Revelling in the Absolute
Whatever we love the most
dreaming, worshipping and resonating only with that, allowing it to fill our hearts, sanctifying it, we make that our god.
Called our Ishta Deva or Devata, as the sole object of our love our Ishta could be anything.
The moment we are no longer separate, at one with our beloved Ishta –
at peace and at our most powerful.
it is called
ISHTA VIDYA इष्ट विद्या | Knowledge for Life | The Teachings that Yoga Forgot
Through the ocean of time, since mankind first questioned himself, teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all our questions. So important was the survival of the teachings to the sage Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, he dedicated his whole life to its revival.
Subsequently getting lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy, but for Indian modernists reviving the teaching, ATMA VIDYA might have been lost and its methodology forgotten.
Once taught under a Bunyan tree, the jewel of Advaita Vedanta wisdom, referred to in classical texts (sastra) as Atma Gnanam, Sri Vidya, Brahma Vidya, or Para Vidya, is being dragged out of the dark ages of ‘enlightenment’ and being taught to school children in India’s Elementary and Primary school classrooms.
As human beings, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing.
Free already, that none of us knows it, but keep trying to free what is already permanently free, and make whole what is perpetually whole and complete, is the source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi.
Lost in all our own ideas about ourselves and happiness, that happiness is always real, it is only our ideas of happiness that are false, is not known to us. This ignorance is the source of all our human suffering. That happiness is not a goal or a destination, but the very nature of every human being, ever present and ever available means, looking elsewhere for happiness, our destination is never reached.
The longer we keep seeking completeness in the world that is forever incomplete, the more incomplete we feel. Our ignorance is all that remains complete. In other words not knowing that we don’t know, we don’t know that we are blind. Until the Self-Knowledge teacher through Atma Vidya points out our obvious mistake, stuck living in a blindfold, we keep stumbling around in the darkness.
Just like the earth ‘appears’ to get swallowed up by the blackness of it’s own shadow at night, swallowed up in the blindness of our ignorance we can’t see the truth.
But the darkness is never real. Always an illusion only light is real.
Self-knowledge is the teaching that solves the problem and throws us a lifeline. Shining a huge light on the human struggle, the teachings of Self-knowledge help us throw away the blindfold and step out of the darkness.
Just as the sun coming up in the morning obliterates the blackness of the night, Atma Vidya Self-knowledge destroys the darkness of our ignorance and frees us from all our suffering.
– ‘John, your teachings really blew my mind in the best possible way. I was literally hanging on every word thinking yes, yes yes that speaks exactly to me and my experience, thank GOD someone has finally explained this to me in a way that makes sense so I can get on with my life!!’ – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW
Freeing the already free, once our true nature is pointed out as ever present, we forever revel in our outcome. Knowing ourselves as nothing but absolute peace, pure unbound potentiality, happiness and freedom, called satchitananda, has always been the meaning of YOGA.
Having never been separate, finding out that no matter what form our suffering took, suffering was always only a result of ‘an appearance’, and only our ignorance makes us suffer, is the best gift anyone can receive in this lifetime.
Like getting lost in a big city, looking for an address asking someone local the way, we discover the address was always right there, we just could not see it. Getting lost in the creation, eventually seeking guidance we discover that the truth we keep looking for is always right here. (Until someone points out the truth, because we cannot see it, we don’t know it!)
It is therefore with good reason that the sages like Shankara have always warned us not to try to do this on our own!
Wanting the journey of our lives to end successfully while trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of existence on our own without guidance is never advisable.
Just as we don’t have to learn how to breathe, we don’t have to learn how to be present.
Already present our existence is effortless. Existence being obvious, not obvious is the meaning of existence! What we need is someone who knows to point out the meaning of what is existing and ever present.
‘I feel this incredible freedom that I don’t need any of the shit I thought I needed to be happy – some destination where I will magically find happiness – ha! I look at it now and it seems so stupid. … and the idea that it’s ok to have desires, that I don’t have to become some swami who lives in a cave and eats dal every meal.
All the therapy to try and think myself out of my depressed state that is caused by my thinking – trying to cancel thoughts out with more thoughts – imagine how stupid this is! And then the mindfulness training, knowing that I need to detach from my thoughts but not understanding how to do that because I didn’t understand the whole happiness concept because nobody had ever explained who I am in a way that I understood.’
– Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW
ISHTA-MALA इष्ट माला | A Practice for Life
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is a suite of yoga asana designed to match individual lifestyles, abilities and timeframes and bring daily remembrance of our already existing nature. Depending on which type of student you are ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला adjusts and expands according to ability.
Establishing a routine of yogabhyasa (daily practice), ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला meets you at the very heart of yoga.
No compromise yoga in the deep vintage tradition, once memorised ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला becomes a personal practice for life.
To become adept just takes a practice a day. (Read More)
How dynamically do you want to transform your life?
Breathing meditations that can dynamically transform your body are a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.
Using the body as our own nuclear power station, The Siddha Kriya Method of breathing and meditation shifts the gears of yoga from asana to breath control, dynamically reinforcing and expanding the bodies power and wellbeing.
By voluntarily influencing the sympathetic nervous system, ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय boosts the body’s immune system dynamically enhanicing our capacity to tackle life’s modern challenges and ward off disease.
The Siddha Kriya Method is taught in the living tradition of Siddha Yoga of ancient India.
Recognised as yogiraj given the name Siddharthan John was appointed to represent the dynastic Bhoganathar Siddha Parampie (traditional lineage) abroad.
Private only and One on One classes currently available. (Read More)
Eternal Pranams to The EverPresent Ever Existing Ever Omniscient Ever Whole Ever Complete –
Sharing the Light of Living Tradition
Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya
OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA –