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Happiness Within

One anna of pleasure is mixed with fifteen annas of pain. Pleasure that is mixed with pain and fear is no pleasure at all. If you begin to analyse this one anna of pleasure, you will find that it is no pleasure at all. It is mere play or delusion of the mind. Milk gives pleasure to some and pain to others. Milk brings on retching in fever. The third cup of milk induces vomiting. What is this This is play of Maya. This is Indra-Jala of Avidya-Shakti. The Indriyas and mind are deceiving you at every moment. Beware. Wake up. Open your eyes. Develop Viveka. If you suffer from cancer of the stomach, can you enjoy Rasagulla and sweets even though you are a multi-millionaire The doctor will put you on a diet of pepper-water only. If your wife dies, you are drowned in sorrow. You cannot expect happiness from finite, perishable objects that are conditioned in time, space and causation. Nitya Nirupadhika, Niratisaya Ananda, eternal, independent, infinite bliss can only be had in the Atman that...

How To Transform Felicity Into The Spiritual Path By Means Of Relative Truth

When happiness and the objective conditions for happiness occur, if you fall under their control, arrogance, conceit, complacency, etc. will grow and obstruct your spiritual path. It is difficult not to succumb to their influence, for as Padampa Sangye said, People can handle only a little felicity, but they can handle a lot of adversity. Therefore, from various perspectives regard those things as impermanent and unsatisfactory, and cultivate a strong sense of disillusionment. Try to direct your mind away from carelessness and think, 'Thus, all the pleasures of the world are trifling and are bound up with many problems. Nevertheless, some of them have good qualities. The Buddha said that, for a person whose freedom is impaired by suffering, it is very difficult to attain enlightenment but one who abides in happiness attains enlightenment with great ease. The fact that I have the opportunity to practice dharma in such a state of happiness is great fortune. So, at this time I shall by...

Spiritual Cause And Effect

Rated them from their fellow men, and from the happiness known to those of moderate means. They are feverish and restless and constantly on the search for some new excitement which will divert their minds from the contemplation of their real condition. They feel a sense of their duty toward the race and although they do not quite understand the feeling behind it all, they endeavor to balance matters by contributing to colleges, hospitals, charities, and other similar institutions which have sprung up in response to the awakening consciousness of the race to the reality of the Brotherhood of Man and the Oneness of All. Before the end comes, they will feel in the depths of their soul that this success has not brought them real happiness, and in the period of rest which will follow their departure from the physical body, they will take stock of themselves, and readjust their mental and spiritual affairs, so that when they are again born they will no longer devote their entire energies...

OThe seer is intelligence only and though pure seen through the colouring of the intellect

Just as if be piece of pure crystal be put on a table and a red flower be put near it, the crystal appears to be red, so all these appearances of happiness or unhappiness are but reflections the soul itself has no sort of colouring. The soul is separate from nature nature is one thing, soul another, eternally separate. The Sankhyas say that intelligence is a compounds, that it grows and wanes, that it changes, just as the body changes, and that its nature is nearly the same as that of the body. As a fingernail is to the body, so is body to intelligence. The nail is a part of the body, but it can be pared off hundreds of times, and the body will still last. Similarly, the intelligence lasts aaons, while this body can be pared off, thrown off. Yet intelligence cannot be immortal, because is changes growing and waning. Anything that changes cannot be immortal. Certainly intelligence is manufactured, and that very fact shows us that there must be something...

St Chakra Identifying Needs and getting them

In dealing with any challenge, the first step is to identify the need. The second step is to embrace it, NOT deny it or try to suppress it. The third step is to figure how we can satisfy these needs, without hurting ourselves, but instead by promoting our health and happiness.

Activating the Kundalini

Each of us in our own way is charming, creative and alive. We are each born with the innate capacity to able to both master and accept our circumstances. If we use our gifts wisely we can accomplish much and achieve happiness. The human path is about learning to connect with our soul essence, tap our vital energy and discover our gifts so that we can successfully navigate our life.

Why Practicing Yoga Is So Twenty First Century

We would describe the twenty-first-century world as materialistic but optimistic. As people gradually become disillusioned by, or recover from, materialism, discovering that it doesn't bring happiness, they are searching, in increasing numbers, for a way of life more satisfying and fulfilling. So you've got the Porsche, the penthouse, the beachfront condo, and the three-carat diamond. Now what Or maybe you've gone through a bankruptcy or divorce, and you're starting over. Stuff didn't make you happy. Relationships based on stuff, illusions, and nonreality didn't work, either. Now what

Understand the Laws of Thought

Think good of all. Do always good actions. Serve, love, give. Make others happy. Live to serve others. Then you will reap happiness. You will get favourable circumstances or opportunities and environments. He prepares himself to get always favourable circumstances. He who spreads happiness will always get such favourable circumstances as can bring him happiness. He who spreads pain to others will, doubtless, get according to the law of thought such unfavourable circumstances as can bring him misery and pain. Therefore, man creates his own character and circumstances, by the manner of his own thinking.

Aarti to Shri Ganesha

You create happiness and take away sorrow in times of trouble, Nurvi purvi prem. kr upa jayachi, You nourish us with love and shower us with blessings, Sarvangi sundar uti shendurachi, Your beautiful body is adorned with fragrant paste, Kan ' hi jhalke mal. mukta falanchi, Jay Deva, And You wear a shining necklace of pearls.

Spiritual Evolution

It implies a possible division of the race into two sub-races, one of whom will be possessed of spiritual consciousness, and will move on ahead of the remaining sub-race of slower brothers, who must work up by degrees. But the race will again be united, before it finally passes on from the earth, as it is bound together by the Law of Spiritual Cause and Effect. We are all interested in each other's progress - not only because we are brothers but because our own soul must wait until the whole race develops. Of course the more rapidly developed soul does not have to be reincarnated simply because its slower brother has to do so. On the contrary the highly developed soul spends a long period of waiting on the higher planes of the Astral World while its slower brother works out his evolution in repeated births, the sojourn in the higher planes giving the developed soul great happiness and benefit, as explained in other lessons. Many of these waiting souls, however, choose to sacrifice...

Thenbent on discriminating the mind attains the previous state of Kaivalya isolation

All the various ideas that arise making us belive that we require something external to make us happy are obstructions to that perfection. The Purusa is happiness and blessedness by its own nature. But that knowledge is covered over by past impressions. These impressions have to work themselves out.

How This Book Is Organized

This opening part sets the stage for the discussions and practices that follow and covers some of the fundamentals you need to know before beginning with the postures. In Chapter 1, we explain what Yoga is and clear up some widespread misunderstandings about it. We also introduce the five basic approaches to and twelve principal branches of Yoga and review how these relate to your health and happiness. In Chapter 2, we provide you with down-to-earth practical advice on getting started with your own Yoga practice, showing you how you can make it both safe and effective. In particular, we answer all your questions about participating in a class or practicing on your own. Chapter 3 covers everything you need to do to prepare for a Yoga session, including cultivating the right state of mind. Chapter 4 introduces the art of relaxation, which is fundamental to a successful Yoga practice. In Chapter 5, we explain the importance of correct breathing both during the execution of the Yoga...

Exploring the Breath Mind Connection

Breathing affects your state of mind, and for that reason, you can use breathing techniques that are supportive in cultivating a different state of mind. After you try these techniques, you may be delighted to find that you can change the mood you're in by breathing consciously and by paying attention to how you breathe. Your brain requires more oxygen than most other parts of your body. Supply it with the oxygen it needs to get more clarity of thought and to be able to concentrate for longer periods of time. Better breathing also affects your overall well-being. You get a greater sense of control over your happiness. In short, you feel more grounded and happier. You're more awake to the world around you and keener to enjoy that world.

Phra Chaichaan Chayadhammo Age Vassa

Nevertheless, they will try to attain the one-pointedness. Of attention. Then this is called Kanathana, or, sometimes called Samadhi, or, sometimes called Samatha. If the thoughts are still wandering off in various directions, then this is neither Samadhi nor Samatha, If the Citta is steady with one object, it is, as I used to say, one-pointed. In the scriptures, the Teacher talks about Jhana. He explains that it consists of four factors thought conception (Vitakka), sustained conception (Vicara), delight, happiness, and one-pointedness. No need to explain them. When it comes to this last factor, there is left only one-pointedness. Here if the power of the Citta is ripe and vigorous, capable of retaining itself in that state for a considerable period of time, the Citta

Physiological viewpoint

This gives siddhi (perfection) in the form of happiness and bliss. (55, 56) We don't suggest you try this for you will more than likely become unconscious if you are not careful. This is caused by reducing or preventing the blood flow to the brain. But the implications of the above verses are obvious if you gently press these carotid sinuses then you will become very relaxed and perhaps a little faint. This can be a help in various other yogic practices that lead to meditational experience.

Meditation for Gurprasad

Note There is a slightly different version of the same meditation - time unlimited and the following comments Gurprasad means gift of the Guru . As you practice this meditation, feel yourself showered by all the blessings of heaven - health, wealth, happiness, your ultimate caliber and capacity. Just let it happen. Fill your heart and soul with all the bounties of nature. Simply meditate on the boundless flow of the Universal Soul, and feel a deep inflow of spirit. This is a very restful posture. The subtle pressure against the meridian points in the rib cage gives immediate relaxation.

The importance of practice

Whatever you regard as meaningful in your life is your own business. We do not presume to want to change your beliefs through any type of dogmatic preaching. We are only interested in helping you to gain maximum happiness and fulfilment in life. To attain this there are various systems. The aim of this book is to guide you along your own path utilizing yoga. We are not concerned with the path you tread, only that you tread it as effectively as you can.

The Spirit Of Indian Spiritual Inheritance

The true greatness of Indian spiritual inheritance consists in the secret and glorious methods it has delivered to us for allaying life's sorrow and human unhappiness and for acquiring for the circumstance of human existence, the infinite peace and perfection of the Divine Being. Human grief cannot be alleviated as long as the human individual is immured in ignorance and strives merely for his individual pleasure and good. The genius of India has, to its immortal honour, soared above the conventional ties and the bonds of society, grasped the spiritual truth, realised it and proclaimed to the world, for the welfare of all mankind, that Life is One and not many. Apart from the petty disharmonies between one person and another, the nations of the world seem to be separated from each other and this virulent notion of division and separation is the mother of war and destruction. Deceived by the spectacular advancement of scientific knowledge, modern mind in all countries and continents...

His knowledge is of the sevenfold highest ground

Realise that it melts away into its causes whenever we so desire. Lastly we shall find that we are established in our Self, that we have been alone throughout the universe, neither body nor mind was ever connected with us, much less joined to us. They were working their own way, and we, through ignorance, joined ourselves to them. But we have been alone, omnipotent, omnipresent, ever blessed our own Self was so pure and perfect that we required none else. We required none else to make us happy, for we are happiness itself. We shall find that this knowledge does not depend on anything else throughout the universe there can be nothing that will not become effulgent before our knowledge. This will be the last state, and the Yogi will become peaceful and calm, never to feel any more pain, never to be again deluded, never to touch misery. He knows he is ever blessed, ever perfect, almighty.

Tothe discriminating all is as it were painful on account of everything bringing

The Yogis say that the man who has discriminating powers, the man of good sense, sees through all these various things, which are called pleasure and pain, and knows that they are always equally distributed, and that one follows the other, and melts into the other he sees that men are following an ignis fatuus all their lives, and never succeed in fulfilling their desires. There was never a love in this world which did not know decay. The great king Yudisthira once said that the most wonderful thing in life is that every moment we see people dying around us, and yet we think we shall never die. Surrounded by fools on every side, we think we are the only exceptions, the only learned men. Surrounded by all sorts of experiences of fickleness, we think our love is the only lasting love. How can that be Even love is selfish, and the Yogi says that, in the end, we shall find that even the love of husbands and wives, and children and friends, slowly decays. Decadence seizes everything in...

The Art of Silence A Silent Meditation for Days

In the yogic tradition, meditations practiced for a certain number of days have a certain effect. Forty days is the minimum to break a habit and set the stage for an internal shift. One student asked me once- Forty days in a row The whole class laughed. Yes, forty days in a row And if that seems like a long time, in the past many spiritual masters have taken 40 years to achieve enlightenment. I imagine that all of us on the KYList have done that path in other lifetimes. This lifetime, we are attempting to get quicker results, so that we can enjoy peace and happiness while still in the body.

Trees A Yogic Perspective

It is this endeavour by Shiva and Shakti to melt into each other and become one that brings into being the second phase of this cosmic dance. Shiva and Shakti come closer to one another and Shiva is no longer pure consciousness, but shows himself as emotions like longing, fear, sadness, happiness and desire. Shakti is no longer pure form, becoming a changing, striving and reproductive substance. Soul reaches the plant kingdom - the emotional kingdom.

The playground of the world

If you want to progress on the yogic path it is not necessary to become a recluse and retire to a mountain cave. If you do so, you may feel a taste of peace and tranquillity, but it probably will not be of sufficient depth to allow the spontaneous occurrence of meditation. It will more than likely be a very superficial sense of happiness. Your mental blocks will remain within your mind and prevent meditation.

What are mental problems

There are many other more obvious mental problems, some of which you will be conscious of and others that you will not be able to recognize, for they will lie in the deeper levels of the subconscious mind. Some people are scared of insects, of certain animals, of open spaces, of closed spaces, of other people, of tbe opposite sex, of the dark and so on the list is without end. Some people have sexual complexes, such as impotence other people have a strong hatred of their mother or father, or both others have strong feelings ofjealousy towards others either specifically or generally others have had and still feel the shock of death, perhaps of a close friend or relative. Examples can be quoted to completely fill this section. All of these problems must be rooted out ifyou want to achieve happiness in life.

Buddhism Yoga and Western Psychology

Thus, he can study the planetary movements, plant growth, animal behavior, and so forth. He can even study human psychology. He observes, first, patterns in his own behavior sleeping, eating, and so forth. More importantly he observes inner patterns dreams appear at certain times, hunger comes and goes, thoughts appear in interesting sequences. He can observe his emotions, what evokes them, and what makes them disappear. He can study his states of happiness and of unhappiness, and can try to determine what produces these states. And just as this scientist attempts to exert control over the external domain of interest (change the soil in which a plant grows, domesticate an animal) so he explores the effectiveness of various interventions in this internal domain.

Breath Is Life

The Occidental teachings show that the physical health depends very materially upon correct breathing. The Oriental teachers not only admit that their Occidental brothers are right, but say that in addition to the physical benefit derived from correct habits of breathing, Man's mental power, happiness, self-control, clear-sightedness, morals, and even his spiritual growth may be increased by an understanding of the Science of Breath. Whole schools of Oriental Philosophy have been founded upon this science, and this knowledge when grasped by the Western races, and by them put to the practical use which is their strong point, will work wonders among them. The theory of the East, wedded to the practice of the West, will produce worthy offspring.

Keys for Manifestation

There is nobody else to blame but you. You are the creator of all these dramas. You can create a good drama or a bad drama, but you have to take responsibility for whatever you create. There is never a period in your life that you are a victim. You are never a victim. You can just walk out and say, Goodbye, I can't take this misery any more. I have just committed myself to happiness, to unending happiness. Then you realize it is in your life. It is very important to understand how powerful you are. Rather than complain to others about being a victim to this situation, realize that you are not a victim. You are the solution, the opportunity.

IoThey toberejectedbyoppositemodifications are fine

By the receptacle of works is meant the sum-total of these Samskaras. Whatever work we do, the mind is thrown into a wave, and, after the work is finished, we think the wave is gone. No. It has only become fine, but it is still there. When we try to remember the thing, it comes up again and becomes a wave. So it was there if it had not been there, there would not have been memory. So, every action, every thought, good or bad, just goes down and becomes fine, and is there stored up. They are called pain-bearing obstructions, both happy and unhappy thoughts, because according to the Yogis, both, in the long run, bring pain. All happiness which comes from the senses will, eventually, bring pain. All enjoyment will make us thirst for more, and that brings pain as its result. There is no limit to man's desires he goes on desring, and when he comes to a point where desire cannot be fulfilled, the result is pain. Therefore the Yogis regard the

Chapter Asana Or Posture

Apart from the spine being straight, and the extremities being locked, the legs are to be bent in three or four ways. There are Padma-Asana, Siddha-Asana, Svastika-Asana and Sukha-Asana. One can choose any of these postures for meditation. The purpose of a fixed Asana is to enable the mind to slowly forget that there is a body at all. The body will attract attention, somehow. But the mind cannot, in meditation, afford to remain conscious of the body. The student gradually loses sensation of the limbs. He forgets that he is seated, that he has a body or the limbs. The first sign of successful practice in Asana is a sense of levitation. The body is felt to be so light that it may appear to be ready for a rise. This sensation comes when there is a thorough fixity of posture. This is the test. One will begin to feel a creeping sensation as if ants are crawling over the body. That should show the student's readiness for a rise above body-consciousness. Together with these sensations, he...

The Unfoldment Of Consciousness

The animal lives its animal life and is contented, for it knows no better. If it has enough to eat--a place to sleep--a mate--it is happy. And some men are likewise. But others find themselves involved in a world of mental discomfort. New wants arise, and the lack of satisfaction brings pain. Civilization becomes more and more complex, and brings its new pains as well as new pleasures. Man attaches himself to things, and each day creates for himself artificial wants, which he must labor to meet. His Intellect may not lead him upward, but instead may merely enable him to invent new and subtle means and ways of gratifying his senses to a degree impossible to the animals. Some men make a religion of the gratification of their sensuality--their appetites--and become beasts magnified by the power of Intellect. Others become vain, conceited and puffed up with a sense of the importance of their Personality (the false I ). Others become morbidly introspective, and spend their time analyzing...

Chapter Pratyahara Or Abstraction

When we are suffering, we are made to think that we are enjoying pleasures. In psychoanalytic terms, this is comparable to a condition of masochism, wherein one enjoys suffering. One is so much in sorrow that the sorrowful condition itself appears as a satisfaction. Man never has known what is true bliss, what happiness is, what joy is. He is born in sorrow, lives in sorrow and dies in sorrow. This grievous state he mistakes for a natural condition. On account of the consequence that follows satisfaction of a desire, the anxiety attending upon the wish to perpetuate it, the impressions produced by enjoyment, and the perpetual flux of the Gunas of Prakriti, everything is painful , say Patanjali. It is only the discriminative mind that discovers the defects inherent in the structure of the world. happy and when it goes down we are unhappy. In a moving wheel, no spoke can be fixed or be in the same position always. Happiness in this world, thus, is...

Chapter Dharana Or Concentration

It appreciates only system, symmetry, harmony, beauty, order, etc. The mind dislikes any thing thrown pell-mell, because it is made in an orderly fashion. Without knowing the why of it one does not like anything spontaneously. The way in which the mind functions is what is known as logic. One should not hastily move to things and jump into any conclusion. Many people suffer from this travesty, because they cannot take all aspects of the matter into their judgements. All persons cannot consider every side of an issue, and this pinches the mind from various directions. A programme that one may have to change constantly is not a well-thought-out programme. Let there be no need to change what one has decided to do. Let it be thought and arranged well, even if it would take many days to make the decision. Let there be beauty in thinking, as there is beauty in the outer world. The more is one logical, the more is also one's happiness. Hence, it is...

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When cover model Sianna Sherman discovered yoga in 1990, she would follow up a late night of dancing in Chicago's nightclubs by in-line skating to Lake Michigan at dawn to greet the day with Sun Salutations, She ended up apprenticing with Anusara Yoga founder John Friend for four years, and became one of his first certified te ache is. Today Sherman, who lives in San Francisco with her partner, Kenny Graham, teaches around the world, and is known for weaving storytelling, philosophy, and even poetry into her classes. I practice yoga because it is truly my heart 's desire, she says. The more it becomes the art of my life, the more happy and free I feel from within.

To be or not to be a vegetarian

This doesn't mean that eating certain types of food will automatically make you calm far from it, for your mental state is mainly dependent on inner conflicts and problems. But eating certain types of food in preference to others is conducive to attaining relaxed states of mind. Deeper relaxation of the mind, however, can only come by cleaning out all the inner dross. So by becoming a vegetarian, we feel that one is laying down a firm foundation for a harmonious and happy life. And this is the stepping stone to higher awareness. This does not mean you cannot attain higher states of awareness if you are non-vegetarian this cannot be true, for some systems use meat as an integral part of their ritual under specific circumstances and there have been meat eating sadhakas, but vegetarianism is a help, though perhaps a small one, in starting to tread the path to higher awareness.

Mukhaikapda Paschimottanasana

Paschimottanasana Asana

Along with Janu Sirsasana (Plate 63) and Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Plate 66), this asana tones the abdominal organs and keeps them free from sluggishness. We abuse our abdominal organs by over-indulgence or by conforming to social etiquette. Abdominal organs cause a majority of diseases and ancient sages emphasized that their health was essential for longevity, happiness and peace of mind. These forward bending asanas keep the abdominal organs healthy and in trim. Apart from keeping the muscles in shape, they work on the organs as well.

Removal of Mental Problems Part

There is not one person who does not have some deep-rooted complex, fear, phobia or conflict. Anyone who thinks that he has no mental problems is only deluding himself and at the same time preventing his progress into higher awareness and happiness in life, for while the problems definitely exist, without acknowledging them, no steps are taken to remove them. There is absolutely no stigma attached to admitting one's mental hang-ups, though sad to say there has always been a feeling of scorn, or perhaps fear, associated with those who suffer from more obvious mental problems, such as schizophrenia and melancholia. The reason for this is not certain perhaps we all fear the possibility that we too could easily become a mental patient. There may be a lot of truth in this, for as far as we are concerned there is not really any difference between obvious mental patients and everyone else only that in the former, underlying problems are more intense and have consequently manifested with...

Tension the outcome of mental programming

Our attitude towards life depends on our mind an unsuitable, narrow, unrealistic, incompatible mental state leads to continual conflict with our surroundings and to unhappi-ness and stress as a consequence. An expansive, realistic mental program leads to harmonious interaction and good relationships with the environment and with other people, which must lead to happiness and relaxation. Our lives can either be an expression ofjoy or an expression of discontent it depends on the content of the mind. .Are we then completely at the mercy of our mind Yes, we are, but at the same time we have the ability to throw out the contents of the mind that cause so much havoc in our lives. We can change our mental program or at least modify it by removing all the dross or unwanted parts. All that is required is the desire to reorientate our life along new pathways and to translate this desire into personal effort.

Yoga and mental problems

Actually the main aim of yoga as a science is to root out the cause of mental conflicts. It is these problems that act as blocks that prevent the influx of higher awareness, as well as happiness in life. It is during periods of perfect mental balance that one has his realizations, intuitive flashes and revelations, and lives in a state of increased awareness. These higher experiences don't shine through when the mind is in a state of turmoil and by turmoil we include the deeper levels of the subconscious mind. Many people feel relaxed on a conscious level and wonder why they don't have higher experiences. The answer is simple - while they may consciously feel relaxed, the subconscious levels are certainly not relaxed. Also, one must be alert and awake. The whole system must be tuned to a high degree of sensitivity and receptivity. Most people when they feel relaxed become sleepy and drowsy. This is not the perfect condition under which the influx of higher awareness occurs. there is...

Scriptural references

Nauli is mentioned in various yogic scriptures but with little detail. In the Gherand Samhita it says Vigorously rotate the abdomen from side to side. This practice eliminates all types of disease and increases the digestive fire. (v. 1 53) Nothing more is explained. From the description given it is completely impossible for a beginner to learn and practise nauli. Personal guidance is necessary. In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika it says Bending the shoulders forwards, the abdomen should be rotated from right to left and then left to right. This practice is called nauli by yogis. Nauli removes abdominal ailments, increases the digestive fire and brings happiness. This is the greatest practice of hatha yoga. (v. 11 33, 34) Again the description is valid, but too brief for learning nauli. These short verses in the scriptures are intended more as a method of remembrance than as instruction. Instructions had to be learned directly from the guru.

Yoga nidra as a learning system

Children (as well as adults) learn best when they are creatively involved. But in this modern world most of the child's years in school are concerned with memorizing facts and figures. If this mechanical process could be shortened, then more time would be available for other things, and perhaps the school time could be drastically reduced. A child would learn more and be happier, and the teacher too. This is where the practice of yoga nidra comes in it can be used to speed up the process of 'swotting' and memorizing the basic rules and facts of languages, maths, science and so forth. This would leave time for more creative pursuits.

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A summary of bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is one of the most powerful methods of inducing meditation. If you are swept away by a powerful current of bhakti, then you will find that meditation will arise naturally. It will come about as a natural consequence of having a concentrated mind. So if you feel devotion whether it is tangible or intangible, let it be the supercharger that launches you into the realms of supercon-sciousness. It is said that there are two types of fools the ignorant fool and the fool who is saturated with bhakti. But the happiness of the bhakta is infinitely greater than the ignorant fool, because it is based on love and knowledge. So if you follow the path of bhakti yoga, you may find that you have become a fool but a wise, blissful one.

Soparshan Chakra Kriya

If you can do this meditation for 62 minutes to start with and develop it to the point that you can do it for two and a half hours a day, it makes out of you a perfect super-being. It purifies, takes care of the human life and makes a human perfect, saintly, successful, and qualified. This meditation also gives one the pranic power. This kriya never fails. It can give one all the inner happiness and bring one to a state of ecstasy in life.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation for Evolutionary Change

Well at least we want things to be different in our lives. We want to be happier and at peace within ourselves. We want more satisfying relationships. We want to be healthier. We want more meaningful work and to be more prosperous. We want to break destructive habits and stop indulging in certain addictive behaviors. The question is how can we effect these changes in our lives.

The Root Cause of Tension

It is a method that has been preached by all the religions throughout the ages. When Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and various other religious leaders urged people to change their attitude to others, they showed deep insight into the basis of a happy, tension free life, the stepping stone to higher consciousness. When Christ said Love thy neighbour as thyself, it was not meant in a moralistic sense or only to bring about social harmony. This attitude is helpful in reducing mental tension and turmoil and so aiding our lives both mentally and spiritually. It is very practical advice. Of course on a higher level - love thy neighbour as thyself - is the state of realization that each person must come to when he has cleared out the mind and realized the unity of existence. But now we are concerned with its utilization at a lower level. The various injunctions of religions were aimed at bringing about mental relaxation and clear mindedness so that the individual would be able to become more...

The fundamental mechanics of meditation practice

Meditational practices are excellent methods of confronting the problems, conflicts and other disturbances hidden in the normally inaccessible recesses of the mind. Once we face these negative aspects of our mind they will automatically drop away. Each person can become his own psychiatrist-cum-psychologist. As these problems are gradually removed, so one's life becomes an expression ofjoy and happiness. Our lives will be transformed.

