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Articles / Wisdom
Gods, Goddesses, and Yoga
What role do Hindu gods and goddesses play in yoga? According to the tantric tradition, gods or goddesses are not individual celestial entities; rather, they are manifestations of consciousness. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait discusses the nature of divine consciousness—and why the yogis believe that gods are the offspring of the sages.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Meditation
How to Contain a Roaming Mind
Is it possible to stop the mind from thinking during meditation? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains that trying to arrest the mind—to command it to stop thinking—is a self-defeating approach arising from a misinterpretation of the Yoga Sutra. He describes, in contrast, how yoga’s yamas and niyamas (restraints and observances) can help us contain the mind in its home in a gentle, loving way that allows it naturally to become still.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Where Is Dharma Today?
“Our society today has been shattered into pieces,” states Swami Rama. Our materialistic attitudes, the rise in fear and insecurity, and the prevalence of religious dogma have led to the eclipse of dharma—a turning away from the higher values of life. What is needed to restore dharma? How can we learn from the past, overcome our differences, and create a promising future?
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Swami Rama
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Spirituality vs. Religion: Navigating the Path
Both religion and spirituality describe a path for navigating the journey of life and understanding the truth—but what makes them different? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how spirituality can help us sense what is right and true through personal practice and experience, rather than imposed definitions.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Holistic Health
Movement: The Best Medicine
For most of us, the majority of our day is spent sitting, which has a negative impact on our health. According to the World Health Organization, inactivity is one of the four highest health risks we face today. Dr. Theresa Oswald highlights ways we can get more aerobic activity into our day and explains why it is vitally important to take frequent breaks from sitting to stand up and move.
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Articles / Wisdom
What Is Dharma?
Dharma has been a great force in uplifting the human race. Turning away from dharma brings suffering. What exactly is dharma, where does it come from, and what does it look like in thought and action? How can we reawaken it? Swami Rama outlines the changes needed today in our approach to self-development and our system of education in order to restore the dharma taught by the sages.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Instilling Spiritual Values in Children
How can we nurture spirituality in small children? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains why maintaining our regular meditation practice is the key. Drawing from his personal experience in raising two children, he offers tips on keeping to our meditation schedule and managing children’s attempts to interrupt our practice—the most important spiritual training we can give our children.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Goal of Spirituality
At a certain point in their spiritual quest, many seekers realize that the external world is not the sum total of life. This ignites a yearning for deeper meaning—initiating the process of spiritual unfoldment. What is it we truly seek when turning inward for fulfillment? Is the goal of spirituality to find God, or freedom from the thoughts, feelings, and problems that are keeping us from finding inner peace and happiness?
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Energy & Consciousness
What are we made of, and where did we come from? Are we more than what we perceive as our body, mind, and emotions? If so, how can we tap into this deeper level? Most of us experience ourselves as body and mind—the “I” that tells us we’re young or old; an accountant or musician; a brother, mother, husband, or wife; happy or dissatisfied. This is what the yogis call abhimana (self-identity). Yogis, on the other hand, experience themselves as much more than this limited set of identifications. They come to actually experience (not just imagine) the cosmic dance of energy that flows through the body, illuminates the mind, activates the pranic pathways, and finally comes to merge with pure consciousness itself. In this previously unavailable article, Swami Rama distills the wisdom of yoga and tantra to demystify such esoteric concepts as nadis, kundalini, prana, chakras, and cosmic consciousness. He tells us how we can begin to tap into kundalini—the force of life and consciousness that exists in each cell of our body and in everything else, all the way to the stars and galaxies. The inward path of meditation and pranic awareness is the key. This path allows us to tap into the vast reservoirs of our hidden potential. Read on, and discover the secrets of how to experience life at the highest level—the level of energy and consciousness!
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Becoming Brahman
What does it mean that after knowing Brahman we become one with Brahman? Pandit Tigunait explains that our self-image is a reflection of the circumstances in the world as we perceive it, so that as our circumstances change, so does our self-image. This engenders insecurity and fear. But when we shift our awareness from that which is illusory and impermanent to that which is eternal and unchanging, we too become eternal and free.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
The Path of Karma Yoga in the Gita
Acting selflessly, without attachment to the outcome, ultimately frees us from the wheel of karma. “Action is yours, but not the fruits of action,” states Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. This is the path of karma yoga. Rolf Sovik explains how this path—one of four described in the Gita—helps us act with an inner sense of purpose, making life’s actions more meaningful and transformative.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Starting Out: What Is Spirituality?
Neither faith nor science alone can give us insight into the nature of our soul. Spirituality provides a direct pathway to the realization of the true self and its relationship with the universal self, and the tools to achieve such a realization. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait discusses the nature—and necessity—of spirituality in the first post in this series on yoga and spirituality. Only when science rests firmly on a philosophy of life, incorporates ethical and moral values that are indispensable to health and well-being, and provides framework for self-transformation—can it truly be called spirituality.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD