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

Swamiji answers questions from trainee teachers, November 23d 2019

The header picture above is Swamiji conducting a Kirtan in Bangalore, India, 2003

Subject matter includes:

Yoga Nidra, Yoga and Scientific findings, Bhakti Yoga, Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1, ‘How I came to Yoga’, Yoga in the NHS, Teaching Yoga, Esoteric and Exoteric Yoga and finally a Meditation on the Heart space.

‘Nothing shifts in a Yoga class…. you just become more aware of more subtle aspects of your being and the fact that you are conscious. Nothing changes…. it’s like you’re creating a sense of spaciousness even when you are walking or even when you are working….   …. Awareness means you know, experientially, “I am conscious”. So that’s the challenge… to bring Yoga into our daily life so that there is magic in everything we do’

Swami Nishchalananda

Questions and Answers from student teachers…

…. on the 2019-22 Teacher Training Course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, including:
  • How can we promote diversity in our Yoga classes?
  • What is the ‘virtuous path’ in a world of conflicting moral beliefs?
  • What is the difference between relaxation and meditation?

The limitation of thinking in the search for Wisdom and Insight.

Plus a brief explanation of Tantra

This satsang was given to an external group with their teachers, at Mandala Ashram in March 2019.

In Yoga, each person has to find their own way…… the paths are different, but the destination is the same.

Swami Nishchalananda