SivaOm A Sacred India Yogic Journey
Let me take you on a journey. A journey to a magical, mystical land. A land that opens up your heart and lets you dive deep into your inner self. A land of gods and ancient knowledge. This is the land where the gods left the sacred and everlasting truth seeded in the very air, in every temple, every plant, every stone, as heritage to humanity to attain peace and oneness with Universal Consciousness. We will make you experience the life transformation that you long for. A journey where never before in one place and time has seen the gathering of a Hindu swami, a Buddhist saint, a prince and a yoga guru dedicated to making you taste oneness with your own god consciousness, this is the kind of a journey many seek but only a few rare souls get to go on.
An incredible opportunity to develop awareness and get the ultimate support you can possibly get in the land which holds all that you need. Let me take you to India. The start and the end of your inner transformation, where everything you have ever practiced or read on spirituality can culminate into profound spiritual awakening and everlasting inner serenity. Quite the mind and experience this exotic and wondrous land. This is the place where the ultimate joy and truth exists, where the material energy intertwines with spiritual energy. This is indeed that journey where the divinity of a Hindu Swami, a Buddhist Saint, a Buddhist Prince and a Yoga Guru will walk you along to the higher realms of consciousness and ultimate reality itself.
Dates for SivaOm A Sacred India Yogic Journey
5th April 2020 till 17th April 2020
The Itinerary for SivaOm A Sacred India Yogic Journey
❖ 5th April – Arrival in New Delhi. Visit Akshardham Temple (one of the largest temples of India) and an opening Vedic Yagya.
❖ 6th April – Leave for Rishikesh. Afternoon Session with Mahamandaleshwar Evening followed by Ganga Arti.
❖ 7th April – Morning Asan Practice with Yoga Guru, Afternoon Session with Mahamandaleshwar followed by Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 8th April – Session Morning Asan Practice with Yoga Guru, Afternoon Session with Mahamandaleshwar followed by Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 9th April – Morning Asan Practice with Yoga Guru, Afternoon Session with Mahamandaleshwar followed by Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 10th April – Morning Asan Practice with Yoga Guru, Afternoon Session with Mahamandaleshwar followed by Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 11th April – Arrive in Hardwar, Morning Session with Rinpoche, Evening Asan Practice with Yoga Guru and Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 12th April – Morning Session with Rinpoche, Evening Asan Practice with Yoga Guru and Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 13th April – Morning Session with Rinpoche, Evening Asan Practice with Yoga Guru and Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 14th April – Morning Session with Rinpoche, Evening Asan Practice with Yoga Guru and Evening Ganga Arti.
❖ 15th April - leave for New Delhi and visit Delhi Haat for looking at local cultural souvenirs, finish by having a Yagya ceremony.
❖ 16th April - Visit Taj Mahal (one of the worlds 8 wonders) and Mathura Vrindavan (the birthplace of Lord Krishna who famously gave the gift of yoga in the form of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita to Arjun). Ayurvedic spa and massage therapy to finish up this journey.
❖ 17th April - Departure from Delhi
Yoga Guru Shri Siddhartha Shiv Khanna
Born in an influential, traditional and modern Hindu family in New Delhi, I was introduced to meditation and chanting at a very young age along with the family household practice of Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of surrendering oneself to God) and Karma Yoga (Yoga of selfless acts of goodness towards everyone and everything). Having gone to one of the best private school of the nation I became a professional swimmer and also went on to pursue a degree in fashion retail and merchandise management after having spent 18 months in Australia after I turned 18. The big change happened when I was invited to take part in a reality show called Big Switch in India. It was a struggle of a unique kind and I won the show. The biggest win was the changes it brought in me after my nonstop interaction with the kids from slums during the duration of the show. I went on to handle my father's construction business and I also became the business head of a fashion label for a short bit after this. All of that and much more at the age of 25, in a way I had it all and yet happiness wasn't a permanent state of existence. This made me think and realize that there have to be things beyond money, beyond fame, beyond power since none of this can keep me happy, there must be something which will keep me happy all the time. During these times of wanderings and wonderings, I met Samara Kamui Bodhisatva on an online forum and he initiated me to meditation and taught me many important techniques of healing myself and others.
