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Stages of spirituality in life

Spiiritual life is unique for individual Yoga practitioner. However, broadly speaking it can be classified into four stages. An average practitioner undergoes these four stages progressively. Depending on his progress a practitioner can be termed as:

• Worldly Person

• Spiritual Aspirant

• Spiritual Seeker

.Spiritual Master

A worldly person is the one who sees objects and events happening the world around him. For him the sense organs are utmost important and he spends… Continue

Added by amit agarwal on May 11, 2009 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Ma Anandamayi Omkareshwar Newsletter--April

Om Ma

Welcome to the Newsletter from!

April, 2009

Our Miraculous Ma

(Note: The following three stories were told to me directly be a very senior, scholarly and saintly devotee of Ma who spent twenty-two years in close and intimate contact with Ma.)

Ma always responded to the sincere yearning of the heart, sometimes coming to the longing devotee in surprising ways. One… Continue

Added by Swami Mangalananda on May 10, 2009 at 10:39am — No Comments

3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 09 )

i asked the lord for a

bunch of fresh flowers

but instead he gave me

an ugly cactus with

many thornes.

i asked the lord

for some beautiful


but instead he gave me

many ugly and

dreadful worms.

i was threatened.

i was disapponted.

i mourned.

but after many days,


i saw the cactus

bloom with many

beautiful flowers,

and those worms became

beautiful… Continue

Added by Kati Kalipriya Cato on May 9, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 08 )

Lakshmi / लक्ष्मी is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity, and generosity; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Goddess Lakshmi is regularly worshipped in home shrines and temples by Her devotees. A special worship is offered to Her annually on the auspicious day of Diwali, with religious rituals and colorful ceremonies specifically devoted to Her.

Though retained by Vishnu as his consort, Lakshmi remained an avid… Continue

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3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 07 )

Ganesha / Sanskrit: गणेश;/,is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon

The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

Ganesha's head symbolizes… Continue

Added by Kati Kalipriya Cato on May 7, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 05 )

What is satsang?


A simple definition of satsang is devotional speech and chanting programs for the upliftment of the divine love consciousness of a devotee.

Sat (सत्‌) means Divine.

Sang (संग) means association.Not just coming close, but to join. And how do you join? Only with love. Love is the glue that joins two things.Suppose there were two papers, and you put them together. You press hard, but they are separate still. There’s no glue inside. Put some glue… Continue

Added by Kati Kalipriya Cato on May 7, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

3 weeks in paradise

May 5. 2009

Motivation starts with the desire to be free, to be free from dependency on others, freedom to live the lifestyle we dream of, freedom to explore our ideas. Total freedom is not possible or desirable, but the struggle to achieve that ideal is the basis for motivation.

A goal is a desire that sends us on a journey using decisions to transport us to an unknown destination. Very often, this destination is vague because we encounter opportunities/experiences that change… Continue

Added by Kati Kalipriya Cato on May 7, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 06 )

A call-and-response chanting performed in India's devotional traditions.

A person performing kirtan is known as a kirtankar.

The roots of kirtan go back over 500 years to Renaissance India

There are two classifications of kirtan: . Nama Kirtan and Lila kirtan

Nama Kirtan refers to singing the divine names of one's personal worshipful Deity.The understanding is that the name of God is non-different from God, because spiritual nature is absolute. In this… Continue

Added by Kati Kalipriya Cato on May 7, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

"The Three Gunas of Mind and Music

Article: 'The Three Gunas of Mind and Music ' - By : Dr. T V Sairam

In Sanskrit, mind is known as manas, which is often compared to the form of a mighty ocean, because of its infinite spread and depth and also the constant agitation and turmoil which it witnesses especially in struggling for survival and mundane achievements.

As the mind is susceptible for the frequent storms of passion and breezes of cravings and desires, it undergoes… Continue

Added by Mahendra on May 4, 2009 at 2:43pm — 3 Comments

Some thoughts about the Divine

Some thoughts about the Divine, God, eternal truth, or the many names by which it is called. Why think about God? Thinking about something gives us an opportunity to use our own intelligence, to arrive at more clarity about any given topic, isn’t it. Intelligence is the greatest gift of God. To use it instead of believing something blindly is not a sin. Do not let others mislead ourselves into believing that.Thinking about something need not necessarily mean coming up with the right answer. It… Continue

Added by Jacob on April 26, 2009 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Ma Anandamayi Newsletter--March

Om Ma

Welcome to the Newsletter from!

March, 2009

Mother Anandamayi

By Mahamahopadhyaya Gopinath Karviraj

(Note: Sri Gopinath Kaviraj was considered the greatest living Pandit and philosopher of his generation. For many years the Principal of the prestigious Sanskrit College of Varanasi, he was also a disciple of the great Swami Vishudhananda and had attained an exalted… Continue

Added by Swami Mangalananda on April 20, 2009 at 2:35am — No Comments

Sivananda Buried Yoga

What an amazing contemporary book to read. In some ways it blows apart every pre-conception I had about yoga, the different styles, traditions, and practices. In other ways it now all makes perfect sense, pieces of the jig-saw all coming together in the one defining purpose.

The author Yogi Manmoyanand takes the reader through his personal journey, first as a rebel irreverently questioning everything about postures and styles, the difference between "gymnastic asanas" and "spiritual… Continue

Added by Neil Anthony on April 18, 2009 at 8:13pm — No Comments

I Am A Woman.

When you cannot stand something, stand. When you cannot give something, give.
When negativity takes over you, be positive. When you feel there is no hope, be a hope. That is what God is.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, August 8, 1975

I Am A Woman: Quotation of the Day is brought to you by The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings-Keeping the Legacy Alive! To find out more, or to donate online, please go to:

Added by Maria Kalinina on April 16, 2009 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

About Kirtans & Voice Sivananda story ...

Someone commented to Master Sivananda that the people in a certain place in North India weren't very spiritual. Master Sivananda said, " I don't know about that, when I was there, I had them all dancing ... ( 35,000 people estimated !!!)

Why play with voice when you can have Kirtan ?

Gopal/Gregg Hill

Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on April 7, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Blog de Yoga en español

Hola a todos, os dejo la dirección del blog en español, por si os apetece visitarlo Universoyoga

También estoy muy interesada en la ayuda que el Yoga y sus prácticas pueden aportar para minimizar el estrés de la vida actual, y por ello he creado un blog dedicado al tema del estrés y las técnicas para prevenirlo y minimizarlo, aportando todo el conocimiento propio sobre el tema así como artículos de estudios médicos que pueden… Continue

Added by Victoria Ambrós on April 3, 2009 at 6:10pm — No Comments

thank you

thank you all for your kind welcom
have a nice day

Added by M. Thé on April 2, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Safai in Praise of Pinwheels (Exhibition Manifesto)

The wise man sitting on the cushion made of hay stroked his white beard and smiled. The youngster had asked the same question, however could not have any answer some months ago. Wrestling with the question on his mind for days and nights, the young disciple had attempted once more to have the answer he had been seeking after, at last:

"Master, will you not show even a tiniest example about the secrets of transcendence and perfection?"

Sensing his disciples decisiveness,… Continue

Added by Safai Ozer on March 31, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Poem: The Buddha's Whisper

Listen carefully.

If you have held a child in your lap,

tenderly, warmly, feeling yourself flow

into your child, feeling yourself melt

into your child,

that is how you, too, are being held, always.

Your child also holds another child,

a future child who is eternally present,

in his or her lap.

And that child holds a being,

living, evolving, eternally present,

in his or her lap.

And what holds you in its lap

is being held by…

Added by Art Rosch on March 31, 2009 at 4:02am — No Comments



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