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      The Practice of Contentment

      Reflect on happiness, joy and sorrow. Even when having what we want, suffering is built in. Sometimes we condition our happiness. During morning sadhana claim and move awareness into the ...

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      Happiness. Purify, remain within.

      Instead of the world giving happiness to me I give happiness to the world. Whomever I meet today, I give happiness to them. Purify, remold the subconscious, samskara chitta, the ...

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      Life the Great Experience

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 3. Gurudeva clarifies the meaning of the body of the soul. Face experiences positively. Awareness as a lotus flower. Life as decisions. Eternity of the moment. ...

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      Improving Our Character - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Jan/Feb/Mar 2012 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Spiritual life is no different from real life. The key to progressing along the life ...

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      Improving Our Character

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation which is based on the Hinduism Today's Publisher Desk article entitled "How to Improve our Character"? Character is defined as hte sum total of the mental and ...

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      Be a Spiritual Leader

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation on a topic which featured in the June/July/August 2011 edition of the Hinduism Today's Publisher Desk article entirled "Be a Spiritual Leader". In this presentation Bodhinatha ...

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      Which Yoga Should I Follow

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation on a topic which festured in the July/August/September 2012 Hinduism Today edition entitled "Which Yoga Should I Folow?" In this presentation, Bodhinatha outlines the nature and purpose of ...

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      Effort

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's presentation on a topic entitled "Effort" is in two parts. Part 1 focuses on the real spirit of the MasterCourse, as expounded by Gurudeva in his Introduction ...

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      Practice Makes Perfect

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation on a topic entitled "Practice Makes Perfect" which featured in the Jan/Feb/Mar 2011 Hinduism Today. In this Presentation Bodhinatha explains that deep inside we are perfect ...

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      The Three Stages of Faith

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "The Three Stages of Faith". Faith is central to all religions. However, Hinduism considers that faith is the first ...

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      Drawing Close to Ganesha

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the January/February/March 2016 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "How sincerely approaching Him as a real being can deepen your relationship with the Lord of Obstacles." Lord Ganesha is the most accessible, easily contacted Deity whose blessings and shakti elevate ...

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      Publisher's Desk: Three Stages of Faith

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 issue on camera. He speaks of the three stages of faith: blind faith, ...

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      Publisher's Desk: Three Kinds of Temples (Part 2/2)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2009 issue on camera. He focuses on the importance of keeping the house clean ...

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      The Aim of Hindu Practices - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the January/February/March 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Dharma, seva, puja and raja yoga lead to purification of the mind, which is the ...

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      Path to Higher Consciousness - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Oct/Nov/Dec 2014 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. In this edition Bodhinatha outlines how virtuous living which consists of performance of dharma, selfless ...

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      Who Am I and Where Did I Come From?

      Bodhinatha introduces the new Himalayan Academy book "Path to Siva." "By seeing the life energy in all creatures and in all people we are seeing God Siva in action." The life energy within you is the closest thing to you. The basic challenge is overcoming anger. With enough bhakti, love ...

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      Four Stages On the Path of Personal Evolution

      The soul body takes many lifetimes to mature. The height of divine consciousness: There is no difference between you and God. Spiritualize what you are doing as you engage in ...

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      Explaining Willpower: A Bodhinatha Upadesha

      Bodhinatha shares his insights on using willpower to succeed in meditation. Willpower is defined as the strength to carry our one's decisions or plans. Willpower has to be cultivated. There ...

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      Introduction to Hinduism (Part 5/5)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the April/May/June 2009 issue. Part 5 is entitled Hinduism in Practice. Bodhinatha outlines the three main ...

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      Hinduism Today Oct/Nov/Dec 2008 Issue

      The Editor-In-Chief of Hinduism Today magazine highlights the features of our latest issue, including history of India, the tale of Indian sarees, Navaratri festival, the bhakti movement and Bodhinatha's explanation ...

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      Behold the Sacred Lotus Flower - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Apr/May/Jun 2012 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Bodhinatha uses the analogy of a bud blossoming into a beautiful lotus flower in order ...

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      Spiritualizing Temple Leadership HMEC 2012

      Presentation on "Spiritualizing Temple Leadership," given to the Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference on August 18, 2012, by Hinduism Today assistant editor Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami. In this presentation, Sannyasin emphasises the importance of maintaining ...

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      The World is an Ashram

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation on a topic entitled "The World is an Ashram" which featured in the Apr/May/Jun 2006 Hinduism Today edition. Our Gurus proclaim that from a Hindu perspective the world ...

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      Karma Yoga

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation entitled "Karma Yoga". In this presentation, Bodhinatha delves into the spiritualizatio of action, outlines how the orderly fulfilment of duties to the best of ...

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      The Journey to Liberation

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the October/November/December 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "Though moksha may seem remote, there is wisdom in keeping this ultimate goal in mind as we live our day-to-day life." Bodhinatha explains how daily sadhana which includes worship, introspection, affirmation and study is a ...

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      I Want To See God

      Some pertinent suggestions to sincere seekers on where and how to look for Divinity. Hinduism prescribes that belief in God is the first step towards the ultimate purpose of life, ...

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      Mistakes Are Part of The Spiritual Path

      Hinduism proclaims that all of mankind is good, that the whole world is one family; that all souls emanate from God and evolve into oneness with God. Each soul starts ...

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      Noninjury, the Foremost Virtue

      Noninjury is the foremost virtue, the highest dharma or truth from which all dharma proceeds and the first ethical principle of Hinduism.Every indivdual must aim to avoid causing injury to ...

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      The Aim of Hindu Practices

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 edition of Hinduism Today and is entitled "The Aim of Hindu Practices". Bodhinatha reminds us that deep inside we are already one with God and ...

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      The Eight Great Shaktis of His Majesty Lord Siva

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on Gurudeva's 1977 Master Course and is entitled "The Eight Great Shaktis of his Majesty Lord Shiva". Bodhinatha outlines the nature and significance of each of the eight shaktis of Lord Shiva, characterised ...

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      Six Levels of Practice

      Bodhinatha's presentation is drawn from Gurudeva's teachings on daily practice and is entitled "Six Levels of Practice". In this presentation, Bodhinatha explores each of the six practices, namely (1) Making Dharma Your ...

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      An Alternative to Happiness

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Jan/Feb/Mar 2017 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "An Alternative to Happiness". Bodhinatha considers the fleeting nature of happiness in the material world and outlines how ...

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      The Journey To Liberation

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2015 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "The Journey to Liberation". Bodhinatha highlights the mystical view that each time a soul takes birth into a ...

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      Surrender is Central to All Yogas

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2017 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "Individuals who are not religious make progress toward achieving their goals in life by self-effort. Whatever they accomplish is, from their perspective, solely the result of what they do to achieve it." In order to unfold spiritually, one must relinquish his free instinctive nature and surrender ...

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      Merging with Siva

      Merging with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics is a guide for one who is ready to diligently walk the spiritual path. Great new vistas open up throughout its 365 daily lessons ...

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      Fixing Problems

      Problems are important for spiritual progress. We need a Guru to help us see our problems. We need to accept what comes to us as our karma, we don't because ...

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      Deeper Perspectives and Monastic's Realization of the Self

      The more you can detach yourself from life the more you can avoid the ups and downs of life, but you don't want to detach too much, or you will ...

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      Finding Affectionate Detachment

      Bodhinatha describes the various kinds of negative attachment and methods by which to free ourselves from attachments to negative experiences in the past. Moving from negative attachment to "unaffectionate detachment" to ...

