Pilgrimage to India
December 27, 2018 to January 23, 2019
Every January, Devaji and the sangha travel to India to sit at the feet of Beloved Arunachala. The reverberations of this annual pilgrimage are felt continuously and invite the potential of a deeply rich and sacred transformation. You are lovingly invited to join this inner and outer journey into the One Heart.
"Thou dost root out the ego of those who meditate on Thee in the heart, O Arunachala!"
-Sri Ramana Maharshi
Our journey begins at the foot of Ramana's Master, the holy hill Arunachala. More than just a small mountain, Arunachala is the living manifestation of the Hindu God Shiva. Its stirring presence pulls at the hearts of all those who long to be free. For many, it evokes the purest of devotion not felt in the life prior.
Arunachala is at the epicenter of the town of Tiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. A group of sangha members will travel together on December 27th, 2018 from San Franscisco airport to Chennai where a bus will be waiting to take us to Tiru. You are most welcome to join the traveling group or travel alone from your corner of the world and meet us there. The group will land at the Center for Bhrathiya Dharmic and Cultural Studies (formerly Suddhananda Ashram), a quiet sanctuary which is located approximately 6 km from Ramanashramam, on December 29th, 2018. The center provides lodging to suit all budgets. All rooms include three daily vegetarian meals as well as coffee/chai in the early morning.
Our time at Arunachala will begin with two open satsangs which will be offered on December 31st and January 1st. A three-week retreat will then begin on January 2nd, 2019. This retreat will consist of twice daily sessions each beginning with a silent meditation followed by satsang with Devaji. The ashram is located on the quiet side of the mountain with its own direct access to the inner path. Often, sangha members will set out in the early morning for walking meditation and silent prayer on the mountain before formal satsang begins.
You are most lovingly invited to join us on this sacred pilgrimage.