In this New Year’s Eve discourse, Satguru Swami Nirmalananda invites us to celebrate with a different kind of intoxication. Exploring your own existence will allow you to realize the blissful intoxication within your own self. As the year comes to an end and a new year begins, reflect and cherish where you have come from and where you are going.
Without knowing your true essence, you don’t really know who you are. You base your sense of self-worth on how well you do things, where you come from or where you go. Learn how spending time with a great being will help you understand that you are Existence-Itself in a human form.
Gurudevi explains that a swami dedicates their life to serving others, giving up all of the other things that usually motivate people. However, you don’t have to be a swami in order to get enlightened. You can get enlightened in this lifetime once you have received Shaktipat, the inner awakening of the knowing of your own Divinity.
This is one in a series of talks given in the holy city of Ganeshpuri, India. Gurudevi explains the meaning of her name, Nirmalananda, that she received at the ceremony where she became a yogic monk. Sharing her spiritual journey from birth-name Pamela to receiving the name Swami Nirmalananda, she brings the ancient yogic teachings to life.
This satsang offers a rich and nuanced understanding of the name given to a new swami. Sahajananda is the bliss, the ease of the natural state of absorption into Consciousness. Gurudevi explains, “The purpose of the yoga practices is for you to know the ever-arising bliss within that requires no external trigger, catalyst or condition.”
Prior to becoming a yoga monk, Shrutananda spent 25 years learning from Gurudevi, immersed in the yogic teachings. Gurudevi discusses how Shrutananda’s name reflects her dedication and devotion to knowing and passing along this tradition's revelatory teachings.
Gurudevi takes us through the process of choosing the name for a new swami that reflects their process and the way Consciousness uniquely shines through them. Satrupananda names the truth of beingness and existence. To get to our true essence, we must become free from the trap of getting lost in the external qualities of our humanness.
This satsang explores the layers of meaning in the name given to a new swami. Prajnananda means the bliss that arises from illumined knowing, and so much more. Listen as Gurudevi unfolds the rich and mystical meanings found in Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga.
Gurudevi describes the meaning of the name given to one of her disciples who just completed ceremonies to become a swami in the Saraswati order. She explains how the mystical heart named in Samvidaananda differs from our usual understanding of heart. When we bring mind and heart together, we experience the core of Consciousness and Being.
Gurudevi talks about yajna, the fire ceremonies practiced for millennia in the Hindu religion. These rituals include offerings and worship to the power of Life-Itself, the power that coalesces into the elements and energies that become everything that exists. She explains that yogis go beyond ritual to experience the pure mysticism of the fire ceremony — the experience of transformation.
Gurudevi gives a lively discourse about how “thank you” went from being a social nicety to being an expression of deep gratitude for her. Learn how opening ourselves to receive increases our gratitude and our capacity to truly give to all of humanity.
This discourse talks about getting beyond the human perceptions of thinking, seeing and doing to feeling. Ultimately, you get to knowing. Gurudevi describes how you can use your ability to feel to reach further inside yourself to find the knowingness within.
Your mind is an amazing and glorious thing, depending on how you use it. Every thought you have and everything you see becomes a shape inside, all of which is exhausting. Gurudevi explains how to help your mind shape itself into the essence of who you really are.
“Remembering His Teachings” focuses on Gurudevi’s Guru, Swami Muktananda. Through a variety of delicious quotes from Muktananda’s writings, Gurudevi expounds on the power of Muktananda’s enlivened words to awaken us to the inner knowing of who we really are.
This satsang explains how you quell the stormy seas of your emotions and restructure your perspective. What do you do when the sea surge of emotions threatens to drown you again? Look at the realities in your life and find the inner inspiration to do what is needed.
Gurudevi discusses how a visit to Bodh Gaya, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, linked devotion for her to a different kind of love, a sacred love that you pour your heart into. She explains the Buddhist approach to meditation, cultivating space in your mind, and the yogic approach to meditation, diving into the junk that’s in your mind and heart and going deeper. There is beauty to each one.
In this rich and varied satsang, Gurudevi examines how different spiritual traditions think of and value the life and example of great beings. In the yogic tradition, by associating with a great being who is still living, you become awakened to the greatness abiding in you.
A Great Being is one who has attained the heights of spiritual development. A Great Being is one who knows their own Self and whose life inspires you to look deeper within. Patanjali offers this practice: “When your mind is distracted from Consciousness, fix your mind on a Great Being, one who is free from desire.” Yoga Sutras 1.37. Whatever your mind ponders it becomes. When you think of a great being, your mind becomes peaceful and expansive. This practice lays an inner foundation for your own discovery of the spiritual greatness within.