Carl Sagan said “If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.” So, let us make the goal Peace. While rooted in the Bhagavad Gita, it was Swami Vivekananda (celebrated for bringing yoga and the ancient wisdom of eastern philosophy to the West) who introduced to the western mind the four paths of yoga – all interconnected, all leading to the same goal: Peace.
The Five Koshas: Mapping out the Inner Journey of Self-Realisation
Yoga is a journey of self-realisation -- a multi-tiered adventure inwards, and the five koshas provide a way to map (view; understand) the inner transformation. A map to understand the spiritual journey.
Beyond Pain and Pleasure: Realising Peace Within (Bhagavad Gita; Paths of Yoga)
Rippling through time and space we find an historic, timeless spiritual guide which holds its relevance firmly in the present-day. This sacred book is The Bhagavad Gita.
A re[sounding] friendship: Inspirational video on studying Sanskrit
An ode to Maitri (friendliness; loving kindness) - a personal focus in svadhyaya (self-study) this month - is the friendship which awaits in nurturing your relationship with Sanskrit. Watch this moving, authentic and inspirational video from Gabriella Burnel on why she studied Sanskrit, and read on for a short post with a big message: on …
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Call-to-action: Practice Maitri (Friendliness; Loving Kindness)
From London to Lisbon, Melbourne to New York, Soweto to Shanghai - wherever you are, this is an inclusive call-to-action to bring Maitri (friendliness; loving kindness) into your life, treating yourself, others, the planet and animals with ahimsa (non-harming) - the first Yama and, to reference Trip Levine, the prerequisite for listening to what the …
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Exploring dharma (spiritual duty): A personal perspective
A/C | Words by Sarah Picton, student of Stewart Gilchrist at ELSY 2019/2020- Written February 2020 as part of ELSY 200hr YTT course. Dharma, taken from the root “dhri”, essentially means “to support, to hold up, to bear”, (Easwaren, The Bhagavad Gita). This idea of dharma – this law, this spiritual duty – is as …
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Why is Dhyana so important to the Yoga practice?
Dhyana is one of the FOUR *physical* components of the Yogasana practice, along with Asana, Pranayama and Japa Mantra. Read my essay (personal experience); and then sit down for an eight minute meditation, dhyana, practice.