FEEDBACKS ON MEDITATION RETREAT, Nov 2009
   
 

Our Guruji Shree Sanjay Aggarwal organized a meditation retreat From Nov. 26th through Nov 29th 2009 , in Joshua Tree , California . Here are the experiences of some of the disciples who attended the retreat.

 
 

Name:Bala Dravida

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Dear Bhrigu Parivaar,

|| OM BHRGUVE NAMAH ||

Namaste!

We are deeply indebted and grateful for the outstanding spiritual work of our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal and Guru Mata Dolmaji. We want to thank our Guruji and GuruMata for their guidance through the whole retreat. We send our gratitude and love to both and Bhrigu parivaar. The beautiful prayer "BHRIGU RISHI TERA, SAT GURU TERA, BANA RAHE DARBAAR…." still echoes in my ears. No spiritual advisors that I know have brought a broader, more relevant range of knowledge and experience for awakening us to realize our true self and fullness of being. The Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga Program ignited both courage and strength of facing the challenges of day to day life. I have more peace and happiness in my life now. Negative thoughts and emotions flow through and are gone quickly. I wake up every morning looking forward to another beautiful day in paradise.

This retreat weaved together the teachings and practices of the Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga with the timeless themes of peace-making, reawakening your connection to the five elements, and to your own natural abilities for inner transformation, creativity, compassion, and learning.

Thursday, November 26th 2009

6:25pm: My wife Delna, son Sunny, daughter Gulnaaz and I arrive at the Joshua Tree Retreat, CA. Rakhi Kakkar came in the form of a Goddess and led us to meditation hall. Thanks a ton to Rakhi for all the selfless work she does for the human mankind.

6:30pm: As we entered the hall we saw everyone gathered in the meditation room chanting mantras with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal. It feels like coming to your hometown for summer vacation and being with your own parivaar. As per the custom of Shri Maharishi Bhrigu Ashram the initiation puja and evening aarti was done by our Guruji followed by an introduction to the retreat schedules, general concepts, including a question and answer session.

7:30pm: After the puja and aarti we went around the room introducing ourselves and meeting the people already met in the previous retreats. People exchanged greetings. Most people were quiet and kept to themselves. Over 50 people showed up for the retreat, mostly with families from all over the US.

8:00pm: We all gather for dinner in the Friendship hall. Before we eat, we chant the Gayatri Mantra along with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal;

||Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat ||

"O God ! Giver of life, Remover of all pain and sorrows, Bestower of happiness, the Creator of the Universe, Thou art most luminous, adorable and destroyer of sins. We meditate upon thee. May thou inspire, enlighten and guide our intellect in the right direction."

|| OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTIHI ||
|| OM TAT SAT ||
|| OM OM OM ||

Our Guruji says, chanting of Gayatri mantra before every meal should be a ritual in order to contemplate on the food before eating it. Guruji explains that it is important for us to remember that we are eating for the nourishment of our bodies and the nourishment of our hearts and minds as well. We also must not waste food keeping in mind those who are less fortunate and who don't have enough to eat. Even something as simple as eating can be done with mindfulness and a "meditative mind", rather than rushing through a meal and barely even noticing what we ate. That being said, vegetarian dinner was prepared under the supervision of our Guru Mata Dolmaji and it was delicious!

9:30pm: The room allocated for our family by Mark was Room no.21. The room was spacious with four beds and heating system. We were also supplied with blankets, towels, soaps and mineral water.

10:00pm: We all retired.

Friday, November 27th 2009

4:30am: The cell phone alarm rings, rousing me from my peaceful sleep. I wake up and start getting ready to go the meditation hall for 6:00am Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga meditation with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal. My wife doesn't join me as this meditation is for only those sadhakas who have been initiated into Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga but she'll definitely join for evening meditation after her initiation today at 10:30am.

