Purify Fear & Desire w/ Karma Yoga

What is Karma Yoga? The attitude with which we take action. When is the best time to practice? Anytime during the waking state. What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? To purify binding fears and desires, reduce emotional and mental disturbance and cultivate predominate sattva (peace of mind). Thus preparing the mind for the assimilation […]

Bhakti – Devotion

“When love is directed towards something higher, nobler, and greater, it is known as bhakti (devotion).” Swami Paramarthanda. Bhakti has two primary meanings, devotion or love of Isvara (God) and sadhana (spiritual practice) done with love of God, this is yoga. There are three stages (qualities or intensities) of bhakti and three practices of bhakti. […]

To Help or Not to Help

Last evening in Meditation & Discussion there was an inquiry into the issue of helping others. This piggy-backed on the previous week’s inquiry from Dharma Talk on how to speak about the gift of Vedanta (Self knowledge) to others. More than one teacher has shared that we need to be cautious about “helping” others. Until […]

Reflections On Love

The final stage of bhakti (devotion), as shared by the Narada Bhakti Sutras, is non-dual love. The first stage is love of objects, then God, followed by love of Self knowledge and finally actualizing Self love. In realizing my essential nature as non-dual love, I no longer NEED to receive love or even give it. […]

Lights, Camera, Action!

Have you ever wondered why two people can view the very same experience and draw completely different conclusions about what transpired? Or why you have the reoccurring emotions and thoughts you experience? How about your challenges, addictions, gifts and passions? Where does all this stuff come from anyway? Now the answer is simple but it’s also […]

Lights, Camera, Action (Extended Cut)

Have you ever wondered: Why your life is the way it is? How you found yourself in this particular body, with these thoughts and feelings? Who chose your family? Where did your life challenges, addictions, struggles, gifts and passions come from? Life is a  Holographic Projection. The light of self (awareness) shines through our conditioning (vasanas) much […]