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Get Unbusy: Defecting from the Cult of Busyness

A 4-week MWC Course with Charu Ramesh

Get Unbusy

This four class course draws upon texts like the Ashtavakra Gita, Bhagavad Gita, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and the Yoga Sutras, to help us loosen the grip of busyness on our lives. We will look at what fuels our compulsive busyness, how to generate some breathing space and explore how we can discriminate between productive and unproductive actions.

The structure of the four sessions is as follows:

Class 1 – Defining the problem

The problem with being busy, why we are so busy.

Class 2 – Getting organized

Differentiating between effort and laziness, Understanding the motivations for taking action.

Class 3 – Mindfulness in action and in refraining from action

Class  4 – Acting freely with wisdom

The right way to act and its potential to free us from suffering.

To really understand and be able to put these teachings into practice, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.

Date:  Mondays, February 13th, 20th, 27th and March 6th 2017
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost: By donation, Suggested donation – SGD 10.

Please sign up using the form below. For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.org.


#35 May 2015 – Acceptance


What captivated me the most during the retreat in Borobudur was when Lama Marut led us into two meditations. His words impacted me and made me more aware of the way I consciously or subconsciously view others. It was an excellent eye opener really. His quote continues to reverberate in my consciousness everyday:

“Some people will like you; some people will never like you. And if you try hard to make them like you, the greater the distance they create.”

It is a strong reminder that when I can’t change it why worry?

And when I can change it why worry?


A Final Thought

“ We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.

~ Eknath Easwaran

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How to Live Well in a Messy World: The Yoga of Action


A Middle Way Centre course led by Charu Ramesh. The course is based on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the great classics of the world’s religious literature that is especially masterful in its instructions on how to integrate spiritual principles into our everyday lives.

Charu Ramesh is a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide.

Dates:  Mondays – 8, 15, 22, 29th June, 6th and 13th July 2015
7.30 – 9 pm
51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Free, by donation
For more information and registration, please email info@asc-sg.org.

#34 April 2015 – Sacred Space

sacred space

Sacred Space

“[Sacred Space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” Joseph Campbell.

What and where is your sacred space?


A Final Thought…

“ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

~ Joseph Campbell

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31 Oct to 2 Nov 2014 – Mindful Relationships

LM&CL2014_cropLama Marut and Cindy Lee will be giving a three-part series of talks about how to have Mindful Relationships.     We’re all always and already in relationship with others – with people at work, our friends, partners, and family members.  In this three-part workshop, we’ll explore how to apply spiritual principles to these relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties.  We’ll begin by investigating the preconditions for entering into a new relationship, move on to how to maintain and improve relationships we are already in, and conclude by discussing how to successfully “break up” and transition a relationship from one type to another.


31st Oct 2014 | Friday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 1

1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 2

2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3

Cocoon Studio
 315 Outram Road
#02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building
Singapore 169074

Please register here.

1 Nov to 4 Nov 2014 – Why Things Don’t Happen the Way You Think They Do

Lama Marut is in Singapore and will be teaching, “Why Things Don’t Happen the Way You Think They Do:  Nagarjuna on the Emptiness of Karma and Causation.”(taken from Nargajuna’s “Root Verses on the Middle Way”.)

1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 2.00-4.00pm – Part 1

2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 2.00-4.00pm – Part 2

3rd Nov 2014 | Monday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3

4th Nov 2014 | Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 4

Venue: Oasis Holistic
 Blk 10, Selegie House,
 Selegie Road
 Singapore 180010

Please register here.

2 December 2013 – Bhagavad Gita: Living Wisely in Today’s World

Bhagavad GitSumati Marut will be continuing his teachings on the Bhagavad Gita. This is part of an on-going series of teachings on this famous spiritual classic. With his easy to understand style and down-to-earth humour, Sumati Marut’s teaching style appeals to all, regardless of religious background.

When:  Monday, 2 December 2013
Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
At: Civil Service Club Auditorium L3, 60 Tessensohn Road
Cost: Free

Register: info@aci-sg.org

#13 Aug 2013 – Does Your Stuff Own You?


Does your stuff own you?

