SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL EMBODIMENT AND SELF-REALIZATION
Yoga | Tantra | Advaita
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BREATHWORK - VOICEWORK - BODYWORK
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Moksha Dharma + Tantric Yoga Sadhana
TANTRA, YOGA and ADVAITA VEDANTA
BODYWORK, BREATHWORK, VOICEWORK,
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Yoga is not acrobatics, Tantra is not sex, and Advaita is not 'pathological detachment' from our feelings and from life itself.
But this is mostly what we find today.
We have to face it...
It's extremely rare to find Yoga and Tantra shared in the West in a way that is authentic, profound, yet simple.
It's also difficult to find Advaita transmitted in a way that actually kindles an awakening, or a breakthrough where old patterns are left behind.
It is more common to find that seekers take on new spiritual ideas, take on the new persona of 'spiritual seeker', or they take on the persona of 'one who knows the truth'.
Either way, the attachment remains to a 'persona', and the heart-felt surrender to the Infinite that is the one thing that is required for Liberation is avoided.
...True peace is not attained, and the seeking continues.
WHY YOGA, TANTRA AND ADVAITA?
Each of these teachings and their associated practices can be extremely transformative for profound spiritual Liberation, when skillfully applied.
Otherwise, they can lead us in circles, seeking, seeking, seeking, and only staying in the same place, like a dog chasing its own tail.
If we are not careful we not only waste our time but also become elitist and just keep developing a more and more sophisticated 'spiritual ego'.
HOW HAVE WE STRAYED SO FAR FROM THE ORIGINAL TRADITIONS?
Many elements of the ancient Yoga and Tantra were passed on in great secrecy to preserve them intact.
Even the teachings that were passed on in written form always contained a reminder of the importance of personal guidance from a Master teacher.
Today, the Yoga and Tantra that can be found tends to be incomplete, and at best diluted, at worst it is totally misunderstood, distorted and even dangerous.
Instead of empowering teachers to first develop the inner sensitivity and to awaken the subtle and and the potent life-forces, they are simply given 'systems', procedures, sequences, etc..
Even the schools of Yoga and Tantra that have the best of intentions tend to teach a generalized 'system' for all practitioners, instead of assisting each student in a way that is appropriate to their particular needs.
Yoga and Tantra require that we do not only follow systems and sequences.
What is required also is a profound humility and a 'listening' to the guidance that comes from the intelligence of the Life-force.
We've all heard that 'God' is within.
In Yoga and Tantra too, it is said that the guru is within.
However this doesn't just mean, follow 'your own path', without an adequate guide.
It means remember that the guide is only taking you to a place that you already have within.
The guide is a reminder of who you are.
The most important thing the guide can do in Yoga and Tantra, beyond passing on the teachings with clarity, is to empower the student-practitioner one-to-one, to truly sense the life-force - the Shakti. Because Shakti is the guide that is always with us - the true guru.
It is said in the traditional teachings that Shakti leads us to Shiva - that Kundalini Shakti is Guru.
Nowadays people hear 'Shakti' and 'Shiva' and think only of the 'Tantric female' and the 'Tantric male' in the context of exotic sexual games.
The Shakti that leads to Shiva is the awakened life-force, flowing naturally, without blockages, opening the energy-body, expanding the consciousness, leading to divine awareness.
Her flow leads to what the Yogis and Tantrics (or Tantrikas) call Samadhi, and ultimately to Moksha - Liberation.
Without this key process, we don't truly have Yoga or Tantra.
A true understanding of the Liberation teachings of Advaita - not just theoretical, but experiential - also requires this inner process.
Advaita has become, like Yoga and Tantra, popularized and diluted, taken out of context.
Many teachers of Advaita in the past were also Yogis or Tantric adepts.
Shankaracharya himself - the consolidator of the Advaita tradition in ancient times - taught about the Kundalini Shakti in the Yoga Tharavali.
Sri Ramana Maharshi's great life-long disciple Ganapathi Muni was a Tantric adept, and through his Tantric practice together with his teacher's guidance he experienced the Ultimate Union - Self-Realization, or Liberation.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, another of the most renowned Advaita teachers of modern times was a Tantric adept from the Navnath tradition.
Nowadays the traditions have tended to become either too theoretical, or too physical, but with no effective balance of the teachings and the techniques.
People have been quick to generalize the teachings, but slow to realize that the teachings that were given by the great masters were usually direct responses to individual needs and questions.
The current idea that Advaita = absence of techniques and processes is based on a gross simplification.
The 'high-level' nonduality teachings that were given to those who were ripe enough to benefit from them by adepts such as Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj were often also accompanied by instruction in the use of mantras. This was the case specially for the Indian disciples.
Western seekers of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj are known to have experienced the teaching in a very direct way through Shaktipat.
These are Tantric techniques.
The splitting of the traditions and dilution of the practices, often by trying to discard the role of the guru, has led to modern versions of Yoga, Tantra and Advaita that are lacking in the 'empowerment' that used to be passed on from teacher to disciple.
This empowerment or 'Shaktipat' in subtle, spontaneous, or ritualized forms was always part of the traditions.
Even when not spoken of, the powerful presence and silent transmission of the guru was playing its part.
This is why often, after a few years of practice and teaching, Yoga teachers and Tantra teachers are frustrated... after being supposedly trained to teach... they eventually realize that for all the efficiency of modern schools, there is a key ingredient missing - the direct relationship that must be cultivated with the Life-force - the inner Intelligence.
Western schools, partly through arrogance or false modesty, and partly through playing safe with political correctness are generally seeking to either undo the 'hierarchical system' of guru-disciple without understanding its fundamental function, or they are instating a false hierarchical system that has only self-serving power, instead of the power to serve.
It is in this context, seeing this challenge, that Peter Littlejohn Cook has been inspired to create, the Moksha Dharma School of Self-Realization and Spiritual Embodiment.