SPIRITUAL RETREAT IN HIMALAYAS, INDIA WITH SWAMI SANTHIPRASAD FOR SERIOUS SPIRITUAL SEEKERS
THERE WILL BE DEEP SPIRITUAL TALKS WITH SWAMI SANTHIPRASAD, INITIATION, MEDITATIONS, PRANAYAMA, SANKALPA SNAN,
PURIFYING BATH SANKALPA SNAN IN THE HOLY WATERS OF GANGES RIVER
WE WILL VISIT GANGOTRI, VASISHTA GUPHA, SRI NEELAKANT, HARIDWAR, RISHIKESH, JAIPUR AND PUSHKAR
You are most welcome to join Swami Santhiprasad
on his spiritual retreat in Himalayas. This is an opportunity for serious spiritual seekers to come in contact with the spiritual life and wisdom of India with Swami Santhiprasad and to explore the grandeur of the Himalayas as well as one’s own inner self.
Besides the magnificent nature there will be Pranayama, meditations as well as deep spiritual discussions and talks with Swami Santhiprasad.
We will meet in Delhi and from there go to Rishikesh where the retreat starts at the banks of River Ganga. "The Ganges, above all, is the river of India which has held India’s heart captive and drawn uncounted millions to her banks since the dawn of history. The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is the story of India’s civilization and culture, of the rise and fall of empires, of great and proud cities, of adventures of man" (Jawaharial Nehru). This spiritual retreat and tour program is planned along the banks of Ganga, in a way tracing its routs too.
Thousands of visitors come to Gangotri each year, from every part of the world. Gangotri is situated at a height of more than 10,000 feet in Uttarkashi district. The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, is closed from November to April every year as the area remains snow-bound during the winters.
Bhagirathi a tributary of Ganga joins the Alaknanda river at Devaprayag, also in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, to form the mighty river Ganga. The Ganga then flows through the Himalayan valleys and emerges into the north Indian plain at the town of Haridwar.
Haridwar is the doorway to ancient pilgrim centres in the Himalayas and a place of ashrams and temples. Before concluding the trip the group will visit The Manasa Devi Temple at the hilltop in Hardiwar. At sunset the group will partake in the Gangagi celebrations. It is amazing to see thousands of oil lamps with flowers offered by the pilgrims, glittering and floating in the waves of the Ganges at sunset as a great offering for accomplishing their desires.
Participants will be guided in classical systems of meditation during the tour. The presence and lectures of Swami Santhiprasad will be inspiring to the participants.
We start the program with a purifying bath, sankalpa snan, in the holy waters of the Ganges River under the guidance of Swami Santhiprasad. There after participants will be initiated into meditation and will stay in Rishikesh for two days to acclimatize with the Indian weather.
During this time there will be meditation sessions besides Swami Santhiprasad's talks.
During the stay in Rishikesh the group will visit and meditate in the following places:
Ramjhula - two kilo meters on the outskirts of the city of Rishikesh, towards the mountain side, is the serene abode of Indian spirituality called Ramjhula where innumerable big and small ashrams are situated on either sides of the Ganges.
Laksmanjhula - not more than an hour walking from Ramjhula through the banks of the Ganges we will reach to Laksmanjhula. There are innumerable ashrams big and small, spread over the banks of the Ganges. Here one can feel the sound of the rolling waters of the Ganges harmonizing with the spiritual vibration of an ancient tradition.
Gangotri - it takes 12-14 hours by car to reach Gangotri. The altitude is 3200 meters. In ancient times Gangotri was considered the source of Ganges. Nowadays, because of the withdrawal of the Gangotri glacier, one has to trek 19 km further through the Gangotri National park a protected area to reach the source. The group will halt at Gangotri and visit some ancient places and do meditations and spiritual practices for 4 days.
Vasishta Gupha – the group will visit Vasishta Gupha where the ancient sage Vasishta lived and meditated thousands of years ago and the Ashram of Purushothamanandaji, a well known saint of the last century. The group will meditate in this sacred cave.
Sri Neelakant - is associated with the legend of drinking poison by Lord Shiva which is vomited out by the serpent during the churning of the ocean of milk to find ambrosia. The Shiva Temple here was constructed as a memorial of this legend.
Jaipur and Pushkar Towards the conclusion of the retreat we will take a tour to Rajasthan and visit the following places:
Jaipur - Rajasthan's capital is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India's most flamboyant state. The splendours of Jaipur's majestic past unravels before a different pace and another world. At the city's heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort.
Pushkar - "Pushkar has a magnetism all of its own, and is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It's a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus should visit at least once in their lifetime. The town curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It also has one of the world's few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing Ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town literally hums with regular pujas (prayers) generating an eposodic soundtrack of chanting, drums, gongs and devotional songs.
The programme will be concluded at
4 pm on September 23, 2015 in Delhi.
Price: Euro 2500 Early Bird Discount 20%
for those who sign up and pay on or before June 15th, 2016
The price includes food, lodgings and conveyance along the mentioned route.
Your own transport to India is not included.
The accommodation is relatively basic in middle class hotels during the tour especially if the group has to take halt due to bad weather.
A double room will be shared by two people. During special circumstances such as landslides and closing of routes by Road Authorities etc. more than two persons may be asked to share a room.
Participants always share a room with a person of the same sex unless they came together as a couple.
It is important to be compassionate to your roommate. A group member that disturbs a roommate can during the ongoing tour be referred to a single room against additional payment of the difference in rent.
Participants are not allowed to go according to their own choice and find out their own accommodation.
Tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea.
Choice of continental or Indian dishes according to availability.
Food will be strictly vegetarian.
People who are following special diet or have problems with food need to fix their food by themselves. No reduction of price or concession will be given in such cases.
All teachings will be in English.
on September 5, 2015
The group will assemble in KERALA HOUSE, New Delhi, at 10 am.
Participants arriving at Delhi prior to September 4, 2015 have to stay by their own in Delhi.
The School will only be happy to help the participant to arrange accommodation on payment in Delhi.
On 5th morning at 11 am the group will assemble at Delhi to proceed to Rishikesh.
The details of the meeting place in Delhi will be communicated to you 10 days before starting of the journey.
The journey to upper Himalayas will be in cars or minibuses.
All expenses regarding accommodation, food and transport will be borne by the school from Rishikesh onwards.
Weather: Read more about the Indian weather in North India during this time of the year.
Remember that you are a guest in India during your stay. It is important to pay attention to local customs and traditions and show reverence and respect. Follow the guides in religious areas. When in doubt, please consult your tour leader.
Remember that this tour is not going to be as in your home but if you have an open mind you will certainly feel more than at home.
- light weight rain coat
- woolen socks
- woolen gloves
- rubber soled trekking shoes
- heavy woolen pullover/ jacket
- sleeping bags for minus degrees
small torch with cells
- alarm clock
- toilet articles
- needle, thread and buttons
- pen knife
- writing pad
- dark glasses
- personal medical kit
- yoga mat (possible to buy in Rishikesh)
- money belt
- a copy of your Tourist Visa
- a copy of your passport
- a copy of your air ticket
have committed myself
to be available always for
all of you and share what I have understood during the
course of journey of my life, both in the Indian spiritual
Yoga traditions and beyond, as a seeker if it is of help for you.
What we need in this world is few individuals who could commit
themselves to explore their own inner world! It is really difficult
to find few of them. However, I commit myself to be available
Spiritual leader • Yoga Master • Yoga Guru
School of Santhi Yoga School, Kerala, South India
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