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Are you interested in Yoga, but not conversant with it? Are you experienced in hatha-yoga, the yoga of physical exercises, but have no clue how to proceed? Then read on about Anand Aadhar and his yoga. He applies classical yoga in his own way in all its forms to the western style of life and thinking.

 

The Name, The Yoga

Aadhar means foundation and yoga means union, specifically the union of the individual soul and consciousness with the supreme soul and consciousness. Yoga as such is the science of uniting the consciousness. How to link oneself up in transcendence is the matter of yoga and thus it has much in common with the latin word ligare, to link, of which the modern word religion has been derived. The literal meaning of that term is to reconnect oneself. Basically there is the yoga of knowledge, jnâna-yoga, the yoga of devotion, bhakti-yoga and the yoga of atonement in action or karma-yoga. Jnâna-yoga is much about books and the philosophy, bhakti is much about song, prayer and mantra's, while karma-yoga is much about forsaking profitminded labor - like everyone does once a week on sundays - and about making it up with the supreme being in actions of atonement like doing volunteer work for a good cause. The usual hatha-yoga of postures or âsana's we know in the West is but a single part of the eightfold process (called ashthânga-yoga) of transcending the material duality for the sake of a united consciousness. That physical yoga is more the preparatory stage for the purpose of doing mantra's (dhâranâ) and meditations (dhyâna) in order to find a more durable absorption in the Supreme (called samâdhi). Anand means happiness, specifically spiritual happiness. Aadhar yoga in sum thus means that one unites one's consciousness for the sake of spiritual happiness in such a way that the fundamentals of yoga of hatha, karma, jnâna and bhakti are respected. It is an integrated form of yoga thus. One could also call it the vedic reform of christianity in his case (see also a more general description with practical tips for the beginner by Aadhar).

 

The Person

Anand Aadhar is a former clinical psychologist who renounced the material way of finding happiness. He gave up his private practice of doing psychotherapy with people of a dubious motivation and went to India in the late eighties in order to study the better and more honest approach of yoga in different local âshrama's. Thus he found the principles of equality, brotherhood and freedom or a revolution of reform more wisely respected. He met with several guru's and yoga-practitioners and learned from each of them before he arrived at his own integral practice. He was first introduced into the basics of meditation by reading the books of Rudolf Steiner and Krishnamurti and later on initiated into the secrets of yoga by Bhagavân Sri Sathya Sai Baba who with His siddhi's [yogic perfections or miracles] definitely broke his materialistic and rationalistic vision of reality in a way that left him no doubt as to how the universe is run. After visiting him he went to Poona to receive initiation from Bhagavân Sri Rajneesh, the later Osho, just before that spiritual philosopher and guru left this planet in the winter of 1990. He went to Amsterdam, London, New York and other cities where he in temples under the guidance of the disciplic succession [paramparâ] of the Brahmâ-Mâdhva Gaudyâ Vaishnava Samprâdaya studied the Sanskrit of mantra's, the vedic literatures and the culture of Krishna-bhakti in the company of the pupils of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupâda [ISKCON]. From their more traditional appraoch he adopted the title of prabhu, the usual term used in respecting devotees, or bhakta's. The title Svâmi that he received from Osho he renounced out of respect for the âcâryas in exchange for the address of Prabhu. Apart from a bhakta-program he received no further initiation from them. The leading sannyâsis in the Netherlands at the time advised him to put his energy in doing devotional service with the computer, hence this internetsite with the Bhagavad Gîtâ and the Bhâgavatam based on the work of Swami Prabhupâda. Aadhar withdrew as an older devotee [born 1954] within his own ashram in the east of the Netherlands to more extensively study in depth the music, the Gîtâ and the Bhâgavatam. With local people interested there does he presently maintain a regular practice of hatha, bhajan, fasting, feasting, translating, studying, reading, listening and contemplating in his conclusion of Aadhar Yoga. He does no puja [idol-worship], but does regularly, to the regular of Krishna's greater nature, listen to the Gîtâ and associate in kirtan [singing together] and reading from the Bhâgavatam.

 

Lectures:

Aadhar regulary gives a talk of twenty minutes for the visistors of the site of the Order of Time in which he processes the philosophy of yoga into a love of knowledge, viz. filognosy, which can be accepted by each world citizen.

