As most of you probably know the Bhagavat Gita is part of the Mahabharata, the oldest epic known to humanity, older than the Bible or the Greek myths and vaster than all of Shakespeare’s work. When I studied the Bhagavat Gita in TTC I wondered what happened to Arjuna and the Pandava brothers after the war.  At the end of the Bhagavat Gita  Arjuna, after taking to heart Krishna’s teachings, is able to get over his despondency and engage in right action (dharma) free of all attachment, knowing that victory and defeat are the same and that this kind of action is the way to escape the wheel of birth and death.

Back to the main story in the Mahabharata, Vyasa tells us that after the war everything was destroyed, foes and friends alike.  The Pandavas leave the scene of destruction and horror and head North, to Heaven.  But on their way they fall, one by one, into the abyss with the exception of Yudishthira. He is the oldest brother, the righteous one, and has been accompanied in his wanderings by an old dog.  At one point Yudishthira hears a voice that announces to him, ‘You have arrived at the gate to paradise. You can enter but you must leave the dog behind.  Paradise is not open to dogs’. Dogs even today in the East are considered dirty and the lowest of animals.  Yudishthira thinks about it but finally he says ‘I can’t.  This dog has been faithful to me and I cannot leave him behind’.  This was the right path to follow as the voice tells him that the dog is in fact his father and that he has passed this test.

Once in paradise Yudishthira meets the Kauravas, the cousins against whom he has fought the war together with Arjuna and his brothers. The Kauravas taunt him and tell him that his brothers are all in hell.  Yudishthira then decides to stay with his family and go to hell as well.  The voice again says, ‘This was the final illusion. You have known paradise and hell but here there is no paradise, no hell, no punishment, no enemies, no friends, no happiness, no suffering.  Rise in tranquility! Here words end.  Here thought end’.

And here ends the Mahabharata too.  The message of the Bhagavat Gita again is repeated.  Renunciation is not enough.  We must act but our action should be compassionate and yet free of attachment to gain or loss, victory or defeat.  This is the challenge presented in this great epic which is as relevant to mankind today as it was in Bharata thousands of years ago.


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I am passing on to you this beautiful recording of Om not just as an aid to meditation but as a powerful vibration for healing.  At a time when we are surrounded by electromagnetic waves of all kinds (cell phones, wi-fi, etc…) whose effects on our health are yet unknown it is of utmost importance to heal, protect and enhance our energy field.  Scientists report that the electromagnetic “noise” that surrounds us is so loud that it drowns the earth’s resonance frequency of 7.83Hz which amazingly is the same as the Alpha wave frequency of our brains.  For more on this please check in Youtube a well-researched and most informative documentary Resonance Beings of Frequency.

Om is the sound of the universe and  everything resounds with Om. Om is the mantra at the heart of all other mantras. Swami Vishnu in Meditation and Mantras says that by repeating Om we transform every atom in our body.  The vibration of Om is the tool to restore our physical and mental sanity.  Chanting Om we remember our original music and can harmonize with the rest of the universe creating a beautiful symphony. Pythagoras could hear the sounds of the spheres but today anyone can hear in internet the sounds produced by the frequencies of the Sun, the Earth and all the planets in the solar system (NASA Sounds of Planets). Amazing technology and amazing universe!

I like to hear this recording at least 30 minutes which is the time it takes to do a “mala”, a rosary of 108 beads.  It is said that repeating a mantra 108 times a day amplifies its effect.   What  a  wonderful way to start the day!  Chant Om and allow your body and mind to resonate with the Earth and the entire creation.   Chant until the sound, the breath and the mind become entangled in one.   Let Om caress you.  Let Om envelop you.  Surrender to Om.  Become Om.


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Du 22 au 25 septembre je vous invite à célébrer avec moi l’équinoxe d’automne dans la contemplation et le silence chez mon ami Jean Christophe.

Le lieu c’est une belle maison rustique dans la forêt de Val Morin. Nous ferons du yoga, de la méditation Zen, des promenades en forêt et préparerons ensemble de délicieux repas végérariens, le tout dans le silence. Les périodes de méditation durent 20 minutes suivies de 10 minutes de marche consciente.

Si vous êtes intéressés visitez info@dhyana-ananda.ca.  L’espace étant limité (maximum 10 personnes), les réservations se font bien à l’avance.

Quelle belle occasion pour profiter de la paix et l’énergie d’introspection de l’automne! Au plaisir de se revoir!






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monkeyMy little mind has been running the show for a very long time. Like a spoiled child she believes to be the center of the universe and tries to control it unsuccessfully. She makes me do foolish things and rarely listens to the wise counsel of big Mind.

