Amma says that in this day and age, it's Bhakti (devotion) which is the most practical spiritual sadhana.
“Bhakti, or devotion, is the practical way of getting rid of sorrows. Bhakti is a practical science. Bhakti is not blind superstitious belief. It is this faith that removes darkness from our hearts. Not only does it help us unburden our heart, it also amplifies our sense of righteousness and inspires us to be compassionate towards the distressed. Devotion to God and compassion for the world are but two sides of the same coin.” - Amma
Amma also says that Tattwatille Bhakti (Devotion based on true understanding) is what is needed to be practiced. When we start on the path of bhakti, we start receiving the fruits of the practice almost immediately. This series of Bhakti retreats will explore the path of Bhakti, based on the most ancient and revered text, The Narada Bhakti Sutras.
There will be Q&A sessions after the satsangs. The retreat will also consist of guided devotional practices like chanting of the 108 names, manasa puja (mental worship) and Ma-Om meditation.
How does it work
The intention of this retreat is that you can have a similar experience to those who take them in the Amritapuri Ashram.
For this reason it is recommended that you set aside two days for this Sadhana Retreat to ensure that you get the intended experience.
You will have access to the replay of the live retreat until Aug 16.
Please go through the two talks on Narada Bhakti Sutras available in the Amritapuri (Youtube) channel. The satsangs will be a continuation of these talks.
Two Day Retreat:
The retreat will be held live on the weekend of Aug 7-8 AEST (Sydney Time) with the option to catch the replay from other time zones.
Both days of the weekend will have the following schedule (Melbourne/Sydney) time:
Session 1 - 9:30 am to 11:30 am AEST
Satsang, 108 Names, Manasa Puja and a Q&A.
Session 2 - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm AEST
Satsang, Guided Meditation, Q&A Session
Find your local dates and times:
Day 1 Session 1
Day 1 Session 2
Day 2 Session 1
Day 2 Session 2
Swami Atmananda Puri has a series of talks covering a variety of topics on the Amritapuri Youtube Channel. View his talks here.