As the initiator of the Inner Metamorphosis University (I.M.U), a meditation center in Chicago (2005), as well as the Universal and Multiversal Academy (U.M.A), a meditation center in Freiburg, Germany (1991), Bhashkar wants to extend support to more and more people in their inner journey beyond the doorsteps of these meditation centres. Great possibilities have now opened up through the internet.
The Universal and Multiversal Academy (U.M.A), a meditation centre in Germany, is one of Bhashkar’s early endeavours to support the seekers to take the journey within. Recently, U.M.A celebrated 21 years; and talking about its significance Bhashkar said, “The 21 years is just a piece of what has taken place through all the ages. The U.M.A. supports the individual to see that not only are we part of this mystery, but also for us it is possible to become conscious that everything is a wondrous, playful, indescribably beautiful manifestation of life. Our ways have become self-destructive, so transformation can and needs to happen in the individual. In this way can we become capable to really use and live that what is actually possible in this life process.” So both centers, the I.M.U. in the US and the U.M.A. in Germany are to support just that.
He also firmly believes that connecting and interacting through the use of internet and social media is an empowering medium to reach out to a larger audience. So even though most of his talks or interactive sessions take place at U.M.A Germany, they can be brought to the larger audience via internet. Elaborating on the value of using new technologies, such as online conference and streaming Bhashkar says, “All progress and knowledge in any area, when we use it consciously and responsibly, when we are aware that we can use it in the service of life and love, then it is valuable and good. But it can also be used against life in destructive ways. Knowledge in the hands of the wrong people is very dangerous. So the value of any new development basically depends on the individual and how he is using it.”
He further adds that “All the tools of the internet make things possible that could previously not be conceived of. And the internet, this interactive network makes it more and more visible how everything is connected. It also shows that basically everybody is seeking happiness in their own ways. In the case of the online streaming, the value is to share with others, to hear people's different questions and concerns, so through this sharing with other people who are open to consider essential aspects, it makes an opening of the heart possible and can support us to go beyond the narrow idea of ourselves.”
Bhashkar is known among his friends as FIL (Friend of Inner Light). Teaching the art of inner growth, Bhashkar has been guiding light to many for over 35 years, giving individual counselling, leading seminars and training, and lecturing in Universities and symposiums all over the world. He has written two books which include “The Source of Joy Within”, a practical workbook to enhancing everyday awareness and his other publications include video and audio. I.M.U Chicago is inviting all old and new friends to join another enriching Online Live Streaming with Bhashkar session on Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 2:00pm. For any queries or details about this session one can call 773-262-1468 or visit http://www.lifesurfing.org