Guidelines on living a sane and meaningful life

Let us try to bring quality into our life:

  1. Health. For good health let us practise yoga, reduce junk food and whatever is necessary to maintain reasonable physical health.
  2. Inspiration. Find inspiration within. Again by practising yoga every day, even just a few minutes, to realise and identify with the Source of inspiration. This inspiration is available to all – we just have to turn our attention to It.
  3. Forgiveness. Forgive, as much as you are able, those who have hurt, cheated or abused you. Forgive yourself.
  4. Compassion. In your heart, be compassionate to all creatures, including humans.

Mandala Yoga Ashram Chakra course – evening questions and answers (3), 24th August.

The final question and answer session from the 2019 Chakra course.

topics include:

The Chakra paradigm and Kriya Yoga

The value of the Ashram

‘Ashram is a refuge, you come here to deepen your understanding’

Swami Nishchalananda’s life in India

Behaviour and archetypes, the evolution of behaviour patterns

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Mandala Yoga Ashram Chakra course – evening questions and answers (2), 22nd August.

A wide ranging question and answer session, themed by the worldwide expressions of alarm at apparently uncontrolled burning of many locations in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

So themes include :-

Environment and playing our part in tidying up the planet

‘We are ruining this Planet far faster than we thought……..
…….. Don’t underestimate the part that you can play in trying to bring some harmony… ‘

The Heart Chakra

Feminine Power

Follow your own heart to find happiness

Quantum Physics

Materialism doesn’t fulfil us on a fundamental level

‘The materialistic paradigm gives us so much in terms of possessions, but it doesn’t really nourish us. It just creates a distraction for a while…’


And  finally a short meditation on Gaia.


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Mandala Yoga Ashram Chakra course – evening questions and answers, 19th August.

Topics raised in this question and answer session include

‘The Inner Space’ in meditation practice.

‘Meditation has nothing to do with whether your eyes are open or closed’

The significance of Mouna (the practice of keeping silent).

The positives and negatives of focussing on the individual Chakras.


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The Essential I

Discourse given at Mandala Yoga Ashram in August 2019. The context is the 4 day course on Advaita, non-dualism, under the title ‘The Essential I’.

Investigating the “I” based on the Kena upanishad.


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Is there meaning to life?

This recording is a satsang given at the culmination of the recent 1-year course on the Kriya Yoga.

The fundamental meaning of life is not found so much in what we do, but rather in identifying with the awe-inspiring fact that we are Conscious Beings.

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How real is the law of cause and effect?

In our common-sense daily life and from a materialistic perspective the law of cause and effect seem evident and not even worth questioning. However, modern science, western philosophy and Indian Advaita have all put into question its validity:

According to modern quantum physics: the law of cause and effect is not essentially true, because events depend on the participation of the observer or Consciousness, not essentially on the events themselves.

Leibnitz (German philosopher, mathematician, 1646-1716) stated: ‘It is true that, speaking with metaphysical rigor, there is no real influence of one created substance on another’.[1] This would suggest that Leibnitz knew, on a fundamental level, that the law of cause and effect does not apply.

The ancient Hindu/ Yogic text ‘Yoga Vasishtha’ gives a story in which a crow alights on a coconut tree. At that very moment, a ripe coconut falls. Thus two unrelated events seem to be related in time and space, yet there is no causal relationship. This illustrates that the seemingly obvious relationship between cause and effect, which seems real from our mental-sensory perception, is fundamentally an illusion, a misperception or rather a limited perception.

How does this understanding impact on our lives? We continue to live our life with the assumption that effects have causes, which we can clearly see and experience. In the depths of our heart, however, let us appreciate that there is a far more mysterious background to the world of sticks and stones in which we live.

[1] From an article ‘The Reality Narrative: a Solution to the Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics’ by Robert Solomon, p. 46 in Nexus magazine Dec 2018 –Jan 2019. 

There is suffering, yet there is One

I am not oblivious to the horrors of the world and I don’t understand why there needs to be so much suffering. Yet my intimate experience of the Mystery is so strong that I just have to admit, though I don’t understand this suffering, that it is all part of the One.  At the same time, I do my best to alleviate suffering in others and in myself.

Conscious Presence

Everyone and everything in the universe, known and unknown, is part of the network of Reality. We may love and hate, we may accept and not accept, but these attitudes are just expressions of our individual mental conditioning. Whether we are disagreeing or agreeing, liking and disliking, let us be Aware. But what is it to be Aware? It is to know conclusively that the Source of our consciousness is intimately and inseparably identified with the Conscious Presence that underlies everything.