Jan 192015
 

 

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Relating, Relationship and staying true:


Last week in Satsang our point of inquiry was
The Play of Life  which brought to the forefront some questions and inquiry about relating and relationships. To continue to support you, we will delve more deeply this week into this inquiry about relating and relationship, love and staying true. There are so many forms that relationship takes, with life, intimacy, friendship, colleagues, ultimately it is all relationship with self, showing up as another. Let us explore the truth of relationship together.


What really is relationship and relating?
What is relationship designed to do, to offer, to give you?
Why are you stuck, upset, suffering, in your relationships?

What are the ideas, concepts, beliefs that you have about relating and relationship?
What are your expectations that are causing suffering?
When we put all the concepts aside what questions are still here?
What else is here when we are available, to our-self, to the other, freely, freshly in this moment, with no agenda?
How do we stay true and honour this that we are, this that is All and be in relationship, healthily, freely, with another?

Satsang is not about changing you or fixing you, Satsang is not about changing life or fixing life – Satsang is the opportunity to discover what has never been disturbed by any appearance or disappearance. Join us for Tuesday evening Satsang to inquire into what is undisturbed, unchanged, what is true – this that you are, freedom itself.

Here are some beautiful insights from four beloved spiritual teachers Jeff Brown, Brandon Bays, Gangaji ( and her husband Eli Jaxon-Bear ) and Isira Sananda on the topic of relationships and relating, love and staying true.
Namaste
Yantra-ji

Quote from Jeff Brown :
” Many of us seek that which we will flee if we find it. I have seen this time and again, both in myself and in others. We seek, we search, and then we find a calling or a relationship that is a perfect reflection of our yearning and we turn away and go back to seeking, almost as though the light of our true-path was too bright for us, too vulnerable for us, too real for us. This is a pattern that we have to recognize and heal or else we will never stop looking for what is already there. True-path is not always around the next corner. Sometimes it’s right under our feet.” ~ Jeff Brown

Brandon Bays on Self love and relationships
youtube Link ( 1min:31 ) please click here to view

Eli Jaxon-Bearand Gangaji on True Relationship
youtube Link ( 4min:47 )please click here to view

Excerpt from A More Conscious Love from Isira Sananda :
“…relationships or marriages are passages of our own growth and awakening: passages we enter into with another in order to awaken to our Self. The ‘other’ potently reflects back all that we are… especially that which is unconscious. It is this way because most people are constantly looking outside of themselves, disconnected from their own essence, unconscious of the beliefs they have collected, and the construct that has formed as their ego – which ultimately drives all actions – especially those which are fear based. Failing to understand this however results in pain, suffering, confusion and disillusionment… dysfunctional relationships and ultimately divorce……
Perhaps if we could approach relationships with a deeper understanding… a more universal awareness, we could take the journey consciously… knowing it is going to be one about growth… knowing that we have chosen it for that very purpose… knowing that really we did not enter the journey to be swept up in the arms of our Prince/Princess to be carried into a blissful garden of joy ‘til death do us part.’….
Sadly, as most people get a taste of higher potential and degrees of spiritual insight they set out to reform their partner… to try to make their partner more conscious. This is still an externalisation… a projection from underlying layers of unconscious beliefs and behaviours… the idea that the problem is outside – in the other person. Although one’s recognition of the partner’s own issues may be true there is only ever the process of self transformation.
‘Other’ transformation does not exist.
If you seek greater harmony and bliss in relationships you must seek greater consciousness in your self….
By seeking the centre of consciousness in your own being you begin to understand your self truly as you are… not as you imagined – not as the images of stored ideas and beliefs that you collected along the way. The more you know and understand your self as you are… the more you can see and understand the ‘other’ as they are… as another aspect of your very own self. With greater understanding comes greater peace, less unrealistic hopes, demands and judgments, and greater harmony. In this way relating becomes truly a journey of joy and love… love that is unconditional rather than love that is bound in illusions and fears….
It is only through the oneness in our self that we can experience a Divine oneness with another… a sustained encounter of relating as divine union.
As long as you come to any other person in a fractured state – still carrying unconscious aspects of your self, you will perceive those fractures in your relationships.
By understanding this… not judging this, you may simply accept this as part of the journey… you may open your heart and consciousness to the process… to see that really… it is all just an adventure of discovery… the rediscovery of what you already are… LOVE.”
Isira

