Monday, April 28, 2014

Free or Donation Shivirs?

There is this regular question among seekers, especially to those who are new to ShivYog - "Which shivir should I attend? Is this shivir powerful or that? Should I attend the free shivir or the ones with donations?"

Since these are common questions, hoping to make a common answer.

There is nothing like more powerful and less powerful shivirs. There are multiple shivirs that Babaji and Ishanji has presented over the years and these are all designed for specific purposes. Like there are Shambhavi Sadhana healing shivirs, specifically meant for healing of the mind and body. There are PratiPrasav shivirs specifically meant for uprooting deep-rooted impressions seated in our psyche from various lifetimes. There are the Self-Realization shivirs, which are specific for realizing the actual self or true self or for actualizing the Self or the soul, for ways to regress back into the God state. Ascension shivirs specifically are towards raising one's consciousness higher towards that self-realized state. Self-realization is a state where you once get the taste of your Godliness and get it known in it's truest unexplainable form, it is difficult to want to hold back with more further births because by then nature presents a glimpse of one's true nature in the absence of maya or illusions. Further a step ahead is the Advait Shree Vidya sadhana, which progresses further into the dissolution of the soul completely into the infinite or God consciousness, the liberated and and dissolved state. The Shree Vidya also ensures clearance of obstacles towards fulfillment of a complete worldly life and equally a complete spiritual life. Shivirs like Science Beyond Science, are specifically for the supporters of human health - the doctors and medical faculties. This shivir enhances the healing abilities of the medical professionals and provides great support to the field of medicine and treatments as it enhances healing in various ways beyond the understanding and catch of modern medical science, which is why it is named as "Science Beyond Science" where the mystical science of Holy Siddhas is beyond the comprehension of modern science.

Then, there are shivirs like Durga Saptshati, Navratri Shakti Sadhana, ShivYog Healing Dhyan shivirs, which Babaji specifically introduced for the churning and cleansing of one's consciousness before they can be subject to further intensive shivirs.  These shivirs can be considered as the basic ones (not meaning less powerful or whatever) that help clear the root basic negative aspects of the human nature like hatred, fear, jealousy, selfishness, ego, greed, etc. It is only when a large percentage of these negativities are transcended that higher shivirs can enhance in the further raising of consciousness. Higher sadhanas like Shree Vidya can be very intense on the tolerance level on the mind and body if the impurities persist on large levels. That is why it was suggested always that sadhnas like healing sadhnas or PratiPrasav sadhna or Durga Saptshati sadhana be practiced so that as much of release of unwanted karmic substance can take place before oneself subjecting to higher shivirs.

Thus, there are no more powerful or less powerful shivirs. It all depends on what is your need at the moment. It is important to note that one may want something and one may need something. So, rather than asking others on what would be better for them, spend a few moments with yourself, contemplate and check out the areas of your life and check the status of how you are handling life or how life is handling you :) Then, there will be no confusion of which shivir to attend, especially if you are looking forward to attend one shivir at a time when there are multiple choices of various sadhna shivirs.  One shivir may be important to all but all shivirs may not be important to one. At the same time multiple shivirs may be a need one feels. Go with your inner feeling.

Then, there is nothing like a paid shivir is more powerful than a donation based shivir. It may certainly be an intensive or higher sadhana but not necessarily falling into the categories of the definitions of more and less. A very simple thing is that if one is not ready internally or not connected internally with surrender to the process then even the most powerful one may seem lesser powerful. At the same time, with a very basic shivir, if one's level of commitment, pure intention and surrender is high, it could be the most ever powerful shivir to him/her. Not all humans are alike. Everyone has distinct and unique karmic substance and thus different inclinations, challenges and needs. Many often get confused and have questions of what all should be done? If one has done all shivirs which sadhna should one practice? The sadhna that helps you the most. One may need to do multiple or one may just do one of it; it will automatically reveal itself to you as to which is the most beneficial for the unique you. Basically put as Ishan ji says, the latest one would be the most ideal one. What others do might not be relevant to you. All seekers are are different levels on their journey and no two humans are alike. Go with what you can relate to. That is why some find Shree Vidya sadhna more conducive and giving them excellent results than another sadhana. At the same time some feel Shambhavi sadhna is more powerful than the Shree Vidya sadhna.

