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Making Progress in Your Yoga Practices

Making Progress in Your Yoga Practices

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.  -Saint Francis de Sales While we were living on the Blue Mountain in India, we noticed that our local bank had a very neighborly arrangement for collecting…

Tapas

Tapas

Thy desire is thy prayer; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. . . . The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.   -Saint Augustine I once had a physicist friend who would gladly discuss electric power; but harnessing the power of a passion or a craving – well, that…

Ahimsa

Ahimsa

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering Ahimsa. The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best of a good man’s life.  -William Wordsworth Our lives affect others, whether directly, through the environment, or by the force of our example. For instance, we could say that smoking shows a lack of love. First, our capacity for…

Selfless Action

Selfless Action

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering selfless action.Those whose consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.  -Bhagavad Gita It is not so much work that tires us,…

Living a Life of Selfless Service

Living a Life of Selfless Service

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering our legacy and living a life of selfless service. I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything…

Can’t Have Enough of “Tapas” !

Can’t Have Enough of “Tapas” !

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering Tapas – to use burning effort under all circumstances to achieve ones goal in life. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  -Mahatma Gandhi What counts most in life is not IQ but WQ, “Will Quotient.” No one can plead that he or she lacks…

Tapas

Tapas

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering Tapas – to use burning effort under all circumstances to achieve ones goal in life. If someone takes your coat, give him your cloak as well; if he makes you go a mile with him, go with him two.     -The Gospel According to Saint Matthew If you really want…

The Middle Path

The Middle Path

Greetings Sadhakas, This week in class we are considering how the practices of Yoga help us maintain the middle path. He that can have patience, can have what he will.                    -Benjamin Franklin Here is a tip for keeping the palate on the middle path. When it is craving candy or a hot fudge sundae, go for a walk repeating the…