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Ganesha's birthday

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Tonight is Ganesh Chaturthi - Ganesha's birthday.

May all obstacles in your life seem to fade away. But always remember that Ganesha was the one who put the obstacles there in the first place - to make you strong.


Added by Swami Saradananda on September 10, 2010 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Santosha - Contentment

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I find that people often misunderstand the yoga principle of santosha (contentment), believing that it means giving up their will to change. I get students who say, “I don’t want to be content, because if I am content then I won’t get anywhere in my job. I need to want something. I've got to be on the cutting edge in my… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on August 31, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Tools for meditation: Mandala-Yantra

Mystical diagrams, stylized geometric projections of the world…



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Yantras and Mandalas

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I'm just getting ready for my talk on Friday at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. The topic "Yantras, visual tools that help you to enhance your meditation practice.



Yantras help you to transform your patterns of mind into habits of thought that will bring about the results that you desire. You can use yantras to bring about deep healing.…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 19, 2010 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Transformational power of Manipura Chakra

Located in your solar plexus region, the manipura chakra is the base of what is known in ayurveda as “digestive fire”. Digestion is the process by which your body changes matter into usable energy. When you do any kind of work or activity, that energy… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on July 12, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Right-Left brain activty

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I recommend that you read the excellent article by Dr. Jill Bolt Taylor…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 9, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

Nadanusandhana

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This is a wonderful practice combining mudras and mantras that I plan to teach at the "Spiritual Retreat" that I will be leading in Bad Meinberg 1-6 August


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Sit in any meditative position and close your eyes.

“Aaa” chanting…



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 4, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Mudras (continued)

Mudras are hand positions that seal the psychic energies into specific channels. They are powerful spiritual tools that can enable you to receive and transmit energy more efficiently. Mudras aid you in the purification of your physical, mental and psychic bodies. Perhaps the best known mudra is “Namaskar” , which… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on July 2, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

Tools for Meditation: mudras

Your body is a subtle and powerful antenna that is continually receiving energy and also transmitting it. Mantra, mudra and mandala are three types of powerful spiritual tools that assist you in purifying your physical, mental and psychic bodies.



With regular practice, these methods sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help you to…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 29, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

What is an Ashram: the purpose of an ashram

OM - I've just found some notes that I made seveal years ago, listening to a talk by Swami Chidanandaji - which made me think of the benefits of ashram life:



The purpose of an Ashram is not to stimulate you or to provide…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Midsummer Weekend

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Loving greetings on this auspicious Midsummer weekend



I’ve just returned from a few days in Dorset at the Midsummer Festival that was organised by the Independent Network.



I’d like to say a special “thanks” to Bhavani, who drove me down and back. I always enjoy the drive to Dorset. Soon after leaving London, you come to the awe-inspiring Salisbury Plains. One can imagine why it was a holy place in ancient times. The view and…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 20, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Thinking about Ishwara-pranidhana

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Recently, I've been working with the principle of "ishwara-pranidhana". The last of Patanjali's niyamas is usually translated as "self-surrender" or "surrender to the Lord". This is a hard one for many modern yogis, many of whom don't seem to be inclined to surrender to anyone or any…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 8, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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