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The Yoga Tradition – An overview

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All yoga systems as we know them today, developed within spiritual traditions derived from the ancient Vedas. The Vedas are the oldest and most authoritative religious scriptures of Hinduism. Therefore these Yoga traditions are known as Vedic traditions that are collectively called Vaidhika Dharma (Vedic Dharma) in Sanskrit. Since the

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The steward of human psychology

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Moving across from the outermost physical side to the inner layers of our body-mind constitution, each interior aspect becomes subtler than the one before. An increase in subtlety in an interior aspect is also inherent with a greater power to control and regulate the exterior aspects to it, in which

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Intellect is the foundation for healthy mind and relationships

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The primary foundation of our emotional and mental health is the intellect. A keen and steady intellect contains within itself the stamina to resist the pressures of the ego and its desires and to be able to perform its functions properly. That alone can provide a person with a mind

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Common remedies for fatigue

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Fatigue, also referred to as tiredness, is not a disease but our natural psycho-biological warning system. Fatigue alerts us of an underlying weakness in our body and mind that needs our attention. A few simple adjustments to our lifestyle can generally help alleviate fatigue. Common remedies that would normally help

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How to stop being possessive and start living

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We pin our happiness on people, things and circumstances. Admittedly, their presence in our life does contribute to the joys of life. Yet, it seems our relationship and interaction with them is not always rosy and we do experience as much, if not more, problems enough to turn our life

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18 Quotes that will make you rethink what love means

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What does the word “love” mean to you? I find it fascinating that these quotes on love that I have collected from different thinkers appear to be analogous in describing the meaning of love. The sense of true love is one and the same for all people regardless of their

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Living in the awareness of Isha

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The Ishavasya Upanishad (īśāvāsya upaniṣad) declares that the universe we perceive is a manifestation of the Absolute Reality alone – ‘pūrṇāt purṇam-udacyate’. What this means is that our universe of multiplicity is a construct in the field of infinite consciousness which is referred to here as the Absolute Reality. Our

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5 Quotes to remind us – it is not yet the time to give up

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Many successful people have dealt with numerous setbacks before they achieved success in their pursuits. Sometimes failure can overwhelm even the most tenacious person and giving up seems to be the only way left. I have had my fair share of setbacks in life and the last time when it

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Skills for life and living

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I had previously written about the importance of training the mental faculties and personal development in education. Unfortunately our education system today does little for the personal development of our children. I also find that a lot of the skills for life and living are not taught in schools. Imparting

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30 Quotes of Swami Vivekananda on personal achievement

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World renowned Hindu spiritual leader and monk ‘Swami Vivekananda’ is a beacon of inspiration and wisdom to millions. His speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893 is perhaps the most iconic of his many famous speeches. He was a major force in the modern day

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Personal development in education

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The ability to grasp, reason, organise and apply knowledge in our lives has enabled us humans to create civilisation and to advance human desires and aspirations. This ability however is acquired only through the training of our mental faculties. This should be recognised as one of the fundamental roles of

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Three tricks our mind plays that knock us off course

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I am realising that my own mind is a more cunning saboteur of work than any other person that I ever knew. At one moment I can be full of enthusiasm and making resolutions to use the time available efficiently for work and the next moment I am wondering how

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Why focus on actions and not on the fruits of actions?

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Everything that happens to us happens in the present moment. Past and future moments are simply a creation of our mind recollecting and projecting from our memory while casting a veil over our perception of the present moment. Nothing can actually happen in a past or in a future moment.

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You are the sum total of your mental-impressions

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Physical actions are only a manifestation of thoughts in your mind. Every physical action and the result you experience are in fact an extension of a sequence of mental processes. Every conscious thought process leaves an impression in the deeper layers of your mind. These mental-impressions remain as latent tendencies

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Surya Namaskara for All

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Do not despair if you have insufficient time to practice different yoga asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing technique), japa (chanting) and dhyana (meditation) daily. Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation is the solution you need to incorporate asana, pranayama, japa and meditation into a single short routine. Practicing Surya Namaskara helps

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Simple morning rituals for detoxification

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Ayurveda teaches that both nourishment and detoxification are equally important to maintain a healthy body. Most of us are familiar with the ideas of nourishment for the body. However many are not aware that our well-being is also dependant on the proper elimination of excesses from our body that are

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Mind factors into Karma

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Effect is determined by the nature of cause. So the result of action is determined by the nature of action. Actions have no existence apart from the mind. Action is only an extension to the thought processes of the mind. Therefore action is determined by the nature of your mind.

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Constitution of the Panchakosha model

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  There is a unique human body-mind constitutional model in the Vedas. The Hindu sages imparted spiritual wisdom to their students using the model as a methodology to guide them through a process of self-enquiry and meditation. It is called the Panchakosha. What is strikingly evident is the completeness of

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Prenatal Samskaras

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Over the years as I read and research Hindu scriptures I became convinced that the science of personal growth can be applied during the prenatal development of a child. I kept noticing references made to prenatal care (mother and child) and highlights of incidents of education received by the child

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The Power of Thought

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A thought is a thing, just like matter and energy. In Hindu philosophies like Vedanta and Yoga, a thought is technically defined as vritti (literally, ‘a vortex’) which refers to a vibration of mind-stuff. If the mind is a lake, then thoughts are the waves. Thoughts can travel vast distances.

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