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      The Lessons of Water

      Bodhinatha talks about rain and water and their importance. We live by a river at the Aadheenam and it offers a lot: the mystical teaching of the soul's merger in ...

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      The Magic of the High EE

      Sometimes we don't hear the high "ee" sound. Gurudeva says it is only there when the subconscious mind is free of problems, conflict and unresolved issues. We know they are ...

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      Mistakes are not problems

      Cybertalk: Gurudeva said, "Problems are not problems. A problem is a repetition of the past that needs to be adjusted." It means that when we make a mistake, we think that we shouldn't have done what we did; it would be better if it didn't happen. ...

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      Becoming Centered

      We welcome Swami Pragyanand from New Delhi, India. Merging with Siva talks about being thrown off center. Being off center is not a negative thing. It is a spiritual opportunity ...

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      Karma Management Part 1

      I get many questions about karma that are way off the mark. We need to understand karma and apply it to our life. Here are 4 of the principles Principle ...

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      Karma Management Part 3

      Seventh principleaccelerate karma. Saivite Shastras talk about this in terms of monastic 36-year pattern for training. Within his life he goes through four lifetimes of karma. One in first 12, ...

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      Cultivating Bhakti, or Devotion

      The beginning of Bhakti is our understanding of the temple and Deities and the three worlds. The goal is to become good friends with the Gods. You open up to ...

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      Moksha, Realizing God

      There is a misconception that one day we are experiencing zero percent God, then the next moment we are experiencing 100 percent God. Enlightenment doesn't just happen in an instant. ...

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      Ahimsa in Speech (Part 1)

      Ahimsa is a central principle in Hinduism. Let us take a look at the words we use in joking and teasing. These words are hurting. How do we know? Gurudeva ...

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      Ahimsa in Speech (Part 2)

      Ahimsa is a central principle in Hinduism. Let us take a look at the words we use in joking and teasing. These words are hurting. How do we know? Gurudeva ...

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      Mahasivaratri Talk Part 2 Being Siva

      Cybertalk: In Part 2 of his Mahasivaratri talk for 2002, Bodhinatha speaks more on both being Siva and being separate from Siva, the crux of monistic theism, our wonderful and ...

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      Master Course on Moksha

      Today's Dancing with Siva lesson is on moksha, which is appropriate considering it is the moksha ritau, the third and final, inwardly drawn time of the year. It is important ...

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      Yamas and Niyamas part 2 Foundation

      Today many people interested in a spiritual path say "Forget the basics, let's just start with the end of the path." Of course this approach doesn't work very well because they don't have a foundation. Gurudeva said that the yamas and ...

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      Yamas and Niyamas part 3 Ashtanga Yoga

      The Yamas are the first stage of the spiritual path. It is the first step in ashtanga yoga, followed by niyama. If someone want to follow the traditional yoga path, ...

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      Relation of noninjury to contentment

      Bodhinatha continues his talk on the yamas and niyamas, relating the yama noninjury to the niyama of contentment. If we are content within ourselves, the tendency to disturb or hurt ...

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      Satya, or Truthfulness

      Bodhinatha talks about the second yama, truthfulness, satya, with regard to lying and betraying promises. Lying builds a layer of darkness in the subconscious that covers up the soul nature. ...

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      Creating a Family Plan Part 1

      Nartana ritau, the season from mid-April to mid-August, is the season for planning. Gurudeva put emphasis on the three seasons, as he liked variety, and Bodhinatha tells us all about ...

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      Creating a Family Plan Part 2

      How do we develop goals as part of our plans? Bodhinatha answers this question in part two of his talk on planning. He gives many sample goals and hopes that ...

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      Controlling Anger part 1

      In part one of a talk on anger, Bodhinatha speaks of the various levels of difficulty people have with this instinctive state of consciousness. Gurudeva gave some very useful suggestions ...

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      Controlling Anger part 3

      In part three of his talk on anger, Bodhinatha begins by referring to the Tirukural and its chapter called "Avoidance of Anger," which is right before the chapter on ahimsa, the cardinal ...

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      Anger and Meditation part 1

      Bodhinatha talks today on how important smooth interpersonal relationships are to the meditator. If our relationships with others are in poor shape, they will come up from our subconscious mind ...

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      Sadhana

      Spiritual life can be likened to climbing a mountain. Each experience offers opportunities to progress toward the peak, which represents illumination and union with the Divinity that lies within us. ...

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      Anger (Sneaky) part 2

      In part one of a more detailed talk on anger, Bodhinatha shares with us the effectiveness of some advice he recently gave to someone about the effect of angry episodes ...

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      Anger (Cold Shoulder) part 3

      In part two of this second talk on anger, Bodhinatha goes into the second rung on the ladder of anger, "the cold shoulder." He summarizes the first two rungs by discussing the ...

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      Fine Art of Meditation

      Meditation is an art, a definite art, and well worth working for to become accomplished. It is not easy, and yet it is not difficult. It only takes persistence, working ...

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      The Power of Affirmation

      The power of affirmation changes and remolds the putty-like substance that makes up the subconscious areas of the mind. For years we have repeated sayings and statements, attached meaning to ...

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      Know Thyself

      These fourteen lessons are designed to offer seekers a few keys about self-discovery from man?s oldest spiritual tradition, one that is unique in its devotional nondualism. It is a simple ...

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      Saivite Virtue

      We are very proud that you are interested in brahmachariya, the path to perfection of your instinctive, intellectual and intuitive states of mind. The study of this book will prove ...

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      Verschmelzung mit Siva

      365 Lektion der Erleuchtung eines lebenden Meisters. Offenbarung der Tiefen des Raja Yogas, das klare weisse Licht und die endgltige Bestimmung eines jeden Suchenden. bersetzt von Lakshmi Hartmann Bemerkung: Dies ...

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      Vows (Foundation) part 1 of 4

      Bodhinatha talks about the necessity of a proper foundation for spiritual progress, drawing on the example of how skyscrapers are built. This was Gurudeva's strong message when he returned from ...

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      Non-stealing or Non-coveting Part 3

      Bodhinatha discusses how to harness desire and conquering the tendency to steal or covet by doing its opposite, giving, which is the niyama of dana. Giving brings true happiness, as ...

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      Vows (Parampara) part 3 of 4

      Part 3 of 4Bodhinatha continues his talk on vratas, vows, with the parampara vrata, vowing loyalty to one's lineage and not studying the teachings of other lineages. This powerful vrata ...

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      Vows (Tithing) part 4 of 4

      Part 4 of 4Bodhinatha continues his talk on vratas by elucidating the dasama bhaga vrata, the tithing vow. This vow relates to our finances, but at a deeper level it ...

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      Karma Management Day 1 Part 1

      2002 Kauai Innersearch/Guru Purnima Day 1, Part 1This is the first of Bodhinatha's series of talks to more than 100 Innersearch participants and pilgrims gathered during our Satguru Purnima festival ...

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      Karma Management Day 1 Part 2

      2002 Kauai Innersearch/Guru Purnima Day 1, Part 2Bodhinatha discusses some common misconceptions about the law of karma and balances them out with a few very clarifying correct concepts. ...

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      Enduring Happiness

      Enduring happiness can be achieved through understanding the nature of desire, refining our desires, developing a religious nature and experiencing our inner joy through the spiritual practices of meditation, devotion ...

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      Karma Management Day 3, Part 4

      Bodhinatha talks about the Seventh Principle: We can lessen the karma we are carrying by doing Karma Yoga. Bhakti yoga: Devotion, worship that is intense enough to recieve the grace ...

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      Karma Management Day 4, Part 3

      2002 Kauai Innersearch Day 4, Part 3 Bodhinatha explains the last three principles of Karma Management. Number 8 is "accelerate karma," which is done through performing daily sadhana (religious practices). Number ...

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      Revealed Scriptures

      Bodhinatha speaks about Hinduism's revealed scriptures, the Vedas and Agamas. These are called sruti, "that which is heard." This ties into the 6th niyama, siddhanta sravana, which is literally scriptural "listening." The transferrence ...

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      Welcome to the Jivana Ritau

      Welcome to the Jivana Ritau! Why did Gurudeva give us the three ritau system? Because he liked variety, change, for everything not to just remain the same all the time. ...

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      How Do We Use Affirmations?

      Having a positive concept allows us to identify with our inner, spiritual nature so that we truly feel we are a divine being on a perfect path, identifying with the ...

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      Responsiveness

      Responsiveness is important on the spiritual path, both in the monastery and in the family home. Bodhinatha talks about feelings of rebellion when approached with a suggestion and the importance ...

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      Jivana Ritau Focuses

      Bodhinatha speaks a bit about the Jivana Ritau and its focus on looking at areas we are weak in and trying to upgrade. The yamas and niyamas are the ideals ...

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      Nallupada Saivam

      Bodhinatha recalls a segment of his talk on Nalupada Saivam where he compared the Vedanta and Siddhanta paths. He also gives us a preview of his talk about God Siva, ...

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      Bodhinatha's Travels to Mauritius part 3

      Bodhinatha continues his narrative of his visit to Asia (part 4), ending in Malaysia and Singapore. There was a grand booksigning at the Kandaswami Temple, inspiring coordination with our youth ...

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      The Nature of Desire

      Bodhinatha gives a wonderful discourse on the nature of desire. Gurudeva never asked us to give up desire. Desire is life. However, on the spiritual path it is important to ...

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      Gurudeva's Mahavakya Part 2

      Bodhiantha continues in Part 2 of his talk on the mahavakya, or great sayings, of our guru parampara. This part is on Gurudeva's mahavakya, split into five groups, with a ...

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      Transcending anava

      The bonds on the anava marga -- darkness, egoity and pride -- can be dissolved through temple worship of the Deity. A Yogaswami story illustrates that the experience of God, ...

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      Sub of The Subconscious Mind

      Normally, what we experience just goes into the subconscious mind. But, really important, emotionally intense events, merge and are stored adjacent to one another in the subsubconscious. External circumstances catalyze ...

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      A Solution to Emotional Problems

      Often devotees will write to Bodhinatha about emotional problems. To these he says he always gives the same advicespend extra time worshiping Lord Ganesha, especially in the temple. Bodhinatha elucidates ...

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      Effects of Self-Realization

      Bodhinatha elucidates how we can know if we have realized the Self. He describes the various experiences and results that come from Self-Realization that would make you realize that you ...

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      Identify with Pure Awareness

      Bodhinatha delves into the nature of awareness, describing that we are not the states of consciousness we experience, rather we are pure awareness that experiences or travels through different areas ...

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      The Aftermath of Self Realization

      Bodhinatha talks about what the experience of Parasiva causes to happen within us. He describes 3 ways our consciousness is impacted in the aftermath of Parasiva, based on Gurudeva's statements ...

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      How Does Moksha Ritau Apply to Family Life?

      Part 1 of 4 - Bodhinatha talks about the moksha ritau, the cool season and one-third of the year when we focus on the inside of ourselves and making improvements ...

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      The Importance of Controlling Anger

      Part 2 of 4 - In Bodhinatha's moksha ritau address for 2002, he continues with a practical explanation of the affects of anger and how important it is to get ...

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      State of the Church Address 2003, Part 4

      Part 4 of Bodhinatha's State of the Church Address for 2003 discusses sadhana follow-up for members, primary focuses being on the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra, the annual vasana daha tantra, ...

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      Kundalini and Self Realization for the Monastic

      Bodhinatha discusses today's lesson from Dancing with Siva as it relates to Moksha Ritau and Self Realization. The lesson answers the question "What is the Sannyasin's Kundalini Path?" Bodhinatha summarizes this lesson, explaining that when ...

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      Focuses for a Malaysia/Singapore Trip

      Bodhinatha discusses his focuses for a nine-day trip to Malaysia and Singapore. In his satsangs, the focus will be on members completing the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra as well as ...

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      False Concepts About the Spiritual Path

      As is true in many areas of life, there are more false concepts about something than true concepts, and this is certainly true regarding the spiritual path. Here Bodhinatha speaks ...

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      False Concepts About the Spiritual Path

      As is true in many areas of life, there are more false concepts about something than true concepts, and this is certainly true regarding the spiritual path. Here Bodhinatha speaks ...

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      Don't Get Stuck in the Mud

      One reaction many face in life is the feeling of being unworthy and wanting to give up in our spiritual efforts. This feeling of despair can make a person feel ...

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      The Progression of Self-Concept

      Bodhinatha discusses the talk he delivered to a nice metaphysical group that visited from Chicago, describing the 4 self-concepts we evolve through in life - 1) external ego identity (negative) ...

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      How to See God Everywhere

      Bodhinatha continues his exploration of sloka 1 from Dancing with Siva with sentences 2 and 3 - "We came from God, live in God, and are evolving into oneness with God. We are in Truth, the truth we seek." God is our life, the Life of our life, and an important ...

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      Positive Attitudes for Positive Spiritual Progress

      Bodhinatha reads sloka 2 of Dancing with Siva - "Where am I going? What is my path?" The Hindu spiritual path can be described in three simple ways - becoming a better person, learning from our experiences, ...

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      Results of Self Realization

      If the Self is nothing, how do you know you have realized it? One way you know is the sense that you have stepped out of time, form and space. ...

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      Consistent Sadhana

      Effort at meditation on a consistent basis causes us to progress over time. Daily sadhana that we sustain year around. Be more centered, more dynamic. Issues can be absorbed and ...

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      Affirmation Part 1-- Rebuilding Self-Confidence

      Rebuilding Self-Confidence through Affirmation, Part 1 of 3. For a gathering recently we were explaining the Hindu spiritual path without any Sanskrit words. It is "becoming a better person, improving our behavior and learning from our mistakes." After we heal from ...

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      Affirmation Part 2 -- Remolding the Subconscious

      Part 2 of 3 Remolding the Subconscious through Affirmation. This is a two-part process. The first is vasana daha tantra, writing down the past and burning it. The second part ...

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      Affirmation Part 3-- Family affirmation. Sharing Life Decisions with God, Gods and Guru

      Affirmation Part 3 of 3. Gurudeva developed an affirmation for his married devotees and just finished editing it just a few weeks before his mahasamadhi. Bodhinatha shares this affirmation with ...

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      Saiva Siddhanta, a Path of Knowing Thyself

      Bodhinatha is getting ready for his trip to Toronto, Canada. His talk is titled "Saiva Siddhanta A Path of Knowing Thyself". In summarySaiva Siddhanta focuses on both devotion to God and meditation. Siva Yogaswami was ...

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      Yama 5 - Kshama, Patience

      Yama number 5 - kshama, patience. The youth group in Malaysia is focusing on the yamas and niyamas as the basics for successful temple worship. There are many opportunities to ...