 

Writings

In Dutch he wrote a commentary called Krishna and the Singing Philosopher: a comment on the first four chapters of the Bhagavad Gîtâ. It is a study to the music and philosophy of the Caitanya-vaishnava's (or the Hare Krishna's). There is no English translation as yet of this study that is presented with images and audio-files of the by him nicely arranged original melodies of the âcârya's [the gurus of example]. It gives an idea of the wider purport of the culture and the essence of modern reform and Yoga. For the internet and the common non-religious person he developed for the karma-yoga atonement of his psychologic scientific commitment the internetsite the Order of Time where he, for non-devoted and spiritual people in general, defends the interest of meditating the original natural order and conditioning with the analytic conclusion of Father Time. That spirituality he baptized filognosy and has for a year been practiced as a kind of group meditation in a New Age center before he withdrew in his ashram restricting himself to predominantly yoga-activities. He rephrased the Gîtâ from this spiritual perspective and baptized it The Bhagavad Gîtâ of Order (the first in Dutch on the internet) reminiscent of Swami Prabhupâda's remarks [in the 'Diaries'] that to deal with time was something he left to his pupils. He also produced a modern version of the Gîtâ, with not a single word or name in Sanskrit, transposed to the modern situation of a political debate: A song of Fortunate - a modern Gîtâ. Also was the S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, the Krishna-bible, the actual book discussing all avatâra's, the culture of devotion and the life of Lord Krishna studied and presented in a concatenated way to the as-it-is norm set by Prabhupâda in his Bhagavad Gîtâ as-it-is. The presentation is scientifically bona-fide, up standard to the norms of the paramparâ with the texts of Swami Prabhupâda and his pupils, the Sanskrit word for word and the transliterations.

Articles:

For the Order of Time he wrote a series of articles on diverse subjects and a political manifesto:

The essence of spirituality. This article revises the concept of spirituality against the light of ancient vedic values at the one hand and modern natural science at the other hand. It concludes well-wishing that this definition according to true time, loyalty to the celibate, economic austerity and vegetarian compassion contributes to the interest of bringing more personal happiness in the first place and will also offer a broader perspective to a future world order.

Time for Sex. How does time relate to sex? It is a simple question that takes some time to answer properly. This article tries to formulate the basics of modern sexuality in the reality of our 'New Time'.

Religious Time. This article describes how the different concepts of religious time can be understood and combined into a unified and integrated concept of world-time in contrast with the timelessness of the modern information culture.

About Gurus and their teaching. This article critically surveys the value of eastern gurus and their teachings in western society.

Reincarnation and the Fear of Time: This article discusses the nature of reincarnation in the light of the christian Renaissance and the duality of modern multicultural time-consciousness and its psychological fears of time. It maintains that the fear of time in fact is the fear to be faced with the never ending mission of getting closer and closer to one's own personal and collective divinity - whether or not one is reincarnated or simply in ones lifetime is reborn to another consciousness of time.

Democratic Elections: Rationalism, pragmatism, humanism. What is their relationship, what is the method to arrive at a government that is stable at the one hand and still in respect for the dynamics of our personal evolution? Who should represent us, what is the future of political parties and how should the falsehood of any system be fought in the first place? What has God to do with it and how should we incorporate each in our societal order? All these questions are answered in this speech about what our concerns should be to the regular incidence of democratic elections.

 The Filognostic Manifesto: This filognostic manifesto, a manifest on the love for knowledge or filognosy, elaborates on the themes of The Order 0f Time with the subject of work and unemployment as its lead to answer the fundamental questions of war and peace. The purpose is to arrive at a clear lead for the politics of state in relation to the cultural and natural order of time and timemanagement.

A Small Philosophy of Association: One can unite in the private sphere with a marriage, to a job with a contract of labor, in the political with a political party and in the spirit with a religion. But what exactly would the philosophy of all that association be? How are all those associations themselves there as one culture, what holds us back and confuses us in finding association and would there be something like a general order of association? Or what would in association be the interest of the personal in contrast with the impersonal, what standards and values are we talking about, what is the theory and what is the practice? How does it all cohere and how is that converted into politics? This argument offers a short coherent view, a philosophy of association as a solution for this complex problem.

