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Help us to create the largest global Holistic Community in the world so that people everywhere can live a happier, healthier life through Yoga and other Holistic Practices and Therapies.
Hosted by Deb Porte Bobier, E-RYT 500 and founder of YogaBound.com
When: Sunday, November 24th and Saturday, November 30th
Where: 1201 Harbor Hills Dr., Largo, Florida
Time: 9am – 1pm
Cost: $65.00 day of. Or, pre-pay now (payment button at the end of this page) and pay just $55.00 Bring a friend and pay $45.00 ea. Sign up for both, $40.00 ea.
This is a perfect time to take some time out for yourself before the Holidays. This workshop is designed for everyone. And ideal for new or experienced teacher’s that are looking for a tune-up. Or, wanting to take their practice to a deeper level.
This is a slow, yet powerful practice that will take you inward, to deeper and deep levels of your being. It is intense and energetic, yet will leave you feeling relaxed and blissed out.
We’ll work with all the Chakra’s (the bodies energy channels of consciousness), Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation, then Yoga Nidra, or final relaxtion. Throughout the practice will be powerful messages from the teachings of the 8 limbs. As well as from the Yoga Sutras.
We’ll begin with Sun Salutations chanting the 12 Vedic names for the Sun. Continue with warm up excercises to connect the mind and the body, by arousing the 5th and 6th chakras. Move into a Hatha Yoga practice designed to awaken, harmonize and develop each of the Chakras. Starting with the first Chakra, and working our way up.
We’ll incorporate several Pranayama techniques to open the Nadi’s. Perform several sound meditations to further activate and harmonize the higher Chakras. Then end with a wonderfully relaxing Yoga Nidra.
I hope you will join me. And look forward to seeing you soon. Deb Porte Bobier
If you have any questions please feel free to zip me an email.
By: Theresa Pauline
There are many, many, amazing yoga teachers out there who—even though they aren’t standing on their little finger on some tropical island—are inspiring in their own quiet ways. If I had a nickel for every time I saw a posted photo of a yoga teacher in handstand, I’d be a millionaire.
There is a fine line between shining your inner spiritual light brightly so that others feel inspired to do the same…and shining the light, a little too bright, blinding the onlookers.
I follow many yoga teachers who I admire on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Lately, while scrolling through my news feed looking for something inspiring to share with my own students, all I see is pictures of these beautiful teachers in challenging postures, in very exotic places.
Fact: I know from my own experience that the fancy stuff gets the most attention (a plethora of “likes”). My question is: in a world where social media unintentionally has an influence on participants’ emotional well being, who are these posts really serving and how?
…in February, 584 users of Facebook aged mostly in their 20s were surveyed. They found that the most common emotion aroused by using Facebook is envy. Endlessly comparing themselves with peers….this leaves Facebook’s users more than a little green-eyed. Real-life encounters, by contrast, are more WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)…
Let’s be honest: social media is where many young budding people of the modern world turn to for news updates, inspiration and to stay connected. This is having some serious negative unintended consequences in many realms.
The realm of yoga should be safe, right?
Wrong. It is driving the definition of “yoga” more and more towards fancy postures. With teachers playing to the audience and posting themselves in the most difficult “asana” postures, they draw the most likes, the most attention, and the most number of vulnerable yoga students feeling inadequate and oh so far away from ever being “good at yoga”.
One could go so far as to say that the overuse of the difficult posture posts might even deter some new or inconsistent yogis from diving deeper into their own practice. Leah, a yogi who is looking to get re-started said, “There is a teacher who I really like who does yoga in the park near my house, all of a sudden I started noticing that she was constantly posting all these photos of her in all these crazy poses…it really intimidated me and made me scared to go because I could never do any of that.”
When teachers constantly post photos of themselves in difficult postures, this gives a totally erroneous impression of what yoga is about. Social media gives yoga teachers the perfect opportunity to positively impact the health and minds of their students and instead they all too often increase anxiety levels and feelings of inadequacy.
After starting this article I took a gander at the sites I follow and saw of course, many photos of teachers in advanced handstands and arm balances. Just as I was starting to feel the frustration emerge, I saw this:
This is What a Real Yoga Body Looks Like, an article written from the heart from a real live yoga teacher, Rachel Priest.
This inspired me, it gave me hope and I was reminded that there are many, many, amazing yoga teachers out there who, because they aren’t standing on their little finger on some tropical island, perhaps aren’t as visible. But they are out there inspiring in their own quiet ways.
I must recognize that obviously there are some positive impacts of teachers posting photos of advanced yoga postures. They are beautiful and they are inspiring for mid-level to advanced asana practitioners who already understand the foundational elements of yoga. They understand that their asana practice is a moving meditation using breath work and postures to focus the mind.
“The Study of asana is not about mastering the posture. It’s about using the posture to understand and transform yourself.” ~ Gary Kraftsow
As we progress in our whole practice over time, perhaps a desire will spark to push the boundaries of self, to get rid of old ideas of what we thought was possible for our bodies and then we dive deeper into our asana practice with more advanced postures.
My goal for my 30th birthday coming up in a couple of weeks is…guess what!? After eight years of practicing, getting into handstand! It hasn’t been about the posture itself but about my own belief system and understanding how my practice creates results. It has been about the journey. If it happens, I will share with my students that it happened for me and the reason I share is because, if it is possible for moi to stand on my hands, then so can they…eventually.
No one steps onto their mat for the first time and nails an advanced posture, nor should they try, the posture is not the goal. The first step is to get on the mat and to breath, get the journey started. New students are not going to want to get onto the mat in the first place if they think yoga is about advanced postures, and this is exactly what is happening.
Our job as yoga teachers is to inspire, not to intimidate. Let’s stop flaunting our ass-ana. Once in a while let’s show them handstand, crane, bird of paradise, whatever, but we should make sure they understand it is about the journey.
After growing up in Knoxville, TN, Rachel moved many times with her family and then continued to travel the world globally through the years. After struggling with an 8 year long battle with eating disorders, Rachel Finally found her freedom and self acceptance and love through the practice of yoga and rock climbing. Rachel currently lives in Charleston South Carolina and teaches at various gyms and studios in the area, promoting the idea of self love and acceptance. Beyond Teaching, Rachel is a beach bum at heart and loves the waves and ocean and soaking up the sun.
We’ve all experienced those people and situations that could drive a Saint to lose it. I recently found this perspective and found it extremely insightful on how to approach difficult people, or situations.
For example, compassion without ruthlessness is simply mushy niceness without backbone or boundaries. Ruthlessness without compassion is merely vicious callousness. When combined, however, we get the best of both attributes: the loving-kindness of compassion & the fierceness & no-compromise stance of ruthlessness.
Ruthlessness plus compassion is empowerment without cruelty; compassion plus ruthlessness is love with appropriate limits. When we practice ruthless compassion, we accept the other person, but not necessarily their actions; we understand their behavior but don’t necessarily tolerate it.
Those of us that practice and live a Yogic lifestyle have as our foundation, The Eight Limbs of Yoga, as outlined in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali.
The first limb is called the Yamas, and there are 5. The second limb is called the Niyamas. And there are also 5. These are likened to the ten commandments. By observance of these restraints it helps one to attain a healthy mind and body. And to live in this world in harmony with others, everything else on the planet we inhabit, and the planet itself. Asana or Postures, is not at the beginning of the Yogic Journey.
These ethical guidelines, briefly outlined below, are challenging, some more than others. Be they are aspirations. And each person is at a different place on their Yogic path.
To practice ruthless compassion may seem in conflict with these. However, I feel, that as long as genuine kindness and compassion are practiced along side this, then we continue to honor these observaces. Your thoughts?
Yoga and Spirituality
By: Sri Chinmoy
I found this explanation by Sri Chinmoy and it, like many of the articles on my website, resonated with me.
Spirituality is a vast field. You can regard spirituality as a body. Inside the body is the heart. Yoga is the heart of the spiritual body.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word. It means union with God. This union is a conscious union. We are all united with God but we are not aware of it. When we practice Yoga, we become conscious of our union with God.
Why practice Yoga? There are millions and billions of people who are not practicing Yoga. We want to practice Yoga in order to be satisfied. If we are sincere to ourselves, we know that we have everything except satisfaction. Some seekers feel that everything in life has meaning only when God comes first. They feel that God is the root. When they become one with the root, the source, then everything has meaning and everything is satisfaction. The practice of Yoga can lead us to this goal.
When we enter into the field of Yoga, a few significant questions arise. Is Yoga something normal? Is Yoga something natural? Is Yoga something practical? Is Yoga something attainable? Yoga deals with God. What can be more natural and normal than dealing with God, our very creator? Yoga is something practical. Yoga is inevitable, for God will not allow any human being to remain unrealized forever. We are all seekers. Some of us are at the foot of the tree, some of us are climbing, some have already reached a great height. But we all have to climb up to the Highest, and from there we can bring down the fruit to the world at large. If we eat and do not offer the fruit to others, then God will not be satisfied.
Some seekers want God only for themselves, but this is not the highest attitude. After we have realized God, we have to do something more. We have to reveal God to the world at large. Then God wants us to do something even more significant. He wants us to manifest Him. God realization, God revelation and God-manifestation: these are the three goals that each seeker must eventually reach. Today God realization, tomorrow God-revelation, the day after tomorrow God-manifestation.
Again, God realisation has no end, God-revelation has no end, God manifestation has no end. We are aspiring to realise the highest Absolute, but the Absolute can never be bound by anything. The Absolute Supreme is always transcending His own highest transcendental Height. When we go deep within, we see that He is not satisfied with His transcendental Height. It is in self-transcendence only that He gets real satisfaction. In our case also, it is in self-transcendence that we will achieve satisfaction.
Yoga is a subject, an inner subject, This subject has to be taught and loved. In this subject, an inner cry is of paramount importance. With our outer cry we try to possess earthly material objects. With our inner cry we try to transcend the earth bound consciousness, and enter into the Heaven free consciousness.
Yoga is a subject that has to be studied. When we study, there is a student and a teacher. There are many sincere seekers who are reluctant to have a teacher. They say that God is inside the heart, so it is not necessary to have a teacher. The Master says, “True, God is inside you. He is inside everything. God is also inside the books that you can read in the library. Why, then, do you go to the university and study under the guidance of a teacher? You study with the help of a teacher because you feel that when you study with him you will learn faster and you will be sure that what you learn is correct, whereas if you study alone, you will go slowly and doubt may assail you and make you think that you are not learning the right thing. In the spiritual life also, a teacher is necessary.
The spiritual teacher is not like an ordinary teacher who gives examinations and passes or fails the student. Rather, he is like a private tutor. The spiritual teacher expedites our journey and increases our thirst for Truth, Light and Bliss. In the spiritual life, the teacher and the student have a relationship founded upon mutual faith and trust. The student feels that the teacher has the capacity to illumine him. The teacher feels that the student is sincere and aspiring.
No human being can be the real Master. The real Master, the real spiritual teacher, the real Guru is not a human being at all. The real Guru is the Absolute Supreme. The human being who is a spiritual teacher is like the elder member of the family. The Father has taught the eldest son a few things about inner height and inner power. The Father has told the eldest son, “I have taught you. Now it is your duty to be of service to Me, to help your younger brothers come to Me so that I can also share with them My infinite Wisdom and Light.” The eldest son listens to the dictates of the Father and takes the younger brothers who are meant to listen to him to their common Father, the real Guru, who is God Himself.
There are sincere teachers and false teachers, just as there are real coins and false coins. How can we recognise a false teacher? If a teacher says he will give God-realization or a spiritual experience in the twinkling of an eye, then rest assured that he is a false teacher. The teacher who says that he will give you God realization if you give him a large amount of money is a false teacher.
Creator and creation. We are fond of the creation but not of the Creator. But inside the creation is the Creator. Again, if we are afraid of the creation and run toward the Creator, that is also a mistake. If we feel that the creation does not have anything to offer, we are making a mistake. Real Yoga will never ask us to renounce the world. We have to accept, transform and divinise the world and bring perfect Perfection onto this earth.
The world has everything except peace of mind. We get peace of mind when we feel that the world can go on without us, but that we cannot go on without the world. We have to know that we are not indispensable; only God is indispensable. When we come to this realization, only then can we have peace of mind. When we have peace of mind, we love humanity, we expand and spread our wings. When we love humanity, we are satisfied because we have satisfied God.
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Understanding Sanatana Dharma
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF YOGA
Yoga, and meditation are terms that the vast majority of us are familiar with. What most people are not quite as familiar with, however, are the ancient, rich and profoundly spiritual dimensions of these terms. Yoga and meditation are infinitely more that just a series of calming and effective physical and mental exercises. Rather, Yoga and meditation are an ancient and rich spiritual tradition, philosophy and lifestyle designed to help human beings realize the highest degree of excellence in all they do, and ultimately to know themselves and God.
Sanatana Dharma is another, lesser known, name for the path of Yoga Spirituality. In fact, it can be truthfully said that the practical techniques of Yoga are nothing less than the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma in practice.
Sanatana Dharma is the world’s most ancient culture and the spiritual path of almost one billion of the earth’s inhabitants. Followers of Sanatana Dharma are known as Dharmis (“followers of Dharma”). Though the majority of followers today are Indian (South Asian), Sanatana Dharma is a global spiritual path that has adherents from almost every nationality, race and ethnic group in the world, including an ever-increasing number of Americans. There are approximately 5 million followers in America, of which roughly a third are from India and the majority (3.5 million) are non-Indian Americans (Whites, Hispanics, African-Americans, etc.). Statistics aside, Sanatana Dharma represents much more than just a religion in the normative sense of the term; rather, it provides its followers with an entire way of life and with a coherent and rational view of reality.
Sanatana Dharma is by its very essence a term that is devoid of sectarian leanings, denominational prejudices, or ideological divisions. This is evident by the meaning of the very term itself. The two words, “Sanatana Dharma”, come from the ancient Sanskrit language. “Sanatana” is a Sanskrit word that denotes “that which does not cease to be”, “that which is eternal”.
The word “Dharma”, on the other hand, is a term that is only properly rendered into the English language with a bit of difficulty. This is the case because the word “Dharma” is describing, not an object, but rather a profound philosophical concept. Its approximate meaning is “Natural Law,” or “the Natural Way”, or those principles of reality which are inherent in the very nature and design of the universe itself.
Thus the term “Sanatana Dharma” can be roughly translated to mean “The Eternal Natural Way.”
Dharma – Natural Law – is universal. Dharma is eternal. Dharma is nothing less than God’s laws as they are manifest in the natural world around us. Sanatana Dharma is referring to those natural principles and ways of being that are in concert with the Absolute. Being a direct reflection of God’s will in this world, such principles are therefore axiomatic, or unalterable, laws of the cosmos. The term Sanatana Dharma is not referring to something that is open to alteration, speculation or human manipulation. Neither is Sanatana Dharma referring merely to some denominational faith or sectarian belief system. The principles of Dharma are transcendent and eternal laws, and thus applicable to all people for all time.
Sanatana Dharma – the Eternal Natural Way – is the metaphysical basis of all true spirituality.
To give an example of the eternal and natural origin of Dharma, we can compare it to many of the principles of science. The laws of gravity, mathematics or logic, for example are not open to sectarian debate or relative opinion. They transcend sectarian belief, and are true regardless of our belief or disbelief in them.
Gravity, for example, is an inherent law of nature regardless of whether one believes in the law of gravity or not. It’s not that gravity works for Roman Catholics, but it won’t work from Scottish Presbyterians! Rather, anyone who walks off a roof will end up with the same effect: falling to the ground below. Similarly the subtle, metaphysical laws of God known as Dharma transcend all partisan concerns and sectarian affiliation.
Referring to this eternal concept of Dharma by the term “Tradition”, the great Italian philosopher Julius Evola explains Dharma’s universality and eternal nature in this way: “Tradition, in its essence, is something simultaneously meta-historical and dynamic: it is an overall ordering force, in the service of principles that have the chrism of a superior legitimacy (we may even call them ‘principles from above’). This force acts through the generations, in continuity of spirit and inspiration, through institutions, laws, and social orders that may even display a remarkable variety and diversity.” (Julius Evola, Men Among the Ruins, pg.115)
Whether known by the terms Dharma, Tradition, Natural Law, or any other term, the essential nature of Dharma is eternal, universal and axiomatic.
Teachings of Sanatana Dharma
Followers of Dharma Spirituality (Dharmis) believe in one, all-pervasive and all-loving Supreme Being. Though worshiped in different ways, and by different names, in a variety of ways, there is ultimately only one God. God is not Hindu, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. Rather, God is the ultimate inspiration of all sects and religions, and this is the case whether any particular religion acknowledges this truth or not.
Sanatana Dharma teaches panentheistic monotheism – the principle that God is both transcendent and immanent in all things. God is omnipresent in all things. There is no where in which God is not present. God is further away than the furthest star, and closer to you than your own soul. God has unlimited divine names and positive attributes, all of which share fully in God’s transcendent nature.
Every living being is a spiritual being in our deepest-most essence. Our true nature is one of pure spirit (atman). Not all beings, however, may be aware of the fact of their true spiritual nature at present. Thus, we find ourselves presently in a state of illusory separation from God. In reality, of course, we can never be truly separated from God. But we can have the illusion of separation. Our reason for being in existence is to spiritually evolve toward the eventual goal of re-union with God. Dharma teaches that God’s desire is that all living beings will ultimately attain liberation, or moksha.
Personal spiritual development occurs through the closely related processes of karma and reincarnation. The individual soul undergoes the cycle of repeated birth and death – this is known as the wheel of samsara. During each earthly manifestation, an individual’s karma (literally ‘work’ or ‘actions’) determines her future psycho-physical state. Every ethically good act performed by someone results, sooner or later, in happiness and spiritual development; whereas ethically evil actions end only in loss and sorrow. Thus, the principle of karma is an idea that celebrates freedom, since at every moment of our lives, we are all free to create our future states of existence through our present actions and states of consciousness. This philosophical world-view encourages Dharmis to live happily, morally, consciously and humbly, following the path of Eternal Natural Way.
The Dharma way of life has many important facets. Sanatana Dharma is a way of life that is deeply rooted in a sense of ethical concern. Among the many other virtues that Sanatana Dharma seeks to instill in its followers is the principle of non-violence (ahimsa) towards all beings, and compassion for all life. This sense of love and compassion is directed toward animals and the Earth, as well as all of our fellow humans beings. As a result of these highly ethical standards, Dharmis are vegetarians and strongly pro-environment. The personal goal of every follower of Dharma Spirituality is to live life in such a way that she harms none and benefits all whom she encounters.
In addition, it is taught by Sanatana Dharma that the spirit of service and selfless work for others (known in Sanskrit as the principle of seva) bring one’s consciousness closer to that of God. Consequently, it is quite common to witness followers of Dharma Spirituality engaging in a myriad of charitable and educational activities.
For Sanatana Dharma, practical importance is also placed on studying the ancient Vedic scriptures (such as the famous Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Yoga Sutras and Narada Bhakti Sutras), temple worship (puja), sacred ritual and personal acts of meaningful spiritual purification.
Yoga and meditation practice are also essential aspects of Sanatana Dharma. The true goal of both being to achieve self-realization and God-consciousness.
The Art of Reason
Perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects of this ancient spiritual path is its tolerance of other people’s cultures, religions, and views. Dharmis believe that “God is one; though sages call Him by many different names” (Rig Veda). Indeed, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharyaji (one of the most respected and important Dharma teachers alive today) has said that “Sanatana Dharma is the only religion in the world that doesn’t believe that it is the only religion in the world!”
Within the nurturing framework of this path is a tremendous spiritual freedom that encourages and provokes followers of Dharma to think, learn, explore and look inside themselves for the meaning of Sanatana Dharma and of life itself. Dharma encourages us to use both our heads and our hearts in how we make decisions and how we approach God. We must use both our God-given ability to discern Truth from untruth, in addition to using compassion and love in all important decisions. Sanatana Dharma is a path of reason coupled with compassion. There is no room for fanaticism, fundamentalism, or closed-mindedness anywhere in Sanatana Dharma.
How Can I Become a Follower of Dharma Spirituality?
You may actually be one already…and just don’t know it. There are approximately 5 million followers of Sanatana Dharma currently residing in the United States. About 1.5 million of those are of South Asian (Indian) ethnic heritage. The other 3.5 million are non-Indian Americans who accept and practice the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. While most of these 3.5 million non-Indian Americans follow the practices of Sanatana Dharma, believe in many of the most important teachings of Sanatana Dharma, even have gurus (spiritual teachers) or Sanskrit names, despite all these facts, many do not necessarily consciously identify themselves with Sanatana Dharma. Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya has termed these non-Indian Dharmis the “Hidden Hindus” of America.
