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.

Madhukar

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

 

Realization without a manual

Realization without a manual. Experience report Yoga of Silence with Madhukar in Ulm. Madhukar, founder of the ‘Yoga of Silence’ and Advaita master, particularly focuses on making peace experienceable to people through silence.

Experience report Yoga of Silence

It must have been in September last year when I heard about it the first time. RamDas told me about it. Yoga of Silence – realization through silence. What? Simply just by silence? Without instructions? Unimaginable for me, working as a coach, trainer and consultant. No training without a sophisticated concept, a detailed training, without a specific training design, in coaching I use questioning techniques…

I was fascinated! And very curious and I wanted to know more…

Saturday one week ago I finally had the opportunity to speak with RamDas more in detail and he told me that the very next day Yoga of Silence would take place in Ulm. I did not have to think for long before I decided to go there. I wanted to experience it… So I drove to Ulm, my home town where I was born – nice coincidence.

From the very beginning, starting with the welcoming, I was touched by the respectful and loving interaction of the participants. No instruction, so I was just watching and simply did what the others were doing. A very friendly support I received being told that I should sit in the front, being here the first time, and already should occupy a seat. So now we had the first 45 minutes silence period. With Madhukar, who has an unbelievable strong presence and a very loving and positive radiance. After the silence period he spoke to us. To me “thankfulness” was the most important thing of what he said. To be thankful…

I experienced the long eye contacts as very intense and pleasant when he was beaming at each participant – also at me – with his bright shining eyes. Well I cannot really express it differently. Very good to sit in front… After the lunch break we had the second silence period. There we were told to sense our true Self, which is not the everyday-I that we know. Then Madhukar was gone again… I am happy that my two biggest fears have not come true: I did not fall asleep and in my head it did not continue thinking. I really did come to rest. In the second silence period I even got an idea – at least a trace – of my true Self. Is this possible?

Driving home I was asking questions again. I am an analytical person so I want to understand, but it seems it cannot be explained. But now I would be blessed! Ok, and how do I notice this, by what means did this happen and when, I asked myself. However, these questions are no longer loud because somehow it does not matter, because it is just feeling good, even without explanation!

A week later I was still thinking of Yoga of Silence. And I have the impression that my thinking and my experiencing have changed somehow. I am much more conscious, more thankful, and I now can focus and concentrate on the essentials. I am feeling much more inner peace and happiness. ‚Something‘ seems to have worked out very well. Thank you RamDas for the impulse and the invitation, thank you Madhukar for the silence!

Jürgen

 

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Retreat ‘Mystery of Oneness’ in Goa, India, January 9 – 23, 2016

Goa love

Here is Leela’s fresh report of this year’s retreat ‘Mystery of Oneness’ in Goa, India. Enjoy!

Hi everybody,

here is my personal report of our ‘Mystery of Oneness’ retreat in Goa this January:

We had sublime Satsangs with our very loving Master Madhukar. He shared a great deal of wisdom with us and many times played some real cool music during Satsang. Whoever put this in a song is absolutely right: ‘God is a DJ!’
Sometimes we also had ‘Ecstatic Dancing’ Satsang – magical and thrilling!!

We stayed at ‘Free Flow Yoga Center’ again, directly at the beach – a really great location with a new Yoga spot on the roof top of the three-storey neighbor house with a great view to the ocean, palms, sand beach and sky.

And yes, we worked out a lot! Lohita taught her professional Yoga sessions each morning, and Satsang was above the third floor – each time you forgot something you had to climb up and down all those steps… besides, of course, splashing around in this marvelous warm ocean water, jogging at the endless sand beach during sun set, playing beach ball, hunting the Frisbee…

 

Yoga with Lohita @ The Beach
We had tremendous fun at the Saturday Night Market and we enjoyed the legendary sun sets at ‘Anjuna beach’ with its magical fire-dance party beach nights. Quite amusing were two guys – obviously newbies – strolling through the market, dressed like ‘The last of the Mohican & Jedi Knight’, while one was saying to the other: ‘Hey, man we ain’t even slightly sticking out around here!’

Then there was our jungle trip to the holy Banyan-Tree. Madhukar was sitting with a Sadhu there, and chatting in such a witty and yet extremely wise way – what an experience!

Banyan tree meeting
When we left the jungle it was already dark. We were thirsty and stopped off at a beach shack where we had some beer with our Master. Then we moved on for dinner to another paradise beach shack, where we were getting served all this delicious food and fresh fruit juices at midnight.

Madhukar held public Satsang in the ‘Love Temple’ in Arambol and in ‘Anahata’ in Ashvem Beach. It was very moving to experience the very first encounter of new people – coming to be and sit face to face – with a master. Beautiful dialogues arose and it was just great to see how people seized the chance.

Goa Public Satsang

The Master spent a lot of time with us, and each time after public Satsang he joined us for dinner!

Goa has its own very unique power and energy, and the retreats with Madhukar are so fantastic there. I heard one of the participants say, a young lady from the US: ‘If people knew what an enormous blessing these retreats with Madhukar in Goa are they would flock in crowds…’

Goa Walk At The Beach

People call it ‘Golden Goa’, and Goa emanates its gold bounteously on to everybody just like the Master who so generously bestows love and freedom upon everyone approaching him. Needless to say, I have already booked for the next year!

Leela

Love and freedom – is that what you want to experience also? Then come to the Goa retreat!
The date for next year are Saturday, January 7 – Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Happy People @ The Beach
Foto 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 © Darshana

This moment is all there is – Retreat “Glückskind”, Sylt

Glückskind

From August 15 until August 22, 2015 I participated in the retreat “Glückskind” on Sylt. It was a very exhilarating experience.
We were 20 people. During the entire retreat there was so much love and devotion that a wonderful energy was coming up.
During Satsang with Madhukarji which took place in the mornings and evenings, a tremendous presence could be felt, and the energy even increased. Only the moment, Beingness was existing – no past, no future, no present – all became one. I never experienced a retreat of this intensity. It was a time full of harmony and love.

A participant of the retreat “Glückskind”

Sylt Retreat Glückskind

YOGA OF SILENCE WITH MADHUKAR AT LAKE STARNBERG

starnberger see

S tarnberger See Schlossgut Oberambach
I n Beingness
L ife
E ternity
N ow
C elebration
E verlasting love
 
Just like the waves of Lake Starnberg we dive into the ocean of the sweet nectar of our beloved Master Madhukarji.
We drown in the nectar of Beingness – in the grace of SILENCE.
As the birds are flying here at this powerful place in nature, we fly the way of ‘M’,
in the natural freedom of Beingness – Now, SILENCE.
In the bright blue of the retreat sky, the faces and hearts are shining like the sun in the presence of the Master – SILENCE.
Being one with the heartbeat of this retreat place, our hearts are singing the
symphony of harmony that is coming back into our memories due to the infinite love of Madhukarji – SILENCE.
 
The lion roars in the SILENCE.
 
Madhukarji – we – i – you.
I am
Namasté
SILENCE
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