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January 2014 Blog Posts (20)

My first adventures in yoga

I first discovered yoga in Peru when I was on a retreat. I had a peak experience of body bliss after one particular yoga session. It was a very intense experience for me and it was to awaken a new passion for yoga that I did not know I had before.

Since returning to my country (UK), I have been regularly practicing Kundalini yoga in a local class and practicing the beginners class (complete and mens beginner class) each day or so. I am always very happy to be doing yoga, thinking…

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Added by Spiritlight on January 29, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

The six Chakras

There are Six Chakras or lotuses in the body. They are Muladhara (near the anus), Svadhisthana (midway between Muladhara and Manipura which is in the navel). Anahata Chakra in the heart, Vishuddha in the neck and Ajna in the space between the two eyebrows and Sahasrara or the thousand-petalled…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Hatha Yoga – a means to Samadhi

Hatha Yoga itself is not the goal. Meditation helps you to attain Samadhior Superconscious State.

Sivananda

From: Amrita Gita, by Swami…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 16, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Hatha Yoga and Prana

Hatha Yoga concerns with the body and the Prana. It helps to control the body and the Prana, through Asanas and Pranayama.

Sivananda

 

From:…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 15, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Meaning of Hatha Yoga

Meaning of Hatha Yoga

Hatha means any tenacious practice till the object or end is achieved. “Ha” and “tha” mean the union of the Sun and the Moon, union of Prana and Apana Vayus.

Swami Sivananda

From: Amrita Gita, by…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 14, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Samadhi A Heightened State of Awareness



While you are contemplating the brainwaves (EEG waves) gets slowed down. Normally brainwaves frequency, while we are fully awake to situations, remains in the range of 14 - 23 cycles/sec, which is known as Beta brain waves. But while contemplating upon some thing (focusing upon) this Beta brainwaves pattern gradually…

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Added by Dr.Darshan Singh on January 13, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Hatha Yoga and Kundalini

The practice of Hatha Yoga awakens the Kundalini Sakti that lies dormant in the Muladhara Chakra.

Sivananda

 

From: Amrita Gita, by…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 13, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Inquire: Who am I?

Know Thyself and be Free

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 12, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize

Be good do good be kind be compassionate.

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 11, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

THE NAME IS OMNIPOTENT

The Name of the Lord is a potent and unfailing antidote for those who are bitten by the serpent of worldliness. It is a nectar that can confer immortality and perennial peace. The God of Death is terribly afraid of those who repeat the Name of the Lord. He cannot approach them. Repeat the Name of the Lord al all limes and attain the state of fearlessness.

May the Lord guide you in all your activities! May He enlighten your path, enabling you to achieve the goal of life, namely,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 10, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why haven’t you engaged yourself in the active field of service to humanity, Swamiji, just as Gandhiji had done? ...

Unlike him, you have secluded yourself on the banks of the Ganges without entering the political field at all.



God has endowed each man with certain talents and marked out the field of service for

him. Wisdom lies in finding out those talents and utilizing them in selfless service to humanity,

in accordance with His will. Gandhiji’s was a political field of service. Mine is the field of

renunciation, Sannyas and Nivritti. For us to exchange places would be like a…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 9, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Atman is different from the body and is not affected by the latter’s doings. The body is reborn a number of times according to its Karma and goes through life and death as per the Supreme Will...

If this is so, then who goes to hell or heaven?

The real experiencer of anything, in an individualistic way, is neither the Self nor the

physical body. It is the mind that is the centre of individuality, that individualizes and imprisons

a ray of the Atman in what is called the individual soul. And it is this mind, as embodied in the

subtle body, that undergoes the pleasure of heaven or the pains of hell, or for that matter, any

experience through a gross or a subtle…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 8, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Pray Sincerely

Have intense faith in God and have proper understanding of the scriptures. Take refuge in

Vairagya. Do not waste time in idle gossiping. Time is fleeting. Utilise every moment in His

worship and service. Develop humility, Kshama, patience and the spirit of service. Be sincere and

true. The Lord is quiet close to you in your heart. Cling to His Name with leech-like tenacity. You

will enjoy Supreme Joy.

Pray to God for purity, devotion, light and knowledge. Pray in any…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 8, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

In an Ashram where you have gathered together young spiritual aspirants, ...

promising to guide them in their rapid march to the Goal of life, viz., Self-realization, why do you encourage dance, drama and music?



The question betrays an ignorance of the fundamental principles of music and dance.

They are divine. I should request you to remember that Lord Krishna with His inseparable flute

and Mother Sarasvati with Her Veena remind you that music is divine. Lord Nataraja reminds

you that dance had its origin in Him. The wickedness of man would…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 7, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

What is the best method to check the advance of lust?

Lust is but a natural tendency of the mind. The best method to check the impulse is the

way of intense and deep Vairagya by a study of religious books, by constant Satsang with

Mahatmas (noble souls), by self-enquiry or “Who am I?” enquiry, by close observance of the

ways of the world, and by an understanding of the diseases and the spiritual degradation that

result from over-indulgence. Remember the saying of the Lord in the Gita:

Trividham Narakasyedam Dvaram…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 5, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

How to remove indigestion?

Eat when you are hungry. Do not eat anything between meals. Eat slowly in a calm

mood. Chew properly. Eat moderately. Avoid many combinations of food. Drink a glass of

water one hour before or after food, never with a meal. Fast on Ekadasi. Eat nothing before 9

a.m. or after 7 p.m. Take care of your teeth. Just before or after a meal, avoid all exertion, mental

or physical. Relax at least for half an hour. A long brisk walk is beneficial. Paschimottanasan,

Halasan,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 4, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

What is the best method to check the advance of lust?

Lust is but a natural tendency of the mind. The best method to check the impulse is the

way of intense and deep Vairagya by a study of religious books, by constant Satsang with

Mahatmas (noble souls), by self-enquiry or “Who am I?” enquiry, by close observance of the

ways of the world, and by an understanding of the diseases and the spiritual degradation that

result from over-indulgence. Remember the saying of the Lord in the Gita:

Trividham Narakasyedam Dvaram…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 3, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

How to remove indigestion?

Eat when you are hungry. Do not eat anything between meals. Eat slowly in a calm

mood. Chew properly. Eat moderately. Avoid many combinations of food. Drink a glass of

water one hour before or after food, never with a meal. Fast on Ekadasi. Eat nothing before 9

a.m. or after 7 p.m. Take care of your teeth. Just before or after a meal, avoid all exertion, mental

or physical. Relax at least for half an hour. A long brisk walk is beneficial. Paschimottanasan,

Halasan,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Swamiji, I have often come across this word ‘Kala’ in the Indian scriptures. What exactly is meant by it?

It is the Great Time personified. It is the destroyer of name and form. In the Hindu

pantheon, there are various gods and goddesses who are members of the divine hierarchy. Just as

we have our government here composed of various ministers and officers, the celestials who rule

the world, too, have their own deities who control the various aspects of creation, preservation

and destruction of this world. Some are in charge of the various elements like air, fire and…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 1, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

POSITIVE POWER....!





"Humanity as a whole has the opportunity to ascend to a higher plane of being and your Light is very much needed for this process at this time. You have volunteered for this. No… Continue

Added by Dr SWAAMEE_APRTEMAANANDAA_JEE on January 1, 2014 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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