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This body-mind complex is called Ekta Bathija.
I am not the name ‘Ekta’. It is not mine.

Gnyana Sangha website and Ancient Wisdom Pearls blog are NOT mine.

Those were created by the spiritual seekers for the spiritual seekers.
The spiritual quest of the sincere souls propelled the flow of Gnyana.

I am simply an instrument in the process.
When I am hollow and empty, the music plays. The omniscient flow drives it all.

All I know is, I know very little!

This body-mind complex is called Ekta Bathija.
I am not the name ‘Ekta’. It is not mine.

Gnyana Sangha website and Ancient Wisdom Pearls blog are NOT mine.

Those were created for the spiritual seekers. The spiritual quest of the sincere souls propelled the flow of Gnyana.

I am simply an instrument in the process.
When I am hollow and empty, the music plays. The omniscient flow drives it all.

All I know is, I know very little!

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ALL roads lead HOME!

All Enlightened Masters speak of the same TRUTH.
Restricting oneself by caste, religion, ethnicity, race, organization or scripture, will not serve the spiritual seeker whose end goal is nothing else but Enlightenment.

The founders of today’s religions did not start teaching the path to Enlightenment with a desire of starting a sect, an organization or a religion.

Jesus did not start Christ-‘ianity’.
Buddha did not start Buddh-‘ism’.
Same for all other spiritual masters.

Overflowing with Love for the Supreme Truth, their words became testimonies recorded as scriptures.
Every testimony echoes: Realize the ‘ONENESS’ in all beings.

Raw minds unable to grasp the highest Truth dilute the teachings with beliefs, ideas, concepts, dogmas, rites, and rituals. People with similar beliefs and ideas gather together to form a sect thus creating a divide.
The divide is the product of an unenlightened mind.

Divide brings up the duality of:
‘I’ and ‘You’,
‘my path’ and ‘your path’,
‘my Guru’ and ‘your Guru’,
‘my religion’ and ‘your religion’
‘my God’ and ‘your God’.

Refrain from entertaining these dualities as all humans are the offspring of one single source… one consciousness… one awareness… one supreme energy… one God.
The source is the same. If you miss the source, you miss Enlightenment.

Enlightenment is the recognition of the pure state of your own Being.
where there is no duality,
where there is no ‘I’,
where there is no ‘You’,
where there is no ‘My Guru’ and ‘Your Guru’,
where there is no ‘My God’ and ‘Your God’,
where there is no Christian, no Muslim, no Hindu, no Jew, no Sikh,
where there are no BOUNDARIES!

I speak only what I know.
Away from philosophy, closer to my experience is the dissolution of the boundaries built by humanity.
If I teach the Buddha’s path, that does not make me a Buddhist.
Teaching the Yogasutras does not make me a Hindu.
Teaching Guru Nanak’s path does not make me a Sikh.
Teaching Kabir’s path does not make me a Muslim.
Teaching Ramana’s Maharshi’s path does not make me an ‘Independent’.
Similarly, learning Buddha, Patanjali, Ramana, Guru Nanak’s and Kabir’s teachings does not make you a Buddhist, Sikh, Independent, Muslim or Hindu.

The essence of all the ‘precious words’ of all the enlightened masters of yesteryears is the same - ONENESS
For those whose end goal is not Enlightenment, this path may not be applicable.

What’s your goal?
Gnyana Sangha has certain pre-requisites before admitting a student to the Gurukul system. Let’s look at them together:

1] Purpose:
One must be clear as to why one wants to join the Gurukul system.
  • This is not a mental wellness center.
  • This is not a physical disease eradication clinic.
  • This is not a miraculous technique/spiritual object shop.
  • This is not a spiritual shop that sells happiness and contentment.
  • This is not a scriptural study class, nor a philosophical debate avenue nor a book-reading group.
  • This is definitely not a cult where millions are conditioned to worship a central individual ‘God-like’ figure’.
  • If one is looking for these material world so-called spiritual avenues, there are myriad of them out there.

