Swami Narayan Swarup

In 1991 I had the opportunity to live in a monastery called “paramarth niketan”  in Rishikesh, India. Situated at the banks of the holy river Ganges this town is known for it’s spirituality and peace. As a young man living in Canada I was searching answers to the questions of life.

I happened to meet a teacher called Swami Narayan Swarup. This man was a bit blunt in his manners and had a simple message – you are not this body you are the soul; his entire life was spent in re-enforcing this message to himself and teaching it to others. I found his ideas very appealing and started to spend a lot of time in his company. Initially Swami ji was a bit skeptical but he soon felt that I was deserving of the knowledge and started to take interest in teaching me.

The lessons continued until it was time for me to leave and return back to Canada, so I went to him and told him. He was a bit taken aback as my spiritual and educational growth under him was progressing very well.

You have to return back to Canada?? he asked with surprise – is that important or is this important? That question has reverberated in spirit for almost 30 years. It is the most profound and important question in life – what is important?

I smilingly told Swami ji that I had to return to Canada. He smiled back and gave me the blessing “be very happy” those blessings have reverberated in my spirit for the last 30 years.

He gave me a book that he wrote and that I have with me to this day. Time spent at the ashram with him is an unforgettable memory.

Swami ji has since passed on but his spirit lives in me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congruence

Living a life that you enjoy.

A life that makes you feel joyful.

Being true to yourself, your values.

Not judging yourself but loving yourself for who you are.

Being yourself, authentic and genuine.

Not worrying about how others will see you.

That is being congruent and is source of great satisfaction and peace.

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My sense of self is not diminished by criticism and is not built if someone appreciates me. I have learnt to accept myself with all my strengths and weaknesses. I realize I am God’s child like any other.

It has been a long journey to get here and one of my deepest life lessons – self acceptance.  I appreciate when someone gives me a flower, I try to learn when someone hands me a thorn, it’s a process of constantly learning and developing with peace in your heart that says, you are Ok,  you are who I are.

The process goes from – I am who I am to I am to just I. A quiet place where you are alone but you are peaceful and content.

 

 

This body!

Our bodies – a place to be in while we are here on this earth

It is a marvel of nature, a gift and a blessing

Time and life sips away at this body, slowly till one day the body is done. She says no, I have no more, that’s all I have.

But life has unquenchable thirst – it wants more and more and more; almost endlessly. However the body is not endless – it is a finite entity.

Death is a reality, we are all told that we have to leave so that we can live. So that we can appreciate today, good health, family, friends, the beauty of this earth and this flowing breath.

The thought of not being here makes me smile and makes me more present to today. I walk with this knowledge and give a blessing to everyone who I see.

Let’s celebrate being here today, being together and be happy.

Let’s be aware of this body, this wonderful gift – a home for our spirit.

Namaste

The Spiritual Path

After you spend time in yoga or meditation.
You get a sense that it is okay.
Life has not changed or become any different yet you get the sense that whatever it is it  will be handled.
This feeling stays for a while and then the disturbances of this world take over indicating that you have to go back into your place of silence.
The constant visits to that meditative place and the belief in the strength of that space is the path of the spirit – it is the spiritual path.

 

 

The day that seemed so far away

When you are in a difficult period in life, you seem to be caught in a hurtling river. It feels like the power of the fast flowing, uncontrolled  and violent stream tosses you around like a  twig. You try to find direction but are sucked in by the force of the water jet over and over again.

Feelings of frustration, despair, hopelessness come and go. From time to time you find some respite on the shore; only to dive back again – the ordeal continues. It is like something you can’t accept or avoid. It’s like a movie with some good parts but mostly it is crazy and dramatic which engulfs you.

The tough times also make you dig deep and make you resolute. You start looking for alternatives. What comes up is a function of hard work, creativity and some luck!

Finally you are out of it, the negativity and poison which gets into you starts seeping away. You feel a sense of relief, the drama is over. The actors in the drama are still yelling and screaming but you cannot hear there voices – it becomes quiet, silent, you slowly walk away from the clamorous din.

You realize how toxic is the water that you been in. It corrodes your body mind and spirit. The only way to address it is leave it, to get out – you cant be in it and yet be not affected by it. You are only human!

Having been on this earth for a while I know that there is no perfection but there is progress.

There is a better way more peaceful and productive, I have faith and plug away.

The day that seemed so far away is here.

Today is that day!

Within myself

Its a Sunday afternoon

I am relaxed and calm.

I can feel my body, my breath is slow and deep. I feel centered and comfortable. Gratefulness arises, everything feels OK. My mind is not racing with ideas, I just feel like being still.

This peaceful space in myself is my spirit, my atma. It’s a place of love and tranquility within myself.

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