Overcoming the three Mental Afflictions 
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
In the realm of the mind, three afflictions reside, Kama, Krodha, Lobha – in darkness they hide, Born of desire, passion’s fiery embrace, They weave their illusions, a treacherous chase. Kama, the first, desires uncontrolled, A thirst for pleasures, a tale so old, Chained to cravings, seeking endless gain, Lost in the mirage, true peace they can’t attain. Krodha, the second, anger’s burning flame, A fury unleashed, virtue it maims, Distorting reason, clouding the sight, Leaving a trail of destruction in its might. Lobha, the third, my greedy clutch, Grasping and hoarding, never too much, In ..read more
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Listen With An Open Heart, Increase Awareness and Wake Up
The Spirit Of Higher Consciousness Now
by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
We’re starting a new year and a lot of people are making their new year resolutions such as losing weight, eating healthier or making more money. Others strive for better relationships, less stress or more happiness. Still others, resolve to increase their spiritual practice in whatever form it might be, in order to attain to higher states of consciousness in the coming year. In order to make any meaningful change, one must keep an open mind and learn new things or ways of behavior or modes of thinking. If one has closed off oneself, either through laziness or stubbornness, it becomes impossib ..read more
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Don’t Let Ego Hijack Your Insights And Harm Your Relationships
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
In the course of our daily lives, we are constantly making judgements, evaluating our own actions and feelings as well as those of others. We are rewarded for our sound judgements and penalized for our bad judgements.Judgements are proactive when you decide how to act and what to say in certain situations based on your experience and insight. Judgements are reactive when it evaluates past actions, words or feelings. As a spiritual practitioner makes progress on the path, he or she will experience more and more flashes of insights into past, present or even future situations. When these insight ..read more
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Spinal Breath For Higher Consciousness Is Core Practice Of Kriya Yoga
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
By Rudra Shivananda   Kriya Yoga has been experienced by a variety of yogis to be a potent and rapid path towards Self-Realization. A key practice of this yoga gifted through the ages by Mahavatar Babaji is that of spinal breathing. Yoga can be considered to be a path of spiritual evolution – as an unfolding to our highest potential consciousness. As such, it is analogous to Darwinian physical evolution which is focused on the body matter and for humanity, mostly on the nervous system. It is the evolution of the brain from the spinal nervous system that distinguishes humanity from other l ..read more
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A Strong Single-Minded Desire Is The Necessary Motivation On Your Spiritual Path
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
by Rudra Shivananda The worst enemies of a spiritual practitioner are boredom and doubt. Gone are the early heady days when you found your spiritual path and embarked on a set of practice that you were sure would lead you to your goal… you now find excuses to skip your meditation. To be sure, you have indeed made some progress in steadiness and stability in your life. You may even have a strong sense of peace and serenity. Then you hit a long period of nothing happening. You know you should preserver and keep practicing but it has become mechanical, routine and even boring. You soon come to do ..read more
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Wisdom Is The Union of Insight With Action
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
By Rudra Shivananda How often are we faced with a situation where we are called upon to decide between the lesser of two choices that both have negative consequences? We often wish that we can just stop and not to choose and do nothing at all.  Sometimes the consequences are minor while other times, even inaction can have huge impact. Recently, there has been a lot of public hand-wringing about choosing between the two candidates for the upcoming presidential election. Both candidates are considered flawed by supporters as well as opponents with both having high un-favorability ratings. S ..read more
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Immortality and Divinity : Choose Wisely
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
By Rudra Shivananda There are diverse reasons for seekers to pursue a spiritual path – some are striving for liberation from pain and suffering, others are seeking knowledge of their their true nature and reason for being, and yet others want freedom from death and to achieve immortality. Of course, it may be reasoned that all these goals can converge and are not conflicting with each other. However, the confusion in the minds of seekers over their final objective can impede their progress on the path and also lead to pursuit of illusionary ways and means. It is taught by the sages that our es ..read more
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Your Hands Can Affect Your Meditation
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
By Rudra Shivananda What are your hands doing when you are trying to meditate? When a seeker enters the stream and take a path of spiritual insight, he or she will pay a lot of attention to the sitting position and body posture. However, not much attention is paid initially to the position of the hands and this oversight can be detrimental to progress in meditation. Traditionally, different hand positions have been established to have different effects on the energetic, emotional and mental processes. This is called the science of mudras and can be observed in statues and paintings of diviniti ..read more
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Practical Spiritual Guidance from Martin Luther King
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by Rudra Shivananda
10M ago
By Rudra Shivananda A few days ago, we commemorated the life of a great leader for the freedom movement. Martin Luther King took up the mantle of Mahatma Gandhi and became a beacon of light not only for black Americans but for people all over the world. We need not discuss his heroic application of the principles of non-violence to restore the civil and human rights of a marginalized segment of the population because it is well-known and applauded by all unbiased peoples of the world. However, I’ve always been impressed by his spiritual foundation and the wisdom of his words when applied to a ..read more
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Listen With An Open Heart, Increase Awareness and Wake Up
The Spirit Of Higher Consciousness Now
by Rudra Shivananda
4y ago
We’re starting a new year and a lot of people are making their new year resolutions such as losing weight, eating healthier or making more money. Others strive for better relationships, less stress or more happiness. Still others, resolve to increase their spiritual practice in whatever form it might be, in order to attain to higher states of consciousness in the coming year. In order to make any meaningful change, one must keep an open mind and learn new things or ways of behavior or modes of thinking. If one has closed off oneself, either through laziness or stubbornness, it becomes impos ..read more
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