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 “

May 262014
 

An excerpt from the introduction to the book:


Meeting Papaji Now Vol 1 – Yantra-ji


“….To sit in the presence of a true teacher, there is a palpable transmission, a palpable presence that can be felt.  Many people think that the teacher needs to be alive in order to feel that transmission, in order to experience the presence.
Whilst a living teacher may be useful, beneficial and necessary for some, it is not always the case. It is possible, to receive the grace and the transmission of a teacher when they no longer have a physical form. The teacher may have recently died, or they may have died many years ago, or even thousands of years ago as in the case with Jesus, Buddha and others. 


So many people experienced the presence of Papaji while he was in physical form. So many people from all over the world were blessed to experience his presence, his grace, his simple message of truth. So many people had the experience of knowing themselves, of coming home, of experiencing themselves as the freedom that they are, of waking up in his presence whilst he was alive. Even now, 17 years after his physical form has passed, people are still experiencing this message, they are still experiencing his grace, his presence and they are still waking up.


The search then begins as a seeking to find a someone who will give us something, when really what we are looking for is freedom, the essence of our own self.


With or without a living teacher,
without any efforting,
without any searching,
without any seeking,
without any studying of techniques or particular practices,
there is the very real possibility of waking up,
of knowing the truth of yourself,
of being free – now.


Then something deeper occurs – a devotion occurs to what is true, to what is revealed as you. As you continue to open yourself to yourself, to the devotion of love, to the devotion of the truth itself, in an instant everything is felt, everything is experienced – a deepening of the truth, a deepening of yourself, a deepening of this that you are, freedom itself.


The truth of yourself, the truth of the teachings, the message of the teacher, continues to deepen, is continually revealed freshly, freely in each moment….”


“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 “

May 192014
 

 

OM – The sound of Silence – Celebrating life, celebrating this that you are:

Such a beautiful heart open way to celebrate life, celebrate this that you are, is through chanting, divine song , dancing and poetry. There are so many beautiful songs, poems, dances and sounds. One of the simplest and most profound Sanskrit mantras is to chant ‘OM’ or ‘Aum’ which is known as the original sound, the vibration of ALL, the sound of the universe .

The chanting of OM quickly relaxes the body, and by concentrating deeply on the vibration of OM, you can feel the mantra become absorbed into the body. Such absorption fills the mind with peace. Chanting ‘Om’ is like being bathed in the sound of the universe in the sound of the self. You may experience sensations in the body, and through the chakras, Often as the chant progresses other sounds may be heard, as the sound builds it can become palpable, flowing around and through you, and the whole group.

Scientists and yogis agree that at the molecular level, our bodies are systems of vibrating atomic partials. Each part of the body, each cell, gland and organ resonates with a frequency. We could say that we are composed of sound vibrations. Even the difference between solids, liquids, gases, sound and light are merely a difference in their vibratory rates.

The body as a system vibrates at a particular rate when it is relaxed and calm. The Alpha waves, which correspond to a state of relaxation, are also vibrating at this same rate. Even the Earth itself vibrates at this same vibrational frequency. When we chant OM or Aum  we experience every thing as having the same vibration and we can truly experience the unity of life.

* Click on this link to Read the Blog post about  The Benefits of Chanting

“Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.” – Krishna Das

  “Through Being in touch with the breath, the energy of the breath, the sound of the  breath, making the sounds of god, allows an opening into truth, into the one self, Immersing yourself in the sound of your own soul – this is chanting, this is Kirtan, this is the divine.” – Yantra-ji

May 122014
 

 

Life and Death:


We are surrounded by what we see, perceive and experience with the senses, this that we call life, birth and death.
When we look around us there is new life everywhere, arising, in the mineral world, in plant, in animal and in human form. We also see death, death of the same, falling away in the world of form, mineral, plant, animal and human.
There is no problem with this that arises and falls away, it is a natural process of form, the impermanence of the world.


“What comes and goes is not real ” ~Papaji


A problem only arises when there is identification with this that is always changing, with this that is arising and falling away, identification with form. The mind becomes identified and identified mind becomes attached to forms, to outcomes, desires, concepts, beliefs, and there is the ever present fear, fear of death, that is part of the human condition, part of the survival mechanism of form itself.