It must be known that with the blessings of Babaji, many rare-practiced sadhnas are now out for the common man, which were usually condoned practices specifically reserved for certain sects only. All those barriers have been broken today, which boasted of certain sacred practices available to only certain creed of people in society. That is the fortune due to which even people from different religions (myself included) can practice these unbiased presents of God, all due to the mercy and compassion of the Gurumandala and our Gurudev. So, all these practices have various purposes that were presented by the Divine itself for the human race, but which had unfortunately got limited or wiped out due to ignorance.

Next common question is about free and paid shivirs. This is something which i wanted to write almost a year back but could not due to time constraints. Free shivir does not mean less valuable. It is a common human tendency to assume deep in the head or heart that anything mentioned as FREE means less valuable. In reality Babaji teaches that nothing come for free. There is a price to be paid for everything, every little thing. If you need a child there is a price to pay to make preparations for the child on earth. If you need a companion there is a price to be paid with so many factors like security, home, and other prices to be paid to working on one's own self one areas like understanding, trust, patience, etc, otherwise one still pays a price :) Normally, it is misunderstood that many things in life or nature are free. If you even inhale oxygen from the plants and trees there is a price to be paid by giving them back carbon dioxide. Even if something is considered free and taken there still has to be a price paid for it, sooner or later. This is the underlying reason Babaji says not to accept gifts :) There is always a give and take in everything, in the cause and effect principle of Karma. This mutual exchange always takes place whether we know it or not. That is how the term dakshina came into place, where one symbolically offers something to the Guru. However, here we are not mentioning money as dakshina or the price paid for receiving something from the Guru.

The grace of Gurus and blessings of their presence in one's life and the guidance they nurture through various ways for human upliftment is uncomparable. They are constantly striving to bring the lost souls (every unawakened life on earth) back on path and lead them to light. Such tasks can never ever be repaid with money. Money cannot justify even a percentage of what is given by a Guru. This is a very casual thing always gone unnoticed because it is in total unawareness that one does not notice how a Guru enters the looping orbit of a soul, going round and round infinitely for thousands and millions of lifetimes, completely unaware of it's existence and purposes. This Guru sneaks into this loop of this unconscious orbit and with the light of wisdom and with healing grace makes a slight change of direction in the loop and one slowly moves out of this loop of unconscious living. Igniting the purpose of human life and showing it the way towards light, back home, is a task no other soul or entity would undertake other than a Guru. This is further enhanced and speedened by the process called Shaktipath, which is the fastest means of liberating from karma because it is only then that the slumbering powers lying coiled at the base of the spine begins to rise and destroy karma. On the spiritual path, Shaktipath is the fastest means of dissipating karma, thus allowing a human the opportunities to reduce further births and even the greatest opportunity of making this the last one. If casually seen, one would not even know what a grand process is taking place that is to liberate one from the bondage of suffering again and again forever. This "divine favor" cannot be replaced by money or any kind. 

The money aspect comes because we live in the Kaliyuga, the times when there no longer are sermons beneath the open sky under the shade of trees where today neither can one tolerate the heat, cold, thirst, hunger nor can one's base tolerate the mud, stones, or dampness of the uneven grounds. Thus, huge venues are needed to provide shelter, proper flooring or chairs need to be put for sitting comfort, prasad (food) needs to be arranged, fans and A/Cs needing to simmer down one's inner and outer temperatures, good sound systems in place to provide ambiance of audibility to the last person in the venue, visuals for wider reach, not to mention the promotional stuff needed to reach as many people as possible. Apart from this, the Foundation takes care of a larger family of staff members who work relentlessly to bring all these aspects of Divinity to people through various mediums including the television. The TV slots have beautiful exuberant prices.

