MM Swami Shankarananda has been giving satsang programs for over 40 years. Satsang translates to, ‘sitting in the company of truth’. It is the main weekly program at The Ashram and includes; ritual and chanting stemming from the traditions in Ganeshpuri, India; a talk from Swamiji on the ancient wisdom of yoga for modern times drawing on the teachings from a different Great Being each week; meditation; and darshan, or receiving Swamiji’s personal welcome and blessing.
Satsang, and all of the weekly programs are open to beginner yogis and advanced seekers alike.
Every Saturday night from 7:15pm Melbourne time.
Study Group is one of the other highlights of the week in the ashram’s schedule of programs. While satsang can be a little more formal, Study Group is more casual, and invites participants to interact with Swamiji about the class content to ask questions and share experiences.
During this program Swamiji’s guides an examination of different spiritual texts incudiing those of:
- Baba Muktananda & Bhagavan Nityananda
- G.I. Gurdjieff
- Sri Aurobindo
- The Yoga Vasistha
- The Upanishads
- Shiva Stotravali and other Kashmir Shaivite texts
This program is perfect if you want to dive deeper into Kashmir Shaivism and yoga philosophy, not only intellectually but experientially.
Every Tuesday at 7:30pm Melbourne time.
The Sanjivani, also known as Life-Sustaining program is a simple yet effective meditation session. In this program we practice chanting the mantra of this lineage, Om Namah Shivaya,
which is an enlivened mantra passed down from Guru to seeker over generations. We do this by listening to an audio recording of Baba Muktananda chanting in his ashram in the 70s. This is followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation.
This program is designed to just sign in, close your eyes, and meditate. The perfect weekly dose of meditation practice to keep you centered and aligned.
Every Thursday at 7:30pm Melbourne time.
The Guru Gita (Song of the Guru) is a 182 verse hymn to the Guru Principle, the mystical grace bestowing power of the divine, found in the ancient scripture the Skanda Purana. Baba Muktananda describes this text as being “one long mantra” and in his introduction to the text, says that this is “the one indispensable text” for seekers on the yogic path. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Guru Gita is a long dialogue between Lord Shiva, the primordial guru, and the goddess Parvati, Shiva’s beloved and disciple. In the Guru Gita, Lord Shiva explains the nature and power of the Guru, as well as the practices which elicit the grace from the guru. These include seva, or selfless service, meditation, mantra, and ritual. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To recite this ancient hymn is a form of svadhyaya, or self-study, as it bathes the mind and heart in a current of divine sound extolling the highest spiritual truths which are present and can be experienced within each person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Every Sunday from 8:30am Melbourne time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yoga at the ashram is rooted in Self-inquiry, mindfulness, breath, and meditation.
Classes include aspects of breath work, meditation, Shiva Process Self-inquiry, and classical Hatha yoga postures as a way to relieve stress, unblock tension in the body and mind, and access a more sustainable seat for meditation.
Suitable for all ages, ability and experience levels and can be a wonderful way to compliment an existing meditation or self inquiry practice.
Our online library of classes taught by our expert teachers is available for unlimited on-demand viewing.
The Weekly Membership gives you access to our Bonus Content page. Here we host a variety of rare and archival on-demand content, including:
- Ganeshpuri, India retreat talks from Swamiji
- Swamiji’s talks from the early 2000s that have never been seen before
- Special programs like yagnas (fire ceremonies)
- Shiva Process workshop
Available for unlimited on-demand viewing, anytime, anywhere.