Journey to Center: Heart Recognition

Welcome to an exploration of

4 translations

of the 1000-year-old

 

Pratyabhijna-hrdayam

Recognition of the Heart Sutras

Beginning Sunday November 29th through Sunday December 20th,

four Sunday pranayama and meditation practices will be offered to explore this ancient nondual teaching. 

What is the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam? 

Hrdayam (heart) pratyabhijna (recognition, consciousness) 

The Heart of Recognition (Pratybhijna Hridayam) is a profound non-dual Tantrik teaching, of the Kashmiri Shaivistic lineage, which explores self-discovery of dimensional Consciousness; internal, external, cellular, subtle body, and more. 

What is Kasmiri Shaivism? How is it related to Tantrika? Here are a few video resources for learning more: 

Principles & Practices of Kashmiri Shaivism: Sanskrit Texts & teachers in context (I found closed captions very helpful) 

Hareesh Wallis: On Recognition  |  Kashmiri Shaivism  

Why study different versions? 

By exploring varying translations of this ancient yet timeless text, layers of meaning are discovered. Language is the inspiration of all our experiences; physical, emotional, and spiritual. Each translation brings new perspectives and embodiment to the listener. 

A PDF of the Translations in grid (tabular) form for comparison: click here

November 29th: Recognition of Our Own Heart |  Joan Ruvinsky 
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Join Becky for a pranayama and meditation practice inspired by 

Joan Ruvinsky's translation and commentary of Kshemaraja's 

beautiful teachings. 

This 29 minute practice is a video, exploring a two-part practice: 

108 Sweet Breaths: inhale, pause, exhale, pause using a mala to provide gentle tracking, or "container", of time, space, touch, and breath. A practitioner could also use finger tips, touching thumb to each fingertip separately with each breath, transversing each hand or one hand through the practice. 

Sutra Reading: Becky will read aloud Ruvinsky's translation of the 20 teachings. You are welcome to sit and meditate in the language, or lie back in constructive rest posture and absorb the experience. 

Nov 29th Practice

Audio Version: 

Nov 29th PracticeBecky Morrissey
00:00 / 29:21
Dec 6th: The Recognition Sutras |  Christopher Wallis
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Join Becky for a pranayama and meditation practice inspired by 

Christopher Wallis' translation and commentary of The Recognition

Sutras. 

This 32-minute practice is a video, exploring a two-part practice: 

108 Sweet Breaths: inhale, pause, exhale, pause using a mala to provide gentle tracking, or "container", of time, space, touch, and breath. A practitioner could also use finger tips, touching thumb to each fingertip separately with each breath, transversing each hand or one hand through the practice. 

Sutra Reading: Becky will read aloud Chris' translation of the 20 teachings. You are welcome to sit and meditate in the language, or lie back in constructive rest posture and absorb the experience. Or follow along in your copy! 

Dec 6 Practice-Video

Audio Version: When you would rather not have a visual........

Dec 6 PracticeBecky Morrissey
00:00 / 32:14
Dec 13th: The Splendor of Recognition |  Swami Shantananda

Join Becky for a pranayama and meditation practice inspired by 

Swami Shantananda's' translation and commentary of The Recognition

Sutras: The Splendor of Recognition. 

This 32-minute practice is a video, exploring a two-part practice: 

108 Sweet Breaths: Every 27 beads on the japa mala brings a new breathing pattern.

A practitioner could also use finger tips, touching thumb to each fingertip separately with each breath, transversing each hand or one hand through the practice. 

Sutra Reading: Becky will read aloud Swami Shantananda's' translation of the 20 teachings. You are welcome to sit and meditate in the language, or lie back in constructive rest posture and absorb the experience. Or follow along in your copy! 

Dec 13 Splendor of Recognition

Audio Version: When you would rather not have a visual........

Dec 13 PracticeBecky Morrissey
00:00 / 34:03

Dec 20: Jaideva Singh |  The Secret of Self-Recognition

Join Becky for a pranayama and meditation practice inspired by Jaideva Singh's' translation and commentary of The Recognition Sutras: The Secret of Self-Recognition. 

This 34-minute practice is a video, exploring a two-part practice: 

108 Sweet Breaths: 108 Deveadashanta Breaths; Expanding and condensing. A practitioner could also use finger tips, touching thumb to each fingertip separately with each breath, transversing each hand or one hand through the practice. 

Sutra Reading: Becky will read aloud Singhs' translation of the 20 teachings. You are welcome to sit and meditate in the language, or lie back in constructive rest posture and absorb the experience. Or follow along in your copy! 

December 20

Audio Version: When you would rather not have a visual........

December 20 PracticeBecky Morrissey
00:00 / 38:40

The Four Translations used in our practices: 

Ruvinsky, Joan. (2019). Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Recognition of Our Own Heart. Babaji's Kriya Yoga and Publications, Inc. St. Etienne de Bolton, Quebec, Canada. 

Singh, Jaideva. (1963). Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret of Self-Recognition. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. Delhi.

Swami Shantananda, Bendel, P. (2003). The Splendor of Recognition: An Exploration of the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam, A Text on the Ancient Science of the Soul. SYDA Foundation, South Fallsburg, NY. 

Wallis, Harresh. (2017). The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-year-old Spiritual Masterpiece. Mattamayura Press. Boulder, CO. 

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