Sadhana

Dhyan – meditation

"To meditate is to know ourselves as emptiness. The experience of nothingness awakens us to the reality of our immortality. When the mind evaporates, the only thing that dissipates is conditioning, the legacy of innumerable generations. It is our mental conditioning...

Nama Japa

A mantra is not a prayer invented by a human being or composed by some privileged intellect, but comes directly from the realization of a ṛṣi, or “realized seer.” It is a mystical energy contained within a sound structure. It consists of a sacred word or phrase...

Retroprogressive Hatha-yoga

Retroprogressive Hatha Yoga is the result of Prabhuji’s efforts to improve his own practice and teaching. It is a system based solely on the teachings of his gurus and the sacred scriptures. Prabhuji has systematized different traditional yoga techniques to create a...

Seva

Seva is ‘selfless service to the Lord.’ The term comes from the Sanskrit root sev meaning “to serve.” It is a fundamental principle of Hinduism because authentic love manifests itself in actions. Selfless service is part of both karma-yoga and bhakti-yoga. Retroprogressive Yoga seeks the divine presence of the same consciousness in everything and everyone, which leads to a servant dedication. To serve the human being is to serve God, because it is service based on the divinity that lies in all. Kṛṣṇa-seva is different from social service. Social service is helping others, but in Kṛṣṇa-seva, the one without second is both the servant and the beneficiary.

Kṛṣṇa says:

यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धनः ।
तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसङ्गः समाचर ॥ ९ ॥

yajñārthāt karmaṇo ’nyatra
loko ’yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya
mukta-saṅgaḥ samācara

“Work done as a sacrifice for Viṣṇu has to be performed; otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O son of Kuntī, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage.” (Bhagavad Gita, 3.9)

And then he says:

तस्मादसक्तः सततं कार्यं कर्म समाचर ।
असक्तो ह्याचरन्कर्म परमाप्‍नोति पूरूषः ॥ १९ ॥

tasmād asaktaḥ satataṁ
kāryaṁ karma samācara
asakto hy ācaran karma
param āpnoti pūruṣaḥ

“Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme.” (Bhagavad-gītā, 3.19).