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The Path of Love and Devotion in the Gita
When we learn to cultivate love for the Divine, we find ourselves gradually lifted out of pain and sorrow. This is the path of bhakti yoga, love and devotion—a path that, ultimately, transforms human hearts. But how do we cultivate spiritual love? What can a mortal give the Divine, and what gift do we receive in return?
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Tripura Rahasya: Tradition & Text
Tripura Rahasya, a dialogue between the sages Dattatreya and Parashurama, is one of the most significant and helpful scriptures in the tradition of tantra yoga. After telling the story of Parashurama and how he received the knowledge of the Tripura Rahasya from the sage Dattreya, Swami Rama explains the qualities needed by a student for initiation into shakti sadhana, and offers a systematic method of meditation to develop shraddha, faith.
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Swami Rama
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Shakti Sadhana: An Introduction
The tantric scripture Tripura Rahasya teaches the stages of enlightenment in a systematic way, so that an aspirant can attain the highest state of consciousness. Its beauty lies in the fact that it expounds the lofty knowledge of inner truth while systematically offering practical instructions on shakti sadhana. Swami Rama explains the three main schools of shakti sadhana—kaula, mishra, and samaya—and how they awaken the dormant fire within, leading to higher awareness.
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Swami Rama
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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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Moksha: Freedom Here and Hereafter
How can we enter the life hereafter fearlessly and joyfully? Yogis call this state of mind moksha (freedom) and others call it heaven. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how gaining knowledge of the reality beyond this physical world frees us from fear and doubt. Learn how prana is key to both birth and death, and how practicing the science of sacred fire, agni vidya, can help us understand all the dimensions of life and be free.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Gita on the Three Forces of Nature
Like the warrior-prince Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, we may yearn to withdraw from action when life gets difficult. But as the Gita clearly states, we are compelled to perform actions by the three forces of nature. What are these forces? How do they influence us? And how can understanding them help us fashion a smoother ride for ourselves on the wheel of karma?
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Paradise Found: Transforming Hell into Heaven
We can create a paradise for ourselves. Heaven and hell are conditions of mind, and which one we create depends on our choices. How can we use our human birth to fill our mind with divine, “heavenly” thoughts instead of making careless choices that reinforce our base emotions and primitive urges?
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Gita Unfolds: Wheel of Karma
The wheel of karma propels us through life, as our actions lead to results that motivate us to perform new actions. But what happens when our karma feels overwhelming? Like Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, we may be tempted to run away from what is ours to do. What we need is a spiritual strategy to help us let go of our struggle, and as Rolf Sovik explains, that strategy is the essence of the Gita.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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The Upanishads: Wisdom for the Modern World
The Upanishads—the “finest part of the Vedas” were revealed to ancient sages thousands of years ago, and were originally secret teachings given only to a fortunate few. But how are these scriptures relevant to our lives today? What can they teach us? In this article from 1990, Swami Rama explains that the wisdom of the Upanishads is timeless. These scriptures give practical and inspirational guidance on the most profound questions that we as humans face, such as: What is the purpose of my life? How can I live without fear? Do I need to renounce the world in order to achieve enlightenment? How can I learn to enjoy the world fully and in the right way—in other words, what is real happiness? What happens after death? What is the relationship of the individual soul to God, or supreme consciousness? Through lively anecdotes from his own life, Swami Rama shows how these scriptures can help us overcome fear when our airplane has a failed engine; how we can replace jealousy and competition with love; and how to harness our emotional power rather than becoming the victim of emotion. Read on, and discover how the teachings of the Upanishads can help you live a richer, more fulfilling life!
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Swami Rama
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Insights into the Gita: What Different Translations Tell Us
The Bhagavad Gita has the power to galvanize our spiritual life, which is why we may want to reflect carefully on its words and their meanings. Comparing translations is an excellent way to do this, as each translation brings a unique perspective. Join Rolf Sovik as he explores the differences in meaning among several translations of a single verse—a verse that goes right to the heart of Arjuna’s struggle.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Take Refuge in Hatha Yoga
Although life can often be painful on many different levels, suffering does not need to define our thoughts or dictate our behavior. Sandra Anderson explains three kinds of pain according to the yoga tradition, and shares timeless tips from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika on how hatha yoga can be our refuge.
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Sandra Anderson
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How to Read the Gita: A Fresh Approach
The Bhagavad Gita, a spiritual masterwork written more than 2,000 years ago, is an antidote to doubt, distress, and hopelessness. In this great yogic dialogue, a despairing young warrior turns to his spiritual teacher—an embodiment of the Infinite—for guidance. Can the deeply insightful counsel he receives help us calmly face challenges in our own lives? Learn the best way of approaching this work to enjoy and absorb its wisdom.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD