Hot or cold, it will pass!

Are you affected by the physical, emotional and mental ups and downs in life?
Do you know that the pain or pleasure which we experience is transient?

Here’s a beautiful story by my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda who is a living incarnation (fondly known as Swamiji):

Once a disciple went to his master and said: ‘Master, I am not able to sit for meditation. My legs ache, I feel distracted.’
The master just said: ‘It will pass’
After two weeks, the disciple went back to the master, this time saying: ‘I am able to meditate beautifully, I feel so aware and blissful.’
The same master again replied: ‘It will pass’

I would like to quote the Upanishad (ancient Vedic scriptures), which is a source of true knowledge. In the 8th verse of Isa Vasya Upanishad, it states that: –

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Body vs. Soul


The question is – body or soul, which path should a practitioner focus initially?

A few months ago, one of my students who is a Tibetan Buddhist, was puzzled about the large number of Tibetan Buddhist teachers who are suffering from stomach cancer. This raised some fundamental questions such as – Isn’t the meditation on a daily basis supposed to bring health and free one from diseases? Why particularly the stomach cancer, not other forms of cancer? What are they missing in the spiritual practice?

To answer these questions, let us go back to the beginning of Yoga. You may have read that Hatha Yoga is a system conceived as a traditional holistic path in the Vedic Tradition which includes asanas (postures), mudras (hand gestures), pranayama (controlled breathing) and dhyana (meditation) as instruments to balance the body-mind system.  A good level of health and psychological integration must be attained before delving into deeper aspects of yoga – Raja Yoga which primarily concerns with the mind i.e. the more subtle dimension of our existence.

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In a Mood For Poetry


Here are some of my favourite poems by Gerry Hillier which I collected over the past 5 years after attending the annual yoga retreat in Australia. Enjoy.

Gerry will be visiting Singapore in mid May, if you are keen to attend her workshops, check out



I am

said the leaf

in stillness and then

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