There is a belief in the spiritual world that consciousness evolves, and that part of our mandate as spiritual seekers, is to support the evolution of it. But does consciousness really evolve? Well, it does and it doesn’t, depending on your perspective and definition of consciousness. From the Upanishads, the source texts of Vedanta (a […]
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By Vinay & Lidija (Samadhi) It’s important at this point to clear a common misconception about meditation. A common belief nowadays in various spiritual circles is that meditation can lead to enlightenment. People spend years and years meditating of hours a day, and end up being frustrated. According to Vedanta, meditation will not give you […]
First there is ignorance (avidya), when we don’t know that we don’t know. This is the, ignorance is bliss, period. This bliss, however, comes with its fair share of challenges. Most of the population remains in stage 1. In this stage, we believe the waking dream called me and my life, is real and that […]
With all that’s unfolding here in America and abroad, it’s not hard to feel overwhelmed. Here are some simple actions to cultivate a peaceful mind in the midst of disconcerting events. 1) Begin each day with gratitude. Regardless of what’s happening in the world. For most, there are many things to be grateful for – […]
My morning practice transforms my challenges, affirms my values and supports my highest vision. Gratitude: Every day I begin with gratitude, because all I have, has been given to me. This body, heart and mind, friendships, opportunities, challenges, family,… Values: I then consider what I value most and commit to actions which align with these […]
The self is not the person on your birth certificate or drivers license. The self is not the sum total of your experience, successes or failures. Nor is it who you know, where you’ve been, how much money you have or what you look like. The self is not your body, heart or mind. All […]
“When one now deeming oneself the mind and wandering lost amid phenomena, wakes up from this dream-spectacle and re-emerges in the Self and stands as That, this is the inward-ness of yoga true.“ Ramana Maharshi
The Yamas & Niyamas are ten practices for ethical living. They comprise the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path of yoga. These ten jewels offer guidance for conscious living.
“The yamas and niyamas are emphatic descriptions of what we are when we are connected to source. Rather than a list of dos and don’ts, they tell us that our fundamental nature is compassionate, generous, honest, and, peaceful.” – Donna Farhi.
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, yama means restraint and niyamas are observances. The yamas involve our relationship with the world, while the niyamas, our relationship with ourselves.