Living the Way of the Enlightened


You are invited to participate in 40 days of retreat starting March 25th, led by Sri Vasudeva. We have been exploring his teachings so you already know who he is. The theme of these 40 days will be “Living the Way of the Enlightened.” You can listen to free meditations and talks in preparation for these days on sound cloud.

You can register here.

On the night of March 25th there will be a satsang at 6:00pm EST to launch us into the 40 days. Sri Vasudeva will introduce the theme, and a little about how he will explore it in the days ahead. Plus I think he will share in satsang, some of his experiences during the 40 days of 1978 when he entered the start of an amazing experience which left him in a state of inner freedom and bliss. There will also be powerful chanting which can be an entry way into the sacred space within. You can read more about his personal story and learn how to prepare for the retreat here.

On March 26th and every day until May 4th, we start the day with a beautiful Sanskrit chant called the Guru Gita at 5:15 am EST, which is a hymn talking about the role of the outer spiritual guide and the waking up of our inner guide. Even if you don’t know the song, the vibration of the chanting can awaken subtle energies.

Then there will be an inspirational talk and guided meditation at 6:15 am where he will give details about the self transformation process. Transcripts of this talk and meditation will be available on Sri Vasudeva’s organization

Then there is a silent meditation from noon till 12:30pm. There is another silent half hour meditation at 6:00pm. While these will not be streamed I am telling you about it so that you can tune in, if only for a moment, by simply thinking about it and taking a pause in your day.

At 3:00pm there is the opportunity to join in Sacred Conversation as the morning talk and meditation is discussed and practical tips are shared on how these spiritual concepts can be implemented in daily life. You can have your questions answered too by sending them in via the contact info on the Blue Star website.

We end the day with a Sanskrit evening chant at 8:00 pm called the Shiva Mahimna Stotram and the Shiv Manas puja ending with a silent meditation. The beauty of the Sanskrit is the effect on the chakras.

Lets participate in some or all of the spiritual discipline during these 40 days, as together we make strides on our spiritual journey.


Look Around With Fresh Eyes


Today just a word to you about the Grace of the Universe in supporting us on the journey. Many times we isolate ourselves from that grace. We shut ourselves from that grace because we are so caught in the idea of wanting to do things ourselves which, of course, is not a bad idea but the Universe is so full of support at every turn. When the Universe gives so much support, why should we isolate ourselves from it?  When wisdom can flow from every voice, why do we avoid relationships of support?  When there is an invisible dimension of sacred beings supporting our world, why don’t we open ourselves to it?  When there are so many books and literature about the path to freedom, why don’t we use the information from them, rather than keep on reading them, and seeking to read more?

I do believe that we need only a few principles to live by, just a few.  But what is more important is putting them into practice so that we can develop our own experience; not the reading of so much.  During my own journey the only kind of reading that inspired me was the lives of great Masters – those who have made the journey. That is what inspired me. I did not want to hear the core teachings over and over.  I had no interest in that. An application of the teachings was more important to me.  How do I apply the teachings into practice?

The entire world became my learning ground, and that was exciting to me. Every person became a messenger to me, and I could see my Universe supporting me at every turn. Everybody brought me a message and I learned to see that message. I denied nobody the right to be in my space.  If you came into my space, I looked for the reason. Until this day I do the same. No matter how free I am in my inner being, I seek to listen to the voices around me, more so because I serve them.  I honour them, and they are the Divine to me. Sri Vasudeva

How Does your Space Support You?

When you create an intention it needs to lift you, it must take you to another level. And you should look to see how you can use the space around you to support your intention. “How does my intention connect with the space around me? How can it support my intention?”
bougainvillea-2886643_960_720 And if you want to develop certain qualities or change certain qualities then you need to think: how can the space around me help to support that? How can we co-create these same qualities not just in me, but in the space around me? Sri Vasudeva

The Specialness of Today


Can you see that the role that you have in your lifetime was specially selected for you, and the Divine is holding your hand in the Play and is just behind you? Can you feel worthy and special, however it is? Can you meet life seeing every situation as a Divine orchestration that you accept willingly, and hold the hands of the Divine as you meet with it? Can you do that? That makes every day special. Sri Vasudeva

How to have Strength & Faith

water-lilies-3199516_960_720My strength and faith is that the Divine is with me and behind me, so I do not carry any burden. Immediately a task is before me, I hold on to the Divine; “This is what You want me to do. You are sending this person to me today. You are sending this challenging situation, but I know that You are going to solve it. You are going to give me all the answers that are required.” So a little excitement comes in there however the situation may be. And when I meet the person, I begin to see why they came. I begin to see why I am needed in the play, and everything that is required unfolds. So it is never a burden for me, absolutely never. The meaning becomes very obvious, the solutions are there, and then I feel grateful for being an instrument in the play, that the Divine would choose me. Sri Vasudeva

Accept Every Page in the Book of Life


Every day presents a new page in the book of life. You never know how the day is going to feature. You may have an idea, but it may not turn out exactly as you want it to be. It may be better or it may be challenging, not as you expect it to be, but it is a new day.

However my day features, I know it is a day that was prepared for me by the Universe, so I am in absolutely no conflict with my day. However challenging it may be, however rewarding it may be, it is a day that was prepared for me in the book of life, and it is all based on karmas. Sri Vasudeva

First Steps in Mind Training


I see many people having greater control over their pets than their minds. For example they invest time training their beloved dog, so eventually when they tell their dog, “sit” the dog sits immediately and remains sitting until the next command.

In order to gain better control over our minds we too need to invest time in the training. That training works best if we start with a simple request, “mind focus only on this one thought”. Every time the mind runs away with a distracting thought, gently bring it back to the thought of choice.

How about if we choose a training thought that will give power to the mind while it is being repeated? A two for one deal. 🙂 A thought that can remind us of our true nature like, “I am divine.” Or we can choose an ancient Sanskrit mantra, so we get an additional freebie, we get the benefit of the energy that has been invested in that mantra by its countless repetitions over the ages. We can choose one like “Om namah shivaya”, I bow to that universal consciousness. Or we can use soham, “I am that”.  Choose something from your tradition that creates an inner response. Let that inner prompt help in the choice of the mantra.

Now  we start our day with this training. Settling in so that the body is comfortable. Just like we need to pay attention while dog training, so too we need to look to see how the mind is doing as it repeats its mantra. We need to closely observe our mind.

After a while when the mind starts getting it 🙂 we can go deeper. Listen to the mind repeat the mantra. Later we can combine the mantra with the breath. When mind is more advanced we can listen to the reverberations in the mind after each repetition. Then follow the silence as the sound subsides. Repeat the mantra once more and observe the vibrations, like the way a string when plucked, vibrates for a while before becoming still.

I find it very helpful to repeat the mantra as often as possible during the day. Especially if I am busy. Once I create such an intention I discover many idle moments when the mantra can be repeated. It is in such idleness the mind loses it’s energy. Shall we engage in some mind training today?

First Step In Meditation


At the start of any meditation, the first step is to quiet the mind. We do that by bringing the attention into the present moment. We let go of thoughts, giving attention to the silence in the consciousness space. Then we notice the consequence of that choice by observing the peacefulness in the mind when thoughts disappear. This step awakens us to our potential power – the power to think, to will, to feel, and to influence the body.           Sri Vasudeva

Opening the Floodgates of our Heart


Do we challenge ourselves to embrace another into our world? Or do we allow fear to push us into contraction? Do we have criteria that has to be satisfied before we will allow our love to flow? Is our love a commodity up for trade? “If and only if you approach me with this kind of attitude, if you say these kinds of words, if you perform these actions  will I love you, if you don’t I won’t love you.” Don’t we long for another way?

Whenever we are together with others, whether they be family, colleagues or community members, we often experience irritation or impatience as we discover the limits of our love. We are invited into a more expansive inner space but we often misunderstand this prompt and become sucked into a blame game.

We’ve been talking about centers of intention. There is a powerful plexus of love that is located in the chest area. It is not physical but it certainly influences the physical organs and tissues in the region. It is like a vortex of energy. By tapping into this center we can connect with an ocean of love, a place of unconditional loving, no contracts. Our essential nature is love. We are all connected in that Source of infinite love. We are one in spirit. The Divine resides in all of us, freedom from emotional burdens of anger and depression lies in recognizing that.

I am reminded of the beautiful song by Parmahansa Yogananda:

Door of my heart

Open wide I keep for Thee

Wilt Thou come, wilt Thou come?

Just for once come to me

Will my days fly away without seeing thee my Lord?

