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/

Also, now Swamiji has a new resource… a Youtube channel… we’ll be creating some video ‘shorts’. Please enjoy here the first such video.

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Joy

Swami Nishchalananada made this movie down on the seashore. Please enjoy, and hopefully allow it to inspire you wherever you are, in nature, or in the middle of a busy town or city. It’s the same joy because it comes from within.

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Firefly

A post by guest author, Narada.

I’ve been invited to put this post on here by Swami Nishchalananda. It’s an honour to me, as I mostly consider he is the one who has something to say! I’m the student, he’s the teacher. 

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Will and Free Will

If I identify one hundred percent with this body and mind, then I’m a puppet in the storm.

Swami Nishchalananda

From the point of view of Individuality, we feel that we have free will. We feel this because we have Ego, an ’embodied sense of self’. Our feeling that we can choose our direction is part of that. But it becomes less strong if we start to get in osmosis with a greater Will.

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Chanting the Mrityunjaya Mantra.

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.

Embodiment and Awareness

On the path of yoga, let us have two

sentiments regarding our identification.

First of all, let us appreciate our

embodied form as body and mind –

and how extraordinary it is.

At the same time, let us identify, even if

intellectually and theoretically, with the ever

present Awareness which underlies

our body and mind, as well as everything

we think, feel and do.

Yoga is the process of opening up to both spheres

of what we are, and thereby living life fully