Giving a Lecture is different than trying to sell Fish! – 12 Jan 14

In the beginning of 2006, when I was still in Australia, I had an experience which made me realize how commercialized the spiritual scene already was. I was at an esoteric fair – and to the surprise of my organizers, I refused to work there.

To explain the complete story, I have to say that my organizers were themselves, too, going to have a stall at this fair. So when I arrived at their place, they told me that for the weekend they had not planned any workshops but instead wanted to take me to the fair so that I could do my work and help people there. I had already been to similar fairs and was not sure what I should really think of this. I had only ever been a visitor, not a lecturer but I knew that there were well-organized programs running simultaneously to the shopping experience at stalls and stands. So I was once more just open to see whatever would come.

We came to the big building in which this fair was taking place and my organizers straight away took me to their stall which they had already built up the day before. While walking through the hall, I took a look at the other exhibitors and their stalls. People were selling crystals, angel cards, spiritual books, singing bowls and many gift items. There were tarot card readers, clairvoyants and fortune tellers. You could get photographs of your aura, your future predicted in many different ways and even get massages in small cabins, separated by curtains. There was program, too, in a few big side halls where timetables of people’s lectures were announced in front of the door and in small pamphlets. It was a spiritual supermarket, a fair on which the selling and buying of energy was normal to everyone.

The stall of my organizers was pretty big on one of the main paths through the hall. Having arrived there, they finally told me what they were planning. He told me ‘We can separate a small area from our stall with curtains and you can give your individual sessions right here. And we will fix a timing when I will announce your lecture. Whoever is close-by in that time and has interest can just come by here, where you will be speaking!’

I was speechless at first, not sure how to say what I was feeling. In the end I started at what I thought would be obvious: ‘It is quite loud here’ and I went on to explain him that in order to give a counselling session, just a curtain would not be enough to keep out the noise and disturbance of the surrounding, so that someone would be able to relax! Additionally I would not be able to give a lecture like this, like a fisherman praising his fish in the middle of a busy market, trying to shout above the noise! I need to focus and concentrate for a lecture, I need to look in people’s eyes and see their reaction and I need their attention, too! It doesn’t work for me to have passers-by stopping and going on when they notice they are actually not interested! I am not advertising or trying to sell anything!

Someone answered, I hope half in joke, that he thought I was an expert of concentration and would be able to focus anywhere. I told him that he may be a master of this art but I realized my inability to do this. I would well be able to concentrate on myself while in a crowd but when interacting with others, I need to focus on the outside, too, have a feeling for the atmosphere of my audience and simply have to have more peace than in the middle of a busy market hall!

I guess I am just not the right person for this kind of fair!

Detach yourself to Learn Controlling your Mind – 16 Feb 10

In a way what I was writing about is also the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. When our mind is active and it is not concentrated or focused, it is difficult to be in peace. It is all the time here and there.

The Gita also says that you need to control the mind. And for controlling the mind you need detachment. What is detachment? It means not to be attached with material. That is why I ask why these all Swamis and Gurus who even give lectures from the Gita are so much attached to material. If you see their lifestyle, you can see how it is reflecting. I think I don’t need to explain in which way, everybody knows this.

Now a good question that everybody can ask himself: are you attached to material? The immediate answer of many people will be ‘No!’ but we want to go a bit deeper than just this. Maybe you believe that you are not attached to material because you don’t have much anyway but let me tell you, this is not the definition of being detached.

If you really have a lot and lose everything, you will feel if you are attached or not. And also if you don’t have much and lose the rest, then, too, you will feel your attachment to the things that you lost. It may be very difficult not to be attached to anything. Try to be attached to as little as possible, leave old things, throw them out and give them to someone who needs them more than you.

Do one Thing at a Time – it will Succeed better – 20 Jul 09

Today there was a woman here for her second healing session. When she came the first time some days ago, she told that she was often very much in stress. She had many things to do but that was not the problem. What gave her all this stress was her negative thinking. And she told me how much tension she had because of this.

When she came today she told me: ‘I feel happiness inside me! It is wonderful!’ And she told one more thing: ‘I am a person who is usually doing five or six things at the same time but since this first healing session I have the peace inside myself to concentrate on one thing at a time.’

It is great to do this. You can only do something with your full heart, if you do not have five other things to do at the same time.

She said ‘Through this loving energy I feel that I can do one thing after the other and if I don’t manage to do everything because I get tired, it is also okay. I don’t have to be perfect and do everything at once.’

And I believe in it that things turn out most nicely if you do just one thing at a time. I cannot do even two things at once. I always want to put my full concentration on one thing. And only like this I feel that I can do everything with love.

Meditation – Complete Awareness of what you are doing – 9 Apr 08

Today was the first Darshan of the 'Europe-Tour' in Sabine's house. She is a lovely person and there was a very nice atmosphere in this Darshan, this group meditation. I explained today what meditation is for me.

Many people may have an idea about how a meditation should be. They should sit down with crossed legs, close their eyes, breathe in a certain way and so on. But I do not want to have rules like this when meditating.

The Sanskrit word for meditation is 'dhyan'. This word does not only mean meditation but is also used in the sense of awareness. If you do anything with dhyan, you are fully aware of what you are doing. And this can be while walking in the forest, while reading, while working on computer or while playing with children. Anything can be meditation if you are there with your full awareness. It is not meditation when you are walking in the forest and at the same time thinking of your work. Then you are not concentrating on what you are doing at that moment. In this way I feel that meditation can be in so many ways and you do not need any rule for that.

I always say in Darshan that everybody should please sit down however they feel good. You cannot listen to your heart if your knee is hurting because you are not sitting comfortably. In this meditation everybody should start accepting himself and expressing himself and this starts with sitting the way you want or lying down because you feel like it. I say I can only tell you what meditation is, you have to decide yourselves in which way it feels good for you. This creates a wonderful energy.

Thomas also played music on the Sitar and contributed in a great way to this pleasant atmosphere in which many could just relax and accept their feelings. I am very happy about this evening.

Respect your food by paying full attention to it – 08 Feb 08

We just came back from dinner. Ann, a friend from Ireland is also here for a few days. We went to a nice little restaurant in Wiesbaden. It is a pure vegetarian restaurant and the owner is Indian. The food was very good and I am especially happy about the fact that it is vegetarian. The energy is so clean there. Vegetarian restaurants are rare here in Europe. The owner is a nice man and I encouraged him and said him that he and his business will grow and develop.
While I was eating somebody asked me a question. I did not reply because I did not realize that the question was directed at me. Actually I did not even hear the question. When I am eating I am concentrating on it. There is nothing else. I would not even put on music; I would not listen to it and it would only disturb me. In India the culture is a little bit different. When somebody is eating and you are coming to his home you sit down and wait for him to finish. He will not stop eating to greet you and you will not start talking to him. Paying full attention to your food shows the respect that you have for it. So if you address me while I am eating it can easily happen that I do not answer. Please do not mind it; I am just concentrating on my food.