This interview with Sri Vast with the subtitel "Towards a New Paradigm - A new Education" is from summer 2014. Thank to Irene from the Sri Vast International Foundation, Sweden for the provision of the interview.
You are the emptiness; virginity in emptiness; devotion to nowhere; to want to be somebody; from being to non-being; abolition of the separation; origin of feelings; birth and death as part of life; the fear of death; to live ones dream; the circle of life; being trapped in constant repetition; liberation of patterns; life is not limited to one people; no need of doing anything to be free; not to admire the masters, but it do the same; enlightenment is the absolute separation of the past; enlightenment removes limitations; the uniqueness of the individual; not let go of the desire but to live it; God is an infinite dreamer; to participate in the divine dream; love as a gift with no expectations; no one is needed to feel good.
Vegetarian or non-vegetarian nutrition – depending on physical activities and energy demand, the example of building a temple, managing it, singing in it and praying and lazing; being aware of what one eats; preferring food from the region one lives in; not confusing the own senses with different information as it happens when one walks through Munich forest chewing Canadian chewing gum, listening to Californian music with French perfume, wearing clothes from Bangladesh; being and perceiving with all senses here now; not making spirituality exotic e.g. when Christians sing “Ram-Ram” and Hindus sing “Hallelujah” in order to appear particularly spiritual; when action is taken consciously or unconsciously in order to be accepted; when spirituality is understood in order to imitate classical Brahman behavior and life-style; the desire of possessing and controlling everything, things, humans, oneself as indicator for true spirituality; the spiritual quality of letting go and not being attached anymore; Yogi, the one who is free, who does not possess anything; being untouchable, not possessing oneself anymore; from denier to enjoyer and liberated, yogi so to say; the Mantra: “whichever present I receive, I wish that all can enjoy it”; not creating a comfortable zone of well being but being radically open; our true needs beyond ego; the glittering beauty in this life; bubbling bliss; self-tickling state; total joy and enjoyment; being part of the cosmic life and agreements; only ten percent of brain’s capacity required for daily life; giving the right direction to the ball of evolution; songs to express our luck and joy; joyful, celebrated transformation; dissolving completely from the past – illustrated with the example of conditioning by an experience of a five year old; when life is being seen and lived solely through the filter of our conditionings – and these conditionings being reinforced by this; liberation from the past: not following the patterns of the past anymore; the present moment, totally present, without past and future; the task of the Guru to make ourselves aware of our conditionings – the example of a student who did not want to be made aware of his ling nose; when past does not determine present anymore; our desire of being accepted by 15 important human beings in our life; the joy inside us let us perceive the joy outside; evolution inside us; the different perceptions of different people when they see a Rolls-Royce; the experience of an enlightened life; the method of going into all attachments and exaggerating them; the master- who masters life with all influences of life, like our Chakras and all influences of the universe; exploring the life of a mystic.
Why are we here? Who am I? What is it all about? Monkeys do not do spiritual practice; we are practicing yoga and have all these questions; what they believe who they are? What are we conscious of? The connection between what you believe to be and what you are is missing; like a car that does not cooperate when we want to drive into vacation; we spend our lifetime to solve this conflict in our body; communication between us and the planet.
The tropical plant protected by nature and the dancing tropical plant in the wind; try really to understand that we are not the mind; we are born in a human body and this human body has to communicate with this nature with this life; spirituality has nothing to do with religion; spirituality is about expanding and being in contact with oneself; you do not have problems – you were born into problems and grown up in them; freedom within the same cage; we are all domesticated animals; the body, the information towards nature and the collective information.
What does a rabbit in Germany need? Being touched is the most important element for a living being; being touched and relationship; we want to feel life, we want to experience that we are real; touching nature; our body has to establish contact with this planet, with nature; who are you? And the recognition, that this “I” does not exist; sound and information, experience in the body; the information how we can maintain ourselves in this system; domestication and the loss of contact with nature; all of us are much, much bigger than these little identifications we have; try to explore yourselves beyond the little identity; consciousness and the connection.
Domestication and returning to the point where we notice that we are just another species amongst all the plants and animals; the human in this body on this planet; enjoying and celebrating our presence; body and bio-information; when the whole collective information does not have contact anymore; silence, experience of wholeness, no conflict; finding out what can be awakened; we are trying all the time to redefine ourselves; you cannot define yourself, you are un-definable; do not get lost in this permanent process of re-defining; what are we looking for in the name of freedom? Have bigger desires, far beyond your little apartment; you are new humans every day; be radically honest; natural information; true, real liberation is the goal.
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Mind, a beautiful mechanism; it becomes a problem when it is like a hard disk full of viruses; do not create contrast, enemies, opposition; no reasons why you cannot be free; what one can do to be free; plants, other living beings; plants are very good healers; body contact, exchange of information and the connection with the natural intelligence of the planet; like an interaction between a computer, modem and the internet; the flow of natural information and the change of perception; we know something uncontrolled, something un-influenced
Nonsense not to perceive or to have fun with it; not to get stuck with truth if it is not helping you; true freedom means to become free of wanting to become something; freedom, the last instance; enlightenment and to see everything as enlightened; what does one do when one is enlightened? The whole world is enlightened; how does life look afterwards? The story of a yogi and Shiva; the stillness between the words and the arising presence; what this freedom really means for practical life; to really understand the play and our crisis of identity; totally beyond of it all; the planet becomes like a pile of ants; focusing our actions in daily life on the core; life, the body and freedom
Excuses to postpone something; surrendering when nothing is in the way anymore; when you and me are no longer different instances; the highest form of being one; surrendering itself is the master; being somebody, being nobody, being everything; there is nothing to be developed; presence is not mind; our fight to become something; the Guru has to help to delete the desire to become something; celebrating and enjoying the own presence
Dominant information groups we carry within ourselves; not to function well within them but beyond them; the totality of life; what ever you have has been given here and will be taken away here; who benefits from it? Religion teaches us Karma; I do not accept any of your reasons why you cannot be great right now; who is busy seeing problems?
This Satsang with Sri Vast took place in Baden-Baden during the 16th Rainbow Spirit Festival in 2010
The human being and its body; to explore the body; you live like a plastic flower; contacts; nobody is satisfied; why are we here? Our functioning; to give and take; problems which develop during domestication; but there is a search to return; you can only miss something if you have experienced it already; we want to restore this memory; explore what is there to be found; the need of your being; what for are you working so hard? For the need of your body; sleeping songs let us sleep; liberation is not liberation from structures but to escape domestication
This Satsang happened during the 17th Rainbow Spirit Festival in Berlin in November 2010.
How can we expand our self, our experiences? Sensing the body, to centre oneself in the body, perceiving life through the body; perceiving through touching the body and the senses; sense and nonsense; perception and expansion; all things come and go – something seems to be missing; about the concept to become a material body in the mind; to create a connection with the own body; listening to music, perceiving it through the body and to allow oneself to dance in the street.
Children and music – adults and music; to allow music to enter into the body; us humans are cultural products; schools of thought; do not take anything seriously; the story of someone who is locked in a beautiful room; a book, a TV set massage but he wants to escape from the room time and again; the entertainer in the room and the one who stands outside the door telling that the door can be broken; the master; the one who stands outside; different references in life and when the reference does no longer exist; Motherguru and Sadguru; concepts, we believe in; products which doe not work; the divine is nothing exotic; spirituality and religion; misunderstandings of spiritual practice.
The Guru and the cat in the Ashram; the master is the one who is unforeseeable; if you search, you have to know exactly what you search for; Motherguru and Sadguru; what do you want to be enlightened for? No longer to need declaration; liberation of the domesticated state; liberation of any references; 7 billion opportunities; wild horses and trained horses; rush, run; jump – not right not wrong; get closer to yourself; to reach the potential; get into contact with nature again, come inside and ask: what is the difference between this plant and me? To learn everything from nature; to become natural to get transformed; life can be different.
This Satsang with Sri Vast took place at the 16. Rainbow Spirit Festival in May 2010 in Baden-Baden / Germany.
(Upon request of the music group from Sri Vast this video has been removed.)
The new stream under the ocean; you can flow as a new stream after you have melted your past away; how past melts away; justifications and the desire what to do in future; which idea do I have of myself? You experience life through the idea that you have of yourself; learning to know the own identity; learning to know what is to melt away; a fresh experience of the past and non-dual mind.
When the question of melting does not exist any longer; before we create ourselves and the other and have to protect ourselves against the other and to make sure that „I“ am right; after the melting there is no fight anymore; the other level of human realization; what is enlightenment and liberation if you have never been suppressed? Concepts will dissolve; information which we have about a small portion; perceiving the totality; life on this planet is so rich; we have limited our life experience - it is a big drama and has to do with human beings only; I invite you to a different journey; the opportunity to make the multi-dimensional experience of life; expand yourselves.
To enjoy freedom or to take the role of a free person in our society? The same story; to be authentic or adapting; wherever you go you analyze; observe yourself and become conscious about what you think all the time; do not really care about what you think; old tea – make a new tea.
Words make other humans feel something; to learn about which experience I give to other people; transformation into perception; you and me are not separate then; navigation systems; we intent do make everything durable and get stuck; it is good to take everything as temporary; everything can be our master; dissolve believed imaginations; if you have no problems come to me and we will have lots of fun; identification, I, experience and no personalized experience; to change priorities; liberation, another dimension of your life experience; when you do not have the fight within yourself any longer; you are so much more than you believe; your stillness understands the stillness between my words
This Satsang with Sri Vast happened at the 17. Rainbow Spirit Festival in Berlin, November 2010.
(Upon request of the music group from Sri Vast this video has been removed.)
Music and singing; the searcher knows what he is searching for; to find peace just now; letting go conditioning and expectations; less conditions, to sleep; spiritual growth is not a big thing, just do it; to share everything which brings joy to you
What do you give back to life? I want others to enjoy whatever I enjoy; all that stagnates and decomposes; to share and mature; the mature fruit, which falls off the tree, separating from the past; not to want to decompose before maturity; from “being happy with some people some time” to “being happy with all people all the time”; bring all into your lives, integrate all; to have too small desires; expand your desires; to fix all to life; inner and outer world; to dissolve the fighting; to see yourself in the other; green light for the references; to look through oneself and the differences of perception of every individual human being; the beautiful door in the desert; to be meditative and playful and bring this into all parts of life; to be with grace and gratefulness at any moment.
Two mantras: Why not me? And what the heck is it? The habit to treat oneself as a problem; your uniqueness; encounter yourself as a joke, about which one should laugh, and as joy that should be celebrated; what does a plant need? What do you need? Touching and touching in the name of all elements of nature; to understand yourself as a living being of this planet; domestication; to be domesticated and feel well despite it.
Touching the body; come closer to yourself; learn in what way you are domesticated beings; each spiritual practice should serve to expand yourself; to expand slowly – from oneself to all; life takes place only once; you will find more and more, recognize more and more.
These videos were recorded at the first Satsang of a Intensive-Weekend with Sri Vast from June 2009.
Expectations of the Satsang participants; teaching is happening, Satsang teachers do not exist; active participation is helpful for Satsang to happen; how to express feelings? the nature of being suppressed and suppression; talking about suppression is talking about total freedom; not looking for a long time into the eyes because we do not know what to do with what happens inside us; limiting our capability to perceive; mankind gets stuck in repetition; this repetition is not possible when you allow yourself to perceive; no idea about who I am; this is beautiful because otherwise repetition would have to start; like a TV which is got stuck in the DVD “this is me”; nice prison; life is flowing, life is not stagnant.
All we create we should create temporarily; life is constantly changing; in nature nothing is permanent; the result of the dominant life style is that many people are lonely; creating something new instead of trying to fix what has been made already; it is a big difference between feeling good and being free; desire for feeling good in daily routine and relationship as strange request; beauty is beauty no matter if it is mine or somebody else’s; perceiving the beauty instead of living according to concepts; if beauty has a condition we call it relationship; many people use concepts of relationship to close themselves; it is more ownership than relationship; attraction happens through the four things one receives from a relationship; with time gift based relationship lessens; but real relationship arises when the four things are not present; true love comes when the conditions are no longer present; partnerships often are lived as concepts; the feeling that something is wrong when one does not have a partner appears to be strange; you are already totally complete; having a partner or not having a partner should not make a difference.
The process of conditioning explained with a children book; the way human society is formed; how monoculture thinking creates problems; trying to feel perfect by copying imprints; when you are perfect in copying you feel good; reactions to something which is not working well or missing occur according to imprinted pictures of how it should be; most of your needs are trained but not natural.
Clarification on spirituality, religions and religious practices; the human as a natural being; domestication blocks you to experience life in its natural form; when we talk about personality we talk about beliefs and ideas of ourselves; taking care about the idea of oneself but ignoring the body; transformation into total liberation arises as a natural reflection.
This Satsang with Sri Vast happened during the Rainbow Spirit Festival 2009 in Baden-Baden / Germany spontaneously in the park next to the Congress centrum.
(Upon request of the music group from Sri Vast the first part of the video has been removed.)
Celebrating with music in a park; waiting for situations to rise; crisis as good times; loosing the believe that something will protect you; a radical change is needed; you have one beautiful life; the crisis is a Christmas present; so not underestimate yourself; the right way is to feel free; no importance of what you know; total liberation is the ultimate destiny; no such thing as a closed heart; most people want to feel comfortable within their own prison; as long as the door is closed the thirst for freedom is not finished; the life of the being; the life as just the being – not as character; just the being; one sun, one moon, one you.
See the world as you; do not consider anything as the opposite to you and what exists comes to your life; you are trained to think in a certain way; do not take your thinking too serious; 6 billion people have a way of thinking and I have only one more way; thinking changes all the time; go for what you really want and which world you really want to live in; bring your body, your mind and your essence together in one point; in the end everybody is looking for freedom and silence; whatever you do gives a direction for mankind; look deep inside what you are looking for; you are a natural person but highly domesticated; but you want to come back to yourself and your natural being; born as a being but educated as a German; we do not question why we do what we do; when you ask the question who you are you will see that life is much more than what you thought; expanding yourself is important; no need to blame the ego; because you are domesticated you feel that something is missing; comparison with a plastic flower; through securing you become a plastic flower; that is not living; life is beautiful when you do not know what will happen; allow life to flow through you; be aware how you are connected with life; how grateful are you to life? there is so much in life to be aware of; when you do not care about a projection, you are free; playing a role just in order to be accepted; recognize if you are authentic with yourself.
This Satsang with Sri Vast was recorded during the Rainbow Spirit Festivals 2009 in Baden-Baden / Germany.
Samadhi – the grave; the idea you have about you dies; the heart is longing for experiences which it still remembers; you were born free; state of a child; to become un-guilty again; how it works with experiences your read about in books; not to come close to experiences you read about in books but to come close to yourself; be radically honest; come radically close to you; knowledge and information will not liberate you; true liberation without any references
The controlled growth of a Bonsai; domestication of human beings; wonderful life; do not make ego a problem; you create what you see; I do not say close your eyes but open your eyes and see harmony, beauty, love, peace, freedom
Ask yourself: In which way do I want to be natural? Life is multidimensional, unlimited; do not reduce yourself to a concept of life; about completion of pictures of life; the concept life is nothing but a game, complete or incomplete; experience, recognize life freshly; when the values of this game are not relevant any longer, you have arrived at the beginning; you are divine, already absolutely perfect.
This interview took place in Frankfurt, June 2009. The questions were asked by Dominique und Devasetu.
About the name Sri Vast; no spiritual teacher but to live life and share it with others, which became some kind of teaching; only one fully enlightened world; about the beauty of the inner and outer world; through the connection with the consciousness of a master being able to see this consciousness also in others; the same mother language of different masters; no tradition – life itself is the master; about the continuously changing consciousness; to open up the eyes towards the beauty of life; relaxation free from conditions; about the strong domestication of human beings; no practices but to participate in life; the example of the monkey who needs practice as long as he lives in a cage but who simply lives life in nature; to practice in any way to remove ones boundaries and limitations; to see love, beauty and harmony in life.
About a natural and authentic life free from the past; to rediscover life on this planet and making this also possible for our children; domestication as the main problem of the „human catastrophe“ of an unnatural way of living which causes many symptoms of imbalance; living according to references and concepts is absolutely determined, but everyone is unique; computer games as a world of designed experiences of winning and losing; the designed reality also in the domesticated life; to be absolutely in the here and now – not responding to the game any more.
Training animals as teaching them to obey and as an example of domestication; about the learned pattern that the trained behaviour is right and natural behaviour is wrong; feelings of fear and guilt in every action as a consequence; handicapped children because of this training; the deeply imprinted picture of how things have to be and the convulsive attempt to reach this picture; living beyond this concept in different dimensions; „the flower is in you“; freedom is impossible while being captured inside of a room and can only be reached by opening the door and walking out; the unique life in this moment; about every being's right to live in a natural way.
Many times during his childhood and youth Sri Vast naturally went into state of samadhi, where he was physically unconscious, but where he experienced a totally different dimension of the human life on this planet. In this dimension, life was a harmonious living experience between all beings. After these experiences the big question arose within him: which world is the true world? The world that he experienced physically and daily? Or a world beyond that - a world in a totally different dimension, where life was not conditioned? This led him to wonder about the way we humans communicate with life. More and more he wondered why his life seemed to be easy and beautiful, when others seemed to suffer. Problems faced by others were not perceived as problems by him.
In Guruji ’s words: “Everything happened without any effort towards the unknown future”. At the age of 20 Guruji Sri Vast went through a tremendous experience of freedom, where there were no conditions or limitations to life in any way. Guruji Sri Vast experienced that there was no future. He could not even plan for the next day. Suddenly everything came to an end. There was just a state of total freedom and presence. After this experience he questioned his present path and education to an even greater extent. Guruji Sri Vast realized that the existing education system did not support either inner growth or being in the present.
A couple of years later, in 1993, Guruji Sri Vast created a Learning Community and Ecological Center where he shared his experiences, explaining how life can be experienced beyond suffering. He taught about the profound relationship between human and nature. At the Center people could learn an ecological way of taking care of nature and of themselves. The Center also provided free education within this field, as well as traditional Siddha medicine and medical support to the many surrounding villagers.
People from many countries and different walks of life, joined his endeavour to investigate ways to live in harmony with nature. Guruji Sri Vast’s urge to explore and understand life on earth continued. He started to get invitations from around the world, travelling to different places to give talks. In the year 2000 Sri Vast started an International Center for Ecology and Spiritual Studies and many spiritual teachers and sadhus came to share their experiences.
At the age of 32 during a longer visit to a snowy winter Sweden, Guruji Sri Vast fell down in the middle of the forest while meditating. “I saw my body lying there, as if it was dead. The whole planet Earth became very small, and then the whole galaxy became small; there was no fear, no pain, no questions, no separation, no form. The whole existence started to breathe together as in one single breath and I was totally in bliss. It was a great journey. When I came back to the body I experienced so much heat and I was sweating. I could not move my body; I started to crawl like a newborn child. At first I had no memory of the past and no idea of what was happening, but everything was taken care of by itself. The body was weightless, the breathing was changed, the amount of prana that went inside the body was very high and it felt like floating on the air. For three weeks it continued like this and during this time I went out of my body several times. At one point I lost my speech.
This state was so full of bliss - all the questions were answered. The total purpose of living revealed itself. This experience brought a discontinuity from the past, and it changed everything. Every moment in life became so wonderful and precious. Life became open, endless, ageless and goalless. There was nothing to reach anymore, just a great silence inside. For me, that moment revealed the truth that everything is enlightened in this world; whatever I see and whom ever I meet. When a person becomes enlightened, not just that individual is enlightened. But that person’s whole world becomes enlightened. To me, you are all enlightened. Enlightenment is not something that happened one day in the past through a particular experience. Enlightenment is experiencing every moment as an enlightening moment. Enlightenment is happening in this very moment, in every step you take, in every choice you make. It is an endless freedom and a completely effortless living, a sense of oneness and a constant flow of love. Everything in life becomes very much grounded and all comparisons disappear".
After this profound experience, Guruji Sri Vast, who has never had any particular teachers himself, started to give talks on “Naturalization of Mankind” and “Enlightenment”. Guruji Sri Vast developed and shared the practices of Inner Yoga – a unique set of nature exercises, meditation and movement, which were transmitted during Guruji’s samadhi experiences. Guruji shares a unique self-inquiry process, an inward journey. Here we are challenged to meet our ideas about ourselves and life, in order to get closer to our true inner being. The Teachings of Guruji Sri Vast are provocative and revolutionary in their approach towards life, questioning our fundamental belief systems and the concepts of Man and God. Thousands of people have been inspired by the Teachings of Guruji Sri Vast, sharing their joy, wisdom and devotion with others.
During recent years Guruji is teaching four months in the Ashram in India, where devotees from around the world come to experience the presence of the living master. During the remaining period of the year Guruji travels with a team of devotees to share and spread the wisdom of joyful liberation. Many ecological movements are initiated and inspired by Gurujis practical Teachings, advocating a personal and global transformation and sustainable future for all. At present Guruji is actively engaged in the campaign called: Global Cooling Campaign – a call for positive changes.
Sri Vast: “For me there is no East.
There is no West.
Its just one people in one planet.
For me there is no past.
There is no future.
There is just this moment which is now.
I am the bridge
Between you and this moment.
My whole effort is to bring you,
to connect with this moment naturally.
So that you can experience
The wholeness of your existence."
Last Updated: Aug 29th, 2016