Our Work with Ayurveda doesn’t include Energy Work – 29 Sep 14

We recently had our Ayurveda Massage Training. It was very successful, the participants learned a lot and we enjoyed passing on the knowledge and most of all experience that we have made with Ayurveda massages and treatments over the course of years. There was however one point with which we did not feel very comfortable: the participants asked about the energetic aspects of such massages.

Ayurveda literally translates to the science of life. What we do in an Ayurveda retreat is to focus on your physical as well as mental issues, trying to soothe them and maybe even heal them. The massages relax the body and you are able to relax the mind with that as well. There are treatments for pain in back, shoulders, knees and other body parts. There are also treatments to relieve stress, depression and insomnia.

We don’t however work with energy.

No, we actually don’t even believe in energy! I know that there have been many people who have connected this science that has a measurable, real effect on the body with ‘energy’, something that is not touchable, measurable or explainable. Something that may as well not exist. I also know that many massage therapists, due to their religious belief, start a massage in a way that seems to me superstitious: they light a candle at a small altar, they touch their hands to the table and their head and make a prayer – for support, healing or whatever. We don’t do any such thing.

Through such actions of religious therapists and probably also lectures by religious Ayurvedic professors, a person not related to Ayurveda can very well get the impression that this all is a part of Ayurveda, that Ayurveda has something to do with energy. It is however, basically, a science with effects that can be proven.

It is you who presses acupressure points, who moves the hands over tensed muscles and who knows the techniques how to move the hand over a hurting joint! Of course you help the other one, of course there is a certain relaxing atmosphere and a sense of inner calmness that helps you do your job well. We think this all is related to you, your inner situation and your work, not anything from the outside. Apart from the psychological effect that it could have, we don’t believe any of those religious or superstitious actions is beneficial to you or the person in front of you.

Obviously, if you expect such a thing to be taught in our training, you will be disappointed. We cannot give you an instruction for a ceremony, ritual or prayer to do before you start a massage or treatment. If you would like to ask God, the universe or anybody else for support and request healing energy for the person lying in front of you, you are free to do that yourself. We won’t be able to teach you such a thing. Simply because we don’t believe in it.

Our participants left the Ashram happy and satisfied with the knowledge and practice they received. They may have missed that point of energy but we could explain them our point of view. What we have learned however is that we may have to make a note on our website, telling clearly that there will be no energy work involved. At all. It will help us getting the right people to our training and help them saving themselves from disappointment.

My Answer to the Question ‘Do Men lose Energy when having an Orgasm during Sex?’ – 17 Jun 14

We have been on Gran Canaria for a complete week now already and have had a few very nice programs! The first of these was a lecture that I gave about a very popular topic: Sex and Freedom. I say it is a popular topic because, as always with this topic, the room was full and everyone wanted to know what I had to say about sex. After the lecture, there was time for some questions and answers and in the next days I would like to tell you a bit about this lecture and the questions and answers.

Obviously, one of the issues that I addressed in this lecture, was the concept of celibacy. It is the opposite of freedom, it is suppression of the natural sexual urge and leads to more problems than you can imagine. Sex has been made a taboo by religion and society for thousands of years and they presented celibacy and abstinence as a form of pure living. They presented celibate monks and priests as cleaner, better humans – the result however was uncountable events of sexual harassment, rape and other brutalities done by these ‘pure’ beings! Often onto those who were trusting them, who depended on them. Because the natural urge was suppressed and needed an outlet.

I said all of this during the lecture and then there was a question afterwards: Don’t men lose their energy when they have an orgasm?

I know that this is something that religion has presented as the reason for banning sex in an attempt to control people and even their basic instincts. You have to see it just as that though: a fairy tale that someone told in order to make you behave the way that they want to. A threat to make you afraid which has no base. Doctors have medically proved that it is fully wrong – and you can even experience that yourself!

Have you ever had a great orgasm? What were your feelings? Love, satisfaction, peace, complete happiness! These are not the feelings of someone who just lost all his energy! These are not the feelings of a man who just spent a part of his most precious life juice and thus feels weak! On the contrary – an orgasm fills you with energy!

Of course, if you did some healthy exercise during your sex session, you may feel a bit tired, weak and even like taking a nap – but after that you will feel more powerful, strong and full of energy! As long as you don’t let that such nonsense ideas create guilty feelings about the fact that you just had sex!

Celibacy is the most unnatural concept on earth! So don’t worry, enjoy your sex life and be happy!

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!

End a Friendship if it only exhausts you – 26 Sep 13

You will often find that your friendships are fine as they are, just as I wrote yesterday, even if they don’t look the way that mainstream media presents a good friendship. It can happen however that you realize your friendship is going the wrong way, that your friend is taking advantage of you, for example or another issue that now gives you the doubt whether your friendship can really last any longer. In such cases we are normally reluctant to really end the friendship. If it is hurting yourself however, you may need to realize that it is for the better!

It is not easy to take a decision to end a friendship, especially if there is not any fight or obvious point of breaking apart. Please note that I am always in favour of making a friendship work if it is in any way possible but there is one thing that people tend to forget in order to keep a friendship: a friendship is supposed to be nourishing and strengthening for both sides, not exhausting for you and giving you the feeling that you are being taken advantage of. If you are wondering after every meeting why you feel so bad and if you are giving and giving, while you seem not to get anything back, there is something wrong.

I would always recommend to make at least a try and talk about whatever you are feeling. When the situation comes up in which you are always being taken advantage of, address the issue straight away in a nice manner. If that does not help and the issue persists, don’t try to hang on. You have made an effort to fix it but if it just sucks your energy and powers you out instead of giving you energy, you have to let go.

Letting go is a big challenge! Especially when it is about a long-time friendship, when there are so many memories together and you know each other so well. Once you have taken that decision however, see it through because you have noticed it is not good for you. It may seem like it would hurt much but mostly you will notice that the abusive behavior had already lasted for a long time. You are probably longing for the friends you had in the beginning – not the friend you had in the end. That’s how you will notice that you will feel better without this influence in your life.

When I talk about ending this friendship, I don’t mean that you should start a big argument and make it so big that you two actually do have a fight. That is not necessary! You don’t need to make a big deal out of it – just reduce your time with your friend slowly, spend more time with others or yourself and take some time just for you. Give yourself a treat, do what you really enjoy and just feel a little bit how you are without this company – you will realize that it actually feels good.

Holiness of Power Places is a Creation of your Mind – 4 Aug 11

Some time ago, Ramona and I were talking about ‘power places’, locations on this earth that people call holy, very powerful or in some other special in their atmosphere. These places exist in every country. If they have anything to do with religion, people make pilgrimages to go there and often have a very uplifting sensation when they go there. What is it however that makes these places special?

These places can be everywhere around the world. You need to listen to people to find them. Many are just obvious, like Stonehenge in Scotland, where people have such feeling. Vrindavan is such a place for many people, especially Hindus. There are places of the American Indians in North America that are used as such power places and also in Australia where the Aborigines used them for their own rituals and worship. There are power places in Egypt and also here in Germany. They are really everywhere and sometimes you find temples, sometimes just stones, a ground or even a lake or river. Often it is naturally beautiful, sometime it is made by man.

They all have one thing in common: religious or spiritual people believe that when they are at those places, they feel great energy, they feel peaceful, they can relax and have an experience of a kind of holiness. They tell it to others, who then want to have this experience, too! And yes, when they arrive there, they also feel the energy.

As I see it however, this is mostly an illusion. Someone told you that there would be great energy and when you were there, you felt it, too. You had this in mind before you even went there! This is even stronger with religious places. Vrindavan is the place of Krishna, Jerusalem the place of Jesus and they both make you feel holy. If some other place was mentioned in your scripture, you would go to that place. Holiness is not in the place, it is in your mind!

Apart from this, there are of course places that are breathtaking by their nature or by what humans built there. There are places that are beautiful and others that fill you with awe for creation, the universe or what people have achieved in a time that lay far before ours. This all can happen but the feeling of holiness is in our minds.

