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• 14 Day Sacred India Tour 2013 • Bali Yoga Tour 2013 • VASA Yoga Philosophy Programs • Viva la VEDA, “Smart Yoga” Evening Lectures with Jeffrey Armstrong and Friends • Award Winning Books
“completion year”. This makes us 7 years into that project! He’s been working on it congruently with another book on the etymology of languages and their origins in the original Sanskrit. We know his panache for words but heaven help him if he brings one more Sanskrit dictionary home!
Today 33 million folks are claiming to be yogi’s in North America according to the latest polls. When we started 15 years ago in Vancouver, we were idealistic, hoping that the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga would become household words. Still, today most of the global yoga community touts yoga as a physical fitness practice with some lifestyle benefits, purposely avoiding the spiritual aspects of yoga as “religion” to be avoided. As long time practitioners and students of the knowledge, we know from experience that the benefits of yoga are physical, mental and spiritual and this gives us enough reasons to continue in our dedication of building a group of intelligent, independent individuals who are looking for a Universal perspective and a congruent philosophy in all that they do - dedicated truth-seekers who believe in acting as stewards of the planet for the good of all.
in our outreach to the community and worldwide. We moved location, upgraded our website and made the technical transition to having all of our classes available thru web downloads. This required equipment upgrades, editors, script writers, web designers, media & web consultants and hundreds of seva hours. To those of you who helped complete this project we and future students will be ever grateful! This is Jeffrey’s legacy to future practitioners and truth seekers. In addition to being available in Vancouver each week, Jeffrey travels to many of the Indian Communities in the USA, UK, Europe and India speaking on the greatness of the Vedic culture and inspiring thousands of their youth at retreats and summer camps. Over the past 3 years we’ve been developing a communication & education project for Hindu Youth called the W.H.Y. Tour, (World World Hindu Youth Tour) Tour and it looks like this year it will finally get financial support. Jeffrey will be hosted in Chicago this November, London in January with other major cities like Houston and Mumbai joining in. Jeffrey was also honored to participate at the HEMA Wellness conference in LA, ‘Kirtan Vancouver’ and a featured speaker at the SEED Event with Deepak Chopra. Chopra In addition to the retreats we are offering he will be a guest speaker at the International Yoga Conference in Rishikesh and Bali Spirit Festival March 2013. Between consulting with clients, helping students and speaking we had little time for writing the past 2 years but in spite of our packed schedule Jeffrey has diligently continued his work on his translation of the Bhagavad Gita with the hopes that this year may be the
I know many of you have felt the following announcement coming and it is with bitter sweet feelings that we make it. Effective mid-Feb we are making the shift from weekly classes in Vancouver to once a month. Jeffrey’s travel schedule has increased and we need to give him some writing time-off to complete his book projects --publish or perish is the saying. In the meantime, we have left our students with lots of homework 400 on-line classes. Jeffrey will still be available for private consultations. We will also be accepting applications for a few students to do a work-study program between Jan - July to assist Jeffrey in the publication of these projects. If you have writing and or editing skills and want to work directly with Jeffrey please contact Sandi with your resume or specific skills. Public satsang/classes will continue to be held by VASA (at the Center for Peace) on the 1st WED of each month and our “advanced class” on the 1st SUNDAY of each month. month Seminars will be interspersed and our Summer Retreat dates are set for August 2-5,2013. See detailed schedule on the next page. Well, these were some of the highlights – there were many, including all the fun we had at the Summer VASA Retreat. What a great group of intelligent and conscious students we have – that is something we are very proud of. Thank you for your dedication to the Vedic knowledge. May it continue to serve you. Kavindra Rishi / Jeffrey Armstrong Director VASA - Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts
Sandi Graham Co-Director VASA - Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts
There are many people who have contributed to the growth of VASA over the years - too many to list here! But we would like to mention some of this years star contributors. If we missed your name please consider it my human error, please accept “double the good karma points” - Sandi
Upcoming Retreats & Tours • Dec 6-9 Los Angeles, CA • 1-866-872-6224 Client Appointments only • Jan 24-29 London UK -WHY Tour • Feb 17-23 Bahamas Shivanana Retreat Center • March 1-15 India 14 day Spiritual & Cultural Tour, registrations being accepted. • March 16-19 Ubud Bali - 4 day Advanced Ashtanga / Vedanta Retreat with Jeffrey Armstrong & Prem Carlisi • April 13 - 21 Chicago, USA - WHY Tour • For more information: www.JeffreyArmstrong.com • Call 1-866-872-6224
Advanced Relationship Classes UltiMate Relationship Training in Vancouver (Level 1 prerequisite) Jan 10,17,31, 7 (Thursdays 6:30-10:30) $275 for the series or $75 each Previous Level 2 attendees $50 per evening drop-in.
