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Manish Vyas : India, its Paths, Traditions, Music and Mantra

Author: Manish Vyas

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"Since I started traveling to present Mantra and sacred music from India around the world, I was shocked about the shapes and forms that our traditions from India could take when they reach the west, highly far from the real. Mantra, Yoga, Music, Meditation, Kirtan, Ayurveda, Tantra, Dhyan... to just mention some of the ancient sciences and arts from India which have spread around the world in the last decades. Some of the information which reached the west is ok, but a lot of it is unfortunately also misleading, probably for the sake of commercialization."Manish shares with interesting and entertaining talks different aspects from the vast world of Music, Arts, Sciences, Traditions from India with inspiring stories, interviews and anecdotes, which can bring the listener to the real world of the culture from India.Manish Vyas was born in 1971 in the state of Gujarat in a Brahmin family of artists and musicians. Having been raised in the Sanatana Dharma way of life, he has been connected to the culture and tradition of his country since birth and later mainly through music, studies of sacred texts and mythology, and his spiritual path which started when personally being with Osho in Pune.He was always deeply interested in ancient India and its mystical stories and customs and how they can contribute to a deeper way of life. Following his artistic career, he lived in the cities of Rajkot, Pune, Mysore and Srirangapatna where he accompanied many years his spiritual master Gurudev. He is still connected with different teachers and music gurus from India who have given him an unique insight. In his mid forties he moved to Switzerland where he works in the fields of music and teaching, using as tools some of those inherited traditions from the wise old land of India.In his podcasts, he shares different subjects, which have been of great interest in the west also. Most important is his seal of authenticity in a world crowded with offers from India, sometimes accurate, but also many times very far from real. These talks and interviews are about the real which a sensitive listener will undoubtedly feel in each talk.A podcast for lovers of the music and culture from India.
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For every person in India, Shiva means a lot — and Manish is not an exception. That is why he has worked on a very special album exclusively for Lord Shiva, which will be his 2021 yearly release. Powerful yet meditative vibrations: ADIYOGI, publishing worldwide on December 11, 2021. A ten track CD of almost seventy minutes.The album in the praise of Shiva features beautiful texts, verses and poetries praising His presence, His raw beauty, His wisdom, His amazing being. “As far as Sanatan Dharma is concerned there are thousands of mantras and other prayers and texts written in Sanskrit dedicated to Shiva,” explains Manish.The music composed for these amazing ancient texts displays different ragas carefully chosen to fulfill the energy required; as well as the singing which must be presented with perfect application of the Sanskrit language.Shiva also represents various dimensions of energy, so this project also had to contemplate how to bring or reflect all those multi-dimensional aspects of Shiva in the music, and this was somewhat challenging: “Somewhere the energy of Shiva kept on guiding me and giving me the right path along the creative process of this project…” says Manish.“Shiva is joy, celebration, bliss… and at the same time Shiva is the destroyer of the false and the unnecessary. Shiva has contributed so much to the spiritual life of any seeker, that no matter how much we may offer our gratitude, it’s never enough.”The intention behind this work is to express that gratitude and at the same time connect the listener to the energy of Shiva and its enlightening and eternal essence of truth.Om Namah the show (
In the third and final episode of this series of dialogues with the great Gundecha Brothers, they have shared their insights about the magic and power of Sanskrit language and how it can become a medium to a cosmic experience, whether by speaking it or by listening to it.As far as Sanskrit, Mantra, Indian music or any ancient tradition is concerned, they also talked about the importance of learning them from an authentic source, so that one can go deeper into the vast world and wisdom of these ancient cultures.And finally they graced and beautified the end of this podcast with a heartfelt devotional song in Raga Shiva-Ranjani.First interview Second interview Support the show (
Following the previous interview with Gundecha Brothers, who dedicated their lives to continuing this style of music, we present the part II of the talk, where among other interesting insights, the main topics covered are:The importance of Sanskrit and the connection between Dhrupad and this language, the three notes used in the Vedic chanting style, and the difference between mantra chanting and mantra singing.Dhrupad claims the distinction of being the oldest form of Indian Classical music heard today, its origin can be traced back to the chanting of Vedic hymns and mantras. The birth of Dhrupad as we know it today coincided with the Bhakti movement and consequently was more devotional in nature. It was rendered in temples facing the the Divinity full of devotion and bhaav, this was the genesis of what became known as Haveli Dhrupad/Sangeet. Dhrupad is a body of spiritual and