30 03, 2017
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Open Doorways

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Focus Of The Month – April, 2017 nimittam aprayojakaṁ prakṛtīnāṁ varaṇa-bhedas tu tataḥ kṣetrikavat Causes do not put nature, Prakrti, into motion. They only remove the obstacles and coverings, like a farmer breaking down the barriers to let water flow in the field. The hindrances removed by the causes, Nature impenetrates by herself. Yoga Sutras

27 02, 2017
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Matsyendranath,The Fish, Jivamukti Focus March 2017 by Sharon Gannon

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Focus Of The Month – March, 2017 hānan eṣāṁ kleśavad uktam The greatest obstacle to the practice of yoga is one’s own prejudices based on one’s own preferences. PYS IV. 28 Once upon a time, the strong, wise, out-of-this-world God of Transformation Lord Shiva was sitting with his companion, the great Goddess Parvati. He was

28 01, 2017
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Jivamukti FOM February: Beyond Emptiness by Cat Alip-Douglas

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gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha Gone, gone, real gone, beyond even the most gone. Ultimate wisdom remains when everything has dropped away. The Heart Sutra “The Prajñaparamita gives us solid ground for making peace with ourselves, for transcending the fear of birth and death, the duality of this and that. In the light of

28 12, 2016
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New Range of Motion

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, January 2017 by David Life You know the story of the student who says to the teacher, “I studied eight years with so-and-so and two years with so-and-so, and I know all about this and that and the other.” As he is speaking the teacher is pouring a cup of

1 12, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month December 2016: Someone to Talk to, by Sharon Gannon

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My friend Sting, the world-renowned rock star who gives hundreds of concerts a year, once said to me, “I put on a better show when someone I know and love is in the audience. It’s only natural, isn’t it?” I think he’s right—it is natural. It is difficult to communicate to an empty room or

30 10, 2016
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Jivamukti Focus of the Month: November 2016 (by Katie Manitsas)

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What Is a Person? (The World in Which the Kestrel Moves) sarva-bhūtastham ātmānam / sarva-bhūtāni ca-āatmani iksate yogayukta-ātmā / sarva-tra sama-darśanah Through the practice of yoga, the yogi sees the Divine Self in all beings and at all times. Bhagavad Gita VI.29 This sloka from The Bhagavad Gita asks us to reflect on the divinity,

2 09, 2016
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Jivamukti Focus of the Month: August 2016 – What is the Use, by Rima Rani Rabbath

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shariram surupam tatha va kalatram yashashcharu chitram dhanam merutulyam 
manashchenna lagnam guroranghri-padme tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim Even if you have good looks, a beautiful lover, great fame and mountains of money, if you are unable to bow at your teacher’s lotus feet—What is the use? What is the use? What is

1 08, 2016

Focus of the Month, August 2016: Krishna, Buddha and What Is Universal Compassion?

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Shri Krishnah sharanam mama I take refuge in the all-attractive Lord who is the true identity of all being. Sharanam means refuge. This beautiful initiation mantra from the Pushtimarg tradition in India invites us to seek refuge, particularly when we are driven by strong emotions. Anger, hate and fear close us off to love and

1 08, 2016
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Practice Tip : August 2016 – Listen to the teacher.

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Listen to the teacher. So many times in class when I am teaching yoga, I see people doing all kinds of things that were not a part of the verbal instruction. Whether it is a simple cue to step the right foot back and a student steps the left foot back, or whether I specify

1 08, 2016
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From the Archive: We Must Listen To Our Own Voice (Jivamukti Focus of the Month, 2008

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We Must Listen To Our Own Voice God is always present in the formless and He speaks to us in the soundless sound. Blessed indeed are those who are able to see Him. Love and listen to Him everywhere and in everything. Apart from our helping a limited number of people materially, there are two