073. Vishrant

Born in 1954 to a working class family in the country town of Bunbury, Western Australia as Vincent Cooper, his family soon moved to Perth and he attended Aquinas College. While in boarding school he became interested in spirituality and at the age of 14 considered becoming a priest.

As his love for the unknown continued an unexpected involvement with an encounter group at age 19 stirred a passion for self-discovery which was to grow ever stronger as time passed.

Moving into the 1970’s as a successful publisher gave him ever greater opportunity to travel the world to seek ways of opening up the mysteries of his own mind and spirituality.

Vishrant’s first real spiritual teacher Osho Rajneesh came in 1979.

As a Sanyasin for much of the 1980’s, he developed a love for practising meditation, living in numerous mystery schools and devoting his life to discovering his true nature.

Having lived the fast-paced life of a high-flying businessman, he sought to live out the new name he had been given by Osho Rajneesh – Prem Vishrant, meaning restful love, through meditation and spiritual understanding.

After spending six months in Italy attending a mystery school run by Paul lowe (formally known as Teertha ) He had his first major awakening in 1987 while practising the Zen methodology of self enquiry, an event which changed his life forever.

Vishrant gave up his publishing company and spent the next three years intensely seeking his true nature.

Following Osho’s death in 1990, he dedicated his life to the service of all he came in contact with, training first as a naturopath and masseur, and later as a psychotherapist, as he looked for better ways to serve those around him.

It was in 1998 in the presence of travelling advaita vedanta teachers (Isaac Shapiro, Gangaji and Vartman) that multiple awakenings started occurring, establishing in May 1999. Vishrant found himself as universal Truth in an ongoing way.

Seekers noticing the changes in Vishrant started requesting private satsang almost immediately and within a few years he began giving ten public satsangs a week.

His satsangs have the potential of showing seekers their true nature and with a mix of traditional and modern techniques helping people remove the obstacles to freedom.

Vishrant brings his passion for life, his razor sharp insight, and his radiant presence to every meeting.

Currently Vishrant is running a full time spiritual mystery school in Perth called The Mystic Heart Mystery School.

Interview recorded 6/7/2011.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

18 thoughts on “073. Vishrant

  1. Rick! Great interview with Vishrant. Crocadile Dundee he is not! The man actually said that he cannot kill a snail because he “loves them so much”! I’ve only just watched the video for the first time, but it is obvious to me that this is an interview that is so “rich” that it will take multiple viewings to fully absord its sheer profundity.

    I’m a sixty year old African-American, native of New Orleans currently residing in Houston, Tx. I study the teachings of HuiNeng, Chinul, and Thich Nhat Hanh. At present I am not familiar with the writings and teachings of the Advaita Vedantic tradition but hope to do
    more research into them in the near future.

    Mr. Archer I applaud your work. Please continue. How better to bring about an end to human warfare than by
    interviewing men who refuse to kill even a single snail! Namaste.

    Freud Jr.

  2. Thanks Freud. I love it when people stumble upon these interviews and get inspired by them like that. Very gratifying to me. Hope you’ll listen to more.

  3. welcome Freud…

    Vishrant is one of our( my wife & me ) top favorites… in case you want some leads… here are our other top favorites… Burt Harding( interviewed by Rick on this site)… Mooji.org … satasangwithstuart.com … adyashanti.org (Rick will be interviewing him in Aug; and Adya has a FREE live video on some Wednesday evenings )… there are other wonderful interviews Rick already did( the last three are all great)… and you may like others also… and the Upcoming Interviews look interesting… including Zenji disciple of Mooji…

    you may want to check out http://conscious.tv/nonduality.html interviews

    and our top teacher is amma.org

    and there are hundreds of short videos on youtube of all these teachers…

    enjoy…
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  4. Hi Mike, The best advice i can give any seeker is to find someone to sit with who is alight with beingness.
    In the presence of someone who knows themselves as beingness it is so much easier.
    It is only the direct knowing of your true nature that has real value, all other knowledge is of little use.
    So it does not really matter who the teacher is or what their philosophy is, what counts is whether you can find your true nature in their presence.
    And when you do, give your life to that!
    Can i persuade you to come out of your room and play more, the world is a very beautiful place if you look for its beauty!
    Love Vishrant

  5. Hi Mike, i understand that people find beingness and then seem to lose it because awareness gets put totally on the outside world and all its attractions.
    For me it was a matter of becoming aware i was in dream and beingness was not in my awareness, then turning awareness back to the source of the I dream.
    Back to beingness itself.
    I made this a kind of a game that i played with myself.
    I loved the game and beingness started to be more of my reality than dream.
    The truth and the lie can stand side by side, its up to the mind which one its going to support.
    I recommend beingness to all my friends : )
    Love Vishrant

  6. Hi Rick,
    I think of all the people I have watched on your excellent site and other sites, this interviewee has really struck home.
    Vishrant is a quite remarkable man with a similar remarkable life story.
    He has such a modest and genuine caring personality. Of all the people who have located with their true nature his persona seems the most real.
    Thank you for introducing Vishrant – I wish him well.

    Ken

  7. Being aware of the formless and empty sky, I note a thought-cloud appearing within it.

    The thought-cloud of “I desire to feel the peace of beingness more consistently”.

    Remaining aware of the formless and empty sky, the thought-cloud then disappears. Which is the natural destiny for all thought-clouds.

