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About Vistara Circle
The Vistara Circle is a spiritual community that will help its members experience greater emotional maturity and a deeper personal relationship with Supreme Consciousness. Members are asked to be a part of the community for at least two years and in so doing, strengthen their practices, gain spiritual knowledge, and enjoy spiritual company. All members will be encouraged to practice Tantric meditation and master the yoga ethics of Yama and Niyama for harmony with self, community and society.
Members will feel as if they are a valued member of a community where their spiritual goals can be nurtured. The community will create mechanisms to ensure that each member has a support network that can help them overcome physical, mental and spiritual problems. Members will have opportunities to grow within the organization and take on leadership positions.
Members will gain spiritual knowledge through webinars and retreats. They will also gain knowledge at weekly collective meditation gatherings. They will become well versed in topics related to Tantra Yoga and be given tools and inspiration to become life-long tantric meditators.
Members will take on service projects and learn to practice selfless service as supporting the interconnectedness of all life forms.
Branches and Directors
WASHINGTON D.C. AREA
Not to inflict pain or hurt on anybody by thought, word or action
The benevolent use of mind and words
Non-stealing and to renounce the desire to acquire or retain the wealth of others
To keep the mind always absorbed in Brahma (Supreme Consciousness)
To renounce excess and luxury and to practice living simply
purity of body and mind
Selfless service, such as service to humanity, to all beings and to Supreme Consciousness
The study, with proper understanding, of scriptures and philosophical books
Practicing meditation and having firm faith in Iishvara (Supreme Consciousness)
Vistara Circle Membership and Avenues of Growth
All members are considered visitors during their first four Vistara Circle meetings. After four visits, they can choose to become official members.
Members are required to maintain two years of good community standing. A visitor can still become a member even if they know they will be moving in the near future. In order to become a member, the following must be completed:
Members can choose to be coordinators and become a leader in the community. They must have received meditation instruction past the introductory lesson and be on track to receive subsequent lessons. Roles can include:
Coordinators must create programs on a routine basis. They should keep regular contact with members. Coordinators should prioritize programs that support the mission of the organization. If the roles above are filled, newly formed coordinators can assist an existing coordinator and form a committee. All coordinators are required to attend planning meetings either in person or via conference call at least once a month. Coordinators will also submit goal sheets every two months. Elections will be held by members in order to fill a coordinating role. Elections will be held every 6 months.
Sadhakas (yogis established in their practice)
Sadhakas are those who have completed the Vistara Circle Program and are now role models. They can choose to be coordinators or mentors for new members. More importantly, they have the option to move into the next phase of Vistara Circle, which is to aspire to be a Sadvipra (spiritual warrior influential in society).
Vistara Circle Membership Requirements
Visitors will be provided with an introductory meditation practice and they will be asked to attend Vistara Circle for at least eight visits. After eight visits arrangements will be made for the person to receive a higher meditation instruction.
Weekly Vistara Circles and Attendance
Vistara Circle meetings offer:
Participation to weekly Vistara Circles should be considered mandatory for members. An attendance rate of 75% is required for all. If any member has missed a meeting, they can make it up by scheduling a time to meditate with the director, a coordinator or by attending seminars, retreats, and/or other activities.
Online Spiritual Lifestyle Training
Service Project Participation
Members will have an advancement interview upon completion of their two year program. This is a special meeting with the director that celebrate two years of Vistara Circle training and outlines the next steps. It is one of the most important goals in Vistara Circle.
Vistara Circle Completion
Life After Vistara Circle
The Vistara Circle is primarily designed for beginner meditators and yogis. After maintaining good community standing for two years, a member becomes a sadhaka, a yogi established in their practice. They are no longer a beginner. In order to maintain their growth, they need to be with yogis who are on their level or are higher. They will then be invited to join another organization with advanced yogis in order to continue their spiritual journey toward becoming a sadvipra, a spiritual warrior that is influential to society. The spiritual journey is about growth. It cannot end after a two-year program. A sadhaka will maintain their growth by getting higher meditation lessons and attending advanced collective meditation sessions.