Who is the Gurukul system for?
If the sole purpose of your life is ‘Enlightenment’, then you are the right candidate for Gnyana Sangha.

2] Methodology:
There cannot be a One-size-fits-all methodology to reach Awakening as every individual is different and carves his own path. That is why individual attention especially at the last stages of the journey is essential.
For the same:
  • Experiential recognition of the truth through Swapna Nidra Gnyana [Experiential knowledge of sleep & dreams] is the basis of the teaching.
  • Experiential recognition is given primary importance and intellectual understanding is only secondary as there is a BIG difference between intellectual understanding and experiential recognition.
  • ‘Dropping all past conditioning to unmask reality as it is’ is the main goal of experiential recognition.

3] Qualifications:

What disqualifies a participant?
  • Lack of interest in experiential self-inquiry and self-exploration.
  • Lack of earnestness to repeat the knowledge to strengthen one’s foundation when required.
  • Lack of basic dispassion to drop all past conditioning despite knowing them as a blocker of the Truth.
  • Lack of sincerity towards one’s pursuit for the truth.
  • Lack of tenacity to keep chugging in difficult times.
  • Lack of honesty in evaluating one’s own spiritual progress.
  • Lack of humility to accept the Ego’s shortcomings.
  • Above all, the lack of yearning for the highest truth.

What qualifies a participant:
If you feel like a fish out of water without finding out the highest truth, you are the most qualified student. Ramakrishna described this yearning as ‘Vyakulata’. Nisargadatta described it as ‘Talmali’.

4] Test:
Every real experiential path teacher will test the student as they do NOT do business of Truth. [Satya ke vyapaar ko dhanda kehte hai, gnyan nahi]. Therefore the need to filter in the participants by testing their experiential recognition of the basics is a mandatory requirement for the experiential path teacher.

This enables the teacher to find the ‘ripe’ ones to help cross the ocean while the raw ones are advised to strengthen their foundation in Gnyana. This seems new as it contrasts with spiritual shop teachers who do NOT test the students as the focus is on their money, not on their enlightenment.

5] Enrollment process:
  • Every participant must complete the Advaita level I & level II videos from the website along with self-explorations, homework, quizzes, and examination before applying to Gurukul.
  • Apply by sending an email with your Advaita I & II exam papers attached to [email protected]

6] Fees:
Your enlightenment is your Gurudakshina! Nothing less than that will do! Keep your money in your pocket, it’s dust in Gnyana-land!

About Gnyana Sangha:
Gnyana Sangha never looks to increase its participants or followers. Truth does NOT need publicity. That which needs publicity is NOT the Truth. Those who are truly thirsty, automatically start searching for water and eventually find the reservoir to quench their thirst. One who needs it will definitely find it. The teaching takes one from a ‘beggar-like-mind’ that only wants to receive TO a ‘king-like-mind’ that is full of generous giving to the world.

Last piece of advice:
If you are looking for a spiritual shop, march along. There are myriad avenues available out there. You are welcome to return when you are ready for a test and ready to die to attain enlightenment! Nothing short of that will do here!

Do not expect that your Ego will be mollycoddled or massaged here. It will be poked again and again until it withers and dies to reveal the true stillness that is YOU. That is the only way that a ‘new YOU’ can be reborn.

This requires
  • a true yearning to know your true self
  • tremendous courage to let go of old beliefs
  • surrender to the process of shedding old conditioning
  • humility to accept reality as it is

Return when you have these 4 wealths! The doors of Gnyana Sangha are always open for the sincere seeker of Truth!

May you be happy!

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Individual Mentorship

In any spiritual tradition, seekers resolve their doubts by directly asking questions to the spiritual mentor. This speeds up the process of understanding the spiritual concepts and enhances the spiritual journey of the seeker as he moves towards Awakening.

Understand what is a One-on-One personal Mentorship:

Who are personal spiritual mentorships for?
Please be mindful that personal mentorships are only for extremely sincere spiritual seekers looking for nothing short of 'Spiritual Awakening/Enlightenment'.