About VASA VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences and Arts Founded: 1998 In the last 150 years, the global exchange of culture and information has expanded exponentially. This presents us with both a global problem and an opportunity. The good news is that for the first time in recorded history, all the accumulated wisdom and science of all world cultures can now be accessed and shared with everyone. As it turns out, India has the largest untapped library of ancient knowing which contains the secrets that empowered India to thrive as a diverse, cooperative culture for the last 30,000 years. We at VASA are dedicated to that task of bringing the library of Indiaʼs wisdom into clean, precise, modern English so it can facilitate human evolution at this crucial tipping point in human history. Fifteen years ago, Jeffrey Armstrong predicted that yoga knowledge would lead the western world forward and he began the process of recording a “YOGA Philosophy” audio curriculum of the most important tools, techniques and methods of living a deep spiritual and sustainable life while cooperating for the good of all. It is his deepest wish that you will receive benefit from this great library of Vedic knowledge.
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Viva lá VEDA “Smart Yoga” Evening Lectures Wednesday Nov 28: New Series Begins on the Psychology of YOGA An Evening with Jeffrey Armstrong & Friends. Ongoing Wednesdays... Join scholar and 40+ year Vedic practitioner and Jeffrey Armstrong for an initiatory journey into the depths of Yogic thought and its psychological influence on the western world. If you can't make these in-person classes we offer and in-depth version in the NEW release of "YOGA Wisdom in a BOX" http://www.jeffreyarmstrong.com/category/ yoga-in-a-box Jeffrey Armstrong: Master Story-teller & Vedic Teacher and best-selling author of Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar. Featured in the documentary: Planet Yoga. Featuring Pete McCormack vocal and guitar.
RSVP: tickets at the door http://www.jeffreyarmstrong.com/events/ WHERE: Center for Peace, Vancouver BC 1825 W 16th Avenue (at Burrard & 16th) WHEN: Ongoing Wednesdays TIME: Doors open at 7:00 pm (registration & social time) FREE chai and students can bring cookies 7:30- 9:30 Lecture 80 minutes COST: Adults $20 Drop-in FIRST TIME GUESTS: $10 - HALF PRICE Students and under-employed $10 REGISTER: Call 604-269-9642 EVERYONE WELCOME: Satsang, Mantras & Meditations presented by one of N. Americaʼs leading teachers on Yoga Philosophy Jeffrey Armstrong Kavindra Rishi, - Author of the Best Selling Book: The Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar. Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words Publishers. www.JeffreyArmstrong.com
VASA Ve d i c A c a d e m y Vedic Academy of Science and Arts Vedic Academy of Science and Arts has prepared for you the â€˜VASA Curriculumâ€™ for learning the Vedic knowledge step by step.
Whether you are an advanced student of yoga, or just a beginner, we recommend you follow this Curriculum to ensure a thorough and enjoyable learning process. The VASA Curriculum is drawn from the knowledge contained within the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, the Bhagavad-gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads, Vedanta, Jyotisha and Ayurveda and is masterfully taught by Jeffrey Armstrong. The VASA Curriculum is presented in chronological order: Starting from Level 1 (New to Yoga) and
progressing through to the Level 3 (Advanced) via the in-depth class series. Please click on an image below to be redirected to a particular level of the VASA Curriculum. We recommend you purchase the entire series, generally consisting of 6-10 lectures of 2 hr. per lecture, or you can purchase each lecture individually. Most of our audio files are presented as direct download MP3s.
on-line courses Devotional meditation or Bhakti Yoga is the process of perfecting our spiritual life through pure loving emotions which then overflows into all our relationships.
Practical Spirituality for your daily life. Whether you are a student, teacher of yoga, or a busy executive – these inspiring classes based on the Bhagavad Gita, will reveal powerful insights, profound meditations…
Drawing from Vedic yogic and tantric texts, Jeffrey Armstrong masterfully presents the five aspects of transcendental love that lead all souls toward liberation.
The liberationist teachings of Vedic Sanatana Dharma: how to understand liberation or moksha, our ancestral karma, the Gayatri Mantra, the deeper esoteric meanings of the universal sound vibration OM…
March 1-15, 2013
A pilgrimage to
mystical India with Sacred Earth Journeys
Jeffrey Armstrong and Sandi Graham would like to invite you to join them on an unforgettable journey to Mystic India. This trip of a lifetime will be filled with many wonderful and unique experiences as we trace the steps of the great Avatar, Shri Krishna. Expand your consciousness, open your heart, unlock the hidden potential of your inner being and listen intently as master storyteller, best-selling author, of Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar, Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) brings to life the ancient stories that have amazed and inspired philosophers, scientists and civilizations for thousands of years. What is incredibly unique about India is its ancient history, sophisticated Sanskrit language, and the fact that it has the largest untapped library of ancient knowledge that has survived for at least 15,000 years. On this journey, expect to be immersed in the wisdom stories of the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and other great Vedic texts, illuminated by renowned Vedic scholar and teacher Jeffrey Armstrong. In addition to visiting the spiritual centres of India, including Delhi, Rishikesh, Hardiwar, Vrindavan, Mathura, Agra, and Jaipur, Jeffrey will initiate you with profound meditations and mantras that have been practiced by yogis for thousands of years on the banks of the sacred Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati Rivers.