Jan 122015
 

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The Play of Life

Most of us have just had the experience of Celebrating Christmas and the New Year with loved ones and enjoying the gifts of the season and the beautiful summer time holidays before the recommencement of work for many this week and the return to school which will occur in a few weeks time.


Celebrating?
Did you? Was it enjoyable,? Was it a time of being true?
Loved ones?
Are they? Do you honor those in your life for the beautiful part they play, what is offered, seen, explored and shared?
Gifts?
Do you experience All of life as the precious gift that it is?


No Matter what time of the year, no matter what is occurring, we have the opportunity to be still, to open to love, to engage fully and participate in life in a true and authentic way, honoring this that we are and the sharing of this with those around us. The play of life is always here.


Do you stay true or are you swayed by your thoughts, ideas, concepts of how the play of life should be, should look, should occur?


In Satsang we have the opportunity to inquire into what is true. Regardless of the mind, the thoughts, ideas and concepts, regardless of the emotional responses, regardless of the physical manifestations – we can be true in the play of life. All of life occurs, the play of life occurs and we can remain as we are – silent, free ,aware, this is freedom.

The play of life
The mind is still
Vastness, opening
Freedom.
Movement occurs
A thought arises
Do you partake? Join in?
Grab hold?
Or stay as you are
Here as This that
The thought arises in?
Mind is still again.
Vastness, opening
Freedom.
Mind arises
This is the play of life.
Stay as you are
This is Freedom!

(From ‘The gift of This – Poetry and prose of Satsang with Yantra-ji’)

Satsang is not about changing you or fixing you, Satsang is not about changing life or fixing life – Satsang is the opportunity to discover what has never been disturbed by any appearance or disappearance. Join us for Tuesday evening Satsang to inquire into what is undisturbed, unchanged, what is true – this that you are,  freedom itself.


Namaste Yantra-ji

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Jan 122015
 

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Yantra’s Chai

In India Black tea is called Chai. What we refer to as Chai in Australia is called Chai Marsala in India – sweetened spiced tea or sweetened spiced milk and was traditionally made with Buffalo milk. A Chai wallah is someone who makes and serves or sells Chai ( in its many forms ) in India.

I first started to make Chai in 1987 and have been making it ever since, often lovingly being referred to as the Chai Wallah. The recipe used for making the Chai has changed over the years to accommodate health, tastes and intolerance’s. Originally the Chai was made with sweetened Condensed milk and water, the tea and chai spice added, boiled in a large pot on the stove and served. The sweetened condensed milk was replaced with cows milk or a combination of milk and water and sweetened with honey instead of Sugar. Soy milk, rice, oat or Almond milk can also be used instead of the cows milk. Many people have an intolerance to dairy milk products, so for many years now the chai has been made by adding the tea and spice to water, sweetened with honey, you can then add your own  variety of milk product when it is served.

Over recent years as there has been a decline in Bee numbers in Australia and around the world, the availability of large quantities of honey has been reduced – so the sweetening for our chai is a combination of Honey and Organic Stevia ( a natural plant based sweetener ). The Chia has traditionally always been made with Black tea, although we have experimented over the years with different varieties of Back tea, Green tea, Roibos ( African red tea ) and used mostly Formosan tea which is a low caffeine and low tannin variety of tea – you may recall that the Formosan tea was unavailable over the last year and a half so we were preparing the chai with a low caffeine, low tannin black tea.

The good news is the Formosan tea is now available again !!!! ( we purchase ours from a local health store, you would be able to source it in a health store close to you ).
So many of you have been asking how to make the chai – so I thought I would share the basic ingredients here for you to experiment with.

Also if you would like to buy the spice as a group i am happy to go with you to our local Indian spice supplier – please let me know if you are interested as i will do this sometime in late Jan or Feb and I only purchase the spice once every 9  or 10 months.

Tea:
Black tea / Formosan tea / Green tea / or Roibos tea
Spices:
Green Cardamon pods and Cardamon seeds
Black Cardamon pods ( smokier flavour )
Cinnamon sticks and Cinnamon powder
( if Cinnamon sticks are unavailable you can use Cassia bark )
Dried Ginger pieces and Ginger powder ( when you are making a pot of Chai you can add fresh ginger)
Pimento whole
Nutmeg ground pod and Nutmeg powder
Cloves and cloves powder
Star Anise whole
( can add other things such as pepper, chilli, Aniseed )
Mix all the spices and put in a jar to store and use whenever you want to make a jar of Chai Tea mix.
In another jar combine in layers approx 1/3 spice mix to 2/3 tea or 1/2 spice mix to 1/2 tea.
For the pot it is aprox 3-4 heaped desert spoons of the combined spice and tea mix for a 9-12 cup pot
I flat desert spoon of Stevia and 1-2 deserts spoons of honey
Boiling water, brew on stove top, serve through strainer, add milk to individual cups.

Enjoy, Love Yantra

To read about the benefits of drinking Chai tea and for additional Chai recipes please click here

Jan 052015
 

Chai Tea Benefits

Chai tea is a traditional Indian tea that has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to cure many ailments and strengthen the immune system. This tea is made from strong black or green tea mixed with herbs and spices.

Chai Tea Benefits

Depending on the mixture that is brewed, there are various benefits of drinking Chai tea; however, all of the concoctions share some common benefits.

1. Common Benefits of Chai Tea

  • Fight Free Radicals. First, chai tea is a powerful antioxidant that helps destroy free radicals that are thought to be one of the causes of cancer, skin breakdown, and other disorders.
  • Promote Digestion. Tea of any kind can help digestion but the right combination of herbs and spices in chai tea can increase this positive benefit.
  • Replace Caffeine. If you need a cup of coffee to get started in the morning, chai tea may offer a healthier alternative. Since most blends of chai tea have relatively little caffeine, you can still benefit from a quick pick-me-up without the dangers of caffeine.
  • Improve Overall Health. Since you can add almost any spice or herb to the tea, you can blend the specific type of chai tea to target the specific problem you are experiencing.

2. Benefits of Different Types of Chai Tea

Knowing the benefits of the ingredients in chai tea will help you decide which specific blend you want to drink at any time.

  • Cinnamon Chai Tea. Cinnamon is an all-purpose spice that can help fight many different disorders. If you have an upper respiratory disease such as a cold, try adding some cinnamon to your tea. Cinnamon is also thought to help lower blood sugar and cholesterol and may help fight colon cancer. Many people swear by cinnamon as an aphrodisiac.
  • Cardamom Chai Tea. Cardamom is a spice in the ginger family. Although you might not be familiar with this one, cardamom is a great aid to digestion helping to improve your metabolism and reduce gas and bad breath. This is another spice that is reported to have aphrodisiac properties.
  • Clove Chai Tea. Cloves may be a potent cure for fungal infections. Used regularly, cloves may also help prevent fungal illnesses. In addition to drinking clove chai tea, you can also apply this tea to fight fungal infections on your skin.
  • Black Pepper Chai Tea. Black pepper chai tea helps to relieve upper respiratory symptoms and chest congestion, improves circulation and metabolism, and can help “sweat out” a fever.
  • Nutmeg Chai Tea. Nutmeg chai tea is a traditional spiced drink that helps relieve neurological pain. Many people swear by nutmeg to help maintain healthy kidneys and immune system.

Chai Tea Recipes

1. Simple Chai Tea

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Ingredients:

  • Water (2 cups)
  • Tea Leaves or powder (1 Tablespoon)
  • Milk (1/2 cup)
  • Honey (if sweetening is needed)
  • Spice (1/2 – 1 teaspoon of spice depending on the desired effect)

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water in a pan then lower the heat and add the tea leaves.
  2. If desired, add honey or sugar to the mixture and bring the mixture to another boil.
  3. Add the spice according to the effects you want, lower the heat, and allow the mixture to brew for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and bring the mixture to a third boil.
  5. Strain the liquid into a cup and drink it while it is hot.

2. Ginger Tea

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Ingredients:

  • Water (2 cups)
  • Tea leaves or powder (2 teaspoons)
  • Milk (to taste)
  • Honey or sugar (to taste)
  • Ginger (grate just a small amount since this herb has a strong taste)

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water in a pan then lower the heat and add the tea leaves or powder.
  2. If you prefer your tea a little sweeter, add honey or sugar according to your taste. Boil the mixture again for a few minutes.
  3. Add the ginger according to your taste, lower the heat, and allow the mixture to brew for about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid into a cup. Add milk to your taste.
  5. Drink the ginger chai tea while it is hot.

3. Vanilla Tea

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Ingredients:

  • Water (4 cups)
  • Black tea leaves or power (1 Tablespoon)
  • Whole cloves (3)
  • Cinnamon stick (1)
  • Cardamom pods (3)
  • Whole allspice (3)
  • Honey or sugar (to taste)
  • Milk (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a full boil then add the correct amount of tea leaves.
  2. Add honey or sugar if you want sweet tea. Add all of the spices to the water and turn off the heat.
  3. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Using a tea strainer, pour the liquid into a cup. Add the milk to the mixture.
  5. Enjoy the vanilla chai tea while it is hot.

This recipe makes enough tea for one person. If you want to make tea for more than one person, simply double (or triple) all of the ingredients.

4. Chai Tea Latte

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Ingredients:

  • Water (1 cup)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Black tea leaves or powder (1 Tablespoon)
  • Cinnamon stick (1)
  • Cloves (3)
  • Black peppercorn pods (3)
  • Nutmeg (small pinch)
  • Orange peel (1 large strip)
  • Honey or sugar (to taste)

Instructions:

    1. This one is a little different since you start with the milk and water together. Pour both the milk and water into a pan and bring to a gentle boil.
    2. Lower the heat so the mixture is not boiling and add all of the herbs and spices.
    3. If you want added sweetness, add honey or sugar.
    4. Bring the mixture to a second boil but do not allow the milk to scald.
    5. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat. Brew the mixture for 10 minutes.
    6. Strain the mixture into a cup and drink it while it is hot.

This information about the benefits of Chai tea and the additional recipes have been gratefully sourced from http://www.med-health.net/Chai-Tea-Benefits.html

 

Jan 052015
 

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Reflection on Christmas time:

As Christmas approaches, a time of light, opening , heart connection, the business and triggers of our fast paced western life can obscure the truth and beauty of this wonderful time of the year. No matter what your religious preference, it is a time of the year when a huge consciousness is present and focused on the light both within and without.

Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious festival or as a family holiday time, there is still the opportunity to inquire what this time of the year can offer to each of us.
In the northern hemisphere Christmas occurs in winter time and is traditionally a time of coming inwards, a time of slowing down, of being inside, a time of reflection and introspection. A time of finding the light within and allowing the inner flame to be taken outward again into the world, after a time of silence and renewal. Winter time easily lends itself to this inward reflective mood.
Here where we live in the southern hemisphere it is summer, a time of outwardly directed activity, more distraction of the senses, more physical movement. It may seem like it requires more inner strength to have a quiet reflective centre amidst all of this outward directed activity.
We have the opportunity to remain still, to remain true to this that is Self, no matter what the outer circumstances are. Christmas time in the southern hemisphere is a wonderful time to be outdoors, the wide open space, the blue skies and sunny days, can offer the opportunity to open in the warmth of nature and activity. A time of long holidays, to rest and play, to enjoy each others company and to remain still in the midst of all of this activity.

We can still have a inner reflective mood, can still open to this inner flame that is the fire of our life.
Christmas time can be a time of remembering the Christ light that is alive in and as us all, the tiny child, with open innocence, that is born as all of us. This can be a time to reflect on This that is innocent and free, here now in this moment.

In all love

Namaste

Yantra-ji

Dec 222014
 

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Projection or Staying True :

We are given every opportunity in life to be here as we are with whatever arises. Whether we are on a spiritual path or not, it is life itself that offers us this opportunity every moment of every day. Life calls us to be present, to be true.

Do you stay still and true in the moment no matter what is arising?

Do you feel whatever sensation or emotion is here without creating a story, drama, or blame?

Do you stay open, free and available to the moment, to the gifts of life, to the flow that is occurring without the need to dictate what will happen, when, where and by whom?

How many times have you or someone you know had an experience that they didn’t want to feel,didn’t want to have, didn’t want to occur, don’t want to know about?

When we do not want to face what is occurring, when we do not want to be still, when we do not want to speak the truth to our self, when we do not want to feel, then we either repress, suppress and go into denial, or we exaggerate, create a story of blame, acting out and projection. All as a strategy of avoidance.

What typically do we try to avoid?

This could be so called positive sensations or experiences or emotions such as winning, achieving, celebration, elation, satisfaction, happiness, excitement, trust, joy, ecstasy, bliss, love or so called negative sensations or experiences or emotions such as tension, stress, illness, pain, death, hurt, anger, jealousy, mistrust, betrayal, loneliness, abandonment, self loathing, failure, criticism, despair.

What do you do when these surface, when these emotions, sensations experiences arise in your awareness ?

Do you welcome them? Do you feel them? Do you stay still and silent and make it none of your business and let it arise and fall?

Or do you repress,deny and cover, or lash out, blame and project?

Are you on the receiving end of blame, judgement, criticism and projection?

Or the one who is doing the blaming judging, criticizing and projecting ?

Either way life is calling you to be available to the moment, to feel whatever is here and to open into what is true. This that is true is Not “Your Truth”- rather it is what is true regardless of the rising and falling of life. Here in the moment there is the choice to be here as you are, the choice to remain free.

There is always the choice to be still, to be true, to allow whatever is arising and not take it personally. Life always offers us this choice, the choice to be true, the choice to be free. Here there is stillness, a silent mind and a true heart, here there is Freedom, There is no longer a someone showing up needing anything to be other than it is. This that you already are, quiet, contented, at peace, as life itself living life.

Join us for this inquiry in Satsang – Projection or staying true, what do you really want ?

Discover the truth – Who you are is Freedom Itself!!

We have the opportunity to inquire directly into truth, 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

Dec 152014
 

Invitation to the book Launch of : The Gift of This – Poetry and prose of Satsang with Yantra-ji

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As you are aware this beautiful book “The Gift of This – Poetry and Prose of Satsang” has just been written and is now available. It is a collection of poetry and prose, gathered over the past 12 years through the offering of Satsang. Please join us on Wednesday evening 17th December or Saturday afternoon 20th December for a cup of chai, where Yantra will share some readings of poetry and prose from the book and sign any copies that you may like for yourself or as a gift for your loved ones.
The books are now available for purchase
directly through Yantra,

or through Createspaceplease click here

or through Amazon.com – pkease click here

as a paperback book and as soon as possible as a kindle.

The Gift of This
The gift of my teacher
beloved Papaji
is my offering to you.
Stay still, be quiet
in the sacredness
and silence of
the moment.
Don’t move,
don’t stir a single thought.
Stay as you are
and discover the truth.
Who you are,
is open,
unchanging, awareness,
Freedom itself.
Who you are
is This.
May “the Gift of This’ serve you,
to remember the truth of your own self.
In endless gratitude
for This that you are
Namaste
Yantra-ji

* You may like to read a recent blog post about : The New Book – The Gift Of This- Poetry and prose of Satsang with Yantra-ji

Dec 082014
 

 

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Being in Life – Allowing it All – and Staying True  …….   Satsang with Yantra-ji


Life is happening at every moment, fully, freely, freshly, if we let ourselves experience this moment fully as it is. To experience life fully as it is, means allowing it all just as it is, all that we perceive is great and all that we perceive is not great. We will always have preferences for certain life situations, experiences and outcomes, however when we are willing to meet all that life offers regardless of what is showing up, then there is a freshness not previously experienced, or not previously noticed.