Unaware of her power she can manifest paradises and hells whimsically and plunge me in the deepest despair or elevate me to heavenly realms.  Sometimes she appears like a wild beast lurking in the darkness ready to catch me unaware. Then I am at her mercy and have vivid dreams of old stories I thought forgiven and forgotten long time ago. At other times she is  sweet and loving but, unpredictably, she can lash out with anger, greed or jealousy at any moment. Like a magician she shape-shifts into scary monsters or mesmerizing gods but as soon as I fall in love with them she breaks the spell.

My little mind is always busy like a hyperactive monkey who never stops chattering. I have kept company with this mind for a long time and know that she does not like to be crossed  or ignored so when I want to calm her I listen patiently without rejection, approval or judgement.  I just wait quietly and then…  in  those intimate moments she allows me to take a peak at the treasure she hides jealously in my heart and that is when we become the best of friends.








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All knowledge is composed of theory and practice.  In the spiritual traditions of India, the ancient Vedic science presents the theory and the systems of Yoga are the practice. Veda itself means knowledge, spiritual knowledge, and Yoga is the practical application of that knowledge. As practitioners of Yoga it is important not to overlook the wisdom of the Vedic science of consciousness. First, it gives us the knowledge to gain the true goal of life which is  self-realization and spiritual liberation. Second, it provides the means to harmonize our lives with that spiritual purpose and this means how to take care of our physical body and our society including medicine, astrology, psychology, the arts, etc…  Vedic society was  an agrarian society in contact with the elements and the cycles of nature and the seers or mystics encompassed in their teachings all forms, levels and stages of life.

At a time when modern science is breaking through more subtle realms of mind and matter all the time we can begin to see the value of a spiritual science, outer and inner, a science of the eternal and the infinite, a sacred science.

According to the Vedas human life was seen as not different from the seasons in nature. What grows in Spring will not grow in the Autumn.  The action which is appropriate in the Summer is out of place in the Winter.  The span of a normal human life was regarded to be eighty-four years, not so far off from our present life expectancy. It consisted of four stages.  The first twenty-one years is the Brahmacharya period, a time for the youth to learn which requires a certain discipline, guidance and purity for its full flowering.

Then comes the next twenty-one years, till forty-two.  The householder phase, a time for raising children, working and fulfilling our role in society.

The third period, till sixty-three, is the hermitage or retirement stage, a time to return to contemplation, guiding of society in the distance and starting to simplify and relinquish ambitions.

The fourth and last stage is the Sannyasa or renunciation period. As an elder the goals of life are inwardly renounced.  Ideally, his experience and spiritual knowledge allows him to be a source of counsel and teaching but he no longer partakes in social or political concerns. More advanced beings may go directly to this stage as swamis or monks, regardless of their age. Less advanced beings may not even qualify for the first stage and they may never develop the innocence, purity and humility of the Brahmachari.

We see that in this vision of life only twenty-one years are dedicated to the outer duties of life and that three quarters are devoted primarily to spiritual pursuits. Unfortunately, our present society is based mainly on adolescent values.  Even the elderly are expected to act and dress like the young pursuing sex, sports and money. Such a society is one-sided and out of balance and denies the older person his natural movement towards detachment, meditation and spiritual development.  As the elderly begin losing interest in the outer goals of life we tell them that they are old or sick and encourage them to remain active and worldly seeking not allowing them to grow in wisdom and become true teachers. We do not respect them and they feel we have abandoned them and as we live longer this problem becomes more acute.

David Frowley, Vedic scholar and yogi,* believes that a society that does not recognize the stages of life cannot flourish for long , “just as a farmer cannot be successful if he only knows the plants that flourish in one season. Nor can any individual be happy if he only follows the needs of a stage of life which is no longer appropriate for him.”

It is true that if we lack the dimension of spiritual growth we can have a distorted perspective on our existence but Vedic values can aid us restore the inner dimension of society and that of our individual existence. It is that power of aspiration which gives true meaning to our human life and allows us to appreciate the different stages of development regardless of our age.


* David Frowley, From the River of Heaven

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Imagine that within you there is a projector that shines light on a huge screen where images and thoughts are displayed.  Sometimes they are happy images, sometimes horrible but they all come from your inner light. If I am in charge of the projection room I can choose what film to watch without ever forgetting that I am the one who plays or  stops the movie.

If I became an expert projector I would not be blown away by the ever-changing winds of the outer and inner worlds; I would not have to choose from relative concepts like good and bad, pure and impure; I would not have to apply imagined antidotes; I would not have to implore and pray. I would be the boss of the projection and never be fooled by the movie. Yet when I look out the window I see trees, roof tops and sky that seem to exist independently, outside of myself.  When I see something pleasant I go after it like a puppy and when I see something unpleasant I turn my back on it. But then again I remember my inner projector and see the landscape as it is, beyond likes and dislikes. I imagine that the inner light dwells in the deepest recesses of my heart and that it connects with the windows of my eyes that illumine what I see.  What a radical view! What a total change of perspective!  I am not any longer alone in a unpredictable world that needs to be controlled, tamed or embellished.  I am back in the projection room and I am the creator of my own movie.

