Springbrook is one of Australia’s most unique places. It is a mountainous rainforest and is part of the Gondwana Rainforest national park. It’s unique landforms are home to a spectacular diversity of wildlife and over 1,700 species of flowering plants. In Springbrook you can shake of the superficial burden of you intense social life and find peace. Springbrook has the same feel as the places where yogi’s have been practicing for centuries. Nature, the divine mother is very close here.
Guruji teaches it is important to have a pure and empty state of mind, and to use our best efforts to hold our natural state as inherited by nature. Nature as the divine mother supports us and yoga is our innate, natural state. In Springbrook you can combine the practice of yoga with marvelling at nature in her magnificent rainforest; the walks, the lookouts, the waterfalls, and the variety of plants, birds and animals. This is a place where you can immerse yourself in natural silence. Yoga and the beauty of Springbrook fit together very well. Springbrook is famous, it does not need extensive advertising, you can find anything you want to know about it on the internet.
Springbrook Yoga Sadhana Pith
Yogi Matsyendranath spends most of his year here doing his sadhana (spiritual practice), and receiving students that are interested in yoga and tantric sadhana. Pujas (worshipping), homas (fire rituals), abhishekas (libations), and arati (offering of light) are regularly held here. These are generally conducted during well known Hindi festivals, such as Shivaratri, Navaratri, Ganesha Chaturthi and others. In additions Guruji holds satsangs (spitiual discourses) and yoga classes, in which he discusses various topics relating to sadhana.
Yoga concept and approach
Guruji and the Nath tradition attach particular importance to yoga. It is considered in keeping with the Indian tradition. For us, yoga is the essential element of any traditional Indian path or practice. Many centuries ago, Guru Gorakhnath collected the most effective parts of various Indian traditions and created Natha yoga.
Natha yoga became knowen as Hatha yoga, the yoga of the sun and the moon. Hatha yoga has spread widely in the West. When through yoga, harmony is achieved between the spiritual and the physical, the practitioner acquires the siddhi (genuine perfection) in the practice of yoga. In Springbrook Yoga Sadhana Pith we teach asanas, pranayamas, mudras, dhyanas and other practices oriented towards the realisation of samadhi. We do not separate these parts or areas of yogic practice, because they complement and develop each other and all are connected.
Today many people practice yoga, regardless of their religions, beliefs, and attitudes. Some practice various parts of Hinduism, some Buddhism, some Christianity and so on. We all have one thing in common. We all want to be healthy and have a healthy body, and we all want to have a calm, clear and sober mind. Thus starting from this point, through personal experience we can verify the truth about various realities, which are stated by certain traditions and doctrines.
Our approach is based on ‘pakṣapāta vinirmukta’ (freedom from following any doctrines, neither supporting nor refuting them), and is supported by ancient yoga texts. For instance, If someone has a worldview or follows a faith that prevents them from attending pujas during Hindu festivities, they could restrict themselves to attending only yoga classes. Our Yoga reveals the openness of consciousness, its sobriety, liveliness, and peace of mind, these things are obviously acceptable to all people. We usually take something with difficulty if we don’t have a full understanding of it.
However, as our experience shows, many people are able to discover the wonderful and diverse world of Indian culture, jyotish, languages (Hindi, Sanskrit, etc.), Ayurveda, and darshana (philosophy, worldview). All these riches help us to obtain a wider world view, to see the enormous opportunities that are inherent in it and our psychophysics.
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