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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Sri Avinash?2018-08-15T19:11:11+00:00

Sri Avinash is a non-sectarian spiritual Master, healer and author. Regarded by many as a Bodhisattva, he is a Buddha of Compassion who chooses to return to the world again and again until all living beings are free from suffering. He is a beautiful role model of peace, love and service to humanity.

Sri Avinash’s Mission is to help people all over the world achieve true inner peace—the peace that is lasting, the peace that is uplifting, the peace that you take with you everywhere you go. With a heart of compassion, he travels to various cities sharing his teachings and giving personal darshan blessings—transmitting divine love and spiritual strength to help remove people’s suffering and awaken love in their lives. The motto that drives Sri Avinash’s Mission is ‘Live to Love, Love to Serve’.

“My religion is the religion of love, service and compassion.” – Sri Avinash

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What is Sri Avinash’s Healing Transmission and how can I receive it?2018-08-15T19:09:57+00:00

The purpose of the Healing Transmission is to improve your overall wellbeing. Each recipient benefits by receiving prayers and good wishes from the Master as well as being infused with the powerful healing energy of divine love and universal life-force. This energetic and spiritual boost helps to raise your vibration, create positive life circumstances, and give you strength to gain peace and stability in your life.

Sri Avinash offers the Distance Healing Transmission program where the healing is sent to you anywhere in the world, and is equally effective irrespective of where you are. The healing is sent for 30 minutes every day. Sri Avinash also gives face to face live Healing Transmission sessions as part of his retreat programs.

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If there was one key secret to enlightenment, what would it be?2017-02-16T16:20:20+00:00

According to Sri Avinash, what is critical is that the spiritual practitioner recognises the present moment with 100% conviction, and is also fully aware that they are in the present moment—and be able to sustain that for at least 5 seconds. This will set the foundation for the seeker’s practice. All their spiritual practices will be aimed at trying to extend this present moment awareness for as long as possible, until they are in that state permanently. This is the state of enlightenment.

If the seeker is unable to remain in the present moment, with awareness, for 5 seconds on their own, it is critical that they seek a self-realized Spiritual Master’s help to bring them to this state. This will give them a reference point as well as confidence for their spiritual practice, to ensure that it is fruitful.

What is Sri Avinash’s Satori Transmission and how can I receive it?2018-08-15T19:10:03+00:00

One of Sri Avinash’s spiritual gifts in this lifetime is the ability to bring those who are ready to the satori state. This transmission is very profound and an extremely rare blessing from a Spiritual Master. In the past it was only given in private to close disciples.

Sri Avinash feels that it is vitally important that all spiritual seekers be able to experience satori—the temporary state of enlightenment. This experience will tremendously accelerate the seeker towards the spiritual goal. A major reason for this is that once a person tastes this state, they will have an unforgettable personal reference of what enlightenment is, which then becomes a benchmark for their spiritual practice. In addition, their soul awakens to a remembrance of its true nature, pulling the seeker unstoppably towards enlightenment.

Sri Avinash’s purpose for the satori transmission is twofold. One is to help spiritual seekers accelerate towards the goal of enlightenment, and the other is to help raise the consciousness of the planet, which will happen naturally as each individual’s vibration increases. Sri Avinash has said, “It is for this that I came.”

Sri Avinash offers the Satori Transmission Workshop in various cities, on tours and on his retreats.

What religion is Sri Avinash?2017-12-11T15:03:14+00:00

Sri Avinash is a Vietnamese born Spiritual Master and Bodhisattva, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas.

His way is non-sectarian, which embraces all religions.

Sri Avinash says, “My religion is the religion of love, service and compassion.”

What does Sri Avinash teach?2017-04-25T16:20:07+00:00

To Sri Avinash, meditation and selfless service are like the two wings of a bird that will take us to the goal of permanent happiness.

He teaches that the mind is the cause of all disturbances and unrest, so controlling the mind is essential to peace, happiness and spiritual advancement. He emphasises the importance of regular and consistent meditation to quiet the mind, increase tranquility and build inner strength. When a seeker’s practice is successful, the feelings of happiness and inner fulfillment naturally arise.

According to Sri Avinash, the aim of meditation is to be fully aware of the present moment. When the seeker’s awareness is in the present moment, and they are fully aware of that, this state is known as satori. Satori is a temporary state of enlightenment and it is not possible for emotional suffering and disturbance to occur during that state. Furthermore, having a taste of this creates a critical benchmark that will guide the seeker’s future practice.

