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Awakin Circle (Harrow) with Nipun Mehta and Jamie Bristow – 27 Sep 2017

  Click here to see photos of the event Event audio coming soon…. About Nipun… At the age of 25, Nipun Mehta quit his job to become a “full time volunteer.” He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over …

Sangha

sangha

In sangha, we commune deeply with one another. We commune deeply with the forces of nature. We commune deeply with the divine. We become a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We become a part of what is going on in the world around us. We become a part of the solution. Instead of scarcity we celebrate enough. Instead …

Awakin Circle (Harrow) with Milan Rai – 28 June 2017

Awakin Circle Milan Rai

50 of us gathered at a truly extraordinary Awakin Circle. Milan Rai humbly shared story after story, insight after insight of his labour of love journey of surrender, simplicity, honesty, grace and personal and collective transformation. He touched all of our hearts very deeply as he shared so authentically and we feel truly blessed to have been in his presence. …

Symphony Of Peace Prayers At Mount Fuji – Masami Saionji

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A Profound Sense of Life

A Profound Sense of Life

Those of you, especially the young people, who are still unencumbered and unentangled, I want you to look at how you want to live your lives. Is all you want to do just eat, sleep, reproduce, and die one day? Or do you want to create something bigger than yourself? Do you want to stand up for something that is …

The Sacred Art of Pausing

The Sacred Art of Pausing

In our lives we often find ourselves in situations we can’t control, circumstances in which none of our strategies work. Helpless and distraught, we frantically try to manage what is happening. Our child takes a downward turn in academics and we issue one threat after another to get him in line. Someone says something hurtful to us and we strike …

Enhancing Perception

enhancing perception

An individual human being becomes who he or she is only because of what he or she perceives. You are who you are right now only because of what you have perceived in your life until now, and you will be who you will be only because of what you will perceive in future. The whole system of yoga is …

Entanglement or Liberation?

Entanglement or Liberation

Being involved but not entangled is the essence. Just do your practice in the morning. And throughout the day, be aware of the other aspects that were taught to you. You have to make it in such a way that every aspect of your life becomes yoga. Sitting, standing, eating, sleeping – everything is yoga. Yoga means that which allows …

State of Consciousness

state of consciousness

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life

A Zen student walked in to see the master. Sitting down, he blurted out, “There’s something terribly wrong with me!” The master looked at him and asked, “What’s so wrong?” The student, after a moment’s hesitation, responded, “I think I’m a dog.” To that the master responded, “And how long have you thought that?” The student replied, “Ever since I …

Neither Good or Bad – Just Silent!

Neither Good or Bad – Just Silent

There have been teachers who taught goodness to people. There have been others who taught evil to people. But there have also been teachers who did everything to destroy both good and evil so that life may happen just the way it should, not by some principles of goodness or some thoughts and emotions of the ego. Only then one will know …

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and …

Response Able

response able

We now know that the true meaning of responsibility is response able or ability to respond. Whatever we may think, say, do or feel – these are our responses for which we, and no one else, are responsible. This is easy to see but hard to live, for we have been taught to believe and think the opposite. So we …

Becoming Truly Meditative

becoming truly meditative

The whole purpose of yoga is to set up various dimensions in you which are not you. What I mean by “not you” is: whatever you are identified with is what “you” are right now. But to set up a space within you beyond your limited identifications is yoga. Initially, it starts as a tiny speck. If you start clearing space …

Inner World of Moods

inner world of moods

“Give me a place to stand on,” said the Greek mathematician Archimedes, “and I can move the world.” He was talking about his invention of using pulleys and levers to raise very heavy objects. A physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer as well, Archimedes revolutionized geometry and anticipated Integral Calculus 2,000 years before Newton and Leibniz. But he was also a practical man who invented …

Radiating Grace

Radiating Grace

Grace is an important aspect of expanding our happiness, because it is through grace that we express love and blessings completely and unconditionally. We are each a source and conduit of grace. Grace is a loving power and presence that elevates and brightens whatever the challenge or situation might be. As we mature into our authentic selves, we are more …

Movement and Stillness

movement and stillness

Everything that we recognize as life is movement. The planet is moving and that is why it churns up life. If it were still, it wouldn’t be capable of life. So there is something called movement in which every creature is involved, but if there has to be movement, this movement has to be housed – this movement can only …

Challenges

Challenges

Radiate Happiness

radiate happiness

Have you ever noticed that happiness is not a dependency, it is a decision? You don’t actually need anything to be happy. It’s not something that comes from outside, it comes from inside, and when you radiate a happy energy you’ll be amazed what it attracts into your life. Don’t worry, be happy…sound familiar? Decide now, be happy and watch …

How to Live If You’re Going to Die

How to Live If You're Going to Die

I got a call that a dear friend of mine, who received precepts from me years ago when I lived at Green Gulch, was dying. I arranged with her husband to go and see her and give her the precepts again. One of the things that have been very helpful to me around this matter of birth and death—around this …

Hatha Yoga – One Doorway to Liberation

hatha yoga one doorway to liberation

There are many dimensions to hatha yoga. One fundamental aspect of it is to knead the body. Life is kneading you in so many ways. You can either enjoy it or suffer it. You can either mature and blossom, or get crushed by the process. This is the choice you have. Hatha yoga is a kind of kneading – not …

Make Your Life Spectacular

make your life spectacular

Human beings who do not break their self-created boundaries will remain trapped in them. Breaking your limitations is an essential part of your spiritual growth. This spiritual process is not based on a scripture, philosophy, or dead tradition – it is a living thing. You have to live it every day. I do not want you to miss this possibility …

In Conversation with Nipun Mehta 6 Nov 2016 Video

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Feeling Complete

Feeling Complete

‘To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing. Be whole in everything.’ ― Fernando Pessoa The feeling of completion is an important part of inner happiness. Feeling complete means we feel whole. We glimpse the vastness of our higher self and know we do not lack anything. We have everything we need within us; we are everything we need. This awareness …

Living Healthy & Well

Living Healthy & Well

The word health comes from the word whole. When your body, your mind, your emotion, your energies are in tune with each other and you feel wholesome within yourself, that is when you feel healthy. A large number of people in the world, including many who considered medically healthy, are unhealthy. To stay healthy your body needs vitamins, I always …

In Conversation with Nipun Mehta 6 Nov 2016

The journey began when we attended a one-day retreat with Nipun last year at Trishna’s beautiful home in Pimlico. The day was filled with joy, laughter, the biggest smiles and sooo much love! We did not want to let such a treasure pass by and a seed was planted – we felt compelled to share Nipun’s spirit with others. A few …

Yield to Overcome: The Power of Nonresistance

yield-to-overcome

Nonresistance doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. All it means is that any ‘doing’ becomes nonreactive. Remember the deep wisdom underlying the practice of Eastern martial arts: Don’t resist the opponent’s force. Yield to overcome. Having said that, ‘doing nothing’ when you are in a state of intense presence is a very powerful transformer and healer of situations and people. In …

The Secrets

the-secrets

You can’t grasp at the secrets Prise them from the earth Or pluck them from the air. The harder you try to hold them The more they lose their form Until they leak away. You can grind matter down to the tiniest grains Until it collapses into nothing But its essence will always elude you. You can pin nature down …

Be the Director of Your Life

Be the director of your life

When a drama happens, there are three sets of people. One is the audience, another is the actors, yet another are those who make the play happen, such as the director and the stage designers. Out of these sets of people, the director understands the drama better and is more involved than anyone else. Because he has conceived the drama, …

Restoring Balance and Meaning in Ourselves

restoring-balance

During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success. The master agreed to come and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For …

Response

response

‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Three Millimeters of the Universe

three-millimeters-of-the-universe

Dear Sam, One night in the hospital, a friend came to visit me. I told her I didn’t think I could go on anymore. What I was feeling went beyond despair. It was a loss of hope — of everything I valued, trusted, and loved. The pain had become simply unbearable. That night, I had a dream. I dreamed that …

Happiness is a Daily Choice

happiness-is-a-daily-choice

What I am experiencing at this moment is the result of choices and decisions made in the past; what I will experience in the future depends on choices and decisions I make now. Happiness is a daily choice.

The Canvas of Existence

the-canvas-of-existence

Everyone experiences life according to his or her individual sensitivities. Some people take great pleasure in food, others in the body, music, art or some other expression of life. But in their very nature, external pleasures cannot be sustained. The only sustainable pleasure is that of the basis of all life. Unfortunately, very few people experience this fundamental dimension that …

Feeling Love

Feeling Love

‘A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.’ ~ Mother Teresa Love is our joyful spiritual center. We don’t need to go anywhere to find love. This is love that never fades. We never lose this love because it comes from inside. We are our own source of joyful love. If we look for love …

Noticing the Gaps: The Fourth State of Consciousness

Noticing the Gaps

As Eckhart teaches us, in the ancient spiritual philosophy of India, there’s a term called ‘turiya’ which refers to the fourth state of consciousness. The first state of consciousness is the waking state we all know, while the second and third are the dream state and dreamless sleep. The fourth state of consciousness is thoughtless awareness. You can bring true perspective and balance into …

Build A Culture Of Peace

building-a-culture-of-peace

What you call peace, is a certain kind of chemistry; joy is another kind of chemistry; anxiety is another kind of chemistry. Every human experience has a chemical basis to it. Recent research into the human brain has yielded some incredible results. An Israeli scientist spent several years researching certain aspects of the human brain, and he found there are …

Spiritual

Spiritual

There is something within you which cannot stand boundaries. Or, in other words, there is something within you which wants to become boundless. What can be boundless? A physical form can be small or big, but never boundless. There is something within you which is longing to touch a dimension which is beyond the physical. There is something within you …

Shedding the Burden of the Past

shedding-the-burden-of-the-past

You can go far in life only when you can leave your past. This is like a snake shedding its skin. One moment it is a part of the body, the next moment it is shed and the snake goes on without turning back. If every moment, one is like a snake leaving the skin behind, only then there is …

Back Home

back-home

Back home to the place where the sky is as wide as space where the clouds caress each other as they float where the trees are dancing messengers of the wind where shapes are clear and fine, and colors seem to shine as if they’re cut from the clearest glass. Back home to the soothing serene energy of the self …

Yoga – A Subjective Tool

yoga-a-subjective-tool

Yoga is not a morning-evening kind of practice. There is a practice but that is not the only aspect. Every aspect of your life, the very way you walk, breathe, interact – everything should become a process of yoga. Nothing is excluded from this. Yoga is not something that you do. Yoga is something that you become. It is not …

Joyful

Joyful

Internally, all of us are equally capable, we are not capable in different ways. There is no human being on the planet who has never been joyful. Every human being has been joyful at some point, that means he’s capable of joy. It is just that he’s unable to stay there, so he needs a technology as to how to …

Fullest Expression

Fullest Expression

True human capabilities will find expression only in absolute relaxation. Your mind and body will work best and find fullest expression only when you are joyful, peaceful and quiet within yourself. ~ Sadhguru

Presence: The Quality of Consciously Being Here

Presence The Quality of Consciously Being Here

A common theme runs through all the great spiritual traditions. It goes by many names – awakening, recollection, mindfulness, dhyana, remembrance, zhikr, presence – and by no name at all. This state of consciousness adds further dimensions to being in this world. Beyond the narrow band of awareness that has come to be accepted as the conventional state of consciousness …

What is Meditation?

What is meditation sadhguru

The moment we utter the word ‘meditation’, there are all kinds of misconceptions about it. First of all the English word ‘meditation’ doesn’t mean anything in the sense, if you close your eyes and sit, in English we call it ‘meditation’. You can sit with your eyes closed and do many things. There are many dimensions. You can do japa, …

Moving from Compulsiveness to Consciousness

Moving from Compulsiveness to Consciousness

Hatha yoga is not just about bending and twisting the body. Essentially, it is about consciously working towards eliminating all that is compulsive in us – compulsions that we have carried on over millions of years of evolution. What distinguishes human beings and animals, or, in other words, the essence of being human is the possibility to move from compulsiveness …

I Am Life

I Am Life

I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Fear

Fear

The physical in the existence is constantly under threat because the physical is always within limited boundaries – it is always demarcated. With anything which is demarcated, there is always a fear of losing it. For instance, this physical “you” is constantly under threat, no matter how healthy, strong or young you are right now. Fear has become so fundamental simply …

Death – Be Truly Life Oriented

Death – Be Truly Life Oriented

A significant thing that every human being has to do is to structure their psychological and emotional framework around the most fundamental fact of their life – their mortality. Only when you do this will you naturally become eligible for a spiritual process, to a dimension beyond the mundane. The nature of your logical mind is such that it would …

Simply Loving

simply loving

To be loving every moment of your life – not only if a certain situation occurs, or if you see a certain person – if you are simply loving, indiscriminately, your intelligence blossoms in a completely different way. In making choices, intelligence gets crippled. To be loving is not a gift to someone else. It is a beautiful thing for …

Self-Talk

self talk

‘Every fragment of self-talk is a little story in the head that goes around, and then you look at reality through the lens of the little story.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle  

Creating Consciousness to Grow in Presence Power

Creating Consciousness to Grow in Presence Power

In ordinary unconsciousness, habitual resistance to or denial of what is creates the unease and discontent that most people accept as normal living. When this resistance becomes intensified through some challenge or threat to the ego, it brings up intense negativity such as anger, acute fear, aggression, depression, and so on. Deep unconsciousness often means that the pain-body has been …

Yoga: Finding Ultimate Expression to Life

Yoga Finding Ultimate Expression to Life

When we say “yoga,” for most people it probably means twisting the body into impossible postures. That’s not what yoga is about. Among the Yoga Sutras, which form the bedrock of today’s yoga, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas. All Patanjali said was “Sthiram sukham asanam” – a posture which is comfortable and firm, that is your asana. Asanas …

The Stillness of Space

The Stillness of Space

When you are no longer totally identified with forms, consciousness – who you are – becomes freed from its imprisonment in form. This freedom is the arising of inner space. It comes as a stillness, a subtle peace deep within you, even in the face of something seemingly bad. This, too, will pass. Suddenly, there is space around the event. There is also …

Aligning the Mind Body & Soul

Aligning the Mind Body & Soul

In yoga, we look at the human body as five sheaths. The first sheath is called annamaya kosha or the “food body,” because what you call as the physical body is just a heap of food. The second sheath is called manomaya kosha or the mental body. These two layers can only function in connection with the third dimension, the …

Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

The most powerful anchor on our potential to soar high in life is the past. The past contains the dead weight of experience, learned beliefs and all our mistakes. Life cannot truly begin until we are able to say goodbye to the legacies of yesterday at will. Like a filing cabinet, the past is a resource of information for learning, …