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A highlight of our journey will be the opportunity to visit several ancient temples, not on the usual “tourist tour”, as well as other famous temples, including Hanuman Temple, Krishna Temple, and Akshardham Temple in Delhi, Pareshwar Mahadev Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, and Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar, BankeBihari Temple and Krishna Balrama Manir in Vrindavan, Dwarkadish Temple in Mathura, and Birla Temple in Jaipur. You will also get to visit s o m e o f I n d i a ’s m o s t p o p u l a r attractions and landmarks, including India Gate, and the Red Fort in Delhi, Vr i n d a v a n V i l l a g e , A g r a F o r t , Fatehpur Sikri, and the Maharaja's City Palace and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
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consciously embedded in their architecture and the fascinating history of each site.
Jeffrey will also introduce you to some of Indiaâ€™s most respected gurus
explain the connectedness and distinctiveness of the various spiritual paths of spiritual India. In addition, you will have a few days to experience the
in Rishikesh, where you will have
the opportunity to participate in Yoga classes with worldclass Yoga teachers, practicing multiple styles of Yoga, as well as be blessed with the presence, satsang, and divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters from within India. Jeffrey will also be a guest speaker at this prestigious festival.
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Unforgettable Other unforgettable experiences throughout the journey include a cycle rickshaw ride around the 300 year old Chandni Chowk market in Delhi, a sunset tonga horse and carriage ride to the magnificent Taj Mahal, an elephant ride to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, witnessing the beautiful Ganga Aarti Ceremony, and a special Farewell Dinner with a local family. Join us on this fantastic journey and find the magic and mystery that lies beneath the surface of what is normally seen. Plan for an epic journey of learning, healing, spiritual wisdom, and extraordinary experiences.
H. H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatji at Batanjali Yogpeeth Link to Festival
Treasures of the East
The real treasures of the East weren't jewels, spices or exotic perfumes, but the amazing treasure house of sacred and universal knowledge. This knowledge, originally written in Sanskrit and increasingly validated by modern science, is now being embraced by cutting-edge corporations, professionals and visionary leaders throughout the world. Jeffrey Armstrong will reveal a new world that blends modern science with timeless wisdom, whose innovative technologies are in fact, ancient truths.
Comments about Jeffrey Armstrong “Jeffrey weaves the fine threads of yogic knowledge and devotional wisdom together in an unforgettable and lifealtering way. As a bridge between East and West, Jeffrey has the unique ability to elucidate how those living in the West can apply Eastern knowledge and philosophy to their modern lives. He will deeply touch your heart and stimulate your mind and heart to stretch wide open.” Richelle Jarrell - Author, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Teacher. "Thank you so much for making this knowledge so accessible and relevant to life today. Your teachings deepen my spiritual practice and Ashtanga yoga practice, but it also gave me powerful insights on how to run a more successful, ethical, creative and sustainable business." Samantha Reynolds CEO Echo Memoirs “Jeffrey Armstrong is a kind of Spiritual Archaeologist. Searching the texts of the Vedas, Armstrong brings their essential meanings into the 21st century, giving us an alternative view of life that celebrates the individual, honors women, and maps out the correct approach to intimate relationships and our own mortality. Jeffrey has dedicated his life to bringing the Classical Yoga message, as revealed in the Vedas, with its positive, alternative, concept of being alive, to as many people as are willing to listen. He and his wife Sandi walk the walk, as well as talk the talk, and their lifestyle together inspires us all. ” Pia Shandel, Radio Host, Media Production Consultant. “There is no one who articulates the truth of the Vedic knowledge of India like Jeffrey Armstrong. In my forty years of study and practice of yoga he is the only one I know who perfectly combines spiritual knowledge, Western Psychology, humor and story-telling. He is the real thing.” Gary Bello, Author of “Enlightening Moments: Exiting the Frustration Cycle”, Relationship Consultant, 40 Year Yoga Teacher. “Kavindra's in-depth knowledge of the Hindu scriptures is astounding. But his art of conveying the messages therein is even more striking. A rare combination of ancient Vedic knowledge and the modern art of communicating." Dr. Kamal N. Rauniar, UK
Jeffrey was selected by Hindu leaders from around the world to act as a media spokesperson for the Hindu Dharma and culture. Appointed as the Vice President and Media and Communications Director for both the Vedic Friends Association (VFA) and the Hindu Collective Initiative for North America (HCI-NA), Jeffrey travels internationally speaking to corporations, academic conferences, yoga studios, temples and community groups. For the last 15 years he has travelled to India to teach and associate with the beauty and timeless wisdom of India. Sponsors in India have sent him across the country to inspire people about the greatness and global significance of their culture. He has been welcomed in ashrams, by corporations, at temples, in universities, within civic groups, across villages, by gurus, as well as scholars, and is considered one of the most charismatic and knowledgeable spokespersons for the Vedic/Hindu culture speaking in English today.
