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Ecstatic Union: The Way of Poet Saints & Mystics!

Meditation Retreat Led By Lawrence Edwards, PhD - October 11-13, 2019
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY. 

Every spiritual tradition has its poet saints, and mystics who express the ecstatic, love-drenched state of union in language and poetry that propels the mind back to its source. Dissolve the mind and its endless stream of chatter in the ocean of ecstatic Being through the inspired poetry of the great mystics of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
This weekend retreat will be a celebration of the living presence of the Divine within everyone, right here, right now. We’ll use the power of mantra, as well as the inspired words of great masters, to leave the ordinary mind behind and rest in the immeasurable joy, love, compassion, and equanimity of unity consciousness! You are invited to bring your own favorite spiritual poem to share. Give yourself this weekend retreat to joyfully deepen your meditation practice and immersion in the Divine.

Program Fee: $230, plus Garrison Institute's accommodations fees. Visit the registration page for details.
Join us for a wonderful autumn weekend on the banks of the Hudson River!
Click here for more information and registration.

Dear Friends,

Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and supporting people in their ongoing meditation practices. Given the state of turmoil in the world it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation to the world. 

We make meditation training available through free weekly programs, our website, retreats and courses, and this e-newsletter. Now we're looking forward to the next retreat, Ecstatic Union: The Way Of Poet Saints And Mystics, to be held on Columbus Day weekend in October.  I hope you can join us for this joyous meditation retreat and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage on the majestic Hudson River!

The weekly meditation program on Thursday evening June 6th will be cancelled.  We will resume our normal schedule on Thursday June 13th.  The free weekly Thursday evening meditation programs include: dharma talk on the first Thursday of the month; readings and contemplations on the 2nd Thursday evening; kirtan chanting on the 3rd Thursday evening; Heart Sutra and Buddhist studies on the 4th Thursday evening; and on the occasional 5th Thursday evening - a surprise!

As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  Please contact me,, if you have anything you would like to share with me.

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Weekly Meditation Program
Thursday Evenings (not June 6, 2019) 7:15-8:45pm 
Anam Cara Meditation Center
2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504
Open to everyone.  The program includes meditation instruction, chanting and silent meditation. Click here for more information.
Sophia' Gifts

  Narada's Bhakti Sutras
  Swami Prabhavananda, trans.

The great sage Narada wrote the Bhakti Sutras thousands of years ago.  His name is first mentioned in the ancient Chandogya Upanishad.  Bhakti is divine love, all-embracing love.  In the second sutra Narada writes: "Bhakti is intense love for This."  All this, all that is, nothing left out, no one left out. 

Swami Prabhavananda wrote:
"it is interesting to consider why Narada used the prounoun 'this,' instead of God, or Brahman, or Atman, or Rama, or Krishna of some other divine name.

"One reason is that he wished his teachings to be completely nonsectarian.  The use of the pronoun 'this' in contrast to 'that' suggests that the Reality, no matter by what name it may be called, is nearer than the nearest - the innermost Self of our being; and is to be found within the sanctuary of our own hearts and in the hearts of all beings...  Sri Ramakrishna said: 'When one attains samadhi, then alone comes the knowledge of the Absolute, Brahman.  In that realization all thoughts cease, one becomes perfectly silent. There is no power of speech left by which to express Brahman."

Meditate dear friends. Enter the silence, the stillness of the living Presence of the Divine that is purely and solely Love.  Come to know the peace that surpasses all understanding as the mind dissolves into the One, your true Self, your home.
Meditation Resources:
  • Free written and guided meditation recordings from Anam Cara Meditation.  Click here.
  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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