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Winter 2001


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HarshaSatsangh is dedicated to the joy of fellowship in Ahimsa as exemplified in the purest Advaitic teachings of the Jnani Sage of Arunachala, Sri Ramana Maharshi. We emphasize the universality of the doctrine of nonviolence and the teachings of compassion as these themes are found in all major spiritual traditions and religions of both the East and the West.



In graduate school, we would-be psychotherapists were instructed in the various ways to listen to another person. This is a little like teaching love, but several suggestions were offered, including “hold evenly-suspended attention” (Freud), “practice the art …


My name is Lakshyan Schanzer. I have been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since 1971. I am also a psychologist and practice a meditative approach to psychotherapy. This is my first writing about my experiences with Nisargadatta Maharaj …


There is something which courses within, which when accessed, brings life to the body and thus the asana. It is possible to understand this something as a river, and the techniques of asana as boulders along the riverbed, which seem to influence the course of the river …


I talked with Raj Mataji on the phone and she gave me a couple of the recipes we craved: the Chole, the Allu Ghobi, and her rice recipe. Like most good family cooks, she doesn’t measure much but goes with her experience and intuition …


Joseph Campbell, in his epochal book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces,’ emphasizes that the essential trait of a hero in the making is his restlessness. Not at ease with his immediate environment and circumstances, a constant unease gnaws at his heart, prompting him to question the very nature of his existence …


My journey to Arunachala was for 2 weeks during November 2003. Now –round one year later – the remembrance of this is still as fresh as if it would have been yesterday. It was not an easy journey. At times it was even shocking, as I was completely unused to India and its customs …


This article consists of an e-mail interview with Prof. Stanley Sobottka, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, conducted by Ivan Frimmel. Prof. Sobottka created a web-course covering the relation between consciousness and quantum theory …

zen garden

I used to go to Asia every year, especially to India, but had never been to Bali. So in Aug 92 l scheduled a trip there. It’s such a long flight l decided at the last minute to do a stop-over in Japan for 5 days to break up the trip. Before l left l told my caretaker to get rid of all the weeds in my back yard …


The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest known written stories, the earliest versions date to about 2000 B.C. The epic hails from ancient Babylonia, a kingdom that was located in the area between the rivers Euphrat and Tigris in what is now Iraq …

One of the true joys of the internet is discovering and meeting some delightful person you would otherwise never know. Such is Dusan Pajin, an author, an artist, and a scholar of Buddhist and Eastern philosophy and art. One may see on his webpage 70 paintings …


When I was about ten years old, my friends and I would throw rocks at each other. This led to a kind of self-inquiry, as I later found out. Smack! My friend’s rock hit my arm. “I got you,” he said with glee. “No you didn’t,” I retorted smugly, “You only got my arm.” …


The fervent devotion to Krishna of the celebrated milk-maids (Gopis or Gopikas) of Brindavan, and particularly of RadhA the most prominent of them all …


Nirvana, the Third Dharma Seal, is the ground of being, the substance of all that is. A wave does not have to die in order to become water. Water is the substance of the wave. The wave is already water. We are also like that. We carry in us the ground of interbeing …


My personal interest in spirituality, my own experiences with spiritual practices, and the transpersonal experiences I’ve had fuel my interest in learning more about the relationship of spirituality to the workplace. It enables me to stay in dharma. It also enables me to be more aware …


One of the first stops after leaving Colorado that my best friend and I took in our new home-on-wheels (”Lakshmi”) was in Sedona, AZ to go to satsang with Robert Adams. Many of you may know that Robert Adams (whose body died a couple of years ago) sat before Ramana …


Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, in his June 9 lecture at the University of Puerto Rico, shared the following story as an example of nonviolence in parenting …

natural yoga

Natural Yoga is when identification with the movement of the mind is absent. It is the unity of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga that honours the original intention of the ancient sages. Yoga is supremely beneficial physically, and, it is a means to uplift one’s consciousness and attune spiritually …


Over 20 years ago, the kundalini-shakti erupted within myself. Since I didn’t have a clue about what had happened to me and I experienced some quite unpleasant side-effects of this awakening, I had to start looking for remedies in order to ease some of the discomfort …


“Love is the actual form of God”
-Sri Ramana Maharshi

“Ramana Maharshi often quoted the Bhagavad Gita and said that the Lord sits in our Heart, as our own Heart, as our very own Self (Sri Krishna said to Arjuna, “I am in the Heart of all O’ Gudakesa”). How to find this out? How to turn the mind within is the great dilemma for all seekers of spiritual enlightenment. In the classical Yoga paths as well as in the non dual tradition of Advaita Vedanta, Satsangh is considered the most important factor for spiritual development. Ramana Maharshi, the Great Jnani Sage of Arunachala, often said that Satsangh leads to Self-Realization. My Jain Teacher, Chitrabhanu Ji, who visited the Sage Ramana in his teen years, has said that the company of saints even for a short time provides a great impetus for spiritual development. Satsangh is a Sanskrit term meaning “The Company of Truth,(Reality, Existence, or Self).” In practical terms it means the company of friends on the spiritual path that provide a support structure for our growth. We bow to the circle of our friends, the great sages and teachers, and for their generous love through countless lives that has become the glue that holds us all together.” Harsha

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