Swami Sarvapriyananda – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Swami Sarvapriyananda has been appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties there on January 6, 2017.

Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015.

Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.

Website: http://www.vedantany.org/

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The Five Dharma Types: Vedic Wisdom for Discovering Your Purpose and Destiny By Simon Chokoisky [Updated Oct 17, 2016]


Estimated release date: 4/15/2014

A handbook for unlocking the soul’s purpose and manifesting a fulfilling life

• Reinterprets the traditional Dharma system of ancient India as a map for revealing one’s true purpose

• Provides tests for determining one’s Dharma type

• Explains the benefits, challenges, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each of the 5 Dharma types

Have you ever wondered why, despite great obstacles, some people achieve success, while others, though given everything, seem to squander it away? Or why some people, despite having very little, radiate joy, while others appear miserable though surrounded by opulence? The answer is Dharma: knowing your soul’s purpose and living it is the key to creating a fulfilling life.

Built on a deep body of Vedic knowledge, the ancient system of social structure and spiritual duty known as Dharma has modern applications for people seeking their life’s purpose. Author Simon Chokoisky explains the five Dharma archetypes–Warrior, Educator, Merchant, Laborer, and Outsider–and how your life’s purpose goes hand-in-hand with your Dharma type. Providing tests to determine your type, he outlines the benefits, challenges, emotional and learning styles, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each type.

Chokoisky reveals how the Dharma types function as an operating system for your identity, helping you map your life and play to your innate strengths, whether in choosing a prosperous career or field of study or in facing health challenges and meeting fitness goals. By accepting and understanding the nature of your type, you begin to align with your true purpose and, regardless of fate, find joy and meaning in life.

Simon Chokoisky teaches Sanskrit and Medical Astrology at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also runs a private consulting business based on his trainings in Vedic life mapping and Vedic astrology. The creator of the Decoding Your Life Map with Vedic Astrology DVD series, he travels widely giving seminars. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


In this talk Simon reveals the five levels of dharma, and why they are crucial to feeling at one with your body, your environment, your purpose, the cosmos, and with your divine source. The five levels are:
1. The Physical
2. The Environmental
3. The Social
4. The Cosmic
5. The Spiritual
The key to getting the most from these is understanding the technology of how they work together. In this talk, Simon focuses on the first two

The 5 Dharma Types – Simon Chokoisky

This is an extended explanation of the origin of the book The 5 Dharma Types, by Simon Chokoisky

Sri M – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Sri M – spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist – was born into a Muslim family on November 6, 1949 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His transformational journey, from a young boy to a living yogi, is a fascinating story symbolized by single-minded discipline and dedication.

Entranced by mystical stories of Sufi saints and a brief encounter with a numinous Swami at a relatively young age, he was not only drawn to the ‘truth’ but also the compelling landscape of the snow-clad Himalayas. At the age of nine, his spiritual transformation was initiated by his future Master, Babaji (also known as Maheshwarnath Babaji), who miraculously appeared under a jackfruit tree in the compound of his house in Thiruvananthapuram. Though only fleeting, this meeting definitively set the stage for their future reunion in the Himalayas at Sri M’s age of nineteen.

The next three and half years, he lived and travelled extensively through the Himalayas with his Master. Maheshwarnath Babaji guided him right through his initiation, his Kundalini awakening, the grueling journey to Tholingmutt and, the eventual meeting with the Grand Master, Sri Guru Babaji also known as Sri Mahavatar Babaji.

Few years after his Master passed away, he received the spiritual go-ahead to commence his mission. In 1998, he started his teachings, eventually leading to formation of the Satsang Foundation.

In response to a query on the spiritual progress of a person and the path to that evolution, he responds, “Though, my parampara is kriya yoga, I don’t think it suits all aspirants. I propound satsang even between two people. It cuts across barriers of caste and creed. Spiritual evolution is not diverse from regular living. Intervals of solitude are necessary but you cannot shut yourself totally. The world around you is your touchstone to spiritual practice.” Conversant with teachings of most major religions, Sri M says: “Go to the core. Theories are of no use.” His message seeks to transcend the outer-shell of all religions, by exploring their mystical core to nurture the innate goodness in every human being.

Website: http://satsang-foundation.org

Books: Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography Wisdom of the Rishis: The Three Upanishads: Ishavasya, Kena & Mandukya Jewel in the Lotus: Deeper Aspects of Hinduism The Little Guide To Greater Glory And A Happier Life

The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti by Radhanath Swami (Author)


With illuminating references to Western religions and ideologies, The Journey Within invites readers from all backgrounds to discover the simple truths that unite us.

