The Self

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      The Inner Workings of Temple Worship

      An upadesha by Bodhinatha describing Gurudeva's most important teaching: God realiation as the foremost goal of life. Deep inside we are perfect this very moment and have to live up ...

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      The Two-Syllable Mantra: A Bodhinatha Upadesha

      Upadesha by Bodhinatha on the Two-Syllable Mantra given at Kadavul Temple on July 31, 2011. The Sun is the goal of the devotee's path. Siva is the self God; the ...

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      Find the Self: Gurudeva Speaks

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reminds you why you are here on this Earth and the meaning of life - which is to realise the Self. Two ways of realising the Self ...

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      A Lesson in Energy (an Upadesha by Bodhinatha)

      A lesson in Energy from Merging with Siva - An Upadesha given by Bodhinatha on 02 July 2011 Gurudeva pointed out that consistent meditation impacts on the states of mind ...

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      Monthly Video - May 2009

      Kauai's Hindu Monastery's monthly video for May 2009. In this edition, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his Publisher's Desk article from the July/August/September 2009 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Bodhinatha's talk ...

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      Gurudeva clips for Mahasamadhi Celebrations 2008 - Part 1

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami speaks about many wonderful topics about Hinduism and the spiritual path, in a clip shown during the 2008 celebrations of his Mahasamadhi anniversary. ...

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      Claiming Your Spiritual Identity Exercise 5

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami refers to Merging wih Siva Chapter 6. He teaches the fifth practical exercise in claiming our spiritual identity: awareness traveling through the mind. He explains that Gurudeva ...

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      Claiming Your Spiritual Identity Exercise 4

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami teaches the fourth practical exercise in claiming our spiritual identity: we are the experiencer, not the experience. Bodhinatha outlines the concept of being the witness of the ...

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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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      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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      What Is the Ultimate Goal of Life?

      The three distinct attainments in our philosophy: realization-nirvikalpa samadhi, moksha-liberation and merger-vishvagrasa. Believe in our ability to raise consciousness high and hold it. Every day live in the highest state ...

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      Where Am I Going? What Is My Path?

      The soul body plus the essence of the soul, Parashakti and Parasiva, together equals the totality of the soul. The essence of the soul is being Siva and the soul ...

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      About Siva and You: an Upadesha by Bodhinatha

      Parasiva, Parashakti and you as the Self: Realize that! An Upadesha given at Kadavul temple on July 24, 2011. Bodhinatha explains that we are all immortal souls living in earthly ...

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      Hinduism Today Jul/Aug/Sep 2009 Summary

      The Editor-in-Chief of Hinduism Today magazine highlights the features of the July/August/September 2009 issue, including Bodhinatha's explanation on the purpose of having a home shrine and atma mandiram; testimony of ...

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      Patanjali Yoga Sutras: an Upadesha by Bodhinatha

      Patanjali Yoga Sutras - An Upadesha by Bodhinatha - June 2011 Bodhinatha explains the ancient and revered Yoga Sutras in the light of Gurudeva's insights. He also compares some of ...

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      Siva Is the Life of Your Life

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami gives a talk to his monastics reminding them of the simple truth that God Siva is the life of our lives. Holding on to that truth at ...

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      The Primary Goals and Practices of Hinduism

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami of Kauai's Hindu Monastery answers the second of five questions posed to a panel of diverse religious leaders at the Permian Basin's first interfaith gathering held at ...

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      Can Everyone Benefit from Yoga?

      While openly available, yoga is rooted in Hindu scripture, teaches Hindu practices and leads to oneness with God. Yoga is comprised of eight main practices namely yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, ...

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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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      Path to Higher Consciousness

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2014 edition of Hinduism Today and is entitled "Path to Higher Consciousness". Bodhinatha explains that attaining higher consciousness requires more than virtuous living and humanitarian ...

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      Sinner or Divinity?

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Hinduism Today and is entitled "Sinner or Divinity?" While some faiths view man as sinful by nature, Hinduism holds that our inmost ...

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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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      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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      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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      Why Is the Satguru So Important?

      The satguru helps his devotees mover closer to God, deeper into themselves, into the sat, the real,the truth. Turn away from the world/asat--that which is not the truth, to find ...

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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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      The Self is like Waking Up

      The Realization of Parasiva is like waking up from a dream during which you were dreaming that you weren't the Self. But you were all along. Claim it. Tamil word ...

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      Mahasivaratri Talk Part 1 Siva and Muruga

      Many devoted pilgrims are coming lately. One who came was focused entirely on the worship of Lord Murugan and doesn't worship Siva. Apparently some Saivites only worship Murugan. Why is ...

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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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      Mahasivaratri Talk Part 3 Realizing the Self

      In Part 3 of his Mahasivaratri talk for 2002, Bodhinatha quotes from Living with Siva on "the mission of the mission." A dynamic band of devas in the inner worlds guides and assists our ...

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      Our Daily Journey In Consciousness

      Consciousness is the very basis of our existence, abiding as the steady inner light behind the changes of outer life. We are by nature conscious beings working through the instrumentalities ...

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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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      Le Soi Dieu

      Le destin de lՐtre humain le mne se retrouver. Le destin de lՐtre humain le mne connatre son tre vritable, et enfin en avoir pleinement lexprience. --Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami ...

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      Der Selbstgott

      German translation of The Self God ...

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      Self & Samadhi

      Echoing the ultimate teachings of Hindu scripture, Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, spoke boldly of the Divinity within us. This book is a collection of those teachings, nine inspired talks in which ...

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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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      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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      Mahasivaratri Talk 2005

      During Mahasivaratri 2005, Bodhinatha illustrates Realization of the Self, Parasiva, by relating a Yogaswami meditation story and Mahavakyam from both Gurudeva and Yogaswami. Bodhinatha then defines attainment, unfoldment and maturation ...

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      The Idea of Oneness

      On the occasion of Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi Day Bodhinatha unfolds a story about Yogaswami to illustrate that we are all One. Bodhinatha explains that if we set aside a person's external ...

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      Meditation is Silence

      Bodhinatha reads from the October 2006 "Publisher's Desk" which illustrates, through an experience with Yogaswami, that "meditation is silence" and the esoteric meaning of "nothingness." Bodhinatha then provides bhashya on such themes as: ...

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      Origin of Karma Management

      Bodhinatha tells the story of the origin of the Karma Management seminar idea. Additionally he talks about enlightenment and dispels the common misconception that it happens instantaneously. He elaborates on ...

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      The Advaitin: The Beginning of the Shum Language

      The transcript for today's talk includes Bodhinatha's "Introduction to Shum" which was given on January 5th. Technical problems prevented recording that day. But the audio for today is on the same subject. ...

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      Gurudeva's Mahavakya Part 1

      Bodhinatha welcomes everyone to the first annual observances of Gurudeva's mahasamadhi with a talk on the mahavakya, or great sayings. Citing several classics from the Upanishads, Bodhinatha repeats and elucidates ...

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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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      Maha Sivaratri: Who Am I?

      The essence of Mahasivaratri is to have a deeper experience of God. 'Who Am I?' is explored going beyond being a human being into the soul nature. Give up identifying ...

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      The Goal of Attaining Parasiva

      The challenge of defining Parasiva, Absolute Reality, the destiny of each soul. If something is timeless, formless and spaceless it doesn't change. Claiming the part of you, Parasiva, that is ...

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      Talk for Mauritius on God Siva p2

      Bodhinatha continues with highlights from a talk he is preparing for Mauritius on God Siva, talking about the nature of God Siva. He is the supreme parent, and each of ...