Who are personal spiritual mentorships not for?
Personal mentorships are NOT for people who are looking for:
  • temporary relaxation mental techniques or
  • solving relationship or personal problems
  • general chit-chat session
  • get over health issues
  • or for testing the teacher's knowledge.

P.S. You can test the teacher by watching the Advaita I & II videos which were all live sessions missed by you in early 2020. Once you make a decision to walk the path with the teacher, then only must you enroll for personal spiritual mentorship.

Pre-requisites:
In order to qualify for personal spiritual mentorship, please follow below:

  • Enroll and start watching Advaita Level-1 videos on the website
  • Do your Homework sincerely after every video.
  • Take the quiz after every video.

  • Enroll and start watching Advaita Level-2 videos on the website.
  • Do your Homework sincerely after every video.
  • Take the quiz after every video.

  • Watch the 44 vows recommended by the Buddha for spiritual seekers - Click Here
  • Take some vows to help your spiritual journey.

  • Your Video progress will be checked and verified by the website volunteer as recorded by the website.

    When you complete Level-1 & Level-2 videos with HW, quiz, exams, you can receive a certificate by emailing your final exam papers to [email protected]. You will need to share the following 6 certificates in order to qualify for Advaita Level-3 Gurukul admissions.

    • Advaita Level I basics completion certificate
    • Rmana Maharshi's teachings on 'The Guru' completion certificate
    • Saint Kabir's teachings on Visishtha Advaita Level 1 completion certificate
    • Saint Kabir's teachings on Love completion certificate
    • Saint Kabir's teachings on Visishtha Advaita Level 2 completion certificate
    • Saint Kabir's teachings on Death completion certificate

Please be aware that there are exceptions to the certificates mentioned for those who have been attending Atma Nirvriti and I AM That sessions. Please contact us to know more.

Important notes:
The teacher has loads of mentorship sessions lined up months in advance. Thus only qualified and sincere spiritual seekers are permitted.

Please be informed that the teacher does not charge any fees, so there is a need for tight pre-requisites and qualifications. Please respect the process with honesty and integrity.

The path of Advaita Vedanta is the path of Self-Study & Self-Research. Nothing short of sincere introspection, self-inquiry, self-exploration, and experiential understanding [not intellectual merely] will do.

Are you ready for a Self-Research Project?

Please follow below Steps:

P.S. This is not a psychotherapy session nor an avenue to solve worldly matters. Ensure that you approach the mentor with questions pertaining to your ‘spiritual journey towards Awakening’ only.

Step 1] Please read the Gnyana Sangha "Mission Statement" slowly & carefully
Step 2] Please answer the question asked in the "Mission Statement" briefly here:

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Step 3] Please list your questions here in the following text box for Ekta:

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Dear All,

The Spiritual path can be long and winding and we are all at different junctions on this path. Therefore, Gnyana Sangha sessions are designed to suit different needs.

Please read the below designs carefully to determine which sessions fit your current life-situation. Life-situations change and therefore your design can change with time.

Please be advised that all sessions offered by Gnyana Sangha are always free of charge and open to all walks of life / all religious backgrounds / atheists and believers, equally.

May all be at peace!




Categories of Design:

  • DESIGN A, B: Online Video Sessions
  • DESIGN C, D, E: Online Live Sessions
  • DESIGN F, G, H: In-Person Live Sessions




ONLINE VIDEOS
Design Pre-requisites Description / Who can attend
Design A
Weekly

Online Video Session
Open to All

Mandatory attendance, Homework, Quiz, Exams optional.
For people looking for a light weekly 1-hour-video-session to help bring some spiritual discipline and structure into their lives.
Design B
At your pace

Online Video Session
Open to All

Self-discipline required to complete sessions on your own.
For people who would like to watch spiritual videos at their own pace on the website – https://gnyanasangha.com


ONLINE LIVE SESSIONS
Design Pre-requisites Description / Who can attend
Design C
Weekend

Online Live Session
Open to All

Single weekend session (Sat & Sun) total of 4-5 hours
Live knowledge sessions that introduce a particular spiritual scripture or a particular spiritual path and teachings.
Design D
Weekly

Online Live Session
3-4 hours per week session

Mandatory weekly homework & quiz submissions

Mandatory exam submission.
For people who need more discipline and attention than a 1-hour-weekly-video session.

