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The Ganeshpuri Talks (Streaming video)

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2015 Ganeshpuri Talks cvr.jpg

The Ganeshpuri Talks (Streaming video)


by Swami Chetanananda

This 6-part program is comprised of talks given by Swami Chetanananda during a pilgrimage to Ganeshpuri, Maharastra, India in 2015. In these talks, he gives a group of devotees a context to understand India and the atmosphere around Nityananda’s samadhi shrine.

Track 1: Bhagavan Nityananda.  Nityananda is the foundation guru in Swamiji’s lineage. Swamiji provides more stories about Nityananda’s amazing life. (57:57)

Track 2: Authenticity.  Swamiji provides guidance on how an American practitioner might distinguish the authentic elements of Indian spiritual practice from the cultural and commercial aspects. (42:55)

Track 3: Possession. What is the historical context of possession and what is its role in Indian culture and spirituality? (56:36)

Track 4: Pervasion. Swamiji addresses the question of what is pervasion in the context of spiritual practice. (50:59)

Track 5: Spirits. Swamiji describes the cultural background of Indian spiritual practice and experiences with spirits that happened around Nityananda. (26:35)

Track 6: Pujas and Havans.  Swamiji talks about the origins of puja and the opportunities available when participating in havans (fire ceremonies). (44:45)

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Swami Chetanananda is a master of Trika Yoga practice and a teacher in the lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. He is the abbot and spiritual director of The Movement Center, based in Portland, Oregon.

Swamiji works with students to awaken their creative energy and support them in the process of its unfoldment. He teaches Dynamic Stillness practice, a direct transmission meditation in which teacher and student share the experience of the underlying unity of all things.

Swamiji has a profound grasp of Kashmir Shaivism and the other philosophical and practice traditions he has studied. He conveys their essence in direct and accessible terms, making them relevant to everyday circumstances. He offers simple, practical techniques for working with creative energy that can be practiced by anyone. The fundamental method uses the power of the breath to circulate the creative energy (kundalini) and intensify its flow so that tensions and obstacles are dissolved, leading to a more refined awareness.