The Ether Exists!- Introduction to Filognosy: Is relativism, as the negation of the absolute, the solution for the problems mankind is wrestling with? Does that vision really work for us? Einstein developed his theory of relativity partly on the basis of the failure to deliver experimental proof of the ether. But the Ether exists! And Einstein later on in 1920 confirmed that in his new theory of the ether. Therein he explains that the ether is actually space with certain characteristics. And so do we have the ether not only as an element in classical philosophy, but also simply empirically verifiable as the operation of space, of the force field which controls all galaxies, our galaxy, as well as our at the sun directed planetary, earthly life and thus also our thinking. We have to learn to think from that element, and also, relativistically, from the order of time and matter belonging to it, as being the representation of that force, of that 'something', of that all-embracing and all-pervading absolute whole, in the classical scriptures so easily addressed with God and Lordship. This reappraisal of this nuclear concept of culture, is fundamental to our cultural and multicultural survival on the planet. This book forms the introduction to the all-embracing love for this knowledge of spirit and matter, that exists by dint of sober facts, regulative principles and interacting persons like ourselves, and which is covered by the one term of filognosy (on site: the introductions and synopsis of the Order of Time).

The Thread of the Science of Uniting One's Consciousness: the Yogasûtras of Patañjali are a classical concept. They constitute the backbone of the discipline of yoga: the science of uniting one's consciousness. There are many interpretations though of this analytical masterpiece of the incarnation of Âdi-S'esha who is Patañjali. Patanjali is the first expansion of the ego of Vishnu in hindu mythology. This condensed work, this summary so to say, about the discipline of connecting oneself with the soul, thus forms the ego of yoga, The different existing interpretations all together plead for this text the same way as the music of J. S. Bach is so excellent because it cannot be spoilt by interpretation. This literary-philosophical monument from the indian realm is here represented from the perspective of this site: the time, the ether, and gross matter are all equally fundamental expressions of the divine of nature and thus is the yoga actually the most concrete of all sciences around. For it relates directly to these fundamental absolute truths when it offers us the discipline to live with them. The yoga turning away from time, space and matter does, meditating on it, land right in the middle of it as the one and only correct vision upon it, as the only right consciousness of unifying therewith, ... of the natural order of the consciousness of time therewith.

 

 

Music

For the interest of learning the mantras and singing the bhajans together he studied the greater part of the popular vaishnava bhajans, the devotional songs of the âcâryas (seventy four in total), and presented them complete with chords, audio-files, (midi)scorefiles and translations of the original Bengal and Sanskrit. He produced this way eight CD's [plus sing-along CD's of accompaniment only] of the nicely arranged original melodies that are available as donation-material for personal distribution by him or by devotees (send an email to apply) only (no commercial exploit permitted). Also of the books, the sites he made, CD-ROM's wetre planned for the same purpose.

 

Present state and links

As said, has Anand Aadhar withdrawn from further writing and contributing to the material interest of the things presented at The Order of Time, apart from maintaining the site and giving a twenty minute talk so now and then. This site was his way to part his worldly responsibilities. He is solely engaged in devotional service these days and  for that purpose he can be reached by email for people abroad, or by telephone (see Dutch page) for people of his own country. For those who like him are interested in the internet community around this subject he maintains linklists to other yogasites in the Linking Library, the linkspage of srimadbhagavatam.org and at the ego-links page (guru's and movements).

 

Practical tips and tricks for beginners:

On a separate page there are twenty basic notions set up for the beginning yogi.

 

Donations

Anyone who incidentally or as a regular donator financially wants to contribute to the maintenance of this internet presentation and the promotion of Anand Aadhar Prabhu his work, may send a donation transferred by (internet-)bank  to:

Bank: Triodos Bank NV, P.O. Box 55, 3700 AB Zeist, The Netherlands
Account Name: M. Langkamp
concerning: Srimadbhagavatam.org
Account No: 19.84.90.283
BIC/SWIFT: TRIONL2U
IBAN: NL96 TRIO 0198 4902 83
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Wishing You all happiness in self-realization and devotion.

Hare Krishna!

              


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