Personal 1:1 meditation instruction is provided according to the spiritual progress of the seeker.

Can be either a Fast-track [2 days a week] or Regular [1 day a week] session.
Design E
Weekend

Online Isolation Silence Retreat
Open to All

Strict online silence and isolation from family for the entire weekend.
For people who would like to take a break from their current environment and attend a weekend online isolation silence retreat.

Personal 1:1 meditation instruction provided per the spiritual progress of the seeker.


IN-PERSON LIVE SESSIONS
Design Pre-requisites Description / Who can attend
Design F
Weekend

In-Person Live Session
Open to All

Single weekend session (Fri, Sat & Sun) total of 20 hours
Live knowledge sessions that introduce a particular spiritual scripture or a particular spiritual path and teachings.
Design G
Weekend

In-Person Live Session
Open to All

Must attend in-person at retreat-site.

Strict silence and isolation from family for the entire weekend.
For people who would like to take a break from their current environment and attend a weekend in-person silence retreat.

Personal 1:1 meditation instruction provided per the spiritual progress of the seeker.
Design H
10-day

In-Person Live Silence Retreat
Invite Only

Buddha Basic and Semester I videos must be completed.
For people who would like to take a break from their current environment and attend a weekend in-person isolation silence retreat.

Personal 1:1 meditation instruction provided per the spiritual progress of the seeker.


Note:
  • Please join a session only if you meet all the pre-requisites.
  • If you are interested in a design mentioned above that has not been announced yet, please email [email protected] with requested design session.
  • If you are interested in hosting any session, please email [email protected]
Advaita Vedanta Level III - Option 1 – Fast-paced
Atma Nirvriti by Sri Atmananda Krishnamenon - Advanced - Ajaata Vaad
Advaita Level Three - Basics [Coming soon...]
Atma Nirvriti Ch 1 - 9
Atma Nirvriti Ch 10 - 16
Atma Nirvriti Ch 17 - 21
Advaita Vedanta Level III - Option 2 – Slow-paced
I AM THAT by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I AM THAT Level 1 - Ch 1 - 8
I AM THAT Level 2 - Ch 9 - 13
I AM THAT Level 3 – Ch 14 – 18
I AM THAT Level 4 [Coming soon...]
Advaita Level III - Ashtavakra Samhita for Advaita audience

Ashtavakra Samhita for the Ajaata vaadin
Dvaitadvaita Vedanta teachings [for a Dvaitadvaitam audience]

Bhagwad Gita

Beginner:
Bhagwad Gita Ch 1
Bhagwad Gita Ch 2
Bhagwad Gita Ch 3

Intermediate:
Bhagwad Gita Ch 4
Bhagwad Gita Ch 5
Bhagwad Gita Ch 6

Advanced:
Bhagwad Gita Ch 7
Bhagwad Gita Ch 8
Bhagwad Gita Ch 9
Bhagwad Gita Ch 10
Dvaitadvaita Vedanta teachings [for a Dvaitadvaitam audience]

Upanishads for Dvaitadvaita audience
Ishavasya Upanishad [Dvaitadvaita audience]
Kenopanishad [Dvaitadvaita audience]
Kathopanishad [Dvaitadvaita audience]
Amrit Advaita Upanishad [Coming soon...]
Bhakti Marg – Path of devotion - Option 1 - Narada Bhakti Sutras

Narada Bhakti Sutras Level 1
Narada Bhakti Sutras Level 2
Narada Bhakti Sutras Level 3
Karma yoga marg – Yogic path – Patanjali’s Yogasutras

Dvaitadvaita Vedanta Basics
Karma

Yogic path
Patanjali's Yogasutras Level 1
Patanjali's Yogasutras Level 2

Leave your mind alone, it will quieten itself! Meditate!