Aug 192014
 

 

You are invited to join us for a Memorial & Anniversary gathering – spread over 10 days from the 21st – 31st August 2014images-3

What words are there that can express this love? just love itself showing up as all – birth – life – death – grateful for it all

On the 21st August 2012 my 17 year old teenage son Cohen, died in a head on car collision on the wakehurst parkway in Sydney near to where we live.

Last year at the 1 year anniversary of his passing we offered a memorial gathering spread over 10 days – it was a beautiful opportunity for friends, loved ones, and our community to share not only about the experiences and memories of my sons life and death,  it was also the opportunity for all of us to share about life and death in whatever way that was relevant.

This year it will be 2 years since Cohen’s physical passing on the 21st of August and of his funeral/celebration which was held on the 31st August ( on the blue moon )


If you feel called to join us, we would love to share this 10 days with you reflecting on Cohen’s life, his death, how we are, how you are … and anything else about life and death that you may want to share ♥

As Coey’s mum, I would especially love to have you visit and share personally with me / us – to share memories about your relationship with Cohen whist he was alive, funny stories or events with him or there may be things that have arisen from Cohen’s death, the accident, or unanswered questions that you may have.

We have had ongoing continual contact with Cohen since his passing, which we are happy to share about with you.
If you have had similar contact with him you may like to share that with us.

Throughout this 10 days ( 21st -31st August ) we will have an open house:
You may like to join us for an hour,
an afternoon,
an evening,
a day,
a few days,
you may like to have tea,
or share a meal with us.
You can just drop in or call to make a time,
come on your own or together with others
or with family and friends.
You may like to join us in meditation or prayer at the accident site or just visit us at our home.
If you are traveling you are most welcome to stay with us.

* On Thursday morning 21st August – we will have a women’s circle from 9.30am-12pm
* On Tuesday evening 26th August –
we will have a Satsang on Life and Death – all welcome 7.15 for 7.30pm
* On Sunday 31st August –
we will show the dvd of Cohens funeral celebration for those of you who would like to see it and join us ( Time open )
* Over the 10 days – there will be an ongoing slide show of our beautiful Cohen’s Life

Please feel free to share this invite with Coey’s friends and families
We have been so blessed by your ongoing love and support, your beautiful company and sharing is most welcome at this time ♥
many blessings – In all love
Yantra & Family
Mob: 0405 758 073

 

Aug 092014
 

test-of-fire - Version 2The Fire of Freedom

Anything and everything can be used in service to THIS, to this that you are, to truth, to existence itself.

Papaji speaking about the fire of freedom says

“Firstly there must be a desire for God, a love for God or a desire for liberation, without that nothing is possible.
Secondly, this desire for God or realisation is like an inner flame, one must kindle it and fan it, until it becomes a raging fire which consumes all of one’s other desires and interests.
Thirdly, if this inner fire rages for long enough, with sufficient intensity, it will finally consume even that one central overwhelming desire for God or the self and Fourthly, the presence of the master Is the final ingredient
~ Papaji


Papaji loved the Buddha, from the time he was a young child he looked to the Buddha’s life to give an explanation to his own early experiences of being absorbed into the self
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“ I simply fell in love with his beautiful face and decided that I should try to emulate him. In the picture he was meditating under a tree. I didn’t know that at the time. In fact I didn’t even know what meditation was. I thought I can do that. I can sit crossed legged under a tree. I can be like him.” ~ Papaji
Papaji took one of his mothers white silk Saris, dyed it ochre and would go about the streets impersonating the Buddha begging, and giving sermons until he was discovered. It was not the mischievousness of a young child, rather he felt that he was being drawn to do this and could only follow.
In an interview between David Godman and Papaji’s sister about this time, she says her mother was not angry with Papaji, instead she asked him ‘ When did you get transformed like this? You are on fire for God? How did you get such a fire?
 And Papaji replied, When there is a big fire, it is the kindling, the very small twigs that catch fire first.”