Tour Summary Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2 Delhi Day 3 Delhi Day 4 Delhi; Haridwar; Rishikesh Day 5 Rishikesh; International Yoga Festival Day 6 Rishikesh; International Yoga Festival Day 7 Rishikesh; International Yoga Festival Day 8 Rishikesh; Haridwar - Delhi Day 9Delhi; Vrindavan; Mathura Day 10 Mathura Day 11 Mathura; Agra Day 12 Agra; Jaipur Day 13 Jaipur Day 14 Jaipur Day 15 Jaipur; Delhi; Depart Delhi
Tour Inclusions & Price
Tour Includes: 14 Nights Accommodation at 3*, 4* and 5* Star Hotels as per itinerary Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches & 2 Dinners Arrival and Departure Transfers Domestic Flight Jaipur/Delhi Train Fare: Delhi–Haridwar–Delhi by air-conditioned chair-car Private Air-Conditioned Coach Transportation Hotel Taxes & Service Charges Admission to all sites as per itinerary English Speaking Local Tour Escort throughout journey All Taxes
Special Added Features: Travel with Master Storyteller, Author & Vedic Scholar, Jeffrey Armstrong Wisdom stories, Vedic Teachings, Yoga Philosophy, Meditations & Mantras Visits to the Ancient Sites & Temples Welcome Dinner Meet some of India’s most respected Gurus Cycle Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk market, Delhi Sunset Tonga Horse & Carriage Ride to Taj Mahal Elephant Ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur Aarti Ceremony in Birla Temple in Jaipur Farewell Dinner with Local Family Tour does not include: Airfare to/from Delhi, India Cancellation & Medical Insurance (ask us for a quote) Meals and drinks not specified Fees to obtain valid passport Fees to obtain Indian Tourist Visa Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks and telephone calls Gratuities for Tour Guides, drivers, local guides, waiters, hotel staff, etc. Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final itinerary. Price Per Person (Land Only) USD $3799.00
Single Supplement USD $980.00
Note: The single supplement is ONLY for those who would like to secure a private room throughout the tour, at the indicated additional price. If you are not traveling with anyone you know and would like to share a room, we will be happy to work to find you a suitable roommate. Per our Terms and Conditions, registration for the tour will be held open until two weeks before the departure date in order to try to match everyone with a roommate. If by that date we have not been able to match you with a suitable roommate, you will be responsible to pay for the single supplement. An early registration will facilitate this process.
Itinerary Day 1 Fri, Mar 1: Arrive in Delhi Arrive in bustling Delhi. You will be met by our representative in the arrivals hall of Delhi Airport and be transferred to your hotel where you will be welcomed with a traditional Indian welcome. Later this evening, meet with your Tour Leaders, Jeffrey Armstrong and Sandi Graham, and our local Tour Escort, for our first group meeting. During this time we will each introduce ourselves and set our intentions for the journey. Later, enjoy your first night of rest in beautiful and mystical India. (Overnight in Delhi at The Country Inn & Suites or similar) Day 2 Sat, Mar 2: Delhi (B, D) Our first morning together in India, we enjoy breakfast in the hotel and depart for a visit of the Shri Adhya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir, popularly known as Chattarpur Mandir, dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. The temple was established in 1974, by Baba Sant Nagpal ji, who died in 1998. His samadhi shrine lies in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir within the temple complex. This temple was considered the biggest temple in India and the second largest in the world, before the Akshardham Temple was created in 2005 in Delhi (we will visit there tomorrow). This temple is totally constructed from marble and on all the facets there is jaali (perforated stone or latticed screen) work. The entire temple complex spread over 60 acres, has over 20 small and large temples divided in three different complexes. The main deity in the temple is the Goddess Katyayani, an aspect of Navadurga, the nine forms of the Goddess Durga or Shakti, who is especially worshipped during the annual Navratri celebrations. Next we visit the Krishna Temple (ISKCON Temple), a famous Vaishnav temple of Sri Krishna and his consort Radharani. The Krishna Temple, which opened in 1998, is actually a complex of elegant temples built by the Hare Krishna devotees. Within the temples, we will admire the beautiful ISKCON paintings of Sri Radha & Krishna, Sri Sita & Ram, Laxman, Hanuman, and Chaitanya Mahaprablu. After our visit we will enjoy a delicious lunch (on own) in the temple vegetarian restaurant, Govindas. Continuing on for the day, drive by some historic New Delhi landmarks such as India Gate, Presidential Palace, and Parliament House. New Delhi was the seat of Mughal power for hundreds of years and was chosen by the British to be the countryâ€™s capital in 1920. Its ancient name was Khandavprastha, which was changed to Indraprastha 5,000 years ago as described in the great epic The Mahabharata. To end our day of visits, we head to the Hanuman Temple in Connaught Palace, an ancient Hindu temple claimed to be one of the five temples of the Mahabharata days in Delhi. An important feature of the worship at this temple is the 24â€“hour chanting of the mantra "Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram", since August 1, 1964. It is claimed that this continuous chanting has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. After returning to the hotel to freshen up, we enjoy our Welcome Dinner at the fine dining, Indian vegetarian restaurant at our hotel. (Overnight in Delhi at The Country Inn & Suites or similar)