Mental Events

Mental Events

‘The future, the worry, the regret, the anxiety – these are all mental events that do not have to be part of the difficulty of life; these can be transcended here and now.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Taming The Mind and Ego

taming the mind and ego

Searching for truth is itself a big illusion because whatever we term “the truth” is always and everywhere. We don’t have to search for it or seek it. It always is. The only problem right now is you are capable of experiencing life only through the limited dimension that we call “mind”. Patanjali defined yoga as “chitta vritti nirodha”. That …

When I Become Very Agitated

When I Become Very Agitated

Agitation is interesting. Something is stirring up, wanting to be changed. And the mere asking of a question about it implies that there is some resistance to agitation, some form of non-acceptance. Somehow we’ve learned to not be okay with what arises within. However, life becomes much easier if we can learn to accept whatever arises, instead of denying or resisting …

Stress – Changing the Context of your Life

Stress - Changing the Context

Stress is just an inability to manage the inner situation, not the outer situation. Essentially, the quality of our lives changes and transforms not because we change the content of our lives, but only because we change the context of our lives. If someone is living a beautiful life, it does not mean he is doing something different. When he …

Mental Resistance

Mental resistance

‘The greatest difficulty is the mental resistance to things that arise, and the underlying assumption that they should not.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Baggage-Free

baggage free

There are doors of opportunities and possibilities And there are doors of deeper perceptions In opening doors of opportunity You shall access new ways to live In opening doors of perception You shall experience richness of creation Through opportunities you may gather riches of wealth, comfort and recognition Through perception unpeeled, you know the nature of creation and the source. …

A Strange Predicament

A Strange Predicament

When I stop to consider the facts They astonish me. There you are, couched in your own skin, And here I am in mine. No matter how close, We must each do our own living. Your heart cannot be persuaded to pump my blood. My lungs will not consent to breathe for yours. It is an odd arrangement. Inside me, …

Exercising the Etheric Body

Exercising the Etheric Body

In yoga, we look at a human being as five sheaths or layers of body. Three – the physical, the mental and the energy body – are physical realities; maybe subtle but still physical. The other two – the etheric body and the bliss body – are in a different realm. The etheric body is a transition from physical to …

Living with Passion

Living With Passion

“You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”— Andreas MoritzPassion is the powerful, focused force of happiness directed to a specific interest in life. Passion is a tremendous asset in expanding our happiness, because it draws our happiness out. When we think of passion, we usually think about what we are passionate …

The Science of Hatha Yoga

Science of Hata Yoga

Hatha yoga is a preparatory process of yoga. The word ‘ha’ means sun, ‘ta’ means moon. ‘Hatha’ means the yoga to bring balance between the sun and the moon in you, or the Pingala and Ida in you. You can explore Hatha yoga in ways that take you beyond certain limitations, but fundamentally, it is a physical preparation – preparing …

The Beginning of Freedom

The Beginning of Freedom

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. …

Falling Below and Rising Above Thought

Falling Below and Rising Above Thought

When you are very tired, you may become more peaceful, more relaxed, than in your usual state. This is because thinking is subsiding and so you can’t remember your mind-made problematic self anymore. You are moving toward sleep. When you drink alcohol or take certain drugs (provided they don’t trigger your pain-body), you may also feel more relaxed, more carefree and perhaps more …

One Drop of Sweetness

One Drop of Sweetness

Every human being has at least one drop of sweetness in them. Why don’t we see this? Please do this with everyone around you – try to recognize that one drop of sweetness in even those people who you otherwise consider to be horrible. Only if you recognize it in others, it will reflect in you. On the other hand, …

Cancer: A Yogic Perspective

Cancer - A Yogic Perspective

If you have read what has been written about cancer, you may have noticed that opinions and concepts seem to change frequently, sometimes dramatically. But the fundamental physiology, the chemistry, and the very basis of your existence has not changed. So why is it that these concepts keep changing? From concepts to consciousness is too much distance. With concepts, there …

Spirituality Is

Spirituality Is

‘Spirituality is a state of connectedness to life. It is an experience of being, belonging and caring. It is sensitivity and compassion, joy and hope. It is the harmony between the innermost life and the outer life, or the life of the world and the life universal. It is the supreme comprehension of life in time and space, the tuning …

The Joy of Being

The Joy of Being

‘The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event – through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you – ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Your Inner Journey

Your Inner Journey

‘Your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now. As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination. This one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection, an act of great beauty and quality. It will …

Not Minding What Happens

Not Minding What Happens

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words – which are content – that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by saying, ‘Do you …

Peace or Drama? The True Power of Presence

Peace or Drama

You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing you of this or that, …

Love Like Water

Love like water

Water in its clear softness fills whatever hole it finds. It is not skeptical or distrusting. It does not say this gully is too deep or that field is too open. Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch. Most things break instead …

Yoga and Breast Cancer Prevention

Yoga & Breast Cancer Prevention

Cancerous cells are present in all our bodies. In the yogic system, we describe cancerous cells as being similar to, let’s say, criminals in a society. If there are a few individuals here and there who commit petty crimes, it doesn’t really affect the society. But when they gang up together in one place, something begins to happen. Similarly, having …

Silence in the Sunrise

Silence in the Sunrise

  You cannot see space, of course, nor can you hear, touch, taste, or smell it, so how do you even know it exists? This logical-sounding question already contains a fundamental error. The essence of space is no-thingness, so it doesn’t “exist” in the normal sense of the word. Only things – forms exist. Even calling it space can be misleading because by naming …

Self-Talk and Self-Awareness

Self-Talk and Self-Awareness

To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment. That means now. Ask yourself, “Is there negativity in me at this moment?” Then, become alert, attentive to your thoughts as well as your emotions. Watch out for the low-level unhappiness in whatever …

The Perfect Paradox

The Perfect Paradox

When you can hear silence behind the noise and feel space amongst the crowd when you can sense peace amidst chaos and conflict and see the beauty of the ugly and drab When solitude never leads to loneliness and emptiness seems to overflow when every stranger looks familiar and every foreign place feels like home Then you’ll know that duality …

What is Consciousness? A Mystic’s Perspective

What is Consciousness

“Consciousness” is a highly abused word, used in many different ways. First of all, let me define what we refer to as consciousness. You are a combination of many things. As a piece of life, as a body, you are a certain amount of earth, water, air, fire, and akash or ether. And there is a fundamental intelligence that puts …

Sleeping Positions: Why North Is Not The Best Direction

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How your body is engineered Your heart is not located half-way down, it is placed three-fourths of the way up because pumping blood up against gravity is more difficult than pumping it down. The blood vessels which go upward are a finer arrangement compared to those going down. As they go up into the brain, they are almost hair-like, to …

Guru Purnima – When the First Guru was Born

Guru Purnima

‘The full moon day in the month of Ashadha (June-July) is known as Guru Purnima. It falls on 31st July in 2015, and honours the ancient lineage of enlightened beings who have graced the world with their presence, imparting the knowledge of the ‘Self’. The word ‘Guru’ in Sanskrit is translated as ‘dispeller of darkness’. Guru Purnima marks one of …

A Time For Grace

A Time For Grace

This is the time of year when the Aadhi Yogi’s attention first fell upon the seven now celebrated disciples. We are in the month when an ascetic and yogi, who is completely uninvolved with what is around him, is beginning to get involved. Slowly, the intention of sharing his experience is beginning to blossom. From the last full moon day …

Moments Without Thought

Moments Without Thought

A moment without thought And the background noise ceases And I can suddenly hear The silence between sounds The silence beneath sound From which all sounds emerge Like waves from the sea. A moment without thought And the fog disperses And the world is filled With translucent light New dimensions of detail And sharpness and colour and depth. A moment …

From Discrimination to Yoga

From Discrimination to Yoga

Living a life of fulfillment, living a life of knowing, living a life of merging with the universe, becoming larger than the physical self is the only worthwhile thing to do. If you have paid attention to life and you are not a deprived human being, you will know the only worthwhile thing to do in the world is to …

Spirituality

Spirituality

Spirituality essentially means an all-inclusive experience. When there is an all-inclusive experience, being concerned and caring about everything around you is very natural because anyone who looks into himself, anyone who turns inward, naturally realizes that his existence and the outside existence are not different. ~ Sadhguru

International Yoga Day: Glimpses of A Historic Event

International Yoga Day - Glimpses

A compilation of events around the world, conducted by Isha Foundation on June 21, International Yoga Day. From Sydney to Beirut, from the US to China, and even 35,000 ft up in the air on SpiceJet flights, Isha Foundation volunteers conducted sessions of short, powerful Upa-Yoga practices, specially designed by Sadhguru for Yoga Day.

Love

Love

‘We are using people and loving things. This is a complete misunderstanding of life. Things were made to be used. People were made to be loved.’ – SadhguruIn every relationship, you experience moments of true love, but do they seem to come and go? What if you could maintain this quality always? Watch as Sadhguru explains the nature of love …

Namaskar – The Simplest Form of Yoga

Namaskar

The United Nations’ declaration of International Day of Yoga on June 21st comes at a critical time in the history of humanity. It is of much more significance than a few more people twisting and turning their bodies. For the first time in the history of the UN, 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution for Yoga Day. Never before has any …

Why Eat Vegetarian?

Why Eat Vegetarian

Questioner: Sadhguru, can you tell us what kind of food we are supposed to eat? Why are meat and meat products not considered the right kind of food for people on the spiritual path, and how is seafood different? If this is just about killing or violence – isn’t a plant also life? Sadhguru: This is not just about violence. …

International Yoga Day

IYD

Over 15,000 years ago, Adiyogi explored the human mechanism, the cosmic space and the relationship between the two. As he expounded the various tools that individual human beings could use to explore both dimensions, he envisioned that the entire humanity would take to it, and at one time, a large part of the known world took to it in a …

Conditioned by the Past: Karma and Consciousness

Conditioned by the Past

The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to reenact the past again and again. The Eastern term for this is karma. When you are identified with that voice, …

Now

Now

‘Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Spirituality Is Not About Attitudes – Podcast

Spirituality is not About Attitudes

The Voice Inside Your Head

The Voice inside Your Head

Sooner or later you’ll grow fed up with the voice inside your head with its constant murmurings of discontent its fear-mongering thoughts of the future and its questioning of every choice you make. One day, you’ll turn to it and calmly say ‘I refuse to listen!’ then stand back and look away, turning your attention to your surroundings or to …

S.T.O.P – A Conversation With Eckhart Tolle And Deepak Chopra

S.T.O.P

Spirituality: A Homecoming

Spirituality - A Homecoming

The moment I say “spirituality”, people say, “Yes, I want to be peaceful.” You do not have to walk the spiritual path for peace. A glass of wine could do it or take a long walk and then lie down in the shade of a tree; you will sleep peacefully. Spirituality is not for someone who is seeking peacefulness. Spirituality …

Who Are You, Really?

Who Are You, Really

Any thought that you have had about yourself, however deflated or inflated, is not who you are. It is simply a thought. The truth of who you are cannot be thought, because it is the source of all thoughts. The truth of who you are cannot be named or defined. Words like soul, light, God, truth, self, consciousness, the universal …

Stillness

Stillness

‘Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

A Question of Perspective

Larger Perspective

Instead of identifying with what kind of thoughts or emotions you are getting, just see that in the larger perspective of life you are a tiny speck of dust. In this cosmos, our galaxy is a small happening. In the Milky Way, this Solar System is a speck. In that tiny speck, planet Earth is a super-tiny speck. In that, …

Become the Sky

Become the Sky

The cage that you’ve been trapped inside for longer than you can remember – it might seem so sturdy and secure that you don’t even dream of escaping anymore like a bird that used to beat its wings but now just lets them hang limply by its side. But the bars of the cage aren’t even solid They’re a mirage …

Growth

Growth

Only freedom can be infinite. Bondage cannot be limitless. Only freedom can be limitless. This is not just semantics and ideas. In terms of life’s experience, don’t waste your time talking about or thinking about freedom or the Ultimate. The body is a limitation, the mind is a limitation, emotions are limitations – but they are also possibilities. Look at …

Attachment is Habitual Thinking

Attachment is Habitual Thinking

We all judge our experiences through the filter of habitual think­ing. In other words, we are unconsciously driven by how we think, and how we think determines the feelings and opinions we develops toward people, objects and situations. But such opinions and perceptions only distort reality, and unfortunately, we cannot help but interpret reality through self-centered thinking. For example, when …

Full Intensity of Life

Full Intensity of Life

You complain when life is happening to you in great measure. It is because you look at certain situations as good and others as bad, or certain situations as desirable and others as undesirable, that you ask yourself why these things are happening to you rather than just seeing life as life. The moment you step into the spiritual stream, …

Wake Up and Set Yourself Free

Wake Up and Set Yourself Free

What we put first, the choices we make in life are a direct reflection of what we value. What this means is that our experience of life — for its pain or pleasure, darkness or brightness — is a perfect reflection of what we want most in that same moment. Prove this truth to yourself and you will put yourself …

The Matrix of Manifestation

The Matrix of Manifestation

The skill of manifestation is in using our awakened self-awareness. There are three components to this awareness: expanded consciousness, focused consciousness, and fluid consciousness. The unity of these three creates the matrix of manifestation. Unbounded awareness is our silent, expanded self. It is the un-manifest potentiality from which everything emerges. It is a unified field of infinite possibilities. Through meditation, …

Your Deepest Desire

Your Deepest Desire

Our deepest desire is for spiritual awakening, which is the state of fulfillment and completeness. All other desires are variations on this basic desire for actualization. Every desire is a fragment of our being that seeks awakening, completion, and wholeness. ~ Deepak Chopra

Top 7 Myths about Yoga – Busted!

