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An Ashram Is Where Life Meets Wisdom <i>By Swami Venkatesananda</i>

It was nearly 5 a.m. The east was aglow with dawn. The birds were awake. The Aus t ral ian bi rd Kookaburra laughed, perhaps at those still in bed. The magpie sang to wake these lazy ones. The bell rang at 5:30 and all of us walked up to the meditation room where after some prayers and kirtan-singing the practice of meditation commenced. Thus began the first day at the Yoga Camp in Perth. The ten-day Yoga Camp had been organised jointly by the Yoga School of Perth, the University Yoga Club and… Continue

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 7, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : The Dam part 2





Clocking in at 22 minutes “The Dam” is my longest composition thus far. The piece uses the metaphor of water flowing from source to ocean to illustrate this mysterious process that we usually refer to as life. It comprises eight distinct movements, identified as follows :



  • 1. Source
  • 2. River
  • 3. Rapids
  • 4. Dam
  • 5. Immersion
  • 6.…
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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 6, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Alpha state

Brain waves range from low to high frequency. Low is delta (one to four hertz). This state provides regenerative sleep and deep rest. Theta (four to six hertz) is the state you are in as you fall asleep. Children with attention issues seem to be stuck in theta. These are the children who need to move around the room. They are trying to get to an alpha state. Beta is twelve to twenty hertz. This is a focused state of mind when you are working on something. A lot of people in our culture do not… Continue

Added by Peter Wolff on August 6, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

How to find Peace

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
Albert Schweitzer

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Have Faith

"Nay, whoever submits himself completely to Allah and he is the doer of good, shall have his reward from his Lord. No fear shall come upon such, neither shall they grieve."

Holy Qur’an, Al-Baqarah, Ch.2:113

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 5, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : The Chrome Lake part 7



(Globe of Integration by Eugen Hofbauer, Herbert Kalleitner, and Susi Müller. Photo by Manfred Kielnhofer)





“The Chrome Lake” is the core middle part of “Entering The Stream,” the trilogy which begins with "Into The Ashram" and is completed by "Leaving The…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 5, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Speak Gently

"Speak harshly to no one, or the words will be thrown right back at you. Contentious talk is painful, for you get
struck by rods in return."

Dhammapada, 10

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 4, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Beautiful conversation between God and Human being

Here is a very interesting conversation with God. It is very inspiring and motivating as well...



Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?



God : Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.





Me: why are we then constantly unhappy?



God :]Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's why you are not… Continue

Added by amit agarwal on August 4, 2009 at 4:50am — No Comments

New Week, let your light shine!!

Hi my friends,

This week, please stay alert and look for the magic, and the synchronicity that life will bring you. Remember, you are so talented with SO much to offer the world. Don't you DARE put yourself down... ever! Don't you DARE believe you can't accomplish something you feel passionate about. When you say, "I can't", you are saying you know better than the universe. I don't believe you are as limited as you may tell yourself at times. Be open, my friend :-) Leave the door open a… Continue

Added by Solvei Kristin McKenna on August 3, 2009 at 7:44am — No Comments

Live in your Heart

"My child, you may read or discuss scripture as much as you like. But until you forget everything, you will never live in your heart."

Ashtavakra Gita 16:1

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

HUMILITY-FROM THE MAHABHARATA

In the Mahabhrata there is a story that illustrates King Yudhishsthira's humility:



One day Drona [the martial Guru of both the Pandava and Kuru princes] called for Yudhishsthira and Duryodhana,and ordered them,"My dear Yudhishstihira,please follow my instructions.Go among the citizens and find someone who has some faults.When you have found that person,bring him to me." Drona then told Duryodhana,"Go among the citizens and find someone who is superior in quality to you.When you find… Continue

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 2, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Hope

Whatever maybe your shor tcomings, don' t be depressed. Don't lose hope. Try to improve yourself. God loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Swami Sivananda

Added by Sukadev Bretz on August 1, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

All Things are Connected

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

Chief Seattle

Added by Sukadev Bretz on July 31, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Juggernaut part 2



(Ratha Yatra Festival in Puri, India / Painting by James Fergusson)





Juggernaut. Lots to say about this one. Make sure your seat is confortable...



I’ve started the writing for this singular piece on November…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 30, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Stillness

"In listening and stillness there is nobody who is still, and this stillness doesn't refer to any object; it is absolutely objectless; it is our real nature. "

Jean Klein

Added by Sukadev Bretz on July 30, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Kindness and Compassion

"I would rather make
mistakes in kindness and
compassion than work miracles
in unkindness and hardness."
Mother Teresa

Added by Sukadev Bretz on July 29, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Void part 2



("Primeval Center" )





On a background of Wall Street Bailout and the Large Hadron Collider, “Void” paints the Buddhist concept of emptiness.



From Wikipedia :…



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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 29, 2009 at 4:35am — No Comments

' Yoga and Hypnotism ' - By Sri Aurobindo

WHEN the mind is entirely passive, then the force of Nature which works in the whole of animate and inanimate creation has free play; for it is in reality this force which works in man as well as in the sun and star. There is no doubt of this truth whether in Hinduism or in Science. This is the thing called Nature, the sum of cosmic force and energy, which alone Science recognises as the source of all work and activity. This also is the Prakriti of the Hindus to which under different names… Continue

Added by Lalit kumar on July 28, 2009 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

why we speak loudly when angry

Here;s a beautiful story on People's reactions while Angry : ENjoy reading :



Anger





A saint asked his disciples, 'Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout

at each other when they are upset?'



Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, 'Because we lose our calm,

we shout for that.'



'But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you?' asked the saint. 'Isn't it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do… Continue

Added by amit agarwal on July 28, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Hello Life Lovers!!

I just returned from 3 days in nature, camping by a roaring river,

animals all around, bonfires,cooking on the fire, and it always hits me

- Life Is So Abundant!

Many walk around with heavy minds feeling and saying, "I can't

afford this, I can't afford that, there's not enough to go around". The

news often ignites this feeling of scarcity and "not enough". When

sitting out there in nature on a rock, overlooking the most splendid colors and

views, such perfect… Continue

Added by Solvei Kristin McKenna on July 28, 2009 at 5:25am — No Comments

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