Day 3 Sun, Mar 3: Delhi (B, L) After breakfast we will visit a few historic landmarks in Old Delhi. A city within the city, Old Delhi takes us back to the time before cars or trucks, when life in town bustled with human spirit and vital enthusiasm. First, we will visit the Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the main architects of India’s Independence from the British. We then pass through the Red Fort, a mid 17th century fort complex that dominates the area. Next, we visit the 300 year old Chandni Chowk market, a magical enclave of tiny alleys, all filled to the brim with artisan shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and delicacies. This is a real working market, not a tourist attraction, and the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of any Indian market. We will ride on cycle rickshaws through the lanes, getting off to stroll into the shops and enjoy the sizzle and excitement of one of the most fascinating markets on earth. We then take a break and stop for lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant before returning to the hotel for a short stop to freshen up for a very special temple visit. Later in the afternoon, we visit the Akshardham Temple, which sits near the banks of the Yamuna River. Inaugurated in 2005, the temple was designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text on sacred architecture known as the Sthapatya Shastra and features a blend of various Indian architectural styles. The complex spreads over 100 acres and consists of manicured gardens with fountains and carved pavilions as well as displays of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. The massive temple itself, which can be seen from afar, is built of approximately 12,000 tons of pink sandstone and white marble from Rajasthan and consists of 234 delicately carved and ornate pillars. The Temple is dedicated to Swami Narayan who lived in the 18th century and is considered a modern day Avatar of Vishnu. The movie IMAX “Mystic India” was based on his life. After the day tour of the Akshardam Temple and grounds we will enjoy pure, vegetarian delicacies in the Premvati Food Court at the temple. With nightfall, the temple grounds come alive with a colourful Musical Fountain (Yagnapurush Kund), a spectacular sight to behold. Yagnapurush Kund, or the pit of sacrifice, is reminiscent of the ancient Indian tradition of sacrifice or Yagna, performed to please the deities of earth, water, fire, air etc. The 8 petal lotusshaped yagna kund is the largest in the world measuring 300 feet in length and width with 2870 steps and 108 small shrines. (Overnight in Delhi at The Country Inn & Suites or similar) Day 4 Mon, Mar 4: Delhi; Haridwar; Rishikesh (B) This morning, we transfer to the railway station to board the train for our journey to Haridwar (195 km - 6 hrs), known as “The Gateway to the Divine”. Strategically located at the foothills of the Himalayas, this sacred city is one of the famous locations where every 12 years, millions of yogis congregate for the Kumbh Mela festival. This city has long acted as the contact point between the mountain dwelling sages and pilgrims seeking their “divine grace”. En route, Jeffrey will share some of the stories of great yogis of the past. Upon arrival, we continue to make our way to Rishikesh. Along with its sister city Haridwar, Rishikesh is a place of deep healing and a place to come in contact with the blessings of millions of yogis. (Overnight in Rishikesh at The Great Ganga Hotel or similar) Day 5 Tue, Mar 5 - Day 7 Thu, Mar 7: Rishikesh; International Yoga Festival (B, L, D) Over the next few days, you will get to experience the International Yoga Festival at Parmath Niketan. Parmarth Niketan is a true, spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is also the largest ashram in Rishikesh. This is one of the ashrams that Jeffrey highlighted in in the documentary Planet Yoga. Parmarth Niketan provides its thousands of pilgrims, who come from all corners of the Earth, with a clean, pure, and sacred atmosphere, as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear, flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. In the evenings we will participate in the beautiful Ganga Aarti, in which lamps are lit and sacred offerings are made to the Ganga.