The Truth of Dukkha We are vulnerable to a multitude of suffering experiences

Or he may wake up one morning realizing that he no longer loves her. And the loss of job, health, or stability is notoriously common. The conditions of our happiness are always subject to change. So long as we are in the world of Dukkha, there is no state that will permit us to live happily ever after. Many months ago when we were still at peace and the Persian trumpet was distant, Solon had visited me. I personally escorted him about my realm display ing its glories and the luxuries of my surroundings. Proudly, I said, 'Solon, you have lived a long life and have traveled widely. Who is the happiest man you've ever known ' In response, Solon described an Athenian who was prosperous and whose sons, by their prowess in battle, brought glory to his name. I asked' Well, then, who is the second happiest man you know ' Solon described another in a far off island. I now asked him directly 'What about me ' Solon replied 'Ah, your majesty. We in Athens have a...

Basic anatomy of the brain

The hypothalamus at the top of the spine is connected directly to the thalamus it is part of the limbic system and is concerned with our emotional states and reactions. It is the centre that makes the emotional response of happiness, unhappiness, anger, etc. It is often inhibited by the higher brain centres, so that one suppresses emotional reactions. The reward (pleasure) and punishment (pain) areas of the brain are also located within the hypo-

Sitting With Equanimity

For a formal practice to cultivate equanimity, begin with some calming breaths or a mantra meditation. Once you feel calm, reflect on your desire for happiness and freedom from suffering, both for yourself and forothcrs. Con temp late your desire to serve the needs of others and to be compassionately engaged in the world. Acknowledge both the joy and the suffering that exist throughout the world the good deeds and the evil ones. As you continue to breathe into your heart's center, acknowledge the necessity of balancing your desire to make positive change in the world with the reality that you cannot control the actions of others. Suffering or happiness is created through one's relationship to experience, not by experience itself. Although I wish only the best for you, I know that your happiness or unhappiness depends on your actions, not on rny wishes for you. After several minutes, begin to reflect on your loved ones, directing the phrases to them, followed by the difficult people in...

Concentration willpower and mental problems

It is during work and other activities that you can recognize your mental problems. It is through karma yoga that they are recognized and exhausted. It is for this reason that Swami Satyananda says Work would become a source of happiness if one can recognize it as a stepping stone towards spiritual enlightenment - samadhi. Karma yoga is the outlet for one's mixed samskaras (mental impressions and problems).

Health Healing and Yoga

The source of your health and happiness lies within you. Outside agents like physicians, therapists, or remedies can help you through major crises, but you yourself are primarily responsible for your own health and happiness. The following sections show you how Yoga helps you mobilize the inner strength to live responsibly and wisely. Don't expect happiness from miserable attitudes. Yoga points the way to happiness, health, and life-embracing meaning by suggesting that the best possible meaning you can find for yourself springs from the well of joy deep within you. That joy or bliss is the very nature of the spirit, or transcendental Self (refer to Yoga as a spiritual discipline earlier in this chapter). Joy is like a 3-D lens that captures life's bright colors and motivates you to embrace life in all its countless forms.

This Cold Wont Go Away

Having a cold all winter long is frustrating as well as counterproductive to your happiness and well-being. If you can't get rid of your cold or keep getting colds back-to-back, consider where the virus is coming from. Are you washing your hands often enough Do you frequently touch your face Are you in contact with a lot of people all day long

The Truth of Tanha We are vulnerable to suffering because of the way human nature is constituted Specifically we are a

This tale brings out the subtlety of the Eastern view. For the prince, the outer world was well controlled. He saw, therefore, no risks, no danger to his well being. The sage, however, saw the dependence of happiness on the inner conditions on the pushes and pulls of our being.

The form of the supreme

It is when you start to feel this bhakti towards everything that you start to harmonize with others and with yourself. It is under these circumstances that you will gain happiness from the happiness of others. There is a saying that goes something like to find joy in another's joy, is the secret of happiness. It doesn't mean that you have to walk around joking and laughing with everyone. This is more likely to be show and falsity than anything else. It means living your life, but being tolerant of others, trying to understand others, trying to increase the happiness level of those people that you meet if it is possible. A man's life has meaning

The origin and development of yoga

Another spiritual text called the Yoga Vashishtha is regarded as a direct offshoot and continuation of the Ramayana. This too is a compendium of spiritual inspiration and notable for the depth of its scientific and spiritual ideas. Many scientific ideas only recently promulgated are clearly written in this treatise. The text attempts to explain all aspects of creation and link them ultimately to consciousness. All aspects of life are discussed, from health and disease to happiness and misery. It discusses various methods to attain spiritual realization and emphasizes time and time again the importance of direct perception and experience as opposed to second-hand knowledge. It speaks of various yogic paths, in

The Secret Of Yoga

As has been explained, the Yogi whose image has been projected on the public mind, especially in the West, by some modern exponents of the occult, exists nowhere in the world. There is no Yogi who readily changes from the physical into the astral body, conveys his instructions by mental projection, heals with a touch, transmutes base metals into gold, transforms his disciples into adepts, or performs other similar miracles while leading a happy unruffled life free from the cares of the world. At least history makes no mention of any such extraordinary spiritual prodigy or Yogi who in his own person rose above physical laws, performed miracles left and right, and lived a life of peace and happiness to the end. On the other hand, in all saints and mystics of the world we come across lives of spiritual storm and stress, of a raging

Bhakti combined with karma yoga

Always cherish the thought that you are nobody. Whatever there is, it is only the power . . . you are only the medium. This attitude may be merely intellectual in the beginning, but eventually you will discover through experience that it is a sublime truth. Whether you feel this non-doing through the intellect or through personal experience, it leads directly to detachment. One becomes detached in all situations of life. This is the means to harmony, happiness and higher experience.

Advice at Chelsham Road

So try to understand that these things have to go away. It's best is to pray and ask for help. Prayer is a very big thing, but with your heart Pray That God give us strength and that growth that we can please our Mother sometimes. We want to please our Mother We want to see Her happy. The only thing that will really give Me happiness is That the way I love you You love each other.

Yoga What You Need to Know

7hree or four decades ago, some people still occasionally confused Yoga with yogurt. Today, Yoga is a household word. The fact that just about everyone has heard the word Yoga, however, doesn't mean they know exactly what it means. Many misconceptions still exist, even among those who practice Yoga, so in this chapter, we clear up the confusion and explain what Yoga really is and how it relates to your health and happiness. We also help you see that Yoga, with its many different branches and approaches, really does offer something for everyone.

Live Creatively

Now is a good time to ask, 'How much is enough ' says Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, a Kundalini Yoga teacher and the director of Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. For too long, people have reached for happiness through money. And we've learned that the quest for more material goods has not brought happiness. In fact, it's brought conflict, greed, and war. of letting go of the idea that your happiness depends on what you own. This is a time of transition, Khalsa says, a time to ask yourself, 'What is really important What makes me happy ' Not the instant rushes we get from shopping or titillating our taste buds with a fancy meal, but genuine, deep-down happiness. For Khalsa, this includes a return to the hearth and getting back to basics. I'm spending more time at home and in nature. I cook more often, preparing simple, live, organic food. I focus more on my family and community. This is an opportunity to live more creatively, from the heart, and discover that simple is not only good, it...

Philosophy Of Sleep

Study the condition of Sushupti Avastha or Jada Nidra, the state of deep sleep. There is neither the play of the mind nor the play of the Indriyas. There are no objects. There is neither attraction nor repulsion (Raga, Dvesha). Wherefrom do you derive the Ananda in sleep The experience in sleep is universal. There is no difference of opinion here. Everyone says I slept soundly. I knew nothing. I was very happy in sleep. During deep sleep you rest in Sat-Chit-Ananda Atman and enjoy the Atmic bliss which is independent of object. The difference between deep sleep and Samadhi is that in deep sleep there is the veil of ignorance and in Samadhi this veil is removed. You draw four conclusions from sleep (1) You exist. There is feeling of continuity of consciousness. (2) There is Advaita. (3) You are Ananda Svarupa. (4) The world is Mithya. Names and forms are illusory. The world is a mere play of the mind. It is only a phenomenal appearance. When there is mind, there is world. If you can...

Be Content Santosha

Just saying the word santosha invokes a feeling of calm. Practicing contentment means finding happiness with what you have and with who you are. Of course, you can always work toward improvement, but that doesn't mean you can't be content while you're improving yourself Contentment helps you see that you're exactly where you're supposed to be right now. It doesn't mean you'll be happy when you can finally stand on your head, get that promotion, or find a soulmate. It means happiness in this moment, as you are.

The invocation

Om (All the universal vibration) I bow to the lotus (symbol of unfolding enlightenment) feet of the teachers Who awaken in me the pure happiness of universal being. I take refuge in the jungle physician, Who dispels the delusions of conditioned existence to reveal peace.


Since a young age we have habitually suppressed nasty thoughts and desires and tried to forget bad experiences. But suppression does not solve the problem, for the thoughts merely stay submerged in the subconscious realms of the mind in seed form. Even if we are not conscious of them, these suppressed thoughts act furtively from the subconscious to bring pain, unhappiness and frustration in life. To find happiness, real happiness, these mental impressions (samskaras) have to be rooted out. A direct method is antar mouna.

Come To Center

In lovingkindness meditation, you move through four stages of wishing that you, a loved one, a neutral person, an enemy, and the world have happiness, health, and freedom. The book Lovingkindness, by Sharon Salzberg, is a great source for learning about this practice. In tonglen meditation, you breathe in a heavy emotion or some other form of suffering, then breathe out happiness, peace, and healing, directing it first to yourself, then to an individual you know, then to a group of people somewhere in the world, and finally to all beings. One

And it came to pass

Without joy and experience of higher awareness, life is dull, frustrating and often purposeless. Even one small glimpse of a transcendental experience will inject new aspiration, new joy into even the most unemotional person. Tantra promises just this higher awareness, happiness and knowledge. Tantra is a method of instructing and leading you to material and spiritual fulfilment. Cosmic awareness can come through participation in the world it is not necessary to reject life and become an ascetic. This is the way of tantra.

Yoga K

Kids can even meditate Have kids sit quietly and focus on a pleasant object, like a flower, a small figurine, or a toy. At first, rather than stress the absence of thought, suggest that your kids focus on one single feeling, such as love, happiness, or peacefulness. When thoughts arise, refocus on how the feeling feels instead.

What Is Atman

Everything, the pure Atman, by the contact with the five sheaths, etc., appears to put on their respective qualities. Just as we attribute blue colour to the sky, so also we attribute on account of indiscrimination, the qualities and activities of the body and the organs to the pure, Satchidananda Atman. Passion, desires, happiness, misery, etc., exercise their functions only during waking and dreaming states when the intellect is present and are not present in the deep sleep, when intellect is absent. They, therefore, belong to the intellect and not to the Pure Nirvikara Atman. Egoism and the idea I know crop up by indiscriminately mixing up the Satchidananda aspect of Atman with the functions of Buddhi.


Ramana Maharshi was once asked how one could most effectively start to help the world and create a more harmonious and peaceful brotherhood of man. Ramana Maharshi told him that he must first of all change himself and that this approach is the most positive step that anyone can take to contribute towards increasing world harmony. Whether the questioner accepted the answer or even understood it is uncertain. Perhaps he thought it a selfish attitude. But as far as we are concerned Ramana Maharshi's reply was perfect. He knew what people have failed to see throughout the ages and today, that the way to improve the condition of the world as a whole is to first of all improve the condition of oneself. This is not egoism, but common sense, for how can someone really hope to positively contribute to the improvement of the world situation if he is in a sad situation himself. It is almost like a person who emanates unhap-piness and who is continuously scowling trying to preach to others what...

Meditation Power

All it takes is a few minutes each day in shavasana or sitting meditation. Relax and listen to your breathing. Become aware of the room around you and the body that houses your soul. Don't try to think or feel anything, but if you do, acknowledge it, then let it go. Practice letting your mind relax into a tranquil state, unplagued by worry, anxiety, sadness, or even happiness. Just be for a few minutes each day. Life will come into focus, and you'll discover all kinds of things about yourself (and you thought you knew yourself by now ). For more on meditation, see The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation, also by the authors of this book.

Yogi Food

Sattvic foods help you think more clearly, because your body is unclouded and unhindered by impurities, chemicals, and stimulants. Sattvic foods promote contemplative thought, vitality, energy, tranquillity, happiness, and overall health. Most serious yoga practitioners exist primarily on sattvic foods, although because food in and of itself is not an obsession for the healthy yogi, occasional tastes of other foods when

Yoga In Daily Life

Practise self-control and self-mastery. Have self-confidence. Develop independent judgment. Do not argue. Strive ceaselessly for Self-realisation. Kill this little ego. Develop pure love. Rise above all distinctions of caste, creed and colour. Give up the idea of 'I-ness', 'Mine-ness'. Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain in the sensual objects.

The evolution of man

During the last few thousand years man has made great steps in his evolution The early nomadic forms of man were primarily concerned with survival, with obtaining the basic necessities of life and protecting himself against environmental hazards. Since then man has been more and more able to control nature in accordance with his own needs and whims. In other words, nature has increasingly become the servant of man instead of the enemy. Particularly in modern times man has been able to devote more time to affairs outside mere survival. People are able to think about such questions as existence and happiness. Furthermore, whereas primitive man's evolution was determined by the external environment, modern man is able to decide the direction of his own evolution. The direction of man's evolution so far has in general been physical and mental. That is, the human body became an increasingly efficient Evolution is a continuous progression from the unrefined to the refined, from the...

Body Awareness Poses

We'll begin with postures that have the main purpose of enlivening body awareness. The word for position in yoga is asana, which means seat. An asana is a position that you assume consciously. Yoga is the practice of consciously choosing the seat you assume. Although on one level, this means the physical position you place your body in, on another level, it implies that ultimately you choose every position in life in which you find yourself. Yoga then becomes a practice for making your choices more consciously so that the consequences of them are success and happiness.