Dump your Junk

Want to know a secret? It’s a lot easier to buy stuff than get rid of it. Believe me. I’ve done it. Many, many times. Wanna learn another secret? Here it comes: having more stuff brings you more misery than happiness. Does this sound weird? I’ve learned the hard way and here is my experience.

Over the past 10 years my partner and I (Garry), have been accumulating stuff quite happily together. He had his own special area of accumulation – furniture, deities – and I had my small little things, where one was just never enough.  Garry worked harder and harder; we kept on spending more and more.

We were on that treadmill: work hard – get money – buy stuff – work harder – buy more stuff. There is no end to it.

A few years ago, something changed and my home started feeling like a furniture shop and I found more peace in places that were empty and free of clutter. I felt strongly that all the stuff we had was now starting to strangle me; squeezing the life energy out of me. My energy felt blocked.

Then I met Lama Marut. His talk resonated strongly with my heart – it felt like living through the scene from ‘The Blues Brothers’; where Jake is having his big moment in the church seeing the light.  I did just what Jake did, jumped up and down and felt like dancing. This was the confirmation of what I had known already and now nothing was going to stop me!

We started reducing. Moving to France and then to Stockholm helped but we kept going. If not every day, but every week we would donate and/or throw away something. Initially it was painful, but now it gives us much more pleasure to see the volume of our things go down rather than increase.

Looking back we thought we owned our stuff, but actually it’s the opposite; the stuff definitely owned me!

This August we are moving to Bali. Starting afresh and arriving with suitcases only. This time, I assure you, I won’t be buying any more stuff.

Like Lama Marut so wisely says; ‘Fight the power!’, ‘Rebel against the big wheels of consumer capitalism’.

How right he was and still is. Thank You Lama Marut for giving me the ‘blue light’ Blues Brothers moment.

With love always,

(and the ACI Singapore team)


A Final Thought

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”

Francis H. Bradley (British Philosopher)


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3 Aug 2013 – Yoga and Meditation teachings from the Bhagavad Gita


The Bhagavad Gita

For Yoga and Meditation Practitioners 

– an introduction to Field Yoga with Malcolm Clark


Saturday 3 August, 4-6pm @ Oasis Holistic Blk 10 Selegie House


Throughout the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Yoga bible, there are directions for individual practise of Yoga and Meditation.

This event will point to some of the methods and practical disciplines found in chapters 13 and 14 of the Bhagavad-Gita. From these two chapters Malcolm Clark has developed a style of yoga called Field Yoga. This event will include an introduction to Field Yoga, especially for beginners.

Field yoga’s purpose is for gaining insight and development of spiritual values within the individual.

Field yoga starts with:

1. physical body culture,

2. moral and ethical disciplines,

3. includes physical postures,

4. breathing exercises (pranayama), and then extends to

5. concentration,

6. meditation, and

7. samadhic contemplation.

Field Yoga is a complete yoga style.

On Saturday 3 August there will be

  • a 50 minute talk to begin, 10 min break
  • a 50 minute practice session, for those who would like to apply and integrate the disciplines of posture and breathing and meditation – to see and feel how these work and fit together.
  • There will be time for questions and answers following the 50 minute practice session.
  • The event is intended to be ‘practical’ and to give the theoretical principles upon which the practices are based.
  • The event is open to all levels of practitioner, with a special emphasis on beginners.
  • Those who wish to participate in the physical practice are invited to wear suitable clothing applicable to asana/posture.

Malcolm Clark is Director of the Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre, Victoria, Australia, a centre dedicated to spreading, developing and extending the teachings of the great religions and disciplines of the world including the teachings of Eugene Halliday, Malcolm’s own teacher. Malcolm is currently teaching in Brasil, and will be visiting East Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) en route from United Kingdom to Australia in early August.


Register online here or for enquiries contact info@aci-sg.org

Cost: Free, donations kindly accepted to cover rental




31 May 2013 – Living Wisely in Today’s World with Lama Marut

Wise upUsing the Bhagavad Gita, Lama Marut translates the wisdom contained in this great spiritual work into meaningful advice on creating and living a good life  in today’s modern world.

WhenFriday, May 31st
Time: 7.15 – 9.30pm
At: Civil Service Club Auditorium L3, 60 Tessensohn Road
Cost: Free – donations welcome

Register: info@aci-sg.org