If you think you are a true Seeker I recommend you watch this YouTube. Perhaps ask yourself “has my Yoga Teacher ever mentioned anything remotely close to this?” If not and you are intrigued you may want to get on board the Isha Foundation Liberation train by doing the online Inner Engineering course. A good starting place is to follow the Free video about the Isha Kriya, you can find it on my blog in SEARCH, on YouTube and Isha Foundation website. Also, checking out the Isha Foundation website for courses you may want to attend in person and preparing by watching the hundreds of videos uploaded. Show some respect and gratitude by making donations to Isha via Google Wallet or direct to their website. Change is going to begin with You…are you ready? Om Shanti OM
p.s. just click the link below the pix to watch the video
I wish to give Pranams, Gratittude to my Teachers for all they have shared with me, helping me find the best aspects in myself as a teacher, for fine tuning my skills as a teacher, and having the patience and compassion to share their knowledge with me. Each teacher has imparted a measure of shakitpat upon me and given me immense capacity to teach with knowledge graced with love and compassion. Thanks and Blessings always to: Dr. Tripathi (first picture to the right), The Late Sri Radha Kant Jha (last picture on the right), Mani Chaitanya (third picture on the right) and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (second picture on the right).
I feel confident in my teaching due to the Blessings of my Teachers, all from different perspectives, different ages, but all true to Indian Classical Hatha Yoga traditions. As a Seeker I have found endless wealth at the Feet of these Great Teachers and I shall always do my best to uphold their lessons as I go forward.
Jai Shree Gurudev, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudeva Gurudev Tripathi, Gurudev Radha Kant, Gurudev Mani, Gurudev Sadhguru, Jai Shree Gurudev, Om Shanti OM.
I wish to thank my Friend, Nandini for being my Temple Buddy and always making the time to travel together to attend and receive the Blessings, Big Thanks to Nandini! Its not so easy in suburbs of New York to get to the temple, we have a congested long drive and it’s always nicer to share the travel time with a like-minded person and to have a companion to be with at the Temple. It’s quite different from walking down the lane to the Lakshmi Temple in Pondy, or jumping in a rick to stop by as in India. I also want to acknowledge Nandini for the contributions she makes to the Temple to do whatever she can to help, she sets an important example for me to remember to make offerings and not just to take blessings because contributions help maintain services.
Please do click the link above to read an important short article written by Sadhguru about what Blessings the Adiyogi, Shiva, has made for all Seekers. Please do take the time to acknowledge your teachers, even in a small way such as placing flowers and candles before their pictures. Do make references of Gratitude whenever possible. Many in the West just practice asanas at yoga studios, many just buy discount coupons or go to free classes always jumping around to any cheap class they can find and completely miss the biggest boon having the Blessings of an Enlightened Teacher, my wish for these lost practitioners is that they one day become Seekers, and find themselves at the Feet of a True Master one day soon. My recommendation for anyone thinking about taking their Yoga to the next level of becoming a Seeker is to embark upon the Inner Engineering Program from Isha Foundation, two options are available to complete the course online or in many centers worldwide, it’s a great beginning!
Thanks for reading this Blog and do continue to share with others, Jai Shree Gurudev OM
The full moon day in the Ashadha month of July/August (Indian Yogic calendar) is known as Guru Pournami. This sacred day honors the ancient lineage of Enlightened Beings who have graced the world with their presence, imparting the knowledge of the Self to those who seek inner transformation. The word Guru in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.” The Guru dispels darkness of ignorance and leads seekers on their Path of Enlightenment. The day of Guru Pournami is traditionally the time when seekers offer the Guru their gratitude and receive blessings. Guru Pournami is also considered an especially beneficial day to practice yogic sadhana. This year Guru Pournami is celebrated on July 22nd. If you would like to watch how it is celebrated at Isha Foundation, check the website for live webcast, and if possible donate something in gratitude for all Isha does to share with us globally. Some temples have extended celebrations for more than one to five days, and some are on Sunday only, as Monday is a workday for most. However, we can take the prasad offerings, the vibrations of the chants, the smoke of the havan in our hair and clothing, the tilak on our foreheads forward into the next hours and days as ongoing blessings for this period.
This auspicious day offers the energy set by the Adiyogi, Shiva, thousands of years ago, offering the possibility that a human being may evolve beyond all limitations set by their physical nature, if willing to strive. (I want to acknowledge Yoginis: Maureen, Jane, Luann, Mayra & Peta, who have been practicing regularly these super hot days seeking to weave the yogic vibrations deeper, thanks for your courage, discipline, joyfulness! OM)
This first full moon day after the solstice is a time when the planet and all life upon it are most receptive to the cosmic energies and possibilities. The next six months till the winter solstice is the best time to strive for evolving and experiencing the divine possibility that is innate in a person. For those who choose to honor this day it is recommended to attend a yoga class and a great time to invite a friend or family member to share yoga for the first time. Listen to Sanskrit chants and/or bhajans. Other recommended practices are: Practice Silence, Aum Chanting ( rounds of 21) and Practicing the Isha Kriya. [This post is a compilation from the Isha Foundation website, thanks so very much, Namaskaram!]