Thursday, August 30, 2012


"Like writing on the surface of water, is the anger of a realized soul."

-Hindu saying

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vedanta on TCM

TCM had a Tyrone Power festival yesterday. Among the films they showed was The Razor's Edge.

I'd seen the film a few times, although not in awhile, and each time it makes more sense. *This* time it was clear that Tyrone Power's Indian guru is urging him on the path of Vedanta, or Jnana Yoga, and that Power achieves God-realization before being sent back into the world.

The scene with the guru is loosely based on Somerset Maugham's encounter with the great jnani Ramana Maharshi. Read Maugham's account here.

Click here to learn more about the four main paths of yoga.

Back home, Power's old friends have had their primary attachments ripped away form them, and they're miserable (no backup light!). They find Powers to be content, yet aloof.

Watch the whole film here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Snaps

Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi 800-hour Teacher Training, August 2012

Dharma Mittra Yoga Life of a Yogi 500-hour Teacher Training, May 2008

Dharma Mittra Yoga Life of a Yogi 200-hour Teacher Training, February 2007

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fuzzy Friday

While folks were flocking in droves to the disco and the Sex Pistols were making their first tour of America and Egypt was making peace with Israel at Camp David and Pope John Paul II was being installed and Steve Dahl was debuting in Chicago and Son of Sam was being sentenced in New York....

....they were practicing yoga in Central Park....

What were *you* doing in '78?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Quote

“The Yogi tries to drive his mind to the goal, as a cowherd drives a bull with a stick, but on this path [of jnana/knowledge or vichara/self-inquiry] the seeker coaxes the bull by holding out a handful of grass!...

..."You have to ask yourself the question, Who am I? This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem, and you will solve all other problems thereby."

-Sri Ramana Maharshi

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Sri Dharma saluting the guru. This video was made last year - shortly after Sri Dharma's own guru, Swami Kailashananda (Yogi Gupta), passed into mahasamadhi.

The subtext is that for most, spiritual progress cannot be made without the help and guidance of a guru - the remover of darkness.

Learn more about the importance of guru here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Airport Yoga

Nothing passes the time like Dharma Yoga Level IV with pranayama and svadhyaya.

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Monday Music

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Partner Yoga Day

....also pranayama, meditation Satsang, Dharma 4 with Yoshio, Om Japa, graduation requirements, and more Satsang with Srii Dharma.

An easy day.

Plus i accidentally ran into the Indian Independence Day parade during the break.

Jai Hind!

Because without India, where would we be?

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"The mind has to be controlled gently."

-Sri Dharma Mittra 8/16/12

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Thoughts are like your friends. If they knock on your door and you invite them in and give them food, they stay and invite their friends.

"If they come and you ignore them, they stay a little while and then they go."

-Sri Dharma Mittra 8/17/12

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"When you read scripture, try to understand it without comments. Use your intelligence. When you have some discrimination, you will be able to understand. Until then, the comments are to help you."

-Sri Dharma Mittra, 8/16/12

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Thursday Quote

"Prana is not matter, but it is in matter; Prana is not mind, but it makes the mind to think; Prana is not air, but it makes the air to blow; Prana is not breath, but it makes the breath go in and out."

~ Swami Kailashananda


"Prana is the inseparable power of God."

~ Chandra Om

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mid-Week Video

Janmadina Mubāraka, Hindustan!

Happy 65th Birthday, India!

Where would we be without you?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Anything that involves 'I' or 'mine' indicates bondage."

-Sri Dharma Mittra

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Monday, August 13, 2012

"Divine imagination helps the process."

(as do faith, sharpness of mind and enthusiasm)

-Sri Dharma Mittra. 8/13/12

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Monday Music

Sri Ram Jai Ram!

Jai Sri Dharma!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Do you know what the mind is?

"It is everything that is not the Self."

-Sri Dharma Mittra, 8/12/12

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Saturday, August 11, 2012


The great Bollywood actor/director/producer Aamir Khan is in town, filming Dhoom 3.

Actually, he is one of the greatest actors of our time, period.

And he has a huge heart to boot.

Read about the filmy shooting here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Thursday Quote

To be childlike is good; but to be childish is not good.

To do simple tapas is good; but to spoil the health by mortification is not good.

To be devotional is good; but to be emotional is not good.

To have vairagya is good; but to expose the body to cold wind is not good.

-Swami Sivananda

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

MId-Week Video

(best when stopped just after music ends).

Monday, August 06, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Friday Photo

Seven-year-olds in Pascimottanasana at a gymnastics event. *So* cute - and incredibly focused. Yet even at that young age, the bodies are already becoming stiff...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Thursday Quote

Click on image to enlarge text.

Swamiji = Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Sri Dharma Mittra practicing yoga asana at age 73. He is/was the teacher of David Life, Sharon Gannon, Chandra Om, Andrei Ram, and Kali Om, among others.

Om Namah Shivay!

Mid-Week Video

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya at age 50, in 1938. He was the teacher of Indra Devi, Sri K. Pattaabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar and Srivatsa Ramaswami, among others.