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
The Master at Phoolchati, Rishikesh.

Traditionally Satsang means a meeting in Truth, Love and Freedom.

"Become quiet, 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 Love.
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."

John David

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 existence.

1910 - 1997

Poonjaji (Papaji)
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."

Go 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.

1879 - 1950

Ramana Maharshi
At 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

Go to Ramana's Teaching
Books by John David about Ramana Maharshi:
Arunachala Shiva - Commentaries on Sri Ramana Maharshi's Teachings 'Who am I?' (2009) An intimate picture of Sri Ramana's life, a profound homage to the spiritual greatness of one of India's most well-known Sages.
Blueprints for Awakening - Indian Masters (2008) Rare dialogues with sixteen Indian Masters on the Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
European Masters - Blueprints for Awakening (2010) The universal question 'Who am I?' is illuminated in interviews with Western spiritual Masters. Sixteen unique expressions of the same truth.
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.

1931 - 1990


The 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.


open sky


Satsang Home

John David
S atTV
Open Sky Press
Open Sky House
Seminar House