The mysteries of the soul have evaded mystics, sages, and gurus for centuries. Humanity has long yearned to discover the answer to our existence, and many spiritual traditions have evolved to provide those answers through sacred texts that facilitate journeys of transformation and discovery. Yet, never before have all of the spiritual traditions been distilled so simply into one easy-to-follow path—a path of love and devotion.

In this long-awaited follow-up to The Journey Home, The Journey Within guides readers through the essential teachings of bhakti yoga. World-renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami draws from his personal experiences to demystify the ancient devotional path of bhakti, capturing its essence and explaining its simple principles for balancing our lives.

His down-to-earth writing simplifies spiritual concepts and answers timeless questions in a heartfelt narrative that brings this sacred philosophy beautifully to life. What is love? What is the soul? Who is God? How can we live in the physical world without losing touch with the spiritual?

In concise and approachable language, Radhanath Swami sheds light on how to answer these vital questions and offers solutions to life’s challenges with the simplest of resources. Reach beyond the material world and journey within to discover the beauty of the true self.
Born in Chicago in 1950, Radhanath Swami, sets out to wander the world on a spiritual quest. Arriving in India in 1970, he lives the life of a wandering mendicant, travelling both outwardly and inwardly. Within months, his young world is augmented by experience, realization, soul-stirring revelations and near death experiences. He imbibes the teachings of great yogis, monks, and gurus including Swami Sivananda, Swami Rama, Swami Satchitananda, Swami Chidananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Ananda Mayi Ma, Neem Karoli Baba, Muktananda, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. He meets lepers and Naga Babas, contemplative Buddhists and mystic yogis. Living in Himalayan caves, forests and under trees, he moves through the subcontinent with a thirst for “the truth” that is rarely seen. Fasting and meditating for a month on the Banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, he hears the celestial sound of mantras emerging from the Holy River.

Each experience brings him closer to the core of India’s mystic teachings and to the divine love he has been seeking. He reveals all in “The Journey Home”, a penetrating account into the heart of a seeker, filled with humor, adventure, wisdom, and inspiration. Perhaps not since, Autobiography of A Yogi, has such a lucid and intricate tale of one man’s revelation of the soul been so wonderfully recounted. As a man of infinite depth and grace, his life story offers all who hear it, an infinite wisdom.

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Radhanath Swami – The Journey Within: Unleashing the Power of the Soul

Radhanath Swami, born as Richard Slavin in Chicago, came to confront a deep sense of alienation from the materialism and the civil injustices of mid-20th century America. Near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path led him to the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture. Now a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, he is the author of “The Journey Home,” a memoir of his search for spiritual truth.

The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India by Vanamali (Author),


A complete introduction to Sanatana Dharma, the spiritual science of the Hindu sages

• Examines how many core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science

• Explores the scientific discoveries of the rishis, ancient Vedic sages, and how they have only recently been rediscovered by Western scientists

• Reveals the concepts of quantum physics hidden within the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas

Called “the scientists of Hinduism,” the rishis of ancient India were the scribes of the Vedas. They developed the spiritual science of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, as their way of ensuring the constant renewal and progress of India’s spiritual tradition and culture. Sanatana Dharma permeates every aspect of Hindu culture, from religion to the arts to the sciences. Woven within its Vedic texts lie all of the essential concepts of quantum physics and other modern scientific discoveries.

Providing a complete introduction to the science of Sanatana Dharma, Vanamali reveals how the core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science and how the scientific discoveries of the ancient rishis have been recently rediscovered by the West. She examines the scientific principles within the classic stories and texts of India, including the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas. Within the teachings of the ancient Puranic sages and saints such as Valmiki and Vyasa and legendary physicians and mathematician-philosophers such as Aryabhatta and Varahamihir, the author reveals great scientific truths–not those believed by the ancient world, but truths still upheld by modern science, particularly quantum physics. She explores Desha and Kaala (Space and Time), Shankara and his philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and the Hindu sciences of mathematics, astronomy, and Vedic astrology.

In illustrating the scientific basis of Hinduism and the discoveries of its sages, Vanamali provides a window into the depths of this most ancient spiritual way of life.

Mataji Devi Vanamali has written 8 books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Shakti, Hanuman, Shiva, The Complete Life of Krishna, and The Complete Life of Rama, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yoga Ashram Trust, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram in Rishikesh, northern India.

