Along with spring also the Yoga of Silence came to Rishikesh/India! Madhukar shares Open Satsang in the “world capital of yoga”, in Rishikesh at the holy river Ganga, the Ganges.
When is Open Satsang in Rishikesh?
The first time was already March 1 – 7, 2017, and it encountered enormous interest of several hundred people. Now Madhukar lets follow another event. Since Saturday Madhukar shares Satsang again with the visitors of the Yoga of Silence and makes enlightenment experienceable through silence. This time it takes place from March 25 – April 2, 2017.
Where is the location of the Open Satsang in Rishikesh?
Open Satsang takes place in the hotel Brijwasi Palace, behind the Parmarth Niketan ashram, close to the bridge Ram Juhla which connects the west and east banks of the Ganges.
World capital of yoga
For Hindus, Rishikesh is one of the holiest places. There are temples on both sides of the Ganges, and Sadhus, holy men, are meditating and doing their spiritual practice here at the banks of the river. The city is by law vegetarian and non-alcoholic. Visitors from all over the world come to Rishikesh to study the traditional yoga.
Yoga of Silence
And now Madhukar is here and with him the Yoga of Silence. No practice, no meditation. Simply direct realization. Uncompromisingly focussing on your true nature. Being together in deep silence, clarifying dialogues – and great humor!
You are already free.
Madhukar: As lovingly as I am looking at you, you can look at yourself. You can behold yourself. And thus realize the peace, the love that you are. Our intensive life, the hectic life with information overflow, pictures and faces brings our mind and therefore also our body into states of excitation. These are not always peaceful. Therefore it is good if you are sitting in silence and simply breathe. With this I mean the conscious breathing into the belly. Once your belly breathing is calm and deep you can turn to beholding yourself with love. Look inside with closed eyes, behold the Self. In doing so, awareness stays in consciousness itself. This precious consciousness that always has been distracted by your streams of thoughts, your tempers and moods, becomes consciousness itself. Very simple. All it takes is your orientation. For this you use the mind. Consciousness, untouched and pure, is always here. Have you already noticed this? To what do you give it away? For what do you exchange this consciousness?
Madhukar, Yoga of Silence Event in Stuttgart, Germany
During Satsang, “being together in Truth”, with Madhukar you have also the possibility to speak with Madhukar, besides sitting in silence with him. You are encouraged to ask questions or share your problems which can be answered and clarified by the master. You can bring up obstacles that keep you from being in silence, from being in peace, from being happy. You also can share your experiences. Especially during a retreat, such an intensive time focusing on absolute truth, things may appear other to you than before. So use the support of the master!
Besides speaking directly to Madhukar, often participants write him a letter during a retreat. Madhukar reads the letters in the retreat and a dialogue may arise from it. It’s as simple as that.
Letters to the master
Every obstacle, every hindrance can all of a sudden fall off from you, then you are able to experience this peace, this love and joy, arising from this intense silence. You become aware how precious this encounter with the master is. Then you are filled with deep thankfulness: to life, to the master, to the other ones here in the retreat. And then words of beauty emerge and you try to put your experience into words: Letters to the master, to Madhukar, result.
Here are some letters from the retreat “Awakening”. Maybe they can give you an idea of what shows up there.
I am so happy and full of joy to be here with you in this precious retreat.
Thank you from my heart,
I am grateful to sit in front of you. I appreciate to be here and be with my self – in contrast to my daily life. Here one can leave it. How lovely to start in the sunrise with yoga, and then go with the flow and follow the rhythm and just be. I feel embraced by the nature and the beauty here. Every day I discover something new that fascinates and touches me. These three weeks in silence are the best start for a new life!
Dear Guruji Sri Madhukarji,
I realized in Satsang that you embody the truth which I encountered in such a direct way never before. Thanks to you my life became so much easier, more beautiful and richer!
In love and gratitude,
Thank you for your grace, your love, your patience, peace and happiness. I feel so blessed to be here with you at Arunchala. My parents gave me the name Anne which means grace. I am so lucky that this name blossoms in my life. I have no questions because you guide me in silence.
