Episode 232: Chandresh Bhardwaj is a seventh generation spiritual advisor, speaker, and the author of the bestselling book, Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex. Currently based in L.A., Chandresh quit his Wall Street job to launch the nonprofit Break the Norms Movement with the intention of awakening the human awareness from its conditioned self. He is a world traveler who frequently speaks about spirituality across the globe, from Europe to Asia and the Americas. Chandresh hails from a line of spiritual healers in India that spans over seven generations, and his teachings combine ancient wisdom with a modern approach to spirituality. Chandresh is a disciple of his father, His Holiness Shri Chamunda Swami, a universally recognized authority in spiritual healing.

Chandresh is revered as a credible teacher of eastern tantra traditions; the incredible healing powers of mantra, tantra, and meditation have long fascinated him. He designed his easy-to-access meditations and lessons to help students realize the truth from within. “Spirituality is a borrowed knowledge,” says Chandresh. “We must meditate to experience our own version of it.”

Show notes:

  • Why he is currently musing on human potential, rising above current circumstances and meditation.
  • “Life gets so much better when we respond to craziness instead of just reacting.”
  • His recount of a very normal childhood where his spiritual healer father never told him to meditate.
  • Chandresh began meditating because he loved the strength that it gave his parents.
  • His sister’s untimely death had him question death and God and he began wondering if divinity exists.
  • The deep unhappiness he felt while studying business/finance in NYC and what he did to shift it.
  • The differences in raising children between eastern and western cultures.
  • “Don’t try to teach your kids anything; learn from them.”
  • “The only thing we know is nothing.”
  • Spiritual misconceptions: spiritual bling and veganism.
  • Why he believes spirituality has become fashionable.
  • “PDA” = Public Display of Awareness; we all want to show everyone how spiritually aware we are.
  • “You need a spiritual guru to constantly puncture your ego. Without that, you will be a spiritual circus that you will not be able to control.”
  • “We need to get off the bling train and get on the inner journey and path.”
  • The main difference between a coach and a guru.
  • A Guru is one that shows the light in you and helps you to awaken to your inner strength.
  • The “right” guru makes you spiritually independent; you don’t depend on them.
  • How and where to find a guru.
  • Gurus are not self-proclaimed. They are relaxed, joyful within and extremely humble.
  • His deep, provoking thoughts on heaven and hell.
  • The last time he was really angry and how he handled it.
  • Why he has meditated daily for the last twenty years on Goddess Kali.
  • Must-read book: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  • Chandresh’s book: Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex

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