Thereafter two very big events took place. The first one was the "Holy Royal Snan of Mauni Amavasya during the Mahakumbh Mela", this was the first time in life I felt god inside of me and outside of me, we Hindus believe that by taking a bath in the meeting point of the 3 ancient rivers of India during the Brahma Muhurta (moment of creation) when Jupiter is in the 1st sign Aries and the Sun and the Earth’s moon are in the 10th sign Capricorn; or Jupiter in the 2nd sign Taurus and the Sun in Capricorn, a person gets Moksh (freedom from all suffering, freedom from the cycle of birth death and rebirth, freedom from the universal laws of space, time and karma), at that moment was perhaps my first real taste of yoga, it was a union and of the body with the mind, the mind with the soul and the souls with Shiv consciousness and no words are sufficient enough to express that infinite bliss which I felt in each single breath and moment of existence. The second big and perhaps the final step towards burying the old step was more intense in terms of what would happen. In Kedarnath jyotirling, high in the upper Himalayas an epiphany happened (perhaps ill tell you the full story one day), this sealed my fate, it was divine intervention. I came back and renounced my work. After, I studied and practiced Raja yoga (the yoga of the self) under the guidance of my Guru ji from India Shri Yogi Anoop ji. At this time I was doing only two things, practicing and studying, from 6 till 11 I would do asan practice and then the rest of the day I would read scriptures and ask questions from my guruji. Gyan Yoga (Yoga of knowledge) was feeding my brain and Raja Yoga was feeding my body but much too my joy life was completely changing on physical, mental and spiritual levels. I became balanced, stable and was closer than ever to the self-realization and God-realization. Then my guruji felt the need for me to start teaching others. In my present, I spend most of my time assisting seekers to find peace and reach the ultimate state of bliss. From time to time I'm busy expounding the ancient scriptures and viewpoints from my own experiences to seekers so that they may achieve self-realization and God-realization and reach the ultimate goal of the soul of mergence with Shiv Consciousness.
He will be teaching the following-
- Detailed history and origins of yoga.
- Creating a yoga class in a studio.
- Mantra Yoga.
H.H Mahamandaleshwar Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri
A puckish sense of humor, compassion couched in practicality, a readiness to help, an eagerness to share knowledge and a non-negotiable loyalty to Truth! Meet Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj, a Maha-Mandaleshwar based in Rishikesh. Swamiji is ordained and holds the title of chief monk guarding the Vedanta lineage in India. He is one of the youngest ever anointed being only 1 of 24 who holds this position. He is the head of Jagadguru Sannyasa Ashram in Rishikesh and enthralls seekers worldwide with his unique style of teaching in Vedanta and Yoga. Born Swarup Pradhan, into a traditional family in Maharashtra, he studied Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Bombay University. During this period he listened to Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, the great exponent of Vedanta. The Master’s spiritual vision remained with him long after this introduction to Vedanta. Swarup became an active volunteer in Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, the youth wing of Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai, where he bolstered his resolve to enter the monastic life. There, his name and life were changed: Swarup became Brahmachari Abhishek Chaitanya, a name appropriately chosen, for he turned out to be the one who sprinkles nectarine teachings on all disciplines. In 2011, he accepted lecture invites for a Vedanta Sammelan [Conference] at Swami Kashikananda Ashram at Mumbai. There he met Swami Ramananda of Jagadguru Sannyas Ashram. This Swami was profoundly impressed by the sincerity humility and capability of the young Brahmachari, and expressed a wish to anoint Br. Abhishek Chaitanya as his Uttaradhikari [heir]. The Brahmachari accepted it as the Lord’s Will. He stayed with and lovingly nursed Swami Ramananda till the latter shed his mortal coil after a torturous and tenacious battle with cancer. Thereafter events moved at lightning speed and on 2nd February 2013, the Brahmachari was initiated as Mahamandaleshwar in an elaborately traditional Pattabhisheka (Ordination ceremony) held in Kashi, on the banks of the sacred Ganga. Immediately thereafter, Swamiji moved to the Pavitra Bhumi (sacred ground) of Rishikesh where the Sannyas Ashram is located. He is now a globe trotter, who enthralls avid listeners with his unique style of discourses on Vedanta, and Yoga Sutras. He enriches yoga enthusiasts across Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, France, Thailand, USA and Italy with spiritual discourses. On Oct 15, he also represented Hinduism at the Vatican Council.
He will be teaching the following-
1) VEDA: THE SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE. The Indian schools of thought invariably find their roots in the Veda. What exactly is Veda and why does it to date assume so much importance?
2) VARIOUS WAYS TO ACCESS THE SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE. Veda is just not the sacred book of the Hindus but serves as the means of knowledge. How to access this knowledge? Is there any prerequisite?
3) VEDANTA: MEANING AND IMPLICATION. Vedanta is considered to be the crown of the Veda. What exactly is Vedanta? Who can be a qualified student? Who is really a qualified teacher? What does the study of Vedanta really give
4) YOGA AND THE YOGA SUTRAS. Yoga is popular all over but what does the tradition of yogic teaching define as yoga? What is the authentic source of yoga philosophy?
5) THE SCHEME OF DEVELOPMENT THROUGH YOGA. Growth, development or achievements bring the idea of competition and along with it the stress and frustration. How does yoga look at the attainment of human development?
6) BHAGAVAD GITA: INTRODUCTION. The word Bhagavad Gita translated would mean the song of the Divine. What message does this song have for the world fret with conflicts and suffering?
7) YOGA OF BHAGAVAD GITA. Yoga is a word lavishly used in all spiritual literature. What is the implication of this word in the Song Divine?
