There was light streaming from his eyes

Madhukar with participant John Shiva during this years' retreat "Dolce Vita" in Tuscany, Italy. Three weeks of Advaita, Satsang, Silence, yoga, meditation, relaxation and vegetarian Italian food and wine.

John Shiva from Hawaii was in this years’ summer retreat with Madhukar in Tuscany and writes:

Buongiorno Amici! I am leaving Italy after a fantastic few weeks here with a friend and recently joined by her sweet daughter. Our journey started with a flight into Rome and a several hour drive up North into the Tuscany countryside. We were going to a silence retreat with Madhukar, an enlightened master we met in India last winter.

I do not take the term “enlightened master” lightly. I have met many excellent teachers in my lifetime. I have met many exceptionally loving and kind human beings in my lifetime. Madhukar is different and something new for me entirely. His very being exudes a level of internal silence and love that I have not encountered before. I recall meeting him at a Satsang held in a room in a humble hotel in Rishikesh last February. I received Darshan from him and as I looked into his gaze of pure love I was overwhelmed with the beauty. There was literally light streaming from his eyes. His ego had dissolved to the point where it was as if I was looking into the very eyes of God. I felt profoundly uplifted and effortlessly peaceful.


I immediately fell in love with him and resolved to go to one of his retreats on the spot. So that is how we found ourselves to be with him again in Italy. We found Madhukar to be as amazing as we remembered him. During Satsang he is a model of perfect peace and love. Outside of Satsang he is still peaceful and loving, but also unpretentious, fun, funny, healthy, intelligent and not averse to enjoying the pleasures of the world. We shared many bottles of wine over long dinners at night and occasionally went adventuring with him to local towns.

Together in Italy

The retreat was a simple affair. Meditation at 7:30. Yoga at 8:15. Breakfast at 9:15 and Satsang at 11. After that a long and restful afternoon hanging out or perhaps adventuring to a local town, garden, hot spring or other countryside attraction. There was often a Satsang in the evening as well.

Satsangs consisted of a longer meditation followed by dancing or questions to Madhukar or perhaps a very short teaching. He doesn’t teach much with words. He calls his teaching the “Yoga of Silence”. The main point is to silence the mind machine and come back to your true self which is a deep well of peace and happiness. This peace and happiness is always present and one can choose to dwell in it any moment (or not). As we are usually on auto-drive by our brain/ego, we often trade this inherent peace out for emptional dramas, striving, distractions, struggling or literally anything else our ego can come up with to keep the self from experiencing this profound silence and peace.

After a couple of weeks of meditation, satsangs, darshan, plenty of rest and hanging out with a community of high vibe people I feel totally rewired. I find my mind effortlessly silent as I go through my days. I realize that after so much effort in my life to “find truth”, spiritual searching, studying and striving, that the answer to spiritual peace is so simple and so easy. It is and has always been fully available to me my whole life. It’s written in the title on famous books I have read such as “Be Here Now” and “The Power of Now”. And yet to make the leap to actually living like this on a daily basis feels revolutionary to me.

That day on the beach

My friend described an insight that she had that she has always felt that she had to “rise above” to find inner peace. And yet as she realized the reality is this deep well of peace and happiness is one that is always present BELOW the surface of our ever chattering mind. To reach it requires no striving, no workshops, no practices. One simply has to relax into it. When I find myself out of this peace I simply let go of the mind machine and allow it to happen again. It’s a continual realization that at any moment one can choose peace OR the ego-drama or distraction of the moment. Of course meditation and other practices can help but are not required. It’s so easy!

So this has been a big couple of weeks for me. Many thanks and a deep bow to Madhukar who is a living example of the attainment of true peace and happiness. Also thanks to the kind folks of the Sangha who put this retreat together. It was truly a lovely and rejuvenating experience.

John Shiva

Lucky & happy




A bottomless abundance

Silent Lake. Silence retreat with Madhukar at Lake Starnberg.