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      Yama 6 - Dhriti, Steadfastness

      Yama number 6 - dhriti, steadfastness. Willpower has to be used to be steadfast. Overcoming fear, and perseverance, are steadfastness. Gurudeva said, "consistency is the key to the conquest of karma." Dhriti is also important to progressing on ...

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      Yama 7 - Daya, Compassion

      Yama number 7 - daya, compassion. Compassion is conquering cruelty. It is the outgrowth of love. Bodhinatha explains he difference beween ahimsa and daya. Part of compassion is the desire ...

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      Niyama 1 - Hri, Remorse and Modesty

      Bodhinatha speaks on hri, the niyama of remorse, which is needed to resolve problems. Niyamas focus on helping us to express our divine qualities. Criminals will repeat crimes unless they ...

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      Niyama 2 - Santosha, Contentment

      Bodhinatha speaks on santosha, contentment. This niyama is about being content and happy on the inside of ourselves no matter what happens on the outside. Unfulfilled desires keep us from ...

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      Niyama 3 - Dana, Giving

      After a short introduction on the progress of our children's course, of efforts to get Gurudeva's teachings to a broader region through classes and camps in various countries, Bodhinatha speaks ...

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      Niyama 4 - Astikya, Faith

      Bodhinatha speaks on the niyama of astikya, faith. In Hinduism experience develops faith. Faith starts out as a belief in what we have not yet experienced. This leads to experience ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 4

      Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on the importance of The Master Course Trilogy in helping us establish our foundation of philosophical understanding (Dancing with Siva) ...

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      Niyama 6 - Siddhanta Shravana

      The niyama of siddhanta shravana involves studying and listening to learned people, our primary scriptures, the Vedas, and other holy texts. This guides us to become more spiritual people. But ...

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      The Role of the Guru

      Choose a sect of Hinduism and a guru and dedicate yourself to him. The need for a guru is preeminent in Saiva Siddhanta. A guru focuses on our weakest areas, ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 1

      Part 1 of 7 - Bodhinatha gives a class during Guru Purnima on the role of the guru. The guru has five major tasks, to provide encouragement to keep striving, ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 2

      Part 2 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru, focusing on the guru's major task of helping us improve our behavior by ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 3

      Part 3 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru, Bodhinatha says that worship and meditation are important in spiritual life, but a ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 4

      Part 4 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, we look at rung ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 5

      Part 5 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha tells us that ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 6

      Part 6 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha talks about the ...

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      Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 7

      Part 7 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha explains that part ...

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      Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 1

      Part 1 of 3 - Bodhinatha gives a second class during Guru Purnima on the role of the guru. Beginning with a glorious quote from Gurudeva about the spirit of ...

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      Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 2

      Part 2 of 3 - Bodhinatha continues his second class during Guru Purnima, talking about becoming a more spiritual person and how we can do that through learning from our ...

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      Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 3

      Part 3 of 3 - Bodhinatha continues his second class during Guru Purnima, talking more about not making the same mistake twice. Using the yamas and niyamas as a reference ...

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      Niyama 7 - Mati, Cognition

      Bodhinatha speaks about the niyama mati, cognition. He urges seekers to develop a spiritual will and intellect with their guru's guidance. Part of mati involves cultivating and awakening our intuition, ...

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      Niyama 8 - Vrata, Vows

      Bodhinatha speaks on the eighth niyama, vrata, the practice of taking vows to ourselves, to the inner worlds and to family and community. Vows are a sacred trust. There are ...

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      Yama 4 - Brahmacharya

      Bodhinatha spoke on the yama of brahmacharya, purity and chastity, today. He described it as the harnessing of the instincts, including sexual desire, stressing the value of remaining celibate until ...

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      Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

      Cybertalk: Bodhinatha gives his introduction to the Yamas and niyamas, the Hindu Code of Conduct. He explains that a simple look at what it means to be a Hindu is ...

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      Resolving Difficulties with Others

      Gurudeva sanctioned the prayaschitta of walking prostrations for pilgrims and members who come to Kauai Aadheenam. The Jivana Ritau is a study of Living with Siva, and of the sutras ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 1

      Bodhinatha holds a class during Gurudeva's mahasamadhi observances about Gurudeva continues to live on in all of our lives since his mahasamadhi. Part 1 is about how Gurudeva influences us ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 2

      Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on how Gurudeva continues to influence us by his teachings. All who continue to put into practice the teachings he ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 3

      Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on ashtanga yoga, which is the teaching of our Nandinatha Sampradaya's Kailasa Parampara. When you go to study yoga somewhere ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 5

      Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on how to explain the purpose of Hinduism to non-HindusHinduism teaches us how to become a better person, improve our ...

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      Are Souls And World Essentially Good?

      The world does contain suffering; it's this way for a reason. If the world was perfect why would we want to transcend it? We're not all in the same place ...

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      Are Souls And World Essentially Good?

      The world does contain suffering; it's this way for a reason. If the world was perfect why would we want to transcend it? We're not all in the same place ...

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      Your Self-Concept; You Are A Divine Soul

      Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to ...

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      Jnana. Self Correcting Awareness.

      Iccha , Kriya and Jnana Shakti: the pattern of life. We can always use more of the power of wisdom, Jnana Shakti. The power of desire, Iccha Shakti. If it ...

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      Harnessing Reaction; Live in the Box of Dharma

      Responding and handling karma when feeling mistreated. The goal: insight into our self, get into a more refined cycle of life. Harness instinctive and intellectual reaction and forgive, karma's totally ...

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      Control of Thought, Includes Purifying the Subconscious

      Mechanism for major change in the subconscious mind from an ordinary to a spiritual state. Vasana Daha Tantra to clear suppressed memories. Be observant of what's going on inside. Devotion ...

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      The Summit of All Religions; Regular Meditation

      Religion has a oneness in mysticism but has major differences in terms of beliefs and practices. Unrelenting effort, working on the outside with our faults and weaknesses, allows us to ...

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      Nine Ways to Merge with Siva; the Nature of Liberation

      The celebration of Mahasivaratri is to have a deeper experience of God. Realization, liberation and merger. Nine progressive ways to merge with Siva. Parasiva, the eighth: becoming and being timeless, ...

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      Attenuating Obstacles, Meditation

      Understanding keys to the mind and transformation. Kriya, the yoga of action, comprised of tapas, svadhyaya and Ishvara pranayama. Living in the soul nature; attenuating the kleshas. Detaching from the ...

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      Pilgrimage and Sadhana

      Preparation for pilgrimage. Consistent sadhana changes the purity of our mind, the way the energies flow through us. To us, the Deity is a living Being. Experience the Deity! Have ...

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      Progressive Stages of Practice

      The progressive practice of karma, bhakti and raja yogas. Suffering is caused by our own improper, unwise action, bending the rules of dharma. True wisdom, in our tradition, comes from ...

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      Contentment - Santosha, Cultivating Joy and Serenity in Life

      Santosha, the second niyama. Find joy in the morning. In the physical world no thing is perfect as it is subject to creation, preservation and dissolution. Perfection is in the ...

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      Sadhana Path of Change

      Follow Gurudeva's teachings in a serious way; take up a daily vigil, sandhya vandana, worshiping at the change of days (sunrise and sunset). It takes time to change and master ...

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      Activating Kundalini; Patanjali's Kriya Yoga

      Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord ...