Here is a test to know if you are already a follower of Sanatana Dharma, and are possibly just not consciously aware of it:
If your answers to at least four of the above is “Yes”, then you are already following Sanatana Dharma. You are a Dharmi! Sanatana Dharma welcomes all sincere seekers who wish to adopt Sanatana Dharma as their spiritual path. These are a few things you can do to get started in your practice of a Dharmic lifestyle. By protecting Dharma and supporting your spiritual teacher, you can become a great example for your community.
There is no formal conversion process for becoming a follower of Dharma. After all, how does a person “convert” to the Way of Nature? In order to be welcomed into the Sanatana Dharma community, you simply need to have a well-informed understanding and personal acceptance of the principles of Dharma, and to then declare yourself a Dharmi (follower of Sanatana Dharma). You may want to then deepen your understanding and practice of Dharma by incorporating a serious spiritual practice into your daily life. The following steps will help you with this deepening of your practice.
If you would like to to better understand, appreciate, and consciously practice this wonderful spiritual tradition and how you can practice this path more thoroughly and meaningfully, we hope you will join us on for a class, retreats, or workshop. YogaBoundDeb
Military Battle PTSD With Yoga
By: David Wood
(This is a subject close to my heart. Having a father that was a lifer in the Army, I witnessed first hand, the debilitating, and devastating impact of war on those that had to fight it. As well as their families. Thank you to my friend Annie, and all those that are working to make the transition for these amazing men and women more positive, healthy and manageable.)
For a decade, troops returning from war with mental and physical trauma have been dosed with cocktails of numbing drugs and corralled into talk-therapy sessions, often with civilian clinicians who have no experience in combat and its aftereffects.
But alarmingly high suicide rates among veterans, as well as domestic violence, substance abuse and unemployment, suggested to some military doctors, combat commanders and researchers that conventional treatments aren’t always enough.
Now, one proven, effective treatment is gaining wide acceptance within hard-core military circles: yoga.
Once dismissed as mere acrobatics with incense, yoga has been found to help ease the pain, stiffness, anger, night terrors, memory lapses, anxiety and depression that often afflict wounded warriors.
“It’s cleansing — I really feel refreshed,” Marine Sgt. Senio Martz said after finishing a recent yoga session.
A stocky 27-year-old, Martz was leading his nine-man squad on a foot patrol through the lush poppy fields and rock outcroppings of the Kajaki district of southern Afghanistan 20 months ago when a roadside bomb knocked him unconscious and killed or wounded the Marines under his command. The blast put an end to his plans for a career in the Marine Corps. It also left him hyper-vigilant, a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, and carrying the joint burdens of guilt and shame: As a squad leader, it had been his responsibility to bring his nine Marines home safe.
“It’s a feeling of regret — failure — that really affects me now,” he said. “I didn’t see the signs that could have alerted me to warn them to get away.” He stared at the floor and then looked up with a tight smile. “I go on living where their lives have ended. I can’t help them now.”
Yoga gives him relief from the acute anxiety that forces him to listen to and sight-sweep everything around him, constantly checking the doors and windows, always on alert, poised for danger, with no break. It is hard for him to let go.
“I gotta push myself to try some of these techniques,” he admitted. “But last night after yoga, I had a good sleep. That’s a place I haven’t been in a long, long time.”
Martz’s experience is backed up by reams of scientific studies, including research funded by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Researchers have demonstrated that trauma-sensitive yoga, which focuses on stretching, breathing techniques and meditation, can help patients regain their inner balance, calming that part of the brain that has become hyper-aroused under severe stress.
Trauma or prolonged stress can cause a malfunction of the parasympathetic nervous system, researchers say. That’s the part of the brain which enables the body to relax, easing pain and even helping unblock digestive systems — often a problem for wounded troops who get high doses of medication and not enough exercise.
In war zones, researchers have found, this parasympathetic nervous system often becomes “frozen” as the body gears up for danger by injecting adrenaline into the bloodstream, causing rapid breathing and pulse and hyper-vigilance — the “fight or flight” response.
That’s good and necessary self-preservation in times of peril that helps keep troops alert and alive. Back home, however, that hyper-vigilance is out of place and can cause insomnia, anxiety and outbursts of anger. Returning warriors with PTSD become dependent on drugs or alcohol “because they have no other way to calm themselves down,” said Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a clinician and researcher who has studied PTSD since the 1970s.
Not all yoga helps. Some forms of yoga are used by special forces, for instance, to build muscle power and flexibility. But yoga teachers working with wounded troops have developed trauma-sensitive forms of yoga, including a technique called iRest. This adaptation uses meditation techniques in a soft and secure setting to reactivate the parasympathetic nervous system by drawing the patient’s attention and consciousness inward, rather than focusing on stress and the terrors that dwell outside, said yoga teacher Robin Carnes.
For instance, Carnes has learned that when she is giving a class to troops with hyper-vigilance, like Martz, she should first open all the closet doors and drawers, so that her patients don’t spend all their time fretting about what might be inside.
In 2006 Carnes, a veteran yoga practitioner and teacher, began working with wounded troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, now located outside Washington, D.C. There, she was an instructor in a Pentagon-funded program to examine the feasibility of using iRest yoga nidra as an adjunct treatment for PTSD symptoms. After the study was completed, she was hired as the yoga and iRest instructor for a Pentagon-funded multidisciplinary treatment program for patients with acute PTSD and TBI. She later established an organization called Warriors at Ease to train and certify teachers to use the techniques with the military.
Drawing from traditional yoga, trauma-sensitive yoga teaches patients to firmly plant their feet and activate their leg muscles in poses that drain energy and tension from the neck and shoulders, where they naturally gather, causing headaches and neck pain.
“The goal here is to move tension away from where it builds up when you are stressed, and focus it on the ground so you feel more balanced and connected,” Carnes said.
When she started at Walter Reed, she said, she was working with eight wounded troops with physical and mental health injuries. Some hadn’t slept for more than two hours at a time, for years, she said. “They were immediately like, ‘I can’t do this, it won’t work, you have no idea what’s going on in my brain.’ I’d say, ‘Just try it, it’s helped others.’ And probably because they were desperate — nothing else had worked, including drugs — they did try it. And I saw, sometimes within the first day, they started to relax. Snoring! They’d tell me, ‘I don’t know what happened, but I feel better.'”
One of her patients was struggling with outbursts of violent anger, a common effect of PTSD, and had gotten into raging arguments with his wife. Several weeks into regular yoga classes, he went home one day “and his wife lit into him and he could feel a confrontation coming on,” Carnes said. “He told me that he’d taken a deep breath and told his wife he was going upstairs to meditate. And that was the first time he’d been able to do that.”
Practices like iRest and other forms of yoga are so clearly effective that now they are taught and used at dozens of military bases and medical centers — even at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, Va., home of the Navy SEALs, the branch of commandos who killed Osama bin Laden.
“I knew anecdotally that yoga helped — and now we have clinical proof of its impact on the brain, and on the heart,” said retired Rear Adm. Tom Steffens, a decorated Navy SEAL commander and yoga convert. Within the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said, “I see it growing all the time.”
Steffens, an energetic man with a booming voice, first tried yoga to deal with his torn bicep, an injury that surgery and medication hadn’t helped. He quickly became a convert, practicing yoga daily. Visiting with wounded SEALs a decade ago, he noticed that “the type of rehab they were doing was wonderful, but there was no inward focus on themselves — it was all about power as opposed to stretching and breathing.”
Before long, Steffens had helped start a foundation, Exalted Warrior, that holds yoga classes for wounded troops and their families at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., and elsewhere.
The military’s embrace of yoga shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, yoga — a Sanskrit word meaning to “join” or “unite” — dates back to 3,000 B.C., and its basic techniques were used in the 12th century when Samurai warriors prepared for battle with Zen meditation. Still, some old-timers are shocked to find combat Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and amputees at James A. Haley VA Medical Center practicing their Downward Dog and deep breathing techniques.
One early skeptic: Thomas S. Jones, a wiry retired Marine major general who likes to mask his love for Marines with a staccato parade-ground bark and a jut-jawed, prove-it approach to life.
Some years ago Jones started inviting wounded Marines to an intense, six-day retreat at a camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania to help them figure out what to do with the rest of their lives, to set goals and start working toward them. He quickly found that the Marines, struggling with physical wounds and PTSD, had trouble focusing. Someone mentioned that yoga might help. “Well, we’ve tried some ideas that didn’t work out and we threw them away,” Jones said dismissively, “but we’ll try it.”
And? “It has helped,” Jones told The Huffington Post in a slightly disbelieving voice. Yoga has since become a centerpiece of the retreat, called Semper Fi Odyssey. “This whole idea of relaxation, there’s a lotta guys who can’t do hardly anything physical, can still do yoga. And there’s a lot of value in meditation.”
The results, Jones and others have discovered, are indisputable.
A study published earlier this year of 70 active-duty U.S. troops, then-based at Forward Operating Base Warrior, in Kirkuk, Iraq, found that daily yoga helped relieve anxiety, reduced irritability and improved sleep — even amid daily “gunfire and helicopter sounds.”
Progressive relaxation, calming breathing and relaxation techniques “reduce physical, emotional, mental and even subconscious tension that characterizes PTSD,” according to retired Air Force Maj. Nisha N. Money, a physician who recently served as chief of fitness policy for the Air Force.
“Guys with trauma — their center is out there,” said Annie Okerlin, flinging her arm outward. She’s a yoga expert who works with wounded warriors, families and staff therapists at the VA hospital in Tampa, Walter Reed and elsewhere. “What we do is gently and sweetly bring them back to their center, here,” she said, touching her chest.
Much of her work is with amputees. “I always tell the guys, ‘Your brain still thinks your leg is there, so we are going to speak to your brain as if your limb IS still there,”’ she said. “I tell them to flex the foot — spread your toes! — and the brain goes, ahhh, that feels good, I’m stretching — even though that limb is no longer there. It settles the brain down, because it’s doing its job, the blood flow increases, guys can feel their body again, the trauma fades. It’s beautiful!”