How then do we reconcile that -  a body is born, and there seems to be ‘a’ life, that we have a body ? we get attached to other bodies, we experience attachment to life, we feel fear and pain when someone dies ?
Even though it is clear that the body will die, that all forms will die, fear arises as a result of Identification with the mind, with the body, with the senses, with form.
We fear the unknown, fear the loss of life, fear the inevitable death of the body.
A problem only arises when the fear is not met, when fear is veiled or disguised, run from, avoided, or covered.
Fear itself is not a problem. When fear is fully felt, it is just sensation. There is also nothing wrong with any other emotion or sensation that arises and falls away in and through the body, it can all be met, just as it is in the moment, without needing to identify with any thoughts, stories or concepts of mind.

“Life & Death, Freedom & Bondage, belong to Mind, not to you” ~ Papaji

When we identify, give our attention to this that is always in flux, this that is always changing, then there is constant fear, sometimes overt fear, usually veiled or disguised fear. When the fear is met and discovered to be empty, emptiness itself, then the attention is given to the changeless, to this that you are, to this that was never born, this that never dies, this that was never in bondage, this that was and is, always present and free.

“All that you are attached to, all that you Love,all that you know, someday will be gone.
Knowing this, and that the world is your mind which you create, play in, and suffer from,
is known as discrimination.
Discriminate between the real and the unreal.
The known is unreal and will come and go so stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging Truth.
All which appears and disappears is not real,and no nectar will come from it so don’t cling to it,
and once you let go do not turn back to it.
Stay as Eternity in your own Being” ~ Papaji

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 “

Apr 282014
 

Being Authentic – Authentic Being

What does it mean – Being authentic?
Who is it, that is being authentic?


Through direct self inquiry we discover the truth of our own self, the authentic self, being itself.


First we may discover the stories, the roles, the form that we have identified with, the emotions, thoughts, beliefs, concepts we have, the naming of ‘our self’. We discover all of the layers of identity that obscure the truth ‘momentarily’, if we are willing to stop, be still and inquire.


When all of these layers are left untouched, then we are free to discover freshly in the moment what is it that remains? what is it that has always been here? – This that is untouched by any of the the layering of identity. Here we discover we are free, always have been, always will be, free just to be, Not a someone being authentic, just free authentic being.


Peace, love, openness, stillness, silence, is our own true nature, it is effortlessly natural, authentic to just be that. What is discovered in being your authentic self, is the unwavering certainty of the Truth of Being, Authentic Being, the recognition that we are freedom itself, and that what we have been longing for is right here where we are, right here right now, always now.
Let us meet here together in support of each other, in the recognition of true freedom and fulfillment, in authentic being, here and now.


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 “

Apr 012014
 

Essential questions of self inquiry:

why have you come?
what do you want?
and who are you?

People are often initially led to Satsang for many different reasons. Initially they may be wanting help, or healing, or resolve on life’s situations. They may be wanting to feel better or to quieten the mind. There may even be a desire for freedom, usually ‘from’ life’s adversities, challenges or unpleasant feelings.

The purpose of Satsang is not to heal or fix or change, it is the process of inquiry into that which is true, that which is unchanging. Through the process of self inquiry, often a deeper longing is discovered, a calling to come home, home to yourself. Satsang is the confirmation of that which you are.
In direct inquiry one of the first essential questions to ask is ‘what do you want ?’ what do you really want ? and to speak the truth to yourself. If what you want is ‘respect’ or ‘love’ or ‘safety’ or ‘peace’ or fulfillment or ‘freedom from’ … this then is the starting point, where inquiry can begin, into what is deeper than those wants.


So this is the starting point, to really know what you want and to be totally honest, ruthlessly honest. For in that truthful inquiry and response a deeper truth can be uncovered, can be revealed.  These initial wants ( for health, attainment, freedom ‘from’ etc, ) give way to a deeper longing of the self calling the self home.


Then the question ‘who am i ?’ can be asked, ‘who is it that is wanting?’ ‘who is it that is desiring?’, ‘who is it that wants freedom?’, ‘who is it that is inquiring?’


My teacher Papaji and his teacher Ramana Marharshi asked this same essential question ‘who am I?’


This is the inquiry for Satsang…
Who am i? who is this ‘I’ that is arising? and where is it arising?
When we follow this question back, back to its source, follow the I back into the self, on the way we discover all that the “i” was seemed to be constructed of, the Identity, the form, body, mind, emotions, and the clinging to this identity as real.
When we meet in Satsang we come to discover who we are, our essential self, our true nature, this that is unobscured by the egoic self, this that is untouched by any ‘thing’.
This that we are is silence itself, awareness itself, this that all is arising and falling in, appearing and disappearing in, this that is you is this that is already free. This silent awareness.
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