Programs with Aja
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Bringing Aja to Your Area
Current & Upcoming Schedule
7-9 PM Every Thursday Evening with Aja
Enlightenment Talks are
an opportunity to sit with others in meditation and exploration of the nature of
Being and Pure Awareness. You are invited to spend time with Aja, a teacher of Awakening, to inquire into and directly experience the Truth of who
you are. Part of each program is dedicated to a form of Self-Inquiry
group meditation, where everyone present enters into the depth of Infinite
Presence and Being, directly recognizing who they are as already present
and expanding Awareness.
At Barnashram - 10235 NW Cornelius Pass Road;
Click here for map and directions
Cost: $20 per talk (sliding scale down to $10)
Sanskrit Weekends with Aja
Sanskrit is the language of
Yoga, meditation, mantra, Ayurveda and enlightenment. Joseph Campbell called
it, "The great spiritual language of the world." More than simply
teaching Sanskrit, this workshop will lead you into the experience of yoga.
Using yogic concepts, Aja's unique teaching style incorporates the power of
sound, the focus of awareness and mutual agreements to create an environment in
which you will experience Sanskrit at its deepest levels. You will gain an
intimate understanding of the structure of sacred sound and experience its
profound healing and transformative powers. By the end of the first weekend you will
be reading and pronouncing original Sanskrit text with power and precision,
unlocking the many hidden secrets held in original texts.
Sanskrit Levels 1 & 2 in Portland Oregon
When: Part 1 - January 12th & 13th 2008
Part 2 - TBA
Hosted by Yoga Shala
www.yogashalapdx.com for cost and to register
Counseling with Aja
The goal of life is to realize
the Self, 'That' which is always and already present and which is prior to the
mind and body. However, finding
direct guidance in this endeavor can be extremely difficult. Most spiritual teachers are
inaccessible and regular counseling focuses only on the mind and emotions, not
on the Transcendent Self. Self-Realization Counseling, on the other hand,
focuses on the direct recognition of the Absolute Self - Consciousness which is
the substratum of the body, mind and entire universe. This is our home and the
doorway to infinite peace and happiness.
Self-Realization Counseling can be done in person,
or by telephone; on a one-time basis, or as a regular weekly session. Each
session is 1 hour and costs $60.00 U.S., charged to a major credit card. Call or email for additional information
or to set up an appointment. (For
those outside the United States, please be aware that Portland is Pacific
Standard Time (-8 from GMT) and call during appropriate daytime hours.
Bringing Aja to your area
Besides programs at
Barnashram, Aja travels and teaches extensively throughout the United States and
abroad, offering the classes listed below. He is available for these classes, as
well as group satsangs, individual counseling, seminars, yoga programs, and
intensives in your area. If you have a serious interest in bringing Aja to your
center or town, please send us an email at
Please include your email, telephone, address, and fax; also what you are
interested in, and any particular dates you might have in mind. A member of Atma
will respond, usually within a few days, to talk about specifics.
YOGAS OF TRANSFORMATION — Classes with Aja
1. Self Inquiry
— The Yoga of Awareness
The Self Inquiry Intensive is about directly experiencing the answer to the
original question - Who am I? It is an inquiry into the one thing that is
always with us and never leaves us - the Awareness of Being. When we inquire
into this Awareness, we find that we are Absolute, beyond concepts and
limitations - we are the ocean of consciousness itself, which transcends limits
of time and space. The ancient sages of India stated it as Tat Tvam Asi
or 'You are That', and Aham Brahmasmi 'I am Absolute Consciousness'.
Self Inquiry is nothing new. Every great spiritual tradition and mystical
writer has advocated it with sayings like "Know Thy Self" and
"The Kingdom of Heaven is Within". It doesn't require accepting
a new religion, or a new system of beliefs, but rather a dedication to Truth and
the commitment to let go of old beliefs, concepts and limitations and
inquire into that pure awareness that we already are.
The Enlightenment Encounter weekend is an opportunity for the participants
themselves to directly experience Who they are through a process
of inquiry, contemplation, openness and communication. This process can
result in powerful and permanent breakthroughs in consciousness, literally
changing an individual's life forever!
