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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

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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 fulfilment.

Here is a recording of a recent session, which we could follow for our own daily practice.

Christmas Meditation Meeting December 27 2016
The meeting on Tuesday 27 December will have a theme of meditation and reflection on the teachings of Christ, in the light of non-duality.

The meetings are free and suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. All are welcome. More details


From Self-Knowledge Journal: Actualising the Inner Light

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"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..."

From Actualising the Inner Light in the Autumn 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.


Now Available as eBook: Training the Mind through Yoga

Cover of 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.


New Publication: Living Beyond Fear

Cover of Book Beyond Fear

Our own true Self is universal, and the true Self is always immediately present in our experience, yet not fully revealed until we make the inner search guided by traditional teachings. To know our own higher nature in direct experience is to find lasting happiness and fulfil the highest potential of life.

This new collection of writings by the Warden of Shanti Sadan shows how this realization may be sought by giving the search for reality first place in our lives and affirming these truths in our thoughts and actions. Available from the on-line bookstore.


Self-Knowledge Journal: Now available for e-readers

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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: 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..."

From Our Highest Potentiality in the Summer 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.


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..."

From Realizing the Infinite Peace in the Spring 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.


More from Self-Knowledge Journal: Our Spiritual Awakening

"If we ask ourselves what we really want, surely it is a happiness that is secure, lasting, free from limitations, threats and defects. The teaching suggests such a happiness is possible. ‘For a long while you have not seen perfect happiness. Experience now this highest state of beatitude in front of you’, that is, close at hand..."
From Our Spiritual Awakening in the Winter 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.


From Self-Knowledge Journal: The Bhagavad Gita - from Grief to Peace

"The first stirrings of spiritual longings in us may take the form of a feeling that we should withdraw from all this... The life of spiritual enquiry is in fact an entirely positive enterprise, in pursuit of a vision in which everything is seen in its true perspective, and a fulfilment which is independent of circumstances..."
From The Bhagavad Gita - from Grief to Peace in the Winter 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.

Key Yoga Teachings

Selected articles from Self-Knowledge Journal present some key teachings on the spiritual Yoga.