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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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      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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      Gurudeva's Mahavakyas on Self Realization

      Part 3 of 4 - Bodhinatha talks on Gurudeva's mahavakyas having to do with Self Realization, part of the focus of the moksha ritau (Winter Season) ...

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      Our True Soul Identity

      The first mandala from Dancing with Siva speaks on Self-realization, "Know Thy Self," a core teaching of our Guru Parampara and many Hindu traditions that are monistic in some form. Bodhinatha reads ...

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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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      Faith, Willpower and Self Realization

      Faith based on intellectual understanding. Accepting the challenges of life as karma. Advanced faith. The qualities of the great teacher are within us. Channel everything in life toward the ultimate ...

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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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      Gurudeva's Description of the Self

      Siva exists in three perfectionsas the personal God, as omnipresent consciousness and as the transcendent Self. One of the many unique teachings Gurudeva gave us was a very accurate description ...

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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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      The Importance of Knowing Thy Self

      Finding our spiritual identity, "Knowing Thy Self," is not a concept at the forefront of the world's mind. With knowledge so readily available, people fill themselves up with knowledge about so many ...

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      Mahasivaratri, 2003, Part 1, Meditation

      Mahasivaratri, Part 1 of 3Meditation and Mahasivaratri. Bodhinatha remarks how special Gurudeva's talk was which we played tonight, then goes on to give a wonderful upadesha about how the inner ...

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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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      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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      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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      Overview of Upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi Trip

      Bodhinatha offers everyone in the temple an overview of his coming trip to California, Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore. Click below to listen. Real Audio --- | --- MP3 (Quicktime or ...

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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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      Maha Sivaratri

      The celebration of Maha Sivaratri is to have a deeper experience of God. Siva's unmanifest Being and manifest energy. Withdraw energy back to its Source, unite Siva and Sakti, realize ...

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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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      The Ultimate Goals of Life

      Walk the San Marga with the ultimate goal in mind. Five abysses, five darshans. Foundational work, harmonious relationships. The absence of awareness: Realization of Parasiva. The purusharthas culminate in moksha. ...

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      All Religions Not the Same; Right Beliefs; Accepting

      "Truth is one, paths are many." Some religions feel that it's their duty to try and convert, that theirs is the only true path. For someone starting on the path they need to discard the ...

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      The Mission of the Mission - Our Monastic Order

      Bodhinatha comments on lesson 331 from Living with Siva in which Gurudeva describes the spiritual inner work of his monastic order and the general guideline for how they live and ...

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      God Within and Without

      The highest philosophy: Everything is One. To have a well rounded Hindu philosophy both perspectives are important: To worship God in the temple; to claim our identity with God in ...

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      Monism and Theism Both Are Needed

      Our tradition combines the two perspectives of monism and theism, dimfi and shumif, into one tradition. It is important to get acquainted with the reality of the personal form of ...

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      Identify God Within

      Hold a balance between thinking of ourselves as an immortal soul and realizing that we make mistakes or we would not have been born on this earth. Awareness of being ...

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      Foremost Goal God Realization

      All seekers of truth shall strive for God Realization as the first and foremost goal of life. Gurudeva describes why we are here on this planet in a physical body. ...

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      Attention to the Inner Self

      Today in our monastery it is a day to pay attention to the inner self. Gurudeva explains that we are not our mind, body, emotions but a living soul body. ...

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      Sadhana to See Your Soul

      Gurudeva talks about extended families meeting and teaching children Saivite religion. Gurudeva talks about book 1 and 2 in various languages. Gurudeva talks about Kulapatis sending in weekly reports and ...

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      Lift the Self up

      Gurudeva encourages us all to be involved with Hinduism Today, our outreach and public service, encompassing all of the Hindu Religion. Gurudeva today tells us we are all special, courageous, ...

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      Jnana Yoga, Jnana Pada

      Distinguishing Jnana Yoga from the Jnana Pada. A significant component of Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge, is scriptural study. Jnana Pada, actually achieving the goal of Parasiva, is the ...

