The latest in the series of two-weekly Friday evening Satsangs, given on 20th November 2020, and hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram.
A meditation using the paradigm of the chakras to explore holding patterns within the ‘energetic space’ of the interior.
We often use the sense of interior Space, with reference to the areas related to specific chakras; the obvious example being the Heart Space, Hridayakasha, and the Anahata chakra. Holding of tension can be mental/emotional or even related to physical tension.
A guided meditation with the potential to radically transform understanding. Swami Nishchalananda gave this meditation as part of the Advaita online course given over two days in October 2020, hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram.
Appreciate how the merest thought allows this body to act, to do things, make movements.
Appreciate others around us.
Appreciate Life, especially the fact that we have been given tools to allow us to explore it more deeply.
This guided meditation was given by Swami SatyaDaya at Mandala Yoga Ashram.
As you can read in the previous post on this blog, ‘Navaratri’, after the 9 nights of Navaratri, the 10th day can be celebrated with the mantra ‘OM Namah Shivaya’.
Swami Nishchalananda gave this online satsang and guided meditation on Friday evening, October 16th, just before the start of Navaratri. The following is his explanation of this celebration, and recommendations for mantras and chants during the period.
NavaRatri starts next Saturday 17 th October and ends on Monday 25 th October (depending on the
tradition and parts of India there are different dates, mantras and rituals; some celebrations are very elaborate over the nine days; below we have given a streamlined version). Navaratri literally means ‘Nine Nights’. It is celebrated every year all over India and elsewhere in the world among Hindus as well as many yoga practitioners. It is a celebration of the Goddess, the cosmic energy (known as Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati and countless other names). This energy creates, sustains and destroys the universe, including everyone and everything in it.
Navaratri is based on the lunar calendar and comes just after amarvasya (new moon) in the month of Ashwin. (It is also known as Durga Puja, especially in Bengal and Bihar etc., celebrating Durga’s victory over Mahishasura, the buffalo demon, who symbolises blind ignorance, especially spiritual ignorance).
I would like us to join together in participating
in this celebration. I propose the following mantras
(which I have greatly simplified, but which,
nevertheless, will be enormously effective),
together with the corresponding dates:
The mantras are as follows:
Durga Sat/Sun/Mon 17, 18 & 19 Oct
Lakshmi Tues/Wed/Thurs 20, 21 & 22 Oct
Saraswati Fri/Sat/Sun 23, 24 & 25 Oct
Om Dum Durgayai Namaha
Om Shrim Lakshmyai Namaha
Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha
The last day, the tenth day, is known as Dashmi, Dussehra (Hindi) or Vijayadashmi. (It also celebrates Rama’s victory over Ravana). On this tenth day, you are invited to chant Om Namah Shivaya.
OR, if you wish, you can chant the 32 names of Durga throughout the nine days (see at the end of this message).
Note: Divali or Deepavali comes this year on the 14 Nov (based on lunar calendar it comes on the 15 th day of the lunar month of Kartik on the amarvasya, or new moon). This is the Festival of Lights which symbolises Enlightenment.
The 32 Names of Durga:
OM Durga Durgartishamani Durgapadvinivarini
Durgamacchedini Durgasadhini Durganashini
Durgatoddharini Durganihantri Durgamapaha
Durgama Durgamaloka Durgamatmaswarupini
Durgamargaprada Durgamavidya Durgamashreeta
Durgamoha Durgamaga Durgamarthaswarupini
Durgama surasamhantri Durgamayudhadharini
Durgamangi Duramata Durgamya Durameshwari
Durgabhima Durgabhama Durgabha Durgadarini
(In my opinion, the sound vibration is more important than the meaning, but you will find the meaning on page 82 of the Ashram publication ‘Mantra Yoga and Ashram Chants’)
An online satsang given on the evening of Friday 9th October, 2020
After a poignant rendition of Maha Mrityun Jaya Mantra, chanted for those who need healing, Swamiji responded to a question from someone who had been reading the Markardeya Purana. The Puranas are ancient text that use a story form, often to convey some wisdom from that time. This text contains a discussion on the theory of the ‘Yugas’ or epochs of time lasting many thousands of years. In the satsang Swamiji explains how this model depicts a progression though ages where the Knowledge of the Self is foremost, through to the age of ‘Kali Yuga’ where people live as if such knowledge is completely absent and utter selfishness rules.
…. from the recent course that she and Swami Nishchalananda gave on ‘Pancha Kosha’. The five koshas, (layers or sheaths), are a model of understanding, a paradigm, of human beings. In this guided meditation Maha Sattwa encourages an exploration of the first three koshas*.
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?
Swami Nishchalananda gave this satsang via Zoom on Friday evening, 25th September
The themes in this session were driven by people’s questions. The first one was asking for tips on surviving the see-saw regulations being imposed on us during the coronavirus ‘Pandemic’.
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.