Sri Bhagawan Nityananda

Sri Bhagawan Nityananda

This week I would like to focus on my Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. Over the years I gathered as many pictures of him as I could. When I stayed in Ganeshpuri I met his direct devotees, who showed me some rare pictures. In Kerala, I stayed at his first...
Are We Living in Spiritual Times?

Are We Living in Spiritual Times?

The question is often asked: are we living in more spiritual times? According to the yogic traditions, shades of ignorance and knowledge swing eternally like a pendulum. Today, there is, without question, more access to wisdom texts than ever before. The latter is a...
Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything

As they say, attitude is everything. This is especially true in yoga and meditation. Our ability to succeed in any endeavor depends to a great extent on our attitude. In the beginning, after learning of the amazing opportunities that meditation has to offer, after...
The Flowering of Ethics

The Flowering of Ethics

In yoga there’s a lot of stress on morals and ethics. Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras points to the yamas (self-restraints) and niyamas (observances). They are: Yamas: 1) Ahimsa: non-violence, non-injury, harmlessness; 2) Satya: truthfulness, honesty; 3) Asteya:...
The Essence of Ritual

The Essence of Ritual

Let the sight of the deity unite you to your own awareness. That is the true meaning of darshan (vision of your own Self). Just as without virility a man is impotent, and without life the body is dead, so is the external worship[without inner feeling]. —Abhinavagupta...

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