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Wishing All good health, and confidence to Stay on the Path with Practices that lead to Peace of Mind. Hope that more folks find values in skills which bring the ability to know how to still everything to fully experience the awesome silences and pregnant pauses available in each and every Moment. Do open your Gift of conscious breathing which reveals the beautiful Present of Being fully in the Moment. Do click the link below the image to read Sadhguru’s words about bringing in the New Year ahead. Thanks Isha Foundation for posting these valuable teachings from Sadhguru. 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.
Thank Goodness for YouTube once again and for the folks who upload classic films! For those who do not know the name of the famous Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray – here is a window to begin your viewing of Film Genius! This is the first of a film trilogy based on the novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay. Made in 1970. Many of Ray’s films were not well-preserved and thanks to filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory who dedicated time and raised funds to preserve and duplicate many of Ray’s classics. One of the things I love about Satyajit Ray’s films is the pace, the time that he allowed to be captured it is as if it is a stream of consciousness, just in the moment of living now. This “now” is what we seek to find in our yoga practices…so maybe after doing your sadhana you may have the patience to sit and have a view of this classic film. Here’s what the famous Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa had to say about Satyajit Ray, “…not to have seen the cinema of Ray means not existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.” Do know this is not a Bollywood film, this is genius story telling via celluloid, it’s over one hour, so save it for when you have time to savor it and please do share it with others. (But, hey, just did see a wonderful Bollywood flick Ram Leela, by Sanjay Bhansali, ooooh so beautiful, yeah it’s a love story, yes its a Bollywood Romeo and Juliet, but every scene is layered with colors that mesmerize and the sets so awesome….and if you like this one see his classic Black…..okay I love films, can you guess which genre?) And now do start with Pratidwandi! Happy viewing…..OM
n.b. Yes there are English sub-titles!
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
In the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day one day a year. When we commemorate, we remember something and by doing so to honor it, (as per the dictionary). Some people question following certain practices fearing perhaps idolatry, going against society, being judged as different. Perhaps by engaging in a practice it may wash us anew with awareness of what is valuable and natural. Some just like to attend festivals and celebrations just because of the gaiety and fun. The pantheon of global festivals helps us to appreciate the diversity of what is means to being human in this dimension. Often we learn a little more about ourselves when we allow immersion. From hatha yoga we know we all have both masculine and feminine energies. In the yoga we seek to yoke together, to balance both energies regardless of our gender. It’s strange to think now that this is such a popular celebration that begins the most popular season leading to Diwali in India, and now more than ever there is so much violence against women in villages and cities across India. (As well, globally,violence against women continues) Maybe changes would happen if more time was spent to explain the meaning behind the celebration instead of just attending temple for a few minutes and attending family homes to feast. Then men who commit crimes against women may see themselves harming their own feminine vibrations. Perhaps if all of us took some time to celebrate the sun/male and moon/female energies in a regular part of ritual/celebration we might be more respectful towards one another, our differences and our connections to the larger natural order. We can choose to follow a certain ritual or even better take the initiative to create our own. We can simply light a candle and reflect on the significance of what is important and those ideas we want to develop a better understanding and keep close. Thanks Sadhguru for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us, there is nothing better than having a living teacher to help us navigate on this often dark and confusing conscious path. OM Jai Bhairavi Devi OM
The following is from the Isha Blog and if you want to read more please do check out: http://www.ishafoundation.org
Navaratri, the nine nights that celebrate the Divine Feminine are a time of great festivity in India. At the Isha Yoga Center, several colorful and exuberant events will be taking place throughout these nine days, and on Vijayadashami, the day after Navaratri.
On the second day of Navaratri, Sadhguru explains about tamas – the nature of the first three days of Navaratri. Accompanying the text is Sounds of Isha’s rendition of Adi Shankaracharya’s Soundarya Lahari, written in praise of Devi.
The Soundarya Lahari, composed by Adi Shankaracharya, is considered one of the most exquisite compositions in Sanskrit, which extols the beauty, power and grace of Devi. Soundarya Lahari literally means Wave of Beauty, and consists of two parts – Ananda Lahari or Wave of Bliss, which consists of the first 41 shlokas, and Soundarya Lahari, which consists of the remaining shlokas.
According to legend, the composition was bestowed to Adi Shankara by Devi, and was then destroyed by Nandi, leaving Adi Shankara to rewrite the divine gift again. Here is Sounds of Isha’s rendition of this powerful composition.
The Nature of Tamas
Sadhguru explains the quality of tamas, which is the nature of the first three days of Navaratri.
Sadhguru: In yoga, all the qualities of the world have been identified as three basic gunas: tamas, rajas, and sattva. Tamas literally means inertia. Rajas means activity. Sattva is the breaking of boundaries. The first three days of Navaratri are tamas, where the goddess is fierce, like Durga and Kali. Tamas is the nature of the Earth, and she is the one who gives birth. The gestation period that we spend in the womb is tamas. It is a state which is almost like hibernation, but we are growing. So tamas is the nature of the Earth and of your birth. You are sitting on the earth. You must just learn to simply be one with her. You are anyway a part of her. When she wishes she throws you out, when she wishes she sucks you back.
It is very important that you are constantly reminded of the nature of your body. Right now, you are a mound of earth prancing around. When the earth decides to suck you in, you just become a small mound.
In the ashram I always tell people, no matter what work you are doing,every day you must stick your fingers into the earth at least for an hour. Do something with the garden. This will build a natural bodily memory in you that you are mortal. Your body will know that it is not permanent. That realization in the body is extremely important for one to keep his focus on his spiritual pursuit. The more urgent the realization becomes, the stronger the spiritual sense becomes.