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Devi Vanamali on Gurus, Disciples and the Spiritual Path

Devi Vanamali is a famous Bhakta from Rishikesh, Teacher and Author. Here She speaks openly about Gurus, Disciples and the Spiritual Path.
http://www.vanamaliashram.org

Ghosts, Spirits and Gods explained by Vedanta


Published on Mar 1, 2016

Ghosts, spirits and gods explained by non-dual Vedanta. How do we explain the phenomena of such extra-ordinary experiences? The causal body does explain such phenomena in an impersonal way. The personification of ghosts, spirits and gods is a result of the mind by the subtle body.

This video is part of the Upanishad video series which consists of about 20 hours of recording from India.
http://shiningworld.com/site/shop/ind…

Yoga and Vedic Astrology – Sister Sciences of Spiritual Healing ~ Sam Geppi

So many people start out with a great love of astrology, and wanting to understand it in a holistic way. They buy an astrology book, then realize it is complicated and very hard to learn. Instead of something inspiring, astrology becomes one more thing that is confusing and frustrating. In my latest book, I have addressed this issue. I have gotten enormous experience teaching my Certification Course the last several years, and that insight has gone into this book.

I start from the very beginning, from the spiritual tradition itself. The truth is, that is where all the “astrological rocket sauce” is anyway. These spiritual truths transcend astrology, and give it meaning.

The Book is called“Yoga and Vedic Astrology – Sister Sciences of Spiritual Healing” – and it takes the complicated principles of Vedic astrology and makes them simple and digestible for everyone

Principles in this book can be put in your life right now, regardless of whether you study astrology or not.

In this book:

I first describe the sacred astronomy, which actually shows how the universe itself is the great cosmic being that creates everything. By the way, this is why all astrological systems work. You have forgotten the miracle of life on earth. I mean think about it, you are on a little rock, moving around a gigantic ball of fire at almost 70,000 miles an hour, right now!
Next, I describe the emergence of yoga, astrology and the other Vedic sciences from the scriptural/cultural tradition of India. I accomplish this by analyzing the ancient texts, from the Vedas to the two most important yogic texts: the Bhagavad-Gita and the yoga sutras of Patanjali. You will understand how this timeless wisdom was passed down from abstract teachings to practical methods that you can use in your everyday life.
Next, I connect those threads to spiritual structures like Chakras, elements, 3 Gunas (Body, mind, Spirit) and the other qualities of Samkya philosophy (the philosophy of Yoga). Understanding how your energetic bodies work and cooperate with each other is crucial to understanding what is exactly happening with astrology and the astrology chart. Most people have absolutely no idea how astrology works at all. Do you?

Then, I begin to describe astrology, as the science of karma, as the science of spirit taking form. This begins by mapping the same universal qualities of yoga to the astrological components. First, the planets and their relationship to the elements, the gunas, and universal principles they govern, are analyzed. These are the energetic factors of life, the seven rays of consciousness, the seven evolutionary forces.
Next, I describe the astrology signs of the zodiac as the sacred mandala through which the planets express themselves and through which our karmic mind unfolds. Most of us identify with the signs as the “feeling” of life.
Next, I outline the astrology houses from many different angles to bring specifics into astrological considerations. This shows whether that powerful Venus gives us a great job, a great house, or great butt! We can’t know the details until we learn astrology houses.
Next, I describe the 27 constellations (nakshatras) and how they work on a spiritual level. I explain each one in detail, and show how to approach each planet through them. The celestial zodiac refers to a deeper cosmic nature overlooked by other astrological systems, including Western astrology

Next I give an overview of the lunar nodes, the eclipse points, and briefly describe these very compelling karmic forces. The main attractions and repulsions in life come from the lunar nodes.
Next, I outline the major aspects and Yogas (planetary associations) and how to understand the way divine energy communicates within us. These specific connections show the complexities, great strengths and inner conflicts in life.
Next, I get into timing factors, to show how to actually read a chart and organize the information. This advanced material will help to take your understanding beyond just gathering information, and help you apply it.
Next, I give a couple example charts and give you chart reading templates so you can actually begin to approach your chart and understand your karma. I give two powerful case studies of both a general chart analysis, and an event in their lives shown by the timing factors.

This text is actually volume 1 in a series called “Essentials of Vedic astrology” – and serves as a companion to my very popular certification courses.