In my belief, you can also create such a place in your home. You create an altar or you take one room of your home that you only enter for certain occasions or in such a mood and you have such a place. Those places can be very individual. They are of course also connected with your experiences at that place. Maybe you have been standing under the same tree many times to make important decisions of your life. Thus that tree has become a power place for you. Or you always went to the same spot at the river in order to relax and thus it became your place, a place that it special for you. It is a very normal river or a very normal village, for other people uninteresting but for you very special!

The cave in which I have spent more than three years in meditation is a power place, too, if you see it like this. When you go down there, you can easily relax and go in meditation. Why? Because I spent so much time there and charged it with energy so that you feel this energy still today? No, because of its atmosphere, its surrounding and because you know of this story. It is real, you can relax there easily but it is a place that we created on our own. It was not built on any certain place that I believed to be holy. I still don’t think that it is holy but of course its atmosphere helps you to go in meditation.

I don’t really see a problem with people going to such power places for their spiritual experiences. If they enjoy it, it is nice. The problem is however that many people get addicted to this feeling. They feel that they can only get peace if they go to those places and they run there whenever they can. When they are not there, they feel something is going wrong. In such situations, religions also create more of this illusion and people really are unhappy when they cannot go there regularly.

This is why I want to tell you that it is only an illusion. Realize this illusion and you won’t depend on those places anymore. You will be free to feel good without that place, too! It is only your mind that makes you feel good there. Feel good in your home, feel good wherever you are!

Religious Programs without Guru Drama in Bombay – 17 Jul 11

We came back from Delhi to Vrindavan. The next morning we were supposed to start from Vrindavan to Bombay by car because I had planned some program there. We had a driver who was supposed to take us there but when we arrived in Vrindavan, we got to know that one of his relatives had died and he needed to go to the funeral. We had planned to go by car and had to be in Bombay in three days for the program. What should we do now, without a driver? Well, Yashendu and I simply decided to drive ourselves.

So we started in the morning at six o’clock and headed off towards Bombay, nearly 1400 kilometers from Vrindavan. Of course we couldn’t drive the entire distance at once and so we decided to break the journey into two parts. After approximately 12 hours of taking turns in driving we reached the city Indore, about 700 kilometers from Vrindavan by six o’clock in the evening. We had done half of our way, which is pretty good in the Indian traffic and highway situation. Exhausted and tired, we arrived at the house of friends. They welcomed us, happy to have us in their home for a night. We in turn were very happy to have a nice dinner with their family and a good bed.

In the morning we started again at five or six o’clock to finish the rest of our journey. Close to Bombay the roads were better and so we were able to reach the metropolis in the afternoon. We could have decided to go by plane or train instead, but we wanted to have this adventure and experience and so we simply did it. We had fun on this long drive and enjoyed the time on the road.

In Bombay we went to an apartment house that belonged to one of my disciples, a rich man owning many apartment houses in Bombay. In one of those he had a flat which was usually empty and used only from time to time. He had offered me that I could come any time, have the keys to this flat and stay there. I had done that a couple of times before and had been to Bombay a lot so that the city felt like a second home to me. On that day, too, it felt a bit like arriving at another home again. We had called the man from the way and one of his employees was waiting at the door of the house to give us the key.

What was I going to do in Bombay? I had come to Bombay to work and also to earn some money. It was December 2001 and I had spent a good part of the year travelling in Europe where I had not yet established any connections to places or people with whom I could work. I had not really had work in that time and obviously did not really earn money either. At the Ashram and at my parents’ home however there was my family and there were students, all depending on me for their food and living. I was the one who earned money for the family, the students and the employees at that time. I had responsibility.

I did not however want to be a guru anymore. I had done the big program in Rajasthan in 2001 with thousands of people and already in that time I had felt that it was too much for me. It was too much guru drama, too much show and I had anyway cancelled any initiations. I did not want to repeat this experience in Bombay. And so I had found a way to work as a religious person, in smaller groups and without a big program.

As I had been to Bombay many times before, I had many contacts there and so I started doing rituals and ceremonies and giving lectures in people’s homes. I had called two or three other people from Vrindavan who could help with fire ceremonies and other rituals and so we went to the family homes in a small group. It was program that could be arranged spontaneously and which was for one or two days. The family called their relatives and friends to come and so we had groups of 20 to 50 people. I thus avoided getting together with hundreds or thousands of people and I did not need organizers to print posters and flyers, to advertise, to arrange tents and music and so on. I could only go there, they had everything prepared for the rituals and it was a smaller program without the big show of being a guru. In this way I managed not to get involved in too big drama and could honestly work with people.

People enjoyed these more individual programs very much. They felt honoured that I came into their homes and they came together to get blessing for the home, for themselves and for their family members. It was around the end of the year 2001, a time of new beginnings and so we did the religious prayers and ceremonies to bless everyone for the new beginning of the year. I gave some lectures, we sang Mantras and scriptures together and everyone was happy.

When we were not out for such programs, people also came to visit us at the apartment, to get blessing, to receive healing for their problems and to be in this atmosphere and energy.

We thus spent the winter in Bombay, where the weather was pleasant and not as cold as in Vrindavan. We earned with our work so that I could pay my helpers and also was sure to bring something back home. We stayed for about two months and were joined by our driver after the mourning period in his family was over. He drove the car back to Vrindavan so that we came back home at the end of January 2002.

Is there a bigger Plan? – Our Need for Security – 24 Jun 11

In a counseling session some weeks ago, a woman said to me ‘I believe there is a plan for everything that is going on now and for what will happen in future. What do you think?’ I told her that I had a very different idea. Let me explain you my thoughts on this topic.

Who do you think has a plan? Usually religious people will answer this with God and people who are less religious will say the universe, the higher energy or something similar. It is thus not an idea that is depending on religion. There may be some religions that tell us God has made a plan but also people without religion believe it.

Where does this idea come from? I think it comes from people’s basic need for security. People want to know that whatever happens is in someone’s plan. They want to have rules. If I do this, something good will happen, if I do that, something bad will happen. The concept of heaven and hell provides security because it means that someone is there who has a plan. Religions were made because people saw that there was a need for this security. They provided it and people came.

Astrology and horoscopes were also made because of this need for security. People want to get to know what will happen tomorrow. They have trust that the stars will tell it and that the bigger plan is written in the stars. Others believe in the clairvoyant power of an individual, someone who reads the cards, someone who predicts the future out of a crystal ball or someone who says he has contact with angels who know about the bigger plan. The problem is that with such predictions depend often on how much money you can give to the one who makes the prediction. The more you give, the more successful you will be in future.

I actually believe that there is no plan and that nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. We can take our decisions and have to take our responsibility for the consequences. Nobody knows before what will happen if you go one way or the other. I believe that everything happens for good, which means that even something that in this moment does not seem like a good thing to you, has some aspect that is positive. But you don’t know about this before and it is not ‘planned’ that this happens. Every event is the result of previous decisions or events. There is no plan.

If nobody can know anyway what will happen on the next day, why should we worry about it? There will never be an answer! We will see what will happen and we will deal with whatever comes. The past is past and tomorrow will come. Live in the presence, today, now!

Tattoos, Piercings and Body Implants – Beautiful, ugly or strange? – 21 Jun 11

In different workshops and lectures I have often told people that they are beautiful as they are. I have talked and also written a lot about inner beauty and outer appearance. I have explained that especially women can have real psychological problems if they don’t get self-confidence to find themselves beautiful as they are. They use tons of make-up to present a person who they are not and they believe it makes them more beautiful.

Today I want to mention another fashion which makes people feel more beautiful but which in my eyes is not something that could enhance the natural beauty of a person: Tattoos and piercings.

I said it was a fashion but of course that has been a fashion for many years already and this is how there are so many people who can tell you of their experiences with ink-drawn pictures and holes in different parts of their bodies. Tattoos and piercings can be everywhere nowadays. People have tattoos on the complete body, including on the eyeballs. Piercings with rings, studs and some other designs decorate their body from top to toe and even their genitals are not safe.

I never understood the reason for this kind of body decoration. You actually ruin your body. You make holes into your skin that are not supposed to be there and you put ink under your skin where it does not belong. And it is permanent!

