Category Archives: Yoga & Meditation

Why Are You Meditating?

Why Are You Meditating?

A talk by Yogi Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) ‘I have found that some people have very strange beliefs: ‘Firstly, they think that if you are practising meditation, you must be stressed. These people cannot understand the benefit of trying to control the mind; ‘Secondly, that if you have a Guru, you have surrendered yourself; implying…

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Religion and Prayer (Part Two)

Religion and Prayer (Part Two)

Guruji’s talk continues from last week…   घट में है सूझत नहीं लानत ऐसी जींद | तुलसी या संसार को भयो मोतियाबिंद || Ghat mein hai sujhat nahi lanat aisay jind. Tulsi yaa sansaar ko Bhayo motiyabind   “God is inside us, and we can’t see him, therefore this sort of living is cursed. Sant Tulsi Sahab says this world has developed a cataract.” – Tulsi Das. Busy in Church “Some people go to church or the…

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World Peace (Part Two)

World Peace (Part Two)

Guruji’s talk continues from last week: “Imagine that you are a clean and orderly person, but you live in a street where your neighbours throw down their garbage. If you always make the effort to clean up outside your own home and others follow your example, in time the whole street will become tidy. If…

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World Peace (Part One)

World Peace (Part One)

At the market, a man purchased a cow to provide milk for his family. He tied a rope around the horns of the cow and tried to pull it to his home. But the cow, being attached to her previous owner, refused to budge. Meanwhile, the man was sweating profusely. A passer-by asked him, “What…

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An Easter Egg: Faith, Love and Peace

An Easter Egg: Faith, Love and Peace

On Easter Sunday the children will be hunting for chocolate eggs in the garden, and I was looking for a special Easter blog post before the school holidays (a spiritual one of course – in the West we need it to balance out all that chocolate we are about to consume!). Fortunately, as ‘words from…

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Love and Relationships

Love and Relationships

This subject has been covered to some extent in my book “Footsteps to Freedom”, but here are a few of Guruji’s more recent words on love and relationships: “Sometimes people want to know if they should think of marriage or not. Maybe they have had difficult experiences in the past. They ask me, “What is…

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The Body is the Vehicle (Part Two)

The Body is the Vehicle (Part Two)

Guruji often says that diet influences the mind to such a degree that the importance of a wholesome, healthy vegetarian diet cannot be overstated when it comes to having fitness to walk this path of Kriya Yoga: “Sometimes I am giving health tips, because we have to be strict with ourselves and with our diet.…

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The Body is the Vehicle (Part One)

The Body is the Vehicle (Part One)

Guruji’s yoga classes are typically comprised of three parts: Hatha Yoga (physical exercises); Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Raja Yoga (practice of Pranayama and meditation). He says that these elements should all be present for the practice of yoga to be ‘full’; in other words, in order to truly benefit the person who is practising. “Think…

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On Reluctance to Practice

On Reluctance to Practice

The famous saint and poet, Tulsidas, who write the epic the Ramayana said: “Tulsi, apne Ram kokhijbhajojarijh: Khetparen sab uperjiultesidhebij.” Tulsidas, repeat the name of God willingly or unwillingly: all the seeds that fall into a field are bound to germinate whether they fall the right or the wrong side up. Guruji explained this proverb…

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The Thirsty Crow

The Thirsty Crow

It was a hot and sultry day, and a thirsty crow was circling the houses on the outskirts of a city in search of water. Spying a terracotta pot in a garden courtyard, she flew down for a closer inspection. She perched on the rim and peered inside, to discover some water at the bottom.…

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Resisting Desires

Resisting Desires

A disciple asked Guruji, “Before we get to the point of stabilising the chakras, we have many desires – we want to do things and to have things. As a Kriya practitioner, should I be trying to resist those desires?” ‘This is no problem,’ Guruji replied. ‘It is the reason why Bare Baba emphasised that…

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Slow and Steady wins the Race

Slow and Steady wins the Race

‘Slow and steady wins the race,’ said Guruji. ‘There is no hurry for practice. It is not meant to be a big race. There is no need for any hurry. And consciousness increases day by day with practice. You should always think that you are a tortoise; think that slow and steady is the way…

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Four Aims of Human Existence

Four Aims of Human Existence

In Hindu philosophy, we talk about the four main aims or objectives of human existence, known as Purusharthas that point the way for the human being. These are: Dharma (righteousness, to do one’s duty); Artha (wealth); Karma (desire), and Moksha (salvation or liberation). We are busy with the first three every day. We are doing…

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Kriya and Mountain Climbing

Kriya and Mountain Climbing

Continuing from last week, the question-and-answer session between Guruji and some new disciples at a “Kriya check”: Q: I sometimes feel that the quality of my practice is deteriorating. Sometimes it is easy to concentrate, but at other times I am so distracted… A: It is important to always stay conscious and determined when it…

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Distractions & Guilt versus Staying in Touch

Distractions & Guilt versus Staying in Touch

Since we’re on the subject of obstacles, both old and new when it came to sitting down to meditation practice, I was happy to come across some notes I had jotted down from a question-and-answer session Guruji had with some new disciples during Kriya Yoga “check-up”, to see that they were practising correctly: Q: (Kriya)…

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The Ninth Obstacle

The Ninth Obstacle

‘Imagine the still water of a lake in the evening.’ Guruji was saying. ‘The water is constant, and you can see the reflection of the moon in it. This is what we are like when our mind is quiet. ‘But then you take a stone, and throw it in. The stone creates ripples in the…

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The Rabbit and the Tortoise

The Rabbit and the Tortoise

During one satsang, Guruji told his own version of the classic fable of the rabbit and the tortoise. He reminded us of how the rabbit had challenged the tortoise to a race, and boasted about how quickly his long legs would take him to the finish line. The tortoise had replied, “I have legs too,”…

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The Modern-Day Householder Yogi

The Modern-Day Householder Yogi

Lahiri Mahasaya was known as a “Householder Yogi” because he earned a living and had a family according to social custom, yet he was a spiritual Master, and he expected his disciples to follow his example. His message to Kriyabans was firstly, look after your family, have a job so you are not dependent on…

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The Pundit (Part Three)

The Pundit (Part Three)

The pundit finally found a true Guru and received a scientific meditation technique from him, having journeyed for many years as a renunciant. Although he meditated faithfully as his Guru had taught him for twenty years, there were no results as far as he could see. ‘I have meditated for so long!’ he cried one…

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Mind & Logic (Part 2)

Mind & Logic (Part 2)

Guruji gives a monthly Satsang at Kashi Kriya Yoga Centre in Gisborne, Australia, and it’s not an outing that I would willingly miss. Our two children usually come along and listen attentively to Guruji’s every word too (and as a result, we have some pretty interesting discussions at the dinner table!).

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Guruji the “Householder Yogi”

Guruji the “Householder Yogi”

I thought it would be interesting to ask Guruji’s wife, Vandanaji, (who many disciples also call “Guru-ma” as a term of endearment and respect) to provide an insight into “Guruji At Home”. Does he help with the housework? Does he cook? “Of course,” she answered. I learned that Guruji vacuums and cleans the floors whenever…

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Guruji talks about Charity

Guruji talks about Charity

“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thy alms may be in secret: and thy father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew 6:3,4 GURUJI: “In India, three things are especially important for spiritual development: Dan, which means ‘charity’; Yaggy (lit.…

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A One-Pointed Mind

A One-Pointed Mind

“There was once a king who ruled with a stern hand and was feared by all who knew him. One day, he became so angry with one of his ministers for making a simple mistake, that he condemned him to death. He had his soldiers fly this minister by helicopter to the top of the…

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