Night and day, night and day

I wait for thee night and day

Door of my heart open wide I keep for Thee

Lets us breathe in the love of the universe and breath out, opening the floodgates of our heart, sharing our love with our world.

How to Power Up your Intentions

Sometimes we set intentions and we are not able to follow through with them. For the past two days we discovered that we have the power to intensify our intentions. We did a practise sending a thought of love and energizing it from every energy centre in our being.

Today lets pause a moment and choose a personal intention we would like to energize. Maybe you set some new years resolutions but found it hard to follow through with them. Let us choose one of those intentions and do the practise. That way we can test how effective this process is.


We know where to find the centres of intention; at the base of the spine, in the sacral or genital area, the navel area, in the chest or heart area, the throat, brow and top of the head.  They are ours to tap into, to energize ourselves for our daily lives. Shall we explore these centers some more?

Let us build on our practice of yesterday.  Lets “prime the pump” so to speak by seeking the help of Evolved Souls, that they may lend their energetic support to us. This time let’s make the body as comfortable as possible, in a steady posture that we can keep  throughout, as we get ready to embark on our adventure. Isn’t it exciting?

Lets begin by focusing on one of the most powerful tools that we have at hand, the breath. As we breathe out,  let go, empty ourselves. As we breathe in embrace all the energy in the Universe. Lets do this cycle of emptying and filling until we feel an inner prompt to go deeper.

Now lets begin to listen intently to the breath as we continue to do the cycle. If we like we can use a mantra that we feel drawn to, like the soham mantra. “So” means the “universe” and “ham” means “I.” For the length of the inhaled breath repeat silently “Soooooooooooooo”, embracing the energy of the universe and for the duration of the out breath silently repeating “Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam” thinking about “I”. In fact soham means I and the Universe are one. Take a keen interest in the sound of the mantra as it harmonizes with the breath.

Now  let us focus on the base of the spine, traveling up through the sacral, navel centers and noticing how the experience changes at each center of intention. Continue the journey through the heart, throat, brow and crown centers. Lets be like tourists on vacation, enjoying every center, lingering where we are drawn, soaking up the experience. Marvellous, isn’t it?

Let us remember our personal intention and visit every centre powering it up as we travel upward.

Doesn’t the physical body feel better? Doesn’t the mind feel more focused, more organized? Overall isn’t there a feeling of more synchronization, greater uplift?

Have a blissful day everyone!

How to Intensify Intentions Pt 2

In yesterday’s blog we started talking about the possibility of varying the intensity of our intentions. Today I’d like to explore this topic some more. Once I realized that intensity can be varied then the natural question is can I add different qualities to that intensity and what will be their effect? You see, curiosity leads to extension of the practise.

This is how I do it. I start by observing myself as I send out waves of love and make a wish that a special person  feels uplifted today. I note my inner state before I send the wish, I notice that I experience subtle changes during the wish sending, and even after the wish there is a shift in my inner space. The shift is so subtle that if I am not watching for it I might miss it.

Now I do a second practise.  This time I relax my body first. Then I focus on my breath.    I breathe out letting go of all other thoughts, emptying myself of stress. I breathe in filling myself with the love and vitality of the Universe.

On an out breath I focus on the base of my spine. I ground myself in the source of divine energy. As I breathe in I bring the focus up along the spinal column following an energy pathway which runs parallel to the spinal column. Allowing my awareness to travel up through the sacral area, vitality at the navel,  the ocean of love in my heart center, upward through the expansive tranquility of the throat, the focal point between the eyebrows and to the crown of the head. I breathe out going back to the base center and repeat the cycle.

chakra diagram


I am very interested in the process. Looking to see what happens in each area. I don’t need to do anything I only watch the process. The body already knows how to breath. I am the observer.

When I’m comfortable with the cycle and I’m at the base of the spine I introduce my wish to send love to a special someone. I observe the influence on the thought as I ground in the base. I see the thought taking on greater power and vitality. I witness how it becomes infused with love. I see how focus and attention strengthens the intention. I picture that special person seeing them uplifted by divine love. I do this practice until I feel fulfilled.

The experience of sending the thought in the second practise is very different, much more nuanced, deeper and really soul satisfying. Try it and see for yourself.

How to Refine the Power of Intention


This morning we are having light flurries of snow and it brought to mind the intensity of intentions. Let me explain some more. While at this moment we’re having light flurries, later this could intensify into heavy snow fall. It’s the same if we talk about rain. We could have a light drizzle or heavy showers.

Likewise the intensity of our intentions can also vary. We can increase the power of intention and will. We can consciously intensify desire. I find it very interesting that intensity is under our control or another way of putting it is that we have the power of intention.

My personality does not like to just hear intriguing ideas such as this, I want to know it, to experience it for myself. So I devised a little experiment for myself. I choose someone who I find it easy to work with. Then I send a conscious wave of love to them. Then I try to send a bigger wave. I look at the process that is happening in me, so that I can understand what it means to intensify my intention, and bring the process more into my awareness.

Shall I stop here? You try it!

How to Expand Awareness


What does it mean in a practical sense to expand our awareness? We can observe how we use our energies during our day; the way we treat people, people’s responses to us, how we impact on our environment and how the environment impacts upon us.

It might also be interesting to look at how we are using our energy. Are we looking for all the ways that we are sharing energies and trying to express them most powerfully from the deepest place within? Does our look have love? What kind of energy do our words carry? Have we ever thought about the kind of energy our hands carry? What about the energy of our thoughts?

When we become more aware of our soul’s identity, we begin to realise that we are beings of light, beings of energy, and there is more in terms of communication – that we do not communicate with words only,  we communicate with the power of intentions.  Just to intend or to think about something, energy is already in motion.  Just the intention to love channels love.  We may start to feel the energies of people,  to pick up the energies of ideas  around us and we relate to our world differently – this is energy awareness.

How Will We Dare to Be Today?


We carry the power of the Universe in us. How will we use that power in an innovative, creative way today? How will we dare to be different? How will we break free from our conditioned thinking? How will we roar like a lion instead of bleating like sheep?

We have the power to change our life, to change our world! We have the power to dream, to create powerful visions, and we can materialize them when they are aligned with the Universal will.

Are we ready for an exciting day, full of possibilities?

See From A New Perspective


spring-flowers-355858_960_720.jpgAre we caught up in specific roles, coming alive in a space based on those roles? Do we respond to our world predominantly from the view of  one who gives advice to others, one who needs advice and help, one who supervises, one who is a pacifist or a warrior, one who cleans, heals, cooks, designs, parents?  How do we habitually view our world? This world is like a mirror; it tells us about ourselves. Can we come out of the box and consciously adopt another view? This is a world of infinite possibilities.

It is not easy to see ourselves in the box. When I consciously decided consciously adopt one view for an hour it shocked me to find out how my habits had controlled me in the way I interpreted what was happening around me, how much my view was biased, how much I missed out on. I invite you to try this practice.  Decide which primary role you will play for a specific period and then consciously let go of the role at the end of that time. Then review what you discovered. Was it easy? What was challenging and how did you deal with that challenge? It is a real eye-opener.

Let us  begin to honor our purpose, to  serve the world in the best possible way instead of being caught in only one possibility.

Where to Find Solutions


All the problems we have can be solved by the Divine entering our space. When you are confused, indecisive, if you only open your mind to a Great Source Being, you will experience profound responses entering into your space. It is because we are so wrapped up with the ego, ‘I want to solve this, I have to solve this, I have this knowledge, and I have this experience’. We do not allow ourselves to experience the grace of the space.

We need to think in the Divine, we need to reason in the Divine, we need to explore in the Divine, and we need to make decisions in the Divine. Not outside. Not separating our consciousness from the Divine but in the Divine.  Sri Vasudeva

How A Phone can Remind Us of the Divine

lake-2822394_960_720.jpgWe are eager to have the latest smart phones, we keep alert to the many features available. We constantly are aware of opportunities to take video or photographs of what we are experiencing as we want to capture the moment to upload on social media sites. What if we tuned into our Higher Self with that same zest? What if in every moment we check in with where we are in terms of alignment with that greater power in the Universe? Are we picking up a good signal? How connected are we to that Infinite Divine? We carry the power of the Universe inside! How do we use that power?

We’re constantly checking our pockets and bags to make sure we have our phone. Many of us constantly hold it in our hands as we want it ever ready. Can we check for our Inner Guide with that same constant awareness? Can we  do an internal check to see where we are centered?

Consider the amount of time we spend with the cell phone, even in our idle moments, playing with it, looking at new apps, new ways we can have fun with it. Can we show an even great interest in expanding our awareness? We have a consciousness that can hold itself in limitation, or can expand itself infinitely; to dream of whatever we want to, to create whatever we want to in our consciousness and to bring it into manifestation.