8)SPIRITUAL PINING. Earnestness to seek the Divine is the central theme of devotion. The pain and pining experienced by the seeker is best portrayed in a section of puranic literature.
9) THE POWER OF THE PRAYER. Prayer is the language of every person in distress. Where does it really take the individual? Does it really have any effect?
10) WORLD AND THE INDIVIDUAL. Knowing our relationship with the world.
His Eminence The 8th Chokyong Palga Rinpoche
Due to the destruction of sacred texts and biographies during the Cultural Revolution in 1959, not much is known about the previous incarnations, except that they were all highly realized Mahamudra masters and claimed to have performed miracles. But once, he and his party on horseback were faced with a raging, flooded river upon their return from a distant town. The rest of the party gave up attempting to cross and left to look for a bridge. But Chokyong, on his horse, flew across the river and landed on the roof of the main temple! Although he later flew down, he left his horse on the roof; the villagers and monks were able to bring the horse down afterward, but only with much effort. His Eminence Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche, the head guru of Zigar monastery, then recognized Chokyong as a reincarnation of a bodhisattva and enthroned him as the 1st Chokyong Palga. Thus began the unbroken succession of the realized master Chokyong Palga of the glorious Dragon lineage. His Eminence the 8th Chokyong Palga Rinpoche (born 1984) is a philosopher and a Tulku of the Drukpa (Dragon) lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche was born amid various apparently miraculous and auspicious omens, such as multiple rainbows with light drizzle on a clear day, and being completely covered in amniotic membrane (caul), with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck multiple times, like a white silk scarf (considered a very auspicious symbol by the people of Himalayan kingdom’s)
He will be teaching the following-
SivaOm A Sacred India Yogic Journey will be hosted in an ashram in Rishikesh, a Hotel in Hardwar and a 4/5 star hotel in New Delhi.
A rich nutritious and Satvik (pure) breakfast is served every morning, proposing a variety of Indian and organic products. The buffet dinner invites you to discover a great variety of delicious Indian dishes...
- This is the first time ever that 3 prominent spiritual heads from 3 different eastern traditions come together during a full-fledged retreat.
- An opportunity to learn from the best.
- A chance to Rediscover yourself.
- Self Realization tools to help you stay in touch with your real nature even amidst chaos.
- Have a wonderful time learning a new or different practice than the one you already know.
- The ideal location to unplug and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Sacred healing and Karma Purification ceremonies.
How To Get There
SivaOm A Sacred India Yogic Journey Costs
If the booking is made before 31st Jan 2020 before the retreat date by paying a 50% advance. (non-refundable).
- Single Occupancy: 1600€ (per person)
- Double & Twin Occupancy: 1200€ (per person)
If the booking is made after 31st Jan 2020 before the retreat date by paying a 50% advance. (non-refundable).
- Single Occupancy: 1800€ (per person)
- Double & Twin Occupancy: 1400€ (per person)
*Note: The above retreat cost does not include flight and visa, If you want us to book a flight for you and do your visa, that can be done at the cost price and direct receipts can be given to you.
* If for some unforeseen reason we cancel the retreat, the entire booking amount will be fully repaid within 90 days.
- Daily Yoga classes.
- Yoga Training with a Yoga Guru, Seminars with a Vedanta Swami and a Buddhist Rinpoche.
- Yagya ceremony and Ganga Arti.
- 100 hours of yoga training certification.
- Arrival gifts.
- Airport pickup and drop off.
- All transportation within India.
- All entrance fees in monuments and sites including guide.
- All accommodation in hotel and ashram rooms.
- All meals and bottled drinking water.
Feel free to contact us for any bookings or any other questions related to the retreats through the following
- Siddhartha Shiv Khanna (Facetime/Whatsapp/Viber/Phone Call) +306909729311
- Gurujiwan "Aristotelis Karagkounis" (Facetime/Whatsapp/Viber/Phone Call) +306937252306
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Weather Information
Weather is generally warm, with the occasional need for a light jacket in the evenings. You may want to bring sunscreen for the times you enjoy the sun. The temperature ranges from 20° to 36° Celsius.
Electricity And Outlets
In India the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. In India the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D and M. Kindly bring relevant converters.
Please check your visa requirements before entering India. There is an option of an E-Visa for most countries. You can easily apply for that. Once the visa is granted (takes about maximum10 business days) you may take a print out of it and carry it with your passport.
What To Bring
Comfortable clothing, hats, sunglasses, yoga wear, leggings are preferred and sport T-shirts so that the Guru may be able to observe alignments and help you improve during your Asan practice. Full-length clothing is required to visit some holy places. Bring comfortable walking shoes and carry good sandals.
Please consult your local health professional.
Travel Insurance Suggestions
Travel Insurance for flight delays, luggage, car, and health insurance is always recommended.
We are looking forward to expanding consciousness with you and have put our heart and soul towards making this a very special experience which will remain with you for many years to come… Looking Forward to your presence
OM NAMAH SHIVAY