http://www.akshardham.com/ photogallery/mandir/index.htm Juthani1/CC 3.0
Yoga is an ancient science which leads to a healthy body, peace of mind, a joyful heart, and liberation of the soul. The festival explores the eight limbs of yoga and how they apply to our lives, whether we consider ourselves yoga students or not. In other words, everyone can benefit from yoga practice, and this journey is open to all, beginners to advanced, to those with little or no yoga experience at all. During the festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in Yoga classes with world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga, including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga. You will also be blessed with the presence, satsang, and divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters from within India, including H.H. Sri Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and H.H. Swami Veda Bharatij. Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) will also be presenting at this festival. For those who don’t want to take a hatha yoga class, Sandi will be available to take you shopping for a few hours or you can sip chai and relax by the Ganga. A variety of experiences will be available to you during the festival as well. Perhaps you will get up early for the Sadhana practice, or maybe you will enjoy an inspiring lecture from one of the revered saints or yogacharyas on a variety of uplifting and inspiring subjects. Each day you will enjoy breakfast and a traditional Indian lunch. Dinner is also included at the festival and is followed by a special evening program of satsang, cultural song and dance events, campfires, and more (Overnight in Rishikesh at The Great Ganga Hotel or similar) Day 8 Fri, Mar 8: Rishikesh; Haridwar; Delhi (B) This morning after breakfast, we return to Haridwar to visit the various temples in the area. We will visit the Pareshwar Mahadev Temple, the Daksha Mahadev Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the Mansa Devi Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Mansa. We then transfer to the railway station once more for the 6:13 pm departure of our train to Delhi, which will arrive at 10:45 pm. We then transfer to our hotel for a good night’s rest. (Overnight in Delhi at The Suryaa or similar) Day 9 Sat, Mar 9: Delhi; Vrindavan; Mathura (B) After a leisurely breakfast, we check out of our hotel and drive to Vrindavan. En route, Jeffrey will share the many ancient stories that originated in this famous area and answer the many questions you will have by now. We will stop to visit Vrindavan Village, a spot where Lord Krishna spent his eventful youth, also noted for its fragrant groves. At birth, Krishna was taken by his father to this agricultural community, where he spent the first 11 years of his life. For this reason, Vrindavan has been considered the ultimate place of pilgrimage and devotion for seekers of “Divine Love”. In Vrindavan, there are hundreds of beautiful temples, bathing ghats, as well as several ancient lineages of Bhakti yogis that reside there. Here, we will visit the Govind Jee Ka Mandir and the Banke-Bihari Temple, one of Vrindavan's most popular temples built in 1864 famous all over India. After our visit, we continue on for a visit to Krishna Balrama Manir, a magnificent temple built by ISKCON and one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan. Adjoining this temple is the Samadhi of Shri Prabhupada, the founder of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. Devotees from all around the world flock here, bringing a truly international flavour to this ancient holy city. After our visit we continue on to Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, popularly known as Braj–bhoomi. We will check into the hotel upon arrival and retire for the evening. Perhaps we will find a wonderful kirtan group to spend the evening with. (Overnight in Mathura at Radha Ashok or similar)
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Day 10 Sun, Mar 10: Mathura (B, L) After breakfast, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mathura. It is in this city that the Avatar, Shri Krishna appeared in the basement dungeon of his evil uncle’s palace. This ancient city is also one of the links of the journey of the Avatar. The main centre of pilgrimage in Mathura is Shri Krishna Janma-Bhoomi, which literally means “Lord Krishna’s birth place”. Here, we will visit exotic temples and experience the mysterious path of the Avatar. First, we will visit Dwarkadish Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna and built in 1814. The temple, which is located in the centre of town, is quite an architectural wonder with its interesting carvings and paintings. The temple is managed by followers of the great teacher Vallabhacharya and is a hub of activity during the festive days of Holi, Janmashtami, and Diwali. Next, we visit the Vishram Ghat, Gita Mandir, Nidhivan, Seva Kunj, and other important sites. Later in the afternoon we visit Radha Rani Temple at Barsana, the birthplace of Radha. (Overnight in Mathura at Radha Ashok or similar) Day 11 Mon, Mar 11: Mathura; Agra (B) After breakfast, we make our way to Agra, a city on the banks of the Yamuna River, which once served as the capital city for the great Mughal Empire, and is now the repository of some of their finest architectural creations. Later in the afternoon, after checking into our hotel and settling in a bit, we visit the Agra Fort. Built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573, the fort reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. Construction for this fort palace was initiated by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel. It was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal. Later in the evening, we enjoy a sunset tonga horse and carriage ride to the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built by Sha Jahan in 1630 for his Queen, Mumatz Mahal, to enshrine her mortal remains, it is described as “a tear on the face of eternity” by the poet laureate Tagore, and is an enduring monument to love. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy. The construction of this “Love Poem in Marble” took 17 years to complete. (Overnight in Agra at Trident Hotel or similar) Day 12 Tue, Mar 12: Agra; Fatehpur Sikri; Jaipur, Rajasthan (B, L) After breakfast, we drive to Jaipur (The Pink City), stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40 km from Agra, the city was built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar in honour of the great Sain Sheikh Chisti, who blessed Akbar and prophesied the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years, but slowly became deserted and fell to ruin after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Here we will visit the remarkably wellpreserved and graceful building within the “Ghost City”, including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak to the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal Empire in the height of its power. We then continue our drive to Jaipur (195 km, 4 hrs) after lunch and check into our hotel upon arrival. This capital city, with its harmonious pink walls, gates and stone buildings, was built in 1727 and is surrounded by dramatic, barren hills and ruined fortresses. The evening is yours to enjoy the city independently. (Overnight in Jaipur at Shahpura House or similar)
