In this satsang Swamiji stresses the importance of practice, urging us to set aside at least one hour per day for connecting with or opening to our fundamental identity. He also speaks to the challenges brought to all of us by the pandemic, and gently suggests we might use these challenges to inspire our practice and to shake ourselves out of any sense of complacency that may be present. There follows a guided meditation centered on the relationship between the mind with its myriad objects of perception and the underlying Consciousness which perceives through the mind and senses. As always, satsang closes with a Q&A.
The latest in the series of the bi-weekly Friday evening Satsangs, given on 4th December 2020, and hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram.
Swamiji delivered a thought-provoking Satsang highlighting that, whether we like it or not, the experience of change is a fundamental aspect of our embodied experience. He was also clear that as fundamental, if not more, is the ‘conscious presence’, the Reality that underlies all that appears to change. He challenged us to accept or to realise that fundamentally nothing changes, that fundamentally all that appears to change is a reflection or expression of That which Is.
He then moved on to discuss the ways in which human behaviour has negatively impacted Mother Earth/’Gaia’ and how this pandemic may help us in changing our behaviours towards the environment, how we travel, what we eat etc?
Ultimately Swamiji presented us with the paradox that whilst this planet is of vital importance, in terms of our place in the universe, it is also insignificant and that ultimately all that appears as form will change and pass.
Questions were asked and a guided meditation was given to finish.
Swami Nishchalananda gives a short, emphatic, discourse on Time and the Timeless, Thought and Meditation.
Where do we find the Timeless?
Our mind is in Time.
The whole Universe in in Time.
Time is a projection out of the Timeless.
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.
An interview with Raj Soni, by Narada
The new header picture on the blog (not this post), taken just this morning down the track, shows the Autumnal foggy mornings we get here, up on top of our Welsh hilltop. Quite beautiful, spectrally still with sheep wraiths floating out of the mist; the mist which is really clouds come down around our ears like a damp winter muffler.
This chant was recorded at Mandala Yoga ashram, November 2019 by Swami Nishchalananda and a few of the ashram team.
Purnamadaha is the Shanti (peace) Mantra from the Ishavasya Upanishad. The Sanskrit, followed by a translation is as follows: