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29 06, 2019

With Time, Magic Arises: by Sharon Gannon (Focus of the Month, July 2019)

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abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tan nirōdhah (PYS 1.12) Identification with the fluctuations of mind is stopped by practice and non-attachment. In our relative world, growth, transformation and the rearranging of elements occurs where there is time. Sadhana (spiritual practice) involves discipline— a process over time—a steady, repeated application in order to attain results. We can think of

28 05, 2019

The Light of Knowledge: JFoM by Anja Kuehnal

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om. asato mā sad gamaya tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya. oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ. Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om peace peace peace. from Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Most human beings act as though the purpose of life is to seek happiness derived

6 05, 2019

Our Interconnectedness and the Environment, by April DeChagas

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oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasyadhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt Earth Space Heavens. We meditate on the Divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts. – Gayatri Mantra, Interpretation by Manorama D’Alvia In an essay posted on audubon.com entitled ‘What Do Birds Do For Us’, Barry Yeoman writes about

28 02, 2019

Feed the Birds: Jivamukti FOM March, by Sharon Gannon

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yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate yat—whatever; yat—and whichever; acarati—does he act; sresthah—best among people; tat—that; tat—and that alone; eva—certainly; itarah—common, other; janah—people; sah—he; yat—whichever; pramanam—evidence; kurute—does perform; lokah—the whole world; tat—that; anuvartate—follows in the footsteps. The activities and actions of a wise person or leader are often observed and repeated by most common people and they walk in the leader’s

5 02, 2019

A Slice of the Truth

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satyam brūyāt priyam brūyāt na brūyāt satyam apriyam priyam anritam na brūyāt esha dharmah sanātanah ~ Manusmriti 4:138 This Sanskrit verse is from the Manusmriti 4:138 and summarizes the crux of perennial philosophy or sanātana dharma. It translates as: “Say what is true, say what is sweet, but do not say what is true but

19 11, 2018

Jivamukti Focus Dec 2018: by David Life

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yā kundendu-tusāra-hāra-dhavalā yā śubhra-vastrā vrtā, yā vinā-vara-danda-mandita-karā yā śveta-padmāsanā, yā brahmācyuta-śankara-prabhrtibhir devaih sadā vanditā sā māṁ pātu Sarasvatī Bhagavatī niḥśesa-jādyāpahā - Sarasvati Vandana May the Goddess Sarasvati, who wears a garland white like the jasmine flower or the moon or the snow, who is adorned with pure white clothes, whose hands are ornamented with the

29 08, 2018

JM Focus September: It’s Not That Easy Bein’ Green (by David Life)

Hari bol Hari bol, Hari Hari bol, mukunda madhava Govinda bol Hari bol Hari bol, Hari Hari bol, Kheshava madhava Govinda bol Yeah! To the one who grants liberation by removing all suffering, to that sweet-faced child of the divine ancestors,the one with the long flowing hair who thrills his devotees with delight, yeah! Haribol

28 08, 2018

Washed up on a river.

During the course of August month took time to recover from spinal surgery, resting near a pond that is connected to a river which opens to the sea. It is a healthy estuary and vibrant ecosystem. The bird life is rich, fish are abundant; insects dominate the space between sea and sky in the form

21 07, 2018

H2OM (Jivamukti Focus of the Month August 2018, by David Life)

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patraṁ  puṣpaṁ  phalaṁ   toyaṁ  yo  me  bhaktyā  prayacchati  tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam  aśnāmi  prayatātmanaḥ Whatever is offered to Me with a pure loving heart, no matter if it is as small as a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit, or sip of water, I will accept it from one who’s mind is restrained. BG IX.26 ................ I turned the faucet and filled a small glass

26 06, 2018

The Magic Ten and Beyond ii, by Sharon Gannon

abhyāsa-vairāgyābhyāṁ tan nirodhah “The cessation of all vrittis, of all thinking and modifications of the mindstuff, is brought about by persistent inner practice of Self-abidance, abiding in the ‘I-am’ beyond the body and mind, and by non attachment through discrimination.” PYS I.12 (Commentary by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati) Magic happens when there is a shift in