Do you know what gets recorded by Cosmos?
Here is a beautiful story in the Mahabharata about a courtesan and a monk by His Divine Holiness, Paramahamsa Nithyananda who is a living incarnation (fondly known as Swamiji).
There was a monk who lived across a courtesan’s house. He used to keep a count of the number of men coming to her house and used to imagine all kinds of things about her lifestyle. The courtesan was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, an Avatar. She spent all her free time praying to Lord Krishna to redeem her from her miserable life. Whenever she saw the monk, she would pay her respects from a distance.
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Do you know the science of setting a resolution or intention?
In the Vedic tradition, there is a powerful practice called Sankalpa, it’s like sowing the seed of change for whatever reality we want to cause. The Sanskrit word – San means altogether, Kalpa comes from Kalpana which means idea. So Sankalpa means that all my ideas and thoughts have united in only one thought, one idea, one goal, and that is defined in this undertaking. Therefore, Sankalpa is a resolution or commitment that is the most effective means of training our mind by reminding ourselves constantly of our highest possibility.
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If you were to ask someone – what is Yoga?
Immediately, the typical answer would be ‘Yoga is a physical form of exercise called asanas (postures) used to promote strength, flexibility and balance in the body’. In the modern society especially in the West, yoga has been reduced to just a physical exercise with some breathing techniques, some chanting and some meditation thrown in to create an exotic appeal. Some of the latest fads include an obsession with precision of different complex postures and a belief in the illusion that excessive loss of water in hot yoga is equivalent to a good workout. The Western society largely sees yoga as another form of stress-buster or stretching aerobic exercise. But what they are seeing are merely the side benefits of yoga. It is almost like going to a restaurant and reading the menu without tasting the food! This is so different from what Patanjali, the father of Yoga is advocating in the Yoga Sutras! The mainstream society is only able to catch the physical dimension of yoga but not the authentic body language of yoga.
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