Charles Berner began his study of science, metaphysics and scripture as a child. In his quest for the truth he visited many spiritual teachers and experimented with many spiritual growth paths.
|He created the Institute of Ability, Mind Clearing Programs, and the Enlightenment Intensive, a process that is used today world-wide to seek the truth by conscious, direct knowledge.In 1973 after twenty five years of searching, he met Swami Kripalvananda while on a pilgrimage to India and received shaktipat initiation from him. In due course, Swami Kripalvananda bestowed upon him the highest yogic teachings and initiations.|
Charles Berner as Yogeshwar Muni has kept up a rigorous schedule of meditation of eight hours a day since his initiation as well as teaching his own students. He has taught and written extensively on Natural Meditation and yogic scripture.
He developed the Lila Paradigm from his direct knowledge of the Truth underlying the fundamental principles of the universe. Recently in collaboration with Dr. Biljana Percinkova of the South East European University in Skopje, Macedonia, they verified his theory with scientific proofs.
He is responsible for the carefully rendered English edition of Yogacharya Kripalvananda’s Revealing the Secret, Commentary on The Small Burning Lamp of Sun-Moon Yoga, thus giving serious aspirants who are not familiar with the traditional cultures of ancient and modern India access to the esoteric realm of Sun-Moon Yoga.
Charles Berner passed away on June 24, 2007, at his home in Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia. Qouted from Charles Berner Organisation
The typical intensive is three days long: there are also longer Enlightenment Intensives (e.g., seven days, two weeks, six weeks) using essentially the same format as a three-day. It is led by a “master” or “facilitator” whose role is to set up the retreat, ensure it runs smoothly and provide participants with information, support and encouragement, both as a whole and individually. It has a set of rules designed to ensure a single-minded focus on the purpose of the retreat.
A typical day starts early in the morning and lasts until late in the evening and usually consists of a single structure interspersed with eating, washing, exercise, work and meditation. Each day there are ten to twelve 40-minute periods where participants work in dyads, rotating partners, giving an instruction, chosen by the participant or the master/facilitator, often called a koan. The most usual instructions are “tell me who you are”, tell me what you are”, “tell me what life is” or “tell me what another is”.
One partner gives the instruction to the other and listens intently without any response. The “talking” partner looks for a direct experiential answer and reports it to their partner. This continues for 5 minutes when, in response to a bell or chime, the “talking” partner becomes the “listening” partner for 5 minutes. After 40 minutes there is a break before resuming with another partner.
When participants have a direct experience of great clarity they may present an answer to the master/facilitator. The participant then continues, either with another instruction or the same instruction.
There may be a period on the last day to support integration of the experience into daily life. There may also be a follow-up meeting after some days.