More and more young people have a tattoo done and realize after ten or twenty years that is simply doesn’t fit anymore to who you are. It is not any wonder, you may not like the cute little heart with the wings anymore when you are 35 although you loved it when you were 18 years old and had it done. But now it is on your neck, visible to everyone whenever you don’t wear a turtleneck pullover – and in summer this means always.

There is a scenario that is even worse but also quite common: you have the name of your partner or spouse tattooed onto your forearm, hip, back or shoulder and discover after some time that it won’t work out for you. You break up and still have this name inked onto your body, a constant reminder of a past that you might want to leave behind soon.

There are two solutions to this dilemma and it is mostly stars and celebrities who have showed the general public how to solve such problems: you can have it removed with a laser that practically bursts the colour particles under your skin. It takes several sessions and a lot of money and can leave nasty scars. Another possibility is to tattoo over it, so that it turns to another picture or another slogan. Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Britney Spears are only some examples of celebrities who have had and removed tattoos.

So these are the regular stories of tattoos but there are people who actually advertise that having certain symbols tattooed onto your body gives you more energy and can have certain effects from fertility to wealth. It is wrong to tell someone that a tattoo would heal or give particular energy. There was a time when people lived in tribes, were uneducated and really believed that a certain array of dots and stripes on your forehead gives you strength and power. We live in modern times however and are aware that this is not the truth. This strength comes from your believe that you are strong, not from the tattoo.

I am just surprised again and again when I see what people do to their body. Many people really have extremely many tattoos and piercings so that you cannot really see the person underneath anymore. Other extremes are tattoos on tongues, eyeballs and genitals. Another strange fashion that you really cannot call art anymore is to have body implants and modifications. People have devices inserted under their skin merely for decorative purpose and thus get horns on the head, stars on the arms or even coins and beads in any part of the body.

Don’t do this to your body, you are beautiful and fine as you are.

Proud Followers – Open Display of Loyalty to Guru – 2 Jun 11

Proud followers

Today I want to describe you another type of followers, those who are very proud to say that they are followers. They like to show in every possible way that they belong to their guru.

If the guru gives his disciples a certain outfit, they will wear it as often as possible. That can be a certain colour or it can be a certain kind of shirt or dress. Sometimes the guru even sells dresses that he himself has worn once. The followers believe those dresses to be filled with the guru’s divine energy, so they spend a lot of money to buy them and afterwards wear them proudly, telling others about it.

They openly wear a mala with a pendant on it, on which you can see the guru’s picture. Whomever they meet gets to know immediately that they follow that master. It is not enough that they buy and wear all those signs that show they belong to their master, many even open their own shop and sell them.

They often don’t use their birth names anymore but only the names which their guru gave them. This giving of names is a great honour by the master and the followers are proud to have received a spiritual name. It doesn’t matter to them that their parents, friends and other acquaintances feel strange about this change of name. They are just so proud and everybody has to call them by their new names now.

They want to let everybody know that they are followers and they convert as many others as possible to become followers, too. They become missionaries for their gurus and tell everyone, whether he asked or not, about their guru.

Proud followers believe that their guru is the only right one and that all other masters are fake. There is no guru like their guru and if he has any fault, they are quick to find an explanation for it.

Praise for their guru never stops. ‘My guru regularly has dinner with the Prime Minister and advises him on his decisions!’ or ‘My master has millions of followers all around the world’ are only examples. They boast with how many centers their guru has, how many popular people believe in him, how many government officials seek his counsel, how many millions his empire is worth, how many CDs and books he sells each year, how many people come to seek his blessing and more.

They are simply proud to be followers. This, too, is a very welcome type of follower for any guru. Who wouldn’t like to have proud followers who do your advertisement for free, give you lots of money and generate even more income for you.

Tomorrow I will write about the opposite kind of follower: the secret followers.

Fear of 2012 – Will the world end, change or just be gone? – 24 May 11

Yesterday I spoke about the failed prediction of Judgment Day by Harold Camping. He now announced that this was not the physical beginning of the end but a spiritual one. The real, visible apocalypse would happen on 21st October 2011. There are hundreds of such predictions and different people have set different dates for the world to end. The most popular one which the whole esoteric and spiritual scene is partly looking forward to and partly fearing is the year 2012.

