Happy New Year!

Christmas Retreat

23 – 28th December

The year 2021 was closed with
a Heartwarming Christmas Retreat.

Open Sky House

Residents of the Community

Here is Parvati who Takes Daily care of the Community Kitchen and cooks Wonderful Meals


Last Call for India

You may imagine to yourself that you have parted from God, but know that He never parts from you. 

Ramana Maharshi

This Retreat is for everyone who wants to Discover their Essential Love and Inner Peace. We will travel to Arunachala Mountain in South India • One of the most Powerful Spiritual Hotspots on our Planet, this place Supports anyone with a Longing to Become Free.

Vichara – Self Enquiry

Ramana Maharshi’s recommended Technique 
for Self Realisation 

The Analogy of a Bull

“It needs commitment, it needs to be practised. You have to keep at it and not give up. The practice slowly changes the habits of the mind. By doing this practice regularly and continuously, you remove your focus from superficial streams of thoughts and relocate it at the place where thought itself begins to manifest. In that latter place you begin to experience the peace and stillness of the Self, and that gives you the incentive to continue.

Bhagavan had a very appropriate analogy for this process. Imagine that you have a bull, and that you keep it in a stable. If you leave the door open, the bull will wander out, looking for food. It may find food, but a lot of the time it will get into trouble by grazing in cultivated fields. The owners of these fields will beat it with sticks and throw stones at it to chase it away, but it will come back again and again, and suffer repeatedly, because it doesn’t understand the notion of field boundaries. It is just programmed to look for food and to eat it wherever it finds something edible.

The bull is the mind, the stable is Heart. When it wanders around outside, looking for pleasure and happiness, it just gets into trouble, but when it stays at home in the Heart, it enjoys peace and silence. Eventually, even though the stable door is always open, the mind will choose to stay at home and not to wander about.

Bhagavan said that the way of restraint was the way of the Yogi (practitioner of Yoga). Yogis try to achieve restraint by forcing the mind to be still. Self-enquiry gives the mind the option of wandering wherever it wants to, and it achieves its success by gently persuading the mind that it will always be happier staying at home.”

Ramana Maharshi

The Manuscript contains various stories through which you can get an intimate  glimpse into life at Ramanashram and around Bhagavan himself

A Small Wise Boy

B.: Did you notice what your son said? What was his request? He would stop playing with his pambaram [Spinning top], but the present session of rotation must come to a close naturally. You, of course, paid no attention to his imploration, but stopped the pambaram then and there.
However, Ishwara is not like this. The prarabdha which is attached to the Jnani’s body will have to exhaust itself inevitably.

Read More »


Chad.: How had she come to know about Bhagawan? Paul Brunton’s Secret India was not published then.
B.: She had read about me in the International Psychic Gazette, but that article had not motivated her visit. Reading that article, she had become briefly fascinated with the ‘Hindoo-saint’ described therein; later on she forgot all about him. One day, she seems to have heard a knock on the door of her apartment, situated near Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. On opening it, who should be standing there but Sri Ramana Maharshi himself! [laughing]

Read More »

Libelling Bhagavan

7th August, 1936
Early in the morning as usual the sarvadhikari [manager] arrives with wet dhoti [cotton wrap] and prostrates in front of Bhagavan whose eyes are closed. The meditating Aghori and myself are the only others in the Hall. Observing the master in a meditative inflection of comportment, I have, as always on such instances, closed my eyes. The sarvadhikari rises; he lingers for a fraction-of-a-second longer than usual. Then he moves toward the door.

Read More »

Upcoming Events

Vipassana Island Weekend 

at Open Sky House Hitdorf

11 – 13 February 

This special Vipassana Retreat is a great opportunity to understand how your mind and body are operating and to meet yourself in a deep way.

You will spend a whole weekend with yourself, sitting in silence in the supportive energy of a meditating group and the Open Sky House Community which has been guiding people into their heart and essence for 15 years.

Get a Taste of Living in Spiritual Community – Free Volunteer Week

at Open Sky House Hitdorf

14 – 20 February 

28 March – 3 April


Join the flow of the community and take the chance and discover how spirituality can be lived in every day life. Come one week for free as a volunteer, meet like hearted people and take part in the daily activities of the community. Each evening we will have a workshop and daily yoga, meditation and heart dance.

Meditation Weekend

at Open Sky House Hitdorf

25 – 27 March 


Satsang, Mantra, Herztanz,
Yoga, Active Meditation 

Meditation is food for body, mind and soul in the hectic distraction of our everyday life. It helps us to draw our attention inwards, to trust life and to trust our intuition. In this weekend we explore different kinds of meditations and practices to open the heart and bring the mind into silence.

Easter Retreat

at Open Sky House Hitdorf

14 – 18  April 


This retreat offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the energy field of Satsang. There will be daily Satsang with John David, Mantra singing with Live Music, Heart Dance, Yoga, Meditation and delicious vegetarian food. The Retreat takes place in the beauty of the Open Sky House Hitdorf, directly at the banks of the river Rhine where you can enjoy walks in the beatific spring nature.

Anything you would like to share or ask?