The Himalaya and Spirituality are two inseparable entities. The Himalaya maintains the same height in spiritual realm as it does in physical one. The serenity, the purity, the authority, and the divine beauty stand way beyond any comparison. Few might be aware that Maharaj Ji spent more than a decade there wandering and practicing alone after his Guru left the physical world in 1983. He used to walk on feet throughout the length and breadth of the great Himalayas intermittently. Most of his time was spent in solitary caves up in snowfields far away from any population. It was in the Himalayas where he started having experiences of deep meditations (Samadhi) and gained easy access to subtle realms. Most of his poetic work (Gyanamrita, Bhajnamrita) also manifested here. Probably this is a reason that Maharaj Ji’s fondness for Himalayas has only increased even in seven years of separation.
We all know that after 2004 trip to Satopanth, he opted for total seclusion in the ashram but for the very limited involvement or appearance in any activities of the ashram. As he wanted to intensify his practice and dive deep in the field of Mahayoga laying down a clear path for those who would follow. And he would always say that Himalaya is “the place” for such practices once a practitioner is free from the dependence on food and shelter to some extent.
But as we also know that he had once envisaged erecting a meditation temple so pure and powerful that anyone entering there with innocent intentions would be liberated from the worldly hustle-bustle and the inner doors would easily open for him/her. The ongoing project of Tripura-Shiva-Pitham is the materialization of the same idea. Probably this is what he was waiting for as his dependence on food etc. is already negligible for last so many years. He hardly ever finds any need for food. In fact, he would abstain even from water for long periods many times. Now, as Brahmachari Guru Chaitanya ji is already settled in Himalayan region practicing and progressing on Mahayoga, he seem to be reconsidering his seclusion in ashram. In last one year it was his second visit to Himalayas in Uttarkashi region hunting for some natural caves or shade where he could stay and further his mightiest mission and ambition, the Mission Immortality. As the theory is already established, its time to establish the practice also. And there could be no better place than the Himalaya to validate the practices.
In addition to Swami Suryendu Puri, Sadhwi Yoganjali Chaitanya and BR. Guru Chaintanya, a sincere seeker from Canada, James was also allowed to participate in this expedition. It was a memorable trip for all and many concealed secrets of Himalaya as well as his heart were revealed and shared. The inspiration was as immense as the Himalaya itself and surely the enthusiasm amongst the participants was also firm like the Himalaya. It is planned to carry out long-term sessions of solitary practice up there sometimes alone and probably some times in group as well.
A Photo Gallery of this visit could be seen here…