Over more than 20 years of teaching, my own style of teaching has developed,
yet it was deeply influenced and formed by the Indian Satsang tradition of my own Masters
and those who I feel a close connection to.
The Master at Phoolchati, Rishikesh.
Satsang means a meeting in Truth, Love and Freedom.
let go of your
daily drama, look deeply inside
and discover the subtle Truth
that has always been present."John David (formerly Premananda)
Satsang is a celebration of Presence.
"Presence is simple.
Presence is that which is, when thought is no longer there.
Presence is also Love. For when there is nothing to block we are
Presence is also Freedom because when mind is quiet there is nothing
to take us away from this moment now.
So keep coming back to the source from which everything arises."
In Satsang we experience a profound connection to the stillness
within ourselves. Arising from this stillness we experience a deep
sense of peace and bliss that simply wells up from within. For no
reason at all.
"Through years and years of not understanding, not Knowing,
and at the same time, having inside ourselves some sense of almostKnowing,or
of a knowledge that had been known and since lost, we have been
searching." John David
Satsang is the experiencing, that in fact, we are uniquely connected
to everything. There is no separation.
We are one with the whole
1910 - 1997
Papaji is the Lion of Lucknow who roared and woke us up out of our deep slumber.
In the last years of his long life countless seekers realised the
Eternal Self at his daily Satsang amidst gales of laughter, tempered
by the awareness that at any moment the sword could strike.
"Only the Truth is and you are That!
You are the unchanging awareness in which all activity takes place.
To deny this is to suffer, to know this is Freedom."
to Papaji Satsang
Books by John David about Papaji:
Papaji Amazing Grace (2007)
Fifteen profoundly beautiful and powerful spiritual interviews with seekers for Truth who sought out the renowned Master, Papaji.
SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
1879 - 1950
the age of 17 Ramana Maharshi experienced a spontaneous awakening.
He travels to Arunachala where he spends his whole life. Hismost
profound teaching is silence. However he is well known for the question
"Who am I?"
"The pure Self is not realised unless the mind subsides. The
mind is nothing but a bundle of thoughts and the first and foremost
of all thoughts is the primal "I" thought. Therefore only through
the enquiry "Who am I"? does the mind subside. To keep the mindconstantly
turned within and to abide thus in the Self is alone Self enquiry."
Sri Ramana Maharshi
to Ramana's Teaching
Films by John David about Ramana Maharshi:
Arunachala Shiva - Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (2010)
The Film expresses the important aspects of Sri Ramana's life and teachings, also containing archive material of Sri Ramana, the Ramana Ashram and beautiful footage of Arunachala.
Blueprints for Awakening - Wisdom of the Masters (2008)
For this film, John David asked 16 important Indian masters the same set of questions about the teachings of Sri Ramana. The result is a compendium of astonishing wisdom about the biggest secret of all: the nature of our true Self and how to realize it.
European Spiritual Masters (2011)
This film presents all fourteen Masters and sets out important aspects of the teachings presented in the book, both through the interviews and additional film material.
fifteen years spent with Osho were richly productive, taking a yuppy
architect on a journey inside through meditation and transformational
workshops, much was understood. Osho was left sweetly one night
by laying a rose on the Buddha Hall podium, the heart of the ashram.