NOTE: These are just my own views and observations being a ShivYog saadhak and this does not authorize me in any form to speak on behalf of the organization. These notes and views have been only provided with the sole intention of helping new sadhaks joining Shivirs :) Namah Shivaya!
Some common questions ~
- What are the 3 courses and I am confused as to which I should attend?
- How do I register?
- Where will I get my pass?
- Why do I have to pay?
- Will there be any help at the shivir?
- What about accommodation? What about food?
- What is the dress code?
- What do I need to take with me to the Shivir everyday?
- What should I not take with me to the Shivir?
- Why should I not carry my mobile phone? I may have urgent calls to make or receive.
- Where will be my seat?
- Will I be able to get up once I am seated?
- Will I be able to meet Babaji personally?
- Are any of Babaji's CDs or other materials available in the Shivir?
- If I have done few levels before like level 1, can I do further levels without redoing?
- I am a totally new and don't know anything about what to do.
- Do I need to prepare myself in any way before going to the shivir?
- Any other tips?
All answers below....
- What are the 3 courses and I am confused as to which I should attend? To read the complete details in layman terms click here.
- How do I register? To register make the Demand Draft (DD) of the appropriate contribution and send it to the ashram at Delhi. Prior registration is a must. Details of the DD are given below. After you send you will receive a call/SMS confirming your registration along with your registration number. However, if you do not receive anything for any reason, you may call up the ashram and take your confirmation number.
To participate please send the form duly filled along with the demand draft favouring "_________" (click to check in whose favour the DD should be for the shivir you are registering) payable at New Delhi at the address mentioned below.
Shiv Yog Foundation
D – 170, Sec 8, Dwarka
New Delhi – 110075
Ph: +91 09811016531, 09999985961, 09999985962, 09999985963
Also mention your complete details on the back of the demand draft.
- Where will I get my pass? In case you are an outstation saadhak, then you will have to collect the pass from the venue spot one day earlier or on the date of commencement of the course. Check the event page to know the first day of collecting your pass. So you may want to arrive a day earlier or on the announced day to collect your pass. If this is not possible and you are supposed to arrive on the day of the course, then make sure that you are atleast a few hours fore the start time of the shivir. Plan your travel properly in such a way so that you can arrive in time, check in to your accommodation, freshen up and reach the venue an hour earlier. The plan for seating and timings keep changing according to the shivir necessity. Always carry your identity proof and the photo copies of the documents you sent for booking (DD, letter, etc.) If you have earlier attended certain levels and do not want to attend those levels but only the higher levels, then you need to carry your ID badge of your previous the previous shivir you attended. (Prior levels are a must to be eligible for higher levels). However, it is advisable that one try to attend all levels again for greater benefit.
- Why do I have to pay? You are paying a contribution to the organization that takes care of so many noble causes. You also pay towards the high costs of the venue, sound system, technical stuff, food, etc. This question may be common with new seekers, but once you attend the Shivir you will know that what you have received in return in million times more than what you have parted with. It is always seen that this amount and other facilities automatically fall in place once a saadhak has decided to attend a shivir. Finally, nothing in the Universe comes for free. There is always an exchange of energy and this exchange has to happen. Apart from giving Guru dakshina you also become the cause to contributing to so many divine causes.
- Will there be any help at the Shivir? Every Shivir is managed entirely by the organizers and group of volunteers. The gathering is like a large family and normally you will not need any assistance as everything is known once you enter the premises. Even though, there will be volunteers in seva all the time and to guide you for any information. Sevaks try their best to get you information about hotels, location and their tariffs but this may differ from place to place depending on available resources.
- What about accommodation? What about food? Accommodation is what you will have to arrange by yourself. There are sevaks who gather a list of all available accommodation nearby the shivir. You can make phone bookings or if not sure please make sure you arrive a day earlier to fix this up. Breakfast and lunch is normally provided at the Shivir. You may want to arrange your own food but preferably this is blessed food from the bhandara that is nothing less than Prasad. Make sure you take only enough quantity of food that you can consume. Do not throw away food as this is blessed and you surely will not want to be reminded of this openly by a volunteer when you attempt to throw food.
- What is the dress code? There is no dress code but you may want to wear simple and loose-fitted cotton fittings that will allow energy to facilitate properly during the sadhana. Avoid any tight fittings that can make you uncomfortable.
- What do I need to take with me to the Shivir everyday? Take with you woolen aasan (blanket) that will help you avoid you draining out energy into the ground or seat and helps you being insulated. Even if you don't understand this, still carry an aasan :) Carry your own water bottle; clean water is available in the Shivir but you may need a container to keep it with you. As much as possible avoid plastic bottles (Babaji also highly discards their use due to their cancer-forming nature). You may carry a note book and a pen to jot out important things, at least the basic things that Babaji keeps mentioning throughout the Shivir, though this is not really required as Baba's shivirs are a direct transfer of grace and not really transformation of information via the 5 senses. Finally, take with you an open mind :)
- What should I NOT take with me to the Shivir?
- Cellphones (they make noise).
- Any plastic bags or covers (they make noise).
- Small children (they make noise).
- Any accessories that make noise.
- Cameras (you are not allowed to take pictures or record with any device).
- Finally, do not take with your office, business and home worries (they make noise too!) as all these will be taken care by Lord Shiva. Place them at his feet and enter.
- Why should I not carry my mobile phone? I may have urgent calls to make or receive. You are restricted to use a cell phone inside the Shivir. This is a very important thing that all saadhaks must follow because in every Shivir the volunteers and Babaji keep requesting to switch off their cell phones. It should not even be in silent mode. Babaji wants saadhaks to be away from any electronic material during the Shivir since it is high negative energy. The energy that you are going to receive from Babaji will be lost by the negative energy radiations of the cellphone. This is something that saadhaks fail to understand in every Shivir despite the repeated requests of Babaji himself. I remember in a shivir Babaji was constantly saying to switch off and someone or the other's phone used to still ring. The next day, patiently and loving Babaji again explained the negativities of a cellphone during sadhana and this time he said, "Promise me you are going to switch off your phones." and soon amidst the intense sadhana a phone rang! Most of the time what happens is that one uses phones during breaks but forget to switch it off. Some switch it off not being aware that the alerts or alarms can trigger off in the switch off mode also. So, it is better that they are not carried to the Shivir itself.
- Where will be my seat? You need to check this with the organizers or volunteers because this keeps changing depending on the venue and resources. Normally, seat numbers are alloted but for free healing shivirs, it goes on first-come-first basis.
- Will I be able to get up once I am seated? Normally, this is not advised. since this disturbs the energy and other sadhaks. So, it is highly advisable to empty your bowel and bladders before you come to the Shivir and plan in such a way that you will not have to get up once Babaji is in. Babaji can take you to different levels of consciousness and experiences for hours together and so it is better you are "ready" before Babaji comes in. There will be enough breaks given and one can make sure one utilize these breaks properly to avoid getting up later. Also, avoid getting up the moment there is sankeertan (song/bhajan) because this is not like the movie intervals where one take a break when the guru sings. More than anything, it is disrespectful to get up in the presence of a Guru unless it is very much absolutely required. Make sure you come before Babaji comes and leave after Babaji goes and not come after Babaji is in and go even before he leaves. This is a normal and respectful practice between all guru-disciples.
- Will I be able to meet Babaji personally? Babaji refrains from meeting anyone personally for any reason and does not prefer to have his feet touched. Babaji teaches all saadhaks how to meet him astrally (nonphysically) and teaches one to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and time. Once the connection is truly established in the Shivir with Babaji, there will not be any urge or need to meet him personally. (To read more on this click here) Also, Babaji shares with you all secrets and knowledge about healing any type of problems by the practices that he practiced. However, I have no authority to comment more on this and you may want to contact the organizers/volunteers.
