Sadhana course participants who were concerned to intensify their meditation practices to enhance their
self awareness were sent to partake in a 10 days Vipassana meditation course; conducted at DHAMMA
SOTA - a nearby center of worldwide network of meditation centers founded under the initiation and
guidance of Mr. S.N. Goenka (www.dhamma.org/en-US/about/goenka).
The vipassana course is been structured to introduce Dhamma (a cosmic law underlying right behaviour
and social order) and teach the basic procedures and precepts one should practice and behave adhering
Dhamma to attain liberation. Literally, Vipassana means to see things as they really are and is one of
India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500
years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.
In practice, the course emphasizes practices and precepts to prepare an individual to walk the path of
The participants learn how to sit silently for hours, and also gained an experiential understanding of the
beginnings of witness consciousness- to observe their thoughts but not getting involved in them. The
close association between breathing and our emotional states was also experienced.
One of the most important lessons was that of living in the present moment by being aware of the bodily
sensations, and not letting the mind dwell in the past or illusory future. They were also enlightened on
the truth of impermanence and the psychological state of being equal to all so called pain and pleasure,
as these too are like passing waves on the surface of the ocean, whose depth is always quiet and
The Buddha through his sadhna has uplifted millions of souls even after 2000 years of his passing away.
He gave invaluable psychological and spiritual insights into nature of suffering, and how to grow out of
it. The Mother too during her interactions with the Ashram children and young sadhakas has shed more light
into the teachings of the Buddha, which later on were published as "Commentaries on the Dhammapada".