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No Life Without Action: The Wheel of Karma
“No one, not even for a moment, ever lives without performing karma (action),” Krishna, the perfect yogi, tells Arjuna, his beloved student, in the Bhagavad Gita. Clearly, we must act. So how can we act well? Rolf Sovik explains that the first step of refining our actions is to understand them. Cultivate clarity and self-awareness—find out how your choices, their fruits, and the resulting attachments form a feedback loop called the wheel of karma. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Self-Transformation: Step One
Parashurama is one of the most revered sages of the Sri Vidya tradition. His conversation with his teacher is the subject of an important tantric source text, Tripura Rahasya. Who would guess from his spiritual achievements that he had once murdered thousands of people? In this lecture, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait shares the dark moments of Parashurama’s history to help us let go of our own past mistakes. The first step toward self-transformation is self-forgiveness. No matter what you have done, you can move forward: take it from Parashurama. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Four States of Consciousness (Part 2)
Do you know how to live in the now? To be present and know yourself? Swami Rama explains the four states of consciousness, with turiya, the fourth, being the highest. It is from that state that we can watch our waking, dreaming, and sleep states. Learn how understanding all four states relates to full self-realization. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Swami Rama
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Shakti’s Three Cities
As we face the challenges of daily life, we may start believing that we are weak and helpless. Yet the sages insist on the exact opposite: our power and brilliance is absolutely unlimited. How do we shake off the self-imposed fetters and unfold our full potential? In this video, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explores the method expounded in the tantric source text Tripura Rahasya—discovering the threefold nature of our existence, tapping into the infinite reservoir of shakti (power), and connecting with the eternal witness within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Enlightenment Is Not Difficult
Do you want to attain enlightenment but think it is too difficult? If we learn to know ourselves on all levels—our body and senses, our breath, our unconscious mind—we will understand that we can achieve it in this lifetime. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Swami Rama
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Four States of Consciousness (Part 1)
Which is more real, the waking state or the dreaming state? Why do we need deep sleep? What happens to us after we die? Swami Rama explains the highest state of consciousness and how it can free us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Swami Rama
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Mandukya Upanishad: The Best Way to Learn
What is the Mandukya Upanishad? How can it help us attain the highest reality? There are different ways of learning. Swami Rama explains the best way to assimilate the profound teachings of this powerful Upanishad, which can lead us to the ultimate goal. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Swami Rama
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Enjoyment Without Attachment or Fear
Fear steals our enjoyment in life, Swami Rama tells us. Learn how understanding that God is everywhere and that all belongs to God can free us from attachment and fear, and help us move toward a world in which “love will rule life and the universe.” Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Swami Rama
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Bridging Thought and Emotion
Thinking and emotion are our instruments—powers within us. But there is a higher power, Ishvara, that governs all others. How can our awareness of this great power help us to use our own powers to become free from attachment and misery? Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Swami Rama
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How Can We Attain Samadhi? The Unlearning Method
When the senses are not distracted or dissipated, when the mind is tranquil, during that time we attain a state of samadhi, that state where there is no question in the mind. Is it possible for your mind to attain that state? Not possible, says Swami Rama, unless you learn the unlearning method. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Swami Rama
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Non-Attachment Means Pure Love
Non-attachment means pure love, says Swami Rama. What is the best way to cultivate non-attachment, or letting go, according to the Isha Upanishad? And how does non-attachment help us experience love, enjoyment, and freedom? Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Swami Rama
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Maya: The Power of Projection
How did the universe come into existence? Is it a creation or a manifestation? Swami Rama explains that maya, the power of projection, is used by brahman, absolute truth, to project the entire universe. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Swami Rama