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Transformation Through Experiences

Dear friends, I remember the first time I understood the real significance of experience. I was still in college at the time. Those days, I would meditate every single day. My parents would notice me sitting down with closed eyes every morning. They never disturbed me; nor did they ask me what I was doing. One fine day I offered to take my father to a Heartfulness Trainer who resided near our home. He was happy to try it. When he came...

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Creating mental well-being for one and all

Dear friends, Our human system has a very wonderful characteristic when it comes to observing and looking after our health – when nothing is wrong, we remain carefree and oblivious to our health, as our heart does not give us any signals. But when something is wrong it definitely lets us know – as long as we listen to it! For example, if our breathing is healthy and normal, we are not even aware that we are breathing, but if we have...

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OFFERING PRASAD – an offering of love

Dear friends, There is stillness in the atmosphere after a group meditation, and at the same time a sense of expectancy as a young bride and groom stand facing each other on their special day. It is a joyous occasion. First they garland each other with rose garlands, and then gently and lovingly place charged rings on each other’s fingers. Then they each are given a small piece of a special sweet to place in each other’s mouth. This is no...

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Yama: the five vows of the seeker

Spirituality is not a path for the faint hearted. Swami Vivekananda has said, “I need lions and not sheep.” Have you wondered why the great Master has spoken so? It is because every single moment we are working on our self. Every moment of our existence we are refining our lifestyle to ensure the blossoming of our consciousness. In a previous article, I touched upon the journey that starts with thinking, and that evolves into feeling. This change gives the wisdom...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Higher Purpose of Marriage

Kamlesh D. Patel shares some thoughts on how marriage ennobles and enriches our lives, supports our evolution and provides a happy, stable base for family life. The other day, I was lucky enough to observe an elderly couple taking a stroll along the river in Princeton, their steps totally in sync. You could see they had been together a long time. They hardly spoke, communicating their togetherness in more subtle ways. Eventually they reached a park bench overlooking the river, pulled...

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From Experiences to Qualities: The Guiding Light of the Heart

Would you continue to meditate if you experienced nothing? Take a minute and think about it. Imagine if you were to sit every single day, perhaps multiple times during the day, close your eyes and experience nothing. Even the best yogis and students on the path would give up and run away if they didn’t experience something profound. I sometimes joke about this with my associates, “Experiences are like the grass shown to the donkey to keep it going!” Jokes apart,...

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Spiritual Anatomy

Most people have heard of chakras or points, which can be described as centres of concentrated divine energy located at different places within the human system. Associated with each of the points are sub-points, and in the intervening space between the points is a network interwoven by numerous intricate fibres. As we proceed along, we pass through these intervening layers. All this together forms a network that can be described as the spiritual anatomy of a human being. There are thirteen...

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