July 3rd Webinar with Swamiji

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.

Webinar with Swami Nishchalananda

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.

Webinar with Swamiji, 5th June

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

Satsang at Satyananda Tapovanam, India on New Year’s Eve 2003

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.

Swami Nishchalananda chants the Gayatri mantra

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.

Silence – a guided meditation

This meditation was given at Mandala Yoga Ashram May 2019.

What is the basis for the underlying silence? Is it because your mind is quiet, or is it because the silence is there anyway and the fact that we are always so busy ….. we don’t perceive the underlying silence?

Swami Nishchalananda

Sensitivity

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

The Essential nature of ‘I’

What is this ‘I’ with which we so identify and which we spend our entire life-time feeding, pampering, protecting and re-producing? What is this ‘I’ that we fear for after death? Will the ‘I’ be extinguished or will something survive?

For thousands of years, yogis, sages and seers, as well as the yogic texts, have clearly stated that there is just one ‘I’ – behind every action, every thought, every feeling in our lives. This is the Conscious Presence in each moment. This ‘I’ expresses itself at different levels of ego-identification, which we will describe in the following paragraphs. Though they define our moment to moment experience, these ego states are ultimately unreal. We can call these ego-levels of I, the ‘me’.

Changing our perspective on anxiety

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