I have often wondered why exactly the year 2012 is so important and have received a variety of answers from different people and a multitude of websites explaining a large number of reasons why something will happen in 2012. They are not even sure whether it is something good or bad that will occur.

The most popular explanation that I got was the Mayan calendar. In this point however, too, people have contradictory opinions. The Mayans were very good astrologers and in their early times already made many calculations about the influence of planetary movements on earth. Some say that their calendar ends on 21st December 2012 and with the end of the calendar the end of the world will be there. They knew when the world would finish and that’s why they stopped their calculation there. A more educated explanation is that their calendar doesn’t end but only one time period, one area or cycle of time is over and another one starts. Of course this would then not mean the end of the world but still a big change on earth. Others believe nothing will happen and say the Mayans just didn’t think it necessary to count any further into the future.

Of course the date is interesting to anybody who has done some calculations with numerology: 21.12.2012. Don’t ask me how but you can somehow add up these numbers and find out that it is a very auspicious day in a very auspicious year. It is additionally the day of winter solstice, so anyway energetically a day of change.

People are thus not sure whether the world will end or if it will only change. There are people who believe that the earth will be hit by another planet, others think volcanoes will erupt, the oceans will flood continents and earthquakes will shake the whole planet before it will finally burst. Or sucked into a black hole. There was even a Hollywood movie about how this day could look like. They obviously thought it would make a good story.

Those people who think it will change mostly believe in a ‘consciousness shift’ and explain that we, the people and the world will rise into another ‘dimension’. Here again, people are not very clear in explaining what exactly this means. Some say that only those who have developed a higher consciousness will come along to this new stage. Others say we all form a global joined consciousness and because we all have higher energy together, we take the world to a better place. Some say there will be only people with high consciousness, so there will be no war, no violence, we all will be happy and nobody will be hungry anymore.

The more intellectual among those believers have an approach that sounds rather scientific. They mention a change and development in energy, explain how planetary constellations, the sun and the moon, have an influence on our nervous system, on our physical body and then also on our mind.

You may be asking yourself now what I think of all these theories. You know, first of all, I am not afraid of anything. I am not afraid that the world could finish and not afraid that I will not be among those who will be saved. I see that all these theories evolve from the wish to know what is tomorrow. Everybody is curious about the future and wants to have security of knowing what will happen.

I believe you won’t get this knowledge. Nobody knows. Of course there is always the possibility that this world one day won’t be inhabitable anymore, most probably because we humans ruined it ourselves. But apart from living in harmony with nature yourself and encouraging others to do so, too, there is little that you can actually do about that. So why do you worry, fear or panic about it?

I know people who are really worried about this. Once we even met a university professor who had bought several big bags with many kilos of rice, storing them in his basement, in case a catastrophe will happen. Then he will at least have rice. There are such people, who strongly believe and there are others, who worry about it but are not entirely sure. When one of Yashendu’s friends started talking to him about this topic, telling him that the world will surely end in 2012, Yashendu answered: ‘If you believe this, please transfer all your property to my name before it happens.’ They both started laughing and the friend realized that he was not 100% sure about the end of the world.

If you ask me what I think about the idea that the world will change, I have to say that it is always in a process of change. Change is taking place each moment, each second. Everything is moving and going on. I don’t believe in a special change in a certain year or on a certain date. Of course our times are faster today, we have a lot more input and information and through that, our world is also changing quickly. But this is also nothing that you actually have to worry or think about. Take situations as they come and deal with them.

I personally don’t believe that 2012 will be in any way a more special, more dramatic or more exciting year than any other. Don’t you think that 2010 was a special year, too? There was for example a big volcano eruption in Iceland and whole Europe had to close its airports! What about 2011? There was a big earthquake, a tsunami and a big problem in a nuclear power station in Japan! These events have happened in these years and they will happen in the next year, too. Every year is special in this way and I don’t believe 2012 will be very different from that. I believe that in 2013, everybody will give another explanation why nothing happened in 2012 and they will search for another date for the world to finish.

If I am wrong, I will think about it in 2012, but until then I would recommend you not to worry too much about it but to live in the present, with both feet on the ground in the here and now.