Sri Avinash prescribes various meditation techniques, and in response to the needs of the current times he has also developed the Holistic Meditation Technique. The Holistic Meditation Technique encompasses the essence of all meditation practices—outer awareness, inner awareness, breath awareness and the prayer of compassion.

The second fundamental teaching of Sri Avinash is selfless service. This practice is most dear to him because of its power to open the seeker’s own heart and others’ hearts at the same time. This process awakens love in the seeker and dissolves their ego over time, eventually leading to the remembrance of their divine nature.

Irrespective of what method of spiritual practice a person chooses, Sri Avinash teaches that with effort and grace, together with the personal guidance of a Self-realized Master, it is definitely possible to attain enlightenment in this lifetime.

How can I meet Sri Avinash?2018-11-08T17:06:38+00:00

Everyone is welcome to attend Sri Avinash’s events to receive his teachings and blessings. At the events, there are also opportunities to ask your own personal questions about challenges you may be facing in your life or on the spiritual path.

If you have attended Sri Avinash’s events and have a particular wish to be in his company to learn more from him, it is best that you become involved as a volunteer, where opportunities will naturally arise to spend time in his presence.

For all media enquiries, please contact Anandamayi at the Sri Avinash Do Mission on +61 425 429 426, or email anandamayi@sriavinash.org

What is meditation and why is it beneficial?2017-04-14T10:30:20+00:00

The word ‘meditation’ refers to both the meditation state and meditation techniques. Meditation techniques are tools that help us to experience the meditation state.

The meditation state is a state of deep relaxation and freedom from suffering, which is the ultimate goal of the spiritual path. There are many effective meditation techniques, such as breath meditation, mantra meditation, chanting, walking meditation, sound meditation, mindfulness meditation and Sri Avinash’s Holistic Meditation Technique.

Sri Avinash teaches that ‘emotions follow thoughts like a shadow’. From this, we can learn that disturbing emotions are triggered firstly by thoughts. The thoughts may be, ‘I am not loved’ or ‘You should not do that to me’ or ‘I have to achieve success.’ Whatever the thoughts may be, if a person is experiencing negative emotions, the origin can be traced back to thoughts.

When this is understood, the benefit of meditation techniques becomes quite apparent—if we practice to control or switch off our thoughts, then the corresponding negative emotions can be overcome. This means the power to end our suffering is within our own hands, to the degree that we are able to master our thoughts.

So meditation techniques are tools to practice mastering our thoughts by bringing us, again and again, back to our point of meditative focus, whether it be the breath, the sound of the mantra we are chanting, or the object of our prayer, etc.

Sri Avinash teaches that as we bring our focus to this point of concentration or present moment, thoughts cannot enter at the same time. From this, we can see that the more we build our muscles of concentration, the more we will be able to master our thoughts, and the more we will be able to have control over our own happiness.

What is the benefit of practicing selfless service?2017-02-16T16:41:52+00:00

Sri Avinash teaches that there are many benefits of practicing selfless service (‘seva’ in Sanskrit). In fact he says that it is perhaps the most powerful spiritual practice a person can do—as well as being the easiest.

Seva awakens the remembrance of a person’s true nature—which is love and compassion—and dissolves the negative conditioning that causes suffering. When a person helps others selflessly, they begin to lose their ego, and dwell more within the heart and less in the mind and thoughts.

Furthermore, very few people are able to meditate for 5 hours straight, for example, but most people are able to do selfless service for that length of time. So seva is an easier spiritual practice than meditation for most people, with equal benefits.

Sri Avinash encourages everyone to do kind deeds for others whenever the opportunity arises. The kind deeds don’t need to be grand, but may be as simple as standing on a bus to let an elderly person take a seat, helping a stranger carry their shopping, or interacting kindly with the waitress at a restaurant. As well as these ad hoc daily kindnesses, selfless service can be practiced through organised activities such as serving at a soup kitchen or fundraising for a charity.

The power of selfless service should not be underestimated, because a significant number of spiritual seekers throughout history have achieved the goal of enlightenment by practicing selfless service. But the reality is, it is best to complement this practice with meditation for overall spiritual progress.

So selfless service is a powerful spiritual tool, enhancing people’s lives and at the same time creating a more beautiful world for everyone to live in.

What is ‘satsang’?2018-01-10T13:43:36+00:00

The Sanskrit word ‘satsang’ means ‘in company with truth’. It refers to being in the presence of a Spiritual Master or Satguru—one who lives permanently in the state of divine love and knowledge.