Working at Walter Reed, she once came across a double, above-the-knee amputee, who had been wounded by an IED. He was huddled in his hospital bed, his mother perched beside him on the edge of a chair, and for weeks he had refused to move, even for his physical therapy sessions. He admitted he was ashamed to be seen with his stumps twitching. Okerlin sat with him, leading him through some gentle breathing exercises. She could see him relax, and after a few minutes he fell asleep.
The next day he showed up for his physical therapy appointment to begin the healing.
With partially-paralyzed patients, Okerlin often has them lie on their back, put their hands on their rib cage and feel their breathing. One patient told her he was amazed to find he could feel a rush of energy toward his legs even though he still had no sensation in his legs.
Okerlin recently spent several days at a Semper Fi Odyssey retreat, teaching yoga and iRest to Marines with physical wounds, PTSD or traumatic brain injury. She has a warm and engaging style and works to establish a non-threatening environment in her sessions. “People who’ve been traumatized have lost their ability to feel secure,” she said.
As the wounded Marines settled onto floor mats, she told them, “You can close your eyes if that feels comfortable, but I will have my eyes open all the time watching,” emphasizing that they are safe and can relax. “There’s no wrong way to do this,” she said. “Are there any head injuries here?” she asked, and a wiseguy in the class called out, “We’re ALL head injuries!” to general chuckles.
At one point she had them on their backs, knees drawn up and held by their arms, a posture she tells them “massages the descending colon.” “This will help ensure you have that morning constitutional,” she told them cheerfully as they gently rocked back and forth.
Soon she had them focusing all their attention on their breathing, urging them to feel how each inward and outward breath lightly traces their spine. “Now I’m going to turn the lights out,” she said softly, “in three, two … one. If you fall asleep, that’s fine. If you’re snoring too loudly, I will come by and touch you on your right shoulder.”
On the mat next to Sgt. Martz were two Marines. One was Billy Wright, 49, who did two combat tours in Lebanon in 1983 and was later paralyzed from the chest down in a car wreck. He uses yoga breathing exercises to loosen up his muscles and joints that stiffen from long periods in his wheelchair. “Even lying on my back I can feel my hips flex,” he said. “Sitting in the chair, they get real tight and this loosens them up.”
The other was 24-year-old Joshua Boyd from Dry Fork, Va., a Marine lance corporal who did two combat tours in Iraq and came home wounded, with PTSD and mild TBI. He lost a good friend, a fellow Marine, who was killed by an IED. “They had stuck it inside a culvert,” Boyd said. “I had just gotten to Iraq and didn’t have IED training and I didn’t know what to look for. I didn’t look where I should have. It was my fault.”
After the blast, he said, he and his platoon collected the body parts.
At night, Boyd often jackknifes awake, yelling and sweating, dreaming of an intense firefight he experienced in Iraq in 2007. During this recurring dream, his wife is there in the middle of the battle and his buddies have abandoned them both while insurgents are closing in on them. He can feel them sense his weakness.
“I do have trouble sleeping,” he said sheepishly. During the long nights, he is often either deep in his nightmare, or terrified he is about to have it again.
But yoga has helped change the way he sleeps and dreams. “Yesterday I did the iRest session. I fell asleep,” he said. “When I got done, I felt so much more energized. I haven’t felt like that for years.”
Clarification: Language has been added to indicate that Carnes was an instructor in a Pentagon-funded program to study iRest techniques and PTSD.
By: David Wood
David Wood writes about a tool increasingly used to help veterans confront the many challenges waiting for them when they return home from war zones: yoga. There’s a growing consensus among military doctors, researchers, and veterans themselves, that conventional treatments aren’t always enough to help vets navigate the consequences of PTSD — from unemployment and domestic violence to substance abuse, anxiety, and suicide. As Wood puts it, “Once dismissed as mere acrobatics with incense, yoga has been found to help ease the pain, stiffness, anger, night terrors, memory lapses, anxiety and depression that often afflict wounded warriors.”
The embrace of yoga — especially among onetime skeptics in “hard-core military circles” — is a step forward in our efforts to give veterans the care they need and deserve. It’s also in line with the latest research and thinking about the destructive force of stress in our lives. The adrenaline-fueled hyper-vigilance that’s so vital to our soldiers in combat zones becomes, for many, a nightmare of anxiety that makes it difficult to function when they come back home. That was the case for Sgt. Senio Martz, a 27-year-old Marine who was knocked unconscious by a roadside bomb when leading his squad through southern Afghanistan in 2011. Today, yoga relieves him from the need to closely monitor his surroundings during the day — an obsession that was also keeping him up at night. “Last night after yoga, I had a good sleep,” he says. “That’s a place I haven’t been in a long, long time.”
Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs researchers have found that yoga’s stretching, breathing techniques and meditation can help calm the part of the brain that the stresses of war kicks into a state of hyper-arousal. And more and more yoga teachers are bringing these practices to the vets who need them. Robin Carnes, who helped develop a program called iRest, found that meditation helps draw patients’ attention inward, away from outside stresses. She also founded “Warriors at Ease,” which trains and certifies yoga teachers to bring calming yoga practices to even more soldiers in need.
As Wood writes, using yoga to help returning veterans isn’t as surprising as it might seem. “After all, yoga — a Sanskrit word meaning to ‘join’ or ‘unite’ — dates back to 3,000 B.C., and its basic techniques were used in the 12th century when Samurai warriors prepared for battle with Zen meditation.” As more and more skeptics are convinced, and as yoga becomes further ingrained in our military hospitals, that means more veterans will be making deep breathing and Downward Dog part of their recovery regimens.
Welcome to the Age of Aquarius. By YogaBoundDeb
In the age of Aquarius money is worthless and truth is everything. When I was growing up, this song by the 5th Dimension had a profound affect on me (Aquarian Moon). So I have been waiting for this awakening, and am so grateful to be living during this time, albeit in its beginning stage.
All the shifts, changes, meltdowns, disasters, are all part of the grand design. To shake up our old beliefs, foundations and structures to herald in a time when humans will transition from a reliance on the conscious mind to the heart. We will transition out of the ego or “me” consciousness to a more a highly evolved “we” consciousness or oneness. We humans will become much more concerned with the experience of life rather than the possession of material things.
Age Of Aquarius lyrics:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius Aquarius! Aquarius!
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation Aquarius! Aquarius!
We hear it, know it, and now it is time to be it, as Bob Marley also tells us, “Be Love”.
Make no mistake about it, 2012 was a year of monumental change and accelerated awakening unprecedented in all of human history put together. This awakening process is only going to increase and get better and better as we venture through 2013, and beyond.
Behind the scenes, an all-out war continues to rage for the freedom of humanity from virtual enslavement as hundreds and hundreds of years of planning by a negative, dark force lie in ruin, never to be instituted, never to see the light of day. Rather, day by day, we are seeing the complete dismantling of an enormous network of sinister forces who had planned to effectively destroy humanity save for themselves.
Much progress towards economic, social and spiritual freedom was made during 2012 yet much more extensive and intensive work lies ahead. Again, it is important to be mindful we are only at the beginning stages of this process, we are only in the very initial phases of the Golden Age.
In the past history of the Earth, for a person to reach an awakened state of consciousness often involved a prolonged, arduous journey as the life stories of Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus and many other ascended masters attest.
But now, due to the major influx of energy waves pouring in from the galactic center, we are all being pushed hard towards these higher states of awakening. Thus, you can expect your Aunt Tilly, or your Cousin George, or your mailman, or your next door neighbor, or your co-worker in the next cubicle to eventually achieve an awakened state of consciousness even though they may not have ever practiced any special spiritual or mind expanding technique in their life! That’s how unusually and dramatically powerful the times we are living in are.
The global elitists who fully expected to have their New World Order agenda wholly established by the end of 2012, are now openly in a state of shock and outright panic. They are bewildered to cope as they can only stand by helplessly while the human race, one by one, awakens in ever increasing numbers, confounding their think tanks and study groups alike.
Throughout 2012, we have gone through a series of the most intense revelations as to how deeply corrupt our major world-wide institutions have become and people are increasingly ready for big changes. And those big changes are coming although gradually at first as many more monumental revelations spill forward.
The energies of the Age of Aquarius and the Golden Age will obliterate everything which is not authentic and built upon a rock solid foundation of truth. We are witnessing it happen on a daily basis in banking, economics, government, politics, media, religion, sports and on and on.
You simply can’t snap your fingers or turn a light switch on and watch as the world gets turned upside down. The average Joe-on-the-street is simply not ready for that kind of a scenario yet –– but will be if the process is done in a timely, step-by-step manner. It seems very clear we are in that mode now. Although, granted we are living in the times where historic world events have the potentiality to change on a dime without notice.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, in the grand scheme of things is quite simple:
• Remain steadfastly positive and tune out all negativity. With the energies and vibrations now at their strongest ever on the planet, whatever you put your focus on will be amplified ten-fold. So why not go for the most wonderful, fantastic life you can possibly dream of?
• Dedicate yourself to expanding your consciousness with whatever most resonates within you. Whether reading inspiring books, watching informative, uplifting videos, bonding with nature, meditating, praying, yoga, fellowship, serving your community, counseling others or just being happy –– whatever works best for you. It is your choice.
• If you are so moved, do whatever spiritual practice or technique you are drawn to with genuine sincerity and forthrightness. We are in the times of great possibilities. Whatever you truly put your heart into is now possible to unfold more than ever. Now is the time to go for it! Just go for it.
• Learn to trust your heart, your gut instincts or that little, tiny voice inside of you which is your inner Divine, your Higher Self or your Inner Child. As we stated above, the Age of Aquarius is all about moving from the mind to the heart, from separateness to oneness, from duality consciousness to unified consciousness.
• Ultimately, realize we are liberating ourselves from the constrictions and the limitations of the conscious mind which has trapped us in an illusionary world of primitive, outmoded beliefs no longer serving us. Freedom from the mind is the really most important factor of all in the grand scheme.
So with those parting words, I say unto you –– welcome to the Age of Aquarius. Let the sun shine in. YogaBoundDeb
Our Workshops and Retreats begin again in August should you wish to join us for more information on this and other spiritual happenings. And how to create a new blueprint for making the transition.
These Yogic Teachings (messages) can help each of us live a happier, more positive life. They are my inspiration, and aspirations, in my life and my teachings. In gratitude, YogaBoundDeb
If your habits serve you and support you, exalt you and make you excel, you shall be successful here and hereafter. But if you serve your habits, you will be unsuccessful here and hereafter.