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      Bliss, Satchidananda and Samadhi

      The experience of ananda in savikalpa samadhi has to cease before you can have the deeper nirvikalpa samadhi. Agitations of the mind are released by the attainment of shanti in ...

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      Uphold Behavior Twenty-Four Hours a Day

      Don't let down. Success comes with consistency of conduct. Improve and control our mind and behavior standards twenty-four hours a day. Monistic Theism, our tradition, is a dual approach. Worshiping ...

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      Purify Subconscious, Let Go of Negative Attachments

      With the worship of Lord Karttikeya, the study of Gurudeva's teachings and the practice of daily sadhana awaken kundalini in a gentle controlled way. Through svadhyaya, communion with Ishta Devata ...

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      Handling Life's Experiences

      The three gunas: brightness (satya,) activity (rajas), inertia (tamas). Each soul needs a certain amount of experience before it is ready to transcend the world through achieving liberation. How many ...

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      Keys and Benefits of Meditation

      Meditation: Transmute the physical and emotional forces. Quiet the intellect, slow down thinking. Tune into the spiritual energy of the spine, experience intuition, answers attach to the end of each ...

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      Sadhana: Establish Daily Practice

      In the past forty years temples and priests have come over to the U.S. from India. The daily spiritual practice of Hinduism, has been left behind. In youth it is ...

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      Stay in the Now, Create Your Future

      Bisi in Shum: ["I am aware of the unreality of time and the eternity of the moment."] To quiet the mind for meditation hold your mind no more than 4.5 ...

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      Challenges Bring Progress

      Living through major challenges, gaining better self control, moving in the right direction, trying for improvement not perfection, we progress spiritually. Learn to be peaceful in the midst of intense ...

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      Bhakti, Devotion, the Key to Meditation

      It's easier to meditate after puja. If you try and practice meditation without devotional practice you can build up the ego and spiritual pride. External and internal worship. Give up ...

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      Meditation Empowers the Mind with Restraint and Intuition

      Superconsciousness is always there within us. A simple key to contacting it is relaxation. Step back, become internalized. Meditation requires retraining the way we think. The mind is used to ...

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      Hatha Yoga, Relaxation, Letting Go

      Set aside personality. Focus on being a spiritual individual. Hatha yoga helps release stress and tension. Use subsuperconscious, not reason, analysis and intellect for understanding in an intuitive way. Let ...

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      Raise Kundalini Gradually; Strive Continuously

      Awakening the kundalini prematurely can have negative consequences. A slow gradual process is favored. Persevere, be consistent, particularly when facing challenging personal situations. If we let down in our sadhana ...

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      Nine Ways to Merge With Siva

      On Mahasivaratri, February 27, 2014, Satguru Bodhinathaswami comments on Gurudeva's introduction to Merging with Siva, where he elucidates nine different ways that we can merge with God Siva. Everyone on ...

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      The Foundation of Spiritual Progress

      Spiritual unfoldment is slow and steady. Habitual consciousness can be raised up life after life. The foundation is built by sadhana. Raising children is as important as meditation in fulfilling ...

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      Focus on Sadhana and Ahimsa

      Sadhana is regular serious practice with a goal of changing oneself and also our daily vigil. The deepest part of ourselves has always been God. What are we trying to ...

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      Energy, Willpower, Effort, Discipline

      Today Gurudeva tells us we to can do miracles. One of these is to change ourselves. Gurudeva tells us what change and transformation really is and how effort is required. ...

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      Mitigation Sadhana

      Gurudeva tells how the past becomes the future and that the energy of the past can be mitigated. We are given a sadhana to do just before we go to ...

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      Spiritual Path, Solutions

      Gurudeva tells us how he sees us through cyberspace. We are told we are one of two types of people those who want to progress on the spiritual path, and ...

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      Patanjali: Practice to Achieve Samadhi

      Bodhinatha continues with his commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. We learn to control the mind through practice, detachment, the achievement of steadiness. Progress toward samadhi depends upon interest, priority and ...

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      Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties

      A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns ...

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      Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya

      We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being ...

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      Take Time Out for Reflection

      Reflection, taking time out, and good birth are Gurudeva's topics today. Some feel they are a cork in the ocean, others feel they are the ocean, others feel they are ...

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      Eight Features of Natha Sampradaya (Version 2)

      Don't put the search for the innermost divine Self in the future tense. You are Brahman. We're already identical with Siva. Kundalini is a slow awakening. Shum meditation gives you ...

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      The Human Aura

      The human aura is in the astral plane. Two parts: The outer and inner auras. Clear congestion through a combination of vasana daha tantra and meditation, bringing more spiritual energy ...

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      How to Realize God: Like a Child's Self-Discovery

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      How to Realize God: Defining the Destination

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      How to Realize God: Harnessing the Energies

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      How to Realize God: Preparations For True Yoga

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      How to Realize God: The Perspective Of the Knower

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      How to Realize God: A Path Of Love

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      All Knowing is Within You: Everything Is Within You

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      All Knowing is Within You: Handling Each Experience

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      All Knowing is Within You: No Good, No Bad

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      All Knowing is Within You: Inner States, Outer States

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Purpose of Life: Making Wise Decisions

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Purpose of Life: Using the Power Of Observation

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Purpose of Life: Are You Ready To Turn Inward?

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Purpose of Life: On Earth to Realize the Self

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The River of Life: "Nobody Understands Me"

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Dealing with Past and Future

      What we do with our awareness relates to where our energy goes. Purge, through vasana daha tantra, unresolved events we haven't accepted or understood. Affirmations. Redo goals, harness and control ...

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      Dealing with the Remnants of the Lower Mind

      Awakening superconscious is just a theory unless we control the remnants of the lower nature, detach from emotions. The first step for conquering a pattern is to see it, observation. ...

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      Remove Five Kinds of Thought Blockages

      Today, a temple decoration, a banana plant, was blocking the light that normally shines on Bodhinatha when he gives his upadesha. His face was in a shadow. He took this ...

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      The Universe of the Mind: Intellect And Intuition

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Universe of the Mind: Understanding Is Control

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Conscious Mind: The Donkey And the Carrot

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Conscious Mind: The Meaning Of Detachment

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Subconscious Mind: Seeing Oneself In Others

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Sub of the Subconscious Mind: Uncovering the Light of the Soul

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Superconscious Mind: Learn to Move Awareness

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Superconscious Mind: Subduing The Intellect

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Subsuperconscious Mind: Reprogramming The Subconscious

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Subsuperconscious Mind: Reprogramming The Subconscious

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Subsuperconscious Mind: Defining the SubSuperconscious

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Nature of Thought: Awareness Externalized

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Nature of Thought: Seeking a New Perspective

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Nature of Thought: Become The Watcher

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Astral Body: Harnessing Instinctiveness

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Astral Body: The Intellect, Or Outer Ego

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Astral Body: The Intuitive Nature

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Astral Body: Soul Body, The Real You

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Human Aura: Working With The Inner Aura

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Color-Flooding Your Aura

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Blessings and Their Opposite

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Exploring the World of Colors

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Methods for Self-Improvement

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Charging Your Aura with Prana

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Color's Magic: Shielding Your Emotional Nature

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Sleep and Dreams: Working with Our Dreams

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: The Law of Cause and Effect

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      What Is Our Form of Prayer?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 63 of the Himalayan Academy publication Path To Siva, discussing Hindu prayer. ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: How We Face Our Karma

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Controlling Five Kinds of Thoughts

      Each category of thought may be controlled in a different way for successful meditation. Emotion causes us to think about the recent past. Better to be content in the present ...

