Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Quote

"As a lump of salt dropped into water becomes dissolved in water and cannot be taken out again, but wherever we taste [the water] it tastes salt, even so, my dear, this great, endless infinite Reality is Pure Intelligence alone. [This Self] comes out [as a separate entity] from these elements and with their destruction [this separate existence] also is destroyed. After attaining [oneness] it has no more consciousness. This is what I say, my dear."

-Yajnavalkya to Maitreyi, in the Upanishads

Monday, May 27, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Quote

"Over my years with Swam Radha's teachings, I have come to understand that my own life with its particular set of circumstances taken as a whole presents an extraordinary opportunity for evolving into Awareness. When I entered her field of Light, I took the first step towards a more conscious cooperation with that evolution."

-Swami Gopalananda (David Foresee)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Quote

"I had rambled like a mad chap caring little for bodily comforts for God and guru (master). God never descended for a moment to assist me. The day I traced my guru and received His blessings, things turned in my favour. Prior to that although I had undertaken various practices they did not yield any result. As soon as I came under the guidance of my gurudev (master) whatever practices I followed, I got success in each of them. It is therefore very important that a blessing of guru is very essential for success in spiritual sadhana."

- Swami Nigamananda

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Music

The Divine Mother prayer*

Oh, Divine Mother
May all my speech and idle talk be mantra
All actions of my hands be mudra
All eating and drinking be the offering of oblations unto Thee
All lying down prostrations before Thee
May all pleasures be as dedicating my entire self unto Thee
May everything I do be taken as Thy worship.

Om Shanti shanti shanti

*from Swami Radha

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Thursday Quote

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.”

~ Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Thursday Quote

"One year of yoga [asana] costs less than a single day in the hospital."

-Suza Francina, in The New Yoga for Healthy Aging

Context: this is Francina's response when "People sometimes tell me, 'But not everyone can afford to go to a yoga class or purchase those expensive yoga bolsters.' One reader even accused me of being 'elitist,' arguing that many older people cannot afford to attend classes at fully equipped yoga centers and that they don't have the money to purchase props for home use."