The second archive recording from Satyananda Tapovanam, near Bangalore, India. Swami Nishchalananda gives an exposition on the Lokas, which are regarded in Hindu Symbolism as ‘celestial realms’, but also have a more practical application to understanding the ‘realms of consciousness’ that exist within a human experience. It is this aspect that Swamiji explores in this atmospheric, friendly interchange from January 2004 in the Bangalore ashram.Continue reading “The Lokas”
‘Actually… the day before. On a Friday evening the day before Swami Nishchalananda’s birthday we again got together with people from around Europe and the UK courtesy of online videoconferencing platform Zoom. We started with a rousing, and raucous, rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to you’ which set the atmosphere for a session underpinned with a feeling of love and affection.’
Anyone’s birthday is an opportunity to re-affirm the mystery of our life…. to come back to the basics with regard to our way of thinking, feeling, doing…. to look at ways in which they block the natural unfolding of our realisation of conscious presence.Continue reading “A birthday webinar by Swamiji”
This is an extract from a longer satsang given at Satyananda Tapovanam, in January 2004. (The new years eve satsang appears earlier in this blog). At the end is a simple rendition of a Shanti Path, Invocation of Peace.
Continue reading “Ishta Devata – an explanation”
Since time immemorial, symbols have been used worldwide in mystical circles as a focus for the mind.
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.Continue reading “July 3rd Webinar with Swamiji”
A Guided meditation followed by Questions and answers, this Zoom based Webinar was hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram and invited guests from the UK and around Europe.
The meditation was based on the Chakras, specifically, visualising the colour related to each Chakra.
Questions and Answers 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.
Swami Nischalananda: It doesn’t matter. With the eyes open, it’s still possible to be aware of how the mind is working. It may be better for someone who is of an introverted nature, to meditate with eyes open sometimes. Conversely someone who is naturally extroverted may do better with eyes closed.
Further topics of Synchronicity and Predetermination……..
If we are sufficiently open, then we can see that everything is a miracle
…. led to Swamiji’s observation on a question about the ‘Akashic Records’ that the subtle space beyond physical space is actually the world of archetypes, and every thought, every feeling, has an archetype.
Please click HERE to enjoy this video of the event.
A Web based event organised from Sheffield, Yorkshire, with questions and answers on such topics as:-
In Mantra Yoga, most of the chants and mantras are in the Sanskrit language. How important is correct pronunciation of the words, or is the efficacy of mantras more to do with our motivation?
If your intention is good, then the positive effect will be thereSwami Nishchalananda
What does Yoga have to do with the Hindu Religion? The images of Gods and Goddesses and associated mythology seem to permeate traditional Yogic practice.Continue reading “Satsang webinar from Sheffield, UK”
Reference to the chakras in symbols and in textual descriptions can be found in diverse cultures worldwide. The following is a brief synopsis:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism
Since yoga and tantra are mystical teachings within Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, it is evident that chakras are integral to these religious systems.Continue reading “The Chakras in Traditions Worldwide – a Synopsis”
During the time of the Coronavirus crisis, many practitioners of Yoga connected with Mandala Yoga Ashram and elsewhere used the healing mantra Mrityunjaya to add their heartfelt projections of hope and healing to all those people affected by the crisis;
those whose health suffers, those whose livelihood has suffered, and also the people serving others such as the health workers.
Here is that mantra being chanted by Swami Nishchalananda.