Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mahashivaratri Retreat 2014

Torsten Brugge and Padma Woolf have been bringing pilgrim groups from Europe to Tiruvannamalai over the course of the last 10 years. For each of their visits, the venue for their Retreat is the peace-filled Sri Nannagaru Ashram. 

In 2014 the Brugge—Woolf Retreat was scheduled for February 22nd – March 8th and for the first time during their regular Arunachala Pilgrimage, their group was at Arunachala during the sacred time of Mahashivaratri (February 28, 2014). 

As well as their usual programme of satsang, guided meditations, talks and meetings, during their 2014 Retreat there was also a special programme in connection with the Mahashivaratri Festival which included an escorted group giripradakshina of Arunachala late in the evening of February 28. I hope to soon be posting photographs, narratives and reports from participants of the Brugge—Woolf 2014 Arunachala Retreat. 

“Torsten and Padma offer self-enquiry in the tradition of Sri Ramana Maharshi and in the lineage of Sri Poonjaji, Gangaji and Eli Jaxon-Bear. The focus of the retreat will be to make Sri Ramana Maharshi’s profound self-enquiry and the silent power of Arunachala accessible to participants. Torsten and Padma offer daily Satsang-meetings on the roof-terrace of Sri Nannagaru Ashram. The group will also visit different abodes of Sri Ramana Maharshi on the mountain for silent meditation. 

In their dialogues with participants Torsten and Padma support spiritual seekers through traditional as well as modern approaches of self-enquiry to awaken to the inner freedom of our true nature and ground ourselves in that. To that end they also make their experience in Enneagram-work, Buddhist meditation, transpersonal psychology and other approaches available. 

The main transmission, however, consists in the message of Sri Ramana Maharshi: ‘We already are the formless, silent Awareness before, during and after all transient appearances. When we rediscover that, our limited sense of I dissolves and the natural bliss of our true nature shines forth.’” 

To watch a video of Torsten and Padma’s response to the question, “Sri Ramana Maharshi said that Self-enquiry is the most direct route to realising the Self. What do you say about Self-enquiry? How to conduct Self-enquiry? Go to this video link here

The next Torsten Brugge and Padma Woolf Arunachala Retreat will last for 2 weeks and start on March 1, 2015 and be held at the venue of Sri Nannagaru Ashram. For more information you can get in touch direct at the email link top left of this page. 

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