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      Change Mind, No to Drugs

      Today Gurudeva reads to us a from many years ago, 1959, just before coming to Kauai. concerning the Realization of the Self which begins "The Self You Can't Explain It..." Gurudeva then talks about changing ...

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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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      Patanjali's Two Kinds of Samadhi

      Bodhinatha comments on Patanjali Yoga Sutras verses on samadhi. One basic phenomena present in savikalpa samadhi is awareness aware of itself; kaif. The sole feeling of I am or I ...

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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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      Religious Lethargy

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

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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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      Nine Ways to Merge with Siva, Part 1

      Bodhinatha spoke today on Gurudeva's several ways, nine in all, of merging with Siva, from the simplest to the loftiest. He read from Gurudeva's introduction to Merging with Siva giving ...

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      Getting to Know God through Sadhana

      Bodhinatha spoke on the Tamil New Year, which is today, how this is the first day the Sun is in Aries. He talked about the ultimate goals of life, Self ...

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      How to Realize God: Parasiva, Life's Ultimate Goal

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

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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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      All Knowing is Within You: The Immortal Body of the Soul

      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: No Good, No Bad

      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 Subconscious Mind: Never Fear The Past

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

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      The Superconscious Mind: The Self Never Changes

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

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      The Physical and Pranic Bodies: Trace the Source of Prana

      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: Psychic Sight's Use and Misuse

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

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      You Are Siva

      We come from Siva; the way back to Siva is clearly defined. Take on Siva's perspective. Siva is everyone and everything. Intuition: The ability to solve through insight. Self-created barriers, ...

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      The Jnani's Omniscient Vision

      Yogaswami explains: You are all-pervasive; that is your nature. Intellectual concepts: The obstacle to realizing omnipresence. Visualizing: The first step toward experiencing. A jnani can use all-pervasiveness, not just a ...

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      Sleep and Dreams: Shared Dreams; Inner Darkness

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

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      Makaif - The Ultimate Practice and Attainment of Siddhanta

      Makaif is the shum word defined as the ultimate attainment of Siddhanta. Using the shum language, Gurudeva describes the path to the Self-Realization. How to live a lifestyle dedicated to ...

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      True Jnana -- the Unspeakable Knowledge of Nirvikalpa Samadhi

      An important distinction between Siddhanta and Vedanta. What jnana, divine wisdom is and how we acquire it. In Siddhanta we acquire jnana by practicing charya, kriya, yoga and by doing ...

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      Detachment from Experiences; Importance of Daily Vigil

      All experiences are good experiences, necessary to get us here. Awareness of aspects of ourselves that are constantly changing is a liberating perception, breaking our chains to mundane areas, detaching ...

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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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      The Purpose of Life

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about the purpose of life--which he explains as Realization of the Self. In answer to another question, he cautions that religion is not an intellectural ...

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      The Fine Art of Meditation: What Is Meditation?

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

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      The Fine Art of Meditation: Thought, Diet And Desire

      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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      Attaining the Ultimate

      Hindu scripture: The knowledge God has put into all souls. In meditation go deep enough to have realization of the deepest truths. The experience of Satchidananda is available right now. ...

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      Use of Psychic Powers

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about psychic powers, and how these are used by spiritual leaders to get their job done. It is traditional in Hinduism that psychic abilities are ...

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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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      On the Brink of the Absolute

      Choose the path of the Spirit. Move from the clear white light to the brink of the Absolute. Focus on foundational studies; sustain the higher realizations. Worship Lord Ganesha to ...

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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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      Three Stages of Self Realization

      What is the Self? Parasiva the Transcendent Source of Omnipresent Consciousness. Self-realization in three stages. Realizing oneself as the Soul, realizing oneself as Satchidananda - Omnipresent Consciousness, and realizing oneself ...

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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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      Bodhinatha discusses the 7 chakras, kundalini, Self relization and the Charya Pada

      A class given by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami during the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch. He discusses the 7 chakras, kundalini, Self relization and the Charya Pada. ...

