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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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      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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      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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      Playfulness in Children

      Two boys were on a task force program at Kauai Aadheenam many years ago. I found them one day playing hide and seek in his office and couldn't help laughing. ...

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      Take a Moment to Listen to the Birds

      The weather is beginning to warm up again on Kauai, and more birds are singing. Some new birds have come to the Aadheenam, and we hear their unique songs. Bodhinatha ...

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      Finding Peace and Contentment

      Worried? Burdened? Frustrated? Here are some amazingly effective techniques that can bring shanti into your life. ...

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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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      Why Bodhinatha became a Hindu

      Bodhinatha talks about the recent symposium on Hinduism at the Pittsburgh temple. Some asked Bodhinatha why he became a Hindu. In addition to a routine response, he came up with ...

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      Choose Realistic Goals in Meditation

      Bodhinatha talks about the problematic attitude of getting sad when our spiritual experiences aren't as deep as we want them to be or think they should be. He reminds us ...

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      Enduring Happiness

      Redirecting and transmuting desire is discussed for the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi. How to pass on His wisdom to youth and children to inspire them to ...

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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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      The True Sources of Happiness

      Bodhinatha describes how harmonious relationships are maintained in grihastha life, in which the natural state is to be surrounded by family and friends. These relationships are important and help us ...

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      Uplifting Those Who Don't Want to Be Uplifted

      Many of our members take care of elderly parents, which can be a stressful situation if the parent is in a negative state of mind and refuses to budge from ...

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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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      God is Love; Putting This Into Practice

      The deepest perception of Love: Love is the ultimate Truth. Our Affirmation of Faith: "God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality." You are also that Love, you are also God Siva. There's only one Being and ...

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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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      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: 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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      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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      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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      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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      Chakras In Relation to the Gods

      An important feature of Saiva Siddhanta is the mixing of Monism and Theism. Worshiping in the temple and meditating are inter-related quite dynamically. In our tradition the kundalini force requires ...

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      Ahimsa, All is One, See Others As Yourself

      The desire to harm comes from discontent. A profound basis for ahimsa is that everything is One and everything is Divine. See the Divine shine forth in all beings, all ...

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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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      Your Claim to Fame

      Rosita at home.com wrote in wondering about the verses in the Tirukural which laud the life which is famous and condemns the life which is not. Why is it so ...

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      Bear Cheerfully and Happily

      Gurudeva talks about Siva's day, Monday, family home evening Gurudeva tells us about our face, karma, living life joyously. Gurudeva gives information to us about the astral plane, the akasha ...

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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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      No Guilt, Do Penance, Live Joyously

      Think of heaven and hell as being states of mind, available in the present moment. Live in a heavenly or peaceful, blissful state of mind. The state of mind we're ...