Ananda means unconditional Love. This was the main teaching of Gururaj to his students. To open their hearts up so that the discrepancies of the mind are overcome. To arrive to this Goal he taught a meditation method that we call Path of Unfoldment and that includes individualized meditation techniques and spiritual practices designed for the specific needs of each particular student.

How would you say goodbye?

Let us talk of hate.  What is hate?  There is no hate. There is no hate.  Because hate is a projection from a conditioned mind, and all projections are illusory.  No man is capable of hating.  No man is capable of hating, but he is only capable of projecting.  Man is capable of loving, yes, and love knows no projection. 


I think I might have mentioned before that people don’t even know how to make love. They don’t really. They don’t know how to make love. They make love with their bodies only and the mind stimulates the body. People that are more physical, have physical stimulation while some others require psychological stimulation. And then of course most of the times the body and mind function together and that they call love-making. It is blasphemy. That is not love-making. That’s lust-making.

‘Love for the sake of Love’

La gente dice que el amor es ciego y eso es muy cierto, porque el amor no oye, no ve, no piensa. Cuando amas a alguien, dejas de ver los errores de esa persona, porque esa fuerza te llena de tal forma que todos las faltas y fragilidades no se ven.


Now when man realises that all is one and in the relative field everything must have its opposite. Pain must have pleasure and the other way round. Sunshine will bring rain. Cold will have its opposite in heat. And when a person resolves this and truly understands the law of opposites

The element within the ‘I’

The element within the ‘I’ is this, that it is and it is not. So that which is forever changing could never have permanent value and because of its changefulness, it loses all its value in permanency.

Self-surrender to Divinity

Now, we come to the last section of Niyama. The Sanskrit word is Ishwar Pranidarn, Ishwar Pranidam. That is what all religions are about, ‘Self-surrender to Divinity’. We talk and we read about, ‘Thy will be done’ – lip service. As long as we have this me and mine, Thee and Thine are forgotten, always. Self-surrender would imply this very principle, ’Thy will be done’. Now if you cannot surrender yourself to the impersonal God, the transcendental Divinity, then surrender yourself to the imminent God.

Self-study and also study of Scriptures

Now the next principle of Niyama is Svadhyaha – that’s a Sanskrit word which means – you can have this piece of paper – Svadhyaha means self-study. Self-study and also study of Scriptures. Now, I’ve given you an example before – I don’t know if it was here or in America or wherever – it’s worth repeating: what does self-study mean? Self-study can be interpreted as self-analysis, for one, and it can also be interpreted as self-evaluation, self-evaluation.


Tapas which literally means austerity. Now that austerity, like Brahmacharya is also a word so, so misinterpreted. Austerity doesn’t mean that you deprive yourself; that if you have a bed at home, a comfortable bed, that you will go and sleep on the ground