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Dancing on a Sword
We are all endowed with infinite potentials. In this extraordinary story set in the tantric shrine of Kamakhya, Pandit Tigunait witnesses a young man filled with the presence of the Divine Mother dancing barefoot on the sharp edge of a sword.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Maya: The Cosmic Veil
What is maya and how does it create our reality? In this humorous story, Swami Rama’s master vividly demonstrates the nature of maya, cosmic illusion, and how we become entrapped in it. He then explains how we can break through this veil of illusion to gain ultimate freedom.
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Swami Rama
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Fearlessly Facing Our Ghosts
In this charming story from his childhood, Pandit Tigunait describes how he overcame his fear of ghosts, learning to stand and face them with the help of a set of prayers. This story illustrates how, with proper guidance, fear can be transformed into faith and inner strength.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Aging Gracefully
The yoga tradition tells us there is a gift waiting for us when we embrace the third stage of life—a stage rich with possibility, becoming more nuanced and rewarding as we move toward fulfillment and perfect freedom.
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Deborah Willoughby
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Antidote to Fear
According to the Yoga Sutra, fear is one of the five great afflictions affecting our mind and body. What are the true sources of fear, and how can meditation, accompanied by divine grace, help us leave fear behind as our mind and heart open and expand?
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Guru Purnima: Honoring Our Teachers
On Guru Purnima day, we honor the teachers who have guided us on our spiritual path, and take a moment to reflect on their teachings. Here, Swami Rama reminds us of the deeper meaning of this special day.
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Swami Rama
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Serving Nature as a Way to Heal
Within us we hold the seeds of disease as well as its cure. In this engaging story, Pandit Tigunait learns how we can pay off our karmic debts and heal ourselves by serving various aspects of nature.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Freedom on the Field of Action: The Path of Karma Yoga
Through the practice of karma yoga—serving others selflessly and lovingly—we gain the power to transform ourselves and the world around us. This is a path of inner freedom that leads us to the ultimate goal of yoga: the state of self-realization and perfection.
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Swami Rama
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Healing Past Trauma and Injustice
How do we let go of anger about past trauma or injustice in our life? Learn how recognizing the role of divine providence in life’s events and feeling grateful for life’s gifts can restore balance and joy to our mind.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Secret Life of Asana
A change in our approach to familiar asanas can awaken sensitivity to the inner dimensions of our being, anchor our awareness in the subtle reality of the body, and free our mind from its habitual tendencies.
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Sandra Anderson
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Changing the Course of Destiny
Is it possible to supersede the law of karma that propels the wheel of destiny? In this intriguing story, Pandit Tigunait relates how a sadhu’s pure heart served as a conduit for divine love to spontaneously change someone’s destiny.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Raja Yoga: Eightfold Path to Healing and Nurturance
The great adepts worked out a plan for mastering the art of joyful living in eight simple and systematic steps known as raja yoga. These steps include a methodical practice for unfolding the potential that lies dormant in our body, mind, and soul. This is the most complete path for healing and nurturing ourselves at every level.
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Swami Rama