Update from Sat Yoga Ashram, October 2021

Beloved Friend of Sat Yoga,

Greetings from Arunachala! We hope you are in peace and filled with God’s grace. Because there are now so many uncertainties in regard to both the virus and the vaccine, our ashram community has come to the decision that we must follow the precautionary principle, at least until the contagion question is clarified, for the sake of the health of visitors as well as residents. So, after careful consideration and due diligence in researching the matter, we have made the difficult decision to cancel onsite short-term group retreats for the time being.

However, we will continue to receive applications from those who wish to join us onsite in one of three ways: The first is as a long-term Sevadhari; the second is as a candidate for permanent residential membership in the Ashram; and the third is a month-long ashram intensive for Members of our Online Wisdom School called the Shakti Saturation Month.

Those who wish to join the Sevadhari program should know that this consists of an intensive immersion in spiritual inner work as well as physical service to the community. It is for serious seekers of Self-realization willing to commit to at least six months of transformative living in our Ashram energy field. You would attend the wisdom school classes, engage in individual sessions of Self-enquiry, and participate in beautiful community projects. Please visit the Sevadhari program page to learn more and begin the application process.

Those who wish to be considered for permanent membership in the Ashram also start out as Sevadharis, but because of the state of world conditions, we would expedite the process of candidacy for those who are on fire with yearning for Liberation, who love the teachings and the lifestyle of the Ashram, and who would joyously take yogic vows and build a home here. If you have the resources to do that, and your heart calls you here, please apply soon, while the window of opportunity is still open.

Those who wish to apply for the Shakti Saturation Month must be a current member of our Online Wisdom School, in full alignment with the Dharma and the teachings. This month-long inner journey consists of an initial period of sacred solitude and silence; an advanced seminar or retreat guided by Shunyamurti; followed by joyful immersion in ashram community life. If you wish to participate in this transformational intensive, please visit the program page to learn more and begin your application.

We will continue to broadcast Shunyamurti Retreats and Seminars, Immersion Programs, and Zoom gatherings online, as well as offer individual online sessions for those interested in healing and inner work. We are also working to grow our virtual offerings in the coming weeks and months to include more online courses and new publications in addition to what is already available on our online store.

Our Members Section will keep you continually updated with the latest transmissions of empowering wisdom and divine love from Shunyamurti to help you navigate these tumultuous times with coherent intelligence and serenity. We also encourage you to sign up below for our newsletter so you can always receive the most up-to date information from the ashram and our weekly teachings.

On behalf of Shunyamurti and the Sat Yoga Sangha, we send you many blessings.


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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.


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.


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.

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.