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Yama: the five vows of the seeker

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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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The User Friendly Heart

Gift giving and philanthropy is a mix of social expectation, personal choice and tradition. They are gestures of fellow feeling. In giving, what kind of a gift is the highest of all? In what manner may it be given? And in choosing a gift, in whose advice may we unconditionally trust?

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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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Fasting and Autophagy : Ancient Wisdom and Scientific Research Intersect

A few days back, we were having a conversation at the Heartfulness Meditation Center in New Jersey, USA, about the significance of various rituals and customs that have been observed in society since time immemorial. Many of these rituals are followed with rigor and discipline, which is a good thing. What makes them more joyful and impactful, though, is knowing the true significance of the principles behind them. Our conversation touched upon various topics, like the reasons for adorning the red...

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Let Love Shine Supreme

Message, 28th September 2016, New York, USA I would like to draw your attention to certain trees. There are trees that grow tall, sturdy and strong, like mahogany, oak and acacia: you cannot cut them easily. Compare them to chikoo and mango, which are very tender and their wood is not strong, yet they yield the most beautiful fruits. In nature, this tenderness is required to bring about sweetness in life. The sturdier trees with hard wood do not have praiseworthy...

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