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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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Osho

The controversial yogi

Osho was born 11 December 1931 and departed this life 19 January 1990

Born Chandra Mohan Jain, and like a chameleon, Osho was known as Acharya Rajneesh during the 1960s, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s and as Osho from 1989. Over his lifetime, he became an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher (guru) with a large international following.

As a professor of philosophy, he travelled throughout India in the 1960s as a public speaker and his outspoken criticism of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi and institutionalised religions which made him controversial. He also advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality: a stance that earned him the sobriquet “sex guru” in the Indian and later international press.

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Entrapment

And the nature of suffering

Most people at some stage in their lives, and more so if they fall into the middle and lower socio economic classes in Western society will disparage their life and experience of time passing. How often have you heard someone say that they hate their life or that they can’t wait for it to be over?

There are many reasons to take on such an attitude. When we are very young, adults tend to act very nonsensical and as such child’s minds are filled with trivia until such time as they can make sense of their world. There is a time and place to go “goo goo gaga” but very often parents do not know

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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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What is freedom?

Ignorance is not bliss

This is a question that many people struggle with as typically freedom implies a lack of any restriction to follow our desires where ever they may lead. However if our desires are based on ignorance, and if those desires result in harm to self or others then eventually this will create a bondage which is the opposite of the freedom that is sought.

When you consider that we experience our world through the sensory receptors within our own bodies and that our bodies are confined to this time and place, the idea of any freedom seems almost ludicrous.

Yet we have the desire for freedom and that freedom is about many aspects of self. Physically of

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Meditation

An inward journey

There are a great many forms of mediation emanating from our spiritual traditions and it is widely recognised that meditation helps to:

calm the mind provide relaxation provide focus and meaning in life improve general health and even cure some medical conditions.

It is a challenge to define meditation, but simply put, when one is present with an undivided mind, meditation happens. Meditation is helpful because by being present with a still mind, it is possible to observe the root cause of illness or discomfort.

Meditation is actually a natural process for human beings and it is largely intuitive. People have been meditating and if we take Buddhist culture as an example, we can see there is

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