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

Coronavirus awakens us to essentials

This coronavirus epidemic is a challenge for all of us. Many have already been infected, and many have died. Many have already suffered financially and many more certainly will. To these, let us feel our heart-felt compassion. Let us feel gratitude for those on the front line – medical staff and so forth. Let us help in any way that we can.

Since the virus doesn’t respect national, racial, political and religious borders, the positive aspect of this epidemic is that it unites us in facing a common challenge. We realise just how connected we are on the global stage. It has taught some of us patience – having done what is essential we have to just wait to see what happens. Then we just have to relax and stop worrying – after all, if we can’t change things, we may as well just enjoy each moment as a gift.

All those reading these words will have been exposed to Yogic teachings and had an insight, or just a glimmer, that there is One Reality that unites us all.

Most of us have been given some respite from the furious pace of modern life. Let us use this time to look at the flowers and the trees quivering in the breeze; let us appreciate the wonder of nature. Let us look within to find the stillness that is ever present below the noise of the mind; let it nourish us.

Let us breathe in, to feel grace; let us breathe out and let go of our anxieties. Let us take this present moment as a gift.

Swami Nishchalananda