Ashram Guidelines​

Ashram Guidelines

Ashram Conduct

For every Sat Yoga Ashram visitor and resident, the main guideline is to be in a state of mindfulness, care, and consideration for others. In this way, cooperation, respect, and love will be sustainable.

The ashram and monastic traditions invite us to:

  • Cultivate gentle ways of speaking and of working in silence, abiding as the Self.Encourage others to serve in peaceful silence. Avoid idle talk, gossip, or the use of aggressive or vulgar language. Please do not chant or hum aloud during seva, so as not to disturb the silence of the atmosphere.

  • Be simple, non-ostentatious, and self-contained. Please do not bring valuable jewelry or unnecessary and expensive electronic gadgets to the ashram.

  • Refrain from sexual activity. Our ashram residents have taken vows of celibacy. We ask all guests to observe this guideline while here, abstaining from flirtation, hugging, sexual touching, or masturbation. Sublimate sexual energy to attain higher levels of consciousness. Please contribute to the open, safe, and pure environment of the ashram. Everyone is asked to dress modestly and to refrain from entering each other’s rooms for socializing. Greet others with the reverent gesture of prayerful hands and “Namaste.” We ask couples to observe celibacy while here and will provide separate accommodations.

 

Healthcare, Safety, & Wildlife

  • Be safe outdoors. There are venomous snakes and other wildlife at the ashram. Please be mindful when walking through grass, and always wear boots. It is not permitted to wander the premises unguided past dusk or to go alone to the river.

  • Stay on official roads and paths. Please walk or run only on our well-defined roads and pathways. If you plan to take a long hike, please give notice to the appropriate person on watch of where you are going and when you plan to return. Please let the watch person know when you have arrived from your outing.

  • Use Flashlights. Paths are unlit. Always use a flashlight when walking at night—even if the moon is full.

  • Coping with Allergies. If you have known allergic reactions, you must inform the visit coordinator before your arrival and bring any appropriate emergency medication (e.g. EPI pen, etc).

  • If you get sick before you arrive, please follow our protocols. If you become sick, especially if you have any contagious conditions (i.e., head lice or flu) or are under medical treatment before you arrive for the retreat, please consult with the visit coordinator as to whether you should come or postpone your arrival until you are well.

  • If you get sick during your stay: If you become ill during your stay, contact the ashram staff immediately.

 

Prohibited Items

  • Cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal drugs
  • Clothes that are too revealing or immodest
  • Candles, incense, or any fire hazards/flames
  • Fragrances and strongly scented products
  • Hair dryer
  • Chewing gum

Food & Water

  • Vegetarian only. Please do not bring any non-vegetarian foods into the ashram.

  • Special diet.  If you are following a specific diet, or you plan on fasting or abstaining regularly from meals, please let your visit coordinator know at least two weeks before the retreat starts.

  • Storing personal food. We do not allow food in our cabins nor do we have a communal kitchen that can accommodate the storage of personal food items.

  • Drinking water. Potable water is available from a water station in the lodge. Please avoid drinking from taps.

Personal Hygiene

  • Scents. We do not permit the use of strong scents or perfumes.
  • Body odors. Being in a tropical environment with high humidity and heat can lead to pronounced body odors. Because of this, we ask all visitors to shower at least once daily and we recommend that you wash your hair often.

Schedule & Communication

  • Class attendance. You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and meditation sittings. Please arrive on time.

  • Be punctual for seva. If you are scheduled for seva (community service, also referred to as karma yoga), please come on time and stay for the duration of the shift.

  • Emergency departure. If you must leave early from the retreat because of some emergency, please let the visit coordinator know immediately.

  • Lights out and quiet time begins at 9:00 pm.

  • No day trips. To honor and protect the integrity of your transformational process while at the ashram, we ask that you do not plan any trips away from the ashram during your visit.

Waste Management & Sustainability

  • Take away what you bring. Please avoid bringing items to the ashram that will become unnecessary waste matter, such as food wrappers, bottles, etc. If you can take your garbage with you when you leave, it is much appreciated.
  • Disposal of waste. If you have any doubts about how to dispose of items properly, please ask the ashram staff.
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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.

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.