Monthly Archives: January 2014

Idols in the Hindu Way of Life – Why Are They Worshipped?

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Shiva as NatarajIdols in the Hindu Way of Life – Why Are They Worshipped?.

Please do click the link below the picture to read what Sadhguru writes about the Murti or idols.  Many misunderstand the murti as pagan, anti-God and Tower of Babel practices.  Sadhguru explains that when folks create a deity they are not disillusioned they are clear they as humans are making a vehicle to transform and uplift the human energetic experience as pure respect for Divinity.  Humans cannot make a God, or gods, but can learn, use and practice methods to elevate our experiences to become aligned and reach our divine birthright.  When we say we are All One, we are a part of the One the Divine.  There are many forces at play in our existence that when we are unconscious or not aware of how to keep our energies charged and aligned we become separate and apart from our own divinity.  Practicing hatha yoga, meditative kriyas, chanting, doing Japa, are a few examples of methods that help keep our systems aligned properly.  Also, allowing ourselves to be in charged sacred spaces for contemplation and use as actual Charging Stations are powerful aids.  As well, murti or idols that are significant to a person are vehicles that help lift and organize the energies, especially when rituals are practiced.  The ritual is a way to re-orient the practitioner’s mental, emotional, Auric, and physical energies.  Take the Devi as Saraswati ( who embodies woman as teacher, teacher of the arts: writing, music, scholarly studies) when one acknowledges Saraswati they align these aspects within themselves as worthwhile, powerful and a blueprint guide to elevate their own capacities.  There is a direct connection to those who allow themselves time to observe these practices and realizing successes in their own sphere, we are what we think, we become what we meditate upon.  These are some of the distinctions between Judeo-Christian worship and Indic practices, as Judeo-Christian keeps the follower separate and below in status to their notion of God.  In the Indic faiths the practitioner knows they are a part of the Divine in this life as a divine dance.  When one believes they are one with divinity the ability to aspire to success with equanimity is achievable.  Feel free to leave your ideas here in the comments section and do share this post with others.  Thank you Sadhguru and The Isha Foundation for explaining the tenets of Classical Yoga with us.  Namaste to All!

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The Significance of Makar Sankranti Festival – Why Do We Celebrate It? (From the Isha Blog)

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540752_344381105701608_362408871_nThe Significance of Makar Sankranti Festival – Why Do We Celebrate It?.

Please do click on the link above to read what Sadhguru from The Isha Foundation explains about Makar Sankranti.  Most festivals in India have significance to natural phenomenon.  Makar Sankranti, Pongal are the names given for this time in South India, in the northern areas it may be called Lothri, but there are over 500 languages in India!  Even here in New York we can today see how the season has changed from drastic winter sub-freezing temperatures to now somewhat moderate.  Something is happening, some change is always going on and the more we understand about the natural rhythms and our relationship the easier we may navigate with our energies.  I hope you can take the time to reflect upon these occurrences and mark it with some significance if not ritual to acknowledge respect for being apart of this awesome Cosmos.  Happy Pongal!  With Gratitude, OM

n.b. 2000 points for anyone who can correctly guess where this pix is taken, leave your comments below, Happy Guessing!

Rare glimpses of Paramhansa Yogananda – YouTube – Celebrating 150 Years!

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autobiography-book-coverFinding Happiness: Paramhansa Yogananda – YouTube.

Do take a peek at this one minute video and see some images of the Great Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.  With Gratitude to this Brave Yogi who was the First to bring Yoga to the West!

OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM

Colorful Chart explains Food Combining

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Thanks to Kristina from Fully Raw website/Blog for creating and sharing this easy to understand Chart about Food Combining.  When some fruits are eaten like in store-bought fruit salads folks experience indigestion and/or gas….or exacerbates acid reflux conditions.   Try to study this and/or download to your smart phone when dining out.   Keep this chart in mind also when making your smoothies.  Please share with family and friends and keep sparkly with your fruits and veggies!  (I subscribe to Kristina’s YouTube channel and Blog for her great recipes which are beautiful and healthy.)  Stay well, Namaste

2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.