A brain child of Sameer Nevatia, a ten day workshop is conducted every year, wholly by Gurumaa for the sole purpose of teaching dhyan to its participants. In these ten days, Aparnaji takes them on a journey of rediscovering the self through meditation. In her words, “Today, you all will board the train of spirituality together, from the same platform, but how far each one goes, your destination station, will be decided by the tickets of your karma.”
The workshop starts with basics of meditation and the participants take their first unsure steps towards divinity. But as they become more comfortable, they are taught how to flow with everything, seamlessly, and be in harmony with one and all. The participants then move deeper inside, try to see the eternal light, experience their own breath like never before.
The journey from the outside to inside continues, as Gurumaa guides them through a highly advanced meditation, Chakra Jaagriti, giving them an opportunity to touch the very essence of being. Then the peace that prevails becomes so potent, and so alive that one actually feels it in the darkest corners, but for once, there are no dark corners left.
The participants often come up with various queries and Gurumaa satisfies them all with her logical and witty answers. Like- When should we meditate? How much? Is it possible to not head for the mountains and still be spiritual? How to control our mind? What is afterlife? Does the ritual of a thirteen day puja after death hold any meaning? What kind of life should a true sadhak lead? And many more…
At the end of the workshop the small group transforms into a huge family, as each one dances around exchanging flowers, hugs and smiles. Everyone feels the importance and beauty of each moment and learns to value the journey of life as much as the goal itself. They all realise a huge difference between what they were ten days ago, and what they are now, and none wants to leave!
As Aparnaji says, “Life is not bondage. It’s freedom. It doesn’t demand solemnity. It calls for laughter. Play with it, dance with it, walk with it…let it begin again!”