There is a beautiful image in the Dzogchen teachings* of the body seen as a house. It’s dark at night but someone inside turns on the light and we see light coming out of the windows which illumine the surroundings.  In the same way our inner luminosity colours and shapes everything we see, hear, taste, touch, smell and think. Again, how is it possible that something as intangible as light can create that which looks so concrete like trees, houses, etc…  This question has always opposed materialists and spiritualists.  To make these views even more difficult to reconcile Dzogchen tells us that the true nature of all phenomena is luminosity-emptiness. The Prajna Paramita says, “form is emptiness, emptiness is form…” Emptiness is also described as the Mother which manifests as light and energy. The emptiness issue has been long debated through the centuries in the East. Is there a soul or not? And what is this emptiness anyway? May be it is just a matter of semantics. “Emptiness” is a word trying to describe the inexpressible, the source without beginning or end, but there are other words like” consciousness” and “soul” that also try to describe, in a futile attempt, the same concept.  And it is a concept as long as “it” is not experienced.   However there is something very scary about the concept of “emptiness”  because it puts us face to face with the abyss. But regardless of the word we use we have to deal with the issue of nothingness eventually.

I like the image of the house, luminous and empty, sending out shafts of light through the windows of the eyes moist with compassion. It is a beautiful image that helps me in meditation. However I keep forgetting again and again that the light comes from the inside and I get caught in enticing visions and enchanting sounds and lose my hold on the ground.  But I do not despair because this forgetfulness, this confusion, is another way the Mother, luminosity-emptiness, manifests. How could it be otherwise? Never, for even an instant, have I stopped being her daughter. So confident of my heritage, aware and at ease, I keep watching the unfolding of the show which leaves no traces on the screen.


  • Very ancient teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist and Bön traditions, originators of The Bardo Todhol or Tibetan book of the Dead.
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In Buddhism a bodhisattva is a being who vows to work for the enlightenment of all beings before attaining his or her own liberation.  It is the ultimate sacrifice beyond giving up one’s possessions, bodies or ideas. I remember the first time I took this vow I was awe-struck by its profundity. I try to honour this vow by putting into practice the spirit of enlightenment for the benefit of all beings but my efforts at cultivating love, compassion, joy and equanimity are weak and I struggle specially with the aspiration of equanimity,

“May all beings come to rest in the great equanimity beyond attachment and aversion to ‘friends’, ‘enemies’ or ‘strangers'”.

My continuous choosing between likes and dislikes, good and bad, pure and impure keeps me bound and unsatisfied.  How to be even-minded and see the oneness of everything in all occasions? Choosing and picking is deeply ingrained in me. The pleasant keeps me safe and the unpleasant might be a threat so I stay away from it. This mechanism of preservation has served me well many times but under the cover of pride it has also contaminated everything I think, do and say. Perhaps to get rid of that bad taste I have always been interested in meditation and the possibility of being free from the tyranny of duality.

When I meditate I try to become one with my practice but when an unexpected sound, sight, thought or emotion appear I feel I have gone stray, away from the goal. This is when I am in hell trying to get to heaven as if  these where two separate destinations. But where can I stray?  Everything comes from mind, everything is mind. The goal, the thought and the practice are all mind, that which sustains me and the entire universe. So what to do?  Not pushing away, not holding on, not naming, not thinking. Just trusting and resting in deep infinite relaxation. Then thoughts, sounds and forms appear and disappear like visions, apparitions or dreams, sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant but always even, undifferentiated and luminous. At that moment there is no split between heaven and earth and I can choose or not choose but in both cases there are no traces left like the path of a bird in the sky. This land where I stand becomes the pure lotus land and this very body the body of the bodhisattva enjoying freedom in even mindedness.

You may ask if there is no difference between heaven and hell, right path or wrong path, why to be good instead of bad since everything is That. Yes, indeed, everything is That, but it is also true that the cause and effect of positive and negative actions, thoughts and words is absolutely certain. This is a very important question which takes us to the importance of the proper teaching and the proper teacher. The proper teacher is one who is a bodhisattva, of whatever tradition, whose only mission in life is the spiritual welfare of all beings.  He or she embodies compassion and wisdom and understands the laws of karma.

May this explanation serve to choose the right teacher and may your choosing come from your equality wisdom beyond attachment or aversion.







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