- Are any of Babaji's CDs or other materials available in the Shivir? Yes, all Shivirs have a DIVINE SHOP that sells all materials pertaining to ShivYog. All information is available at the Shivirs.
- If I have done few levels before like level 1, can I do further levels without redoing? Surely, you can. It is mandatory that previous preceding level has been done. Please make sure you carry the photocopy of some proof of the previous shivir or the previous shivir's entry card. This will make things easier for you and them.
- I am a totally new and don't know anything about what to do. You will not need to know anything more than what is listed here at least. Have faith in Lord Shiva for you are the chosen one on your path to Liberation. Remember it is not the disciple who chooses a guru but it is the guru who chooses the disciple. So, just go with total surrender and faith in the process. You can trust the entire process of having everything in place if you surrender to Babaji. He takes care of everything right from your money to transportation to accommodation to food and your activities back home or office in your absence. He just wants you to be there totally and fully present with him. Rest assured, if you have this faith and trust in Babaji, you will never feel you are new and you will be beautifully guided that has to be yours step by step.
- Do I need to prepare myself in any way before going to the Shivir? Here, this is a matter of personal choice. It does help if you can spend a few days before the Shivir preparing yourself physically and mentally to be with the divine energies. These energies and blessings are going to change your life forever and it is worth giving yourself some preparations before attending the Shivirs. It could be as simple as trying to keep yourself from any kind of negativities or reading spiritual material or watching Babaji's messages on TV or spending more time with nature or withdrawing from stressful events and environment. Some saadhaks do not prefer to drink or smoke during this period to take the maximum benefit but again all these are a matter of personal choice as Babaji never has any DO's and DONT's in ShivYog.
- Any other tips? Please know that follows the basic steps in teaching methods in all 3 levels in all shivirs but it is my personal observation that in every shivir Babaji is never monotonous and there are lot of flavours to his teachings and methods in every shivir. Babaji also mentioned that all shivirs are not the same but everytime he does it from different dimensions. So it is always better if one can note down or absorb Babaji's teachings, especially the ones we are supposed to practice in sadhana like sidha healing, shambhavi, sri vidya, pitra ascension, mritsanjeevani, etc. Be attentive when the sadhanas are taught. However, Babaji adds that this knowledge is transfered from His consciousness to your consciousness, so it is nonphysical. Even people who don't understand the language have been benefiting which shows that it is more than one hearing or seeing only.
PRACTICES THAT HELP OURSELVES AND OTHERS
Basically, there are no DO's & DONT's in ShivYog and Babaji never places any conditions to the practice of ShivYog, but it is in our good interests that we follow some basic things so that we do not become inconvenience to others.
- Do not rush during entry or exit.
- There are all sorts of people of all ages with different physical and other problems. Try to be of maximum help to them by co-operating with their "problems" that they carry with them with the intention of getting healed.
- Switch off your cell phone or rather don't get them to the Shivir itself.
- Do not jump lines or get in between any queues, especially the Bhandara (food).
- During sadhana try to keep yourself within control. There will be different actions and reactions during every sadhana (jerking, shouting, crying, etc) and these are normal releasing of stored up stuff by individuals. Babaji says that you are in total control of your body and it may feel good or feel fun for the individual who is releasing, but one should keep control over oneself so as to not cause inconvenience or fear to others. It is important that one does not get distracted either by these experiences around and stay focussed on one's own sadhana. (To read more on such experiences click here)
- As much as possible avoid talking while in the shivir or even otherwise or you will dissipate the energies in worthless matters that you are receiving during the sadhana. Be meditative and contemplative to receive the highest benefit. Go to the Shivir thinking that you are withdrawing from all worldly activities. This will also help other meditative saadhaks not being disturbed by your conversations.
- In Shivirs there are no boundaries of any sort - be it physical, material, positional, caste, religion, status, etc. Treat everyone equally.