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Shveta: The Celestial Being
When the sage Agastya, known for his adventurous deeds and spiritual power, encounters a radiant celestial being who remains trapped to his physical body, he learns the perils of renunciation undertaken solely for personal satisfaction. In this story of Shveta, the king who renounced his kingdom to dedicate his life to spiritual pursuits, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains the true heart and essence of spiritual practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Chakras: Link Between the Macrocosm and Microcosm
How are we related to the world around us and the cosmos at large? How does tantra describe the anatomy of the subtle body, and how is the subtle body related to our physical body and mind? The tantric tradition condenses the answers to these questions in an elegant delineation of the chakras. Explore the chakras through fresh eyes in this post in “The Enchanted World of Tantra” series.
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Sandra Anderson
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Microbiota, Gut-Brain Health & Manipura Chakra
How is it possible for a group of simple, single-celled bacteria in our digestive tract, the area governed by the manipura chakra, to have a major impact on nearly every aspect of our health? What are these bacteria, how do they communicate, and how do they collectively use psychobiological chemicals and the gut-brain axis to influence our body and mind? Join Jeff Masters as he leads you through the subconscious world of the manipura chakra—the world of the gut microbiota.
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Jeff Masters
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Bhagavan Parashurama: The Warrior Sage
The immortal sage Parashurama is the living guide for seekers in our tradition. For ages, his story has been told and retold to illustrate the power of mantra, tantra, alchemy, and rituals. Because his birth was the consequence of a ritual that overrode the law of nature, Parashurama could not avoid his warlike tendencies. Learn what happened as the warrior emerged and why it is so important to honor the law of nature.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Nadis: Tantric Anatomy of the Subtle Body
Our physical body is suspended in an energy field, the pranic body, which penetrates, shapes, and gives life to both body and mind. This field is made up of innumerable nadis, or energy currents. Learn how working with the three central nadis to balance the flow of prana brings our nervous system and mind to a state of meditative equanimity and establishes a firm foundation for tantric yoga practice.
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Sandra Anderson
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Rishicha: Master of Mantra, Tantra, and Alchemy
What happens when the secret, highly evolved practices of tantra fall into the wrong hands? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait relates the story of the great sage Rishicha, known for his extraordinary mastery of the sciences of mantra, tantra, ayurveda, and alchemy. Understanding the importance of sharing this knowledge only at the right time and in the right proportion, he is alarmed when his instructions aren’t followed properly by the people closest to him.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Prana Shakti: The Heart of Tantra
What does it mean to “breathe” into your hips or your lower back? Why are yoga students asked to “move with the breath” or reminded to breathe in asana practice? It’s all about prana, Sandra Anderson writes. Read on and discover how prana, the breath, the mind, and shakti are related, and what constitutes a foundational practice of tantra.
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Sandra Anderson
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Dakshinamurti: The Founding Master of Sri Vidya
In this intriguing story, masters from various traditions gather to discuss the heart and soul of spiritual experience. To their astonishment they find that no two of them agree on what the ultimate attainment looks like. In their deep yearning to know, they are guided to seek the sage Dakshinamurti. But who is Dakshinamurti and why should they listen to him? And can he pass the test they set for him? In the profound dialogue that ensues, these masters find what they are seeking as Dakshinamurti reveals the sublime wisdom of Sri Vidya.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Three Themes of Tantric Yoga
In distilling what he has learned from the vast teachings of the tantric tradition of yoga, Rod Stryker shares three main themes: fearlessness, sankalpa shakti (the power of resolve), and learning how to both give and receive love. See how these three can bring our light into the world.
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Rod Stryker
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Sri Vidya & The Himalayan Tradition
The Himalayan Tradition is the tradition of Sri Vidya, the most beautiful and broad-minded approach to spirituality. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how Sri Vidya is the path where we discover our essential nature, and in the light of that pure reality, create a bridge between what is inside us and outside us. It is a path leading to finding the highest fulfillment and freedom while living in the world.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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A Tantric Meditation on Love
Would you like to help someone who is in need of healing? Try this meditation on love, a two-step tantric practice by Rod Stryker. The first step involves strengthening and filling our own reservoir of peace. The second step is learning how to take that feeling and send it to someone who needs healing.
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Rod Stryker
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Manipura Chakra: Nexus of Body & Mind
Our fiery manipura chakra, the pranic hub at our navel center, energizes and sustains our whole body. But this strength-giving navel area and its communication with the brain are in turn influenced by a mysterious collective consciousness that uses the “gut-brain axis” to affect us physically and mentally in a major way. What is this collective consciousness, and what exactly is the gut-brain axis it uses to communicate with our body and mind at an unconscious level?
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Jeff Masters