Episode 22 – Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan is the creator of a unique healing modality called Gamma Wave Healing. He preform healing sessions both in person and remotely where he helps identifying and clearing energetic patterns. Matthew travels around the world teaching Gamma Wave Healing through a series of workshops.

In this episode he explain how his spiritual journey started and how his healing modality works.

You can reach Matthew through his website: https://www.gammawavehealing.com/

Photo by: Jackie Kolbenschlag

Episode 21 – Interview with Arjun Bruggeman (Part 1 of 2)

Arjun Bruggeman is the tabla player of world famous kirtan singer Krishna Das. In this interview Arjun talks about his own spiritual journey, how he met and started to play with Krishna Das, meeting Ram Dass, his relationship to Neem Karoli baba and Siddhi Ma and more.

Arjun has also released a solo album and you can find it here: https://krishnadasmusic.com/collections/music/products/arjun 

Sri M

The first time I ever heard of Sri M was when Magnus shared a video he had seen a few days earlier. When I watched the video, I was initially quite skeptical, but the more I listened and focused on the story he shared, I became increasingly interested. A few moments later, I began to feel a very strong pull towards him.

Sri M has lived a fascinated life where he met and lived with great spiritual masters. He was born on November 6, 1949 but his journey began well before this. In a past life, Sri M was a direct disciple of the great guru Babaji who lived in the Himalayan mountains. One day while sitting and meditating in a cave, a man came to Sri M. The man was exhausted because he had walked very long to meet Sri M, or Madhu who was his name in the past life. The man who visited him was Muslim and wanted to learn the truth from M. But M denied the Muslim man because he did not want any disciples. The Muslim man felt heartbroken and no longer saw any meaning with his life. If he could not find the truth that his heart cried out for he felt that he could as well die in order to unite with God. He threw himself into a nearby lake and drowned. His master Babaji was very disappointed in M and had him reborn as a Muslim in his next life to make a similar journey as the Muslim in order to understand the suffering he had created for the man.

Sri M was born in his present life as Mumtaz Ali Khan to a Muslim family in Trivandrum, Kerala. Already at an early age, he showed great interest in religious writings and when he was 9 years old, a man appeared to him in his garden and this man would prove to be his future guru. When he got older he started to feel a strong pull to go to the Himalayas to find the truth. After a long and tough hike he eventually reached the mountains and ended up at the holy place Badrinath where he hoped to find a master he could follow. However, he found none and a total hopelessness filled his heart and he no longer felt any desire to live. He felt the same feeling the Muslim man had in M’s earlier life. Just when he was ready to give up and throw himself in the river he saw a fire from a cave, and from within the cave a voice called for him. When he was 19 years old, he left his home in southern India and started the journey towards the Himalayas. After a long and tough journey he reached the mountains and searched around the holy place Badrinath after a master. But he found  none and a total hopelessness filled his heart and he no longer felt a desire to live. He felt the same feelings as the Muslim man felt in M’s past life. Just when he was ready to give up, he saw a fire outside the Vyasa Cave, and from inside the cave a voice called for him. Inside sat the very man who had shown himself to him in the garden as a child. The man turned out to be his guru.

Sri M lived and learned from his guru for 3.5 years until he was told to return to society again. Since then, he has shared the knowledge he has learned and guided people on the path. He has formed the organization The Satsang Foundation and released a number of books. Including the bestseller Apprentice to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiographyr. This book is wonderful if you want to know more about Sri’s amazing story and he has also released a sequel where he continues to share his exciting and amazing story.

During March 2017 we visited Villa Unspunnen in Switzerland and attended a retreat with Sri M. We talk about our experience during this retreat in Maldorma TV- Episode 20.

A Journey To India – Part 6 – The Divine Life Society

On the right: Swami Sivananda, founder of The Divine Life Society. On the left: Swami Chidananda, became the organisations president after Sivanandas passing.

In April 2017, Tobias and I traveled to northern India to visit different holy places in and around Nainital, Rishikesh and Dharamsala. When we planned our trip to Rishikesh, visiting Sivananda Ashram ended up being quite high up on our priority list. The Sivananda Ahram is the main ashram of The Divine Life Society, created by its founder Swami Sivananda, a famous Indian saint and guru. However, not to long before our trip to India, none of us had ever heard about The Divine Life Society or Swami Sivananda, so how did this place become one of our top priorities during our stay in Rishikesh?