You have to learn to talk to yourself before you talk to somebody else — you have never learned to talk to yourself. You have not been trained to talk to yourself and you do not understand the value of self-communication. Because you do not have this experience of yourself and you refuse to talk, the block remains. You refuse to talk and life pushes on; but practically, it is no life at all.
The plain truth is that you must start giving before you start receiving. This is the nature of the Universe we live in.
As long as you don’t compliment yourself, your environments and your job, you will always be miserable. Complaints bring misery, compliments brings strength.
It is your birthright to be happy and happiness only comes to a disciple with a discipline. Those who do not seek discipline can never be happy.
Fulfillment comes when your elements coordinate with your frequency and create a magnetic field where there is no complaint, no weakness, no punishment, no priority to see anything negative, and you flow to give and share and uplift everyone you touch, see and feel. That is the basis of spirituality.
When you get up in the morning from this day forward, say to yourself, “I shall live this day with grace. I will take one impossible task and make it possible”.
Give yourself one second when you listen and before you speak. In one second you can see the light. And if you stop just one second, you will have total effectiveness because then the third eye, the ajna, will act.
Dedicate yourself to your higher consciousness and live it.
When the finite gets to you and you show your infinity, that is divinity.
The highest mental power of a human is when he is willing to cope with a condition that is infinitely beyond his control. Still he faces it with the idea that he is going to come through.
Not having the flexibility to change is a tragedy in itself; and having too much flexibility to stand for anything is a tragedy in itself.
If there is a place (in you) that you feel is not functioning properly, you have the capacity to circulate this pranic energy to it. Focus your mind on that place and you will find such a beautiful action happening and within a second, everything will change.
When a human has come come into an understanding of his or her own dignity, there is no power on the earth which can shake it.
Live like a God. Give like an angel. Be a bright, beautiful, bountiful human being.
It’s gracious to be humble. It’s marvelous to be kind. It’s loving to be compassionate. It’s so human to be caring. There is no need for big philosophies.
Create dependable children, not dependent children. Give your children the basic values to face their own tomorrows, not be blinded by yours. Make them proper personalities, not helpless puppets. Position them for success; don’t paralyze them with the commotion of your emotions.
Oh my mind practice yoga in this way: Eat as much as you can digest and eliminate heavy food. Sleep as if it were a nap. Kindness, mercy and forgiveness should be your practice. Those who do this will not have to find God, for God will find them.
Faith means one-pointedness of mind toward Infinity. Duality means one-pointedness of mind toward two existences; finite and infinite.
Life is nothing but a lease on time and space. This is your chance. It is now that you can secure your tomorrow. It is now that you can elevate yourself. It is now that you can learn to be graceful so that your confidence in yourself and your reputation can travel before you.
There is no God outside of you. Neither was, nor is, nor shall be. It is all in you. The very breath of life is divine.
The complete mantra is “I am, I AM”. “I am” is the finite and “I AM” is the Infinite and the mind must shuttle between the two.
We falter because we believe we are not perfect, we are not complete. We believe all that truthfully. We do not believe that we are truthful people. We try to be truthful. This trying business covers the reality so the non-reality is believed.
The base of society is a woman. Ever was, is and ever shall be. Therefore, each woman has to turn her own values towards gracefulness. She has to live it and then she has to share those values with the coming generations. That is the only way we can change life from one generation to the next.
God is prana, Life. Your soul needs food. It is hungry. It needs you to feed it and its diet is the prana, which comes through the air and enriches your insides.
What is light? Light is where you can see everything. Light is where darkness disappears.
God has given you face and grace, dignity and identity. You have only one job to do, you have to live it.
Your organs work for you. Do you work for your organs? I don’t think you have asked yourself questions like this.
All relationships are based on wisdom.
All relationships are maintained by love.
All relationships are nurtured by selfless service.
All selfless service comes out of wisdom.
With all our mistakes and all our weaknesses, still we can make ourselves healthy, happy and holy.
The beauty in you is your spirit. The strength in you is your endurance. The intelligence in you is your vastness.
Stress takes you away from you all the time.
There is nothing from outside. Try to understand this. All is in you. You are the storehouse of your own totality.
Never overfeed yourself, because the body has to work overtime to eliminate it. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Breath is your everything and you have no time to meditate on that. You meditate on God but not on the breath, which is the tender charge of God. I have to tell you one thing very clearly. I can only pass on the truth to you. I cannot sit in you and breathe.
Caliber will make you deliver.
Character will sustain you.
Consciousness will carry you.
Courage will bring you honor.
Commitment will bring you trust.
Any time you are angry, a deep breath will be an immediate friend. And restoration of life will come through. You will live long. You will have health. There will be a lot of oxygen in the blood. Purification will happen. Organs will work long and fine.
Normally a person yawns or sneezes during the day when they are very tired or to give themselves a balance, optical balance. When you sneeze, it gives the brain a rest.
Your power is how the mechanism of the brain works for you and how much vitality you have to face the viciousness of the time. Life is not what you think it is. Life is a high frequency process, pressing itself through you, and it is as powerful as you can imagine.
When we cannot listen, we cannot speak. This head has a working mechanism. It only becomes elevated when you listen.
Think only in prosperous terms and think big!
As a teacher, you must experience everything that you share.
The strength behind the muscles is the nerves. The strength behind the nerves is the stamina, and the strength behind the stamina is you.
Show some respect for your hidden power. Awaken it!
When we fold our hands in prayer, God opens His arms and gives us a hug. Life is fulfilled with this union.
You represent the spirit. You represent the Age of Aquarius. You represent the change of time and you represent the nineteen million silent martyrs. Therefore, each one of you must speak.
You can be above the energy of your life and ride it or you can be below the energy of your life and it rides you. Kundalini Yoga teaches you how to ride the energy.
Patience gives you the power to practice; practice gives you power that leads you to perfection.
If you want to grow, you must face opposition. If you want no people to negate you and oppose you and put you down, you can never progress. You must have equal opposition to the amount you have to increase.
Enrich yourself with sacredness and opportunity will come to you from every corner.
Inside you there is a soul, which obeys no boundary and no limit. It is as pure and as bright as God.
What is old age? Old is shallow breath. People who take deep breaths never feel old. They can be old, but they never feel old, technically speaking. Is your breath of life conscious and deep?
With conscious breathing you can work and you can talk but you are always into that Self of the Creator as a creature. You enjoy the unisonness of God within you. You and the Supreme Self are united. That is the character we all have to build to survive.
When your body receives healing from you, this is the best healing.
Education is not what you learn from time. Education is what you learn from your intuition and apply to time.
With your breath, you can touch your soul.
The source of unhappiness in this world is when you are willing to defend your own interests, but unwilling to defend the interests of the person you are relating to.
You and your spirit are two dominant forces within you. And when the spirit is dominantly helping your mind and body, you are successful.
Activity with responsibility, honesty, and self consciousness leads to God-consciousness. That is Karma Yoga.
God gave us the ability to develop our intuition for protection. Intuition can only be developed by developing our own meditation,which takes time. When you don’t know, can’t be sure, have a doubt, there is a conflict; this creates a crisis, you get stress in your life, you become numb, and this eliminates your projectivity, your quick response, your ability to adjust.
Conquer your rhythm of breath and you conquer your mental attitude as well as your behavior. When you can do that you are perfect. You don’t worry, you are secure. Your words will never be untrue if you are constant in your breathing.
Working by your heart means using your feelings and emotions to lead you to your spiritual sense of existence.
What is prayer? You create a vibratory effect which goes into the Infinite Creative around the psyche of you. The answer and energy come and then your job is done and your prayer has worked.
There is no such thing as trouble. Trouble is a bubble created by self-ignorance and it can only be broken by self-identity.
Those who practice discipline have to be very generous to themselves. Discipline should never be rigid. Discipline should be self-acknowledge, so that you can go along with it.
If you do not breathe consciously for 11 minutes a day, you lose 40% of the vitality of life. This 40% you cannot recapture by any medicine or any exercise. But if you do breathe consciously for 11 minutes and make it very long, deep and slow, that can do exactly what no miracle can do, because your life is based on the breath of life.
Where there is forgiveness, there is God. Where there is compassion, there is a direction to God. Where there is sacrifice there is an experience of God.
May I tell you something? There is only one thing you should know. Conquer yourself.
God rotates the earth and He is going to take care of your every routine. There is nothing to worry about.
The flexible spine holds your entire nervous system.
God only gave you breath of life. When you use it to recite a mantra, you make yourself positive, pure and your vibration is very penetrating.
Human’s greatest asset is manners.
Your supply is equal to your demand. There is no lack of supply, only a lack of demand.
When we are no spiritually strong, we can’t negotiate properly. When we are not mentally strong, we do not have the grit to continue to negotiate. Then we build more guns and bombs.
There are three things to do in life: love, learn and live.
Our pranic consumption has been displaced by our consumption of food. We eat food all the time and that gives us satisfaction, but we do not consume the pranic life which comes from the Infinite Cosmos through the breath, which we can be subtle, settled and seriously face calamities and challenges.
The purpose of life is to harness time and space. Then you can realize your own sovereignty and infinity. If we will not confine ourselves (with spiritual discipline) time will confine us. If we confine ourselves, time will free us.
Only those who give have the capacity to tap into the universe. If the universe is not in your mind, your heart cannot give.
Meditation is only to become intuitive. It is not emotional, it is not sentimental, it is not attached. It is a basic reality of life.
I see you every day wanting to be beautiful to impress others. Be beautiful to impress yourself.
Wisdom, character and consciousness conquer everything.
Truth does not need introduction. When the sun rises,is there necessity to announce it?
When the breath of life becomes short, you become short-tempered. When the breath of life becomes long and deep, you understand who you are.
You have to learn to alter your energy. If at one frequency you are freaking out, change your energy. You will not freak out. You cannot change the time but you can change the place. You cannot get out of your body but you can change its energy.
Basically you and God are nothing but two sides of the same coin.
What matters in life is that your projection carries your personality, character and spirit with a precision and penetration.
Sing songs. It is such a beautiful emotional release. You will always be grateful to yourself. It is a perfect way to live sane. It is the best way to confront insanity.
