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Nelson Mandela & the Bhagavad Gita

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202013-12-07-12-3320Nelson Mandela & the Bhagavad Gita.

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)

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Research « Inner Engineering.com

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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

▶ 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

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

What is the Meaning of Namaskar?

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namaskaram-3What is the Meaning of Namaskar?.

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

An Explanation about the Celebration of Navaratri by Sadhguru….Om Jai Bhairavi Devi OM….

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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.

Soundarya Lahari

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.

The seven chakras and their significance | The Isha Blog

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The seven chakras and their significance | The Isha Blog.

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

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Our magical Tulsi, Know why you need a tulsi plant in your home ?? | Green Yatra Blog

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IMG_0796Our magical Tulsi, Know why u need a tulsi plant in your home ?? | Green Yatra Blog.

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

▶ Can Work be Used as Sadhana? – Sadhguru – YouTube

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In this YouTube Sadhguru plainly explains why it is so important to daily work on our inner peace.  He says, “creating an inner space is very important because that energy is not subject to anything else.”  He goes on to say that some people no matter how noble their work after some time of being fully engaged in that they begin to become miserable to greater or lesser degrees.  So creating and nurturing, by daily practice of some Kriya such as Isha Kriya is the key to maintain ease and success with all other aspects of our involvement in this life.   I like to use the imagery of tending to one’s own garden, planting, watering, feeding with nutrients, harvesting yields bounties of plants, flowers, vegetables, just like our inner realm.  When we take the time to nurture we are rewarded, working on our inner sacred space allows us to move with ease and everything becomes possible.  Sadhguru repeats, ” Establish who you are and then…Act…” Thank you for taking the time to read and watch this post, please do share with others especially those who may be workaholics, Namaste OM.

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▶ Can Work be Used as Sadhana? – Sadhguru – YouTube.

What’s a Mudra? Isha Blog explains…..The Science of Mudras…

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There are hundreds of hand mudras and in our hatha yoga we use many, Om mudra, Chin mudra, are commonly known.  Thanks to the Isha Blog for writing about the science behind these hand gestures which when practiced regularly aid in our practices.  I share this with a friend in mind, Kathie, for sharing time to visit the Carmel Monastery/Temple complex.  She asked questions about the significance of mudras and being caught up in the ambience and serenity of the Temple I felt I didn’t fully respond to her inquiry.  So grateful that Kathie took time to start off my Pre-Birthday Season with my Favorite pastime, Temple Sojourns, not as worship but to allow the magnificent energies to wash over and through!  Do click the link below to read about the science of mudras….please share with your Yogini and Yogi friends, thanks and Namaste.

“The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.”   The Buddha

The Science of Mudras.