"Showed me that I, "God" is all there is. The TRUTH
revealed." R. N.
"Suddenly, there was no longer here and there, right or wrong, there was
only awareness, pure consciousness left, the truth of who I am."
"I came to a point where there is no sound, sight, smell or touch
- only the awareness, the non-physical which we are, where there is no
separation between anything." I.R.
For more about Self Inquiry click here!
For more on Sri Ramana Maharshi – the saint of Self
Inquiry, click here!
2. The Sanskrit
— The Yoga of Sound
As amazing as it seems, in less than 2 days, you can learn to read and
pronounce with precision and clarity, original Sanskrit sutras, mantras, and
verses just like this one (not shown in Email). And we have taught hundreds of
people around the world the same thing.
Using a yoga approach to learning, we incorporate the power of sound, focus
of awareness, and mutual agreements to create an atmosphere where Sanskrit is
experienced to the fullest and at the deepest levels, providing an awesome
adventure into this ancient world.
Considered by many to be oldest language in the world, Sanskrit is the
language of consciousness, mantra, and yoga. Joseph Campbell called it,
"The great spiritual language of the world", and millions have
experienced the great joy that comes from diving into these transcendental
sounds. But most importantly, the Sanskrit Weekend is like a doorway to
awareness that allows you access to deeper dimensions of consciousness and
positively changes how you experience the process of learning.
"I'm impressed at Aja's thorough understanding of the language. There
wasn't one question posed he could not answer. I've emerged with a greater
commitment to continuing my Sanskrit education." - S.H.
"Hard to believe we were reading script after one day!" - R.R
"The melody of Aja's voice as he chants the Devanagari is spellbinding. You will feel your entire body mind
consciousness moving into a state of balance as you repeat the sacred
sounds." - M.B.
For more about Sanskrit click here!
3. The Mantra
Soundshop — The Yoga of Vibration
Mantra is a Sanskrit word meaning 'that which frees
the mind'. The mind, like the rest of the universe, is an ocean of vibration,
and the ancient sages understood the principles behind sound, mantra and this
universal resonance. Over the years, teaching Sanskrit, we've found that a
great many of our students were specifically interested in mantra, whether for
devotional bhajans, meditation, or healing. Join us for a journey into
this subtle and powerful realm of mantra, Sanskrit words subtly attuned to the
very matrix of creation. Learn and directly experience ancient mantras for
healing, prosperity, meditation and ultimate enlightenment, including:
Chakra Bija Mantras
And Much More
4. The Bhagavad
Gita — The Yoga of Scripture
The Gita is one of the oldest and most widely read
scriptures of the world, expressing Lord Krishna's instructions to Arjuna on
the nature of the Absolute and Self Realization. Reading, chanting,
and singing selected verses from the Gita, we will dive into these
transcendental teachings, while translating and exploring the grammar.
This course is best suited for people who have done Sanskrit
Parts I and II, and who can actually read the included Selected Verses from the Gita in their original Devanagari. However, it can also be done as a class for
people who have had no Sanskrit training, as the verses are also printed in
transliteration (roman text).
"To truly teach one must have experienced an awareness.
Aja has experienced the Divine in Life and it has transformed him.
Through his teaching Aja shares the techniques and the vibration of that
transformation with his students. If you want an experience guaranteed to
shift your awareness to a new expanded plane of consciousness, time with Aja is
the blessing to bring into your life. Sitting at the feet of a master teacher
is a rare and wonderful experience."
-Swami Jyothi Pranananda
All four workshops can be done in a variety of formats, in
or sponsored by your center. The Sanskrit Weekend should be a minimum of 14
hours, although it can be longer covering more information. The
Enlightenment Encounter can be done any length of time, two days being
optimal, the Mantra Soundshop is generally done as a one-day workshop, and
the Gita class can be one, two or more days.
For further information on fees, schedules or to discuss other specifics for
your city, contact us:
Phone: (503) 690-9513