The beauty and duty of a teacher is not being himself or herself. Because the moment you become not yourself, you become the pure channel of energy and at that moment there is no difference between yourself and God.
Gratitude is the open door to abundance.
It does not matter how wrong something is, but it does matter that it should not remain wrong.
One emotional outburst with anger consumes the energy you need for exactly seven hours of hard work. I am talking of the pranic energy (life force).
God is within you. It was, it is and it shall be.
Life starts from the day when you realize who you are. From that day onward, you want to build who you should be. When you have built to that extent, from then on you have the right to overflow, to share.
Meditation is the science of the process whereby we rewrite our pre-written destiny.
Crown of spirituality cannot be conquered. It is always bestowed, and it is bestowed on the soul, which is bright enough to carry it.
In sadhana the sadhu lives. In sadhana the nectar of God’s Love rains down. In sadhana come the blessings of Simran, Awareness, and Divine Understanding. In sadhana is the meditation of Raj Yoga. In sadhana see God’s glory. In sadhana experience Infinity. Sadhana is the daily meditation of the sadhu. Oh Yogi! Become one with God!
Friendship means only one thing: you don’t create fences around you, but try to remove fences from the life of another person.
Between human and God there is an opening door and that key to that door is called Kundalini.
The fact is, nobody can control anybody. All you can do is flow with each other like rivers and streams and end up in the same ocean. All things come from God and all things go to God.
The fact is, nobody can control anybody. All you can do is flow with each other like rivers and streams and end up in the same ocean. All things come from God and all things go to God.
The requirement is that every individual must understand in his consciousness his scope, what he wants to achieve, and what prevents him from achieving it.
There is nothing wrong with emotions, commotions and feelings, but they will not make you happy. They will create tension, they will limit you, they will ground you to selfishness.
Discipline should never be rigid. Discipline should be self-acknowledging, so that you can go along with it.
There is no such thing as an accident. It is all part of a master plan. Play your role as gracefully as you can and relax.
You must know reality by intuition, not by knowledge.
What is attractive in you is not you. It is your absolutely radiant body. That is the shining armor around you for protection and attraction both. And its strength depends on how deeply you consume prana and how many times during the day you try to breathe absolutely mechanically (consciously).
Free will is essential for existence but that free will should listen to your inner will.
It is self-control that matters in life.
God created you therefore you should be hopeful. Things will come at the right time, the right place, and the right reason.
A yogi is one whom the pair of opposites does not affect. He does not obey the law of duality and polarity.
Ego is nothing but a committed consciousness. When your existence is a committed consciousness and your activity is not committed, then there is duality.
In oneness of you, you are one with everything. Therefore you always know everything. It is only in the duality of time and space that you forget your oneness.
All the strength of the Universe is within you. It cannot be found outside. Those who do not develop strength from inside cannot get it from outside either.
The goal of meditation is to creatively live in the goodness of God. That is the purpose of this life. Through every moment of life we must live into the goodness of God.
Whistling is breath and music combined. It relaxes a person inside and out. It creates a balance.
Paying debts is one of the primary requisites to becoming prosperous.
Every word spoken must go to the heart. That is the art.
Develop your intuition so that the changes in the years may be convenient for you.
Life is very rhythmic thing. Your breath is a very beautiful meditater and enchanter. If you put the breath on a magnified sound system, in your vocal cords, you will be surprised to hear, “So Hung”. Thou IS.
The magnetic field on which the current of life runs computes thought waves and it is connected with the Supreme Computer; this is known as destiny.
Children are born to speak and they shall.
Children are born to live and they shall.
Children are born to rule and they shall.
Those who were kind when they could have been unkind, nature, God, the universe shall be kind to them. Those who forgave those who were totally unforgivable, the Divine Essence shall forgive them for many lives.
A teacher brings God into the heart of another person.
It does not matter if you know everything. The question is, do you practice?
Visualize as much as you can conceive of yourself receiving and then lay positive claim to that visualization.
Why do we need intuition every moment? If I don’t know, I have to hustle. And I waste my precious life in hustling.
If you can impress the whole world that you can serve them, you will have them in the palm of your hand.
We have to learn to penetrate. We have to learn to consciously take our soul to Infinity. We have to practice those practices that create a blueprint, and when we build on the blueprint we will become real. It is not a mystery, it is not a miracle, it is a reality.
We have two strengths: the life force and the re-creative strength of the force which is within us.
Be competent. Do not show that you are scared. Do not show you are irrational. Over and above that, never ever let anyone know that you are not willing to listen. Listen patiently, reply promptly, answer effectively and be in command. That is the price of living. And the best thing is, speak moderately polite.
If a person can be aware enough to know the trend of the sequences, he can control the consequences.
This world is a hire and fire place. If you ever want to fire anything, fire your own negativity. If you ever want to hire anything, hire your intelligent wisdom and positivity.
Richness is having the power of wealth. Prosperity is when you are purposefully satisfied.
Yoga is a science through which a person can use their mental, physical and spiritual being to tap into the infinity of God.
May we all understand, in the breath of life we can be Infinite in our fearlessness and character. We can achieve all the riches of the earth to share them with mankind.
Body is the temple of God. Health is the gift of God. We are the beings of God.
Richness is having the power of wealth. Prosperity is when you are purposefully satisfied.
When human knows himself, he knows every self. When human loves herself, she loves every self.
We are told that to forgive is a very great religious act, very pious. Actually, when you forgive, you just stop your own further aggravation and nervous breakdown. The greatest ruin to your mental health is your thought of vengeance. It accelerates the self-destruct mode.
You are not body. You are not mind. You are not spirit. You are the combining force of these three. You are the commandant in charge of the trinity. You are not the trinity.
As long as the mind is dark and does not let the light of the soul shine in your life, you will never have the joy and success that is your birthright as a human.
In essence you are truth. In realization, you lack faith. This lack of faith creates a gap,and sometimes you question, you do not have the nerves to take it. That is why the Age of Aquarius, the age of knowledge and faith and trust, shall only belong to those who shall keep up.
Spirituality is the direct relationship between you and your Infinity.
There is definitely a technique of the mind as there is a technique of the machinery. Within the human machinery, if the meditative mind can be achieved and used, mankind can bring happiness to itself.
You make everything in life important in your life, except learning about yourself.
A Spiritual human is one who lives for Infinity and whose presence brings peace.
From liking, to loving, to understanding, to total kindness and affection and sacrifice — that is the fundamental base of what is called the sacredness of life, and we have to accept that our life is very sacred.
Teaching is to reach into another’s soul. And when the soul is lit, God prevails.
To conquer the unknown, you must use trust.
If you can master the nine gates of your body — eyes, ears, nose, mouth, sex organs and rectum — then all of the secrets of nature will open to you.
In Kundalini Yoga we do not worry about the effect, we worry about the cause. Effect can never happen without cause; consequences shall never happen without sequence.
In the very effect of the spirit, you must realize that you have to develop the capacity to command your own nervous system. Any situation in which your nervous system is not subject to you means that you are accepting a defeat, which has no meaning. You have got to be creatively in control of the control room, which controls the physical body, mind and spirit.
Meditation is a personal process. It has nothing to do with religions, it has only to do with prosperity.
Breath of life is better than all the vegetables you eat and all the vitamins you take.
If you do not know what wisdom is, the only thing you will have is your neuroses.
Life is experienced in direct proportion to your mental love. If you love a great ideal, you become great. If you love a small thing, you become small.
We want leadership, which can carry the teachings, which can carry the discipline, which can carry the humanity.
There is no such thing as God if there is no trust in oneself. God is self-trust.
This body, mind and spirit is yours. Enjoy it or waste it. It is your choice.
Anything, which relates to self at the cost of others, is lower consciousness. Any situation where self is sacrificed for the sake of others is higher consciousness.
Everyone has to pass three tests in the hand of time. How will you pass the test? Give time space and you will go through it. Do not get uptight or upset, do not react, do not fall into the pit of corruption, do not grab a temporary gain.
The problem is not me. The problem is the stress I cause to me.
Going without knowing is social suicide.
The entire universe is just one person. There are no two persons. There is one link of a breath of life, which comes from me to you, to you, to you. It is all linked with one thing. When it is disconnected, you are gone. We are all one mala, one rosary, linked with one thread to the breath of life.
Happiness is not in wealth. Happiness is in your values.
Either you have to please the moment or the Master. If you please the moment at the expense of the Master, you are a failure. If you please the Master, you are a success.
The most difficult thing on earth is to be humble. It is not easy, it is difficult because you have to surmount the existence of all maya and recognize that God is by your side. Then you feel the humility.
The most intimate relationship within you is between the body and the soul.
If we are spiritually strong, we can do the impossible as possible.
Human who lives by the beat of the heart, continuously meditating on the Name of God, shall find heavens here and hereafter.
You want to be in touch with everybody. Have you been in touch with your own mind?
Learn to exist in the state of nonexistence: that is reality.
May we flow as the river of love with trust and tranquility to quench the thirst of those who shall come to the gate of Guru Ram Das.
Corpse Pose is the best posture of optimum support for your spine. Lying flat on your back, make sure your body is in straight line and that your hands are turned palms upwards.
When our insecurity and fear attack together, the normal outcome is depression.
Self-assessment is the test of consciousness.
Consciousness is the test of self-grace.
Grace is the test of self-projection.
Self-projection is the test of self-infinity.
Self-infinity and self-projection joined together make you divine.
Otherwise you remain divided.
Understanding and humility lead to the perfection of love, and God is love.
Every disability is imagined. Every achievement is an experience. Develop your human courage to overcome your imagined disabilities.
I want to serve you because you have a destiny. And I have a destiny not to let you face your fate. That is our relationship.
There should not be any conflict between your job and you. Be conscious of it.
The plain and simple truth is that you must start giving before you can start receiving. This is the nature of the universe we live in.
You are the best beloved creature created by God in His individual will, but you have not accepted your self as God within you.
Live and let live and enjoy it. Experience it.
If you have harmony with nature you will be exalted. If you fight it, you will be consumed.
Projected grace is your best decor, your best ornamentation; it is your best reality.
Don’t become spiritual for the sake of your teacher. Become spiritual for your own sake.
The greatest mantra of the time is “Keep Up”. Keep Up, you will be kept up. “Keep Up” is not a small mantra. If you ever want to know who you are and experience what you are and where you are, just keep up. The world shall bow to you.
You are not going to get life without putting life into it.
