Spring is here..the best place and time to do meditation


After a chilly winter …..spring is back in action. Paramanand Ashram is back with numerous flowers. This post is for everyone to take a break and checkout how ashram looks in Spring. I don’t know about you but for me even watching these flowers is a kind of meditation too. Perhaps now is best place and time to do Meditation.

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Spring season

Spring in the ashram

Sunflowers the hard work of Jeferson, Nigora, Kalyan, Mahesh and Many other students


This reminds me of Hidimba ji :-)


Without any fragrance but still beautiful.


Pictures by Mahendra Kumar

Pictures of Paramanand Ashram
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The three stages of Raja Yoga


Jagrat, Swapan, Sushupti,

  1. Jagrat (Waking state): correspond with the sthula sharira (gross body). In this state one is aware of daily biosphere. This is also known as bahish prajnya (outer knowing). In this state there remains a sense of self identity (I) and awareness of thoughts. There are not true experiences of reality or truth because of duality like: object and subject or ego and non-ego. The first pada (quarter) is Vaisvanara whose sphere is the state of waking, who knows of the objective. Jivatma enjoys the objects of senses as taste, touch, sound and others.Atma through Isvara enters microcosmic body. Buddhi as vehicle reaches the state of Visva. This is also known as Vigyanatma, Chidabhasa, Visva, and Vyavaharika. This presides over the waking gross body and is mobiles by Karma.
  2. Swapna (Dreaming state) correspond with sukshm sharira (subtle body). This is also known as antah prajnya (inward knowing) or pravivikta (subtle). In this state there is no or little sense of self (I) but thoughts are there. There are not reality and truth.   The second pada (quarter) is the Taijasa whose region is dream, who is aware only of the subjective. Sutratma (Hiranyagarbha) through Isvara enteres the microcosmic subtle body. Manas (mind) as vehicle reach the Taijasa state. This is also known as Taijasa, Pratibhasika and Svapna Kalpita (out of dream).
  3. Sushupti (Deep Sleep) state corresponds with causal body (sukshm sharira). This is also known as Sarvgya (knower of all) or antryami (inner knower).  Not aware of internal or external thoughts or I or objects. Not conscious of anything. But there does remain the existence of consciousness. There is neither imagination nor dreams. In this state of Prajna (Pragya), all dissolve in one bliss. In deep sleep there is no experience of poor or rich, man or woman, happy or sad, no sorrow or happiness, but these may happen in waking or awake.

In the state of deep sleep there is difference between highest self and individual person and soul.  – I.3.42 (105), Brahma Sutras by Veda Vyasa.

Sushupti indeed in his form is free from evils, desires, grief and fear. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. IV-3-21

Avyakta Isvara on the vehicle of Maya enters microcosmic Karana body attains the state of Prajna. This is also known as Prajna, Avicchinna, Aparamatrika and Sushupti-Abhimani (the presider over Sushupti).

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Synergy Garden and tree house in the ashram


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Synergy Garden developed by
Jeferson Gerardi,

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Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco California


Information regarding the US teachers training workshop.

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Name of the course:

1.Yoga Teachers Training Certificate 200 hrs (Yoga Alliance USA)

2.Yoga Therapy basic Certificate

Yoga Style: Traditional Paramanand Yoga (This includes all major streams of yoga styles Ashtang, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Shakti and others)

Why Paramanand Yoga?

i. Traditional Yoga from original Sanskrit text taught in English

ii. Internationally reputed Institute with its yoga teachers in 54 countries

iii. Guided by Guruji (over 44 years’ experience in Yoga)

iv. Small Group (more personal attention and quarries solved)

v. On hand actual teaching experience

vi. Ongoing support

vii. Affordable

Venue:San Francisco, California

For more information visit: Paramanand Yoga Official website

Yoga is in only one language…


Most of you would have thought about Sanskrit but that’s not what I am talking about. I know that all the Yoga scriptures were originally written in Sanskrit then got translated into several languages but that doesn’t mean it’s only for Sanskrit speaking language. In fact there are a very few people alive who can converse in Sanskrit.

As per my observation and research the only language which can help in truly understanding Sanskrit is BODY LANGUAGE. It’s your body which tells you which asanas you can do, which asanas you should do, which asanas may cause injuries or which asana may heal you.

Now isn’t just about asanas right, so what about meditation? well here you not actually required to do anything. Just concentrate :-)

Well these were just my thoughts hope you will like it. :-)


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Mahendra Kumar
Staff writer