Apart from this, if one has a hobby, any hobby - like gym, music, travel, reading one still pays a price for it to. There are expenses to pay the gym, buy music, pay for travel or buy books. I have seen Babaji having larger hobbies, which He even calls as "expensive hobbies" like running a large goshala and it's maintenance and other funding or supplies to orphanages, old age homes and to various other social charities that the world even does not know about, such projects not just in India but in various other countries too. All of it comes at a price, especially where the foundation does not seek contributions in any other way other than from a certain percentage of shivirs.

Hence, one can easily choose or rather "know" which one to attend. If one has the time and sources to be around in multiple shivirs just for that one reason of being in the physical presence of their Guru, so be it. It is a choice which one makes and it again depends from people to people. Whatever the choices, the results are seen by the attendees themselves.

Please note that these are my personal observations and the sharing is again a personal choice to do so, only hoping if it can be of any help to anyone. Namah shivay.

Divine Love and Light..

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life witnessing Life

One of my most favourite photograph of Babaji.... 
of Life witnessing Life

Guru is the pure light
Shining through your being
Guru is the unseen force
Working through your being
Guru is the mystical teacher
Teaching through your being
Guru is the Divine
Witnessing through your being

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Advance Shambhavi Intensive - Chennai

Click here or more details of Goa Shivir - Art of Self-Realization & Kundalini Sadhna

Shiv Yog
Yajneshwara Foundation, Chennai

proudly presents


10-05-2014 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


12-05-2014 to 17-05-2014 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM



KAMARAJ ARANGAM, 492, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai. email:

For Registration details please contact:
Monika: + 91 99403 19820
Vani: +91 98848 12069
Kusum Joshi: +91 98840 11968

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art of Self-Realization & Kundalini Sadhna - Goa

click here for details of Chennai - Advance Shambhavi Intensive Shivir

At BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus,  NH-17B,  Zuari Nagar, Goa 403726

IN HINDI  from May 22, 2014 to May 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
IN ENGLISH from May 28, 2014 to June 2, 2014 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Download the English Shivir form

Registration process: 
  • Download the form from below and fill up the details.
  • The DD to be drawn in favour of Geetanjali Yog LLP.
  • The filled form along with the appropriate DD amount should be sent to the below given address: D-170, Sector -8, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075

The entry card will be distributed between 10:00 am -3:00 pm on the first day of the program. The program will begin at 4 pm on the first day.

For more information please call: 91 9011325987, 91 9923634895,  91 9822380716,  91 9823525066, 91 9823321307, 91 9850968618

Updated on April 06, 2014, 11:11 p.m.
Any new updates on this page will have the image 

The Auditorium
Eagle view of the BITS Pilani Campus
Additional venue info:
To have a look at the entrance of the campus click here
To have a look the auditorium from outside click here (B-dome)

For those arriving at Panjim or Margao
If you are not taking taxi, and prefer bus then........

Vasco is nearest point to BITS Pilani (shivir venue). If you are coming to Panjim, then you take a bus directly to Vasco and from Vasco there are buses every 10 mins that pass from BITS Pilani...

If you are coming to Margao, the directly take a bus to Vasco via BITS Pilani..

Best thing is that anywhere you want to go, there are buses every few minutes that connect you anywhere in Goa.. 

For those arriving at Dabolim airport
Take a taxi (fare around Rs. 120)

For those arriving at Vasco railway station
Right opposite to the railway station is the place where Government and local shuttle buses leave towards other parts of the city. Take a bus that will pass through BITS Pilani. Ask the people there and they will guide you to the right bus. Almost every 10 minutes there is a bus that passes BITS.

Campus accomodation (hostel rooms)

 Note: This blog has no direct control over any bookings or information provided here, but is an effort to put up the closest information for your convenience. Please call up the hotels directly for further information and booking. Tariffs in Goa keep changing with seasons. For accurate details please get in touch with the hotels directly.