What is your fire? When you know what you want at the deepest level, your desire for God, for truth, freedom, liberation, then the fire is lit, the kindling is lit, when your attention is unwavering and the kindling catches fire, your attention is then totally absorbed in the self and you are on fire,  who you though you were is burnt to dust to ash and you recognise that you were, have always been, always are, FREE!
“Buddha was my first guru. I loved him and I followed his example, imitating him in everything I did. Eventually, like him, I even ran away from home to look for God. And eventually, like him, I discovered that one doesn’t have to run away to find him. The Bodhi tree is inside. In no other place will you find him” ~ Papaji
It is said that 2,500 years ago Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became the Buddha under the Bodhi tree, in Bodh Gaya, India. In 2007 whilst in Bodh Gaya, I was still on fire – the fire of truth, Papaji’s fire was burning, consuming me, consuming everything – consuming what? I cannot say – all I could do was to allow this burning to occur. Only that which is real exists – that which is not real does not exist.
“You will know what you truly are and what you have always been, and this is indestructible. All else will be destroyed, only Existence itself remains. The Truth will always remain – it Is – it is eternal. That which is not truth does not exist at all”. ~ Papaji
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We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself.
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji

Aug 042014
 

My daughter Jhanie is studying Transpersonal Art Therapy in Sydney and would like to offer some free sessions as  part of her final case studies,  see the details below – if you would like to take up this offer  please contact me.                                               Many Blessings Yantra

I am at the final stages of my studies in Transpersonal Art Therapy and I am seeking 4 or 5 clients for my case studies. Each client will receive 2-4 sessions free of charge. While names and personal details will be confidential, I will need to write up the sessions so I can be marked.

If you are interested or know someone who may be, please contact me or forward my details.

 

What is transpersonal art therapy?

Art Therapy builds on counselling by developing and drawing on your own natural creativity and expression.

You do not need to be an artist or feel confident with drawing. This approach is not about making pictures that look good. Rather, it focuses on expressing feelings and emotions through the use of colour, texture and movement.

In addition to listening and discussing concerns, using therapeutic art processes can gently access your deeper self to locate and express what is going on for you.

This can be particularly good for people who experience difficulty expressing themselves with words, or anyone feeling blocked or stuck.

 

Transpersonal Art Therapy explores that which is beyond the persona and the masks that we all wear. It aims to bring healing and awareness to our lives by connecting us back with our true inner selves. Transpersonal work is where psychology and spirituality meet, enabling us to discover self awareness and self realisation.

In Transpersonal Art Therapy, we combine transpersonal counseling with artistic and creative expression, for example: drawing, clay work, and movement, to help externalise the inner experience, and bring conscious awareness to areas that are hidden and unseen.

Art and creativity offer a source of inner wisdom that can provide guidance, soothe emotional pain, and bring a new sense of life.

We work as client centered practitioners, enabling the client themselves to find their own insights and wisdom throughout their healing process.

As transpersonal art therapists we journey along side the client, holding a safe space for them to explore their inner world.

Jhanie Lindon

 

Aug 042014
 

Choice and Choicelessness

Right now, right here, this is your life.

When you come to Satsang, this is your life.

You have the choice to ask earnestly, sincerely -  What do you want at the deepest level?

This is not an idle inquiry .. What do you choose ?  … Who is the one choosing?

When you really hear Papaji’s words and dive into the choice itself, you discover the truth of choice and choicelessness, you discover the truth of yourself -  that you are already free!!!

” There aren’t different levels of freedom, only different levels of the choices you make.                

Once only is enough to choose freedom.                                                                                                                       

If you repeat it, it will lose it’s value.                                                                                                                      

Hold onto the choice when it arises and march into that choice itself.                                                     

Then it will become choiceless.                                                                                                                            

Identify yourself with the choice.                                                                                                             

Immediately dive into it and then that choice will be no choice.                                                               

Jump into this choice and become the choice itself.