5:30am: In the middle of desert, wind is blowing gently and weather is slightly chilly. I put on my jacket and start my rental car and drive towards to reach the meditation hall early to book a spot to sit closer to our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal. I was very lucky to get a spot closer to my Guruji. I prayed to all the Gurus and Maharishis to remove any negativities or impurities in me and to show me the path of GOD REALIZATION by making me realize my true self to become one with LORD KRSHNA and settled down in padmasan with closed eyes.

6:00am: Our Guruji arrives and lights the lamp at the altar where the photos of Gurus and Maharishis are placed and starts with chanting || OM || which reverberates in the entire meditation hall and you could feel strong positive vibrations around you. We begin the practice of Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga guided by our Guruji. First, we learnt to pay homage and respect by bowing down to all the Gurus and Maharishis, and then we were taught the basic techniques of meditation. All the techniques were pretty challenging for me, but most found the Shavaasan as the favorite meditation technique, as it was the easiest to keep our mind from being distracted in that state. (Although it was difficult for some to keep awake at times!) My favorites were the || OM || Mudra and the Paraavasta state. I didn't want to come out of it but, as our Guruji always says, do not get attached to anything, our main goal is to realize GOD. I always saw violet blue light in the shape of a small ball surrounded by white light like a halo during my Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga practice sessions. We finish up our group meditation session with a sense of "Love for One And All" and a feeling of inner peace and a calm mind. Everyone around you deserves compassion, good wishes, and loving kindness. We were asked to silently go for a walk outside the meditation hall with a feeling of being closer to Mother Nature and being one with her before heading towards the Friendship hall for breakfast. Since we were in the middle of desert, the only noises you hear are of crickets, some animals and wind gently blowing in your ears.

7:30am: We got back to our rooms to bathe our kids, dress them up and bring them to friendship hall.

8:30am: We gather in the friendship hall for breakfast. Again an elaborate breakfast was prepared under the supervision of Guru Mata Dolmaji. Hot tea, cocoa, milk, cookies, toasted bread, muffins, butter, oatmeal, juices, fruits, almonds, cashew nuts and lot more. We chant the Gayatri Mantra along with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal and then start eating. Breakfast was delicious…yummy!

9:30am to 12:30am: Children were playing with ball, watching video, dancing and people going out to explore the city and desert. We took some photographs of the beautiful mountains. People introduced each other and talked a little more freely and friendly than the first time we met. Some sadhakas were initiated into Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga practice.

10:30am: My wife was initiated to Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga practice. I noticed a change for the better in her after initiation.

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Lunch time. Chant Gayatri Mantra and eat a lunch…a sumptuous meal.

1:30pm to 3:30pm: We all go to the rooms for a short nap.

3:30pm: We gather again in the friendship hall for tea and snacks before heading to the meditation hall for the evening discourse.

4:00pm to 6:00pm: Evening discourse by our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal. It was a very deep and intense discourse that I have ever attended so far in my lifetime where our Guruji emphasized and hammered us very hard about EGO and SURRENDER. He kept repeating this "Tan Man Dhan Sab Kuch Tera", "Tera Tujhko Arpan, Kya Laage Mera". It reminds me of a song that I always sang without knowing the real meaning…now the meaning has come out crystal clear…

"Tan Man Dhan Sab Kuch Tera",
"Bin Tere, Kya Hai Mera"
"Raat Din, Mein Tere, GEET Gaata Rahu".

Before this I never understood the meaning of ego and surrender but now I understand that it is by surrendering yourself to HIM that you'll reach the state of GOD realization which is the main objective of Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga. During the discourse I saw Sri Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India in my Guruji's face. Second time I saw my Guruji's face turned dark and he had grown a beard. When I narrated my experiences to my Guruji he mentioned that it was Shri Maharishi Bhrigu Muni who gave you darshan. || OM BHRGUVE NAMAH || Without GURU KRUPA this was not possible…I truly feel blessed that I had these experiences.

6:30pm to 8:00pm: Evening meditation session. My wife Delna is attending her first Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga practice session. Our Guruji arrives and lights the lamp at the altar. We begin with chanting of || OM ||. We begin the practice of Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga guided by our Guruji. We pay homage and respect to all the Gurus and Maharishis, and start with the basic techniques of Geeta Divya Kriya Yoga meditation.

