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Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga

The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer. – George Bernard Shaw The real issue in life is choice. If you had a car that could only turn one way, would you say that it is free? If it ran around crashing into…

Selflessness is Nourishing

Selflessness is Nourishing

Place yourself as an instrument in the hands of God, who does his own work in his own way. – Swami Ramdas To spend a certain amount of time working with people at a job that benefits others, in which our personal pleasure and profit are not at all involved, nourishes both us and the people we help. It helps…

Patience, Kindness, and Love

Patience, Kindness, and Love

I have joined my heart to thee: all that exists art thou. O Lord, beloved of my heart, thou art the home of all; where indeed is the heart in which thou dost not dwell? – Jafar Loving someone does not mean automatically acquiescing to their every whim. Sometimes love shows itself in saying no to an attitude or desire…

Disposition for Benevolence

Disposition for Benevolence

Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, trust, and justice. –Spinoza When we first set out to learn this “disposition for benevolence,” the going may be rough. The conditioning of stimulus and response, “an eye for an eye,” is strong. But as meditation deepens, you find there is…

Our True Essence?

Our True Essence?

If thou canst walk on water Thou art no better than a straw. If thou canst fly in the air Thou art no better than a fly. Conquer thy heart That thou mayest become somebody.                                                   – Ansari Sometimes we are advised to let our frustrations express themselves when they build up. One of the biggest problems with this advice…

Tapas, Dharana and Dhyana

Tapas, Dharana and Dhyana

Progress in meditation comes swiftly for those who try their hardest.                                                  – Yoga Sutras Given the sheer impossibility of it, I always find it astonishing how swiftly the transformation of personality can proceed when we are meditating with sustained enthusiasm. It may have taken you thirty years to make yourself insecure, but in much less than thirty years you…

Abhinivesah: “Clinging to life” or “Fear of death”

Abhinivesah: “Clinging to life” or “Fear of death”

Thou shalt understand that it is a science most profitable, and passing all other sciences, for to learn to die.                                                           – Heinrich Suso As long as there is something we want to get out of life before we go – a little more money, a little more pleasure, a chance to get in a parting dig at someone we…