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.
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
“As the One Sun illumines the whole world, so does the in-dweller illumine the whole body-mind field”
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”.
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.