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Spiritual Tribe and Sangha

A Self-sustaining, Creative, Eco-ashram

Living in spiritual community has been an honored tradition since the origin of culture. Now, as our beloved planet falls ever further into chaos and conflict, souls everywhere are awakening to the urgent necessity of coming together to create or join communities of harmony and sustainability.​

The Sat Yoga Community moved full-time to the ashram land in January 2015, after initial modest constructions were ready.

Currently consisting of 25 pioneering souls, our group has gathered from many different countries, with a wide range of professional backgrounds and ages, ranging from our early twenties to late sixties.

We are developing and refining our capacity for constant cooperation, empathy, caring, and compassion, so that we may live in—and offer a refuge of—pure sacred communion.

We patiently facilitate your process of regaining wholeness and inner security by listening deeply and compassionately—to both vocal and body language,

Offering a dynamic yet disciplined lifestyle, that goes beyond the current consumerist model, our way of life emphasizes the value of ongoing learning, creative expression, rapport with Nature and the Cosmic Self, consistent meditation practice, uplifting relationships, and cheerful service to visitors, the community, and the world.

Just like traditional ashrams, our paradoxical neo-ashram abides by the traditional yogic vows, known as the Yamas and Niyamas, as well as our own unique dharmic principles. These agreements help instill a dedication to the highest ideals and ensure a harmonious energy field for all.

“Only a stable community located in optimal natural surroundings, and organized around the Supreme Principle, can prevail once the grid of civilization has gone down. We must build such communities of love, trust, and faith now. There is no time to waste.”

~ Shunyamurti
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How to Keep Thriving as a Community?

Developing a Prema Culture

The skills that are needed to succeed in creating flourishing communities are not merely such external competences as food growing, water management, and appropriate design. We must refine our social skills to prevent or mediate conflicts and to bring about reconciliation when disharmony threatens. We must develop our creativity to keep life always filled with growthful cultural activities. We must transform into sages and Bodhisattvas.

The key is the constancy of the flow of prema—a Sanskrit word for divine love. Without love for one another as God’s children, love for learning, love for undefiled life, love for our sacred Earth, and love for the Source of Being, we are lost. But until we have merged with our own inner source of love, our most precious resource is not secure. Only our becoming Love will ensure our survival.

The core institution of this community is a wisdom school that transmits the skills of healing, peaceful and authentic communication, and the gnosis that unites us all. Learning and transforming, silencing the mind and opening the heart—these are the ingredients of our daily bread.

Our moral and generous commitments to giving and mutuality compose a superstructure that keeps our spiritual family united. It is a simple and pure way of life that everyone accepts. The Dharma functions as a psychic immune system of the community, enabling us to traverse those moments of crisis that are inevitable in any group, but which offer blessings of growth and rededication when properly faced.

An extended family

Combining forces with our neighbors

The ashram project would not have been possible without the help of a group of extraordinary people from the region who have come to work here. These men and women—from such nearby villages as San Cayetano, Savegre, Calle Mora, Santa Rosa and Santa Marta — offer an array of amazing skills and expertise that help sustain the ashram.

We hope to keep expanding and deepening the offerings of educational seminars, counseling, meditation teaching, and general communal support that we give to the people of the region, and to Costa Rica as a whole.

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A grassroots community

Creating a superorganism

In this short video, recorded during a recent satsang, Shunyamurti explains some of the work of the community, and the vision for a network of flourishing self-sustaining, spiritual communities.
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Dharma and dharma:

When we use the term Dharma (capitalized), we refer to our dedication to living in accord with the timeless principles of impeccable integrity that keep us in harmony with Nature and our Supernatural Source.

When we use the term without capitalization, we refer to our acceptance of the community’s processes, protocols, and chain of command with the “Haji! Spirit” of going the “extra mile” and working overtime when necessary to make the impossible inevitable, as our unconditional act of surrender to Love.

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Brahmachari:

One whose consciousness has merged with Brahman, the Absolute, and thus has been liberated from all desire, fear, attachment, and material frames of reference. Thus, a Brahmachari naturally lives a life of celibacy, simplicity, and inner solitude.

Satsang:

Meditative meetings in which the highest teachings are shared. Shunyamurti also offers guidance during questions and answers to resolve the most difficult and delicate matters of the heart.

Teleological:

Information, energy, or nonlinear change that occurs as the effect of events that take place in the future and alter the past, which is perceived in the present as non-ordinary phenomena, synchronicities, unpredictable emergent properties or other notable explicate arisings. The source of such forces may also lie beyond chronological time, in higher dimensions of the Real.

The process of non-process:

Since awakening is instantaneous, along with the recognition that one was never really in the dream, but enjoying the creation of the dream, it must be understood that making awakening into a process can only be part of the dream, and has nothing to do with Awakening itself.

The Real:

When we speak of the Real, unless otherwise qualified, we mean the Supreme Real. The Supreme Real does not appear. Appearance is not Real. All that appears is empty of true existence. There are no real things. All that is phenomenal is temporary, dependent, and reducible to a wave function of consciousness. The world does not exist independent of consciousness. There is no matter or material world. All is made of consciousness. Pure consciousness is Presence. It is no-thing, non-objective, not in space or time. All that appears in Presence, or to Presence, is an emanation of Presence, but is not different from That. This is one meaning of nonduality.

The Real is also a term used in Lacanian psychoanalysis. What Lacan means by the Real is that aspect of phenomenal appearance which is overwhelming, traumatic, or impossible. We would call that Real One. It is a relative Real, not Absolute. We add that there is a Real Two, which consists of divine love. Love is not an appearance, but it changes appearance, through recognition of its Source, into a divine manifestation, a projection of God’s sublimely beautiful Mind as infinite fractal holographic cosmos. Real Three is the unchanging Absolute, beyond all conception or image.