A guided meditation given by Swami SatyaDaya to Ashram residents on the morning of July 30, 2020. The essence of the meditation is allowing the sense of self, the consciousness, to rest into the Heart space (the domain of Anahata Chakra) and from there, welcome all experiences whatever they may be. This process is very much reflected in the poem by Rumi ‘The Guest House’. All experience can be welcomed into the light of awareness.
The Process of Spiritual life, it’s really just a process of more and more identifying with this Conscious Presence….. the fact that we are Conscious
An online satsang given by Swami Nishchalananda to participants worldwide, 31 July 2020
Even if a sense is cut off you can still perceive through the subtle medium of that sense. This is the basis of using the senses inwards, just think of what happens in dreaming. But from the perspective of Conscious Presence what is outside is outside but also what we considered to be inside, mind emotions and feelings, they are also outside.
This is the mystery, if we go deeper, that nothing is outside of consciousness.
The last of the Friday morning Web-based Q&A sessions (they are moving to Friday evenings) started as usual with a guided meditation on the Chakras to develop awareness the ‘spaciousness from which everything arises’.
The satsang responded to questions from participants in the UK and Europe, and one of the biggest issues naturally, is the dramatic changes brought about by the ‘lockdown’ in many countries around the World. Swami Nishchalananda raised the issue of honesty; saying there is so much potential now that the World could be destroyed by people with power; it’s crucial that we look for honesty both in ourselves, and in those to whom we give political power.
This is a meditation on Vishuddhi Chakra or the throat centre. It was part of a series of meditations going through the chakras one by one. In this particular meditation, there is a brief focus at Manipura Chakra/ naval centre, then Anahat Chakra/ heart centre, before settling into Vishuddhi Chakra. It involves the optional practices of Ujjayi Pranayama and Khechari Mudra.
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 is one for those of you who like a reminder of the Ashram environment. Back in the days when we had people coming on courses (which will happen again), perhaps you remember getting up in the early morning just as dawn is breaking, and hearing the birds greeting the new day. It’s a magical time, and the purity of that sound was recorded back in May, when the birds are most vocal, by Swami SatyaDaya. Please enjoy.
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 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?