mystical knowledge to be practiced with devotion (Bhakthi) and dedication (Shraddha). It is primarily an act of submission to one's inner spirit, not a tool for entertainment.The Gundecha Brothers  from Ujjain, India are classical vocalists of the Dhrupad genre of the Dagar Vani (a tradition of classical Dhrupad of 20 generations tracking back to Swami Haridas.) From 1985 to 2019 the duo consisted of brothers Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha and were awarded the Padma Sri for art for 2012. Following the death of Ramakant Gundecha in 2019, his son Anant began to perform with Umakant in the Gundecha Bandhu. They also run a Dhrupad institute outside Bhopal, India, where they teach students from all over the world according to the guru–shishya tradition, or parampara ("lineage"), denoting a succession of teachers and disciples."Dhrupad is the search of the ultimate, the search for a true sound, the eternal sound, the sound of the cosmos. Dhrupad is Nada Yoga - the yoga of sound. It is the best way to get yourself into a calm, peaceful state of mind." Umakant Gundecha"In Dhrupad, we sing the notes in their pure form. Both the performers as well as the listeners experience the life energy in these notes. Dhrupad is therefore really about going deep into the essence of everything, including oneself. You can see yourself through Dhrupad." Ramakant GundechaSupport the show (
In the series of the three podcasts from a meeting with one of the most well-known Dhrupad singers from India namely GUNDECHA BROTHERS, the first part covers the insights about the connection between Dhrupad and Naad Yoga or Yoga of Sound, as well as Dhrupad’s approach towards the concept of BHAVA or expression and RASA or flavor. In India we say, “If it’s not touching your soul, it’s not music,” and this music has this intrinsic power.This very statement describes the potential of this music from India which has been one of the most ancient forms of music. It was traditionally performed only in temples, as an offering to the deities. That is why even now, the sounds and vibrations of Dhrupad are able to take a listener into a very deep state of silence and serenity.“The ultimate goal of Dhrupad is to reach a state of thoughtlessness.” Umakant GundechaDhrupad is said to be the oldest existing form of North Indian classical music and it has continued due to the persistence and dedication of different masters who have passed it from generation to generation along the centuries.Due to its strict adherence to purity, learning Dhrupad is very difficult. It takes years of rigorous and painstaking practice, involving many hours - eight or more - of singing everyday, before a Dhrupad student can reach a stage when he will be ready to perform competently. These early years of total devotion to learning also mean total financial dependence, as the student does not have the time to earn a living. In the past, the teacher took care of the needs of students, so that they could commit themselves completely to the study of music. You can also watch part of the talk in Youtube : the show (
At the beginning, Yoga was not written down anywhere, the teachings were passed by the Guru to a disciple personally. The first books where Yoga is mentioned were the ancient Tantras and later the Vedas, then the Upanishads expanded deeper about it. Based on all this, much later Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras (in Sanskrit) as an eight-fold path: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi.Therefore, the meaning of yoga and the path of yoga is not what frequently many think when relating it only to exercise, stretching, bending, breathing practices, or asana. It is so much more than that!The science of Yoga applies itself to all aspects of life. Yoga means choosing a lifestyle of excellence and awareness in everything that we do and live according to that. So ideally, it should to be understood in this direction, in order to focus on this path with an earnest approach and to benefit from it beyond the aspects of the physical plane which are only temporary and worldly in nature. The path of Yoga as any other spiritual path in India is to awaken and eventually come to the realization that we are not the body, so too much focus on the body would defeat its own purpose.The so called 'modernization' does not justify the disappearance of the key and fundamental aspects of Yoga and its nature -- otherwise it would not be Yoga, but something else.This time Manish is interviewing Arpit Agrawal, an experienced Yoga teacher from Rishikesh India who studied in the traditional Bihar School of Yoga, discussing different aspects of Yoga and Yoga learning, which give a clear scenario of the vastness and richness of this tradition.The interview also includes clarifications about types of yoga which have traditionally been part of the true yogic path since ancient times, as well as certain yoga styles which have developed or become popular in the west which are not truly reflecting the real Yoga tradition. One of these is 'Kundalini Yoga'. Although kundalini yoga practices exists in India, they have truly little to do with what became so popular in the USA and then was adopted around the world. That practice is honestly not the real tradition with the roots in our Indian Yoga heritage, and each practitioner should at least have the right to know this, how it developed, where it came from and which practices are authentic and which ones are not, as many styles had been basically developed mainly for yoga-commercialization, packaged in an attractive way to catch followers attention. It is ok if one