Madhukar (author)

Madhukar (Sanskrit for literally, lover, sweet as honey '; * November 4, 1957 in Stuttgart) is a Neo- Advaita master, author and founder of the Yoga of Silence.


Madhukar, whose real name is Bernd Merkle, grew up in his hometown Stuttgart. He studied economics and philosophy. After his graduation he worked as a TV journalist.

In the early eighties, Madhukar traveled for several years through Asia. He experienced a kundalini enlightenment claims to be. As a student of Tantric Buddhist Dzogchen master Namkhai Norbu, he established himself as a yoga and meditation teacher.

In 1992 he met during a stay in India for his master HWL Poonja, a disciple of Ramana Maharshi known ways. Sri Poonja, Papaji also called, is one of the most famous representatives of Advaita. Advaita Vedanta is the mystical sense of Hinduism and a monistic philosophy that goes back in its origins among other things, Shankara ( 788-820 ).

Since 1997 Madhukar are in worldwide events and retreats, traditional Satsang ( from satellite 'truth' and Sangha Community ') called on his knowledge. Visitors have the opportunity to clarify issues in dialogue with Madhukar. Central is the self-inquiry ( Atma Vichara ) with the question: " Who am I ". This kind of self-knowledge should lead to inner peace and lasting happiness.

Philosophical core statements

According to Madhukar man believes erroneously to a real ego, freedom of action and the existence of an objective world. This perception is limited. In fact, every living being is pure consciousness, in which the world reflects itself subjectively. With the question "Who am I?" Could the perceived, limited reality questioned and pure consciousness ( in this teaching the Self) are experienced. The clear identification with the Self is absolute freedom, universal love and quiet happiness.

In addition, Madhukar sees a close connection between spirituality and the findings of modern science.

Works (selection)

  • Awakening in freedom. Luechow, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-363-03054-1.
  • Oneness: clarity and vitality by Advaita. Luechow, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-363-03120-3.
  • The Simplest Way. Arunachala, Cochin 2006, ISBN 81-89658-04-2.