In the Śabda Institute, a crystal mind is defined as one that is clear, sharp, and free of misconceptions and discursive thought. A crystal mind is cultivated through deliberate work on quieting the mind and then inquiring into its contents. The beauty of working on the mind is that the results spill over to the body and the heart!

Crystal Mind

Level I


In this 5-day course, we will explore the fundamentals of self-discipline through the yamas and niyamas of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. In addition to the most common interpretations of the yamas and niyamas, we will delve into their subtleties through practical examples, homework, contemplations and group discussion. No matter what one's spiritual path (or no path at all!), this course will be useful.

The course will take place on consecutive days - December 8-12 6 PM CET (12 PM EST). All classes will take place on Zoom, and recordings made available thereafter.

Level II

Śabda Sāra

Without the irritant, there’s no pearl. We become complacent and dull without the fire of challenge. It’s not in some unknown future that we need to evolve. It’s now.

If we can see that our thoughts come and go and not take their content so seriously, our lives would improve instantly.

The heat of tapas makes way for the nectar of grace.

Like a hamster on a wheel, we run along the well-worn grooves, helplessly reacting in the same old ways to everything that arises in our experience.

For true healing to occur and to get off the cycle of rebirth into suffering, we must become willing to change our habitual ways at any cost. This is how we return to bliss.

The path on which you fall is the path on which you rise.

It is when we arrive at the willingness to give up everything that we make space for the infinite possibilities that exist in every situation. Here we realize that we never owned anything in the first place. This is one of the many paradoxes on the spiritual path.

The habits we cultivate come to determine the company we keep and the stories we tell ourselves about others. Like the layer of dust on the mirror, they keep us from discovering the bliss of our true nature.

Think about all the times when you looked back at an incident that seemed hopeless at the time but in retrospect was the best thing that could have happened. Since we are unable to see into the future or beyond our limited space quantum, we ask for things to be different.

Remaining faithful to our sankalpa is like the bloody battle between Durga and Mahishasura

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