Guide to Meditation Retreats
This year eighteen cities will be having one-day meditation retreats, as well as a special, 3-day full moon retreat at the end of July. Retreats consist of periods of silent meditation, pranayama, and yoga asanas which are interspersed with Amma’s inspiring discourses and blissful bhajans. In the peaceful atmosphere of the retreat, Amma teaches the deeper significance of kundalini, the chakra system, Sanskrit chants, mantras, and the enlightened philosophy of Sanatana Dharma.
Amma understands the many distractions and difficulties we sometimes face when we try to meditate. Accordingly, she has designed these retreats in a special way. During the retreats, participants will be requested to maintain silence. As Amma says, “Silence is the language of God.” The silent retreat atmosphere allows us to focus solely on our spiritual practices, thereby allowing us to go deep within. Participants are encouraged to forgo ordinary conversations, set aside their day-to-day concerns, and dive deep into the ocean of the Self within. As Amma teaches, it is only when we look within through meditation that we find the true presence of Divinity within our Heart.
At the beginning of each retreat, detailed instructions will be given so that newcomers can easily learn how to meditate. The powerful energy associated with being in Amma’s divine presence will help beginning meditators to glide easily into a meditative state. For those who already have an established practice, being in Amma’s presence will help to deepen the peace and bliss experienced in meditation.
Many who have attended retreats with Amma in the past have experienced that simply being in her presence had a powerful transformative effect on their daily practice of meditation. People from many different religions and spiritual paths have attended, and have found their own faith deepened and enhanced. As Amma often says, “Be in your own faith, travel on your own path, but elevate more and more in that path.” These retreats will provide a very precious opportunity to all who want to deepen their spiritual practice and travel ever higher on whatever spiritual path they have chosen. Anyone who wishes to learn about meditation or deepen their meditative practice is most welcome to attend.
General Guidelines for Meditation Retreats
During All Programs, We Kindly Request That You…
Please wear clean, modest attire that covers the knees and shoulders.
Please observe silence while in Amma’s presence.
Chairs are also provided, but it’s best to bring a pillow or blanket if you plan on sitting on the floor.
Please turn all beepers and cell phones off or to blink/vibrate mode so that others are not disturbed.
Please do not take photos without special permission beforehand. Video and audio-taping are not permitted.