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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

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

7 07, 2017

In The Light of Love, by Sharon Gannon

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Focus Of The Month – July, 2017 Om purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate That is whole. This is whole. From the whole the whole becomes manifest. From the whole when the whole is negated, what remains is again the whole. ~Yajur Veda and the Isha Upanishad Yoga practices

27 02, 2017

Matsyendranath,The Fish, Jivamukti Focus March 2017 by Sharon Gannon

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Focus Of The Month – March, 2017 hānan eṣāṁ kleśavad uktam The greatest obstacle to the practice of yoga is one’s own prejudices based on one’s own preferences. PYS IV. 28 Once upon a time, the strong, wise, out-of-this-world God of Transformation Lord Shiva was sitting with his companion, the great Goddess Parvati. He was

1 12, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month December 2016: Someone to Talk to, by Sharon Gannon

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My friend Sting, the world-renowned rock star who gives hundreds of concerts a year, once said to me, “I put on a better show when someone I know and love is in the audience. It’s only natural, isn’t it?” I think he’s right—it is natural. It is difficult to communicate to an empty room or

30 06, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: July 2017. The Guru Mantra, by Sharon Gannon

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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction

4 01, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, January 2016 by Sharon Gannon

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It is important to reflect on the good things we have experienced in our lives. That’s how goodness gets strengthened, by remembering it. Remembrance is very powerful. The past does not exist outside the present moment. When we remember something, we bring it into the present moment and give it life. The more we remember

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

1 02, 2015

Jivamukti Focus, February 2015 : Storytelling

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"Indra assumed the form of a falcon to test the character of King Sibi. The falcon chased a dove to kill it. The dove flew to King Sibi and begged him for shelter from the pursuer. The king was overwhelmed with compassion for the dove and said that he would protect him. When the

23 01, 2015

The Art of Teaching

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“When the disciple is ready, the Master will appear.” Om saha navavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viryam karavavahai tejasvi navadhitam astu ma vidvishavahai om shantih shantih shantih Accept us both together. Protect us both together. May our knowledge and strength increase. May we not resent one another. Before I started practicing yoga, I had various