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      Exercise Your Will Power

      With a greater interest in spiritual life, use willpower to accomplish everything successfully. Keys for strengthening willpower. The stronger our willpower, the better we're able to harness our thoughts. It's ...

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      Affirmations - Really Feel It; Watch Out for Worry

      Affirmations: Incorporate feeling. Think, visualize, feel. Worry: Consider reasonable opinions, choose and visualize a plan. Place well chosen impressions into the subconscious mind to create a specific future. Everything that ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: Working It Out On the Inside

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: The Effect of Self Realization

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: The State Of Resolve

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: The Role of The Satguru

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Having a Positive Lifestyle

      Today Gurudeva talks about being positive, of approaching projects with a positive attitude, finding how to make them work instead of finding how to make them fail. By a change ...

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      Success from Life to Life

      Today Gurudeva talks about the success that carries over from life to life, the control of yourself under all circumstances. He gives advice on how daily sadhana can help you ...

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      Controlling the Instinctive Mind

      Today Gurudeva talks about the instinctive mind, how to tame it by sitting quietly for 20 minutes a day. He explains how you can separate the light of the mind ...

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      What is Sadhana?

      Today Gurudeva responds to those who say they don't have enough time to do sadhana. He explains that controlling yourself is sadhana, and that can be in the course of ...

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      Use Will Power to Raise Energy; Discipline Speech

      We are pure energy. We chose the chakras we're going to express our energy, the life force through. Transmutation of energy from one chakra up to a higher one. Speaking ...

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      Moderate Consistent Practice

      Sustain consistent daily practice. "A Ten Minute Daily Religious Workout," includes: Worship, introspection, affirmation and study. Worship leads us closer to the Deity. Introspection moves energy up into the higher chakras. Affirmations remold the subconscious ...

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      Develop Will Power; Three Phases of Mind; Accept Life

      Individual awareness, willpower and primal life force are the same thing. Interest relates to willpower. Meditation: Disciplining the instinct and the intellect. Superconscious insights change the nature of the intellect ...

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      The Fine Art of Meditation: Overcoming Karma

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Fine Art of Meditation: Finding Your Guru

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Regular Sadhana to Develop the Will

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about the future, and how we can change the future by changing ourselves. He talks about regular sadhana to develop the will power to dominate ...

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      Sadhana Controls Unexpected Happenings

      Today Gurudeva talks about how we create things with the mind, and how we can control unexpected happenings by daily sadhana, which opens up the subconscious mind to superconscious input. ...

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      Powers of the Spine: The Spine's Central Energy

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      The Guru's Job - Love

      This is an excerpt from Gurudeva's 1987 Jayanthi Talk to his devotees at the California Concord Saiva Dharmasala (mission center). At that time the devotees were running a temple and ...

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      Three Worlds - This is Religion

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami explains how Saivism brings the beings of the Three Worlds together. He explains how they work together throug the temple, and the esoteric workings of darshan. Great ...

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      Your Personality and Your Individuality

      Finding that part of you that's been the same throughout your entire life. Putting positive experiences into the subconscious mind through affirmations changes us in a very dramatic way. Devotional ...

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      The Great Story of Awareness

      Master Course recording. Chapter 1. Gurudeva defines who is a mystic and what awareness is. Gurudeva elaborates on 5 states of mind, Self Realization, darshan. Dedication: This course is dedicated ...

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      The Making of a Master

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 2, Gurudeva describes his catalysts and the systematic process of unfoldment. Yogaswami. Initiation. Study Guide: Cultivate the great art of doing nothing. Before listening to Master, ...

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      The Illumination of Man

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 7. Human aura, subconscious aura and colors. Living a contemplative lifestyle. Defining sub-superconscious mind, soul body. Study Guide: Listening to a guru speak is not an ...

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      Fourteen Secrets of Meditation

      A class given by Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami during the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch. He discusses the challenges and benefits of meditation. He talks about fourteen secrets to meditation. He says how deep ...

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      How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 67 of the Himalayan Academy publication Path To Siva, discussing how to be a strong Saivite Hindu ...

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      The Mind of Light

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 8. Aura, awareness, thought forms, astral body, astral plane. Defining superconsciousness. How to know superconsciousness? Reincarnation. Defining awareness. Study Guide: Allow yourself to absorb the teachings ...

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      Yamas, Niyamas - Remolding Our Character

      "Yamas and niyamas are ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior." Our behavior is based on attitudes which are based on thoughts. Character can be remolded with great dedication and effort and it is the foundation for spiritual unfoldment. Hinduism ...

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      The Language of Meditation

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 12. Religion is the result of evolution. Are you a Hindu soul? Saivite lifestyle, Saivite thinking. Tirukural. Summa. Kanif. Become a natye. Meditation as a fine ...

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      Mysticism and Religion

      Sadasivanathaswami imparts how mysticism is an integral part of Hinduism and compares Gurudeva's teachings to other religions' views on meditation, yoga and mysticism in general. Master Course Trilogy, Living with ...

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      The River of Life

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 4. Light of spine like Christmas tree. Kundalini shakti. Life as a sacred river. Lean on own spine. Move and detach awareness. Areas of mind. Become ...

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      Bodhinatha discusses the chakras, prana, the meaning of Siva's dance and gives an introduction to the four Padas

      A class given by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami during the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch. He discusses the chakras, prana, the meaning of Siva's dance and gives an introduction to the four Padas. ...

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      52 daily sadhanas

      Gurudeva invites you to write in and receive 52 daily sadhanas, a systematic study and practice drawn from his newest book, Merging with Siva. He talks about the Innersearch Alaska ...

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      The Mental Source of Suffering

      Today we include the question before Gurudeva's answer, for a change of pace. The question is about learning from our sufferings, especially physical ailments. Gurudeva explains how he views physical ...

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      Difficulty in meditating, God and Goddesses

      A cyberspace devotee has a great difficulty in meditating and wonders what she can do about it. Gurudeva says that Hinduism gives all the basics that lay the foundation for ...

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      Qualities and duties of a guru; Mental illness

      A cyberspace devotee in Texas wonders what are the duties and qualities of a guru. Gurudeva says that by looking at those around the guru one can discern the qualities ...

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      How Dare I Meditate?

      We include the reading of the question again, to give a little audio look into the question and answer sessions with Gurudeva as they happen. Today Gurudeva responds to an ...

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      Return of a Spiritual Generation

      Darshan & Invocation Part 3. Samskaras impress the subconscious minds of children. Abused children can be brought back to the temple to become the core of the community, to be ...

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      Silence, Part 1

      The many meanings of silence. Hear about the power of silence and of just how loud your body language can be. Part 1. ...

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      Silence, Part 2

      Gurudeva concludes his talk on Silence today. Hear how professionals control their speech to achieve their business goals. Learn how to set aside for yourself a weekly period of silence. ...

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      Control of Speech, Part 1

      Today Gurudeva speaks about speaking, about how to speak effectively, about the problem of uncontrolled speech and about the power of the transmutation of speech. Distinquishing between small talk and ...

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      Using drugs for spiritual unfoldment

      A cybercadet from Australia wonders what he can do about his 15 year old son that uses drugs for spiritual awakening. Gurudeva warns that there is a consequence to every ...

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      Aum Saravanabhava mantra, Monastery for ladies, Merging with Siva

      A cyberspace devotee wonders if he needs to be initiated into the mantra "Aum Saravanabhava". Gurudeva says the first step is to become a member of the Hindu religion and ...

