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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things.

For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but I can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

But the idea of Dharma and the idea of living

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Bikram Yoga

A misappropriation of yoga

Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Yoga College of India and he ascribes a yoga exercise routine based on 26 postures performed in high temperatures making him the founder of ‘hot yoga’. He patented his name and always prosecutes people though today he has been disgraced.

Franchisees disillusioned with Bikram’s corporation have dropped out but retained elements like the heated room, but changed the Bikram name so as not to breech copyright. In 2006, he had 1,650 yoga studios around the world (up from 1,200 from the previous year)

The asanas in Bikram’s schools are the traditionally the same as in any school and he pushed the idea of exercising is a room heated to

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Practical Yoga

A simple guide to practising yoga

The literal meaning of the word yoga is ‘unity’ however the general meaning of yoga is broad covering all positive and life sustaining activities. The practice of Yoga can be best described as the conscious action to create balance, peace and harmony.

Unfortunately modern life is not peaceful, and yoga is more commonly used as a tool for relaxation, stress release, improving fitness and health, while being gentle and enjoyable for people of all ages and states of health.

Yoga at a personal level may be It is our want and desire for unity can be described as a type of yoga and is found in all our lives and is an integral part

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Balance in Yoga

Defining Balance and how to find it?

The Buddha famously spoke of the middle way, of avoiding extremes and in simple terms physical balance is a state of equipoise whereby one can remain upright without rigidity. In yoga we typically think about balance in terms of the physical, but there are also states of mental and spiritual balance that comes about through right practice and mindfulness which of itself is another practice.

We could say that life itself is an exercise in finding balance in every area of life. However within yoga it is acknowledged that balance in all aspects of life enhances self-awareness, self knowing and ease of existence. So strive to balance inside and out – masculine

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Paramahansa Yogananda

A modern mystic and spiritual teacher

(5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952)

One of the first great teachers to leave India for a Western country, the organisation that has grown from Yogananda’s teachings (the self realisation fellowship) to almost every country in the world. He teaches more by sharing his story rather than telling you what to do.

“You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.” – from the book The Divine Romance.

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

A modern father of Yoga

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as being one of the outstanding Indian Gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli (also commonly spelled as Tiruchuzhi), Tamil Nadu (South India) and named Venkataraman Iyer at birth. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman became suddenly aware that his real nature was imperishable and unrelated to his body, mind, or personality.

Though many people have reported brief experiences of this, in Venkataraman’s case it was permanent and irreversible. From that moment on, his sense of being an individual person ceased and never functioned in him again. A few weeks after his sense of individuality

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Origin of the Seven Day Week

The 7 day week and 24 hour day are not western concepts

Why do we have only 7 days in a week? Why can’t we have 8 or 9? What is an hour? Why do we have only 24 hours in a day? Why can’t we have 30 or 40 units and call it an hour?

Our 7 day week is not a concept borrowed from Babylonians or the Romans as it is generally believed. During the Republic period, the Romans had an eight day week. The 7 day week is not really based on western calendar. The 24 hour day is often attributed to the Egyptians or the Babylonians yet none of these histories mention India which

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The Core of Yoga

The path to truth and happiness

There is no absolute scientific certain, no proven origin or reason for mankind in this world. There is no proof of creation, there is no proof of evolution; there are many maybes and yet we know we have this potential and yet were are caught up in suffering when we have the potential to be happy….

But the fact that you wake up every morning is proof that you are alive and depending on the combination of your actions and circumstances, you are either happy or unhappy. For the happy, yoga is a celebration of life and for the unhappy, yoga is a journey to create an enduring happiness.

We all experience moments of

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Ethics in Yoga

The art and core of being

As with the ten commandments of the Christian bible and the more ancient Egyptian 142 commandments, the social and personal ethics known as Yama and Niyama are the rules which we must abide by for self realisation and for our survival as a society or civilisation. In other words, these constitute a formula for world peace and internal harmony.

Yama:

Peacefulness (ahimsa) Truthfulness (satya) Honesty (asteya) Continence (Bramacharya) Acceptance (aparigraha)

Niyama:

Purity (saucha) Contentment (santosa) Ardor or Austerity (tapas) Self study(svadhyaya) Dedication to the Lord (isvara pranidhana)

Why Ethics? Thesocial ethics, when practiced, bring about a harmonising of the community. They build trust and friendliness. Personal ethics assist us to see our true colours,

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

A modern yogi, mystic and visionary

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Image from Isha downloads

Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author of over 100 titles in 8 different languages, a spiritual master with a difference, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science that is vitally relevant to our times.

With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru is actively involved in fields as diverse as architecture, ecology, sports, music, poetry and painting.

He is the founder of Isha Foundation, a non profit educational and charitable facility based in India and the USA.

A modern yogi, Sadhguru has a mission to

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The Demise of Civilisations

Why do civilisations end?

With all its wisdom why was the civilized ancient world not able to withstand or overthrow the invaders?

Wisdom can not save one when times change and the evil attacks and invades. The physical forces who were guided by greed and selfishness destroyed all ancient world slowly and gradually. The fall of ancient world’s last developed times began decaying about 5500 years ago, when Mahabharata war had ended.

The ancient civilized world began its decay and people were misled and they began to fight and lay claims to others properties and this was also coincidental of commencement of Kali Yuga [an epoch of machine] as mentioned in Vedic texts. There upon greed led communities invaded

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