practices that if one likes it, but one should know what is what.We thank Arpit so much for this interesting and clarifying interview, where we can easily distinguish the pillars on this path, and understand the basis of this amazing practice of Yoga, with roots in ancient India and widely adopted by now in almost each corner of the world."Asana is for sure important, to keep yourself healthy. And we need some kind of flexibility as well, as we say the higher purpose of yoga (asana) is to sit in meditation for longer time, and those things come by the yoga asana. So it’s important only for that purpose. But yoga asana is only one limb of yoga, it’s not everything. Yoga tells you how to live, how to eat, how to walk, how to practice… everything comes from yoga. It’s like developing the awareness on how to do any action." Arpit AgrawalAbout Arpit :Sri Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh @yogawitharpit / www.sriyogaashram.comThis podcast is also transcribed in our blog, you can read it here: watch related youtube video: Support the show (
Manish takes us through the beautiful journey of sacred music from India with interesting explanations and a variety of songs to help us understand the vast spectrum of music from India: "We have traditions that beyond being learnt, they are carried in the blood since many, many generations, by families and musicians who have grown in that atmosphere of devotion and music, besides a deep connection and love for these traditions. Specially the most ancient the tradition, the deeper roots it has and the more one has to access the right source, if interested in connecting to them."India has always kept music as a way to connect to the divine, and ultimately to oneself.  Songs and poetries have been written since millennia by rishis and enlightened ones, where wisdom was combined with music, raising the potential to penetrate the listener connecting him/her with the meaning of those sacred verses, of the ultimate wisdom. It is important to know what is what and how to approach the diverse styles of music from India. That is why I always emphasize that not everything which comes from the India is a mantra and some people who don't know the language and the science of mantra get confused very easily. There are chalisas, shlokas, strotras, sahasranaams, mantras, kavach, bhajans, shabad, kirtan, etc. And the ability to distinguish is key to know what is what, to honor this ancient tradition from India, and for a better understanding of our culture, for those interested in it  and for a successful practice.Music Credits briefly played as examples in the Podcast, by order of appearance:Aham Brahmasmi - Manish VyasShloka - Ketan PatwardhanStotra - Manish VyasSurya Sahasranaam - Pt. Rattanmohan SharmaGuru Ramdas, Gurbani - Manish VyasOm Gam Ganapataye Namaha, mantra - Manish VyasDurga Saptashati - Amkitkumar PandeyTumi Bhaja re Mana, bhajan - Manish VyasShabad Gurbani - Bhai Gagandeep SinghKabir bhajan - Pt. Kumar GandharvaSufi Qawwali - U. Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanJaya Govinda Hare, kirtan - Manish Vyaswww.manishvyas.comSupport the show (
Amano Manish, a gifted Mohan Veena (slide guitar) player from India disciple of Brij Bushan Kabra, interviews Manish Vyas. They talk about the journey of learning, composing and presenting music from India. A very interesting conversation for those fascinated by the world of Indian arts and the different genres of Indian music: classical, spiritual, Sufi and other.In this pleasant conversation, they talk about their beginnings in music, arts, expressing and composing music, the skills required to be trained – and the influence of Osho in their musical path. In Indian music there is a whole journey of learning which never ends, a journey of performing where it it’s not about the performer but about the music and a journey of creativity which is enhanced along the path in different ways and through different experiences.“The focus of creating and sharing music should always be on enjoying what one is doing, without thinking of achieving anything in particular.” Manish VyasIt is also discussed the spreading of Mantra around the world using it in music and the tendency of distortion in its public presentation; together with the importance and responsibility of putting the right music to a sacred genre like Mantra.The importance in connecting with the right music and the right source lies in the possibility to discover and relate to the true essence of this millenary culture from India.“The art in Indian arts and music is to remain open and available and becoming empty like a hollow bamboo – then the music can play through you. Versatility is currently the dimension of life.” Manish VyasManish Vyas: www.manishvyas.comAmano Manish (interviewer): www.amanomanish.comSupport the show (
The whole meditative life of the Sufis is built upon the mystery of the world. The word Sufi is connected with sophia, which means wisdom -- not cleverness, because cleverness cannot be wisdom; but the wisdom learned from within.The path of a Sufi is a path of devotion, a path of Bhakti, a path of surrender and complete trust.Sufi traditions and music have been very close to India since hundreds of years, being the path of Sufism a beautiful and poetic approach to spirituality, in which the longing and connection to the divine, is pursued through bhakti (devotion,) total surrender, let-go, love and dissolution. In this, music has a very important role in Sufism and its different practices.Manish talks about the Sufi traditions as he experienced them himself in India, its music and singers, and practices such as whirling and other active meditations, where the use of music is key to take the listener to that space or total merging with the higher Self, the Beyond, the Eternal."Wisdom is the interpretation of life, made by someone whose point of view has become different by looking at life in the sunlight." H. Inahat KhanSupport the show (