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      Gossiping, Easiest way to enlightenment

      A cybercadet from Texas asks about backbitting and gossip and wonders what to do when at family events that is all that takes place. Gurudeva gives his permission to her ...

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      Parents approval for conversion, Invoking Hanuman, Choosing a deity

      A cyberspace devotee in Singapore wonders if he has to get his parents approval to convert to Hinduism. Gurudeva says that if he is under 21 years old then he ...

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      A Color Meditation

      Sit down, turn off the TV, breath deeply and regularly, quiet your mind, just a little, and then listen to Gurudeva guide you gently through a Color Meditation for 10 ...

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      Merging with Siva, Part 2

      Gurudeva delivers part 2 of his very own "review" of his recent masterpiece book, Merging with Siva (with Tamil translation). He explains how the change in perspective its study will ...

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      Merging with Siva, Part 3

      Gurudeva gives the conclusion of his observations about his book, Merging with Siva. He explains how it is a book about realizations. His own are described, and you are led ...

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      Sadhana and Healing, (with Tamil)

      Gurudeva responds to a request to speak about the practice of sadhana in relation to healing. Gurudeva stresses that if you want to help someone else, you must be helping ...

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      Why all the Y2K Commotion? (with Tamil translation)

      Gurudeva responds to an e-devotee's question about the recent millenium event, when the Western calendars turned to the year 2000. Why was such a big fuss made, when seemingly nothing ...

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      Bringing Forth Shakti Marriage, part 1

      We have a very short answer from Gurudeva today to the question "What is the best way to increase shakti in our life? Is it by celibacy, pranayama, meditation, mantra....?" Gurudeva answers, "All of the above." But he adds that mantra and sadhana only work for the committed Hindu person. ...

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      Guidelines for Study of Merging with Siva

      Following in the spirit of the enthusiastic book signing and sales of Merging with Siva, we present Gurudeva's suggestions for how to study this life-changing book. Gurudeva also discusses how ...

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      A Formula for Sadhana

      Gurudeva answers two questions related to sadhana, "How much is enough? How can I be sure I don't slide backwards on the path?" In response Gurudeva gives a simple formula for daily sadhana that you can trust. ...

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      Where to do Puja

      A devotee read about doing temple puja in the ancient Tirumantiram yoga text and wonders if he should be doing more than his home puja. Gurudeva explains that the temple ...

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      Mamsani Nuhmimf Meditation for the month of June

      Nifmasi, niimf, liunasi. Posture for meditation. Feeling the life force. Four step process. The nadis, the aura, the seven chakras. Effecting a permanent transformation of the entire being. ...

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      Love and Color Sadhana

      Gurudeva describes a tree planting with a Buddhist priest from Japan which was performed yesterday and how close this group of Buddhists is to us. Three important words are spoken ...

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      Sadhana Controls Unexpected Happenings

      Today Gurudeva talks about how we create things with the mind, and how we can control unexpected happenings by daily sadhana, which opens up the subconscious mind to superconscious input. ...

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      Holy Ash. Do we really have free will? Burn the good memories?

      A cybercadet in Canada wonders what to do with the excess holy ash accumulated from daily puja. Cybercadet Rolando from Virginia asks if we really have free will. ...

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      Drugs as a spiritual stimulant. Kumbha Mela. Spiritual unfoldment and college.

      A cyber cadet wonders if it is ok to take certain kinds of drugs to help with one's spiritual journey. A cyber cadet asks if going to a prestigious college ...

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      Realization a Daily Experience - Remold the Subconscious

      The youth of today who attain the inner experience of the clear white light will influence the world in a compassionate, ecologically sound, mystically profound direction. Each generation brings change. ...

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      You're the Actor on the Stage of Your Life

      Today we share more of Gurudeva's upadesha explaining some of the esoterics of the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra, the practice of writing down 10 pages of memories for each year ...

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      Gurudeva Interviewed by Loni Petranek Part III

      This is a radio interview conducted by Loni Petranek with Gurudeva. The interview gives an overview of Gurudeva's worldwide mission. In the third part today Gurudeva shares with Loni and ...

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      Healing and the Astral Body

      Again today we share two questions and answers on the same topic, this time, healing. An e-devotee asks about healing after an accident and a cyber-devotee asks for clarification on ...

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      Hindu Sects

      A cyberspace devotee in Texas wants to know if he was born into a certain Hindu sect must he remain in that denomination for the rest of his life. Gurudeva ...

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      Do we take on karma by watching TV?

      Cyber cadet, Jutikadevi, asks Gurudeva if we take on karma when watching certain television programs. Gurudeva says if you are not emotionally affected by what is going on the television ...

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      Meditation and Yoga

      A cyberspace devotee heard that chakras need to be cleaned in order for the kundalini to work properly and wants to know what this process of cleaning the chakras is. ...

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      Escaping the External World; Why the cow knocked Satguru Sivayogaswami?

      Cyberspace devotee wonders if the reading of religious books and the listening to religious music is an escape from the world. Gurudeva says it is an escape from the external ...

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      Escaping the External World; Why the cow knocked Satguru Sivayogaswami?

      Cyberspace devotee wonders if the reading of religious books and the listening to religious music is an escape from the world. Gurudeva says it is an escape from the external ...

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      How to love the Gods?

      A cyberspace devotee wants to know how one can learn to love the Gods. Gurudeva says to have love in your heart you have to get rid of all the ...

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      Affectionate Detachment

      A cyberspace devotee from Luxemborg wants Gurudeva to give him some practical examples of affectionate detachment and how it can help him in his daily life. Gurudeva says many people ...

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      Positive Affirmation

      A cyberspace devotee from India was told that if she were to use positive affirmations she will only be reminding herself of her negative qualities. Gurudeva says that this is ...

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      How to progress in meditation?; How to know more about Hinduism?

      A cyberspace devotee wants to know what is the next thing he should do to advance his mediation. Gurudeva says that all we can do is get our awareness quiet ...

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      Rituals and Moksha

      A cyberspace devotee from Singapore wants to know how rituals contribute to moksha. Gurudeva says ritual practices are a natural expression of a person wanting moksha, but it also requires ...

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      What the soul learns; Being on the right path

      A cyberspace devotee from India wants to know if the soul is also learning when the mind is being educated. Gurudeva says we are the soul and anything that is ...

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      The Flower Penance

      A handsome young man sent Gurudeva a question along with a few digital photos of himself. He asks Gurudeva how to deal with the "big bad world out here" and the people who seem ...

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      Depression found in Maha Vasana Daha Tantra

      Gurudeva talks in depth about the practice of the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra, that is the subconcious purification by fire. In this tantra one writes 10 pages of memories for ...

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      Maha Vasana Daha Tantra

      Gurudeva responds to some of the reactions that devotees have run into in performing the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra. That is the practice of writing down 10 pages of memories ...

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      Maha Vasana Daha Tantra (cont)

      Gurudeva continues the discussion from last week about the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra, this is the practice of writing down 10 pages of memories for each year of your life ...

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      Transforming Sexual Thoughts

      A cyber-devotee in Egypt asked Gurudeva how to handle sexual thoughts. Gurudeva discusses the flows of the prana that occurs through thought and how forms are created on the astral ...

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      Let Go of Attachments, Part 1

      The sacredness of rivers. "The River of Life." as inspired by Niagara Falls. Attachment comes in many forms and hinders us from moving forward. Past unresolved experiences are attachments holding us back from ...

