Tattwa Shuddhi is a powerful form of meditation that comes to us from Tantra. The aim of Tantra is to expand our perception and thereby liberate us from spiritual ignorance and limitation. Life presents us with all kinds of experiences and opportunities to awaken to our deepest identity. In Tantra, we are encouraged to accept and enjoy life as it is, whilst simultaneously undertaking practice to deepen our perception, understanding and self-identity. One of these practices is Tattwa Shuddhi, which was evolved by tantric mystics as a means of opening us up to our fullest potential. It is briefly mentioned in some of the tantric texts, but the full practice is always passed on from teacher to student.
The word tattwa means two things: firstly, it is the name given to the different principles or factors which comprise our embodied personality; secondly, it literally means ‘that-ness’ and refers to the Reality which underlies our embodiment. The word shuddhi literally means ‘purification’, but in the context of the practice we can understand the word to mean ‘exploration’. Therefore Tattwa Shuddhi can be translated as a practice for 'Exploring the Different Dimensions of our Existence’ to reveal what we are in Essence.
Tattwa Shuddhi is a process of meditation. The scattered and disharmonious facets of the mind are dissolved so that we contact the stillness within – to experience the ‘peace that passeth all understanding’. This breaks down years of encrusted conditioning which constricts our experience of life and prevents us from living life to the full. Tattwa Shuddhi brings clarity of mind, openness and receptivity, allowing us to see the unseeable and realise the unthinkable. It is a means to heal us from spiritual ignorance and misidentification, and open us up to the mystery of our Being.
During this course, participants will be introduced, step by step, to the different facets and stages of Tattwa Shuddhi. Extended periods of this course will be held in silence and the emphasis will be on deepening your own experience through practice. This course is suitable for practitioners who have practised Yoga for at least 3 years.
Ongoing French translation by Dhyana Bindu.