Portal to Consciousness (1)

Part one of a further series of seminars on
the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra
given to the Sheffield School of Yoga
by Swami Nishchalananda.

The session starts with Dharana number 72 from the text Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.

‘Maya, or cosmic delusion, deludes us by means of the five Kanchukas. Consider and reflect on these functions. In this way you will lose your sense of separation.’


What is Maya? It means that we are not able to see things as they are. What are the Kanchukas, the means by which Maya deludes us?

The first Kanchuka is Kala, which is the function in Maya that gives us a sense of division, a sense of separation. 

The second is Vidya, which means knowledge, but here it means being limited or bound by our intellectual understanding of things. 

The third is Raga which means attachment and desire.

The fourth is Kaala, which is Time.

And the fifth is Niyati, which is the dimension of Space, and also the binding of Karma or causality.

A meditation follows, reflecting on the five Kanchukas, then there is a return to the basic practice of Buchari mudra which is locating the dwadashanta, or pranamaya kosha; that space around the body where the ‘energy field’ is found. This practice was introduced in several of the seminars in the earlier series on the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.

Swamiji reads out verse 138 from the text, the first of the verse after the dharanas (practices). With delightful simplicity this verse says

‘Oh beloved, when the four constituents of the personality, being the individual mind, ego, vital energy, and (sense of individual) Awareness are dissolved, one identifies with consciousness.’

Bhairava, v 138 from the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra

Please enjoy the satsang and guided meditation, below.

I am Conscious

Swami Nishchalananda gave this meditation as part of the Advaita online course given in October 2020, hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram. If one could truly connect with the simple truth within the meditation, it would have the potential to transform one’s life.

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July 3rd Webinar with Swamiji

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.

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Webinar for invited guests, June 2020

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.

Short meditation on inner space

A short meditation taken from the end of the October 2019 Teacher Training question and answer session.

‘You’re not denying thoughts, you’re not denying feelings, you’re not denying anything,

but you are identifying with the inner space

in which the mental phenomena are arising and taking place.’

Two Meditations

Two meditations from the recent course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, in October 2019.

Who it is that feels, sees, thinks through the medium of this body?

Can the mind be stilled by the breath, so we can reflect more deeply on what is this life?


Silence – a guided meditation

What is the basis for the underlying silence? Is it because your mind is quiet, or is it because the silence is there anyway and the fact that we are always so busy ….. we don’t perceive the underlying silence?

This guided meditation set the mood at the start of the evening questions and answers one evening of the May 2019 Kriya course at Mandala Yoga ashram. The actual Q&A session is in a separate post.