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Online 121 Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism eStudy Module One Duration, Fees and Commencement

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Online 121 Yoga Techniques & Textual Theory eStudy Modular Overview

– Feel your Self as Being within the Essence of the Ultimate Reality

My contact and involvement with the Upaniṣat in the 1980’s, apart from the more usual casual contact through teachers quotes and vague readings in the 1970’s, was surprisingly through neither practice techniques nor textual study.

I actually became exposed to the Upaniṣat through the practice of chanting. In fact, the very first chant from the Veda that Desikachar taught me was the first verse from Chapter Two of the Taittirīyra Upaniṣat.

I still have a recording of my shaky attempts in that lesson from 1984. This extended over time to chanting the entire 31 chapters of the Taittirīyra Upaniṣat, and then included learning to chant other Upaniṣat.

Thus it was through Chanting that my relationship with the Upaniṣat deepened and the context and understanding of these texts were absorbed somewhat differently than I was expecting in terms of the more usual method of studying a text.

This then extended into the textual study of portions of some Upaniṣat with TKV Desikachar within a more general context, and then to a deep word-by-word exploration of chosen Upaniṣat through private lessons.

“As the spider moving upward by the thread obtains free space,
thus assuredly the meditator,
moving upward by the Mantra obtains Svatantra.”

– Maitrī Upaniṣad Chapter 6 verse 22

However, the Upaniṣat are a vast range of teachings and my offerings in this area through the Modular Workshop and Courses are as if a pebble compared to a mountain.

Online 121 Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism eStudy Module One

This particular Module One consists of nine 121 live video 50′ meetings to facilitate a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student. It introduces the student, through an online teaching dialogue, to the primary principles and essential teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar within the Upaniṣat.

“Holding the body steady, with the three (upper parts, chest, neck, head) erect,
causing the senses and the mind to enter the heart,
the wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra all the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣat Chapter 2 verse 8

As well as being a sound overview and introduction to the primary principles and teachings from the major Upaniṣat, it offers an in-depth approach to the Upaniṣat, through an experiential appreciation of the core teachings that underpin the Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism, either for personal development or, if relevant, to enhance professional skills.

It is also a prerequisite to further work through:

– The Online 121 Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Modules Two to Three

– Or, the Live Small Group Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Modules Two to Three Courses.

The online Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module One reflects the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in emphasising a personal reflective study to support your life.
  • Understanding the principles that inspire and inform Yoga teachings.
  • An overview of primary Upaniṣat concepts around body and mind.
  • Familiarisation with basic Upaniṣat terms and practice techniques.
  • Appreciating how chanting the Upaniṣat can aid their absorption and deepen our understanding.
  • Deepening the reflective aspects of our personal practice with the Upaniṣat.

To present a view of the Upaniṣat through which students can support and develop their own Yoga Sādhana and deepen their appreciation of the possibilities for the Upaniṣat in their lives. They are offered with respect for the vital source from which these Yoga teachings originated and their place in our age and culture.

Online 121 Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism eStudy Module One topics offer over 7.5 hours through:

  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching.
  • How the Upaniṣat are linked.
  • What are the key concepts in each?
  • Which Upaniṣat are most important.
  • Why do we need a view such as the Upaniṣat?
  • Learning to look from the Upaniṣat at our relationship with others.
  • Linking the Upaniṣat to the ebb and flow of daily life.