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S3 EP5 Alka Srivastava | On Guru, Knowledge, Meditation & Pure Space

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“Meditation is not for being relaxed or gaining some expertise. It’s for recognizing that space as yourself – then you are not fearful of the beginning or end because you recognize yourself as Pure Free and Forever.”

– Alka

In this episode, I’m talking to Alka Srivastava, an extraordinarily advanced meditator and total master who has devoted her life to unfolding Self-awareness. Alka is the youngest daughter of Swami Shyam, founder of the International Meditation Institute in the Himalayas of India.

She has been meditating and singing since age three and has spent her life studying the ancient scriptures as illuminated by Swamiji. In this special episode Alka shares her knowledge and wisdom in a way that applies to all who wish to find that inner sense of peace and knowing who they truly are.

In todays talk we discuss:

➖ 08:06 Alka introduces herself along with her father and Guruji Swami Shyam and answers the question – who is the Self-realized being?

➖ 13:06 “I lived my life with the Importance for Satsang and highest Self without any imposed bondage. Swamiji made it so attractive that there was never any separation…” 

➖ 17:02 “Yog is a state of consciousness which is unity, it is oneness.”

➖ 20:48 Why Guru is very important and actually not a teacher.

➖ 25:22 How to purify the mind through Sadhana and meditation.

➖ 26:27 I ask Alka two important questions: what to do when you don’t have a Guru in the physical form and meet your own Self in that way? And how do you purify the mind and meet that Satguru? 

➖ 30:04 The meaning of meditation and attention

➖ 32:30 Two main senses that always involve a human being into worry, concern, action and the sense of division. 

➖ 35:30 Alka answers the question – What the practice is to reach the Self?

➖ 39:27 “Rather than placing the attention on doing but rather on the one who is doing – that is the practice to tune into the knower.” 

➖ 45:01 “Meditation is not for being relaxed or gaining some expertise it’s for recognizing that space as yourself – then you are not fearful of the beginning or end because you recognize yourself as Pure, Free and Forever.”

➖ 51:53 How singing raises the consciousness of the Kundalini and shifts energy  

➖ 57:46 Alka sings Swamiji’s Jyoti Mantra or the Mantra of the Self

➖ 1:01:40 A brief description of Yog Vashist 

Alka has accompanied Swami ji on many tours across India and the rest of the world, where she spoke of the importance of meditation and the knowledge of the Self. She currently conducts regular satsangs at the I.M.I. and teaches classes on Swami ji’s poetry and his illumination of the ancient scriptures. Alka has been singing Swami ji’s songs in Satsang from an early age. She also composes melodies for the songs and teaches them in weekly classes.

Find more from Alka here: www.madhuralka.com and facebook.com/MadhurAlka

Join her Inspirational Bhagavad Gita Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/groups/inspirationalgita/

Thanks for listening!

In oneness and delight,

Bobbi

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I'm Bobbi, a very curious yogi! I’m also into exploring nature all around the world, creating epic vegan feasts, and apart from being on my yoga mat, I’m happiest when I’m disco dancing my way back to the 70’s!

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I’m really excited that you’ve made it here! So, what’s my mission? It’s to support you in uncovering your highest Self and living an expanded everyday life. It’s my mission because I spent 14 years as a lost, addicted, and depressed yogi. And, it wasn’t until I began to put tender, love and care into my daily personal practice, sadhana, that I began to unfold that state of bliss, which is Yog. 

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