Philippe Chauvancy from France recently returned from a trip to the Brahmasthan. This was his third visit and he would like to share this latest experience with you. See also Video page.

First and foremost, the atmosphere there always exudes calm. Everything about it conveys serenity. A very warm welcome awaits visitors. The setting is also wonderful and the buildings, rooms and surrounding environment are all beautifully laid out and organised. This covers the physical aspect of the place. (Photos are available on this website).

In terms of my practice of Transcendental Meditation during this 2-week course, it is hard to find the words to express the very powerful yet peaceful feeling which I experienced there.

Above all, we had the opportunity to attend 2 Adirudrabhishek ceremonies during this stay. 1,331 Pandits took part in each of these ceremonies.

I would like to describe this in particular. Listening to Vedic mantras chanted by 1,331 Pandits is a truly special experience and I can say without embarrassment that I experienced a real sense of blessing. During these ceremonies, the atmosphere was so powerful that I felt as though each sound penetrated every cell of my body in such a deep way that it generated waves of perfect bliss, although I remained aware throughout of infinity and the boundlessness awakened in my consciousness. It was as if the Veda had touched and awakened my soul through the chanting. My entire DNA seemed to awaken to pure consciousness.

Then there came a moment when the “I” disappeared. All that remained was the absolute, bearing witness to what “is”. The emptiness of the absolute was awakening in its infinity. “Philippe” became a mere instrument, giving way to something much more authentic. At that moment, a feeling of eternal freedom manifested itself. Everything that could constitute an obstacle, such as inner or external constraints, was attenuated. A feeling of infinite freedom took hold, enabling what “is” to exist. The absolute value of life as total emptiness and boundless possibility wasseen and understood in its infinite simplicity and accepted. The “I” disappeared as it no longer needed to exist because what “is” – or what “exists” – has been accepted.

In this space, fear and constraints are no more. The past disappears and the future does not exist. The value of the present is viewed as a whole, not as an idea, but as an actual reality. It is interesting to note this paradox. The present becomes fully real because the absolute is finally known and the “I” has its rightful place. It is clear that life lived out on a daily basis without its fully integrated absolute value cuts us off from all the splendour that Nature can offer us on a permanent basis.

The Brahmasthan is a truly spiritual place. I shall be going back in January and hope to see many of you there.