The Inbound School of Yoga was founded by Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami in service to his spiritual master Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the great master of Bhakti Yoga, with yoga centers and eco yoga villages in more than 25 countries.
The Inbound School of Yoga follows the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition of devotion to God. There are ancient scriptural texts that explain the basis of this philosophy: the Vedas, the Puranas, the Mahabharata in which the famous Bhagavad Gita is included, the Ramayana, and the writings of the great acaryas (masters). Some of these texts date back to at least 5.000 years ago, with an oral tradition that goes back to antiquity. Vaishnavism is known as sanatana dharma, or “the eternal function of the soul”, and is also refer to it as Bhakti Yoga, or “the devotional path through which one can link with the Supreme.”
[pullquote align=right] Bhakti is the constitutional nature of the living entity and is therefore easy to develop. Every living entity has the seed of bhakti. One must play the role of a gardener to develop this seed from germinating until become a tree. When bhakti seed germinates, the gardener must weeding the land of strange things. All these things can be done if one properly understands the science of bhakti”. [/pullquote]
It was Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534), during the sixteenth century in West Bengal, India who came to spread and plant the seed of meditation on devotional love (prema). He established the beginnings of the devotional movement and the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition. Regarding the nature of the self, He taught that consciousness is not a product of matter but is rather a symptom of the soul. All souls are eternal, never losing their individuality, they are simultaneously the same as God in nature, yet different, being always dependent; in their conditioned state they are under the influence of matter and in their liberated state they are free in their natural expression of pure devotion with God.
He taught that the ultimate realization of God is intimate and personal. The discovery of a personal relation with the Absolute is “the most secret of all secrets”, the highest truth which sages, yogis and philosophers have been seeking since the dawn of time. After penetrating into the deepest, most confidential aspect of the spiritual journey one finds God to be a person whose beauty, charm and love is all pervading and infinite.
Sri Chaitanya launched the devotional movement through collective sankirtan comprised of singing the divine names, many people sing and play instruments together.
This sankirtan movement or Kirtan Yoga allows us to experience and connect with the pure love, the mahamantra cleans, frees our minds and our hearts, allowing us to experience happiness and connect with the divine.
Kirtan is love in the form of song. The intimation of universal life that resides in the experience of individual feeling is activated by the words (mantras), tune and dance of kirtan. The intimation of prema (love) in the individual soul causes a profound agitation in the heart of the hearer. At a kirtan session you can experience great joy and ecstasy, in this respect there is no distinction of small and great, learned and ignorant, or any other mundane distinctions of high and low, everyone is eligible. The experience of emotion is universal and so is the yearning for prema.
The essence of spiritual perfection for a bhakti yogi is to awaken ecstatic love for God, which is the intrinsic nature of the soul.