Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 2 (Part 1)

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2.1  tapaḥ svādhyāye ‘śvara praṇidhānāni kriyā yogaḥ Austerity, the study of sacred texts, and the dedication of action to God constitute the discipline of Mystic Union. 2.2 samādhi bhāvanārthaḥ kleśa tanū karaṇārthaś ca This discipline is practised for the purpose of acquiring fixity of mind on the Lord, free from all impurities and agitations, or… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1 (Part 2)

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1.26 sa eṣa pūrveṣām api guruḥ kālenā ‘navacchedāt Not being conditioned by time, God is the teacher of even the ancients. 1.27 tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ God’s voice is Om. 1.28 taj japas tad artha bhāvanaṁ The repetition of Om should be made with an understanding of its meaning. 1.29 tataḥ pratyak cetanā ‘dhigamo ‘py antarāyā ‘bhāvaś ca From that… Read more »

Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1 (Part 1)

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1.1 atha yogānuśāsanam Now, instruction in the discipline of Yoga. 1.2 yogaḥ cittavṛtti nirodhaḥ Yoga is restraining the thought-streams natural to the mind. 1.3 tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe avasthānam Then the seer dwells in his own nature. 1.4 vṛtti sārūpyam itaratra Otherwise he is of the same form as the thought-streams. 1.5 vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭā akliṣṭāḥ The thought-streams are five-fold,… Read more »

New Year 2013 with Sri Sri

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Sri Sri on New Year 2013 : This New Year let us realize that the Mind always goes for new and the Heart takes pride in the old. Life is a blend of both. Sri Sri on New Year 2013:  Weapons should not be made available to children. Violence on screens should be stopped. We don’t want violence… Read more »

Vegetarian Christmas Cake Recipe

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The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree — the presence of a happy family and  a mouth-watering spread of  a vegetarian Christmas menu. Chocolate Cake Ingredients 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour 1 cup sugar or organic turbinado sugar ½ cup carob chips 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/3 cup… Read more »

Art of Living Seeker’s Puzzle

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Vani Rao lists a few perplexing puzzles that need to be solved to attain enlightenment! The good news is that the effort to solve the puzzle is good enough to set you on, even if you cant get the puzzle!!! 1. Brahman alone exists; nothing else exists. Brahman is not the doer. 2. THAT cannot… Read more »

Sri Adi Shankaracharya

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It is said that when chaos and confusion reign supreme, the Divine manifests itself in the world to reestablish righteousness or Dharma. Adi Sankara was born at a time when India was under the sway of superstition and religious fights. Sankara was born in a poor Malayali Brahmin family in 788 AD, in a village… Read more »

Winter Eats : Water chestnut soup

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The month of Magashar is the latter half of Hemant. The cold weather begins with the coming of Kartik and reaches its climax in Magashar. Our internal organs dry up due to the intense cold leading to loss of energy. In order to compensate for this loss Ayurveda recommends fatty and sweet foods. Whenever there… Read more »