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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
Here is a very nice App to have on hand when you need help calming down, need to take a break, bored with life, need motivation, find yourself lonely…..and you can add more scenario to this list….but instead of making a list, go to the App Store and download it! It’s Free! It can be customized and link to other of your favorite things like your own pictures and music. You may share it with your friends or keep it private. I give it all thumbs and toes up! Thanks to the Isha Foundation USA for creating such a wonderful environment and World Peace Day Program. I had an opportunity to see, hear, learn, think and reflect on new and old ideas that resonate with qualities that are necessary to cultivate for weaving Peace into every moment, and yes that is definitely possible and not utopian. When at the App Store, look for GPS for the Soul.
The image is the QR to download this blog to your Kindle or Kindle app on any device, and there is a small one dollar a month fee. Happy Apping! Please share……Namaste OM
Do click the link above to read about the many benefits for Tulsi. I drink it as a tea almost every morning and when in India I just use the fresh leaves, almost everyone’s home has at least one plant, to brew my cup of tea. Organic India has now in the USA many flavored varieties available in stores, in tea bags. When using herbs remember its like cultivating a garden but within your tissues and cells so it has to be attended to daily to keep the benefits growing in and around the cells. Don’t ever expect to reap the benefits with a single application, it has to be an ongoing ritual. Tulsi is a herb and doesn’t have any caffeine or chemicals (unless pesticides were used on the plants). Thanks to Lalitji for posting this and to Green Yatra Blog for an excellent post!
Here’s to your good health! OM
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