Investigate where this choice comes from.                                                                                                        

Whose choice is it?                                                                                                                                                            

This will lead you to choicelesness.                                                                                                                        

When the choice is from the other side, there is no choice.                                                                           

From this side it is the choice of ego, who has fooled you for ages.                                                              

One call from the other side is enough.                                                                                                                     

The emperors have left their thrones, families wives and treasures.                                                        

They gave full honour to this choice. “~ Papaji

We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself.
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji

Jul 282014
 

Here Now:
Be here now just as you are  … life is occurring here where you are … it can feel as though life is occurring elsewhere as the mind vacillates, moving back and forth between the past and future.

It is possible to attend to the needs of the moment and be here now.

The minds tendency is to project into the future and to seemingly live in this mental projection, rather than being just here where we are.

Where are you?

Who is this you, that is so concerned about the future?

Who are you? …

the essential question – who am I?  …

where does this I reside?

Through direct inquiry it is possible to see the games of movement of the minds projection, of the false identification with the past and future.

Satsang offers the possibility to stop, here now, to discover who you are, here now, there is such freedom right here now .. this is where you are, this is who you are .. your essential self

Satsang cannot give you who you are.  Satsang cannot give you freedom or fulfillment or peace – Who you are is peace ! When you come to Satsang it is peace that walks in through the door, it is peace that is here as you, it is peace that walks out through the door again .

“No effort is needed. Nothing to do. What is already here, very near …  If you got it, you can never lose it. How can you lose what has no location, nearer than the breath?” ~ Papaji

It is time to be who you already are. stop the pretense, stop the search, stop everything and just be here as this that you are  – So simple.

 
We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself.
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji

Jul 142014
 

The habitual movements of ego, mask the deeply restful, profound stillness, that you are.

Satsang has its own way of offering itself. We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself.


Recently a series of inquiry questions for Satsang was revealed and it has been such a blessing to have shared this with you in Satsang.


We inquired into the habitual movements of the personality, the movements toward / away / against and explored how these habits show up for all of us, through the physical body, the mind, and the emotions. We also inquired into what we get from these habits and what is masked by them. It was a beautiful deeply revealing inquiry.

This was a guided series of questions where those present in Satsang sat opened eyed with a partner, to have the direct  experience of seeing and being seen silently throughout the inquiry.

Here is a taste of the inquiry to investigate these movements for yourself.

Take a moment to come to stillness, to rest the body, mind, emotions, whatever you have brought to Satsang, just leave it at the door.  Whatever you know about these movements just leave that aside, whatever you may know or have heard about the enneagram or the fixations, just leave that also. Allow yourself to be empty, to just be here.

Notice as you sit here with this beloved, your initial silent response, physically, emotionally and mentally, what do you experience?

Do you sense any moment either subtle or strong?

Do you feel yourself moving towards the other in love or neediness?

Do you feel your self moving away in fear or protection?

Do you feel yourself moving against in order to dominate or be in control?

Just notice what is here.

Now bring all movement to a halt, just be still, silent, aware. There is a place where you rest where there is no movement, be here now, where you are, as you are. Still, silent, unmoving awareness.

All of the movements towards, away and against are experienced by all of us. Some of the movements may be subtle or strong, sometimes a particular movement is predominant and familiar, whilst  another movement may feel more foreign. For the purpose of the exorcises, you will at first be experiencing all of the ways in which you experience All of the movements.

Start by becoming aware of the physical body and the sensations in the physical body, notice any tendency in the body to move towards, physically, energetically. Notice HOW you move towards another physically, notice ALL the ways you move towards physically. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the emotions, the emotional response that arises. Notice HOW you move towards another emotionally, notice ALL the ways you move towards emotionally. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the mind, the mental response that arises. Notice HOW you move towards another mentally, notice ALL the ways you move towards mentally. Notice what triggers this movement.

What does this movement towards give you?

What does this movement towards mask?

Now bring all movement to a halt, just be still, silent, aware. There is a place where you rest where there is no movement, be here now, where you are, as you are. Still, silent, unmoving awareness.