Namaste Master Madhukar!

It was a deep joy for me to sit in silence with you and the Sangha.
And there was a new quality! Silence with undivided attention, breathtaking silence!
Thoughts and feelings come and go, don’t burden. Deep relaxation, total enjoyment. A bottomless abundance. I have enjoyed running in the wet grass. I have enjoyed to smell the fine scent of the flowers, the wet earth, the trees. I have enjoyed to look at the ever returning soft waves of the lake and to observe the bees and butterflies playing together. And to feel the taste when polenta and white wine touch the tongue.
It was marvelous, of a rare simplicity. And even more seldom and deeper: full of love and tenderness.

Dear Madhukarji, thank you from my heart for these insights into silence!

Kind regards, Rainer


Silent Lake – Silence Retreat @ Lake Starnberg, Germany

Silent Lake

A silent retreat at Lake Starnberg in Bavaria, Germany with Madhukar, a modern master of the precious Advaita!

A unique chance to attain Brahma Vidya, direct enlightenment. Experience Satsang with Madhukar. The direct disciple of the Saint Papaji has the great gift to help you with your daily challenges through this ancient Indian wisdom.

In Yoga of Silence you receive an effective guide to happiness. After all, Advaita is the bliss to be one with oneself and the world. Literally, retreat means “withdrawal” and in this case it means to immerse into the silence that is underlying everything – with the support of a living master, Madhukar.

Joy of Life

Sinking into silence! In the presence of the master of silence. Retreat in Schlossgut Oberambach above Lake Starnberg amidst beautiful meadows and forests.

Located halfway between heaven and earth, the romantic Schlossgut Oberambach lies in the middle of beautiful nature. The ecologically operated hotel above Lake Starnberg invites guests to walk in its large park, in the forest and through the meadows. Infinite nature! The private access to the lake, a nature swimming pond, sauna and steam bath contribute to your relaxation.


Madhukar, master of the Yoga of Silence, probably the oldest and most effective guide to happiness. In his more than 250 events each year enlightenment can be experienced. Madhukar is a direct disciple of Papaji (Sri H.W.L. Poonja), the „Lion of Lucknow“, whose guru is the renowned Sri Ramana Maharshi.

The retreat begins on the 4th of June, 2017 at 6 pm with dinner. Yoga of Silence will be after dinner. Check in begins at 4 pm. Yoga of Silence with Madhukar are held twice a day. Participation is mandatory. The retreat concludes on the 10th of June, 2017, after having lunch together at approx. 2 pm. Retreat languages are English and German.

June 4 – 10, 2017 | Silent Lake
Lake Starnberg, Germany – Silence Retreat
Info: Deva +49 173 3 78 51 09


Once you are silent

Once you are silent you are ablaze with light. Madhukar - Yoga of Silence

Satsang: Es ist nicht zu erklären.

Satsang mit Madhukar - Yoga der Stille: Es ist nicht zu erklären.

Madhukar: Wenn Sie wirklich im Satsang sind, verschwindet jeder Weg und Sie sitzen im Paradies. Plötzlich im Paradies. Wunderbare, unerklärliche Daseinsfreude. Jegliche Wichtigkeit ist weg, jegliche Problematik ist verschwunden. Nichts ist.
Ein Wunder, niemand kann es erklären. Diejenigen, die nicht wirklich hier sind, schon gar nicht. Weil sie niemals hier waren, sondern immer noch in der Vergangenheit sind, immer noch in der Zukunft, immer noch in den Wirrungen, im Geflecht, in den Brombeerhecken ihres Gehirns.
Und die hier sind, können es auch nicht erklären.
Sie verschwinden. Sie gehen unter in diesen Fluten des Nichts, in den Fluten des Seins. Ab und zu werde ich von Menschen, Bekannten, gefragt, was geschieht im Satsang?
Es ist nicht zu erklären.

Are you awake?

Are you awake? Yoga of Silence with Madhukar