Revelling in the Absolute
Whatever we love most, resonating only with that in our hearts, the more we dream and worship that, sanctifying it, we make it our god.
Called our Ishta Deva or Ishta Devata, our Ishta can be anything.
The sole focus of our love, when we no longer stand apart or separate, at one with our beloved Ishta Dev – we are at peace and at our most powerful,
This is called
The Teachings that Yoga Forgot
Through the ocean of time, since man first started questioning himself, teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all our questions.
Revived 2500 years ago by the Indian sage Adi Shankara who dedicated his life to their survival, ATMA VIDYA subsequently became lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy and had to be revived again.
Had it not been for today’s modern revivalist movement in India, reviving and translating ATMA VIDYA into English, the teaching could have been lost and its methodology forgotten.
Once the preserve of yogis and saints, dragging enlightenment out of the dark ages, India is teaching ATMA VIDYA to school children in elementary and primary school, making what was once considered exceptional the new norm.
Only a few decades ago, a child able to read and write was considered exceptional. Now through education, school children are expected to know how to read and write by the age of 8.
Self-knowledge ATMA VIDYA makes enlightenment easy. Soon not knowing your true nature as a human being will be considered abnormal and be the exception.
As human beings, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing.
Free already, that we don’t know it, shows just how ignorant we are. That we spend our whole lives ignorant of our true nature, stupidly trying to free what is already free and make whole what is already whole and complete, is the source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi! (one who knows.)
Lost in all our own ideas about happiness and what freedom means, that happiness is already ours and freedom already won, only our ideas are false, is the cause of all our human suffering.
Happiness is not a goal or destination,
As the very nature of every human being, true permanent happiness is ever present and ever available.
While we keep making happiness a destination and mistake freedom and completeness as a goal, our destination is never reached and goal is never accomplished.
The more we keep searching for completeness, the more incomplete and miserable we feel and more dissatisfied we become.
As long as happiness is a dream my suffering continues. ‘As though’ sleep walking through life, under the shadow of my ignorance, I keep living in a perpetual blindfold and cant help stumbling around in the darkness. As long as I am a victim and prisoner of my ignorance, unless Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya frees me and points me in the right direction, pointing out my obvious mistake, incapable of living a normal life, I am forever in conflict. Living ‘as though’ through a maze of endless crises, my life keeps going nowhere.
Just like the sun in the morning obliterates all the darkness, Atma Vidya, Self-knowledge destroys all ignorance. Shattering the darkness Self-knowledge instantly removes the blindfold and sets us free.
Like the earth appears to get swallowed by the blackness of its own shadow at night disappearing into the darkness, we get swallowed up by the shadow of our ignorance and cant help disappearing into the blackness.
That the blackness is never real and only an illusion, only light is ever real, we don’t know until it is pointed out.
Like the sun makes all the darkness disappear, knowledge – Self-knowledge – obliterates all the darkness of human ignorance making the light of happiness suddenly ‘appear’.
Proven Track Record
Self-knowledge throws us the lifeline in the 21st century. It’s proven track record over thousands of years, proves that Self-knowledge always solves the problem of human suffering. Simply by revealing our true nature, Self-knowledge uplifts the human being and has for countless generations.
To make the darkness evaporate, SK (Self-knowledge) shines a huge spotlight on the inner workings and mind of the human being. Because we are free already, Self Knowledge instantly shatters the myth and removes the blindfold. Because we are already present, discovering the truth of who we are is easy.
To confirm the truth, all we have to do is point out the truth that has always existed. Freed already, pointing out the truth is easy.
– ‘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
Once our true nature is pointed out, free to revel forever in the nature of our own abundance, knowing our true outcome is assured, happiness knows no limitation. Thereafter nothing knowing that pure peace, pure unbound potentiality, pure unlimited freedom, called satchitananda is permanently ours, our happiness knows no limit.
Having never been separate from us, that this has always been our true nature and the meaning of YOGA., hidden only behind our ignorance, is all that needs pointing out. Finding out that no matter what our reason for conflict or how deep our suffering, it is always just a matter of ignorance, is the sweetest, most generous gift anyone can receive in their lifetime.
Like getting lost in a big city, searching for an address, you ask someone local the way and discover the address you were looking for was always right there, you just couldn’t see it. Getting lost in the creation, eventually we find the teacher who just points out the truth that has always been right here as ourselves. (Until someone who knows points it out, incapable of seeing it, we just don’t know!)
It is therefore with good reason that sages like Shankara warn us not to try to do any of this on our own!
Wanting our journey to be successful, trying to fathom the unfathomable depths and infinite experience of existence on our own without guidance is not advisable.
Just as no one has ever had to learn how to breathe, we don’t have to learn how to be present.
Already present, our presence and our existence is obvious. What is not obvious is, what is already present is already the very meaning of existence. This is all that needs pointing out.
‘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 vintage yoga designed to match your everyday lifestyle and fit any timeframe. Reminding you of your already absolute nature, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला done daily brings you back to the heart of yoga.
No compromise yoga in the very depth of tradition, once ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is memorised it becomes your daily practice for life.
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The Kriya breathing and meditation practices that transform your life is a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.
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Recognising John as Yogiraj, John was given the name Siddharthan and appointed to represent the dynastic Bhoganathar Siddha Parampie (traditional lineage) abroad.
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Eternal Pranams to The Ever Present, Ever Existing, Ever Omniscient, Ever Whole Ever Complete –
Sharing in the Light of Living Tradition
that is Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya
OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA –