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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama: From Breath to Cosmic Energy
When we learn to control prana—cosmic energy—we learn to control all the energies of this universe, as well as our body and mind. We can learn to control prana by controlling the breath. This is the practice of pranayama. A story illustrates how pranayama leads to control of the nervous system, mind, and cosmic energy, and ultimately to freedom—the goal of yoga.
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Articles / Wisdom
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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Articles / Wisdom
Family Life: A Path of Spiritual Growth
In parenting and being a partner, we have a tremendous opportunity to become more loving, open, accepting, and selfless. Swami Rama explains why family life is so important, not only for the foundation it gives to children, but also because of the significant effects it can have on the parents’ spiritual growth.
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Lectures / Tantra
Chakras & Self-Understanding
“Know thyself on all levels,” taught Swami Rama. Tantra tells us that by understanding ourselves, we come to understand the whole universe. But how can we understand ourselves on every level? The science of chakras gives us a profound window on our body, mind, and consciousness. In this never-before-released lecture video from 1991—available exclusively here—Swami Rama explains how chakras (the centers of shakti, or divine energy, within us) guide us and map the terrain of our spiritual journey. Understanding the language of chakras helps us experience each chakra as a gateway to various levels of consciousness leading to the highest goal. You will want to watch this Wisdom Classic if you are curious about why the muladhara chakra is a kunda; how shakti comes to reside in the svadhishthana chakra; why the anahata chakra is the door to the higher chakras; what it means to meditate on the ajna chakra; and why the sahasrara chakra gives us access to unsurpassed, eternal joy.
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Articles / Wisdom
Yoga on Death & Dying
Yogis greet death joyfully. For them, leaving the body voluntarily at the time of death is like taking off a suit of clothes. Most of us haven’t learned how to die at will, but as Swami Rama explains, even if we just meditate regularly and sincerely, we will find that our mantra is an eternal friend during the time of transition—the leader that guides us from this world to the next.
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Talks / Sacred Texts
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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Articles / Wisdom
Shaktipata: Bestowing Bliss
Can we become enlightened through grace alone? In this engaging tale from his youth, Swami Rama learns that shaktipata—the grace of the divine flowing through a master to bestow bliss and enlightenment—is possible only when a seeker has sincerely and faithfully undertaken a long period of discipline and spiritual practice.
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Lectures / Meditation
Superconscious Meditation
“Enlightenment is already within us—we just have to be aware of it,” said Swami Rama. What is the goal of life, and how do we achieve it? According to the sages, the goal of life is to be free of all pains and miseries and to be in a state of happiness regardless of our external circumstances. Superconscious meditation is the path that leads us there. In this lecture video from 1990, Swami Rama gives us fascinating insights into the path that allows us to go beyond our ordinary conscious mind in order to understand ourselves on the most profound levels. As Swamiji explains, superconscious meditation is a systematic set of practices that helps us purify our mind, transform our habit patterns, and expand our awareness so that we merge with higher consciousness. Watch and learn practical techniques of working with breath and mind that turn ordinary meditation into superconscious meditation!
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Articles / Wisdom
Yoga and Your Religious Faith
Will the practice of yoga disturb your religious faith? Swami Rama explains in a clear, straightforward manner why there is no need to abandon your faith in order to benefit from the systematic, practical teachings of yoga. He describes how yoga leads to a healthy body and focused mind that help you become a better practitioner of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism.
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Articles / Wisdom
How to Attain the Purpose of Life
How can we attain the purpose of life, which is to know ourselves at every level—body, breath, and mind? Swami Rama describes how we can work with ourselves at each of these levels through a holistic lifestyle and time-tested yogic practices, thus overcoming obstacles and freeing the mind from conditionings and disturbances that obscure our true nature—the pure, eternal self beyond birth and death.
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Articles / Wisdom
How to Live Our Dharma
Why does dharma seem so mysterious, and how can we grasp its profound simplicity? Reasoning and analysis won’t help us, says Swami Rama. He explains why only practice—directing all our resources toward self-realization, and surrendering ego and sectarianism—can help us experience the simple truth of dharma and embrace all of humanity as one family.
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Articles / Sacred Texts
Tripura Rahasya: Tradition & Text
Tripura Rahasya, a dialogue between the sages Dattatreya and Parashurama, is one of the most significant and helpful scriptures in the tradition of tantra yoga. After telling the story of Parashurama and how he received the knowledge of the Tripura Rahasya from the sage Dattreya, Swami Rama explains the qualities needed by a student for initiation into shakti sadhana, and offers a systematic method of meditation to develop shraddha, faith.
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