In my last article “Ignorance: The Root of All Suffering,” we discussed the first of Rishi Patanjali’s Five Afflictions (Pancha Kleshas) of Mind. Patanjali, who showed the world the path of Yoga, talks about these five afflictions as the root of all pains in life: Avidya(ignorance), Asmita (ego), Raga (attachment), Devesha (aversion), and Abhinivesha (fear of death). Humanity has lost its vision due to this clouded state of…Continue
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We all know that if we find the right diagnosis for our suffering then it is always easier to find more effective remedies and solutions. Sages belonging to all faith traditions have found a common ground in diagnosing what causes human unhappiness. They could fathom the reasons for the suffering of humanity and found it is all in the Mind. In the following five articles we will explore the 5 Afflictions of Mind (Pancha Kleshas) according to Rishi Patanjali, the great sage of…Continue
Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa shows us in this article that when we embrace Karuna (Compassion in Action) instead of Coronavirus (Fear in Action) we can spread positive, enlightening energy to a world that is caught in the grip of fear. Through first learning to love and care for ourself and then embracing all others we spread a culture of love and compassion instead of fear and inaction. From the ashes of the past mistakes of humanity, in every sphere of human life, the Phoenix is…Continue
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We must remember that the energy behind our collective consciousness is very powerful indeed. When panic breeds a mass hysteria like what is happening with the Coronavirus it only serves to make the virus more powerful. If we trust the power of our calm minds, positive emotions, and brilliant immune systems, we can conquer our fears and take our lives back.
Let us always remind ourselves that at any point of time we can allow our mind space to be invaded by…Continue
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Abstract: As 2020 approaches we all scurry to welcome the New Year carrying with us the baggage of our past. What if instead we hugged our past goodbye and tried something different to find peace in our lives? Witnessing, or Sakshibhav Meditation, works with believers and nonbelievers alike. The daily practice of this meditation has empowered many from around the world to step back from an external event, a thought attack from inside, any physical ailment, or…Continue
Abstract: Many of us are feeling a lot of anxiety surrounding the environmental climate crisis and the current state of political unrest in our world. Through Sakshibhav or witnessing meditation we can learn to move past this fear and into a space where we can center ourselves within and then be more helpful to the situation. Sakshi means the witnessing mind and Bhav means the feeling heart. We need both to transcend the material…Continue
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Abstract: Everything in life cannot meet our expectations. In the intelligent patterns of the creative universe we are unique in our place and have a very unique role to play in the larger drama of life. The scriptwriter is our own mind. The director is unknown. The projection is continual on the screen of our mind. We react, we laugh, we cry, we manifest all shades of emotion through which we see the self-created movie of our own life. The need is to create a…Continue
Abstract: The American Psychological Association reports that therapists are seeing a sharp increase in individuals experiencing anxiety. Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari suggests two essential practices that can help alleviate fear and anxiety in our lives. One is to learn to rephrase our thoughts by being vigilant to know our default thinking patterns and using mindfulness to reframe these self-defeating thoughts. The other antidote suggested is to develop a keen awareness of our spiritual self,…Continue
Abstract: Due to our own insecurities and vulnerabilities, we are often drawn to keep company with people who are negative or prone to gossip. Wrong company creates wrong energy fields and it is painful for anyone who is close to that field of energy. If we seek the company of positive people, or are in satsang, the company of the truth, we can connect with the friendship of people who are more spiritually and ethically anchored with a cheerful demeanor, people who understand us…Continue
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Abstract: How we can join together in unity to begin to heal the divisiveness that is plaguing our world today? We are passing through a critical time in human history as our world is drifting from “peace” to “pieces”. As conflicts and terror increase, there is a greater demand for spiritual openness and unity. It is time all of humanity joins together to evoke the spirit of tolerance and love to envelope Mother Earth. Unless we unite as spiritual beings above all economic,…Continue
Abstract: Scientific research shows we have more positive experiences than negative. Why then do we seem to almost cherish the negative and forget the positive? This article discusses how our brains are actually wired to remember the negative and how in our society today we are exposed to so many negative happenings around the world. How do we begin to embrace the positive and become responsible for our own happiness? By noticing the good happening all around us.
Abstract: Any identity we create is for the world. We hide behind many masks that may serve us well in the short term, but when it comes to authenticity and genuineness, our masks do little to aid us in making progress in our journey within. Our inner journey begins when we, through mindful living and meditation, begin to shed our false personas and find our Self within, where true peace and happiness reside. Then and only then can we sincerely and compassionately reach out to…Continue
Abstract: It is first necessary to go within and integrate the fragmented parts of our self into a cohesive state of unity, so that our mind, body, and spirit flow together in synergy. In such a state whatever we do is an act of worship, whatever we think is an act of compassion and love, and we are away from the grip of egotistical efforts. In this state of calm mind we can then serve the world selflessly as the very embodiments of God. Soul by soul we will move towards…Continue
"The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." Ralph Nichols, the Father of Listening.
Listening To Our Body
One dimension of listening mindfully should be the practice of shutting off our attention to the external world and its noise frequencies and tuning into our own body. Yes, if we close our eyes, and take a few deep breaths, and then dive into our own body, scan it…Continue
Abstract: We all long to let our soul live our life and not need to wear any masks while dancing joyfully in the rain. Learn to embrace your natural being, the being within, by refusing to live in the default mode anymore. Start "living" your daily spiritual practices rather than doing them! Have a love affair with your Self!
We are humans with a Spiritual Being
We all long for our soul life! A life that is natural without any masks. It is only when we dance in joy…Continue
Overview We have entered a new phase of evolution where a massive churning is occurring globally where we will turn away from the negative toward positive forces of change. For this golden era to come, we all have to participate, work and offer our oblations into the eternal fire within by doing an inner fire ritual called yajna. When we consciously withdraw our participation from any negative conversation within our own mind or in the outer world, we are allowing the…Continue
Overview: Mistakes and failures are the true teachers of life. It is only through mistakes that we learn life’s lessons; we grow, we mature, and we realize better ways to do things, better methods of success in life. We must never judge our mistakes, but through practices of self-forgiveness, positive affirmations and commitment to not repeat our mistakes, we can face the tests in life by opening our hearts to the indomitable spirit that lives within each one of us and guides us to the…Continue
Are Your Bottled Emotions Causing You Pain?
Bottled up emotions are the breeding grounds for all kinds of mental issues, not only for adults and seniors, but children too. How do we learn to feel fully and then transcend our emotions to insure a better quality of life? The first question we need to ask ourselves is does the emotion come before the thoughts or do the thoughts pop up first? Actually they happen quite close to each other. Usually fear comes spontaneously as a response to…Continue
What We Resist Persists
Most of the nagging issues in our lives stem from our inbuilt resistance to certain people or circumstances. There is a simple dictum that the universe follows, “whatever we resist, persists.” It is like there is a conspiracy going on! Whatever we wish to avoid seems to bump into us again and again. As such it is not a conspiracy, but the simple consequence of a universal law in operation, the law of resistance.
We all live within the boundaries of our…Continue
Who Is Flipping Your Switch?
We are born to live our life by our own right. But we often give control of the switch that determines our moods and happiness to those we are attached to, causing us much suffering in the end. Happiness that is dependent on how another perceives us, however exciting, does not last. True happiness is a state of liberty from dependence on others. The root is in our expectations.
If we expect recognition and gratitude from others for what we did for…Continue
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