In love and thankfulness,
I am blessed and so happy to be here again. It is the best! The Guru says the world of thought is not real, the Guru points at something else, the Self. And it is as the Guru says: now look here my dear friend, there is something very precious. Understand this and the Self will take care of everything. Just relax in it and you are saved.
With thankfulness and love,
There are no words to express THIS. The best expression is you yourSELF. Thank you for Awakening.
In love, from my heart,
Beloved Master Madhukarji,
Thank you for your guidance. Thank you for your help and your support in my life.
With all my love,
This life is highly blessed because I was allowed to meet you. I am thankful and happy that you are there. You are the most precious in my life and I love you more than anything else. Full of joy I lay the red rose which blossoms in my heart at your feet.
all my heart and all my love to your holy feet and the feet of Arunachala.
Thank you for this sacred association with you. I am blessed. You enlighten my life in many ways and even most unpleasant circumstances are changed by you in such a way that I am benefited. Magically in your presence, peace and sparkling joy coexist in harmony and there is nothing but love.
Beloved Guruji, my dear heart!
I am sitting in your heart and you are sitting in mine, just Oneness is here. Words of thankfulness are not enough to express my love and gratitude for you. Amongst all beings in this whole universe it is you I love the most.
Beloved Sri Madhukarji
I thank you so much. I am beyond grateful. For what I owe to you. For what you give without a word. Grace & Love. Only that. Thanks. Words cannot describe… Love endlessly.
Beloved graceful Master of our heart!
Thank you so much for this powerful retreat, and that we are allowed to b e part of this beauty. We are grateful for your trust and for this incredible grace which you bestow on us always.
Om Shanti, with love,
Amrita and Satya
Watch this video of an Open Satsang in Tiruvannamalai at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala, that took place during the retreat “Awakening” 2017! In a second you are present at Satsang with Madhukar!
Madhukar speaks of the Grace of Now – the Grace to be in Satsang, the instant of Now and Self-awareness.
This year again the unique three weeks silent retreat with Madhukar in Tiruvannamalai was a precious opportunity to dive into absolute reality. At the feet of Arunachala, the holy mountain in the South of India, where the famous Saint Sri Ramana Maharshi lived, where Papaji, the master of Madhukar met Ramana Maharshi – a very special retreat at a very special location. This place at Arunachala has a very strong presence, the power of silence can be perceived very intensively here and it helps melting into this silence.
Being silent for three weeks in a traditional Indian ashram full of blossoming plants and beautiful peacocks. Satsang twice a day, yoga in early morning, eating together healthy ayurvedic food in the dining hall, walks in the beautiful nature of the ashram, and time & space to dwell in the Self, for Self Inquiry, for the clear orientation on the Self, your true nature.
Satsang is the most important thing here: being together in truth, which is the meaning of “Satsang”, being together with the master, with Madhukar, who again and again points to absolute truth. In Satsang, Madhukar is in silence with the participants. There is also space for clarifying questions or for just simply sharing the own experience during this intensive time. And space for lots of fun, because Madhukar is fond of joking. Silent peace, deep love, joy and happiness unfold in this protected space.
A special event is the fullmoon Pradakshina, a circumambulation of the holy mountain, which is said to be the embodiment of Shiva, the divine Lord of creation and destruction, the first yogi bringing yoga to the humans. The mountain Arunachala was the master of the Saint Ramana Maharshi, or as it is called in India: the guru. The circumambulation of Arunachala happens in the fullmoon night together with many other people who travel to Arunachala only for this tradition. All the people are walking clockwise and mostly barefoot around the mountain. The air is full of mantra singing. One can hear it all over the mountain, and all over there is the fragrance of incense. It is said that a wish kept in the heart consciously in silence during the Pradakshina will be fulfilled. This event is already very intensive, but the retreat participants say that together with Madhukar it is much deeper and an experience beyond everything they have experienced before.
This retreat with Madhukar at the feet of holy Arunachala is a unique chance to awaken and to realize your true nature.
A unique chance to realize that you are already free. The chance to live this life in freedom. To be the one who you are. To end the search for truth because there is nothing to search for anymore once you have found who you really are.