Coping with this viral situation… and other matters

Swami Nishchalananda gave this satsang via Zoom on Friday evening, 25th September

The themes in this session were driven by people’s questions. The first one was asking for tips on surviving the see-saw regulations being imposed on us during the coronavirus ‘Pandemic’.

Once we start helping others, we ‘sweeten’ the world.

Swamiji’s reply was basically, practice Yoga. But also, importantly, reach out to others, help others where you can.

He also advocated Reflection. This is basically applying the thought processes to whatever question we have, based on the clarity we may have gained from our practice. Reflection may be prompted by reading a text, maybe a book on spiritual practice, or equally could be a novel, or just one’s own questioning process.

From a deeper level, this is not our life. It’s Life expressing through each and every one of us.

Swamiji speculates on whether this Coronavirus issue is a wake-up call to the global community. We all know how bad pollution has become for example; how long can we go on poisoning our own planet? It would seem that something has to change.

A question on austerity leads Swamiji into a wide ranging discussion of the topic. It has severe connotations, indeed the practice of Austerity (Tapas) was a primary practice for those wishing to go deeper in the ancient traditions (of many religions). But another way of looking at this; it may be good for us to sometimes simplify our life.

A question on visualisation and bringing us into ‘the present moment’ led to this memorable quote:

Everything is in the Present! We say “Be in the Present” but can we be anywhere else?

Swami Nishchalananda

Please enjoy the session:

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