The reason why I went to India in the first place was because a vision I had during a spiritual experience. I knew from that vision that we were supposed to go to India and that one of the locations we should go to was Rishikesh, but I did not know why. For this reason, we did not really know what places to visit in this area. However, I felt that the higher Self would take care of that and that I did not really have to worry about finding out. I trusted in God.

When Tobias and I was planning our trip to Rishikesh I remembered that the Indian yogi Sri M had written about a few holy places in and around the city in his book Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography. In the book he talks about his meeting with Swami Chidananda at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. I noted this place as one possible location to look into some more. I later googled Swami Chidananda and instantly fell in love with the man I saw in the pictures. He radiated such love and divinity. I watched a short film about him at Youtube called Chidananda, Walk with me and my love for him grew even further. I did not, however, feel any direct pull at the towards his guru and the founder of The Divine Life Society, Swami Sivananda.

After this, a number of strange events occurred, and “the why” of visiting Rishikesh became quite obvious. Well, at least one reason why we should go there became obvious, because I was open to the idea that there might have been multiple reasons (which turned out to be quite right). The following weeks after my discovery of The Divine Life Society the name and the people associated to this society popped up everywhere. It was almost absurd how unlikely these synchronicities were. In particular, did the picture and name of the current president of The Divine Life Society show up in the most peculiar ways. By then, I just knew we had to go there, and I had a strong feeling that we were supposed to meet the current president Swami Vimalananda. However, I did not have any high hopes that this would actually happen.

Swami Vimalananda in the middle. The current president of The Divine Life Society.

Later, when Tobias and I came to Rishikesh after an amazing time in and around Nainital, we decided to go to The Sivananda Ashram quite early on. The ashram is a huge complex with many buildings. We actually got lost for a short while searching for the main shrine called Holy Samadhi Shrine. We didn’t use the main entrance when entering the ashram since we came with our scooters and had to search for a parking lot and therefore ended up walking amongst the buildings not really meant for visitors. Suddenly I saw this old man walking in front of us together with a younger man and I immediately recognized him from the pictures that mysteriously had popped up everywhere while planning our trip. The old man was no other than the current president of The Divine Life Society, Swami Vimalananda, the very man I had felt we where supposed to meet. He just happened to be the first person we ran into.

We went up to him and talked for a while. He turned out to be a very kind, loving and humble person. We didn’t talk about anything particular. He asked us where we were from, and said he had been to Sweden a few times. We then took a photo together as a memory and parted ways. Immediately after we parted I knew intuitively that this meeting was the reason why we were supposed to come here and I didn’t feel any need to stay at the ashram any longer. To this day, I have no idea of why this meeting was important, only that it was.

Even though I did not feel any need to stay, we stayed for quite some time anyway just because the place was so beautiful. Walking around in the main hall, reading the quotes of Swami Sivananda, I started to see how extraordinary this saint had been and an affection towards this man started to grow. All over the ashram, beautiful quotes where written on the walls, and the spiritual messages they conveyed affected me deeply. The Divine Life Society is such an amazing organization spreading love and spiritually worldwide and I would recommend visiting the beautiful Sivananda Ashram if you’re in Rishikesh.

We returned to the ashram for two more days attending kirtan and also the evening arti at the river Ganga. The ashram became our favorite place in Rishikesh. I did also meet Swami Vimalananda one more time but did not talk to him this time. I just sat in his presence, listening to him reading holy literature. Nothing else was required than sitting in the hall of the master Swami Sivananda, listening to this loving man. I did not feel like searching for anything. Just sit there and Be. Perhaps this beautiful quote of Swami Sivananda says it all, even though I just caught a small glimpse of it: Seek, find, enter, rest in God.

Episode 19 – Satsang with Ram Dass & Kirtan with Krishna Das

Magnus recently traveled to Hawaii where he attended the Sunday satsang with Ram Dass & Krishna Das. He share his experience from this event and also share what happened when he also attended a kirtan concert with Krishna Das.

Last november Tobias traveled to New York to attend a kirtan concert and workshop with Krishna Das. He share what he experienced and learned from this event.

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