American Veda by Philip Goldberg [updated Jan 05, 2016]

By Philip Goldberg

Foreword by Huston Smith

“An illuminating, gracefully written, and remarkably thorough account of India’s spectacular impact on Western religion and spirituality.”

—Deepak Chopra

“American Veda shows us how we got to where we are. It chronicles a revolution in consciousness and describes India’s lasting influence on our culture, from gurus, meditation, and yoga to sitar music and aromatic curries. Savor it.”

—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

In February 1968 the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual retreat since Jesus spent those forty days in the wilderness. The media frenzy over the Fab Four made known to the sleek, sophisticated West that meek, mysterious India had something of value. Our understanding and practice of spirituality would never be the same.

With these words Philip Goldberg begins his monumental work, American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West (Harmony Books; Hardcover; November 2, 2010), a fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture, with a foreword by Huston Smith. Goldberg’s eye-opening chronicle shows how the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga have profoundly influenced the nation, producing a radical shift in the worldview of millions.

What exploded in the 1960s actually began more than two hundred years earlier, when the United States started importing knowledge as well as tangy spices and colorful fabrics from Asia. The first translations of Hindu texts found their way into the libraries of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From there the ideas spread to Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness” and wove it into the fabric of their lives.

Charismatic teachers like Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda came west in waves, prompting leading intellectuals, artists, and scientists such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, John Coltrane, Dean Ornish, and Richard Alpert to adapt and disseminate what they learned from them. The impact has been enormous, enlarging our current understanding of the mind and body and dramatically changing how we view ourselves and our place in the cosmos.

With fascinating stories of key players and the times they lived in, Goldberg paints a compelling picture of this remarkable East-to-West transmission, showing how it accelerated through the decades and eventually moved from the counterculture into our laboratories, libraries, and living rooms. Now physicians and therapists routinely recommend meditation, words like karma and mantra are part of our everyday vocabulary, and Yoga studios are as ubiquitous as Starbucks cafés. The insights of India’s sages permeate so much of what we think, believe, and do that they have redefined the meaning of life for millions of Americans—and continue to do so every day.


In 2009, Newsweek ran a provocative essay titled “We Are All Hindus Now.” American Veda tells exactly why and how that came to be. It is not only the very first popular history of Indian religion and philosophy in America, it is a stirring tribute to India, whose ancient traditions continue to influence our everyday lives.

About the Author

PHILIP GOLDBERG is the author or coauthor of nineteen books, including Roadsigns: On the Spiritual Path and The Intuitive Edge. Based in Los Angeles, he is an ordained interfaith minister, a public speaker and seminar leader, and the founder of Spiritual Wellness and Healing Associates. He is director of outreach for SpiritualCitizens.net and blogs regularly on religion for the Huffington Post. Visit http://www.philipgoldberg.com or http://www.americanveda.com for more information.

Philip Goldberg on American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

In 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a spiritual retreat that exploded the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga into popular Western culture, an introduction that actually began when translations of Hindu texts penetrated the thinking of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the ideas spread to Thoreau, Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness.”

Philip Goldberg, author, director for SpiritualCitizens.net, and Huffington Post blogger on religion, traces this movement from Emerson to the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation. http://www.philipgoldberg.com

How Indian Spirituality Changed the West (Philip Goldberg)

Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda, discusses how American culture has been influenced by Indian Spirituality.

What are the three Gunas which control our lives?

What are the three Gunas which control our lives? James Swartz Vedanta Bad Meinberg 2015

Published on Nov 25, 2015

Three Gunas:

Rajas:
Agitative Mind
Doing, doing, doing
To Gain certain things in the world: a Partner, Money, House, Children, … Business Mind
Downside? Stress, Burn-Out, Unhappy, Jealous, Over-Stimulated, …
Food: Sugar, Carbohydrates, Fast Food,…

Tamas:
Dull and Lazy Mind
Can’t do anything, can’t get up, I don’t want to do that, Fearful…
Downside? : Depression, Lack of Maturity, No Responsibility, Boredom, Blaming …
Food: Pizza, Fatty Food, Sauces, Carbohydrates, Cheese, Meat …

Sattva:
Clear Mind
Being able to make decisions, staying calm and making appropriate decisions,…
To understand the World, to understand Life
Downside? Arrogance, Becoming too Comfortable, Attract lots of needy people,…
Food: Salad, Fruits, likely cooked vegetables, raw food, certain proteins,…

All mistakes, poor editing and poor video quality is solely my responsibility: Georg Schiller georgvedantin@gmail.com. Neither James Swartz or anybody else is responsible for any of my mistakes.

Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept ~ Michael Taft

Many traditions and mystics talk about nondualism. But what is nondualism, and how have people—from different religions in different parts of the word—described this concept over the millennia?

In this book you will discover the long history of nondualism, from its first roots in the Indian Upanishads, to its expression in Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, to its most modern-day expressions in the West. If you are a person in a nondual tradition, this book is an invaluable companion on your journey.

From the Introduction:

Nondualism is the philosophical and religious concept that all things are essentially one. It is called a philosophy of “identity” because it sees the entire universe, including any deity, as one unified whole. Although there appear to be a multiplicity of things in existence, any actual difference between them is illusory. Reality is not a multiplicity, in this view, but a singularity. Often in nondualism the apparent profusion of objects and beings in the universe is thought to be nothing other than a fantasy, and the only real thing is consciousness itself. Some, but not all, forms of nondualism include the idea of God, in which case God, creation, and the individual are seen to be identical. Nondualism has played a major role in the religions of Asia, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. It has also made some minor appearances in Western philosophies, but is an unpopular concept in the mainstream Abrahamic religions (i.e.—Judaism, Christianity, Islam).

Nondualism is the opposite (ha-ha) of a philosophy of “difference,” which sees reality as composed of many separate, individual parts, and usually a God who is also fundamentally separate from creation. Philosophies of difference, or dualism, are well known in the West: Christianity, Judaism, and to a large extent Islam are dualistic religions. The Abrahamic religions have had, here and there, a few philosophers and mystics that spoke of a nondual reality, but these have been few and far between.

India is unique in that it gave birth to several whole religions of pure identity (i.e. pure nondualism)
– for example, Buddhist Madhyamika and Hindu Advaita Vedanta.

The essence of nondual philosophy could be roughly summed up as: there is no you, no world, no deity, and no reality apart from the One Thing, which is consciousness. Everything else is imaginary. In this book we’ll examine the long history of this interesting and powerful idea.

In writing this text, it is my hope that the many people in the West who are currently involved in a nondual tradition will gain a bit more understanding of the background of nondualism, and perhaps where their tradition fits into the greater picture.

Michael W. Taft is an author, editor, meditation teacher, and neuroscience junkie. He is currently a meditation coach specializing in secular, science-based meditation training in corporate settings and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including “The Mindful Geek,” and “Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept,” “Ego” (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as “Hardwiring Happiness,” by Rick Hanson, and the upcoming “The Science of Enlightenment,” by Shinzen Young.

He often teaches at Google and has worked on curriculum development for SIYLI. Michael is also an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, a site for exploring what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition, and was editorial director of Sounds True.

From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Basic Mindfulness system, and is a teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, and is founding editor of the popular mindfulness meditation blog Deconstructing Yourself.

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Non-duality Talk

Michael Taft is the author of Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept.

Michael writes, “The essence of nondual philosophy could be roughly summed up as: there is no you, no world, no deity, and no reality apart from the One Thing, which is consciousness. Everything else is imaginary.” In his book Nondualism a brief history of a timeless concept, he examines the long history of this interesting and powerful idea.

It’s Michael’s hope that the many people in the West who are currently involved in a nondual tradition will gain a bit more understanding of the background of nondualism, and perhaps where their tradition fits into the greater picture.

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Tracks

0:00 – 3:37 – Introduction to the topic of the history of nondualism and how it seems to be missing in the larger education

3:37 – 9:46 Early Vedic teachings. First definite nondual teachings in the Upanishads. A reading on turiya from the Mandukya Upanishad. Chandogya Upanishad.

9:46 – 11:22 The Upanishads as teaching texts. The current methodological teaching of Advaita Vedanta being a much later development.

11:22 – 14:38 Advent of Buddhism originating from study of the Upanishads and the three turnings of the wheel.

14:38 – 19:07 The refinement of Buddhist teachings. Emptiness teachings. Via positiva and via negativa teachings compared.

19:07 – 21:18 The expression of nonduality by people in general.

21:18 – 22:41 The blossoming of Buddhism very briefly mentioned.

22:41 – 26:13 Advaita Vedanta. Gaudapada.

26:13 – 29:17 Shankara. Buddhism contrasted with Vedanta.

29:17 – 34:43 The Western religions and nondualism. Meister Eckhart. Epiphatic Christianity.