Day 13 Wed, Mar 13: Jaipur (B) After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the beautiful Amber Fort and enjoy a delightful elephant ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. Amber Fort is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but once inside, the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes as well as festivals, and precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. This adventure is bound to enrich your memories of the royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort, we visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. En route to the Fort, you will also have an opportunity for a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of Winds”. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening, we witness the intrigu ing Aarti Ceremony (collective prayer) in the Birla Temp le (Lakshmi Narayan Temple) which is known for its exquisite architecture, carved pillars, stained glass paintings, and its divine spiritual atmosphere. Construction began in 1985, however, it is still an ongoing process as additions continue to be made. One of the major attractions here is the deity of Lord Shiva carved in white marble, along with other beautiful depictions of Sita and Ram. (Overnight in Jaipur at Shahpura House or similar) Day 14 Thu, Mar 14: Jaipur; Farewell Dinner with Local Family (B, L, D) Today, after breakfast, we tour the “Pink City” of Jaipur. We first visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence. Part of the Palace has been converted into a museum, while a small portion is still used by the Royal Family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh of the area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the centre, which is the Murbarak Mahal. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry, including pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles, and daggers once used by the royal families of Jaipur. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum, with the finest example of fabrics and costumes from all over India. Later, we visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted astronomical observatory in the world, built by Jai Singh from 1728 to 1734. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. We enjoy lunch in Samode Haveli and then return to our hotel. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. In the evening, we get to enjoy a unique experience with a local Indian family for our Farewell Dinner. We will be welcomed by Aarti and Tikka and will enjoy chai and appetizers after making our initial introductions. We will get a brief tour of the house followed by a delicious homecooked vegetarian meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to witness and understand the living traditions of India. (Overnight in Jaipur at Shahpura House or similar) Day 15 Fri, Mar 15: Jaipur; Depart Delhi (B) This morning we bid our farewells to our newfound friends and our magical Indian experience as we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Delhi, arriving around noon. There should be time for last minute shopping this afternoon, as most international flights depart late evening or after midnight. (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner) Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.
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What’s Cool About Yoga and the Vedas!
Q. What are the “Vedas” and Vedic values? Jeffrey Armstrong: The word Veda means ‘to see’, and gave us our modern word, video. Its root is ‘vid’, and from that comes, wit, meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘what we know,’ so Veda, first of all means the knowledge that we need in order to exist and fulfill our purpose for existing. That knowledge is considered to be eternal and to co-exist with both this world and with the eternal Transcendental world. A student of the Veda, or the study of the knowledge of India, would be studying a library of knowledge. There is not one, single dogmatic book, which takes precedence over the others. To be a student of the Veda then, is to be a student of a library of knowledge concerned with all subjects that support a sacred lifestyle and our true spiritual nature. That library has been passed down from antiquity and is thought by practitioners to have emanated from the Divine mind of the Supreme Being. It is the many ‘users manuals’ for the material world.
Q. You speak and write a lot about yoga in your work. Why do you think, that nowadays so many people practice yoga, although it is thousands of years old. What can we learn from yoga? Jeffrey Armstrong: Just as a great river may feed thousands of streams with its pure and life-giving waters, so many styles and forms of yoga have been flowing down the mountain of truth since the beginning of time. Yoga is defined as: tapas (regularily performing the right activities that lead to) “svadyaya” (the understanding of our true self-nature as the “atma” eternal self) and culminates in “ishvara pranidhan” (reestablishing our lost relationship and union with the many Divine Beings culminating in a direct connection with the Supreme Being). The modern revival of Yogic learning is Mother Nature’s way of filling the empty center of millions of humans with the life-giving light of self-knowledge, and restoring their equanimity and balance. Just as our breathing constantly refreshes the cells in our body with life-giving oxygen, so Yoga revives whenever the immune system of Mother Earth is threatened by human greed and malice. Yoga restores our eternal nature through Universal wisdom that inspires us to be in Divine service for the good of all.
Q. How often do you think, we have to practise yoga until we feel the effects. Jeffrey Armstrong: Everything we do in life rests upon our hunger or desire. Once a person understands that Yoga means “Union or plugging into the Source of all empowerment,” they lose the desire to be unplugged from that joyful and abundant connection. Ask a passionate lover when they want their love to end. As a loyal friend when they want their companion to go away. If someone gave you a free device that provided unlimited electrical power to your home, when would you throw it out? So it is with Yoga, once one has finally experienced the ecstasy and peace of Yoga, living without being connected to that joy becomes unthinkable.
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Q. Is there one recommendation you would like to give to the readers? Jeffrey Armstrong: All yogis are seeking one thing for themselves and all other beings â€“ ultimate freedom to be our truest self. With this in mind, my first and last recommendation for everyone is to consider the possibility that we are all amazing and beautiful divine beings on an epic journey of heroic proportions. Believe that we were never created and never die and imagine a future awaits us that is millions of times more amazing and wonderful that anything we have experienced so far. Be optimistic, forward thinking, inspiring, compassionate and speak of the beauty in everyone around you. Do all of this in the hope that Earth can be made in the image of this vision, while leaving the final result in the hands of the Divine Beings. Serve the Avatars to become like them and share these secrets gently with likeminded souls. May the Avatars bless you in all you do and dwell in your heart always.
