Wisdom

Yoga: Oneness in Love

By Gayatri A | May 29, 2017

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 …

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CHIEF SEATTLE’S LETTER

By Madya Lila Dasi | April 28, 2017

According to the ancient yogic texts the earth is our mother. From the material elements our body is made and these material elements are provided by mother earth. At this time of the year when we honour our mothers lets also spare a thought of appreciation for our mother the earth. And nowhere is that …

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Yoga View of the Self

By Gayatri A | April 22, 2017

You are your body, right? You are chemical in essence … right? At least, that’s what one of America’s most influential scientists claims:

“I am a collection of water, calcium and organic molecules called Carl Sagan. You are a collection of almost identical molecules with a different collective label.” (Carl Sagan, Cosmos [New York: Random House, 1980], p. 127.)

Mantra Meditation Questions & Answers

By Gayatri A | March 3, 2017

Your meditation questions answered! Does chanting mantras ever get monotonous? Is Aum a mantra? Can mantras be bought and sold? Is chanting a kind of self-hypnosis? Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda answers these questions and more. Question: Doesn’t chanting the same sound over and over again get tedious or monotonous? Jagad Guru: No. When a person chants, the mantra …

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

By Gayatri A | February 27, 2017

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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The Nature of the Soul

By Gayatri A | February 7, 2017

A flower is by nature soft, sweet and fragrant.  So are we.  We are tender, sensitive living beings, but due to being covered by layers of material elements we appear hard, even to ourselves.  But in the depths of our hearts we are soft: we desire to love and be loved.  To love is the …

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Discover A Deep, Lasting Happiness That Money Can’t Buy

By Gayatri A | January 24, 2017

Money can buy many things, but can it buy happiness? Many of us aspire to live the lifestyles of the rich and famous but are the people we look up to really happy? What can we learn from them about how to find true happiness? Read more in this Q&A with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda. Question: I grew …

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Respect for Others Brings Peace and Harmony

By Gayatri A | November 28, 2016

The Christmas season is that time of year when we especially cherish peace and goodwill. Peace in the world, in our communities, in our relationships and in our hearts. Great spiritual teachers tell us that the peace we long for is based upon developing the qualities of respect and tolerance. Cultivating these spiritual qualities mean that more than just being a time or …

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Balance your Life!

By Gayatri A | September 13, 2016

Do we work to live or live to work? An international study revealed that people in all income groups, age groups and nationalities are working longer and harder to maintain their incomes and keep their jobs. In other words, people are living to work harder. Ninety-eight percent of the respondents in the study even felt …

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The Goodness Finder

By Gayatri A | September 13, 2016

There once was a king who had two sons. As the king was nearing the end of his life, he had to decide which of his sons was truly noble and would be the most benevolent caretaker of his people, ruling the kingdom when he was gone. He called his first son and asked him …

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