Satsang provides seekers with an opportunity to experience and absorb a deeper understanding of this divine truth. The Master shares their love and knowledge through silent presence, spoken words and the example of how they live their life.

What is darshan, what are the benefits, and how can I receive Sri Avinash’s darshan?2018-01-10T13:44:14+00:00

Darshan means to have a vision of, or an occasion of seeing a holy person or Self-Realized Master, and receive their blessing. During Darshan the Master transmits divine love and spiritual power to the individual. This raises their spiritual vibration, which increases inner peace and acts as a catalyst for spiritual awakening.

The Inner Peace for World Peace Events on Sri Avinash’s tours conclude with the Darshan blessing. Darshan can go for many hours, as Sri Avinash receives each individual personally.

Why do you have devotional singing at your satsang programs?2017-02-16T16:39:26+00:00

Devotional singing has many great benefits. Devotional singing—also known as bhajans or kirtan—can be very meditative, stilling the mind and taking the person to a state of deep inner peace. Sri Avinash also uses devotional singing to uplift and purify the atmosphere during darshan.

In general, devotional singing is a form of prayer to God, and Sri Avinash teaches that when one remembers God, one remembers one’s true self.

A devotional song can also be a call for help, or a song of praise, both of which bring God’s grace for wellbeing and spiritual progress. As the singer concentrates on the object of devotion, the ego-mind also melts away.

Singing devotional songs is probably the easiest spiritual practice anyone can do, because singing is such a natural human expression.

What is a Guru Mantra and does Sri Avinash give Guru Mantra initiation?2017-04-25T16:37:05+00:00

The Guru Mantra is a form of prayer that is used for meditation to focus the mind and bring the seeker to present moment awareness. It is like a telephone line that connects the seeker directly with God, giving them protection, cleansing their conditioning and negativities, and helping them overcome both worldly and spiritual obstacles. It also transmits the Satguru’s power to the practitioner to give them the strength and energy to be successful on their spiritual path. Reciting or chanting a Guru Mantra is an extremely powerful spiritual practice.

Since ancient times, the Guru Mantra has been transmitted from Master to disciple. So in this sense, a Guru Mantra is an initiation into discipleship as well as a spiritual practice.

Those who feel a deep connection with Sri Avinash, and would like to practice using a Guru Mantra, can ask to receive Guru Mantra initiation from Sri Avinash at the Self-Realization Ashram, Australia, or at one of his retreats.

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What is the best way to learn from Sri Avinash if I live far away?2017-04-25T22:05:37+00:00

Sri Avinash tours to different cities in different parts of the world, sharing the teachings and giving Darshan (personal blessings), so you can meet him at these events.

If you are not able to attend one of these programs, we invite you to immerse yourself in Sri Avinash’s resources. The website teachings page provides free videos, audios and transcripts of his teachings, and his products are available for purchase at our shop, including books and audios (CD’s and mp3’s).

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What is a Guru or Spiritual Master?2017-02-16T16:26:23+00:00

A Guru, also known as a Spiritual Master or Satguru, is an individual who has achieved perfect equanimity of mind, or enlightenment, and is able to transmit this state and knowledge to others. With their profound wisdom and power, they accelerate spiritual seekers’ progress towards the goal by helping them overcome obstacles and confusion, and to dissolve their negative tendencies. In addition, the Guru constantly infuses the seeker with spiritual energy to give them strength and endurance on their spiritual path. With the help of a Guru, the seeker’s path therefore becomes both beautiful and efficient.

What is the difference between enlightenment, self-realization, God-realization, nirvana, satori and samadhi?2017-02-16T16:27:01+00:00

The terms ‘enlightenment’, ‘self-realization’, ‘God-realization’ and ‘nirvana’ are interchangeable. These terms refer to a state of perfect equanimity of mind, or freedom from suffering. Great Masters such as Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) are examples of this state.

‘Satori’ and ‘Samadhi’ are temporary experiences of the enlightened state. The satori experience may last for minutes, hours or days, however it is not permanent—the person will return to their previous state of mind. Tasting this satori state is extremely powerful—it makes the practitioner naturally yearn to come back to this state. In this way it acts as a benchmark and guide, helping seekers become more clear in their practice as they progress towards the goal of permanent samadhi, which is enlightenment.

Where do the funds from Sri Avinash’s products, services, events and donations go?2018-08-15T19:06:35+00:00

Sri Avinash’s Mission is 100% volunteer-run, with no paid employees or contractors. All income received from products, services, events and donations goes towards the running of the Sri Avinash Do Mission Inc. No income from donations or the sale of products, services and events is distributed to any individual.