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I was born 8 march 1963 in Belgium and studied philosophy, communication sciences, and environmental engineering. At the age of 20, I became a student of Harish Johari, after which I started traveling to India more and more frequently, while also living quite a normal life in Belgium. I organized the Rasa Sadhana workshop by Harish Johari in 1997. When Harish Johari left his body in 1999, I became one of the founding members of Sanatan Society. I also started writing around that time, which resulted in the publishing of "The Yoga of the Nine Emotions" and "The Yoga of Truth". In 2005 began the game of teaching, which is still my main hobby.
FREE ONLINE VIDEO TEACHINGS :
Feel free to watch these videos online : they are offered as playlists so that you can watch a series of clips on a certain subject in the logical order of the original class - click the following links :
FREE ONLINE TEXTS
Some of the texts on this website that I wrote :
Stories of Manu & Chai Baba : From Chai to Enlightenment
Interpretation of the Thomas Gospel through Vedic Philosophy
What is the best yoga ?
How to meditate ?
I so love teaching. But I really dislike the idea of making it into a job on which I would come to depend financially. I truly do not mind other people doing that. But for myself, it just seems out of the question. Honestly, it is a very tough job to make spiritual teaching affordable for the students and at the same time financially healthy for the teacher. And it can affect the teacher/student relationships, as well as the teaching. In India, free spiritual teaching is still quite common.
So, for the moment, I really prefer to teach upon occasion and so that is what I am doing. Every week I give one free evening class in Belgium (in Dutch & English - more details here). Sometimes I also teach while traveling - whenever possible, I will announce it on this page. If you are interested to attend some of these classes or even to organise them, please let me know by using the Contact page. When the opportunity arises, I will then let you know.
Meanwhile I also enjoy teaching through my writing and also the teaching through online video clips (see above). That last bit is just a new opportunity offered by large websites such as Youtube, which make it possible to show video clips without any cost to literally thousands of people worldwide. Even though a clip doesn't come close to the real teaching in person, it has the advantage of reaching higher numbers and of requiring no financial effort on neither side.
As Harish Johari left his body in August 1999 without having written a book on the Rasas, the essences of our emotions, he left me with a great challenge and opportunity. The writing of this "Yoga of the Nine Emotions" book has offered me more in terms of personal growth than the material could ever have given me in any other way. I can only feel very grateful to him.
THE YOGA OF TRUTH
My second book - the "The Yoga of Truth" - started as just a few pages that I needed to write on the subject of jnana yoga, the yoga of true knowledge. Surprisingly, the pages kept coming. Afterward, when I read them myself, they appeared as new. They are not mine. There is nothing new here. Everything I wrote has been written before. Perhaps it is an expression that suits this moment in time, that may suit some people of this time. It brought me so much happiness to write it - maybe some of that joy will also come to those who read it. I can hope for that.