle, work and time management. We deepen an understanding of the ego dynamics as it pertains to one’s chanting, cooperation and preaching. Lastly, we practice and deepen the devotees’ self-healing resources in order to heal past psychological wounds and outgrow disruptive personality patterns.
The last module of our Course is designed to ensure a continuous learning community where devotees can sustain and enhance their skills and insights in the Art of of Bhakti Sadhana. Small sanga circles are formed to provide the empowerment and encouragement that comes from a shared sense of belonging and intimacy with bhakti practitioners who deliberately cultivate maturity and compassion in their character and dealings as vaishnavas.