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Finding Our Inner Shakti
How did the sage Parashurama shed his past as an avenging mass murderer and grow into one of the greatest spiritual masters in Indian history? The key lay in reclaiming his inner shakti—the divine intelligence and power residing in each of us. Explore with Pandit Tigunait how this benevolent, transformative force motivates and guides us on our journey toward lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Abhinivesha: Self-Preservation
From low-grade anxiety to blinding panic, fear drives much of our thought, speech, and action. Sandra Anderson addresses this all-pervading affliction, abhinivesha. The fear of losing our life—the urge for self-preservation—fills our every cell. How can we make sure it serves as an adaptive instinct, instead of letting it grow into a constricting, destructive preoccupation? Find out as Sandra shares the ancient techniques of yoga, supported by modern insights from neurobiology. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Shakti As Divine Mother
In the tantric source text Tripura Rahasya, the sage Dattatreya describes the higher Self as a feminine, motherly figure. Why think of the divine force (shakti) in this way? Pandit Tigunait explains how the source of the universe is like an ever-nurturing, sacrificing mother to us. Find out how connecting with her unconditional love is a transformative experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Transforming Our Negative Mind
How can we defeat self-defeating thought patterns? In this short talk, Pandit Tigunait introduces the practice of pratipaksha bhavana—active cultivation of thoughts that are opposite to the afflicting ones. Learn about the technique that helped the sage Parashurama journey from guilt and despair to self-acceptance and self-realization. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Raga & Dvesha: Craving & Hating
If we do not choose otherwise, the twin forces of raga (attachment) and dvesha (aversion) run our life: we spend all our time and energy running after our likes and running away from our dislikes—yet we fail to find peace or happiness. Join Sandra Anderson to learn how you can rise above these two instinctive, habitual forces to cultivate greater equanimity and virtue. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Asmita: The Distorted Self
At our core we are a spark of divinity, limitless in our knowledge and power. So how do we come to identify with our limited body and perspective? In this talk Sandra Anderson addresses asmita, the process of creating an ego, which we then take great pains to defend. Learn how this afflicting tendency constricts us—and how we can use yoga to expand instead. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Kriya Yoga: Three Pillars of Practice
How do we make progress in our yoga practice? According to the Yoga Sutra, the key lies in kriya yoga (yoga in action), which has three components, or pillars of practice—self-discipline, self-study, and trustful surrender to the divine. Join Greg Capitolo as he delves into these three vital aspects of practice and explains how they breathe life into our quest for radiance and joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 16 mins
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Greg Capitolo
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Avidya: Veiling the Truth
Kicking off her series of talks on the roots of suffering, Sandra Anderson explores avidya, or ignorance. This thick veil thrown over our knowledge of ultimate reality is the first and foremost source of our unhappiness. Yet it also allows us the wonderful adventure of being an individual soul. Tune in to establish a well-rounded understanding of our lack of understanding. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Dvandvas: Pairs of Opposites
Happy and sad, cold and hot, rich and poor—our world consists of dvandvas, or pairs of opposites. All too often, we spend our days chasing the pole of the pair that attracts us and running away from the pole that repels us. In the process, we lose our peace of mind! How can we gain freedom from the dvandva-driven scramble? Tune in as Rolf Sovik introduces the answer found in the Bhagavad Gita, an essential source text on yoga philosophy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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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