We use the cell phone to receive messages, to keep in touch with, to get love and support from friends and family. What if we open ourselves to receive messages from the Infinite Field of wisdom, to feel carried in love and support? Let us work on growing the self-awareness of who we are and the powers that we carry and not be ignorant in the use of them. We are door ways to the infinite!

What if we related to our Higher Self like we can’t live without knowing it, like we can’t seem to live without our phones? We become so distracted from our own journey, so much so, we get caught up in what is happening outside and we lose focus of our connection with that field of infinite possibilities.

How A Sip of Water Can Help You Meditate


I had a lot of private feedback about the last blog post on Diet As Spiritual Practice in addition to the marvelous comments posted here. It seems like that post hit a chord. Some of you were asking about how I learned to become so in tune with my body. You said that you don’t pick up the signals of the body the way I talked about in that post.

One thing to keep in mind is that I have developed a close relationship with my body over time. This closeness didn’t just happen, it has deepened over the years. I really believe in investing in a relationship, because one of the great values that I hold strongly to, is that I can make a difference in my life.

When I was very young I couldn’t stand pain in the body. Someone said to me, “Get used to it. That’s how life is.” I just couldn’t accept that life would throw pain to me at random and there was nothing I could do about it. It was pain avoidance that got me started in observing how my actions affected my experience of my body. I feel like my body speaks to me all the time, the thing is that I have to learn to listen to the body. This practice of listening and adjusting my behavior based on the feedback I am getting, also translates to every other area of my life, including my sitting meditation. It is a life skill! As you know listening is vital in every relationship.

So lets talk about how to start listening to the body’s signals. Today notice when you feel thirsty. What does thirsty feel like? I notice the dryness in my lips, mouth and throat. There is discomfort in my skin and internal organs but that is harder to describe and a much more subtle signal to pick up.

Then as I take a little sip of water at a time, I see the changes start to happen immediately as the dryness gets washed away. It’s like I can almost feel the cells in my body becoming more turgid as the water gets absorbed in the body because I feel more alert, refreshed.

Notice the feeling in the body that tells you how much to drink, that you have had enough.  As the water works its way through the body you might not notice it, but when it is time to eliminate the waste, notice what that feels like.

Now look back from the times you drank  water during the day, even if you can only remember one time when you consciously did it, to now that it has been eliminated.

What impact did this water have on you? What adjustments need to be made for a better experience? Even if I don’t feel I have the answers clearly, I might experiment by changing the temperature of the water, the quantity I drink, the quality of the water, my mood when I was drinking and any other factors I can think of that might affect the experience.

Do you see how the practice of observing the body signals can translate to other areas?  Don’t you feel more aware of the power of choice, not just in drinking water but in so many other moments in life? Do you see the same conscious way of observing ourselves as we drink water, is the same way that we observe ourselves in sitting meditation? Training yourself to consciously engage is a marvelous life skill. Consciously drinking water is a fairly safe practice ground. What do you think? Have I given you a good starting point?


Openness & the Art of Exploration


I am going to assume that you have the curiosity to know and that you are willing to investigate more. I am going to assume that you have the strong desire to learn and to grow, so that you are very interested in learning the art of exploration.

One of the powerful qualities of our consciousness is that it is able to look at an experience objectively; even whilst we are experiencing something, there is a part of us that can observe it. But sometimes we become so caught up in the experience that we limit the power of observation to what we want to experience, what we want to know, and we are not fully open to all possibilities. So in critically observing – for our development, for our growth, for our learning – it is important to always be open and not think that we know. We always like to operate with the idea, “I know.” Even if we want to learn a little more, we think we know exactly how to learn that little more. Some of us want to direct our process and even make it happen the way we want to make it happen.

So learn to be open – even though you have a good knowledge of something, it is always extremely important to say, “I am sure that I am not seeing everything” – and to be humble enough to observe the Universe and all the information your Universe is bringing towards you, being completely open to every communication that is coming to you.

Now apply that to yourself; are you open? When you listen, are you continuously open? When somebody is speaking to us, often we are already thinking, concluding and preparing our response. It requires listening; having ideas, but keeping them in suspension, no judgement, no conclusion. Even if ideas are coming and we want to conclude, to hold that space of being completely open.

I love to listen to everyone, trying to see more. Whenever the tendency from the conditioned mind is to make me believe,  I check it and say “No, open up a little more,”  I am always willing to listen to my Universe. And no voice is insignificant. So listen to everyone.         Sri Vasudeva

Where to Focus in a Challenge


In this co-existence, life has given us the opportunity to work in and through relationships to grow in consciousness. How can we do this consciously, instead of being pushed and prodded by life?

Where can we start?… One powerful way is to look for what causes stress inside in relating to our world. Where do the challenges lie?  Workplace? Community? People not making the same choices as ours? People close to us not following spirituality as we do? A habit that needs changing?

When  the world challenges us, then in our meditation, we take all those challenges with us and surely our meditations will not be very good because we did not meet our tests well. In our meditation we can think that we have arrived somewhere but we know where we really are when we are tested.

We need to focus our attention on the impact the challenge has on us rather than blaming  those around us. Focus on the gains that we have made by the test of the relationship.  How have we become stronger?

How many times do we say, “I wish this other person would be more aware, more loving, more responsible, would listen more, more …..” ? We keep giving responsibility to the other to change the relationship, when in fact the Universe is prompting us to be the change that we are wishing for. The lack that we observe in the space need not stress us out or put us into a self-righteous mode of wanting to preach to anybody, the lack could bring compassion from our being to want to serve and to help, to lift the consciousness.  Sri Vasudeva

How to Jump to Transcendence

passion-fruit-2378091_960_720You cannot just jump from all the ups and downs.  You need to build a framework of understanding.  “I have to observe how the ego gets caught in the mind and the senses.  And I have to use my reasoning to come out of it.”

If  you are constantly watching the patterns and you are using that framework of understanding the play to come to another space, then you are earning the merit to make a jump.  So the shift happens not only out of dissatisfaction with the play,  it has to have a framework of understanding.  Otherwise you’ll fall again and again if you haven’t made a foothold to stand on that is based on the transcendental Self.

When you do that you will be constantly surrendering to that Self saying “This negative pattern is yours O Divine One and this positive one is also yours.  In the Maya you put me into the state of ignorance where I am creating both.  Now I’m tired of this duality.  Take me away from it.”

“I don’t even want to have a good ego.”  Because you see the futility of the elation of the victory.  And you see the futility of being possessed by the negative patterns. “What would it be like if I can let go of both?”   So you need to build that framework that you will have the understanding that there is a transcendental space to go to when you’re caught in the see saw of life. Sri Vasudeva

May everyone everywhere be happy. May everyone everywhere be healthy. May no one have a share in sorrow. Om peace, peace, peace. May we co-create a world of peace, love and harmony in 2018. Happy new year everyone!

Ananda vs Kama


Look at what our world caters to; going after sensory pleasure as a way to happiness. If you eat this, you will be happy. If you take this drug, you will be happy. If you take this alcohol you will be happy. We have created so many substances of all kinds for the sensory pleasure of the body, thinking that is the way to happiness. Is it really? Or does the pursuit of excess pleasure, kama, sap away the vitality from our nervous system.

Of course it may fulfill the ordinary person. They do not mind the weakening of the nervous system, until the body cannot handle it anymore. But for the true seeker of happiness, they will see the folly in the pursuit of pleasure. At some point, the body is not going to be able to handle all this pleasure seeking, and a lot of people begin to lose their joy because they cannot seek the pleasure anymore; the pleasure of food, the pleasure of sex, the pleasure of drink, the pleasure of substances. They become very unhappy.

Sensory pleasure depletes the nervous system. But when you get the ananda inside what we call the nadis, the pathways of the prana, they become supercharged, and it gives a different kind of experience within the body itself, that is called ecstasy. It is a superconscious experience of joy. It charges up the whole nervous system. The pleasure experiences that we seek will never hold us again when this super pleasure enters.       Sri Vasudeva

What is it that Creates Fear?

branches-3019065_960_720.jpgIt’s ignorance that creates fear.  So what is the solution to ignorance?  It’s more consciousness!  So fear is an expression of ignorance.  When you don’t understand something you fear it.  The more understanding you have around anything, the more you can become excited about it.  So if you really understand what I mean when I say “go to the root of a thought” it is to take you to an exciting place, because thoughts stress us out at the end of a day.  Some may uplift us but we have to be careful about being too excited.  If you’re able to go to the root of thought, where thought begins or where emotion begins, the landscape there is amazing, it’s pure potentiality, it’s pure consciousness and that can be a wonderful experience.

When you begin to realize how stressful a thought could be and you let go of thinking, everything becomes silent, the space becomes different.  The cultivation of a silent mind is an amazing experience, a desirable one.

I’m not sure how conscious you are of what carrying thoughts all day in the mind can do.  Even though we are excited about thoughts it still impacts our nervous system, when we’re depressed or too excited.

When we’re able to keep an even keel it’s different. We need to really appreciate what it means to be aware; and to be silent.  To come to the root of thought is to come to the silence with a high awareness of being.  You do not become less, you become more, you experience more.  Some of us thrive on thinking but that’s stressful.

Register now to receive study materials for a free 3 day workshop on “How to Create a Silent Mind” December 27-29th with Sri Vasudeva 

A Whisper Behind the Mind


Guru is not a man.

 Guru is that Grace bestowing power to guide us.

It can appear in the pages of a book.

It can appear in a form in a dream.

It can appear in a whisper behind the mind.

The Universe is filled with this guiding power.                                                                               Sri Vasudeva

The Art of Observing


Consciousness has a transcendent quality, it is apart from everything, and it has an immanent quality, it is involved in everything.                                                                    That same nature is within us.                                                                                                       We have a transcendental aspect of our consciousness, where we can observe the object whilst feeling apart from it, and yet we can identify with the experience that we are having with the object.

Observe how the consciousness operates within us, in our experiences.                          Some of us do not give attention to it, but we are constantly observing the experience. That is why we can say, “I am going to change the way I feel, or change the way I think, or change the way I experience something”; because we are observing.                            The more we observe, the more we can see, and the more we can change.                         So the goal is to observe the experience of conscious being, and one may call that “witnessing”.                                                                                                                                        Sri Vasudeva


Maya: The Gaming Nature of the Universe


Maya is nothing more than the creation of a very powerful game. A lot of time is spent in this generation to create games, especially now with the computer; amazing games that draw so many people into the gaming habit. It just shows our typical nature to get involved in a game. Now the games are very involved; more complex, challenging, exciting.

Where did we get that quality of gaming? Why do we enjoy games, in particular hide and seek? Hide something, and then there is the thrill of finding it. Maya shows the gaming nature of the Universe. Maya is nothing more than the Universe in play, and you had to don this suit [the physical body] to come in this earthly plane to engage in this play.

But it is not you who are playing; it is the Universe in you that is in play.                               It is not you, the ego, the apparent self, but the real self that is playing.                                        It is the Universe that is playing in you.                                                                                         The Universe is very much in a hide and seek; it has hidden itself as us, inside of us.    And in the play, we have lost the sense of Self, so it is very much like hide and seek.       Sri Vasudeva

How Will we Know we Have Arrived?


No matter how much peace or power we feel on the inside, when we have arrived we’ll know, because the humility will be tremendous.

We will not feel that we have caused the arrival, or that suddenly we have become greater because of the arrival, but we have become a greater instrument of that which is, and we could have only arrived because of That.                                                                      Sri Vasudeva

Abiding Peace and Love


If your love is a changing love, if your peace is a changing peace, then it isn’t the peace or love that I speak about.

I speak of something that is abiding, that remains the same.

When love gets into a space of constancy, when the manifestation of it is the same in all conditions, then that is it.

When the peace is the same under all conditions, then that is it.                                              Sri Vasudeva

How Real is a Dream?


I remember as a young boy, looking up at the sky, looking at everything around me – so beautiful – and thinking, “This moment is going to pass,” and I am telling myself, “I want to remember this when it changes. I want to remember that I was lying on this grass, looking up at the sky and thinking that this is only for a moment; the physical experience.” I still remember that. And I remember very clearly being conscious in dreams of finding a priceless coin. Repeatedly I would want to wake up from the dream holding the coin and thinking, “Oh my God, now I will wake up with this coin,” the coin was so real. Then waking up and no coin.

We live in this experience every day. Why is it that we do not contemplate the temporary nature of life around us? It is so changing, it is so unpredictable. That is the Maya; we are so held in what is not real as real, and we do not even think that we are held in this false reality. We are so gripped by it that we do not even think. Those who have made the journey appear in the space reminding us, “Hey, what you are looking at is not real! What you are experiencing is not real. There is a greater reality.” Only those who are ready and receptive will begin to see the truth of that. Sri Vasudeva

Are we Sleeping in the Consciousness?


The wise say that this experience of waking life is just a longer dream, which means we are actually sleeping in the consciousness, because we know that dreams happen when we are sleeping. Is it true that we are held in an illusion, and what we are experiencing as reality isn’t so? That there is a greater reality than what we are experiencing? Is there?

Every day, you watch how that which you hold as a reality is ever changing. Things disappear around you: people whom you know, their body goes back to nature; pets that you have, they go back to nature; plants that you have, they go back to nature. You are seeing a constant change and flux in the space, and that which you hold close and dear today is going to leave you someday. What do you call a changing experience, if not dream-like? So why do we give so much attention to what is changing around us, as the reality? Why do we hold on to it so much, only to realize that it goes away, just like the dream? Which one of you is going to stay in that constancy of the physical?                          Sri Vasudeva

Meditation on the Inner Light on Divali


It is the morning of Divali. So the focus of our meditation is the light, to become that light. The light that drives away all darkness.  Deep within your being is the source of all light. The light within your being is considered to be the light that is brighter than a thousand suns. Let us invoke that inner light.

Breathe away the useless thoughts, as you breathe away the stale air from the lungs. Give attention to the peacefulness that appears in your consciousness as you let go of unwanted thoughts.

The Divine expresses through love. So as that love appears in the heart, it is really like the lighting of a Deeya.  A sacred light in the heart. As that light spreads into your being, a gentle smile appears on the face. Gratitude extends to every cell in the body. Allow God consciousness to permeate every part of you. “It is in that light that I exist. It is that Supreme light within that nourishes me.” Let God flow through your being.

Spread this loving and peaceful energy into your space. Breathe into the gut area. Feel the entire body warming up to your love. Love nourishes. Love heals. Let the sacred line of the Upanishads resonate with this feeling, Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya.  Tamas is the darkness; we are saying take away the darkness, lead me to the light, so that my immortal consciousness may manifest. Mrityurmaa Amritam Gamaya, we pray that the consciousness of death may disappear. “Hold me in that sacred space of truth and in the words of the Upanishads, Asato Maa Sad Gamaya. Take away the false that I may see, let me only see or experience that which is real.” Hold yourself there, feeling and experiencing the power of that prayer.

“Let the light manifest within me, driving away darkness. Let my immortal consciousness shine, driving away ignorance of mortality. Let the knowing of the truth manifest within me; that everything that changes is false and only that peaceful, loving being that pervades my being is the essence of existence.” This is the way you light the inner Deeya.

Sustain that spirit of the light. Breathe into it as you breathe into the heart, opening up to warmth and fire inside that lights up your being with love. Breathe into the gut, extending it to every cell across the body. Think of all the nadis within the body, the subtle energy channels. They become lit with the subtle fire of prana as you open up to love, to compassion and to vitality.

When you open up the consciousness to charity, to being kind, and compassionate towards life, to sharing this love and peace with everyone around you, to wishing everyone well and bestowing the blessings of your soul that is filled with divinity towards your world, then you have embodied the spirit of Mahalakshmi, the spirit of the Divine goddess of prosperity, of abundance, and happiness.

The mantra of  Mahalakshmi says, ‘Lakshmi Karotu Kalyaanam,’ She is the bestower of happiness. ‘Aarogyam Sukha Sampadam’, She takes away disease bringing wellness. ‘Mamashatru Vinaashaaya,’ She destroys all the enemies of the soul. ‘Deepa Jyoti Namostute,’ I bow to that light. This is how the spirit of Divali pervades in the being. Stay in that space.

As we continue to invoke the power of the light and the blessing of Mahalakshmi, we pray that our spiritual powers would be opened up and our intelligence, ‘Om Siddhi Buddhi Prade Devi.’ And all nourishment will come and freedom, ‘Bhukti Mukti Pradaayini.’ Your mantra is so full of your vibrant power, ‘Mantra Murte Sadaa Devi.’ To you O Supreme One that bestows prosperity, Mahalakshmi Namostute, we bow to your energy.

Hold this spirit in a sustained way, opening up your heart today to every heart that embraces the light, strengthening that light across the world that darkness may be dispelled from every heart. “May we have a world full of light.”