Fears cannot be solved. Never try to solve a fear. Drop a fear. Never solve your problems. Drop your problems. Take them to the highest part of you and drop them.
All senses left unrefined are physical. When they are refined they become spiritual.
The body’s entire creative sensitivity is in the stomach. The stomach stimulates the brain to coordinate the entire system. The heart and brain are subject to the stomach.
Man is judge by his manners, and man prospers by his mercy.
Without personal knowledge there is no width, weight and horizon. I pray to Thee, Oh Lord, be within me, give me tranquility and peace between me and myself so that I can know myself on the way of prosperity.
All of you who represent the house of Guru Ram Das must understand, this is the house of ultimate healing and ultimate compassion. There are no ifs or buts. Wrong is wrong. So correct it, heal it, save it, and uplift it. Show the person the right path. Life is for giving.
The best love is to serve all equally.
The inner Self of the self is sitting, waiting for you to realize that Self.
I want to give you that depth and that strength which is yours — the original you.
Truly great fortunes were not received by hoarding money, but by circulating it.
Be aware who you are, and if this self-awareness can relate to the universal awareness, there is an absolute harmony. Then you are a yogi.
The caliber of this human body is that it has the capacity to give you the experience of God.
Creative meditation is that every moment you exist as part of the universe, the whole universe becomes a part of you.
Yoga is a science of reality and an experiential proof of the sacredness of all life.
Those who have to lead must be like a star–with an altitude and attitude of perfection.
The living trinity is to know the truth, to practice the truth and to sacrifice for the truth; and if it means death, you are willing to die. We can call it the trinity of attitude. The word Samadhi means attitude.
Spirit is stronger than the physical body.
You will never know who you are if you have not disciplined yourself to know who you are.
Total harmonious relaxation cures the body. To achieve this there must be coordination between the three facets of ourselves: body, mind and soul.
All knowledge, all scripture, all wealth, all environments, all energy is meant to perform duty. When righteous action is done, God is pleased.
You cannot sustain a friendship without wisdom. Wisdom is nothing but practical learning of a higher consciousness. A person can know and trust you only if you are a wise human being.
When the ego merges with the soul, then a person is enlightened.
When I call on my Infinity, I can come through anything. Then I shall never be handicapped. That is the rule of life. That is how we shall enter the Age of Aquarius.
The best way in life is simply to be. Let the spirit, let the soul, let the self shine like sunshine.
Maturity comes from time, space, intuition and wisdom.
Humility in action is universal consciousness.
There are two ways to go in life: “Go and get it” — develop your physical body to go after things, or “Be and get it” — develop your radiant body so everything will come to you.
You do not understand discipline. Discipline is the only friend other than God that you have.
Live with applied consciousness, prosperity will break through the walls, you will be flooded with it. You do prayer when you are in difficulty; pray when you are not in difficulty, that’s the attitude of gratitude!
When you blend time and space with the Unknown, you become the beloved of the Unknown.
A person who cannot discuss his higher self with his lower self and his lower self with his higher self has a great subconscious problem.
Try to live innocent, straight, calm and peaceful.
When you do not consciously relate to your body, your body does not relate consciously to you.
When heaven and hell, praise and slander all become one, this is when faith comes.
The first sign of a saint is that one is original: one is what they are.
Neither an appearance is bad nor an act is bad. It is the bad intention, which is the problem. Bad intentions are cunning devices.
Whenever you mentally lean on any outside energy, you are disconnected from your third chakra (the solar plexus, navel, and digestive system).
When God gives you good times,He wants you to forget Him and sleep. When he gives you bad times, He wants you to wake up and face Him.
Blessed is the day that has passed, and blessed be the day that shall become today.
The total rhythm of life is achieved when a person experiences their own body, their own mind and their own soul.
May this day be the day of peace and joy. May the spirit of You prevail. May all be blessed and elevated and may our courage take us to the performance of experience and grace.
As many times in life you fall apart, then it becomes your sad story, it becomes permanent depression, it becomes permanent expression, “Oh nobody cares, “Oh I don’t care,” those kind of statements which I call negativity. And when you start expressing yourself negatively, that only particularly means that you are ungrateful to God. The happiness in life lies in gratitude, and the way to prosperity, to happiness, to life, to love, to all items of life, is in gratitude, not in being great. Doesn’t matter how much you try, you can never be great if you do not have an attitude of gratitude. It is basic.
Life is given to us as our destiny — every day we must die and we must experience that death. And every day we must be reborn and we must experience resurrection.
If you have not developed the attitude of gratitude you lost whatever spiritual and worldly thing within you. Because it is gratitude, your own breath of life, your own gratitude to your own consciousness, this is what nurtures the garden of the self of the man.
Dedicate yourself to your higher consciousness and live it.
Success adores a prosperous attitude.
Kundalini Yoga is the science of crystallization, not sublimation and not evaporation.
Love and friendship without reverence does not exist.
Temperamentally, a human is a very undisciplined animal; the highest achievement is when he disciplines himself.
Where is the guru? Everywhere. When somebody speaks the truth to you, that is the guru. Forget about who is speaking. The true word, the true vibration, the true signal is the true guide.
Nothing in the world will make sense if you do not know your totality.
Lord God, give me love so I can flow in the love of all. Give me wisdom so I can be kind to all. Give me courage that I can serve all.
Attitude of gratitude is when you are grateful for every breath of life. Now people say, “What should we do when we feel something is wrong?” When there is something wrong, feel that thank God it is not you. When you feel there is something good, thank God that you have learn to be something. And this way you can process your life and progress your life. What will happen? You will get high spirited. You would rise, and to fill the vacuum from nature will come the wealth and prosperity. Otherwise your poverty is proportionate to your emotionalism.
There are two ways of living. There are people who handle situations and there are people who are handled by situations.
It is very important for you to understand the game of head and heart. When the heart is involved, the head must decide; when the head is involved, the heart must decide.
When you say nothing, be nothing, do nothing, then you are a lighthouse, nobody can wreck around you.
Simply you have to inherit your destiny.
When you want to take, you have to learn to give. When you are born, you have to be ready to die.
We are all together in the One Creator’s consciousness.
Blessed God help us to rise above the clouds. Give us the strength to live in light.
If you do not relate to the past, it is a victory for the future.
When nobody pays attention to you and you pay attention to everything, you become a saint.
Drop your personal weaknesses and complaints. Go out in the world and bless the world.
The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and it is the biggest truth, highest truth.
This is the Age of Aquarius, the age of knowledge. You have to learn to behave in a way that you are you. And you have to understand, the phrase is not “In God we trust”, it is “In God we dwell.”
May your own power prove to yourself that you are the existence of God. May this give you bounty, beauty, and bliss. May you rise to your excellence and recognize God walking on your left and right unto ecstasy.
When your spine is not right, then your sex life is not right, then your relationships are not right, then your environments are not right, then you are always worried and troubled.
If you conquer yourself, you have conquered the time and space. If you conquer the earth, you have conquered a time and a space. That’s the difference.
To create success as a human being, you must know how to talk, why you talk, when you talk, and what you talk. You must know what you are conveying. You believe that you can say things and get away with it.
If you are angry, you want to talk angrily. If you are unhappy, you want to communicate your unhappiness. If you are freaked out, you want to create your freak out. If you are lovey-dovey, you want to communicate that. Actually, all you’re doing is communicating your mood. You are not communicating yourself.
It is simple to communicate yourself, just say, “I love you, but I am angry. I am not in a position to tell you why at this time, but I’ll talk to you later.” At least this way, you protect your personality, and you don’t communicate your anger. The result of this kind of communication is that the other person will always trust you.
Communication is Personality. “C” is “P.” Communication is not mood. Everybody has been taught to talk ineffectively. Whenever you talk, communicate. Learn this?-this is all you have to practice and understand. When you communicate, you communicate your personality.
If you are an honest person, communicate that honesty. If you are a spiritual person, communicate your success. But never communicate through the channel of mood. Mood is never good. Even good mood is not good. This is because when you are in a good mood you will say things that in a neutral mood you would not mean, and it will come back to you. This doesn’t mean that you should not talk when you are in a good mood, but don’t talk through the mood.
Mood is no good. Mood is no good at all. Even good mood is no good at all. It will overextend you. Convey neither good nor bad mood. Convey yourself, your personality: when personality is communicated, it becomes Self. Self is divinity, positivity, creativity, success and influence. Influence comes to you when you communicate, I am myself. You are yourself. I want myself to know yourself and yourself to know myself.
I don’t care about your damn mood! Understand this once and for all. I don’t want your mood to be the friend of my mood. Moods are moods, they are not friends. “I love you (because I’m in a good mood).” Who are you? Who are you dealing with? Who is dealing with whom? Actually, nobody is dealing with anybody, because there’s no relationship. There’s no mutual trust.
Life is a mutual trust. Success comes when you create a real relationship of mutual trust. Success is equal to mutual trust.
The problem is that we want to emotionally attach to somebody. How can your attachment ever be true if you have never attached yourself to your soul, to your consciousness? You are never conscious to attach yourself to character.
When we don’t want to identify ourselves we don’t want to be answerable. And one who’s not willing to be answerable cannot carry the trust.
When prosperity comes, happiness is the root source of anxiety. When adversity comes, automatically we meditate.
Depression is a reaction in frustration. Find the weakness in your projection, and correct it. You will be surprised to find there will be no depression.
If a woman does not have benevolence and does not endorse courage and is not firm like a rock, the house will fall, one way or the other.
For anything you take, you must give, and for anything you give you must have taken. That is karma. It is very difficult.
To live positive and be positive requires a very powerful spiritual power, which is called love. Love is a constant flow of that infinite power. Love represents God. Love represents you.
All you have taught your children is “Get ‘A’ grades! And become a great taker” You have never taught them to be the givers. Those who are not givers know nothing about God.
There is only one thing we all need: perpetual strength. It comes from intuition. Because imagination is imagination, intuition is the truth.
You are already enlightened beings. You are born with spirit. You live by the spirit. You will die when your spirit leaves you.
If you don’t want misery in your life, don’t make another person miserable.
Actually man has never understood one thing: it is the most notorious thing in the mind of the man and that is the thought. So powerful is the thought that if the perpetual thought becomes divine, the person becomes divine. If the perpetual thought becomes devilish…ill willed, negative, stupid, inferior, insecure…person has no chance. Life is a continuous struggle between the two things: positive thinking and positively not thinking.
A noble woman rules the universe, including the Creator of it, the God. Oh woman if you try to find God, you are wasting your time. Be a woman and God has no alternative but to find you. Don’t come out and become a victim. Go inside and become a master.
As a teacher, you must know students personally and treat them impersonally. That’s a fundamental law.
You are responsible to think out your thoughts before they get to your ego.
We must believe we are infinite. That’s the only way to live a happy, positive life.
Your intuition can tell you everything provided you command yourself and then you obey yourself. If you do not know how to command yourself, you cannot obey yourself. Therefore you are not you.
You do not believe me when I tell you that you are not just this body. Your energy is in your aura and your aura extends nine feet from your skin. The animal aura is three and a half feet; metal things and other inanimate objects are a foot and a half; the human aura is nine feet. There are two things that can increase the size of the aura; white clothing and cotton cloth. When you wear white, cotton clothing from top to bottom, you can increase your aura up to three times. This is under all circumstances, even if you are at your lowest ebb. That’s a law of the universe.
Certain things you must not do as a man:
One – If you know the negative side of your woman, don’t remind her when you are angry – never do it. She will never forgive that;
Two – Don’t question a woman’s character when you are not 100% sure, and don’t question it directly. She will go reverse;
Three – When she sees you not uplifting yourself consciously and spiritually, you have a 40% chance of losing the relationship.
The woman looks to the man as God. I do not know why, but it is her chemistry, this is what she wants to look to. You know what she wants? They say, “She wants the devil in the bed and she wants a sage in the living room.” Got it?
There are two ways to deal with this life around us: either we can be emotional or we can be conscious. Emotional people are not conscious and conscious people are not emotional.
You must understand one thing: karma cannot be wiped out; the sequence must lead to consequences. The only way is through Sadhana (Spiritual Practice). I can tell you that without Sadhana, you are as useless for positive change as a junk car is. You can talk for hours and hours and I can teach for years and years; but without Sadhana, you have no chance. Sadhana is a self- victory; and one who cannot have self-victory cannot have this Earth at all. I can bluntly tell you.
Never listen to garbage. If somebody brings a basket of garbage and gives it to you and you accept it, you will suffer with it.
We are constantly on alert. Two thirds of our human energy is wasted on this alertness.
A noble woman rules the universe, including the Creator of it, the God. Oh woman if you try to find God, you are wasting your time. You be a woman and God has no alternative but to find you. Don’t come out and become a victim. Go inside and become a master.
The power of woman is in her prayer and in her comprehensive, comparative, communicative strength. Her words and prayers make a woman.
Your excellence as a woman is in the joyful projection of your inner self. If you can be brought to touch your inner self and you can understand your projection, then you can also feel and experience your joyfulness. Then there is nothing that you will know but your own excellence.
Your very statutory existence as a woman, as a psyche, as a nucleus, as a person, as a creature of God, should bring your excellence around you.
There is one thing every woman should learn: Show no insecurity. If you take on this conscious behavior, 70 percent of your problems will be gone in forty days.
Prayer is the ray of the soul.
There is nothing in God except the power of the word. And word must have a relationship with your soul. You have to open the faucet to let the water in. You need time to relate to your soul.
When as a person, you are unable to control your own anger and when as a person you cannot control the little part of you that is your tongue; when as a person, you cannot control your own commotions and when as a person, you cannot control your own neurosis, then as a person you want to control the whole world. What a fool you are. You have not learned one thing: that beyond self, there is nothing. It is the self-control, which matters in life.
Life is a very simple challenge. The process God wanted was to give you a living life, let you be born at a certain place of longitude and latitude, and let you experience your life from there onward, so that you can feel the great depth in a small thing called body. The caliber of this body is not big or small, but it has the capacity to give you the experience of God, and the history of man through the centuries has found some people rise to the point to become saints. That does not mean everybody can rise to the point of a saint and that also does not mean, nobody can rise to the point of saint.
Life is not given to you for any other reason but to experience your own creativity and your own Self in the dignity of its existence. If by virtue of prostitution – which is mental or physical, social or religious, personal or impersonal – one can become great, then greatness shall have no meaning at all. It is through personal dignity and personal sacrifice for that personal dignity, that man achieves anything within himself. It is the fulfillment in you, it is the consciousness in you, which can heal you, which can uplift you and which can give you the grace, which you need to live with. Your basic idea that you can live with a lot of games is wrong to begin with. It shall be proven to you to be wrong in the end.
Our mental consciousness sometimes is so limited that we cannot even see beyond our own nose, and mostly we don’t even see the tip of our nose. Forget about seeing beyond it.
You have been told again and again that this planet is just like a motel where you come and visit, and the purpose of the visit is to enjoy, to relax and to excel. But what you are trying to find out for yourself are plays for your emotional games, and it’s not understood that you ever will wake up and find yourself, not in contrast of the flow of life. When you are in between the thirties and forties or forties and fifties, whatever your state of mind is, you are still trying to search and find out and perhaps when you will be eighty or ninety, you will be still searching to find out. Searching and finding out is a good thing. But it’s bad when it doesn’t end anywhere.
You can learn from your spiritual teacher or you can learn from the hand of the times, it’s the same thing. We have to heal ourselves of the indignity and the process we are in. We are not asking you to listen to me or to anybody. We are asking you to stop one thing. The time has come when you must understand that life is nothing but a basic commitment and if you ever want to control something, better to control your emotions, your commotions, your neurosis and your own tongue, which scatters the filth all around.
Every wise man will be aware, when he teaches Kundalini Yoga or talks about it, that there are very strong do’s and don’ts. You cannot teach Kundalini Yoga if you cannot come out of your psycho-electromagnetic field to protect your student in the Universe. Kundalini Yoga is not dangerous for the person who learns it; it is dangerous for the person who teaches it. If he cannot project health, forget it.
There are twenty-two types of Yoga. If you study each one for one year it will take you twenty-two years. So study awareness. Awareness of totality is Kundalini. Kundalini the mother of awareness, the mother of fulfillment, of creation, is not an occult power; it is not a gimmick. It is awareness; it is a totality of the personality of the being. It is not one religion or one God we are going to meet. A man who practices Kundalini Yoga neither meets nor seeks God. God seeks him. He does not meditate, God meditates on him. He is the center of the whole nucleus. When he vibrates, the Universe vibrates with him.
The law of consciousness is not my law or your law. Kundalini is not my yoga or your yoga. It is a union of the individual consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness.
Teacher can tell you what to do; wise man can explain what to do; but you have to do it! Money can only buy technology, not experience, which is always personal. Meditation is a very personal thing.
My only judge is my own higher consciousness.
Life is defined as a simple flow of life. Whosoever lets it flow shall live happily; whosoever complicates it shall live unhappily.
Question (Student): Is the best way to teach our children to be noble is by being noble ourselves?
Reply: There is no better way to teach than to demonstrate nobility against their tantrums. Every child is a Swami Trauma. To make him a Yogi Rama, it still takes a lot of noble behavior on the part of the parents. Children have the right to deal with the traumas. That gives them the aggressiveness to know and to investigate. To expect children to totally get rid of traumas is totally wrong. It means people want their children to be vegetables. Children have the right to create a trauma. Rama means the giver of sun and moon, whereas trauma is the act of ego, which a child picks up very perfectly. The children of trauma can be very perfect. No actors can act like them. They are very good. Children can make a father go berserk; children can make a mother and father fight like fighting cocks. They do create environments that adults cannot even understand, because adults lose their innocence. Adults feel that children do not know anything. Actually, children know that adults do not know anything.
Can a child get into meditation and prayer?
Children are the best. I had a brother who was meditating when he was three years old. I have seen children who are very meditative.
In the beginning there was the Word. Word was with God, and Word was God. You are what you say. Do not say anything, which others do not understand. Do not say anything, which you do not mean to say. And do not say anything, which when you have said it, you cannot perform or stand by it.
One must have a mastery of one’s self. One must know inside one’s self; not only inside the physical body, but inside the mental body, too.
Prayer is the only power we have. It is my personal individual belief that prayer can change the universe. Politics and power cannot.
If you can rhythmically slow down your breath to four breaths a minute, you can indirectly control your mind and slow it down from its obnoxious behavior.
Service creates a permanent love and friendship. Self-discipline creates grace. And a neutral mind creates wisdom. These are the rules of life.
You love your children? You do. They are beautiful. Isn’t that innocent soul in you also your life child? Have you kissed your soul? Have you hugged your soul? Have you communicated with the soul in the morning at the ambrosial hours when there is absolutely no disturbance? Sadhana is nothing but where a disciplined one, the lover, talks to our own soul. It is nothing but where one cleans his own mind. Sadhana is nothing but where one prepares for the day to become kind and compassionate for everyone, including the enemies.
We are told that to forgive is a very great religious act, very pious. Actually when you forgive, you just stop your own further aggravation and nervous breakdown. The greatest ruin to your mental health is your thought of vengeance. It accelerates the self-destruct mode.
Serve all without classification or discrimination. Discrimination means you have reservation, which comes from fear, phobia, non-Infinity.
We need to develop security through intuition. A person with less intuition will have proportionally more doubt in life. That person will be more vulnerable to crises, and will have more conflicts.
Wealth is in the health of your communication. And communication is the essence of your commitment.
Life is a very real gift. If you do not honor your own gift, and if you do not value your own gift, nobody else is going to do it.
Depression is nothing but human duality. Human anger is nothing but misunderstanding. Cowardice, slandering and discouragement are nothing but fear.
The greatest disease on this planet is self-stress. And you must understand, there’s nothing more precious than self-healing.
See the creative act of God in everyone. Understand that bad and good are part of God’s domain. Your job is to communicate the best of you.
Each good wish, each prayer, is the power to extend happiness. That is the power of the prayer. There is no power or worship in this universe greater than prayer. There is no love other than the prayer. Whosoever knows the art and power of worship will become God.
Normal human behavior is to talk straight. If you are angry, talk angry. If you are pleasant, talk pleasant. The problem starts when you are angry and you talk pleasant.
You have to understand the purpose of life. The purpose of life is to do something which will live forever.
Dharma is my mission; I’m a servant of it. I’ve got to serve it. You have to decide whether you want to inherit it or you don’t want to inherit it.
For more information on Yogi Bhajan’s Teachings please visit his website.
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