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What is real?

How does a yogi address this question? The sense of separateness is not real, each of us is pure already , born and manifest in a state purity, and often to become polluted by our various afflictions, greed, desire, jealousy, … Continue reading

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The Yama of Ahimsa

As I understand Ahimsa, there are two main expressions of it – the first being non violence – the command that one not kill, or do any violence against others in word, thought or deed, and the second is the … Continue reading

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Principles and practice of yoga – Vairagya

Dispassion – Vairagya – is said to be discrimination between the real and unreal. From ‘How to get Vairagya’ by Sri Swami Sivananda In my life dispassion is useful for observing my own actions. Without dispassion in the matter of … Continue reading

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The practice of offering

It is said that any action, when done with the right intent in the heart, that carries with it no expectation of reward, is an act of Karma yoga.  The practice of Karma yoga is one path towards self enlightenment. … Continue reading

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Practice of Yoga

There is no greater gift to a student of Yoga than the chance to share the practice with others. I have not posted on this site for many months, but I am today as it was my second ever class … Continue reading

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Who is there to be enlightened?

Questions are wiser than answers, I am sure of it. Recently Sri Dharma asked the question, “who is there to be enlightened?” What I have understood when reflecting on this question is that when I surrender my ego, when I … Continue reading

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Renouncing the fruits of action

Recently I found myself in a poisonous mood unable to be grateful. I was tired of washing dishes, clothes, cleaning house, and caring for everyone else. What had been for me my expression of devotion had become tiresome. What was … Continue reading

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Dairy

I have a cousin who is a dairy farmer, and I love her dearly. As a kid I climbed and played in her moms barn, as a young adult I watched her deliver calves, and as a vegetarian I came … Continue reading

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Blindness

My vision is 20/400, but I am blind in other ways. A few days ago I was reminded what it means to be blind when a wave washed my glasses off my face. Usually I never need them in the … Continue reading

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Darkness and samskara

Something funny about being in a place where nature is more powerful than culture… the psychic energy of people stands out in stark contrast to the purity of nature and the ‘benign indifference’ of the natural world, and human psychic … Continue reading

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