The focus in India has always been to find inner richness, inner fulfillment. For this, different tools and paths have been used since millennia. These traditions have been practiced and followed in a certain way... which ultimate point is the attainment of liberation, the highest vibrational level in human plane.Yoga is a path of spiritual growth deeply rooted in an ancient heritage -- not exercise. Mantra is a deep spiritual sacred practice based on the science of sound -- not a music show.Many different subjects about the world of those spiritual practices from India are covered in this interview. Simple questions with straight forward and realistic answers. What is mantra, where does it come from, who are the creators, where were they documented, when something is a mantra, the power of Sanskrit, what is Naad Yoga, what is the actual mantra tradition.The podcast also covers a sincere, open and honest explanation related to the meaning and practice of Yoga as a way of life of excellence,  and how it arrived to the west to soon loose or forget the connection to the source, to the essence, to the true meaning of yoga and its ultimate purpose.“If you want to reach the soundless first you have to come in contact with the right sound. When you come in contact with the right source, your spiritual journey can start – from the sound to the soundless; from the gross to the most subtle.” This talk is part of an interview conducted by Marc Zürcher, an architect from Zürich who is also a Yoga student since many years. Some pieces have been cut due to its length. Gratitude to him for this interview and for his genuine interest.Support the show (
With roots along the ancient path of Sanatan Dharma, many different roads have been used amid thousands of years to arrive to the same ultimate destination, realize the God within. One of these paths is mantra, the science of sound, by which one can invoke a particular energy through the use of certain sounds. One of the most famous texts has been known as Gayatri Mantra, which is in Sanskrit and comes from the Rig Veda.In the occasion of his recent 8-minute Gayatri Mantra release and his upcoming release of 108-chanting, Manish Vyas presents the subject of Gayatri in a half hour podcast, with very interesting stories and information which may help any person from any background interested in the subject know more about the incredible science of sound from India, and moreover, understand how to approach it.What is the best way to use this mantra, what is its origin, who was the author and the history behind it, what kind of music should be used with it,  what are its essential elements, what is Gayatri Sadhana, how to use it for listening meditation or pranayam practice...? These are some of the points covered in this pleasant interview."Important is that the purpose of each mantra is served; the reason why mantras are there, has never been to use them for entertainment, but firstly to be aware of what we are dealing with when we talk about 'mantra' in general and each mantra in particular; and second, use them adequately and if possible keeping in sight their full potential. Then their purpose is served with grace and respect to this ancient practice discovered by enlightened sages, wise ancestors of humanity." ManishGayatri Mantra link : video : Support the show (
I personally have always considered it as a blessing for me to have been born in such a culture like Bhārat (India) with its ancient roots and its vast, bottomless, fascinating world around mystical wisdom and spiritual legacy, reflected also in all of our forms of arts expression, like music, dance and so many others.This podcast features a very interesting interview to Bapu Padmanabha, a musician from South India, who besides being a wonderful Bansuri player disciple of Hariprasad Chaurasia, is also a genuine presenter of this ancient science and ancient tradition of Mantra, Vedic chanting and other styles.The interview takes us through a journey across the world of sacred music from India and its authentic practices, what it takes to represent this tradition, how many years of learning and dedication are invested in such journey, what is the path of a musician, a teacher, a spiritual seeker and an eternal student, when it comes to music from India.Besides other long and patient trainings, just to start with Bapu’s training in chanting, we know that he dedicated around twelve years, every single day, two hours per day... on getting trained in the atmosphere of this discipline, in a Hindu Vedic school in South India, knowing that this is the required patience and dedication to honor this tradition.Listen more to his interesting stories and answers to questions from Manish Vyas in this interview. Specially conceived for lovers of traditions from India, its music and the science of Mantra.You can also find a video about Bapu’s music and work in this link, when he contributed to the upcoming documentary, “The True World of Mantra and Sacred Music from India”: Support the show (