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      Hindu versus Christian Practice

      Doing good works is not enough. Practicing Hinduism, believing that we are all divine beings, we to come closer to God, have experiences of God . Good conduct, selfless service, ...

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      Three Spiritual Goals of Life and Willpower

      Three goals of life : realization, liberation and merger. Realization means we have a complete experience of the transcendent absolute. We have to realize God many times to achieve liberation. ...

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      See God by Guru's Grace

      In Hinduism believing in God is only the first step. Hindus want to move beyond just believing to experiencing the Divine for themselves. Through the power of the guru's grace, ...

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      Niyama 10: Tapas

      Tapas is to practice austerity, serious disciplines, penance and sacrifice which increases the speed at which we are moving forward on the spiritual path. Daily sadhanas and penance to atone ...

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      Accepting and Facing Challenges

      Having a sense of who we are, fulfilling the dharma of that person, we're motivated to do certain things in the world. Those change lifetime to lifetime. Find inspiration in ...

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      Explaining Willpower

      Meditate well by controling thoughts, directing awareness. Will refers to the strength and ability to carry out decisions and plans. Two keys to strengthen willpower. The nature of willpower is ...

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      No Need to Ponder Past Lives - Look to the future

      We are the sum total of actions and reactions set in motion in past lives, recorded in the astrologic sign under which we are born. We do not have to ...

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      The Self God

      This is the quintessential spiritual discourse by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on the goal of soul evolution: Self-Realization. ...

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      The Many Benefits of Temple Worship

      The most important teaching of Gurudeva: "Siva's followers strive for God Realization as the first and foremost goal of life." Gurudeva's mystic and psychic abilities. Gurudeva is the only teacher in modern time to stress temple worship. How the temple works and the ...

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      Find Your Divinity Within, Do Sadhana and Service

      We don't have to do anything to become God. Religion gives us an age-old, well proven structure to move forward. Daily vigil is the discipline, practice and the maturing of ...

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      Life's Experiences Accelerate Our Evolution

      Most of us need interaction with other people to challenge us, to make spiritual progress. The more we focus on personalities and differences the harder it is to get along ...

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      Karma Management Seminar Part 2

      Karma Management Seminar day 2 given to pilgrims and devotees at the 9th Annual Mahasamadhi Celebration preliminary to the presentation in Malaysia with questions and answers. ...

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      Dealing with Distraction, Lesson 99 of Living with Siva

      The shumif perspective is helpful in detachment. Thoughts are stationary, move awareness to the pattern we want to be in which exists already. Create a pattern of controlling movement. When ...

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      We Are Not Sinners

      The idea of redemption is not really the case in Hinduism. Being already exists deep in the soul. Part of us is becoming, getting more refined, more spiritual. Get into ...

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      Find the Self

      Wrapped up in externalities, upset, life in a swirl, we forget about going within. Be sublime, control actions through dharma, thoughts through karma. Learn how to meditate. Imkaif: When the ...

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      You Are the Self, Identify with Awareness

      Find the right balance in the world that you can sustain. Purify, quiet the mind, transcend externalities. See what's always been the core of you; relax into the inner Self. ...

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      The Illusion of the Mind, Self-Reflection, Fulfill Your Duties

      This is a classic talk by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami from 1962. He explains the illusion of the mind, karma, meditation, dharma, and Self-Realization from the Advaita perspective. He urges listeners ...

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      The Universe of the Mind: Intellect and the Instinctive Mind

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Concentrate at the Top of Head, Going Beyond the Light

      Even with the deepest experience, the change within us is gradual until we fully understood and accept it. Experiencing something once isn't enough. Gurudeva distinguishes between devotion and emotion. There ...

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      Steadfastness, Perservance, Dhriti - Yamas

      The Yamas focus on harnessing the tendencies of the instinctive mind. Foster steadfastness, perseverance forbearance; be firm, achieve your goals. "Siva's devotees approach each enterprise with deliberate thoughtfulness and act only after careful consideration." Expect to encounter obstacles in achieving plans; choose to ...

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      Spiritual Practice, the World of Life

      Overcome the cycle of disappointment, discouragement, depression and despair. Focus on control of thoughts, feelings and emotions, remaining positive and depersonalizing negative experiences in the ebb and flow of life. ...

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      The "Penultimate" Talk On Yoga

      "Yoga is the process of uniting with God within oneself...Truly a living satguru is needed as a steady guide to traverse this path." Attaining equanimity, equal mindedness, balanced mindedness under all conditions. Different aspects of awareness: traveling-consciousness stationary, detached, dissolving; when awareness is aware of itself, it's abiding in it's essential form. ...

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      The Seven Dimensions of the Mind - The Fourth Dimension Part 1

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly Upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Here Satguru continues his discussion of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's writings about the seven dimensions of the mind with ...

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      Mambashum 4, Namutana - First Inner Light

      Bodhinatha bestows a meditation from Gurudeva within Shum on Mambashum Four-Imkaif. Now is the time and this is the day to work within yourself to experience namutana, the very first ...

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      Wailua University - Meditate - Stabilizing Their Mind Force

      Wailua University of Contemplative Arts is formed. Gurudeva responds to a number of things: God is love, not fear. Man's search to find peace of mind, to go within himself. ...

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      Mambashum 5, Meditator, Who Has Freedom

      Awareness to soar naturally. Yulamf: The fifth Mambashum. Gurudeva: "To be that transparent pure channel of yulamf is the goal of every Saivite on this planet...through tapas and sadhana you release awareness from the external world and allow it to soar naturally within." Shumif perspective is pure advaita; dimfi perspective is pure dvaitist. The Yulamf Mambashum clearly explains the areas of the First-World ...

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      Mambashum 6, Simshumbisi, Purified Intellect, Free Flowing

      The Sixth Mambashum-Simshumbisii is the home of Lord Skanda. Here namutana, the first inner light is experienced. Becoming karehana. Simply seek for the full being of simshumbisi. The experience and ...

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      Mambashum 7, Iinsimliamkasi, Absorb the Odic Energy

      Satguru Bodhinatha imparts Gurudeva's sadhana- meditation on the Seventh Mambashum, iinsimliamkasi from where "purification of mind and emotion is attained." This practice involves six steps, detailed here in Gurudeva's writings. Feel the bliss. ...

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      Mambashum 8, Niif, Focus On Two Areas, and Seven Dimensions of the Mind

      Gurudeva's commentary on the Eighth Mambashum, Niif. Niif shows the relationships between states of awareness and the four states of being. By perfecting this meditation you will realize that you ...

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      The River of Life, Merging with Siva

      The precursor to "The Master Course" Gurudeva's inspired talk in 1957 The River of Life.. "...What stops you from flowing with the cosmic forces and becoming one with life's ocean of eternal bliss? Is it not attachment...to personalities and possessions?" Find strength, inspiration, purpose within our self and share with others, let go of experiences and ...

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      Insight: Yoga and Human Biology

      The practice of yoga and the science of yoga, or yoga­bhyasa and yogavidya, are two of the traditional ways that yoga is described. Yoga is a practice (abhyasa) and a ...

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      From Merging With Siva - The River of Life - Part 6

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part six of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings ...

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      Life, the Great Experience - Clear White Light - Part 3

      The clear white light is always there, it's covered up; pranayama quiets the mind of thought and purifies the subconscious through understanding the lesson of each experience. We create our ...