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Selected texts from the Upanishads

The Indian Upanishads are among the oldest wisdom writings in the world. In this seminar, essential verses, which are also referred to as the big statements such as "Tat tvam asi", are considered. We want to awaken this great knowledge together in exchange and in silence. The Upanishads will serve as a means of eliminating what really stands between me and my happiness.

The Movements of the Mind, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, chapter 1, verses 1-15

In the first 15 verses of chapter 1 Patanjali makes me understand why I should calm my mind and what is hidden behind this recommendation. The calm of the mind makes me reachable for something that cannot be grasped intellectually or with the senses.

Yoga Vashista

This text describes the numerous projections of our mind in various stories and tries to clarify the question of the meaning of life. It is shown how new apparent realities arise for us again and again, which are only exposed here as a product of our own imagination. This wisdom shows us with impressive clarity that we do not experience the world, but our own thoughts. This realization leads to a different point of view that can end the drama of life.

Being right or being happy or the difference between wisdom and intelligence

We are used to and trained to justify our suffering and expect the world to understand it. If we use the same energy that we bring to get rid of suffering, completely different perspectives and possibilities open up. Yoga deals exclusively with the liberation from suffering and teaches me to use all my resources only for that purpose.

The yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is probably the most famous wisdom text of India where yoga is not presented as an exercise or a path, but more as an inner attitude, attitude or point of view. The very practically applicable possibility is opened up to live a life with all its actions, responsibilities and tasks without the feeling of personal burden. The mirror of this wisdom, which everyone can use, is of immeasurable value for my very practical everyday life.

The driving force "fear"

With the exception of the dreamless deep sleep, the fear seems to be more obviously or more covertly a driving and determining force for my actions and orientations in life. There are several ways to deal with or understand this power.

In the Indian wisdom texts one only goes to the question of what human fear is based on. There is a fear that really protects me from danger and that is also necessary. And there is a fear that permeates all of my thinking about myself and the world. Realizing that this type of fear has no justification is freedom.

We learn to distinguish between a thinking and a busy mind in silence and presence.

The great wisdom teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti from India said: "Fear lies in moving away from what is"

Patanjali Yoga Sutra - The release of tension

Here the painful tensions (kleshas) of a person are specifically addressed. Patanjali describes the lack of differentiation between the real and the ideal as the fundamental tension in me, expressed through a constant feeling of imperfection and a resulting desire. A way of releasing tension is shown, which only starts on the physical level.

Towards clarity

When the surface of a mountain lake is in motion, it will create a distorted reflection of the surrounding mountains. Only when the surface is completely calm does it deliver a clear and unadulterated one

Mirror image. This is also the case with my perception, which in a state of uncertainty provides a falsified picture of myself and the world. All wisdom writings want to make me aware of this lack of clarity and to lead me to more clarity

Ashtavakra Gita

The text Ashtavakra Gita is dedicated to the essential questions of spirituality in the form of a dialogue. The very direct, clear and uncompromising answers of Ashtavakra have the great power to lead us to insights that save us a lot of unnecessary philosophical brooding and other spiritual detours.

The freedom and the burden of thinking

Thinking is not just a process of mental movement, as it is also described in the texts of yoga.

Thinking creates realities that give me pleasure or fear according to my own added meaning of desire or rejection. And the more I deal with it, analyze it and try to understand it, the more real the unreal appears. Therefore, almost all methods of meditation recommend attentively watching the movements without any interference, which opens up the freedom that thinking becomes an instrument again and I am not dominated by it.

The jewel of distinction (Viveka-Chudamani)

In this seminar the “Viveka-Chudamani” will serve as a mirror of wisdom. This text is considered to be one of the best summarized presentations of Indian Vedanta, the doctrine of "non-duality". Significant verses from this text will be considered in the seminar, which can lead us with captivating clarity to a better differentiation between the real and the unreal. This discernment means clarity and makes us exist more peacefully with everything.

Patanjali

In the “Yoga Sutra”, the most original text on yoga, Patanjali describes the causes of human suffering in short and meaningful verses. He shows with impressive clarity that this is self-caused and gives us help on how to resolve painful tensions. It is a text that shows very precisely the causes and the overcoming of human suffering.

Karma Yoga - The Yoga of Action

Karma Yoga is a unique contribution, which can only be found in the well-known wisdom text Bhagavad Gita, and represents an immeasurable value for our practical life. This wisdom deals with my actions, tasks and obligations and shows a way all this without it Feeling of personal burden to carry out.

