Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi
  AHYMSIN Newsletter, Issue - August 2013  

Experiences of a Student Teacher of TTP

by Geeta Currimjee

This year I became a certified teacher of the Himalayan Tradition, and it has been a profound growing experience. The four years of the Teachers Training Program (HYT-TTP) have giving me more opportunity to grow spiritually than the two decades of personal spiritual practice.

At my initiation, my Guru Swami Rama implanted in me the seed of the Himalayan Tradition 23 years ago. Like many spiritual seekers I visited the Ashram at Rishikesh every year, basked in the love of The Guru, listened to lectures, read books, practiced meditation and even observed silence for 21 days. All these practices I did blindfolded. As soon as I reached home, I got involved in my householder's life and even if I continued my personal practice, the knowledge gained took the back seat.

Then, in February 2009 something happened to change my life. I was visiting the Sadhaka Grama Ashram and doing the routine practice, but somehow I felt that my visit had no purpose, how long would I sit around uselessly? I was not happy. As I realised that I was fooling myself, the truth hit me that my practice was not systematic, there was no purpose and no discipline in the spiritual practice.  I was overwhelmed with a feeling of failure and depression and felt like giving everything up.

That evening as I lay in my bed, I had a direct out of body message from Swami Rama; he told me to teach.
Teach? Me? What to teach? Was my imagination playing tricks? I immediately informed Swami Veda of this experience and he simply asked me to register myself into the Teacher's Training Program that had started that same day... Thus started my student -teacher experience.

The scientific and systematic Teacher's Training Program of 3 levels took the aspirant of The Himalayan Tradition into a grueling journey of self-discovery. I did not learn how to teach and what to teach; I learnt how to be an adhikarin, a true initiate of the HYT so that I can one day pass on the knowledge from personal experience. I became my own teacher because the program is such that I made my own reflections and discoveries.....Without personally experiencing the Self  how can the teacher guide students to tread the spiritual path?

The disciplined student goes through a process of learning about his Self, his strengths and his weaknesses.

The student grows in knowledge with each level. He discovers the intricacies of the human mind and learns to purify himself to become a fit vessel to carry the knowledge of Yoga as taught by the Himalayan Tradition. The curriculum is scientifically planned:  Level 1 is about Awareness: exploration and self-acceptance; Level 2 deals with Control: mindfulness and emotions; Level 3 is a Synthesis and deepening of sadhana.

I can rightly say that Yoga is technological. It gives tools for self improvement in all spheres. I learnt yoga techniques to manage and purify my emotions, I have learnt about the functions of the mind and tools to control the mind and its modifications. I have also learnt to prepare my body to be healthy and pure. I systematically practiced hatha yoga with mindfulness with breath awareness and was given knowledge of ayurveda and healthy eating habits and inner cleansing practices.

As the whole TTP has an integrated approach, I had to be honest with myself as I was led through each section to experiment myself with constant awareness. I trained myself to be self-observant. to be  observant of my thoughts, my breath, my attitudes, the primitive fountains of food, sleep, sex and self-preservation . The knowledge of the five pillars of Sadhana was a powerful tool in the practice. The TTP homework disciplined me in these observations ,and I noticed that  when I transgressed from the discipline  or when I was not being true to myself  I had difficulty in answering my homework for my mind was confused and veiled. So alertness and a razor sharp and focused mind is essential.

I have made conscious evolution through the tools of awareness such as inner dialogue, journaling and constant self observation; here I humbly advise students to keep this discipline, one great factor to inner evolution.

Though we could not study the spiritual texts in our curriculum, the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads, in detail, we were given a good knowledge of the main messages of the texts. It is my goal now to personally study the texts and continue learning.

The student of the 3rd level completed studying the systematic 8 steps guide to achieve self-mastery by studying Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras. Yoga attaches great importance to the study of the mind, Patañjali taught me that yoga is the control of the modifications of the mind .The mind is likened to  a lake, potentially calm and crystal clear ,but the thoughts(modifications of the mind) stir it into activity and obscure its true nature.

The aspirant of yoga learns to control the modifications. As Swami Rama said, "All the body is in the mind, but all the mind is not in the body," I have understood that yoga  the spiritual practice reduces the importance of the body and the mind to show the importance of The Self within.

The Yoga as taught by Patañjali opened up my consciousness to feelings of amity and compassion. My goal is not to improve my inner self for selfish, egoistical reasons, but to direct my energy to have a feel for others’ welfare. With this as a base, I will continue to excel in my role as a wife, a mother and a teacher.

Practicing vairagya I will live a worldly life fully yet remain above. This awareness gives me a deep sense of freedom and responsibility. I remember my duties to the Himalayan Tradition, to the world and to my country and am deeply indebted to my Guru who is  constantly guiding me .

I am deeply indebted to my spiritual preceptor, Swami Veda, and to the TTP faculty  and offer my gratitude to the Masters of The Lineage. I know that TTP has given me a deep knowledge which I would not have gotten by reading spiritual books, listening to lectures and sitting in meditation.

So The TTP taught me to transcend my limitations, to be willing to allow change to happen within me. As a teacher I will guide my students to allow this change to happen within, as everybody carries the same potential.

Aum Shri Guruwe Namah

Editor’s Note:

Editor’s note:
Geeta Currimjee is the center leader in Mauritius: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/08_0909/#j

We invite you to visit the website of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP):  http://www.himalayanyogatradition.com/

The next teacher training retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, is schedule for 10th – 23rd November 2013; please see http://www.himalayanyogatradition.com/india.html


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