A Guru ‘Goes to God’

Sri Satya Narayan Goenka came into my life in 1986.  I was fifty, he would have been sixty-four.   We never met.  I heard him in audio recordings and saw him in video tapes.   Only once did I see him in the flesh; when he came to Blackheath in the late 1980s.  Yet Goenka made a great impression on me, as he has on thousands of others.  He was the recognized head of the Vipassana Meditation Foundation.  His teaching and his influence spread an almost dying meditational technique to one that is now flourishing in many parts of the world.    Sad to say – though maybe not sad, for his legacy is even bigger than the man – Goenka died on Sunday 29th September 2013 at 10-40pm Indian local time.   He was ninety years of age.

At around thirty five I took half-hearted steps to learn Yoga and, later, serious meditation.   But it was not until 1986 that I undertook my first ten-day Vipassana Course at Dhama Bhumi in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, that I really got into a technique which I believe has made a big difference in my life.     Nine days of total silence (Noble silence it is called) up at 4-00am.  Meditating roughly twelve hours a day.  It brought to me something I’d never experienced up until then:  Total silence of mind.

How wonderful total silence is.  How rare in our lives.  But with   rigorous training, within a peaceful meditation centre, it can be reached.   I know, I have completed fourteen such courses.

At home, I continue with my daily routine of two sessions of Vipassana, one in the morning, one in the evening.   It would be fair to say I’ve practised this technique for something like  23,000 hours over tweny-six years.   Now, I can feel deep into just about every part of my body simply by bringing my attention to bear on it.   But writing on this in any depth would take up far more space than is allowed for in this blog.  However, if you are interested, check out Dhama Bhumi’s website. Or simply Google: Vipassana   You’ll find a wealth of sites that can take you into this most fascinating of Buddhist Meditation; the technique believed to have been handed down by The Buddha himself.


About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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