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ABOUT ACHARYA peter wilberg
and The new yoga
There are many who follow ‘yogic’ and ‘tantric’ practices derived from Indian religious traditions, just as there are teachers all over the world who seek to transmit the deeper wisdom of those traditions, and those who study and research these traditions as devoted scholars. Yet it is rare to find writings such as those of Acharya Peter Wilberg – which offer a new bridge between in-depth scholarly and philosophical study of such traditions on the one hand, and their exposition and experiential practice in different contemporary schools of yoga on the other. Fewer still are teachers and authors who do not merely write ‘on’ or ‘about’ these traditions, but instead are able to offer a wholly original contribution TO them, intuitively re-conceiving both their philosophy and practices – and doing so from direct meditational experiences of a new sort as well as deep study and broad learning. Acharya Peter Wilberg is one of these rare few. That is why, amidst the mountains of literature and thousands of courses and websites on ‘Yoga’ and ‘Tantra’, the teachings of Acharya Peter Wilberg on ‘The New Yoga’ do indeed have something fundamentally new to say, not least about the very meaning of such basic terms as ‘Yoga’ and ‘Tantra’, ‘Vedanta’ and ‘Advaita’, ‘Meditation’ and ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Prana’, ‘Kundalini’ etc. That is because his aim has always been not just to share his own embodied spiritual awareness or ‘inner knowing’ but to crystallise it into a comprehensive new body of spiritual knowledge - one relevant not just to the life of the individual, but to our whole understanding of society, the sciences, religion and the future of human civilisation.
‘The New Yoga of Awareness’ is a body of refined ‘yogic’ knowledge built on the foundation of ‘The Awareness Principle’ and ‘The Practice of Awareness’. It offers a wealth of new spiritual-scientific insights to all types of readers, whether familiar with traditional yogic and tantric practices or not, whether practitioners or teachers, scholars or philosophers, Hindus or Buddhists, Christians, Jews or Muslims. That is because Acharya Peter Wilberg, who understands himself as a “Tantric Hindu Gnostic Christian Socialist Jew”, has reinterpreted the inner meaning of Eastern religious terminology, thought and practices in the broadest possible global and historical context. In particular however, he saw how his own unique inner experiences found their reflection in the different schools of Tantric religious philosophy known collectively as ‘Kashmir Shaivism’ or ‘Shaivist Tantrism’. As a result he has been able to reinterpret this highly refined spiritual tradition on a new experiential basis and within a wholly new conceptual and terminological framework, one which he calls simply ‘The Awareness Principle’. ‘The Awareness Principle’ and ‘The Practice of Awareness’ constitute the two inseparable aspects of ‘The New Yoga of Awareness’. The New Yoga then, is an entirely new range of practices or ‘Yogas’ of awareness founded on ‘The Awareness Principle’. Together they offer not only simple but profound life-principles for the individual to practice, but also powerful new forms of Tantric pair- and partner meditation. These are rooted in an entirely new understanding of ‘tantric sex’ (Maithuna) as the expression of a spiritual but highly sensual intercourse of soul – as soul body intimacy and intercourse.
The Principles and Practices of Awareness which make up The New Yoga of Awareness unite religion, psychology and metaphysics in a way that truly makes it not just ‘a’ new yoga but THE New Yoga - effectively an entirely new and contemporary school of Tantra, and a rebirth of Tantric wisdom both FROM and FOR today’s world. As such it has tremendous relevance TO that world – not only scientifically and theologically but also for the psychological health of individuals, human relations and the world as a whole. That is because ‘The Awareness Principle’ provides a radically new philosophical foundation for our understanding not only of religion but of science and society - see www.thenewscience.org and www.thenewsocialism.org
It is the purpose of Acharya Peter Wilberg’s writings to make this new Tantric wisdom known to the world in order that it can work for the world - reawakening in us all a recognition of that Divine Awareness which is the absolute or unsurpassable reality (‘Anuttara’) behind all realities. The nature of this Divine Awareness (‘Shiva’) and its immanent and autonomous creative power (‘Shakti’) was hitherto most clearly recognised in the Tantric religious philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism. Through The New Yoga however, the profound wisdom of this local and little-known historic tradition can now serve a much-needed contemporary global purpose – that of resisting ‘The New Atheism’ and the secular ‘Monotheism of Money’ that dominate today’s world - along with the unquestioned assumptions of the purely technological ‘Science’ that is ITS new ‘religion. In this way The New Yoga can help bring an end to the rising ocean of spiritual ignorance, and to the grave ecological devastation, economic inequalities and global mayhem that go with it. The New Yoga is a way of accomplishing this world-transforming aim not through Jihad, violence or war but through the supreme principle and innate power of Awareness. It makes known again that ‘God’ which is not simply one being among others ‘with’ awareness, but IS awareness - an unbounded awareness that is the divine source of all beings, yet also immanent within them all as their eternal and divine Self.
Acharya Peter Wilberg is an Indian spiritual teacher reborn in North-West London in 1952 of German and German-Jewish parentage. Peter Wilberg’s past-life and inter-life spiritual knowledge, psychic abilities and profound intellect came to expression in his early childhood - during which he already cultivated and practiced advanced yogic powers or ‘Siddhis’. When only eight years old he spontaneously wrote an essay for his Religious Education class which expressed the essence of the Hindu- Tantric philosophy of time (Kaala), creative vibration (Spanda), and ‘energy’ (Shakti). Whilst still in primary school he practiced the yoga of dreaming - the ability to visualise and enter a dream directly from the waking state with his dream body - and retain full awareness within the dream. He also used daily classical music listening to cultivate a yoga of ‘inner sound’ and ‘feeling tone’. This involved using his face and eyes as an instrument by which to express, embody and amplify the inner music of the soul – its tonal qualities of feeling. Later he assiduously cultivated a new ‘yoga of the face’ with which, simply by meditating the ‘inner sound’ of their look and facial expression, he could directly sense the inner feeling tones or ‘soul’ of another person within his own body.
Acharya Peter Wilberg first practiced the yoga of ‘out-of-body’ travel as an adolescent. Yet in early adulthood, whilst studying philosophy at Oxford’s Magdalen College, he was a frequent invisible flyer over its quads. Whilst studying philosophy Acharya Peter Wilberg gave deep attention to Eastern as well as Western thought. His subsequent MA dissertation in Humanistic Psychology was an expression of his experience of the yoga of dreaming - being based on experiential research into inter-personal dimensions of ‘lucid dreaming’. In his own lucid dreams he encountered numerous teachers and Gurus, travelled beyond our planetary system and experienced planes of awareness beyond the dream state.
This phase of his work culminated in a single dream which led him beyond the dream state itself into a deeper layer of awareness and a profound trans-personal experience of his own ‘great soul’ or ‘Mahatma’. .From within it he was wordlessly imbued with its higher knowing or ‘Vijnana’, as well as being and instructed with his spiritual life-mission – that of re-conceptualising that knowing in a new, more refined ways. Over subsequent decades he therefore continued to practice and seek new ways of articulating his many self-discovered Yogas, in particular that of using his face and eyes to mirror the looks of others and sense their souls - feeling their own soul in his body and his own soul in theirs. As a result, in 1975 he had the first experience of what was to become the new mode of ‘Tantric Pair Meditation’ that he describes in his essays and books – a form of tantric union or ‘Maithuna’ that he has now practiced for over 30 years. Through it, he cultivated his most important ‘Siddhi’ – the capacity, through his inner gaze and inner touch, to not only embody different qualities and faces of the Divine-Universal Awareness, but also to channel them directly into the body of another – the mark of a teacher with powers of initiation.
It was out of this rich history of continuous yogic practice and aware inner experiencing that Acharya Peter Wilberg was able to fulfil his life-mission and to formulate, over many decades, the original Principles and Practices of Awareness which make up ‘The New Yoga’. In doing so, he has not only become the preceptor or Acharya of a new spiritual teaching. He has also become an empowered and initiatory ‘Guru’ (‘Siddha Guru’ or ‘Diksha Guru’) in the most traditional sense – capable not only of embodying Divine potentials and powers of awareness (‘Siddhis’) but also awakening them in others - thus bestowing initiation (‘Diksha’).
Together with his lifelong studies of both Indian and European philosophies, this extraordinary experiential history enabled Acharya Peter Wilberg to evolve, over several decades, the metaphysical principles and meditational practices which together make up what he calls ‘The New Yoga’ – a yoga of pure awareness (Shiva) and its innate potentials and powers of manifestation (Shakti).
Having a lifetime’s study of profound European thinkers and philosophies behind it, The New Yoga is - in the most literal sense - a European ‘reincarnation’ of the sublime tradition of tantric teachings known collectively as ‘Kashmir Shaivism’. For in the same spirit as its great 10th century adept and teacher – Acharya Abhinavagupta – Acharya Peter Wilberg has again, after a gap of ten centuries, further clarified and refined the principles and practices of this tradition. The New Yoga makes them profoundly relevant to today’s world - capable of being applied directly in everyday life and relationships as well as to numerous modern fields of knowledge. That is why, in addition to his many essays and books on The New Yoga, Acharya Peter Wilberg has also contributed several articles to journals of philosophical psychology, written countless essays and published a variety of books on themes ranging from science and religion to medicine and psychiatry, politics and economics, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy (see links).