Just click the highlighted title link above to view this short video from Sadhguru. This is super important for all Yoginis and Yogis to know!!!
On the occasion of the Jewish New Year and the Hindu Ganesha Chautri and Hope for all of us humans to evolve in such a way that we can truly embrace one another as ONE…please do view this video, share it and discuss with others, thanks. OM
[do click the link below the artwork to view the video]
Please do click the link below the Picture of Nelson Mandela sitting alongside the Bhagavad Gita. ISKCON was a place that Mandela often visited in South Africa, (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), many know the group as the Hari Krishna folks who used to dance and chant in airports. I have visited and stayed in a couple of ISKCON centers and they truly do offer safe refuge. The Hari Krishna Centers in Delhi, Mumbai and Banglalore are majestically beautiful and offer solace for visitors. Mandela chose to develop into a remarkable person and we all may choose similarly. There are many gates leading towards elevating our minds, emotions, perspectives and when we decide to seek out these pathways we can decide which resonates best with our spirit. I have read many translations of the Bhagavad Gita, referred to sometimes just as The Gita and I find Eknath Easwaran’s translation and commentary on each verse to be a treasure trove. Easwaran lived in the USA for a long time as a Professor at UCLA. He also founded The Blue Mountain Center where he offered meditation courses. His long experiences with students and seekers from different walks of life in America gave him an extra edge to be able to explain the core meaning from The Gita so that westerners could easily grasp the messages. Along with Easwaran’s own special messages and experiences I really value this collection of three volumes and try to re-read it at least once a year. My Guruji the Late Shri Radha Kant Jha always said every Yogi should try to read The Gita at least once a year and he professed to have read it over 1000 times. So trying to be a good yogini I try my best and refer my students to take up at least the first volume, “The End of Sorrows” by Eknath Easwaran. I hope you may join the ranks of Nelson Mandela and so many known and unknown folks who have opened the pages of The Bhagavad Gita….here’s to your good reading….Hari Krishna Hari Madiba…Hari Ram….Hari YOU….Hari me….Hari Hari…Hari OM
(n.b. Thanks Lalitji for posting about this – you are my Favorite Virtual Teacher! Namaste)
On the Eve of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving in the USA wishing all joyful celebrations with loved ones and friends. Just click the link below the picture to watch this upbeat and inspiring video that evokes Oneness and Gratitude. OM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM.
Do check out this easy to read chart about some of the benefits documented from participants in the Isha Foundation Inner Engineering Program. Please do share, thanks, Namaste
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
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
When my Guruji the Late Shri Radha Kant Jha was in residence at our Omlink Studio he shared his interpretation of Namaskar:
“... When we bow our heads we lower our ego, when we join our hands we limit our physical might, (any disagreement/violence) to another, and with the hand gesture placed at our hearts we let our heart energy guide us as we let our Divine Spirit Rise in union with All. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM.”
Do click the link below the picture to read Sadhguru’s explanation for Namaskar, a powerful mudra and more….please do share with all of your Yogini, Yogi friends, OM Namaskaram
Thanks to Student Yogini Ashley Sabino for sharing her favorite Blog for Smoothie Recipes, just click the link above to see the Site. It is a good idea especially for busy on the go folks like college students to quickly make a drink they can ingest and take along to drink later in the day. It takes a simple blender that is not so expensive along with shopping ahead to stock up with ingredients. Chain stores like Bed Bath & Beyond sell blenders at inexpensive prices (there is also a $5 coupon on the website). Some yard sales and Good will stores also sell blenders which can be cleaned with baking soda and boiling water a few times before safe home use. One can stock up on the paper cartons of almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk, coconut water or milk, aloe vera, juice or other liquid choice for the base. Then make regular stops at your favorite green market for veggies and fruits. I keep basil , mint, tulsi, lemongrass and other herbs growing to add herb benefits. I use dates and agave for sweeteners. I add flax and chia seeds, these can be stored and last a while inexpensively thanks to shops like Trader Joes. For college students that make a collective they may share veggies and fruits so that they don’t spoil easily. The picture below shows a mason jar to hold the smoothie and that is a good idea for carrying along for later and inexpensive and come in different sizes, it is glass and not harmful plastic. Thanks for stopping by here and please do share with others….Here’s to your good health! Namaste
I guess it’s because of the Yoga media hype that so many have heard the word chakras. This media has given a heightened mystical twist about the chakras and so many students, especially those new to the practice are so fast to ask about how they can know and experience their chakras. These are the same students who do not regularly show up for classes, are easily distracted and make excuses, fall ill over and over again. It is so amazing that the media can trick us into believing that we can “own” and master a phenomenon, which does not exist on the physical plane. Why would someone think they can access such an advanced stage of awareness when they have not yet decided to engage themselves regularly on the physical plane? To access experiences that grow cumulatively we must invest and dedicate ourselves on a regular basis. Just like the steam from boiling water evaporates leaving cooler temperatures when the fire dies down, our energies lose their vibration in a similar way. Only when we seek an authentic hatha yoga with the support and guidance of an experienced teacher will we be able to access the more subtle aspects of awareness. But hey, with so many distractions that we can easily become engaged in and possibly addicted to…who needs awareness…especially at the cost of having to divide our time or worse divert our time away from our distractions. Mediocrity is the norm nowadays and with it comes lower vitality until it ebbs away and morphs into illnesses from anxiety, nervous disorders, disease in various forms. The easy solution for many becomes medication that may give acceptable results along with toxic buildup. Why is it so hard to choose to make time to create ease, wellness and pleasantness for ourselves? Why is it so easy to ask the hard questions rather than sit and apply the easy practices that create Joy? Witness the silly monkey brain, jumping all around, never staying still for long. Witness the carrot and stick behavior we take part in: we can follow our job description in a routine fashion for days, months, years because it brings the pay check and benefits. In other areas of our lives we cannot easily follow regimes, why? Bottom line….doing the Isha Kriya is easy….practicing hatha yoga is easy…..knowing your chakras is hard….but the only way to get there is to make a commitment to staying on the path with your daily practices. Let’s start where it is easy and possible to gain mastery. Maybe you may experience the powers from the chakras, maybe not, but you will surely know pleasantness if you stay with your practices. When we choose to become conscious we choose reality and I choose to keep on the path with my practices. I wish that you too may choose to stay on your path with your practices daily….OM