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Namasteâ€”I See You Namaste, I see you as a beautiful divine being whose eternal consciousness pervades your body and mind, and is the light of your true self, shining across to mine. I bow to that transcendent being that is the real you.
Bali Yoga Intensive Jeffrey Armstrong & Prem Carlisi March 16-19 4 Day Ashtanga/Vedanta Intensive
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Yoga and Vedanta Meet in Bali In Ubud Bali where the Divines still whisper in the forests to humans who listen, the ancient techniques of Ashtanga Yoga are comingling with the profound wisdom of Vedanta just as they once did in Ancient India.
Ashtanga Yoga, and Vedanta into a Sacred Tapestry of enlightenment, healing, pranayam and sweet kirtan. Integrate your Yogic practice like never before, learn the Sanskrit vocabulary every yogi should know, absorb the profound stories that restore our soulʼs excitement and feel the Divine love blossoming in the lotus of your heart.
Next March you can take your spiritual practice to another level. Under the Join Kavindra and “Prem” Carlisi as they emerald canopy of Baliʼs tropical forests, http://www.jeffreyarmstrong.com fulfill the promise of Yoga: to heal your join with “Prem” Carlisi and Jeffrey Body, Mind and Spirit and connect you to Armstrong/Kavindra Rishi as they weave the Source of all in the rapture of Yoga the strands of Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra, and Vedanta.
Testimonials The Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center primarily focuses on teaching the traditional self-practice method of Ashtanga (Mysore Style). Students are taught with their individual needs in mind, to further their personal growth and practice. We also focus on the sciences of Ayurveda and Tantra and integrate them into the practices of Ashtanga Yoga. Anthony “Prem” Carlisi, is a Certified, 30-year plus practitioner/teacher, and Heather “Radha” Duplex, is an Authorized, 20-year plus practitioner/teacher. They are officially certified/authorized by their late, beloved, Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, India.
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Bali Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center This is a rare opportunity to experience an electrifying retreat with 2 Master Teachers: Vedic and Tantra/Yoga Master Jeffrey Armstrong and Ashtanga Yoga Master “Prem” Carlisi. Together they inspire you to go beyond your past limitations and present understandings to embrace a new level of possibility. A lifetime of learning NOT to be missed! This retreat will include daily hatha yoga, pranayama, and advanced meditation classes combined with hours of daily satsang with both Prem and Jeffrey. There will be plenty of time to relax, meditate, and enjoy personal time in paradise. Private coaching sessions will also be available. Stay on in Bali and join us for the Bali Spirit Festival Mar 20-24, 2013 Things To Do in Bali
Typical Day 7 - 8:30 Morning Mantra Meditation Practice with Jeffrey Armstrong 8:30 – 9:30 Ashtanga Yoga with Prem Carlisi & Heather 9:30 -10:30 Breakfast 10:30 – 12:00 Vedanta Class with Jeffrey Armstrong 12 – 4 Free Time/Study Time 4 - 6 Class Ashtanga Yoga Class with Anthony “Prem” Carlisi & Heather “Radha” 6 -7 Dinner 7- 9:30 Vedanta/Satsang/Kirtan with Everyone
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The Perfect Gift for Someone You Love Ever Since We Met Ever since we met I have been restless, Unable to focus on any goal, And all my knowing now is useless, My life is spinning out of control.
Poetry by Kavindra Jeffrey Armstrong “Your work is a direct transmission of transcendental energy...You are the new Rumi.” PATRICK BERNARD, Award winning producer and composer of devotional music. Montreal, Canada
Ever since we kissed my lips are moving, Speaking words I cannot understand, Crying in my dream about our loving, Reaching out all night to touch Your hand. Everything appears to have a meaning, Pretends to have a simple plan, But those illusions are simply screening Messages written for me by Your hand. Silence on my lips a red pretending, Teardrops on my cheek a would be rain, The clouds a love that crushes never ending, My heartbeat the prayer to see You once again.
Kavindra ~ “The Night We First Met”
Through the knowledge of Yoga, one reaches their highest potential. JEFFREY ARMSTRONG is a former Silicon Valley Executive and motivational speaker to Fortune 500 companies, who is now k n o w n a s ‘ t h e We s t e r n Master of Eastern Wisdom’. Trained as a Monk in the traditional way for 5 years, Jeffrey is also a best-selling author & award-winning poet, who has studied & taught ancient Eastern philosophy for over 40 years. Grounded in daily spiritual practice, his innovative fusion of Western technology and Eastern wisdom has been highly s o u g h t a f t e r b y C E O ’s , celebrities, youth groups and people desiring to integrate systematized universal spiritual values into their healthy lifestyles. Featured on the CBC documentary Planet Yoga, Jeffrey explains how a universal instinctual need for balance has led to the unprecedented popularity of Yoga in the West; discover why. As you browse through this e-zine click on the active links for a deeper experience.
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