Teachings Of The Vedas

Delivered as a lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on October 6, 1969, at Conway Hall, London, England. Teachings Of The Vedas Ladies and gentlemen, today’s subject matter is the teachings of the Vedas. What are the Vedas? The Sanskrit verbal root of veda can be interpreted variously, but the purpose is finally one. Veda means knowledge. Any knowledge you accept is veda, for the teachings of the Vedas

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Karma Yoga: Cultivate Selflessness

The essence of the teachings of yoga scripture and great yoga sages is to encourage as many people in the world as possible to live a life of karma yoga. The word yoga means union of the individual soul (atma) with the Supreme Soul. According to yoga philosophy, everything animate and inanimate—all energy—emanates from God, the Supreme Soul. God and all energy (both animate and inanimate) emanating from the Supreme Soul is known as the Absolute Whole. Each of us, each living

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Enhance Every Part of Your Life with Meditation

Yoga meditation is easy to add to your daily routine, extremely effective, and will help you awaken and cultivate wisdom and spiritual love—the goal of yoga. Regularly practicing meditation enhances all aspects of your life. As you begin to experience mental clarity and relief from stress and anxiety, the challenges of life will become easier to manage. Even if you have a busy schedule, or difficulty staying motivated, once you’ve learned these easy methods you’ll soon be looking forward

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Mantra Meditation & Self Realisation

The practice of mantra meditation  is very simple. But first let me give you a summary of the science of identity, of which mantra meditation is a part. “Science” means “truth”; therefore the science of identity means the truth of our identity. The first question regarding our identity is: what are we in essence? Am I My Body? In today’s world, the most widespread concept is that we are chemicals.

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Three Reasons to Take up a Yoga Practice

1. Physical Well-being – Yoga asanas (poses or exercises) do so many amazing things to your body, I could be here all day explaining just a few of the physical benefits of yoga, but let’s keep this short and to the point. Probably the first thing people think of when the word yoga is mentioned is flexibility or stretching. Unfortunately a lot of people think that they won’t be able to take up yoga because they aren’t flexible, but they are missing the point, yoga actually

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Ayurvedic Guide to Winter

Now the hot summer and the dry autumn is over, we can take a deep breath, and welcome the winter season. The days are still getting shorter and nights longer. As the temperature drops down, and the cold of winter settles in, we are moving from vata season to kapha season. Autumn and early winter are considered the vata season while kapha season encompasses mid to late winter and early spring. We need to balance vata and kapha doshas during the winter time. Regardless of who you are,

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Yoga: Oneness in Love

The word yoga means union. For there to be union, there needs to be objects becoming united. The reality of that union can only be as real, true, or factual as the objects that are being united. If something that does not really exist–in other words, an illusion–is united with something that is real, then that union is also an illusion, unreal. There is no substance to it and it is therefore without value. Yoga means the union of the individual spirit soul, the atma, with the

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Chunky Choc Chip/Carob Cookies

Another one of ASMY’s classic favourites. We often serve these at our programs and get so many people wanting the recipe. So to all those requests, here they are, deliciousness! 1 cup each of plain flour, desiccated coconut, rolled oats 1/4 cup raw sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp golden syrup 1/4-1/2 cup each of choc chips, currants/saltans & nuts (optional) 125 grams of melted butter or Nuttalex if you are a vegan Add wet ingredients together

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Chocolate nut tahini bliss balls – (Raw, Vegan & GF)

3/4 cups mixed nuts of choice 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cacao powder (or carob powder) 3/4 desiccated coconut or sesame seeds for rolling Drop vanilla essence Blitz nuts in food processor, not too chunky but avoid making them them into a powder, you want a good texture through your ball. Combine nuts with other ingredients in large bowl and mix well; add more or less coconut depending on how oily tahini is. Mixture should be firm yet

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Tahini Coconut Bliss Balls (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don’t we love our bliss balls. So simple,easy and quick to make. You can make them healthy or not so healthy whichever mood you’re in and they taste fantastic. Whenever we serve bliss balls at the centre, we always get so many positive comments and feedback. Chantelle made these a few weeks back and so many people have been asking for the recipe that we decided to add it to our blog. 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup maple syrup Around 1 cup of desiccated coconut 1

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Shirodhara an Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurvedic treatments have become very popular these days. Although this ancient practice originated in India, it has helped numerous people all over the world and therefore it is now known as one of alternative healing methods. Ayurveda has been found to be very efficient against different problems associated with stress, cleansing the body and promoting good health. Shirodhara is one of the treatments used in Ayurveda. Its name derives from Sanskrit words Shiro, which means the head and

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Pumpkin Porridge (Congee)

The weather is starting to cool down and the that wintery bite to it, so nows the time to start reducing your raw foods and increasing warming foods to your diet.  This pumpkin porridge aka congee is perfect for a cold winters day to warm and nourish you on the inside.  Get creative and try it a for breakfast, after all isn’t that when we usually eat porridge, in

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Gluten Free Vegan Chickpea Flour Date Cake

Wow I just made this watering date and almond cake! It was so moist I didn’t even worry about putting icing or cream on it. It is perfect just as it is. This amazing cake was cooked with besan (chickpea) flour. It is just the same as using regular flour, but you need to use both baking powder as well as bi carb soda to get it to rise like ordinary flour. Who would have thought of using chickpea flour in a cake?  I use this flour regularly, but usually for Indian sweets and savour dishes.

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Transcendental Sound – Finding Real Strength and Shelter In The Holy Name

Edited from a lecture given by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda on the prayers and teachings of the great transcendental personality, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the foremost proponent of Bhakti yoga and the inaugurator of the worldwide kirtan movement. Lord Chaitanya prayed: O my Lord, Your Holy Name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You

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What is Tongue Scraping?

What is Tongue Scraping? Jihwa Prakshalana Ayurveda tells us the tongue is the first organ of digestion and the mirror to all the organs of the body. The tongue is an important tool of Ayurvedic diagnosis. The appearance of the tongue reveals the health condition of the entire body. When you look on your tongue, it’s an opportunity for self-awareness. If you see a thick coating of different color, it means you are accumulating toxins from the last several days, months

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Ayurveda Tongue Analysis – Do it Yourself!

According to Ayurveda the tongue is not just an organ of taste only but also a strong tool for diagnosis. Tongue analysis is a part of Ayurvedic diagnosis complementary with pulse, nails, eye, face etc. Tongue is also called a window of the inner system. Ayurveda says, read your tongue and know your health status. It is important to check your tongue regularly to recognize the inner system. Be your own doctor and look your own tongue in the mirror. Your tongue never lies and clearly indicates

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