28 01, 2017

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

2 09, 2016

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

26 06, 2016

Spinning around the sun

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Someone recently told me that I should visualize taking my head off of my body to see the world differently, implying that I over analyze aspects of life. She might be right. Nonetheless, if we would only pause to consider the magnificence of us tiny earthlings spinning around in outer space at 1000 miles an

2 11, 2015

Jivamukti Yoga Focus of the Month, November 2015: Wildness

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The longhaired one carries within (her)self fire and poison and both heaven and earth. To look at (her) is like seeing heavenly brightness in its fullness. (She) is said to be light itself… Being the wind’s horse, the Vayu’s companion and god-inspired, the sage is at home in both oceans, the eastern and the western…

21 09, 2015

Jivamukti Focus of the month, October 2015: Spirit Guides

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Salutations to Sri Guru who shows the right path to one whose mind is deluded by attachment and thus confused in the forest of Samsara. - Sri Guru Gita I.41 Guru is Shiva, Guru is God. Guru is the relative of all embodied beings. Guru is the Self. Guru is Jiva. There is nothing other

31 07, 2015

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: August 2015: It’s Not What You Say – It’s How You Say It

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Namah Shivaya gurave nada-bindu-kalatmane niranjana-padam yati nityam yatra parayanah Salutations to the nadam, which is the inner guide and the inner life, the dispenser of happiness to all! It is the inner guru appearing as nada, bindu and kala. One who is devoted to the inner guru, the nada, the inner music, obtains the highest

26 05, 2015

Remembering Goodness

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PYS II:33 Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam “When disturbed by disturbing thoughts, think the opposite.” We all communicate in a variety of ways throughout our day with differing levels of awareness; seldom do we think about our tone of voice, choice of words or facial expressions as we speak. Related to this is our individual and

15 04, 2015

Assimilating into the present

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I always considered myself to have a good memory. In the time-capsule of my mind lies an encyclopedia of events from age three onwards that serves to remind me of where I come from, what I have experienced, and who I think I am. When I delve deeper into understanding these selected events that have

23 01, 2015

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

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Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow. - Thich Nhat Hanh Life can sometimes feel unfair. Our actions, conscious or not, have the potential

28 10, 2014

Fear, Faith and Gratitude

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The universal forces of nature keep all of life in check and balance through the equinox; auspicious times of year when transformation is apparent in the change of season, light and darkness, the birth and death of nature. It is said that the fabric of space and time becomes more porous during these times of