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Om Mani Padme Hum

Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus – ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ

Yeshe Tsogyal

Mantras in another language represent a challenge for many people if they are not clear on the meaning yet arriving at a meaning can be something of a challenge. When I was first introduced to this mantra it was something new age and sweet, and for some people around me who had distanced themselves from Western society, it represented a point of difference and that they were members of the club.

The origins of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.

For many years I had the idea that when reciting this mantra

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Sari Tradition

Without blouse – A kick back against colonialism

Whatever country men live in, the majority have a somewhat unhealthy appreciation of the female body because we live in a capitalist and patriarchal society where things are to be possessed. Women for the most part have been chattels in many countries, slaves and baby makers for the men who owned them.

India as a matriarchal civilisation was spared this tradition until midway through the British occupation when they decided that because women in England had no rights, Hindu women should also have no rights. With stroke of a pen they passed a law disinheriting women of their wealth and social status and telling men that they had all the power.

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Space and Places for Massage

The massage room or space

Massage master at work

Massage is a versatile healing art, it can be done almost anywhere from living rooms to bedrooms or spare rooms, and serious practitioners will have a room set aside for massage, and perhaps some other spiritual practices.

Some massage can also be done in public places usually without the person completely undressing and it is common for many therapists to work on beaches or in malls.

Physical Space In nice weather or if you reside in a tropical country, massage can be done outdoors out of direct sunlight. But for privacy and warmth in cooler climates, the massage room is a warm space and ideally is large enough that

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Osho on Meditation

The first step to meditation is to be playful about it

Meditation is not anything of the mind, it is something beyond the mind. And the first step is to be playful about it. If you are playful about it mind cannot destroy your meditation. Otherwise it will turn it into another ego trip; it will make you very serious. You will start thinking, ‘I am a great meditator. I am holier than other people, and the whole world is just worldly – I am religious, I am virtuous.’

That’s what has happened to thousands of so-called saints, moralists, puritans: they are just playing ego games, subtle ego games.

Hence I want to cut the very root of it from

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Chamundi Viche

Celebrating the Mother of Mothers and obtaining her blessing

Within Hinduism, Chamunda/ Durga is the fierce aspect of Devi, the Supreme Mother and Goddess. Characteristically she is portrayed as a doll-like figure riding a lion or tiger, or at times other animals depending on her purpose. But there is no doubt that when she is astride a lion or tiger, her intent is more serious.

For a moment, put aside the iconography and the plethora of and the basis of Devi being the earth mother, representing the earth and everything she gives us. Remember too that we come into this life through our mothers and we owe her a debt of gratitude. That debt also extends into the earth from

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Prayer - Asking or Celebrating

How should we pray – Asking or Celebrating?

If we look back to the beginnings of religion, people prayed for good fortune from a mix of fear and desire, this was a calling to the gods for protection or bounty which has continued into this day.

People of all religious beliefs pray for salvation from suffering and good fortune, and even those who consider themselves as atheists set aside a degree of hope and faith that the world around them will be supportive.

What is Prayer?

The most limited form of prayer is the asking God, the asking of the universe for some freedom or blessing. In that sense prayer is an acknowledgement that an individual is not in control

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Monkey Mind

Taming the beast within

Patanjali says you have something permanent within you and that is called “The Monkey Mind.” It is compared to a monkey drunk with the wine of desire, stung by the scorpion of jealousy, and possessed with the demon of pride. Lust, greed, jealousy, anger, ego, tensions, reactions, grudges, depression, stress, and strain are the symptoms of this mind. We suffer from these because we gave all the powers to the mind and made it our master. We are happy when the mind is cheerful. We are depressed when the mind is gloomy. We are at the mercy of the mind that waxes and wanes. We consider ourselves nothing but mind.

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Dandasana

Yoga Asana Series

Seated Staff Pose

BKS Iyengar in Dandasana

Like all poses, Dandasana has a foundation; that is the sitting bones on the floor (or cushion) the legs extended and ideally having the inner ankle bones together, the back lifts up and the pelvis will tilt forward so the spine will balance vertically.

One of the purposes of this pose is to provide an anatomical perspective while lengthening through the back for the legs and extending upwards through the spine. To achieve this the front leg muscles and abdominal muscles are also exercised.

How to:

Sit on the floor with legs together and extended in front of you as with your feet flat as if against a

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Surya Namaskar

Yoga Asana Series

Classical exercise routine

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Surya Namaskar or sun salutations are an ideal everyday warm up or stand alone workout; the classic series of exercises can be done in a few minutes to get your energy flowing, or can be repeated as a comprehensive workout. These Youtube videos are examples that you can follow with allowance for your level of health and fitness.

If you think about it, if the heat and light from our son were extinguished, life on earth as we know it would terminate within about 18 hours. Our ancestors regarded the sun is the source and sustainer of life, and as such it was a deserving

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Ustrasana

Yoga Asana Series

Camel pose or extending backwards

Ustrasana is a beginner level back extension which is not to be confused with simply bending backwards as the name often implies. The whole idea is to extend and lengthen one’s spine upwards so that it can freely flex without creating any compression or discomfort in the spine.

The ease of performing this asana comes with the softening or lengthening of one’s front thigh muscles. As you go into the posture, avoid pushing the pelvis forwards. Before attempting this exercise, please read the page on bending backwards.

Instruction

Place the feet and knees hip width apart with toes under as in the right image Place the hands

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