Equanimity is equality or evenness of mind or temper. It is balanced mind in pleasure and pain, success and failure, honor and dishonor, censure and praise. Equanimity is composure of spirit, especially calmness and steadiness of mind, amidst trying circumstances... Samatvam or equanimity is Yoga. ~Swami Sivananda.
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 15, 2010 at 4:30pm —
“...fear is not love, dependence is not love, jealousy is not love, possessiveness and domination are not love, responsibility and duty are not love, self-pity is not love, the agony of not being loved is not love, love is not the opposite of love any more than humility is the opposite of vanity. So if you can eliminate all these, not by forcing them but by washing them away as the rain washes the dust of many days from a leaf, then perhaps you will come upon this strange flower which man… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 14, 2010 at 5:06pm —
Positive overpowers the negative. A positive thought drives off a negative one. Courage drives off fear. Love destroys hatred. Unity annihilates separateness. Magnanimity destroys petty-mindedness (jealousy). Generosity drives away miserliness and greed. Keep yourself always positive. You will have wonderful meditation. ~Swami Sivananda
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 13, 2010 at 4:27am —
"The eternal, unbroken, natural state of abiding in the Self in Jnana. To abide in the Self you must love the Self. Since God is verily the Self, love of the Self is love of God; and that is Bhakti. Jnana and Bhakti are thus one and the same." Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 8, 2010 at 8:06pm —
The festival of Navaratri ("nine nights”) is a worship of the divine mother Durga in several forms. Each night a puja is held, and there is chanting of the Navarna Mantra, "Om aim hreem kleem chaamundaayai viche namah". Durga also helps you to protect your spiritual practice from the… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 2, 2010 at 6:21pm —
There is a new Yoga question site being started up by Swami Atma. It is in the excellent Q&A system from StackExchange, you can get there from Continue
this link http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1971/yoga. If you are interested you can go there, log in, become
a follower, and propose questions which would…
Added by Sita Chaitanya on June 2, 2010 at 6:01pm —
"Refuge in you, Dark One, you alone know how to save me. A girl possessed, I shamble through the sixty-eight places of pilgrimage but haven't the wit to know failure. Hear my cry, O Murari - nothing on earth looks like it's "mine". Mira gave you her trust, now it's your move. Spring her from this noose we call "world." " ~From "For the Love of the Dark… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 28, 2010 at 8:51pm —
"In a clean spot, having established a firm seat of his own, neither too high nor too low, made of a cloth, a skin and Kusa-grass, one over the other.
“There, having made the mind one-pointed, with the actions of the mind and the senses controlled, let him, seated on the seat, practice Yoga for the purification of the self. "
"Let him firmly hold his body, head and neck erect and still, gazing at the tip of his nose, without looking around.
"Serene-minded, fearless,… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 27, 2010 at 3:35pm —
Thy right is to work only, but never with its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction. Perform action, O Arjuna, being steadfast in Yoga, abandoning attachment and balanced in success and failure. Evenness of mind is called Yoga.
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 27, 2010 at 3:09pm —
"He who is the same to foe and friend, and also in honor and dishonor,
who is the same in cold and heat and in pleasure and pain, who is free
from attachment, He to whom censure and praise are equal, who is
silent, content with anything, homeless, of a steady mind, and full of
devotion - that man is dear to Me. They verily who follow this immortal
Dharma as described above, endowed with faith, regarding Me as their
supreme goal, they, the devotees, are exceedingly… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 27, 2010 at 12:20am —
Shutting out (all) external contacts and fixing the gaze between the eyebrows, equalising the outgoing and incoming breaths moving within the nostrils, With the senses, the mind and the intellect (ever) controlled, having liberation as his supreme goal, free from desire, fear and anger - the sage is verily liberated f...or ever. He who knows Me as the enjoyer of sacrifices and austerities, the great Lord of all the worlds and the friend of all beings, attains to peace.
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 25, 2010 at 8:43pm —
Fix thy mind on Me, be devoted to Me, sacrifice to Me, bow down to Me. Thou shalt come even to Me; truly do I promise unto thee, (for) thou art dear to me. Abandoning all duties, take refuge in Me alone: I will liberate thee from all sins; grieve not.
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 25, 2010 at 8:42pm —
Lately I have been reading "Vivekananda - A Biography" by Swami Nikhilananda. It's a really good book, and if you are interested in knowing about the great yogi and sannyasin Swami Vivekananda and how he did a lot to bring eastern thinking and vedanta to America, this is the book for you.
I especially like this quote from the book which is a story… Continue
Added by Sita Chaitanya on May 19, 2010 at 8:40pm —