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Humanity’s Role in Transforming Collective Consciousness
Do you feel that our world has too much fear, stress, negativity, and pain? If so, what can we do about it? As Pandit Tigunait explains in this satsang, all the problems we have as individuals—and that we see in the larger world—are self-created. The good news is that fixing them is in our power through our intention, words, and actions. Listen to this powerful lecture and learn about humanity’s profound role in shaping and transforming collective consciousness. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 40 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 2: Reclaiming Our Luminous Self
Yoga gives us a systematic path to gain self-mastery of our mind and experience the totality of who we are. But where do we start? As Ishan Tigunait explains in Session 2 (sutras 1:12–1:16) of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, the secret is a twofold method—abhyasa (effort-driven practice) and vairagya (non-attachment; decoloring our mind from past attachments and identities, so that our full potential can shine through). Ishan delves into the subtle nuances of these twin cornerstones of yoga and explains how their combined force, when refined, can lead us all the way to samadhi. To prepare for Session 3, please read sutras 1:17–1:22 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Wisdom
What Is Collective Consciousness?
Collective consciousness has become a buzzword with both positive and negative connotations. What is collective consciousness? As Pandit Tigunait explains in this foundational satsang, each of us is an individual consciousness with our own feeling of self-existence, but we are also part of a much larger collective consciousness that is the sum total (and more) of all of us. This consciousness goes by many names—Brahman, Absolute Reality, Prakriti, God, Ishvara, Nature—that all point to the same thing: the intelligent, transcendent field of creativity that is infused with constant newness. Listen as Panditji explains this important concept, which will set the tone for the next course of our study. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 42 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 1: The Yogi’s Mind
Welcome to the Year Long Meditation Study Online Book Club! In Session 1 (sutras 1:1–1:11), Ishan Tiguanit introduces the concept of yoga as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. He describes the building blocks of our mind, and leads us through an exploration of what makes a yogi’s mind different from a non-yogi’s mind. Yoga tells us that our mind is intrinsically self-luminous and filled with joy, and yet we often find ourselves consumed by anger, sadness, fear, and negativity. How can we reclaim our pristine mind and experience samadhi? We’ll explore this theme together in the course of our study. To prepare for Session 2, please read sutras 1:12–1:16 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Wisdom
Shrines & Collective Consciousness
A shrine is far more than a physical structure—church, temple, or mosque—dedicated to a particular divinity. A true shrine cuts across all barriers of religion, history, and culture to infuse our minds and hearts with divine presence. This is because shrines, where countless seekers have done sadhana (spiritual practice), are conduits for collective consciousness. In this satsang, Pandit Tigunait shares how shrines can rapidly accelerate our spiritual growth by giving us a taste of divine consciousness. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 22 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love (Part 2)
Have you ever felt an explicable sense of love and gratitude toward higher divinity? This is bhakti yoga—the yoga of love and devotion. In its purest sense, bhakti can lead us to the heights of enlightenment. But many of us have a complicated relationship with higher divinity. We may not be sure how to relate to the divine, or our feelings may change based on what we’re experiencing in our lives. When things go wrong, we may blame God for our problems or beg God to solve our problems. As Pandit Tigunait explains in Part 2 of Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love, divinity is unwavering and absolute. But we relate to divinity differently based on our personalities, inclinations, and level of spiritual evolution. We may perceive God as a master and ourselves as servants who are in need of protection (dasya bhakti). Or we may see God as a loving friend and companion (sakhya bhakti). Or we may relate to God as a teacher and see ourselves as his or her student (shishya bhakti). Drawing on examples from the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures, Panditji shows how when we walk on the path of transformation, our idea of divinity evolves. The knowledge we gain through study and practice—along with trustful surrender and grace—transforms our bhakti into the highest form, and we come to taste freedom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 80 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Holistic Health
Time for You: Creating a Spacious Life
If we look at our busy lives, we can probably all identify with the feeling that we don’t have enough time and space. We start our day exhausted and in a rush, our attention fragmented. This sets the tone for the rest of the day to unravel similarly. In hurrying from one commitment to the next, we spread ourselves too thin. By the end of the day, we collapse in exhaustion or seek to numb our stressed-out mind. This way of living becomes a cycle of stress—we experience a lack of space and an absence of the deep nourishment that sustains us at a more subtle level. Spaciousness is the opposite of stress. It allows us to step back from the chaos of the day to pause and recharge. In this livestream with Judy Moulton, learn a simple way to restructure your day to create more space in your life, as an antidote to stress and as a support for your yoga practice. Tune in on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, to contemplate this idea of space in your own life. Follow along with a guided practice that will leave you with a feeling of greater spaciousness in your body and mind.
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Judy Moulton
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Lectures / Wisdom
True Freedom and Power: Calming the Inner Storm
We all aspire to be healthy, happy, peaceful, and fulfilled. The desire for freedom and power is in our DNA. This inherent desire has taken us to the moon and enabled us to transmit information at the speed of light; and yet, when it comes to living happily and peacefully, we are almost at the same level as our cave-dwelling ancestors. We are still fearful and confused. We still run amok. Surprisingly, we hardly realize that our state of outward confusion stems from the fact that we are caught in an inner storm. Unless we calm this inner storm, our efforts to live a healthy, peaceful, and happy life will have little or no effect. Drawing from the tantric wisdom of Sri Vidya, this livestream with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait will shed light on the 18 categories and sources of inner turmoil, and provide techniques for easing their grip on our lives. Tune in on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT—and build a solid foundation for finding the true freedom and power for which we all aspire.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
Transitions: Living & Dying a Yogi (Part 2)
How can you enjoy life to its fullest? Examine your fears. The fear of losing what we love most keeps us from living fully. Death is the greatest of all fears. As the saying goes, everyone dies—beggars and sages alike. But accomplished yogis know how to die consciously, without suffering. Can we experience the same? As Swami Rama explains, the path of self-transformation helps us master our desires and eliminate our fears. We do this through a dedicated practice of meditation and self-dialogue. Examine your desires. Most of us are drawn toward a variety of sensual pleasures, all of which are fleeting. But yogis use the mind as an instrument to truly enjoy life and to discover divine bliss, which is eternal. They transcend the three states of consciousness (waking, dreaming, and sleeping) in samadhi. In this previously unreleased video from 1987’s Path of Fire & Light lectures, Swami Rama explains how the practices of meditation, yoga nidra (yogic sleep), and self-dialogue help us transcend fear and negativity to find unending joy—and how, when the time is right, the same practices can help us die peacefully and painlessly. This is how to live and die a yogi. Format: Video with audio download Length: 54 mins
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Wisdom
Living Yoga 24/7: Practical Self-Mastery in Modern Life
For millennia, yogis have shaped the course of human civilization as the thought leaders and visionaries of their time. They did so while embodying the pinnacle of lasting fulfillment and freedom. How? By discovering the essence of our common humanity through the power of yoga and living this experience 24/7. This is the potential that practical self-mastery holds for us all. In this livestream with Ishan Tigunait, learn how you can bring the power of yoga into your daily life. We will explore how the union of yoga practice, yoga lifestyle, and yoga wisdom is the foundation for unlocking our full human potential. By systematically weaving these three elements together, we can learn to experience our self and our world in a new light. To achieve the promise of living our yoga 24/7, we need practical tools enlivened by the deeper power of yoga. Tune in on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, for this experiential livestream as we explore how to achieve energetic stability through yogic breathing and how to unlock the extraordinary vibrancy of our inner reality. These two master practices will illuminate both the mundane and the sacred in your life, and put you on the path to practical self-mastery.
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Tantra
Where Two Shrines Converge
“Every human being is a shrine” is the timeless message of the sages. We are familiar with external shrines: sacred spaces where countless seekers have worshipped throughout the ages. It’s one thing to visit a spiritual shrine and have an experience of divinity, but another to realize that everyone we meet (and we ourselves) are shrines. We are plagued with so many problems—guilt, envy, self-condemnation, disconnectedness—that sometimes the last thing in the world we feel like is a living shrine! As Pandit Tigunait explains, this is because a war is being waged in each of us between the human and subhuman. The human in us—loving, giving, open, selfless—came directly from the divine. The subhuman in us—divisive, fearful, selfish—is self-created and reinforced through our thoughts and actions. This internal battle means a great part of our life goes in vain. We spend our life fighting rather than living, and forget our divine connection. In this instant classic, Panditji delivers the message of two shrines via the fascinating stories of three great souls: Saint Raidas (the humble cobbler from Agra), Saint Jnaneshwar (the child prodigy who wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita at age 13), and Saint Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals, who saw God in every living thing). Just as external shrines help us come in contact with divinity, our internal shrine—the heart, the seat of our soul—does the same thing, even more profoundly. When we come in come in contact with our inner shrine, we experience more fully the divinity in external shrines, and we rediscover our connection with the divine in every living thing. This is the blessing of shrines. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 28 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Tantra
Exploring the Kanda: Seat of Our Creative Potential
Using their divine sight, yogis can perceive patterns of energy and intelligence far more subtle than the physical world. They have passed this knowledge down to us, along with practices to tap into the hidden powers of the body and mind. Many tantric texts describe the kanda (bulb), from which the nadis (currents of life force) emerge. As with bulbs found in a garden, the kanda is the source of potential and nourishment—and embodied life is the plant that sprouts and flowers. Join Sandra Anderson on March 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EDT for this live lecture and practicum to get a glimpse of what the kanda means for our quality of life and spiritual growth. Explore movement and breathing practices designed to unleash your power of vitality, protection, and nurturance.
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Sandra Anderson