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Who does your soul ask you to be? In Your ReDefining Moments, Dennis Merritt Jones provides an exciting road map back to our center, where we will find our Authentic Self.

It can seem like every person, every television show, and every ad has an idea of who we are supposed to be. But who does your soul ask you to be? In Your ReDefining Moments , spiritual teacher Dennis Merritt Jones offers a road map back to your center, where you will find your Authentic Self. It is from that center, Merritt Jones shows, that you can live the life you were born for, rather than the tug-of-war so many people get caught up in, trying to be all things to all people, trying to be anyone but who they truly are.

In Your ReDefining Moments , you will discover the Seven Intrinsic Qualities of the Authentic Self:

1. Wholeness
2. Reverence
3. Fearlessness
4. Integrity
5. Non-attachment
6. Non-judgment
7. Unconditional Love

Being who you are matters; the gift of your Authentic Self is the gift you have come to share with the world.
Dennis Merritt Jones has been involved in the human potential movement and the field of spirituality for the majority of his life as a teacher, author and keynote speaker. His most recent award winning book is “The Art of Uncertainty ~ How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It.” Jones is also the award winning author of “The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life” and “How to Speak Science of Mind.” Dennis writes a free weekly MindfulPurpose E-Message available through his website, http://www.DennisMerrittJones.com, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post

Dennis Merritt Jones: The Art of Uncertainty

An invitation to change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance, and, in the process, discover your life’s purpose and the boundless possibilities that await you.

Your soul signature is your spiritual DNA—it is who you are at your core, the most authentic part of you, your singular contribution to this world. And yet we reject our authentic selves. We allow our soul signature to become blocked by any number of emotional obstacles that life throws in our path: anger, fear, guilt, shame, sadness, despair. Any or all of these feelings overtake us and create a density, a heaviness that doesn’t permit us to embrace who we truly are, deep inside. We are energetic beings, Panache Desai reminds us, and emotions are energy in motion. When we are blocked we feel unworthy, less than, unloved, incomplete.

In Discovering Your Soul Signature, Panache invites us on a 33-day path of meditations—short passages to be read at morning, noon, and night that are designed to dismantle the emotional burden that holds us back and open us up to changing our lives. Through this distilled, poetic, practical, and inspiring course, he invites us to live a life of authenticity, to rediscover purpose and passion, and to believe from our soul in the possibility of all things.

Panache Desai is a contemporary thought leader whose message of love and self-acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. He is on the faculty of the Omega Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. This is his first book.

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Awakening Your Soul Signature Series with Panache Desai

Do you think something is wrong with you? Do you believe you are broken and that you need to change? Is your life seemingly showing up as one challenge after another? Spiritual teacher Panache Desai reminds you of the most essential truth of all. You are a unique embodiment of Divine potential. In this introduction to his 10-hour audio download series, Awaken Your Soul Signature, learn that you are not a mistake — not one part of you. You are never too old and it’s never too late to reclaim and live the most authentic, loving expression of yourself. Awaken Your Soul Signature and begin to live the life of your dreams. http://PanacheDesai.com

Awakening – Panache Desai


Published on Mar 27, 2014

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Ramana has often been described as an incarnation of Advaita. The description is an intriguing philosophical oxymoron as the thunderous truth of Advaita boldly declares that no one has ever been born lived or died and yet it is without doubt an astonishingly powerful image in conveying the profound affinity that exists between the teachings of Advaita and Ramana. As one passes the philosophically relevant portions or Ramana’s life and teachings through the lens of Advaita they will be seen to be in perfect accordance with the essence of Advaita’s philosophical teachings. What is all the more astonishing is that Ramana’s teachings emerged spontaneously as the fruit of his sudden great awakening and only subsequently almost by accident did he learn of the ancient Upanisadic and Advaitic teachings. This book is an attempt to view to see the life and teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi through the lens of the philosophical system known as Advaita Vedanta. Not only does the word darsan mean being in the presence of a sage or deity but it is also the nearest equivalent Sanskrit word for philosophy Darsana from the Sanskrit root drs meaning to see implies not only vision (which includes insight intuition and vision of the truth) but also the instrument of vision (Such as viewpoint worldview, doctrine, philosophical system).

John Grimes received his B.A. in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his M.A and Ph.D in Indian Philosophy from the University of Madras. He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, Singapore and India. His book publications include the Vivekacudamani sankara’s crown Jewel of Discrimination A concise dictionary of Indian philosophy ganapati song of the self problems and perspectives in religious discourse Advaita Vedanta Implications sapta vidha Anupapatti the seven great untenable sankara and Heidegger being, Truth, Freedom and the Naiskarmyasiddhi of Suresvara. He currently spends his time writing and traveling between California and Chennai.

Preface

I attended the Radhakrishnan Institute for advanced study in philosophy as a MA and PhD student some thirty years ago (1978-1985). I went there fro a number of reasons. I had a deep and abiding interest in Advaita Vedanta philosophy and the RIASP had a glowing reputation as an advanced study centre specializing in Advaita philosophy. Beginning with Suryanarayana Sastri and Continuing through T.M.P Mahadevan, R. Balasubramanian and P.K. Sundaram one cannot imagine the depth of knowledge and immense joy that was mine studying there. Secondly partly due to its location and partly due to the interests and devotion of these professors to Advaita there was an intimate connection between the institute Ramana and the Ramansaramam and the Paramacarya Sri Candraskerendra Sarasvati and the Kanci Matha. Just an hour or two down the road and one was in there citadels of Advaita. As well I appear to have had the latent impressions to pursue Advaita at the Institute and the final impetus came in 1977 when following the suggestion of an Indian sage I entered the Radhakrishnan institute for advanced study in philosophy University of Madras.

Ramana has often been called an Advaitin’s Advaitin. He has been praised as one of the greatest living embodiments of Advaita Vedanta as great as the greatest of that illustrious described as an incarnation of Advaita. The description is an intriguing philosophical oxymoron as the thunderous truth of Advaita boldly declares that no one has ever been born lived or died and yet it is without doubt and astonishingly powerful image in conveying the profound affinity that exists between the teachings of Advaita and Ramana. As one passes the philosophically relevant portions of Ramana’s teaching through the lens of Advaita they will be seen to be in perfect accordance with the essence of Advaita’s philosophical teachings. What is all the more astonishing is that Ramana’s teachings emerged spontaneously as the fruit of his sudden great awakening and only subsequently almost by accident did he learn of the ancient Upanisadic and Advaitic teachings.

This book is an attempt to view to see the life and teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi through the lens of the Philosophical system known as Advaita Vedanta. Replying to a question from a visitor to Sri Ramanasramam Ramana Said. To have darsan of a sage is sure to bring good to you. Thousands of people pass by Tiruvannamali in trains every day but few alight here and fewer still visit the asrama. About darsan of and association with a sage the scriptures say that it is a vessel that enables you to cross the vast ocean of birth and death what more benefit do you want?.

Not only does the word darsan mean being in the presence of a sage or deity but it is also the nearest equivalent Sanskrit world for philosophy Darsana from the Sanskrit root drs meaning to see implies not only vision but also the instrument of vision (such as view point, worldview, doctrine, philosophical system). In a word darsana implies sight in all its myriad connotations and the term. Thus besides expressing viewpoints or perspectives the term also suggests the idea of right vision or realization. The former meaning customarily refers to the six great orthodox Indian philosophical systems. Here it is not so much a search for the truth as it is an exposition, elaboration, clarification, vindication and conceptual fixation of what has been received. The latter meaning on the other had refers to the person experiencing a vision of or insight. In this case it is direct personal and experiential. In other ceptual knowledge and perceptual observation critical exposition and intuitional experience logical enquiry and spiritual insight concrete and abstract gross and subtle. The English expression I see contains a hint of this multi valence in that is denotes both a direct vision as well as a correct understanding.

Darsana as a systematic elaboration of the truth encompasses fundamental interpretations of reality more commonly known as the classical philosophical systems. In this technical sense the term embraces the different streams of philosophical thought running parallel to one another and which were engaged in mutual dialogue discussions debate criticism and counter criticism for the past two thousand years.

Thus the word darsan is rich with meaning. To study understand interpret and continue the scholarship of the Indian darsana it is imperative that one realize that it holistically both implies thinking and living theory and practice an ancient continuous and seamless tradition. It has been able to combine in an almost unique manner conformity to tradition with an adventures enquiring mind.

I cannot express in words my heart felt gratitude to Professor R. Balasubramanian for suggesting that I should write a book on Ramana and philosophy joy that comes from reading reflecting and reveling in Ramana’s teachings. Truly this is satsang. Further I couldn’t have written this book without having been a student all those years under R. Balasubramanian and the RIASP. Though I have studied Advaita for many, many years I am really not competent to write about a sage such as Ramana. This is not mere lip service. As has often been said only a mukta can truly understand another mukta. All else s but intellectual gymnastics. This being said I have done my best and I pray that Ramana as well as the reader will forgive whatever blemishes appear in this work. They are all traceable to my own personal limitations for which I sincerely implore your and Ramana’s pardon.

I am so immensely thankful to Chris Quilkey editor of the Mountain path at Ramanasarnam for providing me with materials on the life and teachings of Ramana. They made my work so much easier. Only a research scholar can truly know how invaluable his help was. I must also offer my gratitude to Arthur Osborne and David godman for their selfless service in providing topical collections of exemplary conversations Ramana had with spiritual seekers. Finally I want to thank martin Wolff for helping to proofread the manuscript and for making valuable suggestion and the president of Sri Ramanasarnam for his permission to reproduce photos of Bhagavan.

Contents

Preface 9
Scheme of Pronunciation 13
Abbreviations 14
Timeline of Ramana Maharsi’s life 15
Chapter One : The Life of Ramana 17
Early life 17
The Great Change 21
The call to Arunacala 28
List at Tirucannamalai 31
List on Arunacala 39
Mahasamadhi 43
Chapter Two : A Bird’s Eyeview of Advaita 45
Introduction to Indian philosophy 45
What is Vedanta? 46
What is Advaita Vedanta? 49
Absolute Vedanta Synopsis 54
Three Approaches to creation theories 64
Key concept of Advaita 67
Liberation while living 70
Ramana as a philosopher 74
Ramana and free will 87
Chapter Three : Ramana and Epistemology 92
Introduction 92
Epistemological issues 92
Ramana and Epistemological Issues 106
Distinction between standpoints 111
Vrtti Jnana 115
How can duality Reside in consciousness? 123
Perception 126
The process in knowing 129
Chapter Four : Ramana and Metaphysics 131
Ramana and Reality 132
Ramana and Maya 145
Ramana and Causality 161
Ramana and the Individual 173
Chapter Five : Ramana and Ethics 189
Introduction 189
Virtue Incarnate 193
Chapter Six : Ramana Spiritual Practice and Liberation 212
Self Enquiry 212
Surrender 247
Other disciplines 254
Satsang 256
Liberation 259
Chapter Seven : Jivan Mukta – The Sage – Jnani – Sadguru 271
Jivan Mukti 271
Sadguru 279
Chapter Eight : Evaluation 286
Ramana’s contribution to Indian philosophy 286
Notes 393
The written works of Ramana 307
Bibliography

On Monday the moon finishes its journey through Sagittarius – a time of connecting to greater meaning and purpose.

Tuesday and Wednesday the moon is in Capricorn, the sign of consequences and commitments. These will be good days for facing the hard, inner work.

Thursday and Friday the moon is in Aquarius, joined Venus. Also, the moon is aspected by Jupiter. These are good days for getting deeper insight into relationships and social connections, as well as for learning important and valuable life lessons from teachers and wisdom traditions.

Vedic Astrology – Week of April 20, 2014

This week the moon passes through the section of sky related to the souls liberation, from Sagittarius to Pisces. Now is a good time to ponder the larger themes in your life. We are also between the Lunar and Solar eclipses now.
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Saturday and Sunday the moon is in Pisces, aspect it by Mars. This is a good weekend for spiritual practices and mysticism.

All of this is in preparation for the upcoming solar eclipse in Aries, happening on 29 April. This eclipse occurs with 2 exalted planets active (the Sun and Saturn) and shows where we are being challenged to assert a healthy sense of self-identity and confidence, in response to the compromises we face with others.

The Four “Musts” About the Week Ahead:

You must clarify your sense of purpose and what gives you hope
You must be willing to face your fears in solitude
You must be willing to sacrifice for a higher cause
You must be willing to let go of control and your fantasy projections

Explores the future predictions of cutting-edge scientists, spiritual teachers, and other visionaries and how we can affect the future

• Shares insights from the author’s discussions with Larry Dossey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Graham Hancock, Raymond Moody, Rupert Sheldrake, Zecharia Sitchin, Gay Bradshaw, Candace Pert, and many others

• Examines what these visionary thinkers foresee for humanity based on current trends in medicine, science, agriculture, history, and other disciplines

• Reveals how consciousness affects evolution and Earth’s future

For almost three decades Zohara Hieronimus has interviewed spiritual teachers, cutting-edge scientists, ancient wisdom keepers, laboratory-tested psychics, and other visionaries on their predictions for the near and far future. While the methods they use are significantly diverse, the similarities in their forecasts are striking. And, as Hieronimus reveals, one common theme resonates through them all: the power of human consciousness.

Sharing insights from her discussions with Larry Dossey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Graham Hancock, Raymond Moody, Rupert Sheldrake, Zecharia Sitchin, Gay Bradshaw, Candace Pert, and many others, Hieronimus explores what these visionary thinkers foresee for humanity based on current trends in medicine, science, agriculture, Earth history, robotics, and spirituality. She examines natural, extraterrestrial, and man-made events that dramatically altered humanity’s course in the past or might in the future, revealing a recurring cycle of catastrophic Earth changes and rebirths of civilization over billions of years. The author explains that, as part of the energetic expression of Divinity, we can influence the impact of Earth changes through our actions and intentions. She shows that the consciousness of humanity has the power to affect evolution, enact healing on personal and global levels, and alter even natural systems such as the weather.

By studying predictions across a broad range of disciplines–from nano-technology to plant intelligence–from today’s great minds and from ancient spiritual traditions, Hieronimus shows that we can significantly improve the long-term welfare of the Earth by unfolding our nonlocal consciousness, adopting a reverent attitude toward all life, and realizing how we do things is as vital as what we do.


J.Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus is an award winning radio broadcaster, author, social justice and environmental activist, and pioneer in Holistic Health Care.

Zoh is a futurist and a well known leader in holistic and integrative health care as Founder of the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center. Zohara is well known for her participation in consciousness studies, social and environmental causes and is a broadcasting personality as host of the syndicated Future Talk, Clearview Radio, and the Zoh Show. Zohara is also a teacher of the Alef-Beit (Hebrew alphabet), and author of Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets, The Seven Holy Women of Ancient Israel, Inner Traditions International, June 2008 and Sanctuary of the Divine Presence, Hebraic Rituals of Inititation and Illumination, Inner Traditions, 2012. As well, Zohara practices Kabbalistic Life Path Analysis.

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Explains the phenomenon of shaktipat, the spiritual transmission of power from a teacher to a devotee

• Shows how technology has eroded personal power and how insight and awareness can play a higher role in our lives

• Reveals how insight is the vehicle for profound self-transformation

Shakti is the creative force, the bonding power, that holds the universe together. Shaktipat is the moment when enlightenment is conferred upon a student instantaneously by his master’s touch. The guru conferring shaktipat creates a bond of power in those who have accepted him or her as their teacher. In Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness Joseph Chilton Pearce describes his experience of shaktipat from his teacher Swami Muktananda. From this awakening Pearce experiences a dramatic shift of mind and comes to the realization that perception is reality and that insight is our only vehicle for profound self-transformation.

Oneness with God is the birthright of every individual, though we are culturally vaccinated to resist experiencing this higher consciousness. Our search for objective truth has lead us not to wholeness, but instead to the belief that we have no bond to each other, to God, or to an inanimate, physical world. Our technology reduces our ability to experience revelation and leads us instead toward the chatter of confused thinking. The challenge faced by modern humanity, which is the challenge Muktananda gave to his students, is to passionately gather up the scattered fragments of our lives and channel them into the creative realm, where with insight or revelation we will be able to become more than ourselves.

Joseph Chilton Pearce is the author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Biology of Transcendence, Magical Child, From Magical Child to Magical Teen, and Evolution’s End. For the past twenty-five years he has taught about the changing needs of children and the development of human society. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Joseph Chilton Pearce: Biological & Spiritual Growth – Thinking Allowed w/ Jeffrey Mishlove

Optimal development in children is thwarted by a variety of factors from modern hospital delivery methods to the educational system itself. Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child, suggests that current problems with child raising are so immense as to be virtually insolvable. However, parents who are truly concerned must begin by discovering within themselves the spiritual nature of love.

Explains how to successfully navigate each of the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others

• Explores how to approach a teacher for initiation, including gauging your inner response for trust and resonance with the teacher

• Reveals how most students eventually need to separate from their teacher and how to negotiate the emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage

• Shares his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors and details spiritual lessons learned through confronting doubts and fears

In the search for inner awakening and self-realization, a spiritual mentor can be key to advancement. Yet the process of finding an authentic spiritual teacher who resonates with you can be daunting, especially for anyone who has had a negative experience with a guide. Exploring the emotional nuances of mentoring relationships, Greg Bogart details the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others, and explains how to successfully navigate each.

The author explores how to gauge your inner response for trust and resonance with a teacher and then how to approach them for initiation. He explains how the teacher-student relationship affects the student’s state of consciousness over time and how most students eventually need to become independent from their teacher. Describing emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage, he shows how wise teachers accept our need to separate and graduate while immature teachers try to thwart and control us.

Openly sharing his own interior journey, the author illustrates the lasting resonance of his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors, including Swami Muktananda and Dane Rudhyar. He shares stories showing how unpredictable “crazy wisdom” teachers cause us to confront doubts and sharpen our commitments and how “fierce” teachers expose our fears and lack of confidence, rousing dormant energies and expanded states. Examining practices in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga, Sufism, and Jewish and Christian mysticism, he also explores the deeper mystical aspects of the guru-student relationship.

The author shows how, ultimately, initiation leads the spiritual seeker to find the teacher within and how this can naturally lead to teaching others. Describing nine stages of the spiritual seeker’s journey, the author affirms that a direct path to self-liberation is still attainable through initiation in the company of sages.


Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a lecturer in psychology at Sonoma State University, a teacher at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the author of numerous books on astrology, dreams, yoga, and spiritual depth psychology.


Humility, being open and receptive to all experience, is the key to becoming one with the spontaneous patterns of the universe

• Integrates classic teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism with principles of quantum physics to reveal the science of the enlightened masters

• Reveals how we are each capable of shifting from the aggressive path of the warrior to the humble path of the sage

• Explains how the key to catching the current acceleration of conscious evolution is humility

From Krishna and Lao-tzu to Buddha and Jesus, each enlightened master discovered how being receptive to all experience was the key to becoming one with the universe and its spontaneous patterns of order and chaos. Revealing humility as the purest expression of this receptivity, Jason Gregory integrates classic teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Hermeticism with principles from quantum physics to explain the science of humility as practiced by the ancient masters.