Now let’s centre ourselves in that space as we look ahead to a new day. I centre myself in that supreme light within. I stay centred there that the infinite goodness, peace, wisdom, vitality and love that exists within me will influence my every thought, word and action in this day. May I be an instrument of the light. May the light within flow in and through me to my world. May I be a blessing. I give thanks for all the blessings I have received and I pray to continue to be worthy. Om Peace Peace Peace.

Namaskar everyone. I want to wish  you a happy Divali.  It is a very special day. As much as you prepare for the evening of lighting up, let that lit spirit within you that is full of the fire of love and the fire of goodness and the consciousness of peace, influence every expression of being, be it the thoughts, the words that you speak or the actions that you perform. Let that fire that you have lit within your soul inspire your day. In that way, when dusk comes and you begin to light the deeyas, that will only be the icing on the cake as we say, the dessert, your spirit would have already been filled; now it would be overflowing. The spirit of Divali is not just ordinarily festive but it should be deeply spiritual as well. Sri Vasudeva

How to Witness without Identifying with Change


In this meditation, we are going to centre in that inner posture, that holds us in the  observing mode, without judgement, without labelling, without like and dislike. The only aspect that does not change is that witness conscious aspect of being, where you observe all that changes; mind changes, emotion changes, body changes.

The goal is not to identify with the change, just to observe the change from that centre of peacefulness. 

Observe how quickly we identify with change. A thought comes, and we become carried away by it. An emotion comes, and we get carried away by it. The body’s vitality changes, and we become carried away by it. Is it possible that we can observe everything without being carried away, without losing that centre of consciousness where we are constantly in present moment observation?

A good practice here, as you stay observing without judgement, is to focus on your breathing. Just allow the breath to gracefully and naturally flow as you breathe out completely and breathe in deeply. A rhythmic breath allows us to become more peaceful, more stable in the consciousness. Sri Vasudeva

The Deeper Level of Witnessing

gift-1278395_960_720Now that I am in a human experience, I can truly offer the all of me to that Supreme Self in which I exist. I can truly offer my body. I can truly offer my vitality. I can truly offer my emotionality. I can truly offer my voice. I can truly offer my mind.

“I give everything to You. I offer You this because I can feel them. I can experience them.  I am offering You my voice from the physicality of my being. I am offering You the fullness of my vitality in my speaking. I am offering You my heart in fullness, no reservation, I do not want to keep back anything.  I offer You the best of my voice. I offer You my mind. My mind does not want to think of anything else but Your vastness in my being. How much more can I worship You? How more can I adore You by offering the all of me to You?

In a detached state of being, I able to observe the all of me, observing every energy layer in me, centring my “I” in the expansiveness of my awareness and with the power of will, I am offering everything to You. You have the best of me.”  Sri Vasudeva

Learn to Observe From an Expansive View

telescope-1201497_960_720You need to observe the discriminating mind and whether it is caught up in judgment, limiting the experience that you are having.

When you define someone as “foolish” for example, you have put them in a box. Are you going to keep them there? And the same with yourself; if you judge yourself to be foolish, worthless, helpless and you keep yourself in that box, what is going to happen? You leave no room whatsoever for transformation and change. So the idea of observing with non-judgment is extremely important. I know that it is not an easy thing because we are so caught up in judgments. We need some kind of grace there to lift us in the space where we can see things differently, where we can observe in a more expansive view.                                                                                                                                                Sri Vasudeva

How to Witness the Human Experience

feet-619399_960_720Let us just observe the consciousness space in which the “I” is having an experience. Holding the intention to have the fullest experience of being in the human experience.

We would like to be in a space of no judgment, so do not label your thoughts when they arise. Do not be carried away by them. Observe them, let them come, let them go until the mind becomes truly silent. 

And in that silent space, begin to observe the grossness of the physical body. It is the body that you have in this lifetime. It is a body that your soul carries in its being. Free the mind of judgment as you observe the body. Accept it for what it is. Your joy should be how to transform the experience of the body through your subtle being. So you are identifying with the physical body because you are using your mind to hold your body in its space of observation.

The ego is having the experience of a human body, the experience of being of a certain gender; male, female. It is having the experience of a field of vitality that I call the core of the physical body, and the experience of whether the body is vital or lacking in vitality. The ego is having an emotional experience. The ego will have an experience of speaking or singing, of communication, of using the voice. It will have the experience of listening using the ear. It will have the experience of the human brain and how the thought can influence the brain and the mind.


“There is lack of vitality in me, or there is too much vitality in me. There is sadness in me, and happiness in me.” You need to observe these things. You need to see how they feature in your space because they are important, they affect your well-being, how you feel. But can you witness them in a way of not becoming caught in them? That is where the power is; in the non-judgmental nature of witnessing. Only when you are witnessing from a place of no judgment can you really see things in their entirety. The moment you are caught in one aspect, then you may lose the sense or the awareness of the whole. So in your observing, you need to observe the discriminating mind and whether it is caught up in judgment, limiting the experience that you are having.

Fundamentals of Meditation

Today instead of quoting directly from my beloved Teacher and guide I thought I would respond to requests I received seeking more help in understanding the fundamentals in the meditation practise.

Unknown.jpegThe goal in meditation is to come into a place of    pure Being, allowing silence to pervade our entire being, at every level. 

Lets take the “pure Being” part first of all. When we allow ourselves to become caught up, and identified with the body and the senses we have moved away from pure Being. How do we know we are caught up? When we put the majority of our attention into how the body looks, how it feels, then the thoughts we create cause us to identify with the body. Think about how much time we spend grooming the body and how distressed we feel when that sleek outward appearance is affected in any way. Of course the media persuades us the way the body looks is everything.

To get to pure Being we have detach ourselves at every level, not    just physical. We need to detach from the mental, emotional and vital levels too. maxresdefault.jpg

The technique we use to disentangle ourselves is “witnessing.” For example we might notice the restlessness of the body. We observe it with no judgment, no conflict, complete acceptance of what is. We give attention to the mind. Is there a compulsion to think? We can quell the momentum of thinking by observing the thoughts as they come and go. When does a thought begin, when does it end? Is there a gap between the thoughts? What happens in that gap? Notice the growing silence and restfulness in the Being.

The second step will be focusing on our spinal column and the brain as we breathe out and breathe in. We make a circle or an orbit.

We breathe in at the third eye centre. 7-chakras-beginners.jpgThen breathe out taking our attention down the centerline of  the body, right down to the perineum area. Then breathe in keeping the pelvic area firm and grounded.      Breathe up along the spinal column  right up to the medulla point at the back of the neck and across the brain to the third eye.That’s how we connect to every level of being

How will we know when every level is coming into balance? There is a greater feeling of physicality, grounding in the body, and connection with the earth. The body feels more revitalized at the core in the gut. The being feels unburdened, filled with more love and compassion. The gift of the throat chakra is a greater sense of spaciousness and the listening power becomes stronger. The silence within the mind is more accentuated and our intuitive ability becomes greater. We now become aware that all is happening in the Divine, in that infinite consciousness of being.  

This is how we centre our consciousness in the Source of our being.

Let me know if this was useful for you. Can you better understand the goal of meditation and the steps we follow to achieve that goal?


Guided Meditation for Expanded Awareness

Let’s bring the attention into the present moment giving attention to the mental space in our consciousness.  It is the most powerful part of our being.  Clear the mind of thoughts you do not need.  Every thought is an expression of energy that can uplift you or depress you.  Just let go of thoughts giving attention to the silence in the consciousness space.  Stay in the awareness that the mind is the most powerful part of your being.  Your ego comes from there.  And hold the awareness that you are a conscious being.  Consciousness… beingness, is your nature, your fundamental nature, your essential nature.

Give attention to the breathing process observing your breathing out slowly and completely, and breathing in slowly and deeply.

The technique of breathing we will use is called ujai.  It is the victory breath.  By restricting the breath in the throat using the epiglottis you get the sound of the ocean as you breathe.  

There should be:



third eye awareness



root awareness in the pelvic area, grounded, firm body.


Breathe opening up the belly, opening up the chest, consciousness of the throat, back of the neck at the medulla point, centre of eyebrows in the brain.  Staying conscious of the third eye centre, the centre of mental power.  And the rhythm of the breath.  

You have the power of the Universe within you, supporting you.  There is no greater power.  Hold the intention of staying aligned to that power in the karmic play of this day.  Life is full of meaning and purpose when we understand it.  

 As we look ahead to a new day  let’s create an intention strongly in our consciousness:

I center my consciousness in the infinite source of my being – that source of infinite peace, love, goodness, wisdom and vitality.  I stay centered there with my intention that my every thought, my every word, my every action in this day be a blessing to my world.  I give thanks for all the blessings I have received.  I am in gratitude and I pray to continue to be worthy:  om peace, peace, peace. Sri Vasudeva

Be Always Well

The mind should always be healthy. Do not identify with disease that makes your mind become unhealthy.  Always hold in your mind a template, an energy model, of perfect wellbeing:  emotional health, mental health, vitality in the body and the strength behind the physicality. Using your mind, create that template of perfect wellbeing.  The body is not you – you live in the body, it’s a vehicle.  But in the real you, always hold the template of total wellbeing. Let that vibrate into every cell, total wellbeing, no matter what the condition of the body.  And when you really realise your true nature as Pure Consciousness, you will be ultimately well for always – no fear of birth and death and disease. It is the ultimate wellness of your inner being that will drive wellness into the physical body.

As you grow older, organs will become more inefficient. Your body was designed to deteriorate over time but you want it to do so gracefully and whilst you are maintaining its level of wellness through the inner energies that are the real elixir. The inner energies are what will bring that vibrancy to every cell, holding every cell in the energy of light that it may receive the nourishment that you’re getting from the outside.  So it’s important to hold the body every day in the wonderful vitality, that elixir of prana of subtle energy, through the breathing, through the chakras, this is maintenance.  Always maintain that pranic power at every level of being.  Never lose it even when the organs become challenged, the pranic centre or the chakra should be powerful.

What is ultimate wellbeing? It is that state beyond death and birth, beyond the disease and remember more than anything else, do not let your mind become diseased by your diseased thoughts. Transform the thought to always being a thought of wellness. Be well always no matter no what the condition of the body. Be well in the inner space and be optimally well in the outer. That’s the goal. Thank you for joining us for this 21 Day series. Let’s go into our meditation of today.

Click here to Join Sri Vasudeva on this last meditation of this 21 day series.

How to Break Free of Patterns of the Past

How does karma come into the meditation practice? Every thought you create that impacts you in any way, leaves an impression within you, that’s called a samskara.  And those impressions influence the way you think in the future, the way you feel, the way you act.  And so that thought that you created that was impactful has left a consequence within your being that’s going to influence you.  Thoughts with consequences, leave karmas. So karma is action with consequence.

When you are able to shift into the position of instrument to the extent where you feel carried, when you allow the Divine to act in and through you fully, then you are becoming “non doer”, the Divine is doing. You’re only driven by how you feel deeply inside from that divine place of your being. When you become the non doer, then you stop creating the karmas because there is no desire within you unless the divine moves you. And the Divine is now in the play and you, the ego, are not involved in creating the karmas. You will be fulfilling karmas but there are no new desires within you. All you desire is to be carried and to stay in that process of being carried.

So if you want to break all the karmas, you need to get into the consciousness of being carried. Create no new desire, except if the Divine pushes you and you can feel it and you know it’s happening, it’s not you:  “It’s not me Lord but it’s you. I can feel it is You and I’m only doing this because I can feel Your power in and through me doing it.” So there you clear the personal karmas. The idea is inaction in action, where the Divine is leading. That’s inaction in action. That’s the non-doer.

So let’s take this into our meditation. Every thought that is going to arise in the consciousness, every pattern that’s going to come up, even the way that we are going to meditate, is based on the karmic influence from the past. See it anew. See it for what it is and decide whether you want to change that in this moment.  The goal will really be, “Even as I desire to co-create, how do I come into a place where I feel completely carried?  Let the Divine work in and through me. That would be the intention. So let’s observe this karmic influence in our meditation.

Click here to listen to more of this talk and experience the guided meditation on Day 20 of this 21 days series.


The Ego & the Divine

If we feel continuously separate from and forgetful of the Divine, we have no relationship with the great power inside, then life is going to become very difficult, because the ego is on its own journey. How many times do you remember the Divine during the day; that you are divinely driven? Or are you completely on your own?  The question today is, “Are you in a relationship with the Divine and how deep is that relationship?” Is it a relationship of separation that you have to pray to this Divine outside of you? Is it an internal relationship where you feel that you are working with the Divine? Is it a relationship where you feel that it is the Divine is working in and through you; that you can lay back and let the Divine work; or you can act totally in the Divine, feeling that the Divine is doing it and not you? What relationship do you have with the Divine? What relationship do you want with the Divine?

The goal is to be constantly aware of this Power within you,  to deepen your relationship with this Power, through the chakras. This Power never leaves you. This Power is you. So you should be the ultimate seeker, seeking not to be anything on your own, but to be what you really are: the Divine in expression. Every word, every thought, every action should bring you into a place where you feel that the Divine is behind and with you fully.  If you do not feel the Divine so fully, your aspiration should be; “In every thought, every word, every action; I want to be completely immersed in the Divine. So you should try to stretch your consciousness as much as you can, to experience that it is the Divine within you.


So in this meditation we are going to look at the relationship of the ego with the Divine, in seeking to establish ourselves in that instrument mode; letting the Divine be the doer.

Listen to more of this talk and experience the guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva on Day 19 of this 21 Days series.

How the Gunas feature in Meditation

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What is your meditation experience like? Have you ever felt sleepy, dull, held in a state of ignorance or darkness during the meditation?  Or have you felt like you want to continue to be active in the meditation in order to drive away everything that is creating imbalance?  Or maybe you felt a deep peace, love and harmony coming naturally to you and you want to stay in it?  These different qualities when they appear in our space, are qualities of Nature.  Our essential nature is pure Consciousness,  beyond all of these but it becomes associated with these qualities through the ego, through the mind and through the relationship with the senses and the elements.  

We experience what we call gunas, qualities or modes of operation and they feature in every aspect of our being, activity, energy and so we need to learn to understand them.    The guna or quality of balance, of light, of joy, of understanding is called sattva so we may say it’s a sattvic quality.  And this drive to do or to act is a rajas quality.  It’s called rajoguna.   And that quality that holds us down in dullness, slothfulness, inertia, sleepiness, laziness is called tamas.  It can feature in the mental, emotional and physical space.

The wise ones have seen these clearly in how they feature in our conscious being.  And they strive for the sattvic quality – the quality of light and harmony and peace and balance.  But you will find in our meditation that we get caught up in the tamasic.  Why?  Because it’s the veiling power of Nature.  Nature has veiled the consciousness for the play of life.  We call that play of life maya. Even though all of these energy experiences are happening in the consciousness, our pure consciousness remains untouched.  

In meditation you’ll find sometimes there is laziness or sleepiness, dullness, ignorance, lack of understanding and we need to consciously apply the rajas power at every level to hold the tamas in suppression or get rid of the tamas.  And we need to let the sattvic quality come into the space.  Our intention is going to do that.  

So the meditation today is going to be a dynamic practice with the pranayama, so we can look at the gunas and the balance we’re going to create.

Here is the link to that dynamic meditation with Sri Vasudeva on Day 18 of this 21 days series.

Alternate Nostril Breathing for Enlightenment & Wellbeing


Let’s speak about the effect of left and right nostril breathing.  When you become a little more prana conscious you can actually feel that cooling energy that comes through the left nostril, and the heating energy that comes through the right nostril.  I’m more right nostril dominant now so if I were to breathe into the left, I can feel the obstruction in the left.  And when I breathe through the right it’s free and I can feel the effect on the body.

Left nostril breathing is connected to the brow chakra.  The brow chakra is a lunar chakra, it’s more in the mental field, and you see how moonlight is soft.  The more you go into the depth of the brow centre, this bindu centre we call it (that dot), the more calm and peaceful you become and as you go deeper you get a more sweet, intoxicating… a very pleasurable experience, a super-sensual experience up in the brow.  So left nostril promotes going deeper into the mental space and it facilitates right brain awareness, more expansive, spacious awareness, less boundaries, creativity, out-of-the-box.  Left nostril influences right brain.  Think diagonally – left nostril influences right brain.

Right nostril influences navel chakra.  Navel is the fire power of the body.   The physical senses become more energized and body becomes more vital.  That’s why when we focus on the in-breath we focus along the spinal column into the energy centres, tapping into the energies, going up to the brow, gathering all energies in the cooling effect of the mind.  And when we breathe along the front of the body, we are actually recharging the body’s nervous system and we are going to the sun chakra of vitality, nourishing the body.  

The body has an experience in metaphysical terms of “daylight” – it has the more vital experience of the sun power.  And when you’re breathing through the left it’s like “night” – it has a cooler experience at the mental field.  The body has a more passive or introverted experience in the left side of breathing and a more active experience in right side breathing.  So the body needs those alternate energies, and Nature provides it.  

Sri Vasudeva gives many more details and guides us in the use of alternate nostril breathing and meditation on day 17 of this 21 Day series.


Test for the Opening of the Guru Chakra


Today in our meditation I want to focus on the chakra that brings us into that awareness that Aham Brahma Asmi, “I am That. I am Divine.”   We ascribe the word ‘That” to the Divine because the Divine is beyond description. ‘That” means something that we really cannot describe, something that is beyond. In Sanskrit, in the spiritual tradition of India, it is “Tat”. So “Tat Twam Asi” is a mantra that says ‘Thou art That.” You are “That”.

To come into this awareness, we need the power of the brow and this is called the Guru chakra inside. Why the Guru chakra? Because it brings us into a place of self-mastery.  It brings us into place of Divine awareness but in co-creative mode. Not in the mode of subjection but in the mode of being a part of. When your brow chakra becomes awakened, you actually feel that this ‘I’ is Divine. That puts you into a whole new shift of awareness that “My ‘I’ is Divine.”

It means when you act, you can feel that the Divine is with you behind the action because when you say “I am That,” you can actually feel that the Divine is behind your ‘I.’ Not that you are repeating it just mechanically, you are repeating it because you begin to feel the divine power behind your ‘I’. So when you say ‘I am That,’ you can feel this huge power behind your ‘I’. That is what happens when you come to the brow. The brow is the centre of the mental space. It is the home of the ego, the root of the ego. Ego is rooted in mental power, mental thinking.

When you come to this chakra, the “I” now begins to get the chance to really understand its nature. Here with the support of the Master, with proper guidance, with the grace of the Supreme, we begin to feel that “I” within us begins to be Divine. And when we say “I am That, I am That, I am That,” we feel this huge power behind it. That’s how you test the brow to know if you are really in resonance with the Divine. When you begin to say the mantra there, you begin to experience its power.  You begin to become the meaning of the mantra. You begin to realize the potency and meaning of the mantra.

Here is the meditation guidance on Day 16 of this 21 days series by Sri Vasudeva

Be Guided by the Evolutionary Power


Today I want to bring your attention to that energy that lies within us that we tap into.  It’s an intelligent energy because it’s associated with the Infinite Consciousness.  Infinite energy is in association with infinite consciousness.  In yogic terms we may call that the Shiva-Shakti or Consciousness-Energy relationship.

At the root of the spine in the perineum area we have an energy centre called the muladhara chakra, or “root support”.  When we go there we feel strongly connected to the earth as we become more conscious of our subtle being.  That is where the source of infinite energy lies in a sleeping mode.  In a sleeping mode there is only partial or limited consciousness.  In awakened mode when this energy wakes up from its sleep at the base of the spine that energy is called Kundalini.  It then begins an ascent along that central channel called sushumna nadi to various energy experiences, opening up the consciousness.  

So there is a natural movement of energy from the root through an evolutionary drive up the spinal column and that’s what we experience in our meditation and in our spiritual discipline as we begin to focus on these energy centres and the prana that we experience there.  At the very root of the spine in that muladhara area there is infinite energy that is associated with infinite consciousness.  So what this means is that crown and root have a deep relationship.  Infinite consciousness at the crown, infinite energy at the root.  They are in a powerful relationship.

And through this evolutionary drive this energy begins to move up the column in order to unite with that infinite consciousness.  That’s when this “I” that we have, begins to wake up as it were, as this energy moves.  We refer to her as “She” – She’s like a Mother energy.

We begin to feel more and more conscious as this energy moves.  And when She comes into the crown and She merges there we become what we call “cosmic conscious”, we feel merged into this infinite consciousness that lies within us.  We call that the enlightened state.  And of course that’s the state of ultimate wellness and wellbeing.

Delve deeper with this detailed guided meditation on Day 15 of this series with Sri Vasudeva

How to Free Chakra Blocks


What is required when you begin this journey of going to the different chakras or energy centers, is trying as much as you can to expand the consciousness there, the consciousness of the body, the consciousness of the sexual power, the consciousness of the vitality, the consciousness of the emotionality, the consciousness of the space in the thinking and in the consciousness of mind. We need to observe the consciousness and try to expand the consciousness in each area.

Let’s take a typical example. You are having issues in the emotional area. The emotional part of us is deeper in the soul than the physical part of us. And we respond emotionally in a lot of ways  to events. We can see the limited emotions when we react with fear, with anger, with jealousy, with pride, with greed, with dominating power.  We can actually feel the energy that is involved in the emotion.  And for those of us who want to grow into higher consciousness, we see the limitations of those drives and we want to change them.

So energetically when you go to that area and try to breathe into and to free the prana there,  you find it difficult because the consciousness is being held captive by these patterns of behavior that are emotional and they are low consciousness operation.  You have this stifling feeling, as though you are being trapped and held there. So you want to take your mind, your breath and prana there. You also want to be conscious of the level at which you are operating. So you also want to change the mind set. You want to open the mind to the possibility of more consciousness. The mind is your doing tool.  It’s the main tool of the doer. Doership is in the mental field.

So take the mind there and in that doership experience you want to open up the consciousness to higher qualities of loving, compassion, kindness, empathy. And when you do that, you feel that the energy begins to open up and release is happening.

In this meditation and talk you will find detailed further guidance from Sri Vasudeva on how to free the blocks at every chakra centre. This is Day 14 of the 21 series on Total Well Being.

Guided Chakra Meditation


Let’s begin our meditation by focusing on the third eye centre and the medulla point at the back of the neck and with firm focus, breathe into that point at the centre of the eyebrows. Be conscious of the prana that you are drawing into the brain, recharging the nadis that fire up or revitalises the brain.

You want a rhythmic breath, the pace of breathing comfortable yet firm and effective. You want expansive consciousness because you want to observe what is happening: how the body and brain is recharged. 

If you feel that your mind is becoming a little scattered, just hold the neck firmly as you breathe. Hold the body firmly, with a little tension, moving the breath with firmness, you have a chance to experience the chakra even more. That means you’re increasing your rajas or dynamic energy.

Now we’re going to look at the mind’s association with the other chakras. The goal is the mind harmonizing with the chakras and channelling energy into the area.

Throat chakra

Let’s come to the throat chakra while still feeling that brow centre connection. Breathe into the throat area. Throat brings the consciousness of space. Space that holds the body. Space of the mind and space that surrounds you. The consciousness of inner and outer space. Throat brings silence, deeper power of observation and listening. Observe the influence it has on the mental field. This is the element of space. You’re learning how to associate the mind with the expansive field of space.  

Heart chakra

Every chakra point connects you to the infinite through the mind and with that consciousness of space expansiveness, let’s go to the heart chakra. We’re coming more into the body. As you come into the heart, give attention to the touch, to the skin, to the lungs and breathe into the chest. Remember every chakra is a centre from where energy flows into the nadis of the particular area. As you breathe into the chest, observe the effect on the organs of the area. Observe the effect on the breathing and observe the effect on the feeling. Here you are more conscious of feelings.

You can lengthen the breath here. Open up to the sense of touch, to the consciousness of air element and to the well being of the organs as you bring prana, energizing the organs in the area; heart, lungs, skin. Be in gratitude for the air that you breathe as you become conscious of air in the body and air around you. You experience that air with the touch around you. The consciousness here is emotional consciousness, loving consciousness. Observe what it does to the mind and to your meditation. There is well being in the body, silence in the mind. Nerves become more soothed, more calm and energized.

These upper centres hold you strongly in your subtle body awareness. Here you are tapping into the subtle body, to the pranic field and building the energies using the heart,  the throat and the brow which are very powerful energy centres in your subtle energy body.

For those of you who are still striving to come into subtle awareness, give attention to the physicality and go deeper into it with a silent mind. Just go to the area that I am speaking about and the deeper experience will come to you as you give more attention to the area. Stay with the breath. At some point you will begin to feel the deepening in the consciousness and the awareness of the energy.


Let’s go to the navel area. Breathe the prana into the navel. Here you come into a greater vitality, into the dynamic core of the physical body. Your physicality now becomes heightened and the core part of the body is experienced, gut power. Extend the breath even more here. Remember if you breathe out completely using the gut power, you are able to breathe in completely, recharging the gut area with prana. Push the breath out first and then draw the breath in.  Stay in full gut breathing: gentle, well paced, very conscious, controlled breathing.

To fully breathe out, you need to breathe out right down emptying the belly and going down to the root in the perineum area. Open up the perineum consciousness in order to have very effective belly breathing. Empty the gut. Empty the belly. You are also emptying the lungs with belly action. Contract the belly fully and as you do, take the attention right down to the perineum as you breathe out completely. When you breathe in, hold the perineum firm, open up the belly. The focus here is on the gut. You want to capture that gut area from way down, to the lowest point that you can, begin to inflate the gut area right up to the beginning of the rib cage.

