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Aranyaka Day Retreat
Upcoming date: TBA
Date: Every Saturday
"Aranyaka means to dwell in the heart and the purity of the forest.
To dwell in the pure heart is to dwell in truth, beauty and bliss."
The Āraṇyakas are also texts on rituals and meditation for forest-dwelling ascetics. The Upanisads are derived from the Āraṇyakas, as they were chanted in the forest (āraṇya) after the aspirant had retired from worldly life. They are considered the last phase of śruti, vedic revelation, and reveal the teachings of deeper meditation and efforts of inner concentration.
Aranyaka can also be understood as the goal of those spiritual aspirants who had retired to the forest, where they achieved a higher mental state, undisturbed by the natural world (snakes, insects, weather) - as well as liberation from the suffering of duality (hunger, desire, pleasure, pain etc).
We may not be full-time forest ascetics or totally retired from worldly life, but we can aspire and connect with the intention of the ancients in this way - in our peaceful, forest sadhana space (located in Mangrove Mountain).