Our regular weekly Web-based satsang with Swamiji on Fridays, hosted by the ashram, with guests from around Europe and the UK.
This week the Guided Meditation started with the chant ‘OM Purnamadaha’ and reflections on its profound meaning.
Questions and answers followed such as the difference between Chidakasha and Chitakasha, and the space of meditation whether behind or in front of closed eyes.
On 26th June Swamiji gave this web based Zoom meeting, hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram, to guests invited from the UK and Europe.
A guided meditation on the Chakras was followed by a question and answer session, which included the following topics:-
Q: When we meditate, is it advisable to have eyes closed, or is it also ok to have the eyes open, as in some Buddhist meditation.
This was a Zoom transmission organised by Mandala Yoga Ashram, giving not just the Ashram residents but about 50 people around Europe the opportunity to join with Swami Nishchalananda. He gave a long reflective guided meditation, then a question and answer session…..
…. here’s a taster of some of the questions and extracts from Swamiji’s answers
This is the first of the archived satsangs
that we’re editing and bringing into the public domain…
… and was given before an audience of quite a few people, and several million Cicadas! Hence the buzzing noise especially at the beginning, which it’s very difficult to edit out. It’s authentic we can say!
This one is a New Year’s eve Satsang given by Swamiji at Satyananda Tapovanam, near Banglore, after he’d founded Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. Covering a wide range of subjects, including some insight into what it is to be head of an Ashram (Acharya), and the importance of ‘spaciousness’ in the role, i.e. being supportive of other people but without being too close to their emotional baggage.
This chant was recorded at Mandala Yoga ashram, November 2019 by Swami Nishchalananda and a few of the ashram team.
Purnamadaha is the Shanti (peace) Mantra from the Ishavasya Upanishad. The Sanskrit, followed by a translation is as follows:
The morning chant in the ashram has changed from Mrityunjaya healing mantra to the Gayatri mantra, which we chant 27 times at 7.30 a.m. every morning. Swamiji decided that this mantra is now more appropriate to the times as they develop from the Coronavirus pandemic; times that need compassion but also wisdom.
How does one deal with over-sensitivity which comes about through Yoga practice? Swamiji’s reply introduces the idea of ‘transparency’ or ‘fluidity’ as a way of adapting to this common challenge.
Transparency, or fluidity, means we’re not completely stuck in our ego identification. It comes down to ego actually. The less we are ego-identified, the more we can flow, moment to moment, with life as it arises.Swami Nishchalananda
This guided meditation was given by Swamiji during the course, ‘Dealing with Anxiety and Stress’ given by Dr Hania Kramlund at Mandala yoga Ashram in May 2019.
‘Being conscious of the fact that we are conscious changes our perspective and keeps the lid on anxiety. It gives us the capacity to ride the waves of stress.’Swami Nishchalananda