Hotel Name
3star Hotel
*12KM from BITS Campus
Mr.Joy  (Reservation): 09373384827
Hotel reception: 0832 2791003/2791004/2791001
AC Deluxe room @ Rs.1400/-net per night per room including breakfast and taxes on twin sharing basis 

AC Deluxe room @ Rs.1000/- net per night per room including breakfast and taxes on single.

AC Villa room @ Rs.1700/-net per night per room including breakfast and taxes on twin sharing basis 

AC Villa room @ Rs.1200/- net per night per room including breakfast and taxes on single.
  The above package includes:
·Air-conditioned accommodation as required.
·Buffet breakfast
·Free use of swimming pool
·15% discount on food only in the Resort restaurant (A-la-carte)
·Tea/ Coffee maker in room with 01 filling everyday complimentary, additional requirement will be at extra charge.
· Inclusive of all taxes.
Check-out time: 12 noon
Extra supplement
·Airport pick up Rs.550/- N/AC car (04 seats) / Drop Rs.500/-
·Madgaon Railway station pick up Rs.450/- N/AC car ( 04 seats) / Drop Rs.400/-
·Pick up and drop to BITS Sharing N/AC Coach (25 seats) @ Rs.100/- per had
· Dinner @ Rs.250/- per head Buffet Dinner consists with 01 Veg soup, 01 salad, papad / pickle, Tawa chapati plain, 01 rice preparation, 02 veg preparation, 01 Dal, 01 Non veg preparation, 01 Dessert.
 The above quoted special rate is for the above period only.

Hotel Alila Diwa Goa,
5star hotel
Adao Waddo, Majorda
Salcete Goa

T: +91 832 2746800
F: +91 832 2746801
M: +91 9049990500

Jijesh Ramachandran
Assistant Sales Manager 
Alila Diwa Goa
Adao Waddo, Majorda
Salcete Goa

T: +91 832 2746800
F: +91 832 2746801
M: +91 9049990500

INR 5500 + taxes per night for a terrace room.
The above rate will included the following:

•          Complimentary breakfast.
•          Complimentary scheduled coach transfers.
•          Complimentary in room- wi fi
•          Complimentary usage of gym, and the pool areas
•          15% discount on laundry services
•          Complimentary coach transfers to BITS Pilani and back to the hotel once during the day.

Special Offers:

•          Bookings confirmed before the 15th    April 2012 would get a food credit of INR 500 per day which can be utilized at any of            
            our restaurants or room service.

Hotel Bogmallo Beach Resort
5 star hotel
P O Box Bogmallo, Goa – 403806

Natasha Dia-
Asst. Sales Manager - Operations | Bogmallo Beach Resort
P O Box Bogmallo, Goa – 403806
Mobile: 9764997233
Tel: +91 832 2538222-35 | Fax: +91 832 2538236

Superior double @ Rs. 5000/- + tax per room, per night on CP basis.
Superior single @ Rs. 4500/- + tax per room, per night on CP basis.
Deluxe double @ Rs. 5500/- + tax per room, per night on CP basis.
Deluxe single @ Rs. 5000/- + tax per room, per night on CP basis.

The above would include:
Airport transfers
Welcome drink
Buffet breakfast
Tea / coffee makers in the room
Use of swimming pool and gym

 Hotel Supreme
5star hotel
Opp.Damodar Temple,Swatantra Path,Vasco-da-Gama,Goa,India

 Ms. Samita,
Hotel Reservation        
Hotel Supreme
Opp.Damodar Temple,Swatantra Path,Vasco-da-Gama,Goa,India
Tel:0832-2500430-31-32-33,Fax:+91 832 2500434 

a) Double deluxe accommodation- 1700/- plus 5.15% SERVICE TAX

b) Single deluxe accommodation- 1200/- plus 5.15% SERVICE TAX

C) Luxury Suite- for a maximum 2pax only- 3500/- plus Luxury tax and service tax.( subject to availability).
Hotel Lapaz Gardens
5star hotel
Tel: 0832-2512121(05 lines)
Fax: 0832-2513302