    The thought-cloud remains and gains the appearance of solidity, however, if my awareness is boundaried by the form of the thought-cloud.

    Which is true for all thought-clouds as well.

  8. Viewing this depiction of a thought-cloud…

    http://dclips.fundraw.com/pngmax/thought_cloud_jon_philli_01.png

    we tend to place our attention on the contents of the thought-cloud (i.e. beingness, peace, enlightenment, etc.)…

    instead of the smaller cloud particles below the larger one…

    which is our identification with the thought-cloud as ours.

    At this point in my life, snowleopard, the contents of thought-clouds are mostly inconsequential to me.

    The absence of the smaller, identifying clouds is of much more interest.

  9. “Nevertheless, we are thinking beings….”

    By this, do you mean that the thoughts that appear across our perceptual screen belong to us? That they are ours?

    I ask because I view this as a very important distinction to draw.

    Most of us matter-of-factly treat the thoughts that we perceive as belonging to us. As extensions of who we are.

    Therein may lie, however, the mechanism which strengthens the illusion of our separation.

    The claiming of the thoughts, which cross our perceptual screens, as ours.

  10. Hi Peter, I cannot agree with you that we are thinking beings, the experience here is that of being with thoughts sometimes appearing in me.
    what i am ( we are ) is like the sky, things come and go, i remain the same always, never touched by what comes and goes.

    On the other hand that that appears in what i am can be profoundly affected by all sorts of things but this has nothing to do with what i am.
    I am that that all appears in.
    To me living as that is truth, living as anything else and being identified with it is a prison made of dream.

    Love Vishrant

  11. I didn’t not create that thought, Prem Vishrant.

    That’s why I put in quotes.

    I quoted snowleopard’s thought.. and posed the questions that I did.

  12. Gate, Gate, Paragate, Para Sam gate Bodhi svaha

    Gate, Gate, Paragate, Para Sam gate Bodhi svaha

    Gate, Gate, Paragate, Para Sam gate Bodhisvaha.

    Bodhi Svaha

    English:

    Gone, Gone, Gone beyond Gone utterly beyond

    Gone, Gone, Gone beyond Gone utterly beyond

    Gone, Gone, Gone beyond Gone utterly beyond

    Oh what an Awakening

    Love Vishrant

  13. Hi Rick,

    Thank you for interviews..

    I’d like to clear some points about Osho though, as I see such a great human in consciousness is misunderstood.

    Firstly, I believe that consciousness in Osho form was “aiming” large groups of people to wake up. Therefore, he used many appearances of forms (mainly thought forms), some of which appealed to people and people get to question for the first time in their life what the life is about..
    And Osho was a very clever man , who understood how the human logic worked. So he used some other appearances of forms, which would challenge regular human logic. If some people were with Osho not because that they resonate with him in their hearts and not because they have genuine inquiry, he didn’t mind them dropping from this inquiry journey with him.. Questioning wealth/royce rolls etc and therefore still having an image of enlightenment and religion and renunciation were the beliefs Osho wanted to question, since all traditions said that people should renounce from the world in order to follow a religious path. (These statements I make here were uttered by Osho in different ways, in different times as well..) For example, Osho’s sannyasins was only to renounce their past, that’s why Osho gave them new names, to break the bridge with past & conditionings.. On the other hand as Prem Vishran stated, they lived without any other renunciation..Because Osho saw people are not to renounce life but to celebrate it..
    In addition, as Osho stated on his interview with a reporter ,those cars belonged to Osho community and Osho never had any financial ownership on anything.. not a single bank account.. I can’t believe how much he enjoyed, cause a man like him has no worries about future and he is free to enjoy things and leave them behind when it is the time..

    Lastly, hundreds of thousands of people in the world are introduced to path and self inquiry , thanks to osho..

    I think Osho brought me to a point where I could undone some mass conditionings of collective mind/society..

    and then afterwards I was to move a simpler way and I guess he meant it to be that way.. Since he also mentioned, all these methods I teach are to make one ready and they will be dropped at some point. When one is ready, one is move to Zen simplicity..
    Zazen..

    So I wanted to clear this point because many of us were invited the truth by him..

  14. Thanks Sery. That’s a good explanation. I was with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for decades, and believe me, he did stuff that appeared every bit as screwy as the stuff Osho did. He also had a huge impact on the lives of many thousands of people. I’ve learned to appreciate that while for the most part, suspending judgment about the crazy stuff. I say “for the most part” because it’s hard for me not to entertain the notion that he lost his purity and clarity as time went on, but I take that notion with a grain of salt. I know nothing for sure.

    Adi Da was another one. A sick MF by most normal social standards. Yet he profoundly and beneficially impacted the lives of people whom I admire and respect.

    So what can we conclude? Perhaps that we can use our discrimination to choose a teacher who resonates with our own sensibilities, but that we can’t really judge others’ choices. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, “you can’t always get what you want… but you get what you need”.

    Thanks again for your insightful comment.

  15. another very nice interview … which starts by Vishrant giving Richard Miller a very loving silent “treatment” for about 8 mins… i think it worked… Vishrant talked about openness, heart, love, surrender, home schooling… Osho as his spiritual father… also mentioned other teachers… Tolle, Papaji, Byron Katie, Isaac Shapiro, Amma… nice… good man Vishrant…

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