Become aware of the physical body again and the sensations in the physical body, notice any tendency in the body to move away, physically, energetically. Notice HOW you move away from another physically, notice ALL the ways you move away physically. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the emotions, the emotional response that arises. Notice HOW you move away from another emotionally, notice ALL the ways you move away emotionally. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the mind, the mental response that arises. Notice HOW you move away from another mentally, notice ALL the ways you move away mentally. Notice what triggers this movement.

What does this movement away give you?

What does this movement away mask?

Once again bring all movement to a halt, just be still, silent, aware. There is a place where you rest where there is no movement, be here now, where you are, as you are. Still, silent, unmoving awareness.

Bring your attention once more to the physical body. Become aware of the physical body and the sensations in the physical body, notice any tendency in the body to move against, physically, energetically. Notice HOW you move against another physically, notice ALL the ways you move against physically. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the emotions, the emotional response that arises. Notice HOW you move against another emotionally, notice ALL the ways you move against emotionally. Notice what triggers this movement.

Now become aware of the mind, the mental response that arises. Notice HOW you move against another mentally, notice ALL the ways you move against mentally. Notice what triggers this movement.

What does this movement against give you?

What does this movement against mask?

Once again bring all movement to a halt, just be still, silent, aware. There is a place where you rest where there is no movement, be here now, where you are, as you are. Still, silent, unmoving awareness.


What then is left when these habits of movement are not touched, not followed, not acted upon?


When you experience the profound stillness of your own self, the habits of movement are no longer seen or experienced as enticing. A deeply restful profound stillness, this that you are, calls you home. Home to your self, as your self, as you are, already free.

In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji

Jul 072014
 

What is Satsang

‘Satsang’ translated from the Sanskrit words ‘Sat’ and ‘Sangha’ –
‘Sat’ meaning truth, existence, the ideal, pure and true essence, the nature of all existence and ‘Sangha’ meaning, association, meeting, group, company or community with a common goal, vision or purpose.

Satsang literally means coming together…in truth…communion in truth, keeping company in truth… Meeting in the presence of Truth.
Satsang is the opportunity to just be, to rest in this blaze of truth…

Resting in Sublime stillness, just emptiness, such surrender, deconstruction and freedom are possible.

“Satsang in the human body is so precious and rare.
Don’t waste it by asking,
‘What is this and that?’
Just humbly ask,
‘WHO AM I?’” ~ Papaji

Surrendered in the Silence and Grace of Papaji, Ramana, Arunachala, and This that is ALL…no words…so still… so silent…gratitude….rest…this is Satsang, this is the nature of the self.

 

“Satsang is to make you empty again. Only in emptiness are you relieved of your suffering.
Only from here is your seeing panoramic. And it is not a practice.
All that has to happen is that I strip you of all concepts.
Then you don’t have to be convinced by me that you are the emptiness.
You will be convinced naturally. Spontaneously.
It is just the outcome of true seeing. “~ Mooji

 

We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself


In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji

Jun 232014
 

Just One question:

I recently read an article by Mooji, another beloved student of Papaji, where he shares about asking Questions. I would call them Essential questions, he calls them Freedom Questions.

He says “Seeker of Truth, if you should get the opportunity to meet an awakened being and ask one question only, I would advise you to ask a freedom question and not merely a knowledge question. Knowledge questions are mostly asked from the position of a personal self and the answers tend to develop one’s mind and often one’s ego also; they rarely take you directly to the source.”

What does Mooji mean by a Freedom Question ?:
He says “A freedom question is fresh and risky, and the answer could profoundly change something today. It could completely reshape your perspective of life and who you take yourself to be as the one ‘living’ it. The answer, received inside, could bring about a transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.”

In the beginning, it is useful to ask your self the initial question, what do you want?. A truthful question, with a ruthlessly truthful answer.
What do you want?

What do you really want at the deepest level?

If all your worldly desires were either satisfied or removed, what remains?

What is this deepest unfulfilled desire, on the edge of your awareness, rising up from the depths of your being?
Is it, knowing who you are?

Wanting truth, god, or freedom?
When you know what you want at the deepest level, then you can sincerely ask an essential question or as Mooji says a Freedom Question.

What if now you could only ever ask ONE question?  What would that be?

Ramana Maharshi asked the question “who am I?”

Papaji asked the question: “ Can you show me God?”

Mooji suggests asking: “Without great pain or years of practice, is it possible to realise my eternal nature, and if it is, can you help me discover it today?”

“If asked with a sincere wish to be liberated in this lifetime, a freedom question will lead you to one whose light and presence will stir something deep inside your being. They will not let your mind escape or waste time with any cleverness or distractions, but will steadily guide and walk with you until you are again absorbed in your true Heart—the Supreme Self.” ~ Mooji

You only need one freedom question, one essential question. If asked sincerely, from the heart, from the deepest desire to be free, it will lead you directly to the answer, heard resounding from the depth of silence of your own being.  In silent awareness, a question only needs too be asked once, the answer will continue deepening forever.

We have the opportunity to inquire directly into freedom itself. When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji “

Jun 132014
 

* Radio Interview with Yantra 

on ‘Accentuate The Positive Radio with  KAren Swain’

“Many people have asked to listen to the Radio Interview via the podcast so I am including it again here in this blog – please find the link below.
Thank you to those of you who listened to the radio interview live and to those who have listened to it via the podcast. It has been such a beautiful opportunity to share with a wider audience and your feedback has been wonderful.
As some of you are aware, after the passing of my teenage son in late 2012 and after returning to India in March 2013,  I have been writing a series of books.
During this year I also had the wonderful opportunity of being interviewed by KAren Swain of Accentuate The Positive Radio about these books. 

This interview was aired on Saturday 30th November 2013 on Accentuate the positive Radio with KAren Swain  FM99.3. If you would like to listen to the recorded interview please click on the link below.

About the books:
Vol 1 – is the journey of meeting my true teacher – of meeting Papaji NOW – and the profound awakening and freedom that has been possible from that first meeting 5 years after he left his physical body and the ongoing deepening power of that meetings reverberation 10 years later.


Vol 2 – is a collection of the beautiful, incredible, humbling, personal stories of Profound awakening, from people of all different backgrounds, from all around the world who have met Papaji after his physical passing.


The 3rd book is about the experience of Meeting Death with the profound realisation of knowing the self, the freedom, peace and grace that is possible even in the most painful circumstances of our lives.

 

To Listen to a recording of the interview please click this link

In gratitude for this that you are,

Namaste Yantra-ji

Jun 022014
 

Life is full – and – you are free!


The events and circumstances of life are full and ongoing, some would say relentless.


Life is full and you are free, although to the mind this doesn’t seem to make sense.


Life is full – yes – Full of everything that can be experienced by the senses, everything that can be felt, touched, seen, thought. It is full of love, joy, sadness, bliss, blessings, beauty, tragedy, hate, hope, illusion, despair, bitterness, unfairness, birth, dearth, pleasure, pain, gifts, betrayal, friendships, loyalty, wealth, poverty, movement, stagnancy, turmoil, suffering, seeking … The myriad ways that the form of life shows up is endless, the possibilities are endless.


It can often feel like a never ending cycle, of avoiding and seeking, pursuing and repelling, trying to fix or change, moving from one experience to the next, from pleasure, to pain, and ( one hopes ) back to pleasure again.


When have you had enough of this endless cycle of pleasure & pain, this cycle of suffering?
Where is stillness in all of this movement, in all of this chaos, in all of this predictability or unpredictability?
What do you reach for to soothe the soul, to find peace?
How do you find stillness or peace in all of this?
Where do you look?
What is untouched by all of this ?
What are you ?
Who is untouched by all of this?
Who are you?
What is revealed to be unmoving in all of this?
Who is unmoving?
What is revealed to be already free?
Who is free?


Life is Full – Yes – and who you are is this unmoving, silent, still, unchanging awareness, ever present, at peace, fulfilled and Free. Nothing needs to change, the fullness of life remains full and you remain free !

We have the opportunity to inquire directly into what it is that changes and what is ever changeless.
When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji “