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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

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

23 05, 2018

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: The Magic Ten and Beyond I, by Sharon Gannon

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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

22 04, 2018

Our Parents and Our Yoga Prctice, by Yogeswari (focus of the month, May)

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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara Guru Sakshat Param Brahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah Our creation is that guru; the duration of our lives is that guru; our trials, illnesses and calamities is that guru. There is a guru that is nearby and a guru that is beyond the beyond. I humbly make my

25 03, 2018

Jivamukti FOTM April 2018: Black is the true face of light, by David Life

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Tad evā-artha-mātra-nirbhāsam sva-rūpa-sūnyam iva samādhih Through the power of fixating suggestion on a chosen object the object alone shines forth, and there is undistracted identification with it. This trance is called Samadhi or same as the highest. PYS III.3 Siddhi is a Sanskrit noun often translated as “power” but more exactly means “accomplishment,” “attainment “or

8 09, 2017

A Remedy: Be Specific

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Life all around us can sometimes feel like a chaotic blur. Things to do, people to meet, places to go...these out of body tasks mount up over time, and along with stress, they take us away from being in our body, from knowing where we are in space and time. We can feel lost, drifting...without

1 09, 2017

samsara + yoga

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Let’s face it. The transition from August to September can be dramatic for some of us - full of events that remind us of that the end of the year is on its way. September has largely become the 'New January’ as many people are ready to begin again upon returning from a summer of

1 09, 2017

Fed Up, by David Life

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Focus Of The Month – September, 2017 atha yoga-anushasanam Now this is yoga as I have perceived it in the natural world. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (PYS 1.1) Anyone who is engaged in serious yoga practice has come to yoga for the same reason—we’re fed up! That means we’ve had enough. Atha means “now.”