The author shows how, driven by fear, the human mind creates the ego. In its greedy and arrogant quest to protect the self and its desires, the ego forges the illusion of separation, weaving complex patterns of reality that shield us from our unity with all beings and result in attitudes of aggression, selfishness, and competition. He reveals how the iconic clash between this complex, aggressive “path of the warrior” and the simple “path of the sage” is reflected in the polarized state of the modern world. Yet this state also reflects the accelerating wave of conscious evolution we are now experiencing. The key to catching this evolutionary wave is humility: the reversal of complexity into simplicity, the ancient science of mental alchemy that represents the Great Work of Eternity.


Jason Gregory is a teacher and international speaker specializing in the fields of Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. For several years he studied with masters in Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Hinduism, and Taoism, traveling to some of the most remote places in the world. The filmmaker of the documentary The Sacred Sound of Creation, he divides his time between Asia and Australia.

Jason Gregory | Insight Radio Network | March 26, 2014

Published on Mar 27, 2014

On March 26, 2014 Jason Gregory was a special guest on Insight Radio Network with Dr. Steven Hairfield and Liara Covert. The connection in this interview drops a little in and out at the beginning as Jason is living in the remote countryside of Thailand. But if you can persevere this interview explores some topics within his new book “The Science and Practice of Humility.”

Links below to pre-order “The Science and Practice of Humility”

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this book specially written for the dharmamind group covers five vital principles that need to be addressed by those dharma practitioners interested in practicing the immanent model – often referred to as the “practice of no practice” – of chan or zen of mahayana buddhism. the principles are: familiarity with meditation, taming restlessness, living in the body, containing the emotions and recognising your true nature. these five principles for training are teachings from recordings made during a retreat in scotland, and convey the importance of becoming aware of habitual attachments to the self and ego, and the need to let them go so as to awaken to our own innate true nature, and realise the joy and freedom from suffering.

I was born in Oxford, England, in 1946, and I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for nearly 40 years. I began training with Zen, practicing with the Venerable Myokyo-ni, a teacher from the Rinzai school, at the Buddhist Society in London. This was my practice for more than five years, before travelling to Sri Lanka in 1980. Here I lived for three years as a Theravada monk under the guidance of the Venerable Dhammaloka Maha Thera. It was while I was in Sri Lanka that my spiritual breakthrough took place in 1981, and it is this that forms the framework of my first book, A Record of Awakening, published in 1999.

On my return from Sri Lanka I matured my practiced by essentially living on my own for a number of years in east London. At the time of my breakthrough in Sri Lanka my teacher told me I should travel and begin to teach, but it was to be around 20 years before I took that role by leading

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Āloka David Smith ‘The Awakened Mind Is Born’

Published on Apr 15, 2014

Āloka David Smith ‘The Awakened Mind Is Born’ Interview by Iain McNay
Practicing Buddhist for 40 years who began training with Zen, practicing with the Venerable Myokyo-ni, at the Buddhist Society in London for 5 years. He then travelled to Sri Lanka in 1980 where he lived for three years as a Theravada monk. While there his spiritual breakthrough took place and it is that, that formed the framework of his first book, ‘A Record of Awakening.’ He then returned to London and matured by living on his own for a number of years. He has written 4 further books, ‘Dharma Mind Worldly Mind;’ ‘A Question of Dharma;’ ‘The Five Pillars of Transformation’ and ‘Blue Sky, White Cloud.’


In yoga practice, mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chanting) get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood, though they are an integral part of almost every Eastern spiritual practice. They are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life. Sacred Sound shares the myths behind the mantras and kirtans, illuminating their meaning and putting their power and practicality within reach of every reader.

Each of the twenty-one mantras and kirtans presented includes the Sanskrit version, the transliteration, the translation, suggestions for chanting, the underlying myth, and its modern-day implications. Based on Alanna Kaivalya’s years of teaching and studying the myths and sacred texts, this book offers a way into one of the most life-changing aspects of yoga practice.

Alanna Kaivalya, coauthor of Myths of the Asanas, is the founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method and an internationally known teacher, author, and mythologist. In 2008 Yoga Journal recognized Alanna as one of the Top 21 Teachers Under 40. She travels the world teaching at conferences, workshops, and teacher trainings in The Kaivalya Yoga Method. She lives in New York City.

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Alanna Kaivalya talks about SACRED SOUND

Published on Apr 1, 2014
Celebrated yoga teacher Alanna Kaivalya talks about her book SACRED SOUND: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan.

Learn about the archangels who work with your birth chart in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Astrology 101. Co-authored by the widely published astrologist and Angel Therapist Yasmin Boland, this is the first book to combine angelology and astrology.

The 12 beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand chapters describe the personality characteristics of each of the sun, moon, and rising signs, as well as which archangels to call upon in association with them. Angel Astrology 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to these subjects-but it also offers plenty of fresh insights and material for those who have long worked with either astrology or the angels.

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., is a spiritual doctor of psychology and fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended master realms. She is the author of 22 books on mind-body-spirit themes, including Healing with the Angels, Divine Guidance, Angel Therapy, The Lightworker’s Way, and Archangels & Ascended Masters.
Dr. Virtue is the founder and former director of WomanKind Psychiatric Hospital at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and she served as an administrator at Woodside Women’s Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both all-women psychiatric hospitals specialized in treating women’s psychological issues. Dr. Virtue also directed three outpatient psychiatric centers, including an adolescent drug & alcohol abuse center. Dr. Virtue has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Good Morning America, The View with Barbara Walters, Donny & Marie, Roseanne, and many others. You can also call Doreen on a weekly live radio show on http://www.HayHouseRadio.com

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Angel Messages for 2014 with Doreen Virtue

A 30-minute video of Doreen Virtue giving messages about 2014, a 12-month angel card reading, and a guided meditation to help you to have more confidence to move forward with your priorities in the new year.

Angel Therapy for Healing By Doreen Virtue

Doreen Virtue – Guardian Angels are always around

Doreen Virtue is a well known angel therapyst. She talks about the way science is regarding angels those days, the role of fallen angels and the John Milton book: Paradise lost.

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The new book called”The Vedic Way of Knowing God” takes a unique approach to answering the question: How do I know God?. Revealing the profound philosophical insights of the world’s most ancient spiritual philosophy, this book not only boldly answers the question “How do I know God?” from the distinctly Vedic perspective, but also explores the further issues of what it even means to be able to know God. It reveals the precise mystical mechanisms necessary to know the Divine; the psychological conditions necessary for such a spiritual endeavor; the inner transformative experiences that occur within the spiritual practitioner upon achieving God-realization; the integral relationship between transcendent Word, spiritually revealed literature, and the association of living teachers; and the vast implications of the Vedic world-view on contemporary world philosophy and religion.

The Hindu Dharma book “The Vedic Way of Knowing God” by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya is an in-depth exploration of Dharma spirituality and philosophy of Yoga which is knowledge that is designed to reveal how to know God. Spiritual metaphysics and spiritual truth are explored from the perspective of the Vedic scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, and specifically from the teachings of Jiva Goswami from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. This philosophy of religion book about God compares Vedic philosophy to the dhamma teachings of the Buddha and Nagarjuna, ancient Greek philosophers like Plato, such Christian theologians as Augustine and Anselm, modern European philosophy, atheism, world spiritual literature, and many important spiritual teachers found throughout the history of world thought. If you have ever asked the question of spiritual enlightenment “How do I know God?” this is the book for you!

Author: Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
Foreword: Dr. David Frawley


The very beginning of philosophical thought does not merely start with an attempted claim of truth. Rather, philosophy begins with the very question of how it is possible to even know truth. How is it possible to know God? What are the necessary mechanisms that must be in place in order to know God? In this challenging philosophical exposition, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains precisely how it is possible for the finite to know the Infinite according to the teachings of the ancient Vedic tradition. Acharyaji also discusses his ground-breaking new book on this exact topic: “The Vedic Way of Knowing God”. The book is available here:

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A few years ago a friend of mine was knocked off his motorbike at a high speed. The impact catapulted him through the air, and when he hit the ground he lost consciousness. The next thing he knew he woke up in hospital eight hours later. But he can still vividly remember the few moments before he lost consciousness:

I saw the car’s windscreen shattering. The glass sprayed out so slowly, like a fan, and it looked beautiful. All the pieces were shining in the sun. I felt like I was floating through the air, almost as if I wasn’t going to come down. I looked into the sun and it was like being on a plane, when you’re above the clouds and it’s a brilliant white colour.

It’s extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Here a person who regularly goes riding told me how she experiences a radically slowing down of time when she falls off her horse:

I am always surprised when I fall off a horse how long it takes me to hit the ground! I feel as if I am floating through the air and I always think that I am going to land really softly so I relax and wait to land. And then, when I hit the ground and am lying there winded, I am completely surprised.

The same slowing down of time often occurs in emergency situations, when our lives are threatened. There are many reports of time slowing down massively during earthquakes, for example. One woman who experienced the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988 reported that, “It was like a slow motion movie. There was a concrete panel slowly falling down.” The photographer Ansel Adams describes being woken up by an earthquake at 5am, with his bed crashing against the walls and windows smashing. “The roaring, swaying, moving, and grinding continued for what seemed like a long time,” he writes. “It actually took less than a minute.”

Many professional sportspeople are familiar with these kinds of experiences. Sometimes, in moments of high intensity, sportspeople find themselves entering the “zone”, a state in which everything “clicks” and they shift to a higher level of performance. New reserves of effort and energy are released inside them and they suddenly become capable of feats which would normally be beyond them. Without even trying very hard, everything they do seems naturally and inevitably perfect. Time moves much more slowly than normal – in fact, this is often the main reason why the player is capable of such astounding feats, because he or she has more time to play with, more time to anticipate his opponent’s actions and to position himself.

