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Spread the Message of Love

Message on the Occasion of the 90th Birth Anniversary of Pujya Shri Chariji Maharaj, 24 July 2017, Kanha Shantivanam   We regularly witness how flocks of birds feed, move and journey together, and how those of the same kind assemble together. Our assembly is likewise. We aspire to soar majestically towards the Unknown with wings outstretched. In the language of Yoga, the cycle of samsara culminates in the hansa or the transcendent swan state: the swan that separates milk from water! Yet this discrimination...

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Yoga for modern life by daaji

Yoga for modern life

In these Yoga for Modern Life video gems, Daaji explains how and why to integrate spirituality and yoga into our lives and strips esoteric issues into simple, elegant and authoritative explanations that should guide the practice of yoga and a rigorous analysis of spirituality. ...

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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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