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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

30 10, 2016

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,

28 06, 2015

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, July: Why We Like War

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"O son of Kuntī, either you will be killed on the battlefield and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom. Therefore get up and fight with determination." Krishna, BG II.37 “Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is

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

30 09, 2014

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, October, 2014: Serene Intelligence, by Sharon Gannon

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Mayy eva mana adhatsva / mayi buddhim nivesaya / nivasisyasi mayy eva / ata urdhvam na samsayah Keep your mind on me alone, your intellect on me; thus you will dwell in me from now on. Bhagavad Gita XII.8 In this age of struggle, known as the Kali Yuga, it can be very difficult to

2 09, 2014

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: September 2014, The Magic of Cooking, by Sharon Gannon

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Brahmarpanam Brahma-Havir / Brahmagnau Brahmana Hutam /Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam / Brahma-Karma-Samadhina See God everywhere: God is the ladle; God also is the food; God is the fire; God is the preparer; and God is the eater of the food. God is the reason for eating and God is the goal to be reached. Bhagavad Gita

30 11, 2013

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, December, 2014: Time Management

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tyaktva karma-phala-asangam / nitya-tripto nirashrayah karmany abhipravritto ‘pi / na-eva kimchit karoti sah He who has let go of the results of his actions is content and free of dependency, 
knowing that it is not he who acts even when performing actions Bhagavad Gita IV.20 Many of us struggle with time. We try to fit

17 11, 2013

Karma Chameleon

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Last night the doctors delivered some wonderful news to my bedside: the CMV levels in my blood are very low (below 200) which means that if I have the same results from my next blood test on Monday, by Tuesday I could be discharged. Eight weeks is a long time to be in the hospital.

7 11, 2013

Back to Love

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yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam -Bhagavad-gītā 9.27 Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform — do that, O son of Kuntī, as an offering to Me. Being human can be a bitch. It means that no

27 10, 2013

Progressing Toward Kindness: Jivamukti Focus of the Month: November 2013

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samniyama-indriya-gramam / sarvatra sama-buddhayah te prapnuvanti mam eva / sarva-bhuta-hite ratah Those who are able to control their senses, have equanimity of mind and rejoice in contributing to the welfare of all creatures are dear to me. Bhagavad Gita XII.4 Sometimes we all fall into negativity and despair, particularly when the news is filled with