The American tennis champion Jimmy Connors, for example, describes how when he was in the “zone”, the ball seemed to grow in size as it came over the net, and moved so slowly that he had all the time in the world to choose how and when to hit it.
Immobilising the ego

The key to these experiences is the ego – or rather, the absence of the ego -during them. Our sense of time passing is a function of the ego. Young babies have no sense of ego, and therefore no sense of time passing. Young children only have a weak “ego structure” and so only have a vague sense of time. It’s only at the age of 16 or so – when the ego is fully developed as a structure – that we have a clear sense of the past or future and are able to accurately estimate periods of time.

This suggests that if the normal sense of ego was absent, we wouldn’t have a sense of time passing – or at least that if our sense of ego was weaker, our sense of time passing would be less pronounced, so that it would pass more slowly to us.

And this is exactly what happens in these experiences: for a short period, we lose our sense of ego, our sense of being an “I” trapped inside our heads – or at least this becomes much weaker than normal – and so we lose our normal sense of time passing. Our normal conscious mind is immobilised, and we cease to be subject to time (at least to the same extent).
Super-attention and shock

There are two ways in which the ego can be immobilised. The first is as a result of intense concentration or attention, which is what happens in sportsmen’s “zone” experiences. This can also happen in meditation, when we focus our attention on a mantra, or on our breathing. If we can keep our attention focused, we begin to experience a state of mental quietness. Our thoughts begin to slow down, until eventually (if we’re having a really successful meditation), they fade away altogether. And, at the same time, our normal sense of ego fades away. We experience a state of egolessness, of no longer being an “I” chattering away inside our heads. The act of concentrating our attention has the effect of dissolving the ego. This is why states of deep meditation also bring a sense of timelessness.

The super-attention which sports involve can also immobilise the ego. A golfer or racing driver concentrates hard for hours and, eventually, when he or she reaches a certain intense pitch of concentration, their normal sense of ego may fade away – and, as a consequence, so may their sense of time. A short distance athlete doesn’t need to keep her mind focused for as long during the actual event, of course, but she will aim to build up a state of intense “focusedness” for hours beforehand, ridding her mind of other thoughts and distractions.

The second way in which the ego can be immobilised is by sudden shocks. Teachers of Zen Buddhism try to catch the egos of students off guard by hitting them with sticks while they’re meditating, by giving them nonsensical answers to questions or by giving them koans (or riddles) to solve which make no sense at all, which the student can puzzle over for hours before his or her ego is finally immobilised by strain and confusion. It’s taken for granted that when the ego is immobilised, an experience of satori (or a higher state of consciousness) will result. And this is probably what happens in accidents and emergencies. The sheer shock of the car crash, the engine failure, the earthquake or the violent encounter, paralyses the ego. It all happens so quickly that it can’t react in time and gets left behind. As a result, with no (or at least very little) sense of ego, the person also experiences a sense of timelessness, or at least an acute slowing down of time.
Other egoless states

This connection between time and the ego also partly explains why psychedelic drugs can drastically slow down time. Drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms can, in Aldous Huxley’s words, “telescope aeons of blissful experience into one hour”. The Russian philosopher P D Ouspensky once made a series of “mystical experiments”, which probably (since he doesn’t state which drugs he used) involved inhaling ether. He experienced what he calls an “extraordinary lengthening of time, in which seconds seem to be years or decades”.

And part of the reason for this is that psychedelic drugs have an “ego subduing” effect. They often weaken our sense of being a separate I, complete with memories, beliefs and a self image, and we may feel that we’re fused with the world which normally seems outside us. (But sometimes the ego may be permanently damaged by this experience, which is one of the reasons why psychedelics can be so dangerous.)

Hypnosis can also have a time expanding effect. It’s difficult to say exactly what happens when a person becomes hypnotised, but it seems clear that the “shutting down” of the conscious mind or ego is the key aspect. When a hypnotist asks you to concentrate on his pocket watch or to listen to him counting to 20, what he’s trying to do is to paralyse your ego, to put it into abeyance, leaving you without your normal sense of identity and your own will. And in view of this, it’s natural that states of hypnosis can slow down time too.

The most striking evidence for the time slowing effect of hypnosis are the amazing feats people under hypnosis are capable of, which (like the amazing feats sportspeople perform in the “zone”) would be impossible in normal time, simply because there wouldn’t be enough “time” to do them. The psychologist Gordana Vitaliano gave hypnotised subjects a complex mathematical task to do, something that normally takes around 10 minutes, but which they completed in just 15 seconds.

In another experiment, a hypnotist slowed down his subjects’ sense of time by pretending to slow down a metronome which they were listening to, until they believed that it was only beating once every minute. He then told them they had an hour to accomplish certain mental tasks, such as planning a complicated meal. In reality, they were given just 10 seconds, but they fed back with the kind of wealth and detail of information which would only have been possible after an hour or so of normal time. In a similar experiment, a hypnotised woman produced several dress designs in less than a minute, saying afterwards that she felt like she had experienced an hour or more of normal time within that minute.
Spiritual development

All of these experiences show how bound up our sense of time is with the ego. As soon the ego is disturbed in some way, or put into abeyance, then time slows down radically or disappears altogether. This suggests that in a sense our experience of an evenly flowing linear time is a kind of illusion created by the ego. Children’s experience of time shows that it doesn’t exist before the sense of ego develops, and the experiences we’ve looked at here suggest that it doesn’t exist outside the ego, in the same way that the seeming reality of a dream ceases to exist the moment you wake up.

Most importantly, however, this suggests a way in which we can become free of time. Most of us feel that time is a kind of enemy. We feel that it’s running away from us and that we never have enough of it. We feel pressurised by its limits and deadliness. We spend so much time thinking about the future and the past that we forget to live in the present. But if time is created by the ego, then we can free ourselves from time permanently by “undoing” the ego. After all, this is the main aim of spiritual development. Through meditation, mindfulness, devotion, service and other spiritual practices, we slowly transcend the ego, and reorientate ourselves around a deeper spiritual self. In the process, the boundaries of time expand, like a river opening up to the ocean, until the illusion unravels completely, and we realise our true, timeless and eternal nature.

Published on Dec 25, 2013

Philip Goldberg Lecture on the Books of “American Vedas” organised by Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra Mumbai


Eckhart Tolle stops by Google for a fireside chat with Bradley Horowitz. The subject is: “Living with Meaning, Purpose and Wisdom in the Digital Age.”

Listen here to Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s radio interview on Sound of Transformation program with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwithh, on KPFK Los Angeles, March 14, 2014

Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder and Spiritual Director

In 1986, Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community highly regarded for it cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity, including thousands of local members and global live video streamers. “I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community,” the late Coretta Scott King wrote to him, “which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life.”


Talk from a retreat at Omega center with Adyashanti.

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.

In every spiritual tradition, different as they are, God is taken to be the moral compass for human beings. He may or may not be a punisher. He may or may not sit in judgment, watching and weighing our every move. He may or may not be a He, since the God of Judaism, for example, is without form. But in some way the notion of good and evil, right and wrong, the light versus the dark, goes back to a divine source.

In secular society this link isn’t as strong, and for someone with no religious beliefs, morality has no connection to God. Yet the connection has been crucial for at least two thousand years in the Judeo-Christian world. In the Indian spiritual tradition, particularly Vedanta, God is not personified. The deity is conceived as cosmic consciousness. One of the strongest arguments offered by atheists is that a just and loving God doesn’t exist. If God did exist, why do bad things happen to good people? If there is divine love, how can the Holocaust even be conceivable? For opponents or religion as well as mild, everyday doubters, a God who sits back and permits wholesale suffering is on shaky ground.

Is there a deeper mystery here, or have we been duped into accepting a myth, as militant atheists insist?

We must approach the question without assumptions, and as it happens, both sides of the debate stubbornly cling to a large number of assumptions. Sometimes these preconceived notions overlap, which further muddies the waters. Here are some preconceived ideas that you may well believe:

1. God is human and has human traits.
2. God shares our human sense of time and is watching us minute by minute.
3. God’s reasons cannot be understood by human beings.
4. The divine notion of right and wrong is the same as what we call morality.
5. There is an eternal cosmic war between God and Satan.
6. God and Satan represent absolute good and absolute evil.
7. God doesn’t need to justify his judgments to us here down below.

I think most people have been exposed to these seven assumptions one way or another. Each one is a double-edged sword, offering proof of God to believers and a source of ridicule for militant atheists. Yet none of these assumptions stands up to the demand for proof that we’ve become used to in the age of science. They are articles of faith; in some cases they are the inheritance of archaic ages. Insofar as militant atheists accuse religions of fostering cultural mythology, their case is pretty credible. What is Satan, for example, but an inherited myth?

If you think that God is like a loving Father sitting above the clouds, or a punishing patriarch quick to anger, either conception is a projection. The infinite has been reduced to the finite; a mystery has been unraveled by turning it into a human predicament. To feel that you are a good person who is suffering unjustly is a very human predicament, and it’s just as human to cry, “Why is God doing this to me?” But there can be no credible answer if we stay within the limits of everyday morality. A loving father who arbitrarily punishes his child would be guilty of abuse — he would be a very bad human father, in fact.

So the question of why God allows bad things to happen isn’t a simple human question, even though the answer makes a tremendous difference to how humans live their lives. It’s a spiritual question, a mystery that requires deeper thought. In the world’s wisdom traditions, the following possibilities exist.

- God knows the true nature of our souls and treats us accordingly.
- God set the universe in motion and then walked away from his creation.
- God has a larger view of good and evil than we can comprehend.
- God is transcendent and can only be understood in a state of higher consciousness.

Depending on which of these views you accept, God’s relation to bad things changes radically. A God who knows your soul and is treating you accordingly is a God who puts the whole burden on the believer. The believer must figure out how to avoid sin and live virtuously, while God peers through an X-ray machine into every crevice of the believer’s life, exposing secret darkness and hypocrisy. At the other extreme, a God who created the universe and walked away delivers no judgments of any good, neither punishing sin nor rewarding virtue. The cosmos operates mechanically, and we are caught in the machinery, subject to accidents and the grinding of it gears.

Yet all four conceptions have the advantage, if we are intellectually honest, of doing away with a God who is simply a human being in disguise, a projection of human traits write large. In the next post we’ll see which line of reasoning leads to the best answer of how God relates — if at all — to the bad things that happen to us.

(To be cont.)

Susanne Marie – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

My passion is to help inspire, support and celebrate with others to live our common essence as Love and Unity with all life. My work is based upon living as authenticity, and shares common elements with the worlds ‘non dual’ wisdom teachings, mirroring those aspects which have been a part of my own self-exploration.

We can only long for what we already know to be true, somewhere deep inside. The shift that happens when what has always been true moves from the background (covered up by mind) to the foreground reveals our birthright: that we are all of Life, and not separate from it. The experience of feeling separate from life is a time-bound, limited perception that can be dissolved. Simply an innocent function of the mind, feelings of separation can be deeply looked into and seen through. Being drawn home is the natural evolutionary cycle.

I call this work Transformation through Presence, as that is what in my mind occurs. We (as manifest reality), transform (mind, body, habits, all things affected by believing in separation), by remembering what we are — Life, God, spirit, presence, or awareness, whatever you want to call it — and that what we are is the true transformational power, full of inherent wisdom.

What we are is awake, alive Presence. Becoming aware that we are aware, is being awake to this presence. In my Invitation to Remembering meetings, and in my one on one sessions, I offer guidance in pointing to the awake presence that we are, assisting in dismantling structures of belief which may be in the way of someone realizing the truth of their being. My other area of expertise is in assisting those who are already integrating awakening in their life, and who desire support and assistance in navigating the new perception of Unity, which is our natural state of being.

This journey into the heart of what is true began as a child. I noticed that the adults around me were not always being authentic, which had a great impact on me. Gradually the world that I knew as whole began to take on the hypnotic dream of separation that those around me existed in. I was painfully aware by ten that something was changing which I tried to give voice to, and for which I had no support or understanding. What was occurring was that the experience of Unity was ebbing. As soon as it started to fade, I went on the search for that lost part.

As a child I lived in various European countries, resulting in the experience of having to learn several different languages from scratch in a short period of time. Out of necessity, and an innate interest in what people are really communicating, an ability to understand the energetics of language itself, and what is really being said beyond words (an intuitive faculty), emerged.

I developed an interest in mysticism and philosophy in my early teens, seeing nature as a magical realm, where I felt most at home. I took some hypnotherapy classes at 16, and would put my friends and family members in ‘trances’, exploring alternate states of mind. Later I would become a certified hypnotherapist. There was a deep pull to go within, and not being interested in developing a persona (back then I was more confused than clear as to why), I dropped out of college at 21, and instead studied Yoga and meditated intensely, lived in an ashram and worked for a time as a Yoga and meditation teacher. When my beloved brother Daniel died in 2002, the search for truth took a nose-dive deeper into reality as I endeavored to understand where he went. It was an incredibly difficult time, as three major life altering events all occurred within a year’s time. What ensued was a deep letting go of much that I had relied on and imagined, including spiritual beliefs. Up until that time, I had been a natural mystic, easily communing with beings and guides from other realms, with a rich dream and inner life. In essence, I felt myself to be on a guided progressive path eventually leading to what I believed freedom was. All that got left behind, as a stripping of all that I thought to be true fell away. Emerging out of this passage into the unknown, following a period described best as a stark landscape (a time of emptying out of content), a deep remembering into the nature of reality occurred, and continues to unfold. Concurrently, raising two children, now teens, takes much of my focus. Along with working one on one with individuals, I lead a bi-monthly Satsang Tea Salon: An Invitation to Remembering in my community, at times inviting guest teachers to co-lead. Sharing in this way feels true to my being, is a movement of love, and is evolving in its own organic, joyful, way.


Susanne Marie ‘Embodiment Is Never Ending’ Interview by Renate McNay

How Alex Grey’s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness
• Includes over 200 reproductions of Grey’s artwork

• Contains spectacular photos of Grey’s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances

• Offers Grey’s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self

Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting Net of Being–inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey–has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award–winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses–from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos–embedding these iconic works into our culture’s living Net of Being.

The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Grey’s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity–from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.

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Alex and Allyson Grey — Interview Part 1

Published on Mar 13, 2014

Authors of “Net of Being”, interview, part 1

Riz Khan interviews the internationally respected well-being guru.

End financial worries Chanting Om Brzee namah

End your financial worries by chanting this mantra “OM BRZEE NAMAH” 108 times or listen to the chanting.

Vedic Astrology: Is your Money Karma Bad?

Divine Injustice: Why are 97% of the people in the world poor and only 3% wealthy. Vedic Astrology has remedies that will help people with difficult planets. There are good and bad influences coming from the planets.
Mantras and meditation can also help:

Discover why all suffering, illness, and unhappiness are cries from your soul asking you to fulfill your life’s purpose, realize your greatest potential, and ultimately, love, honor, and value yourself in every moment, situation, and relationship.

Born out of Blake D. Bauer’s personal healing and spiritual journey, as well as his professional counseling, coaching, and healing success with thousands of people internationally, You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a unique combination of deep insight and practical guidance that will empower you to transform your suffering in the present and move forward immediately in creating what you want and need most in your life right now.

Written in heart-centered, easy-to-read language, You Were Not Born to Suffer will guide you through the most challenging obstacles and lessons you’ll face in your quest for healing, purpose, success, and overall freedom. Above all else, this book will enable you to relate to yourself with unconditional love, kindness, and compassion so you can transform the core psychological, emotional, and physical blocks that are sabotaging your health, happiness, and overall wellbeing.

You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a refreshing integration of ancient and timeless wisdom, synthesized from various spiritual and medical traditions, that goes straight to the heart of our deepest wounds, needs, desires, and dreams as human beings. Once there, it inspires unconditional love, respect, acceptance, and forgiveness in the places that are universally the most difficult for us to embrace. At the same time, it also clarifies how to effectively direct your thoughts, words, and actions toward creating the “best” in every aspect of your personal and professional life.

If you are serious about healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and awakening spiritually, then this book will support you to take your life, your power, and your destiny back into your own hands so you can live your life to the fullest—without regret.
Blake D. Bauer is an internationally recognized author, spiritual teacher, and alternative medicine practitioner. His pioneering work centers on loving yourself unconditionally as the key to healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and realizing your full potential both personally and professionally. Based on his training with spiritual teachers, healers, and masters from all over the world, Blake practices and teaches various forms of meditation, qi gong, qi gong energy medicine, and dao yin (a health and longevity yoga). Blake’s formal education also includes traditional Chinese medicine, five-element Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal healing, psychology, past life regression therapy-hypnosis, and various other forms of traditional healing and alternative medicine. Bringing together the most effective spiritual practices and holistic approaches to health and wellbeing, Blake’s work and teachings have successfully guided thousands of people internationally toward greater psychological, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual freedom. You can learn more about Blake Bauer and his work at: http://www.unconditional-selflove.com

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Our brains have evolved powerful tools for coping with threats and danger-but in the face of modern stresses like information overload, money worries, and interpersonal conflicts, our survival reflexes can do more harm than good. To help you adapt your nervous system to the challenges of today’s world, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson presents Stress-Proof Your Brain.

Join him to learn research-based techniques and meditations that will literally re-shape your brain to make you more resilient, confident, and peaceful, including: – How to replace your brain’s unhealthy reactions to stress with protective and self-nurturing responses- Techniques for using memory to soothe and release painful feelings of sadness, guilt, anxiety, inadequacy, or anger – Guided meditations for calming chronic worries, developing gratitude, building inner strength, and more – How to re-wire your brain away from frustration, heartache, fear, and anger toward contentment, love, and peace. Modern brain research has helped us discover which contemplative practices have the most positive impact on our physical and mental health.

With Stress-Proof Your Brain, Dr. Rick Hanson brings you scientifically sound tools for finding freedom from irritability, worry, and overwhelm-by deepening your neurological capacity for happiness and wellness.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 13 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 13 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World…

Stress Proof Your Brain with Dr Rick Hanson

How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?

When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It’s like the moment when your favorite tennis shoes start to give you blisters. The way you’ve been living your adult life doesn’t fulfill you anymore.

In this groundbreaking book, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine explains how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.

When the postwar generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump started a cultural revolution that shaped today’s society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony, driven by the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that the postwar generation is facing a second coming of age, a life beyond adulthood. How it handles that transition will be its final legacy.

In Second Wind, Dr. Bill Thomas, named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, treats the Baby Boom generation as he would one of his patients, sympathetically exploring its history before recommending a path toward healing and a life rich with developmental opportunity.

Dr. Thomas says that life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist, or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behaviors and mindsets that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life’s journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.


Dr. Bill Thomas, MD, is an internationally recognized expert on aging. He co-created the Eden Alternative and the Green House Project, both models to revolutionize nursing home care. He is currently the director of AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute and lives in Ithaca, New York.

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TEDxSF – Bill Thomas – Elderhood Rising: The Dawn of a New World Age

William H. Thomas, M.D. is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. A graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1986, he completed graduate medical training at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency.

While pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, a part-time position as the medical director of a small rural nursing home turned into a full-time and life-long passion for improving the well-being of older people. In the early 1990′s, he and his wife Judith Meyers-Thomas developed the Eden Alternative, now a non-profit organization with international reach, which includes affiliates in Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and across the United States. Dr. Thomas’ groundbreaking work in person-directed care also led him to imagine a new approach to long-term care that became known as the Green House. He oversaw the construction of the nation’s first Green Houses, and this model of care is now being replicated nationwide as an alternative to traditionally-designed nursing homes.

The author of six books, Dr. Thomas is also the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, among them, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, 2009 Picker Award for Excellence® in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, and being named as one of the ten most influential people in long-term care.


Published on Apr 1, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert describes how, as a halfway stage, we have to disentangle ourselves – pure Knowing – from objects, before we can relate to them without losing ourselves in them.


Dialogues and Reflections on the ways of seeing reality as viewed from two perspectives derived from Vedantic and Tantric traditions. Questions and Answers during the gathering in Sonoma County CA, March 23rd, 2014


Is it Nature’s plan for man to suffer? Explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Reporter: Throughout history, man has gone through periods of misery and then joy, misery and then joy. And I was wondering whether it was part of Nature’s plan that man should be miserable at times?

Maharishi: No, it is not the part of Nature; it is the part of our unnatural behavior. Nature has not designed this beautiful, perfect human nervous system to remain in agony. But if we eat something very hard, if we eat sand, and then the stomach will do quite a lot of revolting. And then the whole thing, hrrr. So there are certain things which are meant to be eaten, and other things are not for us to eat. They may be for horses to eat, for other animals to eat, but not for man. So each nervous system has its own function to perform. The human nervous system has the function to perform, and in performing, he has to enjoy the waves of happiness–great happiness, great joy, and great love. All of this is for man. But when we put some hard things, indigestible things, some poisons in our body, we strain our system of perception by extraordinary, loaded experiences. Then the system begins to break; and that is what we say, stressed. And these stresses cause abnormal behavior. And it is abnormality that comes to us as suffering. And abnormality is not designed or intended by Nature. Not knowing how to behave with this most precious and delicate machine, we start to misbehave with it.

New Seeds For Earth is the author’s first new collection of poetry in five years. In those intervening years the author wrote almost no new poetry, focusing instead upon his research publications and books. In 2013 a new seed of inspiration bloomed – and produced this book you now hold in your hands. Thirty-seven nameless poems – and twelve beautiful original colour photographs – bring to life the author’s internal world as he tries to reach out to those ‘almost imperceptible spaces of humanity.’ As the author writes in one of his poems – And like a lemon grove of softened beds, of indistinct smells, I feel the flow of the thousands of decisions that have finally brought me here to this moment.

Kingsley Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He is the author of ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age’ (2013 – co-written with Ervin Laszlo); ‘Breaking the Spell’(2013); ‘New Revolutions for a Small Planet’ (2012); ‘The Struggle for Your Mind: Conscious Evolution & The Battle to Control How We Think’ (2012); and ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011). He is also the co-editor of ‘The New Science & Spirituality Reader’(2012).He is also the co-author, with Prof. John Urry, of ‘After the Car’ (Polity, 2009), which examines post-peak oil societies and mobility.

Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and is now a visiting fellow at the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster Uni.

Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on global technologies, new media communications, modern lifestyles, well-being, science & spirituality, and conscious evolution. As well as the academic life Kingsley has also lived and worked for many years overseas, including five years in Turkey. He currently lives in Andalusia in Spain and is working on new book material. He continues to research, write, travel, and live a balanced lifestyle.

He can be contacted at his personal website: http://www.kingsleydennis.com

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Polishing the Bridge: Self-Awareness for Inner Growth

Kingsley L. Dennis in conversation with Beyond the Ordinary radio – discussing about not taking things personally; self-awareness; inner growth; self-realization; and how to have fun.

AGHORA: At the Left Hand of God This trilogy forms a portion of the story of the Aghori Vimalananda. An aghori is a practitioner of Aghora, the spiritual discipline that takes Tantra to its farthest limits. For Vimalananda Aghora was a wholly internal process that eliminates all commonly-accepted restricitions to the human faculties of perception. He defined an Aghori in this way: “An Aghori is beyond the bounds of the earthly shackles; nay, something above the elements which shape the universe, and you. He takes a sort of intoxicant and thus gets intoxicated in Supreme Love which emanates from the innermost recesses of his heart. Shall I call it interiority? It is that part which is beyond awareness. He gives off the best part of love. Why part? Part of the Supreme, Universal Love, where one experiences, with the help of perception, All-in-One/One-in-All. When you, the finite, merge into infinity what dost thou not know? During this stage he merges with his own deity so that he becomes Him — capital H. That is why he is said to have gone from darkness to divine enlightenment. This is an Aghori.”

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God is the first book in the Aghora trilogy. Written almost entirely in Vimalananda’s own words, it presents events from his life, tenets of his philosophy, and highlights from his spiritual practices. Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is as clear a picture as possible of a man who was a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. Vimalananda insisted that this book be published only after his demise, that he might be spared pursuit by those whose curiosity might be inflamed by some of the sensational events described within. He believed in devoting his all to the pursuit of the direct perception of Reality, and advised others to be similarly dedicated to attaining personal experience of God. To readers he offered this warning: “Don’t take anything I say as gospel truth. I am human, I make mistakes. Test on yourselves what I’ve told you. Try it out, experience it, and then you will know whether or not I’m telling you the truth.”

Curriculum Vitae
Robert Edwin Svoboda

Born: Texas, USA in 1953

Education

+B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1972
(Major:Chemistry, Minor: French)

+Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya), Poona University, 1980

During and after my formal Ayurvedic training I was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Tantra and allied subjects by my mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He also owned thoroughbred race horses, and I served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985.

Grants and Awards

National Merit Scholarship, 1970; U. of Oklahoma Merit Scholarship, 1970; U.S. Office of Education Scholarship, 1973; National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant, 1975; Marsden Foundation Grant 1978

1975 – 1980: Won all but one of the University of Poona awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal

Ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya in June 1973 as its first white member.

Professional Experience

The first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. Lived in India 1973-80 and 1982-86. Since 1985 I travel the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. I have served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.

Books on Ayurveda

The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda,
1st Edition Bombay 1980, 2nd Edition The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 1994

Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution,
1st Edition Geocom, Albuquerque, 1988, 2nd Edition Sadhana Publications, 1999

Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity,
1st Edition Penguin Books, London, 1992; reprinted by The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 2004.

Tao and Dharma,
(with coauthor Arnie Lade)
Lotus Press, 1995

Ayurveda for Women,
David & Charles Publishers, Newton Abbot, 1999

Other Books

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1986

Aghora II: Kundalini,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1994

Aghora III: The Law of Karma,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, and Sadhana Publications (a co- production), December 1997

Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Penguin Books, London, 1996

The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth,
Sadhana Publications, 1997

Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Samuel Weiser Inc., 2000

Vastu: Breathing Life into Space
Namarupa, 2013

Other Publications

The Ayurvedic Home Study Course,
The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, 1985

Contributions include:

Enlightened Sexuality: Essays on Body-Positive Spirituality, ed. Georg Feuerstein, The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA 1989

Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing, eds. Jan Van Alphen and Anthony Aris, Serindia Publications, London, 1995

All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death, Patricia Anderson, Delacorte, 1996

The new entry on Ayurveda for Encyclopedia Britannica, 2000

The chapter on Ayurveda for Awakening Body, Mind, Spirit, Aperture Foundation, in preparation

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Robert Svoboda – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 2, 2014

Robert E. Svoboda is the first white member of Kenya’s Pokot tribe, and the first non-Indian ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India, where he lived for more than a decade. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. For a decade he was involved with thoroughbred horses as Vimalananda’s Authorized Racing Agent. The author of more than a dozen books, since 1985 he divides his time between India and other lands.

Books: AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God (Aghora) (v. I) AGHORA II: Kundalini (Aghora) (Vol II) Aghora III: The Law of Karma The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity Prakriti Vastu: Breathing Life into Space Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

Max Tegmark is an MIT physics professor who loves thinking about life’s big questions. He is author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers, and his work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year 2003″.

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Our Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark

MIT Prof. Max Tegmark on the Doppler effect, redshift, nuclear fusion, and what happened 13.8 billion years ago

April has been heralded as an important month, with its two eclipses and another one of those Grand Crosses in cardinal signs, and I discuss that.

I think it is probably more important because it marks the official roll out of the New Paradigm and the promise it brings.

This video is somewhat speculative and, after I present my case, I leave it to the viewers to decided if the New Paradigm is a real thing and if it functions as advertised.

[A couple of settings on my videocam were bogus, hence the "irregularities" in the intro and outro.]


Published on Mar 28, 2014

In this clip Rupert discusses how the ultimate purpose of art is to dissolve perception at its source.

The Sixth Sense: a forgotten, hidden key lying dormant within every human..

Is it possible to:
- Influence reality with the power of thought?
- Push into the universal mind, vastly increasing your intelligence?
- Easily reach peak states for real, breakthrough spiritual experiences?

Indeed and much more. This is not just another fuzzy New Age book about a magical, vague ‘sixth sense’.

Igniting the Sixth Sense deals with the magnetic sense that allows birds, whales, bees and many other animals to detect and use magnetic fields in ways that seem impossible for humans. Yet, we possess this same natural ability. What happens if you combine a modern human with an active, magnetic sensory? They display skills and abilities that seem, at times, super-human.

