A Wisdom School
The Sat Yoga Institute continues the tradition of wisdom schools that have been the foundation of human culture for as long as there have been historic records.
What is a wisdom school?
It is an ancient form of esoteric educational academy where mature souls gather for spiritual instruction, meditation and dharma combat.
From the earliest pre-Vedic schools of original Yoga; the mystery schools of ancient Egypt and Greece; Nalanda University that served to ferment Buddhism; the esoteric schools of kabbalah and alchemy, to contemporary shamanic yogic wisdom schools such as the Sat Yoga Institute; wisdom schools are the home ground where the human spirit has been and is still being nourished, refined, and transformed.
A Gyana/Raja Yoga School
... that includes all other yogas
The Sat Yoga Institute focuses on Gyana Yoga and Raja Yoga. Gyana Yoga (also spelled Jnana) contains all the other yogas in conceptual form. It is the ancient discipline of using Reason—Logos—to attain Liberation.
Raja Yoga is the practice of meditation, silencing the mind in order to realize the Self.
“Human consciousness is a spectrum of potentiality. We have not as a species attained the upper end of the spectrum. We must do so now, and thereby create a shift in the planetary noetic field.”
Curriculum and Path
Heart-Centric Intelligence Development
Sat Yoga is a non-dogmatic path of insight authenticated by one’s own Self-realization.
A center for higher learning
The Sat Yoga Institute is a center for higher learning, transformational processing, and deep meditation, led and energized by the presence and teachings of Shunyamurti.
Shunyamurti’s teachings are a synthesis of the most subtle wisdom of East and West. The knowledge of the ancient sages is translated into practical contemporary terms that integrate the insights of science with the secret heart of the world’s highest traditions of non-duality.
Vibrant, dynamic, and always evolving
The curriculum responds to the needs of students and current events. Continuously expanding and always inclusive, the curriculum draws from the ancient sages and post-modern philosophers, from books, movies, art, drama, and the latest scientific insights.
Stimulating your own sublime intelligence
The classes stimulate and develop your highest levels of intelligence, critical reasoning, and will to engage in spiritual transformation.
Shift your paradigm
Sat Yoga is actively engaging in research into our potential supernormal capacities, including next-generation therapies that go beyond transpersonal psychology, shamanic and energetic healing; the deeper yogic sciences for the development of our latent siddhis (yogic powers) to tap the hidden potential of our supernormal abilities.
A Synthesis of
East and West
The Lineage of No Lineage
Sat Yoga does not come from a specific lineage but directly from Source. However, we study all the great spiritual traditions, including Dzogchen, Zen, Kabbalah, esoteric Christianity, ancient Egyptian wisdom, Taoism, and Vedic lineages. We also study the great thinkers and artists of the West, and the great breakthroughs in science that support the collective return to spirituality. We draw inspiration from all who have explored the potentialities of consciousness. But our patron sage is Sri Ramana Maharshi.
(The drawing shows a few of the thinkers, prophets, rishis and saints we have been studying recently.)
A taste of just some of the ongoing classes offered at the Sat Yoga Institute
Following the ancient practice of yogis, we begin the day by meditating together at 4am. This gathering creates a purified and unified energy field, enabling stabilization in Presence, producing clarity of mind and an open heart for the day ahead. Shunyamurti will sometimes offer a new teaching at the end.
Satsang with Shunyamurti
In these sacred community gatherings, Shunyamurti offers guidance to resolve the most difficult and delicate matters of the heart. Shunyamurti will usually offer a short teaching or guided meditation, followed by an open floor for any and all questions to gain clarity and empowerment.
Focusing on specific modules of information both from the core of the Sat Yoga curriculum as well as recent teachings given by Shunyamurti in classes, weekend seminars, or retreats, Study Group offers students a chance to revisit and assimilate profound or complex material, gaining a deeper understanding of these essential topics. This class is led by Radha Ma, the director of the ashram teaching faculty. Radha Ma has been studying atmanology with Shunyamurti for the past twenty years.
On most Saturday nights, the Sat Yoga Ashram turns into the Sat Yoga Cinémathèque, screening films to expand the mind, encourage critical thinking and spiritual development. Showing a wide variety of films, from Tarkovsky to Kubrick, from Bresson to Malick to Jodorowsky, as well as documentaries on art, philosophy, current affairs, hard sciences, psychoanalysis, parapsychology, and exopolitics, the sangha gathers to explore the spiritual journey of cosmic consciousness, ego dissolution and supreme liberation through the lens of film.
Although meditation is a higher and more direct portal to the Absolute than books, it is nonetheless very useful in the development of our intelligence and capacity to understand the implications of the energies we are receiving to review the great works of the sages, philosophers, and saints. Authors we have studied recently include Marguerite Porete, Santa Teresa de Avila, Wolfgang Giegerich, and Shoshana Felman. Book Group is an opportunity to discuss these great works, and grow together in understanding.
From the Teatro Real de Madrid production of Fuenteovejuna directed by the flamenco master Antonio Gades from the play by Lope de Vega
One of the core missions of Sat Yoga is to be a catalyst for the rebirth of human culture. As part of the development of understanding of past moments of attempted renaissance, we explore the most significant works of art, drama, literature, poetry, and music from the history of humanity, analyzing the deeper meanings and finding the hidden mystical initiations coded into the works of the masters.
How to Penetrate the Complexification of Spiritual Theory
A simple teaching
The great spiritual traditions all started out as a very simple and direct transmission of Truth. Over time this became more and more complex. In this teaching Shunyamurti guides us through this process back to the Primordial Self.