Is this not the purpose of our life? Is this not what we have been educated for, and what modern marketing has led us to believe?
Yet, ‘getting what you want is vastly over sold’, to quote Michael Singer, a wonderful contemporary yogi, teacher, and author. We are promised so much in life. In marketing and politics, for example, we are assured that if we just work hard enough, try hard enough, have enough money or resources, then we will be eternally happy. Even in our yoga practice we have the same aspiration … but is getting what I want the key purpose of my life?
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A post by Narada / Tony Sugden
‘Please help us grow Yoga in this Land of Ours’ – An appeal
from our Zambian Yoga Group.
We have lost the use of our Yoga Hall.
Those of you who read my previous post (Mandala branch in Africa) know that I established a Yoga group in Eastern Province, Zambia. Well the group is thriving; Swamiji refers to them as ‘our African Branch’. But the Lodge where they worked, and where we used to do our Yoga, is in great difficulty because of the lack of visitors due to Covid, so not only have my friends lost their meagre income, but they have lost the use of the hall where we practised.
“Please help us grow Yoga…..” Read More
by Swami Nishchalananda
(Note: this article is also given in Swamiji’s book ‘The Edge of Infinity’ (chapter 7), published by Mandala Yoga Ashram).
The Bhagavad Gita (lit., the ‘Song of the Divine’) is a superb classical Sanskrit text on the practical and mystical teachings of Yoga. It is a scripture on Brahma Vidya (the ‘Science of Consciousness’), showing us how Yoga can be lived moment to moment in daily life and how our actions can be a way to transcendence.
“Bhagavad Gita – the Yoga of Right Action” Read More
‘Michael McCann is Ireland’s preeminent Yoga Philosophy Teacher. A profound presence with his wise and heart-felt teachings. He has inspired so many with his limitless wisdom.’Saol Beo, Ireland
“An interview with Michael McCann (Spandan)” Read More
A Post by Narada (Tony Sugden)
There have been times in my life, when I have become aware that we are all made of the same stuff. Times when I know we are sisters and brothers, not by believing that to be true, but by experiencing the essence of such a truth. It’s a high truth, something profound, that brings reverence. Such vision is often related to meditation, or inward comprehension. It’s a vision which has been granted by that which gives Life. In the Yoga world, and some religions, it’s called Grace. A wisdom beyond intellect, but yet innate in my ‘greater’ self.
There have also been times in my life, of being with people where we work towards a better way of relating to each other, of understanding each other’s fears, aggressions, anger, grief. It demands self-honesty. When I commit to exploring my inner feelings towards others, I open up a chain of feelings and associated thoughts which can open up lines of communication in myself that go way way back in my history. That in turn usually sheds light on a now redundant mechanism of protection against harm, which before was a nameless monster in the dark.
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A Post by Michael McCann (Spandan)
“As the One Sun illumines the whole world, so does the in-dweller illumine the whole body-mind field” Bhagavad Gita
In the language of symbols, the sun is the universal symbol of spiritual light. In some Indian teachings, there is reference to “the sun behind the sun”. This is an immeasurably greater sun, concealed in dazzling darkness, “behind the sun”.
“THE SUN BEHIND THE SUN” Read More
by Guest Author Michael McCann (Spandan)….
…. a long-time regular visitor to the ashram and resident in Ireland.
May, the month of Bealtaine, surely the loveliest of the year, with all its promise and budding beauty. Bealtaine, an ancient Celtic fertility festival, traditionally celebrated in Ireland from the most ancient times, and held on the first of May, half-way between the Spring equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is known as a ‘sandhya’, a liminal, in-between time, auspicious for Yoga practice.
“Lighting the Inner Bealtaine Fire” Read More
I’m Tony, recently given the name Narada by Swami Nishchalananda. The guy at the back in the green t-shirt in the pic above. Before I came to live in the ashram, I’d made contact with the delightful people who work at Tikondane Lodge, near Katete in Eastern Province, and founded a charity to raise funds for special school education for Ketty, a young deaf girl. This is a part of the world where people have very little indeed. But they have big hearts, and it’s a sharing culture. They’re my kind of people.
“Mandala Yoga Ashram gets a Branch in Africa” Read More
an article by Swami SatyaDaya
Nestled on top of a large hill, with spectacular views over the valley to the Beacon Beacons, connection to nature is a fundamental part of the experience of visiting Mandala Yoga Ashram. Aside from the formal yoga practices offered, the beauty, silence and stillness of the nature found here is a key reason why so many people return time and time again. Most of us are living high paced lives with so many demands in both our work and home environments. This is why time in nature can be so valuable; it allows us to move out of the state of constant doing into a space where we are able to simply be.
“Yoga and the Healing Power of Nature” Read More