MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO INDIA  
By Anna Cipollone—teacher by profession for the last 20 years

The inspiration for these three articles came during Anna Cipollone’s first trip to India in February – March 2003.  At that time she was on an unpaid leave of absence from her work as a high school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (a career which began in 1982), and had come to India to learn more about the science of Kriyayoga as taught by Swami Shree Yogi Satyam. Anna was so much inspired by the teachings of Kriyayoga and by the selfless life of service of Yogi Satyam and other members of the Kriyayoga Research Institute to the villages and villagers of India, that she has since resigned from her teaching career and has returned to India to continue learning the science of Kriyayoga, as well as to join in the work of spreading this eternal, ancient teaching.

  Reflections of India      Spiritual Journey to India       Travels With Yogi Satyam



Anna Cipollone

 Each day provides one with an abundance of opportunity to practice even-mindedness —learning to accept all the changes and to see all as a part 
of God’s creation.

There is definitely something to be said for being without one’s creature comforts that provides the impetus needed to conquer duality.  It is no wonder then, that India has produced many great saints and spiritual masters, its people, forced as they are, to live close to the land, to live by faith.  This is something that we have lost in North America.

 

During one of his lectures given last May in Toronto, Canada, Swami  Shree Yogi Satyam proclaimed that one could become God-realized just by traveling through and spending time in India.  That was my first introduction to Yogi Satyam and the science of Kriyayoga.  Having been a TRUTH SEEKER all of my life, and a serious student of Yoga for the last ten years (I have also been a teacher of Hatha Yoga for the last three years), his words and teachings piqued my curiosity.

I had been invited to attend his lecture by a friend of mine—with the intention of going to only one lecture.  Well that was just the beginning!  There was no doubt that Yogi Satyam spoke the TRUTH—a knowing of the TRUTH that can only come from God-realization.  I thus found myself wanting to take advantage of every opportunity that I could to be in his presence and to learn this ancient science—to the point of applying for an unpaid leave of absence from my work in order to travel to India to be with Yogi Satyam.

 Having now spent the last three weeks in India, I am only just beginning to realize the veracity of Swamiji’s comments about India.  India is an experience beyond words.  How does one even begin to describe this land of contrast?  It is a place like no other in the world that I have ever seen—a cacophony of colours, sights, sounds and smells.  It is a place where both the harsh realities of life and the tremendous beauty of God’s creation are not only simultaneously visible, but as we would say in North America “it is in your face”.  Every facet of life and death is exposed in India.

What better place is there than this, then, to learn the lessons of Kriyayoga?  Each day provides one with an abundance of opportunity to practice even-mindedness—learning to accept all the changes and to see all as a part of God’s creation.  What I have learned by being in India these last three weeks, I could not possibly have learned so quickly in North America—not with the level of comfort and distraction so readily available in North America.  There is definitely something to be said for being without one’s creature comforts that provides the impetus needed to conquer duality.  It is no wonder then, that India has produced many great saints and spiritual masters, its people, forced as they are, to live close to the land, to live by faith.  This is something that we have lost in North America.

 I will be in India until the end of March, and do look forward to learning as much as I can while I am here.