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Tag: maya

Trikanasana ~ Triangle Pose

A powerful demon named Mahishasura was wreaking havoc on the gods and goddesses and was threatening to overthrow them.  He was distracting them from their duties and causing them to turn their attention toward worldly pleasures. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, the sacred trinity in charge,  were…

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The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit

In the fifteenth discourse of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna compares the ultimate source of the visible universe to an inverted tree, with the fruits, leaves and branches coming from the earth. There is so much more that we don’t see. This ‘tree’ is…

The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization

When we last left off, Arjuna was learning more about the difference between actions that led to enlightenment and those that did not and how meditation played into that. In the 7th discourse of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna starts to tell Arjuna about that…

The Great Illusion

To read about maya, the yogic concept of the illusory nature of our world visit my previous post.

Adyatmika Sakti ~ Power of the Self

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who…

Lojong Slogan 6: In postmeditation, be a child of illusion

Spiritual writer Brian Beresford, compares this slogan to being a conjurer. When the conjurer turns a rock into a bird, Beresford says, he and the audience see a bird, but he is aware that the bird has appeared by his own ability; he is…

Lojong Slogan 2: Regard all Dharmas as Dreams

Slogan 1 referred to the idea of going back to the start- why you wanted to begin on a path of spirituality and to stop sleepwalking through life. Slogan 2 therefore may seem a bit contradictory. However, the idea behind this slogan is to…

Advaita ~ Nondualism

Advaita literally means “not two” and refers to the idea that there is only one reality; that we all come from the same source. We all experience our lives differently; we perceive our worlds differently and think differently. However, the source from which we…

Maya ~ the illusory nature of our world

“I think therefore I am” – René Descartes What philosophy student hasn’t pondered this statement at some point in their lives? When I first heard it I thought it was crazy to doubt that we existed. I can see with my own two eyes…