Advice To Students

Loss of this vital energy is the cause of disease, miseries and premature death. Therefore, take particular care to preserve this vital energy. Practice of Brahmacharya gives good health, inner strength, peace of mind and long life. It invigorates the mind and the nerves and helps to conserve physical and mental energy. It augments the strength and courage. It gives power to face the difficulties in the daily battle of life. A perfect Brahmachari can, like Jnanadeva, move the world, can command nature and the five elements. Develop faith in the Vedas and the power of Mantra. Practise meditation daily. Take Sattvic food. Do not overload the stomach. Repent for your mistakes. Admit your faults freely. Never try to hide your faults by lame excuses or by uttering falsehoods. Obey the laws of nature. Take plenty of physical exercise daily. Perform the prescribed duties at the appointed time. Develop simple living and high thinking. Give up vile imitation. Get thorough...

Yoga Yoga

Yoga is the discipline of the mind, senses and physical body. Yoga helps in the co-ordination and control of the subtle forces within the body. Yoga brings in perfection, peace and everlasting happiness. Yoga can help you in your business and in your daily life. You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of Yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity and a high standard of health. Yoga transmutes animal nature into divine nature and raises you to the pinnacle of divine glory and splendour.

Raja Yoga

Right method of concentration and meditation. Then alone you can be really happy. Then and then alone, you will have power, independence and suzerainty. Then and then alone, you will attain immortality, freedom and perfection. A knowledge of the ways and habits of the mind, its operations, the laws of the mind and the methods of mind-control and mental discipline is very necessary if you want to enjoy real happiness and peace of an unruffled and abiding nature.

The path of pingala

Before a person can seriously start to tread the spiritual path, however, it is usually necessary to be completely immersed in the pingala path of external activity. From experiences in the world, from exhaustion of ambitions, from gaining satisfaction through the attainment of personal aims and finding that they give little increase in happiness, will come a stage where one starts to question one's relationship with life, asking questions such as What am I Where am I going What is this life all about What right have I to consider myself as being more important than others Is this life really functioning according to the law of the jungle and so forth. Of course, there are very few people who don't ask these questions. But generally they are quickly forgotten in the rush to satisfy one's needs, in the rush to become more successful than one's neighbour and in so many other activities that keep people busy twenty-four hours a day, whether in physical action, thought or dreams. Only...


A secondary thesis of this book is that the outlook of Western psychology is congenial with that of Buddhism and Yoga. Both East and West see the human as caught in a causal matrix. Both see as their ini-tial issue the suffering produced by those causal forces. Both seek and advocate empirically proven techniques that will not only alleviate that suffering but that will produce a mature happiness. It would obviously be of great value for the adherents of both systems, East and West, to be aware of each other. They can only benefit from each others insights and methods. It is hoped that this book will help to promote that awareness.


Other people look at famous movie stars, wishing that they also had the talent to be so successful and popular. This comparison results in dissatisfaction and general unhap-piness. People refuse to accept themselves and their limitations. They fail to realize that though the neighbour and actor outwardly display success, the less desirable aspects of their lives are likely to be hidden or disguised. Though the neighbour and actor may radiate success on a material level, they may be totally unhappy and depressed on a personal level. From a distance, and as outsiders, other people only see success and happiness and it is with this superficial exterior that most people compare themselves. It is from this external display that most of us develop outer feelings of inadequacy and inferiority in relation to others. Try to accept yourself and not condemn yourself on the basis of unjustified comparison with others. Try to do the work that suits your nature. Don't worry about what other people...

The Law Of Karma

And thus it is with the human soul passing on from one life to another. It learns new lessons, gathers new experiences, and learns to recognize the pain that invariably comes from Wrong Action, and the Happiness that invariably comes from Right Action. As it progresses it learns how hurtful certain courses of action are, and like the burnt child it avoids them thereafter. Many object to the teachings of the Law of Karma by saying that the experiences of each life not being remembered, must be useless and without value. This is a very foolish position to take concerning the matter. These experiences although not fully remembered, are not lost to us at all--they are made a part of the material of which our minds are composed. They exist in the form of feelings, characteristics, inclinations, likes and dislikes, affinities, attractions, repulsions, etc., etc., and are as much in evidence as are the experiences of yesterday which are fresh in our memory. Look back over your present life,...


Afterwards, both thorns are thrown away. People often say that it is one's duty to help others. This is a very noble sentiment, but actually for most people this is pervaded with a strong odour of hypocrisy. Most people help others merely to help themselves to gain praise, social status and many other rewards. However, this becomes less and less with increased awareness. The more aware an individual becomes, the less selfish he will become. One actually starts to help other people for their sake, and less for one's own sake. But in the initial stages of karma yoga it is important to realize that any work undertaken, even that done under the guise of philanthropy, is more than likely motivated by an egotistical reason. Accept this and don't try to project the altruistic image. If you practise your dharma you will help yourself, by gradually purifying the mind, increasing concentration and becoming more contented. As a by-product you will also be helping...

Yoga True and False

Of the primitives and the occultists of Egypt, Chaldea, Greece, and other old civilizations made use of them in ample measure. The disciplines of Yoga contain a strong element of autohypnotism and suggestion in them. The attainment of a state of transcendent consciousness, which crowned the labours of most of the famous mystics, sages, and Yoga saints of the past, is a unique phenomenon, attended by certain well-marked attributes that can be objectively verified. In other cases, where the practitioners of spiritual disciplines including Yoga, perceive visions, have supernatural visitations, or believe they have attained a state of mental calm, without developing the other talents which will be discussed in another chapter of this volume, and without experiencing a noteworthy change in their whole personality, are not infrequently experiencing the effects of autosuggestion, or the suggestion of an instructor that has gone home into the subconscious. Commenting on this possibility in...

Choice of sankalpa

The following are a few suggestions of what we call positive, harmonizing sankalpas that can help to lead you towards a happier life if they are repeated regularly and with sincerity. I will become perfectly healthy. I will become positive and dynamic. I will practise yoga every day. I will succeed in my work. I will become more aware. I will find my guru.


A Jivanmukta is not attached to actions though he performs manifold actions for the well-being of the world. He is quite indifferent though he associates himself with objects. He has no attraction for the objects. His mind is ever fixed in the Supreme Self only. He regards this world as an unreality. He does neither live in future expectation nor does he rely on his present possession. He does not live on the pleasure of his past memory. Sleeping, he is awake in his vision of supreme light and waking, he is plunged in the deep, sleepless sleep of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. He does actions and remains as if he has done nothing. He does all actions without the error of believing himself as the actor. He neither rejoices nor grieves at anything. He behaves himself as a boy with boys and as a veteran with old people. He is youthful in the society of young men and is grave in the company of the wise. He rejoices at the happiness of others. He is sympathetic with the people who are in distress. O...

Hints And Cautions

In the practice of pranayama the senses are drawn inwards and in the silence of the kumbhaka the aspirant hears his inner voice calling 'Look within The source of all happiness is within ' This also prepares him for the next stage of yoga, pratyahara, which leads to freedom from the domination and tyranny of the senses.