Top 7 Myths about Yoga

There is a lot of “yoga” happening in the world today that has very little to do with what yoga really is. Several myths about this ancient practice have long been masquerading as facts. It’s time we demystify yoga, in Sadhguru’s very own words. Myth 1: Yoga comes from Hinduism Sadhguru: Yoga is Hindu just the way gravity is Christian. Just …

Radiating Compassion

Radiating Compassion

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Compassion from the soul level happens when we spiritually embrace another soul without reservation or judgment. Compassion validates people in a profound way . . . it is a deep heart connection that heals by overcoming the feeling of …

Asana

Asana

Let’s look at what may be considered the very basic unit of Hata Yoga: the asana. People today think of asanas as impressive body-twisting postures that are essentially about fitness, flexibility or building muscle. Whereas ‘yoga’, by its very definition, means ‘that which takes you on to a higher dimension or higher perception of life.’ Hata yoga demands a certain …

Happiness

Happiness

Happiness does not only come from achievement. When you were a child you were simply happy. That is your nature. If you go against your own nature to be happy, you will never get anywhere. To be happy is not the ultimate aspect of life. It is the fundamental aspect of life. If you are not happy, what else can …

I Am Life Without Boundaries

I Am Life Without Boundaries

This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free, Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, …

Meditation and Transformation

Meditation and Transformation

First of all let me be clear that when I talk about meditation I am not referring to sitting with your eyes closed. I am talking about deep abidance in the experience of who we are beyond the mind. You see, our awareness has been profoundly conditioned to remain relentlessly fixated on a certain range of thoughts, feelings and sensory …

Always Peace

Sadhguru on Peace

Peace is achieved in different ways. Let’s say you eat to a full stomach and lie down, just see how peaceful you are. Somebody else may drink alcohol and become very peaceful and so on. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are very peaceful. Wherever you go, in that place, if people are willing to support and boost your ego, …

I Am

I Am That

’I am’ itself is God, the seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither the body nor the mind, and the love of the self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. …

Radiating Serenity

Radiating Serenity

“We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.” ~ Swami Satchidananda Let us bring our attention to the peaceful and serene influence we can offer the world around us. For our serenity to have a powerful transformative effect on others, it needs to come from our inner being, not just …

Building Relationships of Joy – Get Your Fundamentals Right

Building Relationships of Joy

If you had a choice between pleasantness and unpleasantness, between joy and misery, between beauty and ugliness, what would you choose? Definitely, you would choose joy and pleasantness. But why is unpleasantness happening? Why is misery happening? Simply because nothing of you is in your control; everything is happening accidentally. Your mind, emotion, energy and body are not happening the …

Choose to Change Now

Choose to Change Now

You can’t change the kind of person you are later. There is no later. It’s always now or never. You can’t be kind later. And you can’t learn later. Choose to change now, and that moment will never come for you to worry about how to be better next time. Why? Because your conscious choice for real change in the …

Feeling Peace

Feeling Peace

‘Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.’ ~ David O. McKay. Let us connect to an aspect of our joy that expresses itself as inner peace. This is not ordinary peace of mind or peaceful interactions with others. This is the permanent feeling of peace that comes …

Patanjali – The Father of Modern Yoga

Patanjali

If you look at Patanjali, as an enlightened being, he can’t be more enlightened than someone else. There is no such thing. Realization is realization. But as a man and above all as an intellect, he is such an intellect that the great scientists of today look like kindergarten children in front of him. The breadth of his understanding of …

What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life

If you were very blissful and ecstatic at this moment, would you think, “What is the purpose of life?” – No. Only when in some way, life has become burdensome, these questions arise: “To be or not to be?” “Is there a good enough purpose for me to exist?” Your experience of life itself has not become grand and worthwhile …

Hata Yoga – Align with the Divine

Hata Yoga - Align with the D

Hata Yoga means that you want to be in absolute sync with the life process, because for your life to find its full blossom, it has to be in sync. There is no other way. Hata Yoga is the phenomenon of aligning the human system with the cosmic. When you try doing Hata Yoga, the biggest barrier is the body’s …

Jet Lag Prevention Protocol

Horary Points

I recently used this protocol on a flight to and back from Melborne and no jet lag! There are twelve major acupuncture meridians in Chinese Medicine. Each of the meridians has a two-hour window in which it is most active. There is a special point, called a horary point, on each meridian that will help your body transition into the …

The Wise Man

The Wise Man

The wise man knows the Self, and he plays the game of life. He understands the nature of things. His heart is not smudged by right or wrong, just as the sky is not smudged by smoke. How rare he is! ~ The Ashtavakra Gita

Acceptance

Acceptance

If you learn to accept the way things are your energy is free, your attention is free, and you are available to experience things that you couldn’t imagine before. That is when you become profoundly available to evolve. When we learn to stop struggling with the way things are, we are available to be lifted into higher possibilities. ~ Jeff …

Human Suffering

Suffering

There are two ways people can suffer. Generally, people think in terms of physical suffering and mental suffering. Physical suffering could be caused in different ways but 90% of human suffering is mental, which is caused within ourselves. People create suffering for themselves everyday – suffering anger, fear, hatred, jealousy, insecurity and so many other things. This is the maximum …

Yoga – an Inner Technology

Yoga an Inner Technology

As there is a science and technology for external wellbeing, there is a science and technology for inner wellbeing. Yoga is an inner technology. This is a deeper understanding of your own body, mind and energy, and about creating an inner situation where you are joyful and peaceful by your own nature. Being peaceful and joyful is not the ultimate …

Destiny

Destiny

What you refer to as “destiny” are those situations which are going on without your permission; they seem to be unfolding themselves without your intent. Whatever you call destiny is something you have created unconsciously. You are doing more things unconsciously than consciously. Only about two percent of your life is conscious. You create an enormous amount of your life …

Your Duty

Your Duty

As a human being, your only duty is that you grow to your full potential. If you grow to your full potential, your very way of being is absolutely useful. The best things will happen around you. If you do not know how to make yourself happy, is there any possibility of you making the world a happy place to …

Flow with Life

Flow with Life

Regardless of how sophisticated its knowledge, the self that knows itself only through its own conditioned thinking can never develop beyond the content of itself. Genuine self – knowledge is being fully self – aware in the present moment. Each moment appears in whatever its form or colour to reveal us to ourselves. When you are present to yourself, quietly …

Nothing Else Matters

Nothing Else Matters

The only thing that matters, that really matters at all, is whether you are willing to be completely alive, awake and free, this very moment – this very instant. The only thing that makes any difference – any difference at all, is whether you are willing to let go of all mental and emotional – all historical and future versions …

Meditation: What it is and what are its Benefits – Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra defines meditation and discusses it’s history and context in Vedanta. He also explains some of the benefits of its practice.

Your Creation

Your Creation

“Your whole personality, everything you are, is a complex accumulation of your impressions of life. This is like your software. It’s the volume of your impressions. Everything you have perceived has imprinted itself on your mind and on your energy. The very way your body behaves, the way your life energies behave is a result of past impressions. The very …

What is Yoga?

What Is Yoga

“I think it is better I tell you what is not yoga. So much misinterpretation of the word has happened that speaking about what is not yoga is more relevant. Standing on your head, holding your breath or twisting your body is not yoga.  Yes, these are various yogic practices, but when we say “yoga” we are referring to a …

After A While

After A While

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love does not mean leaning and that company does not mean security.   And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes …

Dimension Beyond the Physical

Dimension Beyond the Physical

The very fundamentals of spiritual longing are to transcend the limitations of the physical. For an individual, the most intimate part of physical creation is his or her own body. So the very basis of a spiritual process is to explore the possibilities of the body and to go beyond its limitations. Your physical body is designed and structured to …

Shiva – Non-Being and Being

Shiva Non-Being and Being

When we say “Shiva,” there are two fundamental aspects that we are referring to. The word “Shiva” literally means “that which is not.” Today, modern science is proving to us that everything comes from nothing and goes back to nothing. The basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness. The galaxies are just a small …

Within

Within

Neither health nor joy can be created from the outside. There may be external stimuli, but essentially both come from within. ~ Sadhguru

The Most Sacred Pursuit

Sacred Pursuit

Of all the human pursuits, striving to transform oneself into a higher possibility is considered the most sacred. It is this pursuit that fulfils the purpose of the human form and it is this pursuit that brings well-being to all life. ~ Sadhguru

Like the Flowing River

Like the Flowing River

Be like the flowing river, Silent in the night. Be not afraid of the dark. If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back. If there are clouds in the sky, Remember, clouds, like the river, are water, So, gladly reflect them too, In your own tranquil depths. ~ Manuel Bandeira

Suryanamaskar

Suryanamaskar

The word “ha” means sun; “ta” means moon. Without the sun and the moon, there is no Hata Yoga. The postures in Suryanamaskar are preparatory or balancing in nature between the Ida and Pingala (the left and right energy channels). Largely, it is called Suryanamaskar because it is mainly to activate the solar plexus, to raise the “samat prana” or …

Stop Being Blown Away by Passing Thoughts and Feelings

Stop Being Blown Away by Passing Thoughts and Feelings

‘A tree has many leaves, and the wind touches all of them… in one way or another. Some shake, some quiver, some hardly move at all. Yes, the tree knows their trembling; but neither the wind, nor the leaves it stirs are the tree that feels their touch. Thoughts and feelings are like leaves; learning to watch them wave is …

Present Moment

Present Moment

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. As soon as you honor the present moment, unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love – even the most simple action. ~ …

A Joyful 2014!

Joy

If you allow the source of creation within you to find expression, joyful is the only way you can be. The Egyptian legend says that if one wants to enter heaven, at the point of entry you will be asked two questions. Unless you are one big “Yes” to these two questions, there is no entry for you. The first …

Living Without Friction

Living Without Friction

The idea of yoga is that your body becomes a possibility, not a barrier. If that has to happen, everything within your system should function with least amount of resistance, with least amount of friction. Even according to our understanding of mechanical sciences, we know that we will call a machine truly efficient, only if it has least amount of …

Zero – An Infinite Possibility

Zero - An Infinite Possibility

The spiritual process is always to either become a zero or to become infinite. You approach it whichever way is most convenient for you, but they are not different. Something-ness is always finite. Nothingness is infinite. How can nothingness and infinite be the same? If you want a really big number, do you add 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or …

Liberating Action

Liberating Activity

Every action that you perform can be either a process of liberation or entanglement. If you perform any activity with absolute willingness, that activity is beautiful and creates joy for you. If you perform any activity unwillingly for whatever reason, that activity creates suffering for you. Whatever you are doing, even if you just sweep the floor, give yourself to …

What is Meditation? Eckhart Tolle

What is Meditation

So you’re ready to explore meditation? There are many ways to go about it, but essentially meditation is about one thing: opening to the depths of this very moment. Experience more presence and peace of mind in your daily life. Our minds are constantly at work, going over the same habitual thoughts again and again. The experience for most of …

See Through These Six False Beliefs and Be Free

Be Free

The only way we can be released from any painful sense of false responsibility is to see that it is based in a false belief. To see through the false belief is to be released from the weight of useless false responsibilities. Study carefully the following list of six false beliefs and the false responsibilities that are never far away …

Reverence and Gratitude

Reverence and Gratitude

Being in reverence and gratitude towards everything that matters in our lives leads to success and victory. Of the many things that we are in touch with, of the many things that contribute in making and creating our lives, the most important devices that we employ in making a success of our lives are our own body and mind. Being …

Gratitude

Gratitude

There are an infinite number of gifts to which you can open your heart. Open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, so that everyone you meet on this day will be blessed by you – just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness in you …

Who Am I? – Jeff Lieberman

In this thought-provoking video, Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, explores some fascinating topics which stir up some profound questions and realizations. From exploring our consciousness, to demonstrating our ability to create alternate realities, to reminding us that we are all one. He pinpoints a key element that if we accept it and trust, suffering would no longer …

Karma – A Stepping Stone

Karma - A Stepping Stone

Karma means action or the imprint of action which remains within us. If this generation is going to behave, act, live and experience life just the way the previous generation did, this is a wasted generation. The way you experience life can be taken to the next level of experience. The Primal Scream But karma is not just yours, your …

Hatha Yoga

Hata Yoga

Hatha is a phenomenal science – it is a way of building a platform. When I say a platform – your body, mind and energy system are essentially a platform to experience life. The question is just about how profound your experience of life is. Changing your chemistry by whatever means is not the most profound thing. If you change …

HuffPost Live interviews Sadhguru

HuffPost Live interviews Sadhguru

Huffington Post – one of the web’s largest news and blog sites – hosted Sadhguru on their live webchannel, HuffPost Live, on October 17. Nancy Redd, host of the channel’s Third Metric show, interviewed Sadhguru on finding success, exploring one’s full potential, and the benefits of bringing a meditative process into life.

Blessing

Blessing

To bless means to wish, unconditionally from the deepest chamber of the heart, unrestricted good for others and events. It means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessings is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole. To bless is to invoke divine care …

What Is, Is

What Is Is

I have simply stopped arguing with reality. How do I know the wind should blow? It is blowing. How do I know this is the highest order? It’s happening. Arguing with WHAT IS is like teaching a cat to bark. Hopeless. I know that reality is good just as it is, because when I argue with it, i expereince tension …

The Three Gunas – Refining the Body

Gunas

All the qualities of the world have been identified as three basic gunas, tamas, rajas, and sattva. Inertia is called tamas. Rajas means activity, passion. Breaking of boundaries, dissolution, melting and merging is called sattva. There is no physical entity without all these three dimensions. Not a single atom is free of these three dimensions of a certain static nature, of …

Peace

Peace

Acts and thoughts of peace and violence have ramifications in the world and within ourselves. Today, see if you can maintain witnessing awareness in which you consciously choose to express peace in every thought, word and action. As you are preparing to go to sleep tonight, review your words and actions and see if you added to peace today. If …

Embracing All

Embracing All

Light that lies deep inside of me Come forth in all thy majesty Show me thy gaze Teach me thy ways That I a better person may be Darkness that lies deep inside of me Come forth in all thy mystery Show me thy gaze Teach me thy ways That I a better person may be Love that lies deep …

When You Don’t Choose Love You Choose Fear

Choose Love

If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, your life would probably be very different. This is what the dying learn. Dying makes our worst fears come forward to be faced directly. It …

Sea of Life

Sea of Life

Learn to attend with the mind so that you can study, not from books, but from observation, which is the first awakening of the soul. Learn to study by practice. Learn to study by application. Become a student of life and live life fully, and as you merge into the sea of life, you will realize that you are not …

The Gentlest Thing in the World

The Gentlest Thing in the World

The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn't believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist it. Even the hardest thing in the world — a closed mind — can't resist the power of openness. Ultimately the truth flows into it and through …

Feel Good

Feel Good

Tell everyone you know: "My happiness depends on me, so you're off the hook." And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they're doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel — and then, you'll love them all. Because the only reason you …

Your Thoughts

Your Thoughts

“If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, ‘Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable.’ The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about the situation. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always …

On Death from The Prophet

On Death

     'You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life …

The Art of Living

Art of Living

The only thing that makes the difference in the way you feel right now is the thought that you are thinking right now. How you feel is about how you are allowing the Source that is You to flow. So when we talk about the Art of Allowing, we're talking about the art of living; about the art of thriving; …

Real Love

Real Love

“As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Are You Paying Attention?

Mind Full or Mindful

Attention is important, because whatever you pay attention to grows. If you focus on your job, your relationship, or a favorite hobby, your attention nourishes that feedback loop. (The brain strengthens or weakens in specific areas depending on the input it receives, and paying attention provides concentrated input.) Attention can’t be faked or forced. The secret is to know how …

Let Go of the Past

Let Go of the Past

Two monks were walking back to their monastery when they came to a ford at a stream. At the ford, a pretty farmer's daughter asked them to help her cross the stream as she did not want to get the mud on her new dress. The first monk ignored her and continued on his way remembering the strict rules of …

Meditation as an Act of Love

Meditation as an Act of Love

“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the …

Serenity Prayer

Serenity

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be …

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

A great and powerful warrior came to the head monk of a monastery. He asked the monk to show him the difference between heaven and hell. The monk sneered at the warrior and said, "One as arrogant and small minded as you would never be able to learn the difference between heaven and hell." After more such abuse, the warrior …

The Three Fundamental Nadis

Three Fundamental Nadis

Within the spine, if you know its physical construction, you will know there are two holes on either side of the spine which are like conduit pipes for all the nerves to pass. This is the Ida and the Pingala, the left and the right channels. In the Pranamayakosha or the energy body, there are 72,000 nadis. The 72,000 nadis …

Infinite Being Meditation

Infinite Being

Peace can sometimes be so far away, and inner bliss… even farther away. Take the time now to spend some real quality time by going within. Find that sense of peace that lies within. Visit the place where inner bliss dwells and waits patiently for your return. Let yourself unwind and compose yourself for a few precious moments of peace. …

You are the Earth

Earth Day

How audacious that we can even think we can allot a day for the earth! Both day and night happen only because the earth revolves. Our very body is an extract from this planet. For human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day will be sucked back …

Now is the Only Time

Now is the Only Time

Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do now. When we find ourselves in a mess, …

Stages of Meditation – Ken Wilber

Non-Duality

In this article, Ken Wilber offers an in-depth description of each of the major state-stages of meditative practice—ranging from psychic absorption, to subtle illumination, to causal transcendence, to the ultimate nondual embrace of Form and Emptiness. It is common among scholars to divide meditation into two broad categories, called “concentration” and “awareness” (or “insight”) meditation. For example, let’s say you …

Living Fully, Dying Gracefully

Dying-gracefully

It is only when you confront the mortal nature of your existence that the longing to know the basic nature of life arises in a human being — when it dawns upon you, in an experiential manner, that you are here with an expiry date. This longing and, in turn, this seeking is avoided only due to belief systems or …

The Discipline of Self-Discovery

The Discipline of Self-Discovery

Every truth ever discovered — each new light that will ever burn bright — already exists in our consciousness. All we will ever know and share about love, humility, compassion and sacrifice — the secrets that will reveal and then resolve old sorrows — awaits us within ourselves. Hidden in this truth is our great promise, both as individuals and …

On Being Present

On Being Present

Countless spiritual teachers from Buddha and Lao Tze to Ram Dass and Eckart Tolle have urged us to be in the present moment. In a sense, we are always in the present. Our past we know from memories, but those memories are experienced in the present. Similarly, our future is something we imagine—again an experience in the present. Whatever we …

In Touch with Reality

In Touch with Reality

If life happens, death is a natural process. Being afraid of a natural process is unnatural. This fear has come because of a certain sense of ignorance and unawareness. We are not in touch with reality and we have gotten deeply identified with this body. This has happened because we have not explored other dimensions. If we had explored and …

The Benefits of Meditation

In this 3-minute video, Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, shares some interesting facts about the benefits of meditation, in addition to his belief that teaching it to our children will one day become as important as any other essential life skill.

Being

Being

There exists in every person a place that is free from dis-ease, that never feels pain, that is ageless and never dies. When we journey to this place, limitations that we commonly accept simply cannot exist. They’re not even a possibility. This is our Ground of Being – the deepest part of who we are. It is beyond anything we …

One Step Closer to the Divine – Mahashivarathri

shiva

Today modern science is proving that everything you know as life, everything that you know as existence, as cosmos, as galaxies, it is all just one energy manifesting itself in millions and millions of ways. This is an experiential reality in every yogi. The word yoga means union, and the word yogi means one who has known the oneness of …

Dealing With Anger, Resistance and Pessimism

Anger by Zorin Denu

How can we deal with anger and pessimism in a healthy way so it transforms into positive energy? In this insightful 13-minute video, Eckhart Tolle answers this question by revealing how we can become aware of what’s fueling our anger, how to distinguish it as being separate from who we are, and how to use it to harness our spiritual …

Silence of the Soul

Remember, silence maintain secrets. Therefore, the sweetest sound is the sound of silence. That’s the song of the soul, some listen to the silence in prayer, other sings it’s song while working. Some look for the secrets in quiet contemplation. When mastery is achieved or experienced, the sounds of the world can be turned off. All of life becomes meditation. …

Fortunate Misfortunes

Fortunate Misfortunes

The spiritual process is not about causing a particular event. It is about causing a certain way of being that whatever the situation, it turns into a fortune. Those who look at certain situations as fortune and certain other situations as misfortune are the unfortunate people on the planet because then you are a slave of those situations. – Sadhguru

Soul-Stirring Chants – ‘Vairagya – Bonding with Beyond’

Vairagya

Experience these deep Mystic Chants and open to new possibilities…Stillness, Boundless, Unlimited & Infinite… “Vairagya” literally means “transparent.” Just as clear flowing water in the river acquires the color of the soil beneath, one who is transparent has no color of his own. Color is a product of the breaking up of light, the basis of our ability to see. …

Everything is a Miracle

Miracle

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people; first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for …

Grace and the Great Turning

Grace and the Great Turning

When you act on behalf of something greater than yourself, you begin to feel it acting through you with a power that is greater than your own. This is Grace. Today, as we take risks for the sake of something grater than our separate, individual lives, we are feeling graced by other beings and by the Earth herself. Those with …

The Mantra Aum / Om — Symbol of Primordial Vibration

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– by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati The mantra Om (or Aum) has been handed down to us by the Himalayan sages. It is the most important mantra of Yoga. According to tradition, every ‘thing’ manifest comes from Primordial Vibration, which is symbolised by Om: all material objects, all living beings, including each of us, all spiritual teachings, including Yoga, all languages, …

Ways to Overcome Bondage of Karma

Karma

Karma is the accumulated impression of past activity, either of thought, emotion or physical action. The quality of the karma that you gather is not necessarily in terms of action alone; it is also in terms of the volition with which action is performed. This moment, the very way you think, feel, understand and act, is a deep conditioning of …

Cultivate the Gift of Mindfulness

Mindfullness

‘The highest form of human intelligence is to be able to observe ourselves without judging ourselves.’ ~Vedic teaching In every moment we have the opportunity to awaken . . . to let go of whatever fear, constriction and stories are running through our mind as we come fully into the present moment. And it is only in the present that …

Reality

Reality

The source from which the world and mind rise and into which they set is termed Reality, which does not rise nor does it subside. – Ramana Maharishi

8 Limbs of the Yoga Sutras

8 Limbs of Yoga

The core of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is an eight-limbed path that forms the structural framework for yoga practice. Each is part of a holistic focus which eventually brings completeness. The eight limbs emanate from a central core. Whatever limb of practice we focus upon inevitably causes the other limbs to grow as well. 1. YAMAS: how we relate to others …

The Roots of Yoga

Yoga History

The ancient yogic discipline is far more than a fitness method for physical health or a psychological tool to achieve peace and happiness. Wellness of body and mind, often touted as the primary benefits of modern yoga practice, is merely a by-product of becoming a fully balanced and vibrantly alive being. Yoga has its origins in the search for the …

Inner Transformation

Inner Transformation

There is a beautiful story about a caterpillar that lived much of its life believing that it had come into being only to eat and sleep and do what the rest of the caterpillars did. However it was unhappy. Somehow it sensed that its life had another dimension not yet experienced. One day, driven by a strange longing, it decided …

3 Minute Meditation with One BILLION People!

What would happen if a BILLION people were all unified in meditation, prayer and celebration through a single sound vibration at the same time? Let’s find out! 3 Minutes could change all of our lives! Everyone around the world is invited to meditate, pray for peace and co-create the sound vibration of AUM/OM at exactly the same time for 3 …

Silence

Silence

Behind all creation is silence. Silence is the essential condition, the vital ingredient for all creation and all that is created. It is a power in its own right. The artist starts with a blank canvas – silence. The composer places it between and behind the notes. The very ground of your being, out of which come all your thoughts …

A Gift for You

Christmas 2012

During this holy time, know that all times are holy, that every religion holds truth, that each tradition is sacred, and that it is in the simple sharing of love that we make our beliefs come alive, and our dreams come true. Let this Christmas remind us to give and receive love….. Wishing you joy, peace and good health always… …

Meditation Festival 8-9 Dec 2012

A Celebration of the Art and Science of Stillness Face to Face: EnlightenNext UK Centre, Islington, London, N1 8QG Webcast: Participation in the Meditation Festival is also available virtually or at other UK venues Meditation means entering into that deep, timeless dimension of life that we all know from our most peaceful moments in life. Meditation is also one of …

The Path of Evolutionary Enlightenment: From Minus One to Plus One

Evolutionary Enlightenment

Enlightenment means consciousness beyond ego and evolution means development in time. So Evolutionary Enlightenment means the development in time of consciousness beyond ego. The path, in the context of evolutionary enlightenment, is at least in theory quite simple. It is a journey from identification with ego to identification with the evolutionary impulse. It is a radical transformation of our relationship …

Fall Time

Fall Time

Fall Time Leaves of every hue colorful feast for eye But a death dance of color Not of gaiety but of cold gravity Crown and clothing all tumbling down Being stripped off of life making sap Trees will stand naked of leaf, flower or fruit Only in hope of another lease of life Autumnal fall Winter’s rot Spring’s surprise This …

Open Your Heart

Open Your Heart

Each day we have countless opportunities to choose. We make choices about what activities to pursue, how we spend our time and money, and where we focus the precious resource of our attention. What kinds of choices make us happy? Researchers in the field of positive psychology, have investigated this question in depth, and their findings may surprise you. The …

Forever Oneness

Forever Oneness

Forever Oneness, who sings to us in silence, who teaches us through each other. Guide my steps with strength and wisdom. May I see the lessons as I walk, honor the Purpose of all things. Help me touch with respect, always speak from behind my eyes. Let me observe, not judge. May I cause no harm, and leave music and …

The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some …

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter 2 I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I …

The Journey

The Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried …

A Moral Obligation to Transform – by Craig Hamilton

A Moral Obligation to Transform

We might call it the malady of contemporary spirituality. As a speaker, writer and spiritual mentor, I hear it all the time. The refrain usually goes something like this: “I’ve been on the spiritual path for years. I’ve meditated, gone to therapy, and attended dozens (if not hundreds) of workshops, seminars, satsangs, and retreats. I’ve had a lot of peak …

An Interview by Richard Moss with Deepak Chopra on “What Is Transformation” by Richard Moss

What is Transformation

Richard Moss: The words, “personal transformation” are increasingly used in the community of people seeking psychological and spiritual healing and exploration, but there isn’t general agreement on what the words mean. To some people it has to do with personal improvement. To others, like myself, it has to do with a fundamental transformation in the very structure of consciousness. What …

An Excerpt from “Loving What Is – Four Questions that can Change your Life” by Byron Katie

Loving What Is

Introduction The Work of Byron Katie is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all of the suffering in the world. It is a way to find peace with yourself and with the world. The old, the young, the sick, the well, the educated, the uneducated—anyone with an open mind can do this Work. Byron Kathleen Reid …

The Biggest Mistake Most of us Make on the Spiritual Path – Craig Hamilton

The Biggest Mistake Most of us Make on the Spiritual Path

Many of us today are engaging in a tremendous amount of spiritual work on ourselves. We’re meditating, praying, attending workshops, seminars, and retreats. And yet the vast majority of us are making the same mistake. We tend to put far too much significance on the need to work out our personal psychological issues as part of our spiritual path. It’s …

Make Your Life Special

Empowerment

We all long for a freedom that can’t be confined…You may not have ever thought about this before, but an immense river of spiritual energy is flowing within you — right now. Tapping into this tremendous source of power changes everything; new and unthinkable possibilities suddenly appear. You know, without having to think about it, that you’ll never again feel …

A Christmas Gift for You

Blessings

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. …

Defusing Anger – adapted from Vishvapani

Defusing Anger

What can you do when things are about to blow? Here are some thoughts on working with anger – or any other strong emotion – with mindfulness. We’ve never had to defuse a real bomb but we’ve probably had our moments with metaphorical ones: the times when you feel you are about to blow. That’s when we need emotional bomb …

Too Busy?? – Yoga for Internal Busyness – adapted from Sally Kempton

Yoga for Internal Busyness

So many people these days are victims of the Internal Busyness Syndrome—the breathless, stress-addicted feeling of having way too much to do and way too little time to do it. Internal Busyness, a complex of internally generated thoughts, beliefs, and bodily responses, can certainly be triggered by an especially busy day or a lot of competing demands. But unlike External …

Our Relationship to the Earth – adapted from Caroline Myss

As we all know, the Earth has shifted once again. Just the slightest change from deep beneath the waters, a crack in the fabric of her lining, and islands quake while tsunami waves rush across shorelines. We awake believing the world – our world – is stable, only to learn again and again that this Earth is as much a …

The Power of One

With the advance of technology and internet, the heart centred intentions of people can have a profound impact in supporting global evolution. I would like to share an amazing and inspiring video entitled ‘The Call’ by keith Wyatt, whose message is rapidly spreading around the world and has the potential to empower our collective evolution. I encourage you please to …

A Special Gift for You – The bestselling inspirational book by Khalil Gibran ‘The Prophet’

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In this timeless spiritual classic which has inspired millions around the world, the wise sage of the title, shares a life-affirming, thought-provoking way of looking at the world that is at once free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics. The work`s 28 short chapters reflect the words of a prophet as he prepares to depart on a journey. …

Life Script to Re-Awaken to Health, Happiness and Wholeness

Drop on petal

I was recently asked if I could put some affirmations on the website to help empower and open us up to higher guidance. I am grateful for this suggestion and thought I would share a Life Script. This is a description of what you’d be experiencing if you were living the life you want and is extremely powerful. Each day, you …

Welcome to Awakenings Blog

Welcome to Awakenings Blog

It’s great to have you here…thank you! My wish in creating this space is to share inspiration, wisdom, tools and info from all around the globe to help us along our collective journey towards health, happiness and wholeness; to deepen and nurture the impulse to evolve that’s awakening in us right now. We’re all on an endless evolutionary journey and …

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