Shanti Sadan is a centre of the Yoga of Self-Knowledge, Adhyatma Yoga, and the philosophy of non-duality, Advaita Vedanta.
Advaita Vedanta teaches that the true Self of each individual is not in essence different from the non-dual reality underlying all. Adhyatma Yoga provides practices through which this identity may be approached.
Direct realization of this identity is the highest goal of life, and brings the cessation of limitations and suffering.
The practices include ethical living, devotion to truth, study, service and meditation.
Weekly Meditation Practice Meetings
There are meditation practice sessions every Tuesday 7pm at Shanti Sadan.
They can help us not only to relax and concentrate, but to gain a deeper Self-knowledge and lasting fulfilment.
These are the practices currently being done together on Tuesday evenings.
Here is a recording of a recent session including these practices, which we could follow for our own daily meditation.
The meetings are free and suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. All are welcome. More details
From Self-Knowledge Journal: The Wisdom of the Katha Upanishad
"The text of the Katha Upanishad states that its wisdom ‘leads to a great result’. The great result is the realisation that our innermost essence is one with the supreme and infinite power which pervades, reveals and supports the whole universe..."
Now Available as eBook: Training the Mind through Yoga
When we take up the traditional practices that can lead to Self-knowledge, we discover new qualities in our own inner world; some positive and helpful on the path, others distracting and challenging. How we respond to these discoveries is central to our progress.
Marjorie Waterhouse, who succeeded Hari Prasad Shastri as Warden of Shanti Sadan, writes with special insight into this essential aspect of Yoga.
Training the Mind through Yoga, the first book published by her, is now available as an eBook. See the on-line bookstore.
Self-Knowledge Journal: Now available for e-readers
Self-Knowledge Journal is now available to read on all popular e-reader applications. Read Self-Knowledge on your Kindle, iBook or other e-reader with all the features enabled. This and access to the archive of on-line issues is open to subscribers. On-line subscriptions are available immediately at minimal cost. Login or subscribe. See the archive.
More from Self-Knowledge Journal: The Way to Fulfilment
"The beginning of the higher Yoga, which leads to ultimate fulfilment, is that our underlying Self is quite different and immeasurably superior to the ‘self’ which appears to be identified with our body and mind. Our apparently separate individuality is superimposed on something far greater, like bits of mosaic superimposed on a wall of pure and rare gold, which for the moment they conceal..."
More from Self-Knowledge Journal: Actualising the Inner Light
"The path revealed by the higher Yoga is a return to our true home, self-realization—the home we have never really left. It is the goal of life, the consummation of experience, the final result of the millions of experiments we make as we journey through experience. It relieves us of all fear, anxiety, sorrow and uncertainty..."
More from Self-Knowledge Journal: Our Highest Potentiality
"There is one supreme latent capacity, which, when awakened, will free us from the need for further search. Our highest aim is to discover the eternal life that is our true nature, the abiding reality behind the ever-changing personality..."
More from Self-Knowledge Journal: Realizing the Infinite Peace
"The infinite peace is with us right now, ever present, yet apparently hidden. Positive, conscious use of our memory is a key practice of the higher Yoga... The highest possibilities are open to all of us: we can learn to lighten our psychological burdens, and we can also learn how to throw them off completely..."
Key Yoga Teachings