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Savitri Immersion Workshop - Audio Series
Summer 2016
August 14-19, 2016
Crestone, Colorado

This workshop series is a presentation of nine cantos of Savitri in the context
of Sri Aurobindo's writing on the Yoga Siddhis titled Sapta Chatusthaya,
and as such represents a teaching on Yoga Sutra, Yoga Mantra, and Yoga Shakti.

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A video lecture on mantra and yoga siddhi that can augment the following series:
"Mantra and quantitative meter" Sri Aurobindo’s technique of mantric transmission in English
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Part 1
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 1

Part 2
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 1a

Part 3
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 2

Part 4
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 3

Part 5
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 4

Part 6
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 5

Part 7
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 6

Part 8
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 7

Part 9
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 8

Part 10
Crestone Savitri August Immersion 9


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Same Savitri August 2016 Workshop Series as above
with two added supplements
as posted to YouTube.



Savitri Immersion Session 1

Savitri Immersion Session 2

Savitri Immersion Session 3

Savitri Immersion Session 4

Savitri Immersion Session 5

Savitri Immersion Session 6

Savitri Immersion Session 7

Savitri Immersion Session 8

Savitri Immersion Session 9

Savitri Immersion Session 10

Savitri Immersion Session 11 with Rod Hemsell, Crestone, August 2016: Supplement 1

Savitri Immersion Session 12 with Rod Hemsell, Crestone, August 2016: Supplement 2

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Complete video series from the
Seminar on Integral Paradigm of Knowledge
Auroville February 2016


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Winter Immersion Workshop - 2015

Rod Hemsell
Posted 12-25-2015


The theme of this immersion will be the transformation of death, Books 10, 11, 12 of Savitri,
and there will be additional commentary based on the Tibetan Buddhist teachings that are now available
from many Lamas and scholars. This is something that I have thought for several years should
be undertaken, now that so many of us have been steeped in the
Yoga of Aswapati and Savitri in Part 1 and Part 2,
but we have never really plunged into Part 3.
Perhaps the time has come!

(Sessions to be posted soon.)


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Sri Aurobindo and the Rig Veda
Rod Hemsell
Posted 11-30-2015

“The Breath of things is an Immortal Life, but of this body ashes are the end.”
There are two main streams of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and practice, the passive and the active, and this line from the Isha Upanishad is one of the most well-known foundations of the stream of action, of practice, which is known most commonly as Tantra. Students of Tantra will know that many of its practices entail a consciousness preparation for death.
The fundamental principle of this system has been thoroughly and explicitly stated in a short commentary on the Isha Upanishad by Sri Aurobindo.
“Matter supplies us with the body; but it is only a temporary knot of the movement... Once it is thrown aside by the Life-principle it is dissolved; ashes are its end. Therefore the body is not ourselves, but only an outer tool and instrument.
The Life-principle in us survives. It is the immortal Breath or, as the phrase really means, the subtle force of existence which is superior to the principle of birth and death. At first sight it may appear that birth and death are attributes of the Life, but it is not really so: birth and death are processes of Matter, of the body. The Life-principle is not formed and dissolved in the formulation and dissolution of the body; if that were so, there could be no continuity of the individual existence and all would go back at death into the formless. Life forms body, it is not formed by it. It is the thread upon which the continuity of our successive bodily lives is arranged, precisely because it is itself immortal” (Isha Upanishad:79).
As practitioners will know, there are specific means for liberating oneself from illusory attachments in order to experience the peace of immortality before death and thereby avoid unnecessary rebirths. This possibility and aim require an active will to achieve liberation in this life, but they also have far-reaching benefits beyond this liberation.
“We live in what we are doing, we do not control what has been done, but are rather controlled by our past works which we have forgotten. This is because we dwell in the action and its fruits instead of living in the soul and viewing the stream of action from behind it. The true Will stands back from the actions and therefore is their lord and not bound by them.
The Upanishad solemnly invokes the will...to become a power of knowledge and self-possession and not only a power of impulsion and self formulation. It will thus more and more approximate itself to the true Will and preside over the co-ordination of the successive lives with a conscious control” (Isha:80).

Part One - 1
Rg Veda 1a


Part One - 2
Rg Veda 1b


Part Two
Rg Veda 2


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Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness
Rod Hemsell
Posted 4-26-2014

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 1.0

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 1.1

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 1.2

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 1.3

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 2.0

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 2.1

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 2.2

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 2.3

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 3.0

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 3.1

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 3.2

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 3.3

Savitri and the Philosophy of Consciousness 3.4



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Philosophy of Religion
Rod Hemsell

From a series of lectures given by Rod Hemsell at Auroville, India - Jan/Feb 2014

Pt 01


Pt 02


Pt 03


Pt 04


Pt 05


Pt 06


Pt 07


Pt 08


Pt 09


Pt 10


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A video series from AUM 2013



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An Introduction to Savitri

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A video series workshop by Rod Hemsell


An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo’s mantric poem Savitri in five parts, by Rod Hemsell, recorded Feb. 24, 2013.


Part 1 - "Evolutionary spirituality" Sri Aurobindo’s yoga of transformation, beyond liberation

Part 2 - "Vedic structure" Sri Aurobindo’s source of inspiration for Savitri in the Rig Veda

Part 3 - "Mantra and quantitative meter" Sri Aurobindo’s technique of mantric transmission in English

Part 4 - "The divine shakti" The invocation of Savitri is a force of spiritual transformation

Part 5 - "Supermind" The invocation of Savitri is a force of spiritual transformation


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Lectures on Kena Upanishad and Savitri by Rod Hemsell
from his summer 2013 workshops.

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