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2 09, 2019

The Secrets We Keep Inside: Jivamukti Focus of the Month, by Maria Macaya

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YS 1.11 - Anubhūta visayāsampramosah smritih Memory (Smrti) is the calling up or retaining of past experiences. The Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali The reasons for holding a secret – a kept and unspoken memory or piece of knowledge – are many: to surprise a loved one, to not hurt someone’s feelings; we keep secrets out

5 08, 2019

The Divine Qualities of Krishna, Jivamukti Focus of the Month August

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Ōm Namo Bhagavatē Vāsudevāya Invocation to Vāsudevaya, the one replete with all Divine virtues, the granter of liberation. Ekadashaksara Mantra Krishna who is known as the all attractive one, is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. An avatar is one who descends from the spiritual universe into the material universe by his own will. Lord Vishnu

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

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