Regardless of what we think, regardless of what we feel, regardless of what we know, regardless of what we sense physically – life is as it is.


Take the opportunity to notice what is here, regardless of the outward experience.


What is here when you stop just for a moment?
What is here that has always been here regardless of what appears or disappears?


The willingness to be still, to inquire into what is here deeper than appearances, offers the opportunity to discover who you are freshly in this moment, to discover the self as it is, the self as you are.


Who you are is free, fresh, untouched, untainted by the outward appearance of life, the discovery of who you are – AS life itself.


How do we stay true to this discovery, freshly, freely in and as each moment?


Knowing what you want at the deepest level beyond all surface desires, gives you the inner resolve to stay true.


Join us for Satsang to inquire into what you really want, what is really here and make this discovery for yourself.


In all love and endless gratitude for this that you are
Namaste Yantra-ji

Dec 012014
 

New book – The Gift of This:

Am really so excited !! The proof of my first book just arrived. Over the moon at how graceful its unfolding has been, so grateful to my teachers Papaji, Ramana, Brandon Bays, Gangaji, Eli, Isira and to my beloved Richard – to know the truth of Self is such a gift – and huge gratitude to my book mentor Getrude Matshe.


I have recently received a parcel containing a proof copy of the first book which I have just finished writing The Gift Of This – Poetry and Prose of Satsang with Yantra-ji’ - it will be available for sale before Christmas through Amazon or through me directly – I will include a link in the newsletter in the next week or so for ordering, just in time for a beautiful gift for your beloveds. You will be able to have a glimpse during Satsang on Tuesday evening or see the image below.


A dear friend, also a writer made the comment today that she had no idea that I was writing this new book, and this may be the same for you too, as my writing focus has been on completing the book ‘Profound Awakening – Meeting Papaji Now’, about meeting my true teacher Papaji. ( This book is now almost finished too, up to the final edit before formatting and proofing – it will be ready after Christmas early in the New Year.)

The reason that you may not have heard about  ‘The Gift Of This – Poetry and Prose of Satsang with Yantra-ji’ unless you have attended the most recent Tuesday evening Satsangs, is because it has blasted through me so fast, with such grace, with such an intensity, that I have had to keep up with it – and so here it is – so happy and so very very grateful. May ‘The gift of This’ serve you to remember the truth of your own Self.


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

Nov 172014
 

 

science_of_tearsMoved by Life


We move, constantly move, following the habitual movement of mind, emotion, sensation, body. We follow the next thought, follow the next fix, follow the next juice of life, always moving, distracted, wanting the next thing, that will fulfill us, make us happy -  all this constant movement and activity leads ultimately, to remaining dissatisfied.

When you know what you want at the deepest level and you are willing to remain unmoving, still, silent, you are un-distracted, undisturbed by any arising of thought or following of some elusive desire. When you rest here as you are, all of life is here. When you rest here as you are , all of life moves through you .
You remain unmoving – and yet – you are moved by life itself.
Let yourself be moved by this grace that is you , let yourself be the freedom you are, open to the moment and to this extraordinary blessing, of this life.
When you are unmoving, all of life moves you.

Here is a beautiful poem about being moved,  from my new book – ‘A gift of This’

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Let yourself be moved.

There is no emotion,

In these tears,

Nothing sentimental.

The whole of life is felt,

Is moved through this form.

These tears are the river of devotion

The river of love,

Bursting it’s banks of form.

There is no emotion!

These tears are pure love,

Are surrender,

Are nothing!

Just falling salty drops,

Flowing freely back,

Into the ocean,

Of fathomless self,

Into the endless abyss of freedom.

 
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