Swami Nishchalananda on the Yugas, and other matters

An online satsang given on the evening of Friday 9th October, 2020

After a poignant rendition of Maha Mrityun Jaya Mantra, chanted for those who need healing, Swamiji responded to a question from someone who had been reading the Markardeya Purana. The Puranas are ancient text that use a story form, often to convey some wisdom from that time. This text contains a discussion on the theory of the ‘Yugas’ or epochs of time lasting many thousands of years. In the satsang Swamiji explains how this model depicts a progression though ages where the Knowledge of the Self is foremost, through to the age of ‘Kali Yuga’ where people live as if such knowledge is completely absent and utter selfishness rules.

Although this sounds very much like the current era, apparently the Kali Yuga ended in the seventeenth century. Actually, Swamiji speculates on whether people have always had wars and disagreements and selfishness?

Another question about the first part of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the seminal text of the ‘Eightfold Path’, asked what exactly are the ‘circular patterns’ within an individual’s consciousness which are to be ‘blocked’ in order to reach the state of “yoga’ or Realisation of one’s true nature.

For the answer to this question, and a few more that followed, please listen on …….

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