What are We and What is Love?

Swamiji gave one of his Zoom transmissions on 20th November. It seemed to be one of those times, (perhaps partly the space this editor was in?), when what we were hearing was simplicity itself, yet resonating with the core truth of our being. The simplicity of Conscious Presence, that which ‘Is’. We can make things so complicated so it takes the Teachers who have realised in themselves what they are, to bring us back to simplicity.

Meditate, is Swamiji’s message. Not in some obsessive pursuit of some imagined goal of liberation or this or that, but simply to rest in that which we are. Then we can allow Life, Existence, Conscious Presence, call it what you will, to unfold for us. The mind is a tool, Swamiji says, an excellent thinking and problem solving tool for things occurring in this embodied life on planet Earth. But to truly perceive Consciousness, only Consciousness itself can be the Teacher.

How can we enjoy the joy, the love, that is within the experience of Conscious Presence, Awareness?

The way is Meditation which reveals the treasure of our own existence….
meditate, and be in touch with that
meditate, without goal, without ambition
meditate with open heart

A guided meditation follows, just noticing sensations of touch and noticing sounds, but being aware that we can simply observe, from the still centre which is Awareness, these sensations and sounds. Then we do the same with thoughts… we are thinking but we are aware of the thoughts and the fact that we are thinking, and the same with feelings, we have some feeling or emotion but we are aware of the emotion and the fact that we are feeling it. As Swamiji says, ‘Go through the different levels of your personality, and then just dwell in Conscious Presence’

Then a question and answer session, in which Swami Nishchalananda discusses the sometimes cliché use of the word ‘Love’. But the reality is that within the experience of Conscious Presence, when we allow it to unfold, there is an experience of what we can call love, but a love without connection to anything causing such a feeling of love. It’s innate within our very being. He goes on to explain that the Sanskrit word ‘Ananda’ contains this very meaning; both ‘Joy’ and ‘Love’

The whole session can be seen on the Mandala Yoga Ashram blog where these Zoom transmitted Satsangs are now held: https://mandalayogaashram.blog/2021/11/27/swami-nishchalanandas-regular-online-satsangs/

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