Shailesh Kavlekar
Front Office Manager
Hotel Lapaz Gardens
Tel: 0832-2512121(05 lines)
Fax: 0832-2513302







The above rate is inclusive:
*Buffet breakfast.
*Use of Swimming pool, Gymnasium, Steam & Sauna.
*Free Airport  & Vasco-da-gama railway station transfers and the same is at specific timings i.e. pick-up from airport anytime between 07:00am to 22:00hours & drop at 06:00,        07:00,12:00 & 13:00hours.
*Check-in / Check-out time 12:00 noon

The HQ,
04 Star Hotel,
Swatantra Path,  Vasco Da Gama, Goa 
Approx: 10 Kms.
Krishna Shetty, Sales Executive
The HQ
M + 91 8600900169
Tel +91 832 250 0015 / 16/17/18
For more information visit:

Standard Deluxe Room
Rs.3300/- for Single Occupancy
Rs. 3800/- for Double Occupancy
Includes Morning Breakfast + Group drop from The HQ to Bits Pillani Goa Campus
Taxes as applicable
Hotel Maharaja
Vasco, Goa
PH. NO. 2514075-77

Hotel Maharaja Vasco, Goa
PH. NO. 2514075-77

DOUBLE AC Rs.2600 + Tax
SINGLE AC Rs.2300 + tax

DOUBLE NON AC Rs.1200 + tax
SINGLE NON AC Rs. 900 + Tax

NB. Tariffs are collected from the respective hotels, delegates are request to contact directly hotel booking, organizers are not responsible for any change of tariff. Since many delegates are likely to book in the same hotel, transport may be coordinated with the hotel itself.

Sr. No.
(From BITS Pilani)
Contact No
Vasco Residency
Near Railway Station
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 1000/-
+ 3% Tax
Double Bed – Rs. 1475/-
+ 5% Tax          
Non A/c
Four Bed – Rs. 1200/-
+ 5% Tax
Non A/c
Six Bed – Rs. 1700/-
+ 5% Tax
A/c Deluxe
Double Bed – Rs. 1255/-
A/c Deluxe 
Three Bed – Rs. 1645/- 
Approx. 10 kms.
0832-2513119 / 2511002
Hotel Karma Plaza
Near Railway Station,
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed- Rs. 1899/-
Non A/c
Double Bed – Rs. 1499/-
Approx. 10 kms.
0832-2518928 / 2513776
Hotel Citadel
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Non A/c
Double Bed – Rs. 840/-
+ 5% Tax
Double Bed – Rs. 1284/-
+ 5% Tax
Approx. 10 kms
0832-2513190 / 2512222
Hotel Maharaja
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 850/-
+ 15% Tax
Double Bed – Rs. 2000/-
+ 15% Tax         
Approx. 10 kms.
0832-2514075/ 78
Hotel Bogmalo Resort,
Vasco da Gama, Goa.

Cottage single – Rs. 5000/-
Collage double – Rs. 4200/-
Superior Delux
Single – Rs.   4800/-
Double – Rs. 7700/-
+ 10% Luxury Taxes
Approx. 6 kms.
0832-2538222 / 35
09923600611 – Jijesh

Hotel Kesarval,
Verna, Goa.
Non - A/c.
Double Bed – Rs. 4899/-
Double Bed – Rs. 3749/-
Single Bed –  Rs. 3249/-
Plus 10% Luxury Tax
Approx. 6 kms.
0832-2783377 / 2783344

Hotel Antique Mardol
Double Bed – Rs. 1100/-
Including all 10% Taxes.
Approx. 7 kms
09822121947 – Pradeep Shet
Hotel Maharaja,
Verna, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 800/-
Double Bed – Rs. 600/-
Including all taxes.
Approx. 7 kms
Lapaz Hotel
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Single Occupancy– Rs.2100/-
+ 17% Tax
Double occupancy–Rs.2600/- + 20% Tax
Discount of 15% 
Approx. 10 kms.
0832-2512121 / 26
Hotel Manish
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Non A/c 
Double Bed – Rs. 500/-
Double Bed – Rs. 800/-
Non A/c
Three Bed – Rs. 600/-
Approx. 8 kms
0832- 2511178
Hotel Coconut Creek
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Non A/c
Double Bed – Rs. 2500/-
Double Bed – Rs. 3400/-
Approx. 7 kms.
Hotel Annapurna
Vasco-da-Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 315/-
Double Bed – Rs. 473/-        
A/c Deluxe
Double Bed – Rs. 1177/-
A/c Deluxe 
Three Bed – Rs.  1545/- 
Approx 10 kms.
(0832) 2513375

Hotel Bogmalo,
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 350/-
Double Bed – Rs. 1000/-        
Approx. 10 kms.

Silk Cotton Resort
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
A/c Deluxe Room
Double  Bed – Rs. 2500/-

Approx. 6 kms.

Hotel Nagina,
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 450/-
Approx. 10 kms
0832-2511670 / 2501093
Hotel Atish, Farmagudi, Ponda, Goa
Double Bed – Rs. 800/-
Double Bed – Rs. 1000/-        
Approx. 22 kms.
09822589590 / 09823316617

Hotel Supreme,
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 1700/-
Approx. 10
0832 - 2500430 / 33
Head Quarters 
Vasco  da Gama, Goa.
Single Bed – Rs. 6500/-
Double Bed – Rs. 7500/-
+ 12% Tax
Approx. 10
0832 – 2500015 / 18
Rukmini Hotel 
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Approx. 10
0832 – 2512350 / 2511784
Goa Marine Resort
Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Double Bed – Rs. 3500/-
Approx. 5
0832 – 6481928
ATHI Resorts,
Bogmalo Road, Vasco
 - Rs. 1200/- (Rs. 1000 for Single occupancy) NonAC-Rs. 800/- (Rs.600/- for single occupancy) 
Approx. 5

 Some more hotels: 
Hotel Name and Location
Telephone No.
(STD code 0832)
Hotel Vasco, Vasco
Hotel Gladstone, Vasco
Hotel Urvashi, Vasco
Hotel Westend, Vasco
Hotel Milan, Margao
City Central Hotel, Margao
Hotel Divine, Margao
Hotel Hill View, Margao
Hotel Green View, Margao
Woodlands Hotel, Margao
2705121, 2715521
Panaji Residency, Panjim
2227103, 2223396
Patto Tourist Home, Panaji
Ambika Hotel, Panjim
Hotel Neptune, Panjim
Tourist Home, Panjim
Hotel Imperial, Margao
Jyoti Plaza, Margao
Hotel Kadam Plaza, Margao
Nanutel, Margao
Hotel Check Inn, Panjim
Hotel Summit, Panjim
La Pas gardens, Vasco
2512121, 2512126
Hotel Delmon, Panjim

  For more budget hotels click below: 
Please check the distance of hotels close to the venue using google maps

Approximate distances from BITS Pilani Goa campus to:
Charges are around Rs.10 to 12/- per km (Taxi - to & fro charges are applied)
Verna   :   07 Km
Vasco   :   09 Km
Margao :   20 Km
Panjim :   25 Km

The official fares for the various taxi operators are as below:

A flat rate of Rs 7 per km (with no return charges anywhere in Goa). 25 percent is extra between 11 pm to 5 am.

Taxis: (for both white-coloured tourist taxis as well as yellow tops)
A flat rate of Rs 8 per km. For one-way journey outside the municipal limits, there is a 50 percent extra charge.

Taxi Services

Motorcycle Taxis:
The rate is Rs 5 for the first kilometer and Rs 2.50 thereafter.

Any misbehavior or overcharging by the drivers should be reported to the nearest Transport Department office at Panaji (2225606), Mapusa (2250254), Bicholim (2362225), Vasco (2515100), Margao (2741962), and Ponda (2312749).

To calculate the distance from your place to Vasco, Goa click here

For train information click here 

Goa climate in May: Min 26°C - Max 33°C 

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