Dhamma Sila Vipassana Meditation Centre: Dehradun
Do you wish to dive into the world of intense meditation in the Himalaya nearby Rishikesh? Do you want to completely let yourself go and rediscover yourself? The Dhamma Salila Vipassana Meditation Centre is the ideal place to just let go and practice an extreme form of meditation. Read about my experience at this life-altering Ashram!
Off late I was itching to dive into the world of Yoga and visit a Yoga centre. Yet, I was unable to find one suitable and perfect for me. After much research, I came across the famous Dhamma Salila Vipassana Meditation Centre Dehradun. Instantly I felt a connection and I decided to book my stay here. Here is the entire account of my journey at the Dhamma Sila Vipassana Meditation Centre in Dehradun.
History Of Vipassana
The Dhamma Sila Vipassana Meditation Centre specialises in the art of Vipassana. Vipassana is a type of Yoga which means seeing things as they are. One of the most ancient meditation technique, Vipassana is extremely popular. It is more like mental Yoga, and your mind takes a journey here.
Vipassana is a way to introspect and transform yourself through acute observations. The benefits of this Yoga technique are several- like improving concentration, being more self-aware and being more in control to name a few.
The Beauty Of Dhamma Sila Vipassana Meditation Centre
I reached the Dehradun Railway Station in the late afternoon. The sun was beating down my neck yet there was a chill in the air. I boarded my car to commence my stay at the Dhamma Salila Vipassana Meditation Centre Dehradun.
This Vipassana centre was founded by the famous Sh. S.N Goenka Ji. As we neared the centre I realised that we were absolutely in the lap of nature. Out of nowhere, the large buildings had faded and large green trees had taken their place.
There was beautiful rivulet that softly flowed surrounded by the most amazing green hills. In midst of this lay the wonderful Dhamma Salila Vipassana Meditation Centre. The location of the centre itself has powers to cleanse your mind and make you feel calm.
The Facilities at Dehradun Centre
Once I entered the centre I started roaming around and researching more about the facilities. The complex is stunning and calming to walk around. It is about 10 acres and rests in the lap of trees and greenery. There are two huge Mediation halls, and I could see groups of people meditating with full devotion. There are dining halls and residential hostels for both males and females. There are also smaller rooms for individuals who want to perform their mediation alone.
I first finished my registration formalities and registered myself for the 10-day course. Before heading up to my room I was asked to deposit both my mobile and wallet. A life with our mobile was going to be a challenge.
I was then laid up to my room. The rooms are neatly laid out with clean sheets and necessities. There was also a little meeting in the night to brief as about the dos and don’ts, after which silence dawns into the centre.
Here are some rules that one must follow while in the centre:
No talking to anyone- complete silence
No eye contact
No walking together
No alcohol, cigarettes
No exercises, no stretching and no other forms of Yoga
No other form of mediation no religion, no talismans like rings or crystals
The Start Of My Journey
To start my journey I had to wake up extremely early to attend the sessions. Before that, I have to clean all my dishes after breakfast and even my bedroom. This is a rule in the centre. You have to clean after yourself, no one else for doing for you.
You are then given a seat at the meditation hall and in the dining hall as well. You must make sure that you do not sit on anybody else’s assigned seat.
Thus after enjoying a modest humble breakfast, I proceeded to my course. The courses started with the simple and familiar phrase Control your mind, Control your World.”
As the first round of mediation started I could feel a spark inside me. It was as if someone had created some kind of energy inside me. The first round of mediation is about two hours and you can take a break. While it wasn’t easy for me at the beginning to completely shut off myself and just meditate for two hours, I did feel at ease. As each minute passed I felt calmer and calmer and more in control of myself.
After this, there was a break of 15 minutes and then another hour of meditation. This type of mediation is called Adhishthana and it is forbidden to open your eyes at that time.
The entire day is consumed by such mediations, and I was meditating for about 9 hours.
The next few days are Aana-Apana which is another meditation technique which focuses on your breathing. Breathing allows you to be more in control of your own body, thus this part is extremely important.
Finally, we performed Vipassana with the voice of Acharya Goenka reverberating through the halls. This is where the magic starts happening. This mediation forces you to confront your biggest fears and emotions in a physical form. It is intense. At one point I felt as if my body was gripped by an external force and it was turning me inside out. This is an extreme introspection which allows you to know yourself completely allowing you to control yourself better.
A queer kind of energy made my whole body shiver as it crawled from my feelings to my head. It was eye-opening and I felt powerful!
The next days are about this mediation. At first, the experience is life-changing. All kinds of emotions and repressed memories came to the surface and I found myself crying and getting angry. Then suddenly I would feel hungry, then a crazy physical pain and finally tranquillity.
Gradually I started loving the way it made me feel. I felt calmer and more in control of my own emotions. My mind was at peace and I felt content. It was as if the meditation took away all my anger and problems and threw them away.
Finally, on the last day, I realised the power of Vipassana. I felt completely transformed. I had confronted all my open and repressed wounds and healed them accordingly. I had learnt to love the humble food offered, I had started loving washing my dishes and was more at peace without my mobile. I could feel the positive energy radiating through my body at all times. My concentration was more acute and my focus had gone up leaps and bounds. I was much more efficient than ever, and the most important part I was happy.
As I was bidding farewell to the centre I realised how much I would miss it. I was a much better version of myself and I was truly transformed. The magic had worked.
If you are truly committed to churning a better version of yourself then Dhamma Sila Vipassana Meditation Centre in Dehradun is the perfect place for you. While there are several challenges at first which you will have to get used to, but the result is mystical!