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Being Humble: Weakness or Strength?
“Be humbler than a blade of grass,” begins a verse of the renowned Chaitanya’s Prayer. What does it mean to be that humble? Does it mean being weak and submissive, without a will or desires of our own? Seeking answers, Irene Petryszak uses the lines of the verse as a guide to discover just what qualities of character it takes to be truly humble and whether being humble is about weakness or strength.
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak
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The 24 Gurus of Dattatreya
Determined to keep the goal of life firmly fixed in his awareness, the young sage Dattatreya finds a lesson in everything he observes, from the blazing sun to the cheerful bumblebee. He shares what he’s learned from 24 such “gurus” with a visiting king.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Befriending Your Mind
Do you berate your mind for its roaming tendencies during meditation? Pandit Tigunait explains how we need to befriend our mind, not fight against it. By understanding how the four faculties of the mind work, we can learn to coordinate our thoughts, speech, and action in a harmonious way, so that we can establish a fruitful, productive meditation practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Niyamas: Keys to Spiritual Progress
Yoga’s five niyamas (observances) are the keys to progress on the spiritual path. Rolf Sovik explains how practicing the niyamas helps us cultivate greater health, contentment, and self-confidence, as well as greater understanding of ourselves and life’s higher purpose.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Yoga: Union with What?
Yoga means “union.” But what is being united? Body and soul, or body and consciousness? Pandit Tigunait explains why a more practical meaning of yoga is “mastering the dynamic forces of the mind,” and how we can begin by cultivating a mind that is peaceful and concentrated.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Unconditional Gratitude: Finding Our Way in an Era of Fear
How do we retain our feeling of gratitude in the midst of a pandemic? How do we keep our gratitude and sense of interconnectedness from being swallowed up by fear, anger, selfishness, and isolation? Shiva Tigunait shares a Vedic mantra to remind us that we are guided and protected on every level by the divine forces, a mantra that calms our mind and fills us with hope.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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The Yamas: Creating Harmony in Daily Life
It can be hard to change unproductive habit patterns. Yoga’s yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) help us to do just that. Learn how the five yamas alert us when our actions are out of sync with our spiritual aspirations and how they help us understand and manage the emotions driving our actions—allowing us to relate to ourselves and others in a more harmonious and balanced way.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Three Tips for a More Spiritual Life
What does it mean to be spiritual? How do we begin to bring more spirituality into our daily life in a simple way? Judy Moulton offers three practical tips to help us connect to something bigger than ourselves and expand our limited view of who we are as we create a richer, more meaningful way of living that opens the door for deeper exploration and personal nourishment.
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Judy Moulton
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The Sage from the Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas is noted for its extraordinary natural beauty and spiritual vibrancy. Swami Rama relates his adventures as a young man traveling through this valley—how the intoxicating fragrance of its wild flowers disoriented his mind, and how he learned a valuable lesson from Gudari Baba, a sage with a mysterious healing blanket, who guided him on the journey.
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Swami Rama
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How to Cultivate Non-Attachment
Non-attachment is essential for gaining knowledge of our core being. How do we cultivate an attitude of non-attachment, and why is awareness of the transitory nature of worldly objects and achievements so important? Pandit Tigunait explains how the practice of pratyahara (withdrawing the senses) helps us to develop this awareness and bring the mind to joyful stillness, so that the mind can turn inward toward the true source of happiness.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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A Mantra for Happiness
Mantra is a sacred sound, word, or set of words that lead us to a higher state of consciousness. In this delightful story from his youth, Swami Rama tells how he eagerly collected mantras, always hoping for a better one, and how a sage taught him the most important and practical mantra of all—a mantra that can help us in every circumstance of life.
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Swami Rama
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The Vedic Tradition and How It Views God
Yoga is part of the Vedic tradition—the teachings and experiences of lineages of sages who lived on the Indian subcontinent in ancient times. Learn how this tradition was born and has continued; how its vast body of revealed wisdom, in the form of mantras, was organized in scriptures known as the Vedas; and what this wisdom says about the nature of God.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD