Tag Archives: India

▶ Shambhavi Mahamudra, A True Miracle – Sadhguru – YouTube

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582716_455134171198617_1391280848_n▶ Shambhavi Mahamudra, A True Miracle – Sadhguru – YouTube.

Isha Foundation offers an online 7 part course “Inner Engineering.”  The Shambavi Mahamudra is the SuperKriya that one is initiated into after completing the online course.  This initiation program happens at the ashram in Tennessee, USA and India.  Do click the link here to listen to Sadhguru explain about the powers of Shambavi.  Then go to the Isha Foundation website and check out the links for Inner Engineering for more information.  This is a wonderful yogic tool to tune up your energetic powers and to bring an amazing ongoing wave of peace and much more.  Thanks for taking the time to visit this blog and thanks to Isha Foundation for sharing these classical hatha yogic tools with all of us….Namaste

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Happy Diwali…..What’s the Significance of this Indian Festival?

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Asato Ma Sat Gamaya Tamaso Ma, Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Ma, Amritam Gayama, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM

We recite this invocation at every yoga sadhana: Take us from the unreal, to the real, take us from darkness to Light, Take us from death to immortality.  This is from the ancient Brihadaranyak Upanishad, 1.3.28….

This reference about darkness and light relates to ignorance and knowledge.  Ignorance, like darkness obscures true understanding.  The remedy for darkness is light, and the remedy for ignorance  is knowledge of one’s own true nature, our Divine Spirit.

The cultural significance is this festival is a way to enjoy and celebrate our Spiritual Birth, our Second Birth.  Diwali celebrations take place all over the whole subcontinent of India, from north to south, east to west, from different religions from Hindu, Sikh to Jain and Christian, including Muslim as it is an agrarian harvest celebration and the business of farming includes all who consume.  The festival spreads over five days, historically marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of the winter season.  Farmers give thanks for their bounty and wealth.  Lakshmi is the deity associated with wealth and is celebrated to bring continued good fortune for families.

Diwali, (spelled differently depending on the state and religious background) means lighting diyas (small clay vessels filled with oil and lit with cotton wicks).  These lights are arranged in huge arrays in beautiful patterns like the rangoli drawings (like the background pictures on this homepage.  The picture just above this text has tea light candles as any candle may be used and fire crackers are often lighted to celebrate the spark of our inner light.

The Yogic and Spiritual significance celebrates the realization of our own inner Light.  Honoring, Atman, the pure, infinite and eternal Divine Energy which can be awakened in all people.  This celebration of victory of good over evil signifies the victory of self-knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness.  The awareness that we are much more than our physical body, but an infinite, ever-present Spirit.  Every year people celebrate their birthday and Diwali celebrates their second birth…the Spiritual Awakening…our Inner Light…the true reality for All.

I read this as a post on Facebook…“Auditions are being held for you to be yourself…Apply within.”

May you choose to wake up and realize your Inner Light!  HAPPY DIWALI!!!!!!!!!

Hari OM Tat Sat OM

Have a Listen: “About Kashi not the cereal the ancient city of Varanasi”

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Look what I just found on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/anjali-yogini/about-kashi-not-the-cereal-the

To Listen to this audio post/Vlog, just click the first link, and do “Like Me” on this page too (please and thank you!) Namaste

Listen to the story of “The Churning of the Ocean” its about the Kumbh Mela in India

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Listen to the story of ‘The churning of the Ocean’

Here is a little information about the Kumbh Mela that has been going on this week of the new moon in India.  Every year in Allahabad, India at this time a Aardh/Half Kumbh Mela takes places at the sacred convergence of three rivers.  The Ganges, Jamuna and the no longer visible Saraswati rivers converge in Allahabad.  People come together to take a dip in the place where the waters meet to wash away any and all the things they want to be rid of, then start new and afresh blessed to move on their life journey.  It is such a magical experience.  If you are interested to do further investigation you will find videos on Youtube and lots of sites with detailed information.  All of this will not go in vain as January 2013 is the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India and you may follow it live online or choose to get your bones to the actual site.  Once a few years ago I visited just before the actual event began.  We rode a bicycle rickshaw down to the riverbanks and witnessed hundreds of people setting up campsites for lodging, canteen, puja/ritual, medical services, markets and more.  It seemed as if there were no administrators organizing but everyone had a mission that was spewing from within and joyfully went about their tasks.  Even though there are probably legitimate contests from other religion driven mass events such as the Haj as to which is actually the largest gathering of humans there is something special when masses of people meet to share sacred times and experiences.  My hope is that this is all practice for us together to rise above our differences and make time to celebrate our collective humanity.  As I am at a loss to use words to describe what magic felt like walking and riding through Allahabad for me I now share quotes from others who do better justice than me.

“In religion, India is the only millionaire…the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Mark Twain

“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”  Albert Einstein

“Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago).  Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine.”  Rele (Jewish writer)

I hope you do become a little curious and see what this “churning” is about!!!!  Thanks for stopping by here and checking out this post.  Thanks to my friend Lalit Kumar who got me to remember being in Allahabad via his Facebook posts.  Namaste

n.b. if you haven’t already, do click on the first highlighted text above, first sentence below the title, to hear the story.  If you’d like to see a pix of me on the boat at Allahabad check out my Facebook page- Omlink: The Studio for Yoga Synthesis