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.
If I identify one hundred percent with this body and mind, then I’m a puppet in the storm.
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.
An informal gathering at a friend’s flat in early 2004 leads to some great questions. This is the full session, from which shorter extracts (‘Will and Free Will’, ‘Concentration and Focus’) have been taken – you’ll find them here on this blog under the category ‘Inspirations’.
Another from the series recorded at this Ashram near Bangalore. A series of topics are discussed between Swamiji and the people who were there with him, and again, the recording is as good as we can get it given the ambient noises of nature all around… which leads on to…
…the first topic which someone raised – our connection with Nature. Some interesting stories here including: The Blue Cow (!!) Ronnie’s Leopard … real or a fiction?
Swami Nishchalananda gave this discourse, via the web, to a Europe -wide audience on Friday 14th August 2020. It also serves as a preliminary introduction to the text; he is running a 4 day seminar on the Bhagavad Gita, spread over 4 stand-alone sessions, starting on 29th August, in collaboration with Swami Krishnapremananda of Mandala Yoga Ashram.
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.