Eric Pepin, the #1 spiritual Amazon bestselling author of Meditation within Eternity and The Handbook of the Navigator, takes you on a journey where you will discover:

* How to access a larger memory beyond your own; the Akashic Records
* Discover the method of magnetic prana attraction that makes the entire Universe react to who you are and what you want
* How to enhance every mind, body and spiritual technique you practice. Including meditation, martial arts and more
* The 15 minute miracle that gives you nearly unlimited amounts of energy
* How to create a ‘psychic buffer’ so you aren’t overwhelmed, harmed or influenced by the energy and thoughts of others
* Learn the secret to programming your own energy field

And that’s just the beginning. There are more than 280 pages worth, packed with in-depth knowledge and effective techniques you can easily apply. It’s all here, and it works.

Eric Pepin is the world’s leading trailblazer on the real, experiential process of unfolding the human consciousness and spiritual awakening by accessing Multi-Dimensional Consciousness.

More than a mere philosopher, thinker or teacher, Eric Pepin offers ways to reach breakthrough states based on his own personal experience. From his past as a childhood prodigy “psychic”, to his transformation into a spiritual thinker giving courses to friends on the Earth as a living organism and how to access the Gaia Mind at age 15, Eric has had an unexpected and colorful life, all leading to his one true passion: giving others the tools they need to connect to God.

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Buzzsaw : Sixth Sense, Sex Magic and Illuminati Eyes Wide Shut with Eric Pepin


Illuminati sex rituals, psychic awareness and the realms of magic and science are discussed by best selling author on the esoteric, Eric Pepin. Sharing his experiences of demonic encounters, paranormal awareness and ESP, Pepin opens many doors in the mind regarding the shared ground between the spiritual dimension and our physical one in this Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.

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Eric is the author of the #1 spiritual bestsellers Igniting the Sixth Sense: The Lost Human Sensory that Holds the Key to Spiritual Awakening and Unlocking the Power of the Universe, Meditation within Eternity: The Modern Mystics Guide to Gaining Unlimited Spiritual Energy, Accessing Higher Consciousness and Meditation Techniques for Spiritual Growth and The Handbook of the Navigator, and the founder of Higher Balance Institute.

There is a future being created, where science and spirituality merge to a singular point, becoming a third. Eric Pepin is at the forefront of this wave, forging a renaissance of mystical exploration. His mission: recreate the process of his own awakening, brought about by the hybrid of paranormal experiences and practical spiritual techniques.

Release date: 5.20.2014

Synopsis: In his work as a spiritual teacher interacting with seekers and activists from around the world, Chris Saade has witnessed a remarkable recent phenomenon: a new wave of spirituality that is socially and globally engaged in the pursuit of justice, earth care, and solidarity. Saade calls this movement second wave spirituality, and in this book he maps out the cutting-edge ideas that are fueling this new wave of engaged spirituality. He challenges us to rise to our spiritual task and join the millions of all faiths who are awakening to the suffering and social struggles of all living beings.

According to Saade, new wave spirituality holds a vision of the intrinsic values of love: justice, global peace, solidarity, inclusion, democratic freedom, compassion, and reconciliation. Saade explores current trends of thought that are shaking the foundations of our belief systems and propelling us toward an evolutionary leap. We are in the midst of a spiritual renaissance, Saade asserts, a universal reawakening that will steer us away from the abysmal global dangers we are facing.

The book also includes a collection of quotations as a resource for those working for peace, justice, and inclusion. By dividing the selections into theme-specific chapters, Saade helps us easily access the wisdom and companionship of other souls committed to our diversity, our oneness, and our pursuit of justice.

Contents Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Introduction 1. The Emergence of Second Wave Spirituality

2. A Brief Historical Overview of First Wave Spirituality

3. Crossing the Threshold

4. The Flowering of the Feminine in Theological and Spiritual Thinking

5. The Great Convergence of Spiritual Development and Action for Peace and Justice

6. The Six Crucial Ideas that Converged and Generated the Global Awakening of Second Wave Spirituality

7. Fourteen Additional Characteristics Essential to Second Wave Spirituality

8. A Response to the Escalating Global Crisis: Love in Action

9. Implications of Second Wave Spirituality for the Individual

10. Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Activism

11. Summary and A Blessing for the Reader

12. Engaged Spirituality and Sacred Activism: Writings and Quotes

Chris Saade is the co-director of The Olive Branch Center with his wife, Jessie Thompson, where he teaches courses on engaged spirituality and the mysticism of inclusion. Chris also spearheads the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, and is the senior trainer for the ILC s heart-centered psychological and spiritual-leadership programs. In addition, he is a practicing Personal Coach for individuals and couples, has lead and taught more than 200 psychological and spiritual retreats, offers regular speaking engagements, and serves on the board for The Respite, a center for grief and hope based in Charlotte, NC. Chris was born into a Christian family in Lebanon where he held leadership positions in non-profit organizations working for non-violence, peace, and humanitarian relief. He experienced the devastation of the Lebanese war for 7 years and continued his peacemaking work during those very difficult years.

Chris lived in France before coming to the US, his country of adoption, where he has resided since 1978. He has 24 years of experience as a relationship therapist, relationship coach, and leadership trainer. Saade has a master’s in Human Development and Counseling and completed five additional years of graduate school in economics, theology and history. He has trained in Jungian and existential psychology (including the logotherapy of Viktor Frankl).

Saade’s experiences with the suffering born out of war led him to develop a passionate respect for diversity. His professional journey into psychology and spirituality, his research of peacemakers like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and his study of mystics from different religions have resulted in his development of the copyrighted Model of Integra (6 Essential Keys for heart-centered living and spiritual life-leadership).

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – I: Intro

The International Academy of Sacred Leadership’s founders, Andrew Harvey and Chris Saade, co-create the origins and purpose of their groundbreaking seminar for both aspiring and experienced sacred activist leaders.

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – IV: Turning Up Together

Chapter 1. Son Meditation for the Modern World(현대인과 참선)

방청을 원하시는 분들은 매월 둘째 넷째 주, 목&금 저녁 6:50.
서울 서초동 불교TV(BTN) 3층 스튜디오로 오시면 됩니다.(2호선 전철 방배역 2번 출구 방향으로 나와 마을 버스(13번, 15번)로 두 정거장./ 걸어서 10분

t seems that he was worried that the Seon meditation teachings these days are being lost among the latest health and lifestyle fads and trends.
It seems that meditation in general, and even Seon meditations in particular, are being presented strictly as a way to gain so-called ‘healing.” Or “well-being.” Or “stress relief.”
- Now, Seon meditation does provide those benefits,
- but the original purpose of Seon meditation has always been and must always be: enlightenment.
And that’s what I’m here to talk about today.

요즘 사람들이 건강을 위한 생활문화로 선수행을 하다보니 마치 유행처럼 받아들여져 수행의 근본 정신이 사라질지 모른다는 걱정을 하셨습니다.
- 사실 많은 사람들이 명상, 또는 참선수행을 할 때,
단순히 심신안정, 건강, 스트레스 해소 방법 정도로만 이해하는 듯합니다.
- 물론 실제 참선을 하면 그런 기능적인 효과들도 생겨납니다.
- 그러나 선수행의 근본 목적은 항상 깨달음에 있어왔고
이후로도 역시 깨달음에 목적을 두어야만 합니다.
- 바로 이 부분(깨달음)에 대해 오늘 말씀드리고자 합니다.

방청을 원하시는 분들은 매월 둘째 넷째 주, 목&금 저녁 6:50.
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Are you longing for your life to be easier and more fun? Would you like to stop pushing, micromanaging, and forcing things so you can relax? What if you could enjoy what you have instead of always lusting for “more”? What if you could live in “the zone,” propelled by powerful currents toward the right people and opportunities? What if you could stop worrying about money and live with more emotional ease in the moment? If you answer “yes” to all these questions and desire lasting positive change, then prepare to experience the ecstasy of surrender.
The art of letting go, Dr. Judith Orloff explains, is the secret key to manifesting power and success in all areas of life, including work, relationships, sexuality, radiant aging, and health and healing. In our superconnected world where emails and text messages constantly interrupt us, it’s easier to let go than you think. Once embraced, surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from “trying too hard”—and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and brings ongoing happiness.
With her stunning gift for storytelling coupled with her unique, results-oriented approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health—marrying neuroscience, psychiatry, intuitive medicine, energy techniques, and more—Judith provides a powerful, practical, and accessible map for anyone who is longing to be happier but who feels stuck, burned-out, tense, worried, or afraid to let go.

Dr. Judith Orloff (Positive Energy; Emotional Freedom) has made it her calling to remind patients, listeners, and readers that we don’t need to knot ourselves up in negativity. In The Ecstasy of Surrender, she encourages readers to stop sabotaging ourselves by pushing too hard, but she goes much further, explaining how surrender (whatever its bad rep) can actually help us achieve success and a previously unimagined tranquility. Her techniques of relaxing ourselves out of anxieties, toxic people, and unhealthy situations aren’t signs of weakness; they are strategies for inner peace and success.

Ram Dass & Dr. J. Orloff on the Power of Surrender in Healing

Author of “The Ecstasy of Surrender”, Dr. Judith Orloff, dialogues with spiritual teacher Ram Dass on the power of surrender in health and healing. Dialogue takes place at Ram Dass’s house overlooking Maui, HI. Let go and trust! More information on http://www.drjudithorloff.com

The ecstasy of surrender: Judith Orloff, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera 2012

You can sabotage success by pushing too hard. Surrender is the antidote to stress in a world that relentlessly conspires to interrupt creative thought. Surrender boosts your brain’s endorphins–euphoric, opiate-like pain killers–and serotonin, a natural antidepressant that allows you to relax, have more fun, and succeed more wildly than ever before. Life becomes easier and more blissful when you can let go.

Pub Date May 14, 2014

Nineteenth-century Tibetan mystic Tertön Sogyal was a visionary, whose mastery of meditation led him to be a revered teacher to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Known for his deep spiritual insights and service to the nation of Tibet, Tertön Sogyal’s ability to harness the power of the mind was born of both his profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and his unique experiences, all the while striving for peace against tremendous odds. His life is an example of courage and diligence appreciated by spiritual practitioners of all traditions; and his practical instructions on meditation and opening one’s heart–amid conflict, uncertainty, and change–are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.

Fearless in Tibet, the first comprehensive work in English on Tertön Sogyal, captures the essence of his teachings and his inner world of visions and spiritual realizations. It also brings to life the challenges he faced during his early yogic training and his efforts to promote harmony between Tibet and China.

Combining riveting storytelling and Tertön Sogyal’s profound instructions, Matteo Pistono takes you on a journey through the mystical past that reveals practical inner guidance for today’s challenges. You will see the power of transforming negativity into opportunity, letting go of attachments, becoming present, and embracing impermanence. This intricate tapestry of intrigue and spirituality will infuse your path with timeless wisdom and inspiration.

Matteo Pistono is a writer, photographer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of “Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal” (Hay House 2014). Pistono lived and traveled throughout Tibet and the Himalayas for a decade, bringing to the West graphic accounts and photos of China’s human rights abuses in Tibet, detailed in his memoir, “In the Shadow of the Buddha” (Dutton 2011). Pistono’s writings and photographs about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, BBC’s In-Pictures, The Global Post, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. He is the founder of Nekorpa (www.nekorpa.org), a non-profit foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, and the Board of Directors of Rigpa Fellowship and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture. Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Wyoming, Washington DC, and Asia. http://www.matteopistono.com

Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (by Matteo Pistono) book trailer

Book trailer for Matteo Pistono’s biography of Tertön Sogyal, a 19th century Tibetan meditation master and teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama. The book is entitled Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House May 2014) http://www.matteopistono.com


The defining moment of my life came when I was a 21 yr old college student. I had the undeniable experience that I am one with God, one with all that is. This experience has never left me. The rest of my life has been dedicated to going deeper into that experience and all its ramifications.

I started a quest which I called my search for the Kingdom of Heaven. This was an inward search, a research into my self.

As I looked deeply and honestly within my self, Divine qualities were revealed. First, Divine Light appeared, then the nurturing quality of Divine Love manifested. Other Divine qualities emerged. I discovered that these Divine qualities could be called upon to improve my daily life and the lives of my family and friends.

As I worked with the Divine qualities, I began to receive guidance and knowledge from a Divine Presence. At first, it came from Jesus. Later, Mother God made her self known to me and offered a great wealth of Divine wisdom. In time I began working with people outside my own family. The situations and challenges they presented brought forth from me a depth of divine wisdom to guide and transform their lives.

It is this Divine Knowledge that I want to bring to as many people as possible. I have developed a personal relationship with Divine Mother. I converse with Her all of the time. It is the most powerful, passionate and loving experience I have ever known. I want to help others develop this Divine Relationship. I have created simple tools and techniques to help you enter into your own very personal relationship with Divine Mother.

I now live in Fairfield, Iowa with my husband. We have 2 children. I completed a BA degree in Political Science, and an MA in the Science of Creative Intelligence. I’m also an Ordained Minister. The verbal vibrational healing tools that I developed to get to know Divine Mother are called Transformational Prayer®. Because of my close association with Divine Mother I have founded a church in her name, Divine Mother Church. Since 1999 I have been teaching energy healing classes and giving private consultations in partnership with Divine Mother, bringing her transforming wisdom and guidance to thousands of people.

Divine Mother is here. She wants to talk to you.

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Interview conducted 9/14/2013.


Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. http://www.francislucille.com

Happiness is our true nature – Francis Lucille

This is an excerpt from the interview with Francis Lucille at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2011 featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.3″.


Return of the Prodigal Son – Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.

What might the Buddhism of the future look like? With all that we have learned in the modern and postmodern world, how can Buddhists be true to the central teachings of the tradition while also including them in a new framework that is inclusive of ongoing discoveries?

Ken Wilber here explores these key questions facing Buddhism and indeed all of the world’s great religions today, showing how traditional Buddhist teachings themselves suggest an ongoing evolution leading toward a more unified, holistic, and interconnected spirituality. Touching on all of the key turning points in the history of Buddhism, Wilber describes the unique way in which the tradition has been open to the continuing unfolding and expansion of its own teachings, and he suggests possible paths toward an ever more Integral approach.

Ken Wilber is the founder of Integral Institute and the co-founder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. His many books, all of which are still in print, can be found at Amazon.com. Some of his more popular books include Integral Spirituality; No Boundary; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and the “everything” books: A Brief History of Everything (one of his largest selling books) and A Theory of Everything (probably the shortest introduction to his work).

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This is a trailblazing book that explores an old way of healing through the spirit of plants! Eliot Cowen learned that it wasn’t the plant that healed a person, but the spirit in the plant. Learning to contact the spirit of the plant was to ask it directly to heal the person. This ancient practice of plant spirit medicine, long forgotten in the West, has now been remembered, revitalized and reintroduced by this American healer.

Enriched by the author’s many explorations since its first edition, this new edition unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine has resolved specific issues and imbalances in his own healing journey and in his work with others. Readers will learn from a wealth of stories and teachings how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid us, including:

* Plant spirit medicine’s five-element view of healing

* Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations

* Questionnaires to assess our own states of health and balance

* New chapters on community and on such “controversial” sacred plants as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco

* Additional interviews with plant shamans of many traditions

Whether we live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, the gifts of the plant spirits present themselves everywhere. Plant Spirit Medicine opens our eyes and hearts to initiate and nourish this deepest of natural bonds.


Eliot Cowan is the founder of the Blue Deer Center in Margaretville, New York, where he provides training in Plant Spirit Medicine and other traditions. For many years, he apprenticed with the shaman Don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios who, in 2000, ritually recognized Cowan as a guide to Shamanic apprentices in the Huichol tradition. He is a member of the Council of Elders for the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. See bluedeer.org.

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Walk the Talk Show: Eliot Cowan talks Plant Spirit Medicine

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis sits down with Eliot Cowan to discuss Plant Spirit Medicine


Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Inchgiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya. In 1973, the publication of his most famous and widely translated book, “I Am That”, an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers

For millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end—that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors.

In this wide-ranging and authoritative work, Chu reexamines the question of human purpose in light of the extraordinary developments of science and technology. Arguing that a deep understanding of our place in the universe is required to navigate the magnitude of the choices that lie ahead, he surveys human wisdom from both East and West, traces the evolutionary trajectory that has led to this point, and explores the potentials emerging on the scientific frontier. The book addresses the legitimate fears and concerns of “playing God” but embraces the possibility of transcending biological forms and becoming or creating entirely new life-forms.


Born and raised in China, and spending much of his adult life in America, Ted Chu is currently a clinical professor of economics at New York University (Abu Dhabi, UAE). His ongoing research is focused on globalization, frontiers of technology and institutions, and “posthuman economics,” inclusive of the philosophic and ethical dimensions of transhumanism. Chu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University.

During his twenty-five years as a business economist, his work included corporate strategy, public policy research, multinational operations, and global financial markets–including roles as chief economist of General Motors and chief economist of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. Dr. Chu also held positions as macroeconomist for the World Bank and Arthur D. Little.

For the last fifteen years, his second career has been conducting independent research on the ethical and philosophical question of humanity’s place in the universe, with special reference to advanced technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. This focus was foreshadowed by his PhD thesis on the production efficiency frontier at Georgetown University. Chu has also read widely and deeply in evolutionary theory, history, politics, philosophy, and religious studies (East and West).

Dr. Chu is the founder of the nonprofit CoBe (Cosmic Being) Institute in Michigan, a senior scholar at ChangCe, a Beijing-based independent think tank, and a former president of Greater Washington Professional Forum. He has received a national award for dedicated community service and has served as a policy advisor for governments and many multinational institutions. Ted Chu’s extensive lines of interdisciplinary research have combined in-depth theoretical analysis and the fruits of practical, real-world experience.

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Ted Chu – Author of Human Purpose Transhuman Potential

Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author’s experience.

I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years. Until forced to retire due to illness, I was a professor at the University of California–Davis School of Law, serving six years as the dean of students. I’m the author of the award-winning “How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers,” and the newly released “How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for Navigating Joy and Sorrow.” Both “How to Be Sick” and “How to Wake Up” are practical books. They are intended to help all of us find peace and well-being regardless of our particular circumstances. To this end, each of the books contains dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate-to personal stories. I live in Davis, California with my husband (also named Tony!) and our hound dog, Rusty. I hope you’ll visit my website at http://www.tonibernhard.com

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How to Wake Up – Toni Bernhard – Interview View Here

There is nothing wrong with anxiety.
Although we cannot control God’s time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible.
Or to drive away whatever is causing our fear. . . .
Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.

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July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:

“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.”

The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. “What is success?” poses the Copt. “It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

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Now, these many centuries later, the wise man’s answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho’s hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.


Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, songwriter and journalist. His collaboration with Brazilian composer and singer Raúl Seixas gave some of the greatest classic rock songs in Brazil. In 1986, a special meeting led him to make the pilgrimage to Saint James Compostela (in Spain). The Road to Santiago was not only a common pilgrimage but a turning point in his existence. A year later, he wrote ‘The Pilgrimage’, an autobiographical novel that is considered the beginning of his career.

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Podcast #1 – Paulo Coelho talking about how he started to write a book and also talking about his experiences with ‘Aleph’.

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