Sarvangasana I

Advance Sarvanga Asana

The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasized. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, so this asana strives for the harmony and happiness of the human system. It is a panacea for most common ailments. There are several endocrine organs or ductless glands in the human system which bathe in blood, absorb the nutriments from the blood and secrete hormones for the proper functioning of a balanced and well developed body and brain. If the glands fail to function properly, the hormones are not produced as they should be and the body starts to deteriorate. Amazingly enough many of the asanas have a direct effect on the glands and help them to function properly. Sarvangasana does this for the thyroid and parathyroid glands which are situated in the neck region, since due to the firm chinlock their blood supply is increased. Further, since the body is...

What is Yoga

As a well cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different colour of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavour to win inner peace and happiness. 3. Samsaya. The unwise, the faithless and the doubter destroy themselves. How can they enjoy this world or the next or have any happiness The seeker should have faith in himself and his master. He should have faith that God is ever by his side and that no evil can touch him. As faith springs up in the heart it dries out lust, ill-will, mental sloth, spiritual pride and doubt, and the heart free from these hindrances becomes serene and untroubled. To overcome the obstacles and to win unalloyed happiness, Patanjali offered several remedies. The best of these is the fourfold remedy of Maitri (friendliness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (delight) and Upeksa (disregard). 1. Maitri is not merely friendliness, but also a feeling of...

Duties Of Womanhood

It is the women that keep up the life and happiness of the home through their smile, tender affection, sweet speech, charming personality, grace and angelic presence. The home will be a real void without them. It will lose its peculiar charm and beauty without their presence.

Who Am I Nan

As all living beings desire to be happy always, without misery, as in the case of everyone there is observed supreme love for one's self, and as happiness alone is the cause for love, in order to gain that happiness which is one's nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep where there is no mind, one should know one's self. For that, the path of 24. What is happiness Happiness is the very nature of the Self happiness and the Self are not different. There is no happiness in any object of the world. We imagine through our ignorance that we derive happiness from objects. When the mind goes out, it experiences misery. In truth, when its desires are fulfilled, it returns to its own place and enjoys the happiness that is the Self. Similarly, in the states of sleep, samadhi and fainting, and when the object desired is obtained or the object disliked is removed, the mind becomes inward-turned, and enjoys pure Self-Happiness. Thus the mind moves without rest alternately going...

Phoenix Rising

If it bccomcs too hard to send these thoughts to a difficult person, acknowledge this without judgment and return to sending the phrases to a loved one or to yourself. Trust that in time, your heart will expand to include even those for whom you now feel resentment and envy, because you will truly understand that their joy and success do not threaten your happiness. Finally, send these phrases to all beings throughout the world. Imagine radiating these positive thoughts from your immediate environment out in all directions, sending appreciative, joy-filled wishes to all beings in existence. When you feel ready to end the meditation, take some time to simply sit with your feelings and your breath, noticing and honoring whatever you experience. THE POWER OF HAPPINESS If you live your life as though there is a fixed amount of happiness in the world, it's easy to fall into an embittered, resentful state of competition with others. But happiness isn't a...

Karma and Destiny

You have created misery through the power of your past actions and thoughts, which is your karma. Karma is the spiritual law of cause and effect. Through good acts you create good karma, and through bad acts you create bad karma. For instance, if you have done good actions in your past lives, this lifetime will bring a life of luxury, good health and happiness. Conversely, bad actions from past lives will create problems, suffering and poverty in this lifetime.

Authors Preface

He makes various sorts of efforts (Pravritti) to get happiness from objects and gets himself entangled in the meshes or snares of Maya. As these objects are perishable, finite and conditioned in time, space and causation, he fails to get the desired happiness from the objects. This world is Apurna (imperfect) and there is uncertainty of life. A barrister talks at the telephone, ascends the staircase to take his meals upstairs and dies on the staircase. There is not an iota of happiness in objects and they are Jada (insentient). Even the sensual pleasure is a reflection of Atmic Bliss only. Just as a dog which sucks a dry bone in the streets imagines foolishly that the blood comes from the dry bone, whereas, it really oozes from its own palate, so also worldly-minded persons foolishly imagine that the happiness they enjoy comes from the objects only. are in the height of enjoyment of worldly pleasures. When the marriage of your second son is...


Mind is the product of thoughts which are difficult to restrain for they are subtle and fickle. A thought which is well guarded by a controlled mind brings happiness. To get the best out of an instrument, one must know how it works. The mind is the instrument for thinking and it is therefore necessary to consider how it functions. Mental states are classified in five groups. The first of these is the k ipta state, where the mental forces are scattered, being in disarray and in a state of neglect. Here the mind hankers after objects, the rago-guna being dominant. The second is the viksipta state, where the mind is agitated and distracted. Here there is a capacity to enjoy the fruits of one's efforts, but the desires are not marshalled and controlled. Then in the mudha state the mind is foolish, dull and stupid. It is confounded and at a loss to know what it wants and here the tamo-guna predominates. The fourth state of the mind is the ekagra (eka one agra foremost) state, where the...

Bhakti Yoga Part

Generally, however, this bhakti is not able to blossom, for it is hidden and covered with mental misconceptions, problems, dogmas and un-happiness. Each person should be an ecstatic bhakta, because everyone has the potential to tune in with the inner world beyond the limitations of individuality. Each of us has an individual mind. This mind is the centre of consciousness. Most people always live on the periphery of consciousness, yet the possibility of functioning nearer the centre always exists. And when this potential exists then bhakti must also exist in potential form. The nearer one moves towards the centre, the greater will be the feeling of bhakti. So every person is really a bhakta, but this is not manifested or experienced because of lack of knowledge and a fog of misconceptions. Bhakti does not need to be artificially created or cultivated it already exists within each person in seed form. All you have to do is to let the seed grow into a...

Pranayama Breathing

Our activities should be determined by the natural rhythms around us. We should be in harmony with our surroundings. It is this that is conducive to a happy life. Yet modern, industrialized, materialistic life has cut us from the influence of these natural cycles. For these reasons we suffer disease and feel alienated from our surroundings. This is a common feeling among modern people - they cannot relate to life or the things around them.


The Abundant Triumph of wisdom over ignorance. The Giver of auspiciousness and good fortunes. Awarding happiness and bliss to Your devotees. The Eternal Truth. The Disruptor of King Daksha's fire sacrifice. The Messenger of Lord Shiva. The Dispenser of all Happiness and Welfare. The Powerful Goddess smeared in ashes. Having a huge and terrifying face. The Purest Virgin. Born into a royal family.


Yoga is equanimity in success and failure (2 48) Yoga is skill and efficiency in action (2 50) Yoga is the supreme secret of life (4 3.) Yoga is the giver of untold happiness (5 2) Yoga is serenity (6 3) Yoga is the destroyer of pain. (6 17) Although there are other definitions in the Bhagavad Gita these few are the main ones.

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