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This time it was Hyderabad‘s chance
to get blessed by Acharya Prashant Ji‘s presence.

The 3-day Vishranti Retreat started on 4th of January’19
with seekers from all over the country,
coming together to get a taste of
the real Vishram (Relaxation) and the real Shanti (Peace).


Day 1

After a brief orientation by the retreat mentors, the group headed to the Osman Sagar, a beautiful, serene lake in the outskirts of the city. A perfect place for the participants to get comfortable with their small family for the coming days and also contemplate over the important issues of their lives before meeting the Master for the first time.

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It didn’t take much time, the moment they saw a glimpse of the Master, all of them sung in unison the Guru Vandana to express their love and gratitude!

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु र्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः

Guru is the Creator (Brahma), Guru is the Preserver(Vishnu),
GuruDeva is Destroyer(Maheshwara).
Guru is the absolute (singular) Lord himself,
Salutations to that Sri Guru.

The Nature Walk was an unique opportunity for all seekers to keep pace with the Master while putting forth their sincere and honest questions.

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Next in line was Studio Kabir with Anushri Mishra Ji!

The silence they were left with after the Nature Walk, found its depth by singing Guru Kabir Sahab’s verses with Anushri Mishra Ji at the retreat venue, and something unexpected happened.

Clock had just struck 11pm! Two hour had passed away in their tryst with Guru Kabir.

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Now, it was time for the midnight session with Acharya Ji. All the seekers were ready to take another deep dive into the depths of silence, what followed was an intense discourse which went on till late 4am in the morning, surprisingly, when the entire city was sleeping, there were some madones, burning the midnight oil to light the fire of wisdom.

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Day 2

After sleeping late in the night, the retreat mentors started their day early to explore the city of Nizams and find an ideal location for yet another Nature Walk with the Master.

After visiting all the famous places of the city, they came upon to an oasis. At the heart of an otherwise rushing metropolitan was a serene park on the banks of the famous Husain Sagar Lake, Sanjeevaiah Park.

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Meanwhile, after reading and contemplating over the anecdotes from various Sufi masters’ lives, the Vishranti family moved on to the new location for the upcoming nature walk. Soon, the seekers were blessed by yet another meeting with the Master. The walk offered them an opporunity to discuss topics of personal as well as social interest, to go deep into the relationships an individual has with the world.

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After witnessing the beautiful sunset, the Vishranti family headed towards the retreat venue for another meditative Studio Kabir session with Anushri Ji.

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‘It was a Myth Buster!’

That’s what one of the participant instantly said when she was asked about her experience of the second session. In this session, Acharya Ji busted a number of myths prevalent in today’s world in the name of Spirituality. And amazed with a whole new perspective of looking at the world, the seekers went on to share their heart out with the Master till 3am in the morning, again.

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A few blessed ones also got an opporunity for the one-to-one interaction with Acharya Ji.

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Day 3

The final day of the retreat started with reading and discussing an unique ensemble of shlokas from more than 20 Upanishads. After an intense churning of the first two days, the seekers were initiated with the first principles; directing their focus again on the basics of an intelligent living.

The intensity of discussions instantly turned into innocent expression of love when they started decorating the session venue for welcoming the Master.

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In the final session of the retreat, seekers asked their queries to understand the essence of the wisdom of the rishis and were beautifully guided across the river by the Master!

“Acharya Ji, what would be your advice to us, now, when the retreat is ending?”
asked one of the seekers.

“The retreat must never end,”
said the Master.

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Gems from the Sessions

“टुच्ची लड़ाई करने का दुष्परिणाम ये होता है कि तुम किसी बड़ी लड़ाई के काबिल नहीं बचते।”

……..

Q: How to express Gratitude?
A: Distribute it.

……..

“अच्छा कर्म करके मुक्ति नहीं पाई जाती।
मुक्ति के लिए जो कर्म किया जाए वो अच्छा होता है”

……..

“Science keeps looking at the objects but ignores the subject.
And that is why even the greatest scientists remain in darkness.”

……..

“तुमको अगर दुःख मिल रहा है तो इसलिए नहीं मिल रहा कि तुम्हारे अतीत में कुछ है।
इसलिए मिल रहा है कि ठीक अभी तुम दुःख का साथ दे रहे हो।”

……..

“Sex becomes an issue to you when you say,
‘I am going to have sex and it will satisfy me’.

When you are really concerned with your Liberation,
then such thoughts stop bothering you.”

……..

“चमत्कार सत्य की ओर से नहीं होता, चमत्कार होता है तुम्हारी ओर से, जब तुम सत्य की ओर देख लेते हो।”

……..

Q: What is your way to the Mukti?
A: Suffering. An honest acknowledgment of suffering.

……..

“आज़ादी ध्यय हो तो जीवन ही ध्यान है।”

……..

“Your questions are living proof,
that you are not alright with yourself.”

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A Glimpse of the Sessions


~ The above post is coming from one of the volunteers at PrashantAdvait Foundation

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