Although my musical path was firstly built since an early age by being next to music Maestros  while growing in India, there was a total different training that came later since my early-twenties, when I worked close to some spiritual masters. The first experience was next to Osho, when he was still in the body, who very strongly introduced the significance and importance of incorporating music in the genre of meditation already back in the 1970s. So working around him was an active and fruitful training, as around his devices, music always had a prime place. This view of music, started sinking in my musical ear slowly slowly and now after all this years, I can really value the musical path life has put me through, since my work would have never been the same without those sensible influences.In my personal experience, having worked in the field of mystical music around enlightened ones for so many years and even organizing music for whole 40 day retreats certainly made an immense difference. As a musician, it taught me to let go of fixed structures and open the mind to new dimensions in music, lifting the creativity and imagination beyond classical trainings and frameworks of learning, but instead exploring the use of music to go beyond the mind, towards its ultimate purpose.Support the show (
What is the character of a Guru? Do we need a Guru? The One who brings us out of the darkness into the light is called a Guru, a wise, eyes-opening guide in one's life. In a journey of a seeker of truth, the figure of a Guru is extremely important because he/she has already crossed that path in which we find ourselves at the moment.A Guru is not a theoretical concept, but a reality, part of 'practical' and not 'philosophy-oriented' spirituality. In the East, this reality has been part of our lives since thousands of years.To be in the company of an awakened one, which the East has known at Satsang , is regarded as the most precious phenomenon in the life of a seeker of truth. Not only in the spiritual path, but in India, when one wants to grow deeper in any path, a Guru is a must to advance towards the correct direction. Then, trust and patience are required.Guru is the one who gives us the second birth which awakes the plane of spirituality and truth, after the physical birth that the parents have given. To understand the phenomenon and significance of a Guru in one's life, firstly one needs to understand what is a the meaning of Guru. Guru means simply dispeller of darkness. Sometimes even the glance of a Guru works miracles, we call it Kripa Drishti.Finding or being found by a Guru is a pure happening, a blessing, the grace of God. What can one do if one longs for a Guru? One needs to have the real desire for truth, for the highest, a real longing for the discovery of the true Self... and existence will take care of the rest. If the desire is genuine and it's God's will, a Guru will manifest in our lives - sometimes in the most amazing ways - just by the miracle of His Grace.Music in the Podcast: Vande Gurudev, album Sahaj Atma :, the show (
If you go to any musical gathering in India, you will see that the playing of Harmonium sounds completely different from what most people have been exposed to in the west. Naturally, to learn anything from a foreign culture takes more effort, more dedication, more time - but one should commit to that process if one would like to learn any art or instrument. Commitment and lots of patience has always been the number one element when learning music from India, and Harmonium, just as any other instrument from India, is not an exception; as it will also follow the roots of music from India.For music to be harmonic, it is essential that the body and the soul of what is being presented meet. For this to happen, one key element is to learn from a reliable source, from someone who has been trained and is capable of representing that culture decently. Because some people in the west don't know what is the original sound of Indian music and Harmonium itself, they believe what they see as being presented... but many then go to India and they're shocked to see how it all sounds completely different! It is not their fault, but for their own benefit, there should be a capability to discern between what is genuine and what not. That happens in all fields. Then, it's up to the practitioner what he/she wants to choose. An unforgivable sin is when people start teaching Harmonium wrongly - this is cultural appropriation and cultural distortion; in this case, with an instrument. the show (
Many times it is believed that meditation is just about relaxing the body and the mind. Although this may be a consequence, it is not the purpose of meditation. Meditation is inquiring about the true nature of the self, dropping ideas and acquired beliefs and ideologies. And an earnest retreat for this purpose should provide the space, energy and content necessary for this to manifest. In the same way, the participant should step into a retreat with the right attitude. When we go to a retreat seeking a space for one's own growth and self discovery, one should always try to ask the question, "Why am I here. What is the intention to be in this place during these days." The intention should be clear, to not waste our time and energy in the wrong direction.After having had almost 30 years experience in this field, joining true wise ones from India in their retreats, Manish talks about this and gives some clues about how to make the most out of it. "When you go to a retreat, you want to do something which is not part of the day to day life. It's a conscious process of getting out of the routine and the day to day habits."One can move towards meditation by discovering what is lacking in our inner life, where is the void... and that can be discovered by moving-IN, not by moving-OUT. And that is what a meditation retreat is helpful for, it focuses on moving inwards, on introspection, and on seeing the inner world.manishvyas.comSupport the show (