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      Cultivating Will Power

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 9. Six steps to Self Realization. Gurudeva describes moving awareness from attention to samadhi. Swimming pool metaphor. Cultivate willpower. Discover willpower. Awareness = Willpower = Energy. ...

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      Chakras, Energies, Death and Reincarnation

      Master Course Recording. Chapter 10. Defines chakras and moving awareness through them. Kashumlinga, sushumna, simshumbisi. Cycles of man's life every seven years. Defining Aum. Body as temple. Muladhara and memory ...

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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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      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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      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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      Love (Part 6)

      Gurudeva tells us many physical ways we can express love in the home. Gurudeva tells us to be patient. Respect elders. Respect ourselves. The hope of the world is love ...

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      Big People, Small People

      The Soul Part 1. Gurudeva describes the soul body as it functions in the physical and astral body. The soul has a mind, intuitive superconsciousness. It does not conflict with ...

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      Be a Big Person

      The Soul Part 2. Gurudeva tell us to awaken our faculties developing will power and listening for inner guidance. We already know how to meditate. Gurudeva tells us to find ...

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      Who is the Doer after Realization?

      When the soul is young and just beginning, it thinks that it is the doer of all its deeds. After the realization of the Self, do we still feel that ...

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      Siva Lingam Worship

      An e-devotee in Finland asks for instructions on how to worship the Siva Lingam. Gurudeva explains that to understand the Siva Lingam, you must first understand yourself, your inner self, ...

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      Deciding to Seek God

      A cyber-devotee named Devi in Brussels asks Gurudeva about her ponderings over dedicating her life to seeking God. Gurudeva thinks it's a God idea. ...

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      Control of Speech, Part 3

      Gurudeva gives a short but powerful conclusion to his Talk about Talking. He describes how the control of speech relates to the transmutation of sexual energies. And he summarizes the ...

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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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      Crystal Sivalingam, Lottery - good money or bad money

      Gurudeva talks about the 700 pound crystal Sivalingam that will be enshrined in the San Marga Iraivan Temple. A cyberspace devotee from Texas asks if running a lottery is gambling ...

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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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      Our True Identity, Part 2

      Today we conclude Gurudeva's answer to the question about the nature of our soul. Gurudeva discusses our realization of the deepest parts of our being, Satchidananda and Parasiva, as well ...

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      Sivaratri 2000 Part 1

      Today we begin posting segments of Gurudeva's inspiring talk from the great holy night of Siva, Mahasivaratri, celebrated by the mathavasi last phase. Gurudeva begins by saying that there are ...

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      Sivaratri 2000 Part 5 - Conclusion

      Gurudeva concludes his Sivaratri upadesha by expounding upon the "only real security," the depth of Siva consciousness, never changing, always there. And Gurudeva gives an amusing analogy of devotees on the path ...

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      Center of Awareness

      Sit in with a discussion with Gurudeva about the center of awareness. What is it? Gurudeva says that many people think that they are just their name or they are ...

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      Use of Psychic Powers

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about psychic powers, and how these are used by spiritual leaders to get their job done. It is traditional in Hinduism that psychic abilities are ...

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      Hinduism is Sanatana

      Hinduism is eternal, comprehensive, complex and has a place for everyone. The truth is inside the soul. Mold and control the contents of the mind. Tat Tvam Asi -- That ...

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      Talking about Moksha

      Aditya Balachander, a 12-year-old living in Texas, asks why the ultimate goal of Self Realization is seemingly so unpopular in Hinduism these days. Gurudeva suggests that the mature swamis traveling ...

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      A Way to Realize Siva

      A cyber cadet in Penang, Malaysia, asks Gurudeva if it is possible to realize Siva in this Kali Yuga with so many ways to fall off the path. Gurudeva recommends ...

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      The Self in Merging with Siva

      A reader of Merging with Siva asks Gurudeva about his references to the Self in the book. Is it always in reference to Parasiva, the timeless, formless, causeless Absolute Reality? ...

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      The Vedas and Seeking the Self

      Today we answer two questions, one from someone seeking the Vedas and the second from someone seeking the Self. Gurudeva reveals that the Vedas in English are now available to ...

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      End of the World; How to be a Saiva Swami?

      Nine year old cyberspace cadet Yatrika from Sunnyvale, California wants to know where does everybody go when Siva absorbs the entire universe during the time of Mahapralaya. Gurudeva reassures her ...

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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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      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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      Gurudeva Leads Shum Meditation

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami leads a guided Shum meditation and towards the end speaks from the inner sky, guiding us to see ourselves as a soul that uses it's bodies as ...

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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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      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 Guru Chronicles Audio Book - Introduction

      This is an excerpt (the introduction) from The Guru Chronicles Audio Book. The complete audio book is available on an 8GB USB thumb drive that contains The Guru Chronicles Audio ...

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      Realize What You Know

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a talk on lesson 156 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Merging With Siva, titled "Japa Opens Inner Doors." Satguru discusses the importance of personal inner experience for a true spiritual life. ...

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      The Namah Sivaya Mantra

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a talk on lesson 161 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's book, Merging With Siva, titled "Panchakshara is Perfection" Satguru discusses the mysticism behind the sacred mantra "Aum Namah Sivaya." ...

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      Involution

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami discusses the concept of involution. ...

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      Involution, Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Shum Technique

      The philosophical meaning of involution. Turning within on itself the primary constituents of nature, prakriti, until the world is gone in the state of permanent attainment, liberation, kaivalya. Then only ...

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      The Nada Nadi Shakti, Resolve Mistakes

      Tracing the nada-nadi shakti to its source carries the seeker's awareness to the brink of the Absolute. Through Shum meditation we end up in the area of the superconscous mind ...

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      2020 Mahasivaratri Upadesha

      During Kauai Aadheenam's evening celebrations of our 2020 Mahasivaratri, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an upadesha about the power of this important and mystical annual festival. Aum Namah Sivaya. ...

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      Nirvikapla Samadhi

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly talk in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Here Satguru reads from lesson 339 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's book Merging with Siva, discussing the depths of ...

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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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      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 Nature of the Jnana Pada

      "Jnana is the fruition of yoga tapas... It is when the yogi's intellect is shattered that he soars into Parasiva and comes out a jnani." Gurudeva gives a sense of ways of realizing Parasiva. In Shum realization of Parasiva is described as imkaif: awareness aware of itself, dissolving. Gurudeva's definition of jnana and the ...

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      The Seven Dimensions of the Mind - The Seventh Dimension Part 2

      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. ...

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      The Concept of Awareness - Part Five

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylaswami gives an Part 5 of his upadesha series on the concept of awareness and omnipresence from the yogic perspective. ...

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      Mahasivaratri 2021 Upadesha

      On the evening of Mahasivaratri, 2021, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a detailed discourse about the nature of Self Realization. ...

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      The Self - Gurudeva On the Multiple Ways To Realize God

      Satguru Bodhinatha's Mahasivaratri Upadesh imparting Gurudeva's quintessential early teachings on realizing the Self; worshiping Siva as the source and Self of all that exists, starting with 1959, "The Self God" and 1968, ...

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      Mambashum 9 and Apex of Creation

      Ingingmasa, the ninth mambashum, is a state of observing inner and outer space. The practices of each mambashum lead into the next, ever progressing, every strengthening. Expand our consciousness and ...

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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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      Life, the Great Experience, Realization, Liberation, Merger, Part 4

      You were born to realize the Self, touch into the Self, the experience of Satchidananda. Gurudeva imparts three distinct attainments: Realization which is equated with nirvikalpa samadhi; the attainment of ...