8:30pm to 9:30pm: Time for dinner. We all head towards the friendship hall to eat dinner.

9:45pm to 10:15pm: Group discussion session. Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal and Guru Mata Dolmaji listen to all the experiences by the sadhakas. This helped in communicating to all the Bhrigu parivaar fearlessly and with a bhaavana of compassion and giving. The experiences helped all in the daily Kriya Yoga practice, the main objective being "GOD REALIZATION" .

Saturday, November 28th 2009

6:00am to 7:30am: Morning meditation

8:30am to 9:30am: Breakfast

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Lunch

3:30pm to 4:00pm: Evening tea and snacks

4:00pm to 6:00pm: Discourse by Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal

6:30pm to 7:30pm: Evening meditation. Group pictures were taken with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal.

7:30pm to 9:00pm: Paada Puja Ceremony - All the disciples did Paada Puja of Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal and Guru Mata Dolmaji. The Guru's feet are worshipped or revered because the entire Guru's shakti dwells in his feet. A little more research into this, you would find that the vibrations of the inner self constantly flow out through the feet. The nerves that come from the Sahasrara reach right down to the feet. The feet serve as the support for the whole body. This is the reason the feet are given so much importance. More shakti flows from the feet than any other part of the body. The foot of Guru is no ordinary foot. "Gurupaddangre paadodakam ganga." All holy waters, including Mother Ganga, live in the Guru's feet. One should have this Bhaavana (feeling) in the heart when worshipping the Guru's feet. All holy waters, all Devataas, and all sacred hills abide in the Guru's feet. One should have firm sankalpa (intention, determination) to behold all gods in guru's feet. The Trimurtis; Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh live in Guru's feet. These three Divine Forms symbolize the removal of the three qualities of nature that keeps the soul in bondage. The three qualities are Tamas (sense of EGO), Rajas (Passion, Desire) and Sattva (Goodness and Purity) when these three qualities are removed, then the soul becomes free. In this state, one renounces desire and becomes like a stone, not senseless, but chinmaya (full of light). So, after Guru Paada Puja, it is to surrender the three qualities to the Divine Trinity. This is the significance of self surrender to the Guru's feet. It was a very emotional ceremony were the real Guru Bhakti flowed with tears rolling down every sadhaka's cheeks and Guru Mata and Guruji showering their blessings and showing immense love for all the disciples.

Group pictures were taken with our Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal and Guru Mata Dolmaji which is uploaded to YahooGroups for our Bhrigu parivaar.

8:30pm to 9:30pm: Dinner

9:45pm to 10:15pm: Group discussions.

Sunday, November 29th 2009

6:00am to 8:30am: We met for one last meditation session where we practiced for more time to perfect the Kriya Yoga techniques guided by Guruji Shri Sanjay Aggarwal.

9:00am: We clean up our rooms and head to the friendship hall for breakfast.

9:30am: Our last breakfast together at the retreat. Everyone seems a little bit sad. We all knew we're leaving soon and no one wants to go. It's been a great introduction to the practice and we're all just getting to rise above the uncomfortable sensations of trying to quiet our minds.
My family and I really enjoyed our time at the retreat, and I would definitely do it again. I also really enjoyed the group discussions as it gave me a chance to sit informally with my Guruji and ask questions about meditation and to understand how to make the practice work better for me. Overall, I really loved everything about this retreat. It was our Guruji's wish that every person had the chance to learn something new or to take away a feeling of calm and peace. Now on, we have to practice on our own, just 45 minutes each morning. If our Guruji can selflessly give us so much and ask just to practice Kriya Yoga Daily, Regularly and for Long Period of time to attain GOD REALIZATION then I definitely think I can make the time for that!

|| OM TAT SAT ||
|| OM OM OM ||

Thanks

Best Regards
Bala Dravida
 

 
 

Name: Sonal

Feedback: ||Om Shree Gurubhyo Namah||

Dear Friends,

Namaste.