You want to full that area completely in belly breathing. One more time, follow this instruction. Go right down to the root and begin to open up the belly from there. Fill the belly gradually until you can feel the fullness below the ribcage. The entire solar plexus area is in recharge. Root centre gives you grounding in the body. Holding the body firmly. Belly breathing allows you to recharge the gut. This is a very powerful recharge because body becomes recharged and mind is associated with gut power, gut brain.

Effects of the recharge

This brings stability to the emotional area as well. It makes you less nervous, less irritable. Makes you more confident and more strong in your nervous power, strong nerves. In all of these, the brow centre is involved because focus, concentration, mind power, attention is involved. Mind is being influenced and also empowering the area. Mind is influenced by the vitality, the strength, the energy associated with the area.  Now you should feel a strong grounding power in the body.

Second chakra

Here is where you can begin to tap into the second chakra, the sexual chakra.  Breathe there with strong grounding, connecting to the belly, the heart and the brow. Breathe from that second chakra with a strong  grounding in the root right up with spinal column awareness to the heart and to the brow. Breathe down to the sacral chakra again, rhythmic breath, pushing the breath out, pulling the breath in.

Root Chakra

The breathing system has gotten good exercise. Your respiratory muscles and your physical being will feel the joy of the vital energy of the sacral chakra in addition to the fire power of the navel. Here you have come into the grounding power of the root. The energizing power of the sacral chakra. The revitalizing fire power of the gut. The emotional power of the heart and its nourishing energy in the area. You have the spaciousness of the throat, silent listening. You have the brow power; the mind now is in association with the energy of the particular chakras because you worked the prana in every area in balance, there should be a balanced feeling in your energy awareness. There should be more peacefulness in the breath, more flow in the breath.

This allows you to see if there are any weaknesses within your energy being that compromises your well being. If you feel the prana is obstructed, when you breathe you don’t feel a free flow of prana in the gut or in the heart or in the throat or in the brow, or in the sacral area. You know that you have work to do there. Put the consciousness, put the energy of the breath in that area. I mean being aware of the energy limitations in the consciousness of the area and trying to open up the consciousness to the free flow of energy.

Now you’re well grounded. You should be in a greater state of balance, greater observation of your total well being. You should mentally note the areas that you need to focus upon. We will conclude our meditation with an affirmation.

I centre my consciousness in the source of my being as I prepare for a new day; aligned to the source of all power within me. Today I strive to stay in the awareness of every level of being, to keep my consciousness and my breath there as I need to, that I may tap into the most powerful energies of my being at every level, in order to manifest those nobly in the human experience. May my every thought, every action, every word be inspired by that sacred space inside of me. I give thanks for all the blessings I have received. I bow to all the masters of the light who support my journey. I am in gratitude and I bow to the Supreme one in whom I exist.

Om. Peace. Peace. Peace.

Listen to this guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva by clicking here. It is Day 13 of his 21 day series.

Subtle link between Breath and Mind


meditation-972472_960_720.jpgToday we want to look at the subject of pranayama. There are five pranas that feature driving everything in the body. In a generic way, we call them prana, but in the yoga teachings, the five individual pranas have separate names.

That which opens up the lungs to breathe in is called the generic name prana. It is the one that operates the head and all the senses, the mind, the brain, the nose. When you begin to see the relationship between the prana and the breath, you will be able to gain control over the mind.

That which pushes away is called apana. So we have that apana power in bowel action, in breathing out, in everything to do with pushing out, emptying.

There’s a prana that works the digestive process; it’s called samana. There is one that works all circulatory processes, called vyana. And there is that which moves upwards, called udana. So in speaking, in standing, Kundalini, everything that moves upwards uses udana prana. As you become more aware of these, begin to observe how they operate within you.

Of interest to us in meditation will be the breath. Each time we breathe in, activate the senses, open up the lungs, we’re using prana in every breath. And every time we push out the breath, we use  apana; the action feels different. So we need to create harmony or balance in the prana and apana, hence the rhythmic breathing.

When you begin to use the mind to project energy, the mind engages prana, so mind has pranic power. The same prana that’s activating the mind is also responsible for the breath, so you will be able to manage the mind if you begin to manage the prana of the breath. 

Join Sri Vasudeva’s guided meditation on Pranayama on Day 12 of his 21 day series on Total Well being.

How to Develop a Focused Mind

child-241749_960_720.jpgYesterday we talked about how desire motivates us. When our desire is very strong we very easily develop detachment from everything that is distracting. We need to develop the ability to see clearly and let go of things that are distracting,

To decide what is distracting and what is not; to see your desire clearly, and to observe the strength of your desire – you need discriminating power.  You need the intelligence of the mind to be able to see clearly where you want to go, where the distractions are, and to stay one-pointedly focused.  Discriminating power is important, so in every meditation you need to be discriminating to see how you are straying, to see how your attention is going away and to be able to pull it back, to see where the weaknesses within your being are, and being able to stay focused on them and transform them.  So you need that degree of discriminating intelligence.  Alertness and intelligence is required.

Join Sri Vasudeva on Day 10 as he guides us in meditation describing the mental experience..

Desire – Vital Motivator


The most important quality that we need to develop when we want to master anything is having a strong desire in our consciousness for what we want to achieve.  That is a powerful motivator.  How strong is your desire to go deeper into meditation?  How strong is your desire to open up your consciousness more?  How strong is your desire to stay more conscious of every level of being in your multidimensionality?  How strong is your desire to master energies at every level?  When your desire becomes very strong you will have one-pointed attention, nothing can distract you, you’ll be able to detach from all the things that are distracting.  So we need to observe our desire to achieve more consciousness, more awareness of the energies that feature in our consciousness and the desire to master those energies.

How do you develop a desire?  By giving attention to it, seeing why you want to develop this desire, seeing it very clearly, and keeping that in your mind on a continuous basis, and associating with those people who have that quality that you want to develop, and feeding the mind the kind of diet of thoughts that will help you to strengthen that desire and detach from everything else that is distracting.  

In your every meditation you should have this intense desire to want to become more conscious, to want to become more aware of every energy experience in your consciousness, to be able to see it clearly, and to want to master the energies.  So desire is extremely important. Sri Vasudeva

Join Sri Vasudeva on Day 9 as he guides us in meditation to open up our consciousness.

All of Life is Energy


nature-3184889_960_720In the consciousness space, in that space of being, in that space of awareness; energy creates the drama that we call existence. All the thought forms, the emotional forms, the vital forms, even the physical forms, are energy at different levels of vibration, gross and subtle. So today, we look at the energy play in the consciousness. 

If we are a spark of the Infinite, if we carry in us the consciousness of immortality, if we have within us unlimited potential in being, if we have the power of intention to tap into energies from within us and manifest them on the outside, what does it say? It says, that we are in contact with an energy field in our infinite being, and we are able to manifest from that unlimited potential. All of what we are seeing, all of what we are projecting into the space,  everything is energy based. Everything that is created has a life period, and then ultimately it will be dissolved. It is time based, and it is also energy based.  Sri Vasudeva

How to Benefit from Experienced Guides


Lets say we decided to go on an eco tour, to a place we’ve just heard about. Once we decide to explore new territory, we find out all that we can about this new place. We might research on the internet, talk to people who have information about similar places and best of all, talk to someone who has been to the specific region we are interested in.

It’s the same with meditation. Having a personal guide can make all the difference. It can make the journey much easier. The guide can give us an energetic boost that can really jump start our inner experiences or help  us to make a leap.

Recently I had some technical difficulty with this blog. I tried everything I could to solve the problem. When I couldn’t think of how to proceed I wrote to a friend who is a tech whiz. I continued trying, but now I knew she had read of my challenge and she was thinking of me and I was sure she was lending support. Although she was far away and couldn’t figure out the problem her brainstorming with me helped a great deal.  I imagined myself with her technical capacity and yes I was able to figure it out.

Meditation is the same. We can “catch” a deeper experience by being together with those who are stronger in the practice.

Does that mean we have to physically be with a guide all the time in order to have that guidance? No. We can align ourselves with evolved souls. Because we are consciousness beings we can be together in spirit just by tuning in to each other.  When you read this blog doesn’t it feel like we are together? Almost like we are chatting over a cup of tea? Don’t you feel a boost in energy from the field we co-create together?

Today lets remember and feel uplifted by each others presence and the presence of evolved masters. We are never alone.