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The God within

The God within!Back to Art of Living -Ekta wroteon March 2, 2009 at 8:05amGod is never an object of isolation but the very core of your being. The difference between Self and God is just like the wave and the ocean. Can there be a wave without the ocean?Who are you? Do you know about yourself? Find out about yourself first. If you think you are just the body, that is not possible because the body has its limitations. If you think that you are the mind then that is also not possible because the m
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3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 11 )

Tryambakam / ज्ञानकोश:ॐ त्र्‍यंबकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम ।उर्वारुकमिवबान्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।।/ tryambakaM yajāmahe sugandhim puSTivardhanam | urvārukam iva bandhanān mRtyor mukSīya māmRtāt /The literal translation of this name means Great Death-conquering Mantra. This mantra is from the Vedas. This mantra worships a three-eyed deity commonly identified with Lord Shiva. It is also called Tryambakam Mantra or Mrita-Sanjivini mantra or Rudra Mantra. The reason for it being name
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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 MasterA 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 tremendous amount of efforts in
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Om MaWelcome to the Newsletter from www.SriAnandamayiMa.org!April, 2009Our 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 day this man and his wife were in a city bus in Pune on the way to Anandamayi Ashram to see Ma, when suddenly
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3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 09 )

i asked the lord for abunch of fresh flowersbut instead he gave mean ugly cactus withmany thornes.i asked the lordfor some beautifulbutterfiesbut instead he gave memany ugly anddreadful worms.i was threatened.i was disapponted.i mourned.but after many days,suddenly,i saw the cactusbloom with manybeautiful flowers,and those worms becamebeautiful butterfliesflying in the spring wind.god´s way is the best way.Chun-Ming Kao(writing from prison)The more I am here at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg the mor
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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 devotee of Lord Shiva. An interesting legend surrounds her devotion to
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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 the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existen
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3 weeks in paradise (2009 05 05 )

What is satsang?सत्संगA 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 and join together—now, they are s
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3 weeks in paradise

May 5. 2009Motivation 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 our thinking which
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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 IndiaThere are two classifications of kirtan: . Nama Kirtan and Lila kirtanNama 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 way the devotee can associate with God through
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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 c
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Ma Anandamayi Newsletter--March

Om MaWelcome to the Newsletter from www.SriAnandamayiMa.org!March, 2009Mother AnandamayiBy 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 state of sainthood and yogic accomplishment himself. He first came to Ma in 1928 and found in Ma all the man
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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 Asana." Then,
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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
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Blog de Yoga en español

Hola a todos, os dejo la dirección del blog en español, por si os apetece visitarlo UniversoyogaTambién 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 aportar luz a las preguntas cotidianas.Blog Destres
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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, the wise man said to himsel
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Poem: The Buddha's Whisper

Listen carefully.If you have held a child in your lap,tenderly, warmly, feeling yourself flowinto your child, feeling yourself meltinto 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 lapis being held by something greater,warmly, tenderly, and that toois being held by something greater st
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Getting out of samsara

Getting out of SamsaraCHENNAI: Every human birth is an opportunity to strive for salvation and this truth is reinforced emphatically in the lives of saints. It is important that each individual becomes self introspective and tries to understand the purpose of life. We have to get rid of the consequences of our actions if one has to transcend the cycle of Samsara.Saiva Siddhanta points out that every act (good or bad) of an individual is recorded and the consequences (joy or sorrow) have to be fa
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