Guruji has suggested that I provide a glimpse of my experiences during the meditation retreat. At the outset, I want to thank my father for taking care of my son during the retreat so that I could attend all the meditation sessions. I bow at my Guruji’s feet for selflessly and tirelessly guiding us all through the meditation sessions, day after day. My gratitude to Guru Mata Dolmaji and all the parivar members for making the retreat center a home away from home.

The meditation sessions during the retreat were calming and soothing. During those sessions I saw light, a smiling Buddha and the center of Sri Yantra. At one of the mediation sessions, I could hear the sound of tinkling bells and cymbals.

The evening meditation on the second day was intense and involved a lot of Pranayam. For a moment I had felt that my breathing had stopped. I was in a trance towards the end of the meditation and that state continued even after the meditation session ended. The intense Pranayam had flushed out all my thoughts and it was a blissful state. It is an experience I will always cherish.

Guruji informed us at a Satsang session that we had the blessings of Maharashi Bhrigu. The first day of the retreat happened to be a Friday (Bhirguvar) and it also coincided with Gita Jayanti. We experienced rains in the desert on the second day of the retreat. It was as if the heavens were showering blessings on all of us.

The retreat was a welcome respite from our daily routine. I sincerely thank all the parivar members who served selflessly and lovingly all along.

Into the lotus feet of my Gurudev.

Om Tat Sat.

Deepest loving regards,

Sonal

 

 
 

Name: Meena Jethva

Feedback : Dear Bhrigu Parivar,

GuruJi has suggested that I relay my experiences during the retreat. I was able to attend two evening meditation sessions and they were really intense. I saw lots of white light; I saw a blue bindu with white light around it and I was able to hold on to it and merge into it. Well that is how it felt to me…..like I was going to take a dip into it and I felt myself almost letting go (but not completely). But then at that point we had to come out meditation. After Saturday evening mediation, GuruJi was giving updesh and my eyes naturally went into Shambhavi mudra. And the whole room was full of this glorious white light that it was blinding….GuruJi' s forearms looked electric white…it was funky.

Then I saw an image inside of him. I could not recognize the image because I saw parts of the image; I kept seeing the eyes and an elongated forehead, but it was not human; so I was like, what am I seeing and then slowly I saw more parts of the image and it was kind of brown. I still did not know what it was. I told GuruJi about this and he said to me, "go to the altar and look at the picture that is placed in the center". I did as he told me and there it was, HanumanJi! I was like, that is it; this is what I saw. I was in shock and disbelief and am still in that state….

But GuruJi stated, don't get distracted by visions, the goal is god. Just keep on marching forward.

So this was my experience during the retreat.

My humble Namaste to all of you.

Meena
 

 
 

Name: Minnie

Feedback : I always find it hard to put down into words what I experience at the retreat. After having been to three retreats, the retreat for me is like a pilgrimage to the Ganges to wash off my impurities. It’s a means of recharging my inner batteries. Although I may not have much experience in terms of light/images etc, I feel energized and peaceful and relaxed.

The one message that I brought back from this retreat is – “tera tujhko arapan, kya laage mera”. Everything is HIS and HE’ll take care of it. We should not be attached to anything. We should continue fulfilling our duties sincerely and leave the rest to HIM.

This year, it was very interesting to meet a lot of new people and hear their experiences/ connections with Bhaiya. Its amazing how the Bhrigu Parivaar is growing.

During the retreat, Bhaiya kept asking me if I have any questions. I always go blank. Talking to him or being in his presence dissolves all fears/anxitey. Whatever doubts I do have, get answered in Bhaiya’s discourses. Its almost like he reads my mind and I get my answers without asking the questions.If there’s anything I need to know, Bhaiya will let me know.

A huge thanks to Dolma and Madhu Aunty for the smooth running of the retreat. Dolma - you inspire me. Whenever I feel flustered at home, I think of how selflessly and with love you do everything.

