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Meditation Time
at the 
Castro Valley 
Adult School 
Office address: 
4430 Alma Avenue 
Castro Valley, California 94546 

Phone: (510) 886-1000 
FAX:   (510) 537-8537 
Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 
8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 
Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, 
Sat: 7:45 am to 12:00 Noon 


with Bob Swanson
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Brief Bio 
Some Poems from me 
A Short Story 

Play of Light Meditation Experience
Meditation is the process of discovery of ones own self. Solve your own problems by calming the thought waves of your mind. Develop your own philosophy of life. Excel spiritually, mentally and physically. Seek your truth, beat stress, sleep good at night, live life to the fullest, and most importantly be happy. This is your class and it develops around your needs. Go on try it, it really works.
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Play of Light Meditation Experience


The Myth of

American Psychological Association (APA) 
How Does Stress Affect Us?
Six Myths About Stress
Stress in the Workplace
APA Search "Stress
Why We Should Stop Stressing at Work

INDIA Home of Meditation 
Custodian of Ancient Knowledge 

Philosophical Schools of INDIA

Yoga:  Goal of Meditation - Yoga means union and implies the union of  body, mind and spirit. One who practices Yoga is a Yogi.  There are many different names applied to Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Siddha Yoga and lots more.  All these various schools have the same goal and that is union.  Yoga is the goal of meditation.  When one feels Yoga, one feels together, cohesive and harmonious.  Conversely when one does not feel Yoga one feels not together, non cohesive and inharmonious, which is stressful.  The latter state fills ones life with confusion, insecurity and fear.  Whereas Yoga fills ones life with continuity, security and love.  All Indian Philosophical schools of meditators seek to realize yoga. Yoga is our natural state and it is within us all the time.  Through meditative discipline confusion subsides and yoga emerges.

The State of Yoga is cloaked in simplicity, 
The mind desperately searches in complexity. 

Yoga resides in absolute stillness, 
Insulated from all mental illness. 

Steadfast and sure, 
Immune from  the worlds allure. 

A Yogi in that state, 
Is truly Great. 

by Bob Swanson 

Books (Book Page) In association with 
Books can be helpful.  Do not confuse the studying of meditation and the practice of meditation.  Practice is the key and reading can help inspire and enhance understanding of what you experience in the practice.  So practice, practice, practice and read a little bit.

Meditate(Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) by Swami Muktananda, ISBN: 0791409783 (Other Books by Swami Muktananda)

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali- by Swami Prabhavananda (Translator), Christopher Isherwood (Translator)  Published by Vedanta Press & Bookshop, Publication date: September 1996, ISBN: 0874810108 ( Other Books by Swami Prabhavananda ) ( Other Books by Christopher Isherwood )

Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography/Chitshakti Vilas by Swami Muktananda, Paul Zweig, Published by Syda Foundation, Publication date: January 1997, ISBN: 0911307338(Other Books by Swami Muktananda)

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda,  Published by Self Realization Fellowship Pub, Publication date: July 1994, ISBN: 0876120826 ( Other Books by Paramahansa Yogananda  )


Natural Philosophy 

The natural philosophy is true, 
It exists inside of you. 

It merges the polarities of two, 
The perception of duality is through. 

The experience of oneness will renew, 
And  knowledge of the self will accrue. 

by Bob Swanson 

Kashmir Saivism

Shaivistic and Bhakti Roots of Kashmiri Religion
Ancient and Modern Ascetics in Kashmir
( Books )


Shri Guru Granth Sahib In English - The most Sacred Book to The Sikhs.  It is their Living Guru.

Ancient Sacred Text of India
Rig Veda - 5700 Years
Old, Possibly  the oldest 
book in the world. 
Sama Veda 
Yajur Veda 
Atharva Veda 
Post Veda 
Bhagavad Gita 
More Books
Glossary of Terms
Teachers, Poets and Authors 
in India's History
Books written by or about these great Indian teachers I recommend:

Vedic Astrology by Chakrapani 
I met Chakrapani in Bombay in 1971.  It was an adventure just finding his flat.  That was just the beginning.  He told me things that I did not know and could only verify when I got back to the U.S.  I was astounded!  He now is in the United States.  He is a dear old friend.  Check out his web Page. 
India' Musical Tradition

Bhajans on YouTube

INDIA Information

languages and scripts of India

Pioneer Asian Indian Immigration to the Pacific West Coast

Have You Seen These Children ?

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