The freedom of the moment

The instruction to be completely in the "now" is actually pointless, because where else should I be. One can only be aware of what is called presence as I am not being carried away by thoughts into an apparent future or past. Since this kidnapping of the mind takes place almost continuously, it appears as if there is a path to presence, to clarity, to a freedom from fear and any limitation. But there is no way to what is. But as a conscious being I have the great opportunity and the potential to recognize the crazy ideas of a path or a goal. This realization puts an end to all hunting and brings peace.

On the Words of a Free Spirit - Texts by Jiddu Krishnamurti

If there was a teacher in this epoch who did not describe himself as one who presented a knowledge that came more from common sense than from the conditioning of various philosophical or religious models, it was Jiddu Krishnamurti. It presents a freedom that can be frightening at times, but also enormously liberating.

The art of hopelessness

In our spiritual life we ​​are in a kind of constant queue where we wait for something other than what is now. Having and working towards practical goals in life is essential. But the expectations I have of people, of situations and above all of myself lead to an immense tension in me, which weakens me to carry out my tasks practically where it is currently due

The difference between a good and a clear person

We try to acquire the positive aspects of being human such as non-violence, honesty or compassion through the so-called virtues and thus become a good person. This being good is always opposed to being bad and leads to many internal conflicts. In the state of clarity reported in so many wisdom texts, all of the so-called positive qualities of a person are natural consequences. The wisdom texts claim that all these qualities naturally bloom in a person of clarity, since they were never really absent, but only obscured by ignorance.

Introduction to yoga philosophy

In this seminar the Indian wisdom texts are presented in an overview, whereby the focus of each text is examined more closely. It is taught how to move towards a wisdom text and how a harmonious interplay can arise from the inspiration of this wisdom and your own practice.

Act to achieve calm or act out of calm

It is an essential goal in most intentions to find peace of mind in security, well-being or in social status at some point. The complex and usually lifelong preparation for it, ironically, creates constant restlessness and dissatisfaction. The yoga model teaches me not to steer towards rest as a goal, but to always touch it now and act on it practically.

Beginner Mind

Most areas of life are about getting ahead, getting better and becoming someone advanced. This gives me special moments in life, but also the almost constant side effect of inner rush and stress, which I unfortunately get used to. In the essence of spirituality there are no advanced students, but an innocent and alert beginner's mind is required to see what is now and not what my mind is projecting out of the imagined psychic time.

Illusion and reality

Lack of discrimination between the real and the unreal is seen in Indian wisdom texts as the sole cause of human suffering. There is no search for ultimate truth here. One does not look for answers, but asks questions, combined with the extraordinary ability to carefully and quietly recognize the true and the untrue in every moment.

About change

In Indian mythology, the three Indian deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent the three fundamental aspects of the subtle and gross world of coming, being and passing. This applies to the fleeting appearance of a thought up to the just as time-limited existence of a mountain. If these changes are in line with my personal plan, then I either embrace them or claim them in some way. If they don't correspond to my wishes or ideas, I reject them or blame others. In meditation I learn to observe all changes very carefully without taking sides. This leads to clarity.

Yoga & Vedanta

The two philosophical directions of Yoga and Vedanta, which are unfortunately often presented as very separate views, have an inexpressible treasure to offer in their joint consideration for one's own practice and the attitude towards myself and towards life. We will deal with this seminar us with the common focus of these historical texts of India. How can their central statements be transferred to your everyday life? How does a harmonious interaction with your own practice arise?

Introduction to Indian Philosophy

In this seminar we deal with the main focuses of the historical texts of India. How can their central statements be transferred to your everyday life? How does a harmonious interplay with your own practice arise? Clarity and serenity are the goal of the spirituality conveyed in the texts. They show a practical way to experience inner stability - regardless of all changes. This seminar is less about a religious-historical or text-critical discussion than about the attempt to bring wisdom back to life for the people of today.

The wisdom of the Upanishads for practical everyday life

The Indian Upanishads are among the oldest wisdom writings in the world and have never lost their relevance. The language and terminology may seem old, but the wisdom it conveys is still up-to-date and, above all, practicable.

These ancient wisdom texts want to draw my attention to an incredible freedom that is available to me in every moment of my life. And they also show me how it happens that I keep forgetting this freedom.

In this seminar, essential verses of the Upanishads will serve to recognize one's own complexity and entanglement in the mirror of this knowledge and to discover a simplicity and freedom in the moment.

Through lectures, questions and answers, as well as practice, a wisdom that is always present in me can be awakened.