Meditation is not about 'doing something.' Yes, we can work on meditation techniques in order to arrive to a more meditative state. The technique will help the cleansing of the mind, the cleansing of the psyche. But at some point the technique has to be dropped, and the real meditation has to manifest. That is, in real life.So even when someone tells me, "i practice a lot of meditation," one can immediately see by the person's reflection if it remains just in the meditation technique, or if the meditation is reflected in his or her life. Meditation must be a reflection, otherwise it's just 'passing time.'One requires proper guidance, proper practice and proper understanding in the journey of seeking, in order for this journey to bring the right fruit. A light is needed in the path, to go towards the right direction. Meditation or Dhyāna, as we call it in India, is one of the words most misunderstood in the west, because mostly people refer to it as an activity, and not as a state. Furthermore, meditation is simple, it's not about philosophies and serious things... remaining conscious and acting with awareness as opposed to forgetfulness is meditation. As my Master says, "the mystical is the most practical."Support the show (
Interview / Entrevista with Mantra FM 91.9, during the transmission of EL PORTAL. Where we talked about the science of mantra, how to use it, what is the best approach to mantra practice, what is the reality of mantra music, and other information that is very useful to any people who are not from India and would like to learn more about the true science and practice of Mantra.With Spanish translation / con traducción al español.Support the show (
Learning music, and many other forms of arts in India is quite a different experience and requires a whole different approach and mindset than in the western learning path. I used to travel from Pune to Mumbai for hours in the slow and crowded trains to take my music lessons regularly, just because i knew the value of my teacher. And I would just get the direct attention of the teacher for about ten minutes each class... and I was very happy with that ! In six years, maybe the teacher told me two times, "good Manish!" and that was also perfectly fine. Nothing else was expected.  There were no expectations of any kind... just absorbing as much as possible the learning, under the proper guidance.In India a lot is learnt by just being in the atmosphere of the Guru, the music Guru in this case. And it's not even a thought to give a certificate, as what is important is the understanding, not to hang a paper on the wall.Another drawback in the process of learning that I have noticed in the west, is that everyone (adults) is in a hurry to perform or to share what they've learned publicly. This hinders the learning. One should not be in a hurry to start teaching. Let it be your truth before, otherwise it will be shared un-riped, hindering also the learning process of others. One important point frequently misunderstood, is that one should not be in the idea of "helping others"  - help yourself, grow yourself, focus on yourself, until you master yourself. Help can only happen when something is mature and integrated inside.Through inspirational stories and anecdotes this subject is addressed and explained for all of those who come from other cultures and would be interested in learning traditions from India. Knowing how this learning approach works, can help to take the right decision, whether this is a path for one to undertake or not.PODCAST link in website: Support the show (
"The right music can smoothen the journey of a seeker without too much effort. If the person is available, if the person is not resisting, if the person is in a flow with an open heart, the right music can take the listener to a completely different dimension, effortlessly."Listen to this truly interesting conversation between Martin Frischknecht, chief editor of Spuren Switzerland and Manish Vyas about Manish's ongoing work, his new album and the earnest approach to the public presentation of sacred music from India.Link album Mantra: Interview with video, Youtube link: the show (
Most yoga-practitioners and asana teachers in the west use the word Yogi, as if a yogi would be an asana (exercise) practitioner with great flexibility and contortion skills. It is the nature of the ego to acquire more and more identities — and spiritual identities are just one more kind of them, "that i am a meditator, that i am a great yogi, that i am spiritual, that i am holy. . ." probably the spiritual being the worse kind of identity to bust the ego with, because many enter the game of "holier than thou" which is nothing more than the biggest self delusion. Beyond the games of the ego that always tries to 'be' or 'become' something or another, since the times when Yoga has started spreading from India to other cultures, the word Yogi has not been understood rightly and as a consequence it is highly misused. I think part of this misunderstanding lays in the fact that many people have not yet understood that Yoga is not exercise. When we refer to a yogi, we refer to a wise one, who often may have never practiced any asana except sukhasana, but who has become stable in the inner world, who has achieved the state of non duality, beyond any chains of identifications. And this is the true yogi and the true path of yoga.Website link: podcast | Manish Vyas Support the show (
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