Bhaiya - I am thankful for the gift of meditation and strive to be be able to continue in my practice sincerely.

OM TAT SAT

At thy feet...
Minnie
 

 

 

Name: Hetal Kharecha

Feedback : Dearest Bhrigu Family,

Namaste. There has been contemplation of all of the vast experiences felt during this past retreat in Joshua Tree, CA. After Sanjayji told us about the retreat, our family wished deeply to be able to attend. At the time, it seemed impossible. We left it in the hands of the Guru, and within a matter of time He had sent us. We all felt extremely blessed to be there.

This retreat has been by far the most powerful. All previously attended retreats were just as powerful, but in this experience I felt very strongly the strength of the Guru working through us. This was after some very hard work on the Guruji's and Sanjayjis part, I now understand. The experiences I had felt would have been different had I not understood the concept of surrender. This was the point that was hammered into the conscience very intensely during all satsangs, discourses, and meditations by Sanjayji (thanks to him). Very surely (and very quickly), the burdens of many doubts that I had carried seemed to melt away. There was a strong realization that once everything becomes surrendered, the Guru takes care of all. Even with each passing day, the understanding becomes deeper and deeper. Each one of His plays has come more naturally without mental force. There is a feeling of a well rested and calm mind, who can accomplish even more. This is all because of Guruji who makes all possible. Perhaps the biggest realization was, once all is surrendered, all that is real is gained. The Guru gives endlessly. His love and care is limitless. After Sanjayji had spoken on these topics very deeply, I then understood that once one can accomplish all that God has set him to if he allows for it to happen, not letting the mind come in the way. That is exactly what my pattern had been during most of life. I had to unlearn the ways of analyzation and intelligent thinking, and open myself to the most pure form of understanding which is through Him only.

Many times there would be questions, "How will this happen, be solved, etc," but Sanjayji leaves no stone unturned. He answers all questions just being able to know how we are feeling or what we are concerned about. For this I feel truly blessed to have been gifted with all of the retreat opportunities. This helped me to quiet my own mind and listen more deeply to the satsangs and discourses. All answers are there. The deep realization came that through surrender, all answers are there to take, the Guru just gives. The retreat allowed me the chance to look into a mirror of myself and see what my life has been and is. I deeply felt the urgency to change.

I felt extremely blessed to be in the presence of Sanjayji, Dolmaji, the children, and the whole Bhrigu parivar. Thanks to all for a wonderful and humbling experience.

Humbly bowing to the Guru who gives endlessly.

OM Tat Sat

With kindest respects,

Hetal
 

 

 

Name: Paromita

Feedback : Dearest Parivaar:

Namaste. Have been quietly contemplating the last few days on the retreat and my experience. This was the very first retreat that could attend for all four days. Felt very blessed to be able to be there.

Throughout the retreat, was able to attend a few meditation sessions and satsangas, but towards the end got a bad cold. The meditation sessions were intense, and realized that must try to deepen the intensity of the practice every day. Realized that practice with faith and devotion towards God/Guru is necessary to deepen the practice.

During one of the satsangas, remembered Guruji saying "I just want to give to all of you" and "It makes me so happy to give". This made me feel so happy and felt so grateful to be given so much guidance and love.

Through Guruji's guidance, also realized during the retreat, that surrender of the ego, and surrender with full faith is a must. The ego is the obstacle towards spirituality, and realized that the Guru at first may work in mysterious ways to rid the disciple of the impure ego and the negatives. ALso realized that all experiences during meditation occur due to surrender of the ego, and due to Guru's grace. It was reminder that it is not me who is doing; it is He who is doing; all there is to do is surrender and receive. However, one must not become attached to seeing lights and other vibrations.

Lastly, felt a lot of positive energy at the retreat. Felt a lot of love from Guruji, Dolma bhabhi, and members of the parivaar from those who had never met to those who have met before. Felt a strong connection to many people there, and a bond with many that can not express in words.

Am looking forward to the next retreat.

OM TAT SAT

With lots of love,

Paro
 

 
 

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