Retreat in India – Awakening into your true nature
I don’t know if you have ever been on a retreat in India? And have you been on a silent retreat? Both are a very unique experience. And it is especially beautiful when both are combined: a silent retreat in India. Find out in this article what you can experience during these three weeks.
Retreat in India – Enlightenment? Awakening!
End of January we meet again for the unique three weeks silent retreat in India with Madhukar. It takes place in Tiruvannamalai in the state Tamil Nadu. It is a precious opportunity to dive into yourself in the challenge to find absolute reality, to awaken to a deeper truth about life.
A very special retreat at a very special location: at the feet of Arunachala, the holy mountain in South India. The silent retreat with Madhukar, a retreat to enlighten life, to detox (also from unnecessary chatter and social-media), takes place here yearly since more than twenty years.
You ask yourself why it is so special? The sacred hill Arunachala is since ancient times referred to as an auspicious place, where one can be freed from bondage, where one can find liberation. You will feel it too, Arunachala has a very strong presence. Here the famous saint Sri Ramana Maharshi lived. And here Papaji, the master of Madhukar, met this Sat-Guru, Ramana Maharshi, who was known for his radiance of silent power. The power of silence can be felt until today, it is perceived very intensively here and it helps you to melt into silence.
Being silent for three weeks
Being in this Silent Retreat in India means to live in an Ashram and being silent for three weeks. The Ashram is full of blossoming flowers and trees, and we see and hear quite some beautiful peacocks. The program: Satsang twice a day, Yoga in the early morning, eating together the healthy vegetarian-ayurvedic food in the dining hall, canting Mantras, walks in the beautiful nature of the Ashram, and time and space for yourself and for self inquiry, for the clear orientation towards the self, your true nature.
Dialogue in Satsang in the retreat in India
Satsang is the most important thing here: being together in truth, which is the meaning of Satsang, being together with the master, with Madhukar, who again and again points to absolute truth. Satsang with Madhukar can be instructive or silent. There is also time for clarifying your questions or for simply sharing ones own experience. And space for lots of fun, because Madhukar is fond of joking. Silent peace, deep love, joy and happiness unfolds in this protected space.
A special event is the fullmoon Pradakshina. This is a circumambulation of the holy mountain, which is said to be the embodiment of Shiva, the divine Lord of creation and destruction. It is said that he was the first yogi bringing yoga to the humans. The saint Ramana Maharishi saw the mountain Arunachala as his Guru. The circumambulation of Arunachala takes place in the full moon night together with hundred thousand other pilgrims who travel to Arunachala only for this tradition. All the people are walking clockwise and mostly barefoot around the mountain.
The air is full of mantra singing. One can hear it all around the mountain, and everywhere one enjoys fragrance of incense. It is said that a wish kept in the heart consciously in silence during the Pradakshina will be fulfilled. This pilgrimage is already very intensive, but many retreat participants say that together with Madhukar it is even deeper and an experience beyond everything they have experienced before. Something you should go for if you want to participate in a retreat in India.