In its quest for self actualization
and human perfection, thereby granting liberation to
the seeker, the aashrama had framed ILTC (Intensive
Leadership Training Course) and allowed saadhakaas to
undergo the basic course. The course is in operation
for more than two decades and nearly 250 have attended.
Now a second and an advanced course,
called "tapovijaya", is introduced from Oct 25,
2001. Those who had shown definite progress in japah
were selected. Twentyone including two females formed
the Group No 1.
On the first day, Oct 25, 2001 - the
mahanavami - they were made to sit from 4.00AM
to 7.00PM in three sessions, totalling eight hours of
On the second day, Oct 26, 2001 - Vijayadasami,
Dusshera - they were made to sit from 3.00AM to 7.00PM
in two sessions, totalling 10 hours. The first session
extended from 3.00AM to 9.00AM and the second from 3.00PM
Only one failed the course owing to
his leg injury.
After having meditated for 10 hours
on the second day, a challenge was thrown to the group
whether they can prolong the whole night. Eight opted.
They were given no solid food, but they were offered
Siddha drink (a specific Aashrama beverage). They were
made to sit in
meditation. from 10.00PM of Oct 26, 2001 upto 6.00AM of Oct 27, 2001 a total of eight hours which
is in addition to the 10 hours completed earlier.
Six sucessfully completed the task,
two couldn't. The six included a lady. These advanced
saadhakaas are programmed to visit Aashrama headquarters
on every full-moon and sit in meditation the whole night
in one sitting. The schedule is going on.
Group No 2 was formed on Jan 13 and
14, 2002 - Pongal/Sankranthi day. 19 formed the group
including four ladies and two repeaters from the earlier
They were made to undergo the same
schedule of meditation. Out of them, two couldn't complete
the course because of physical weakness and the other
due to mental weakness.
Three could sit the whole night on
the 14th, including a lady and from the earlier group
who failed in his attempt to sit the whole night. As
of now, the group of advanced saadkakaas has swelled
to nine, including two ladies.
rationale of tapovijaya
where very long duration of meditation is advocated
is singular; to lead the saadhakaas from the state of
japah to the state of tapah and even further.
Six hours of meditation means the entry into the world
of tapas. The six should become 24 hours and
more so that tapas begins to yield fantastic
results. Self-actualization becomes possible. Two years
time is given for them to get to this state of meditation.
Meditation on and on, extending to
many days, even upto 14 days, culminates in brahmatva
and parampadavi etc. The 'etc' indicates there is eternity
to actualize. Moksha meaning liberation, can
be acheived here and now, while living in the same body.
It is not correct to say a thing never occurs. God has
not created man only to suck him back into itself. No.
Man is fashioned in such a way that he has to complete
the task assigned to him by nature. The completion of
karma is moksha. The target year is set to 2008.
Should one do the meditation for such
a long duration? Is it not a waste of precious time?
Well, Buddha did tapas for 12 years. We presume
Buddha was not fool to waste his 'precious' time. For
a minute let us forget the tapasvins. Do the doubters
have acheived anything that can be termed as precious?
Have they spent their precious time and proved their
greatness? Well, let us follow Buddha. It is profitable.