34:43 – 38:30 Modern teachers: Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Poonjaji, J. Krishnamurti. A gap noted in the book’s coverage and discussed.

38:30 – 45:08 Neo-Advaita, the pros and cons. Poonjaji’s teachings. Does neo-Advaita incorporate a practice?

45:08 – 46:54 Adyashanti and a paradoxical offering.

46:54 – 54:30 Michael Taft offers a meditation based on the “do nothing” technique of Shinzen Young. Conclusion

Michael Taft History of Nonduality SAND 2011 HD

Modern thought on nonduality has a long and illustrious lineage. Just where and when people began having nondual experiences, talking about these experiences, and sketching out the philosophy of nondualism is a controversial topic: sure to offend everyone! It is a deliciously dualistic topic, in which no air quotes will be allowed. Join me for a fun, lively, and fascinating exchange.

Sex, Love, and Dharma: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Relationships by Simon Chokoisky (Author)

Discover your dharma type and prepare your body, mind, and spirit to attract and build a lifelong union with your soul mate

• Explores how the dharma types align in relationships, giving quick and simple insights into which dharma pairings work and which ones need work

• Details methods for attracting a mate as well as practical techniques for improving your sex life, including the best time to have sex during the day

• Provides self-tests to determine your dharma type and outlines unique ayurvedic diet, exercise, detox, and lifestyle tips for better health and sex appeal

The people of ancient India understood that most humans are incomplete without an intimate partner, a soul mate to share life’s journey. Drawing upon astrology, Ayurveda, and dharma type–your personality and spiritual purpose archetype–they developed detailed systems to analyze physical, emotional, and spiritual compatibility between people. This analysis encouraged joyous relationships by revealing the sexual compatibility of a couple, the innate relationship conflicts they face, and their potential for financial success together. In this way, couples were able to distinguish biological attraction from long-term compatibility, lust from love, and soul mates from playmates.

Sharing ancient Vedic secrets of sex, love, health, and dharma, Simon Chokoisky explains how to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the right partner and how to determine if a potential mate is a good match for your unique chemistry. He provides self-tests to determine your dharma type and outlines unique ayurvedic diet, exercise, detox, and lifestyle tips for each type to reclaim your health and vitality and, by doing so, your sexiness. He explores how the dharma types align in relationships to create harmony or disharmony, giving quick and simple insights about which dharma pairings work and which ones need work. Highlighting the skills inherent to each dharma type, he makes suggestions on how to improve day-to-day relationships for personal and financial benefit and to build lifelong romance that grows into a spiritual union. Moving to the bedroom, the author details methods for attracting a mate as well as practical techniques for improving your sex life, including the best time to have sex during the day and month.

Showing how knowing who you are will help you find your right mate, and keep away those unsuitable for you, Chokoisky explains how living your dharma helps you flow with nature in a way that makes life and your relationships more fulfilling.

Simon Chokoisky teaches Sanskrit and Medical Astrology at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also runs a private consulting business based on his trainings in Vedic life mapping and Vedic astrology. The creator of the Decoding Your Life Map with Vedic Astrology DVD series, he travels widely giving seminars. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Your Daily Cycle

Using Ayurveda and Jyotisha, Simon goes through the 24hr. biorhythm cycle, and how to take advantage of it by knowing when to eat, sleep, have sex, and even ask for a raise! Sorry for the sound quality– the microphone broke during recording.

Is Enlightenment Possible for Serious Yogis ?

Interview with James Swartz from Yoga and Health Magazine

James: It depends on what you mean by ‘serious.’ Although Yoga has become a mass phenomenon but in general people in the West do not take to yoga for enlightenment. At the lowest level yoga is just a sophisticated calisthenics’ regimen. But Yoga can be much more than a good workout. In India it is a healthy spiritual way of life. You live according to certain tried and true spiritual principles. It is an amazing system that basically takes the stress out of life. In the West most people who practice yoga do so because their lifestyles are unhealthy. They just work out the stress physically and feel good for a while and then go back to the bad habits that caused the stress in the first place. So it is a coping strategy. But there is a psychological and spiritual dimension to Yoga too. It is about getting free of your psychological hang-ups. There is a famous scripture called the Patanjali Yoga Sutras that lays out the whole discipline. Freedom or enlightenment is seen in the Yoga system as a permanent state of happiness in which you see everything equally. It is called Samadhi. Sama means equal and ‘dhi’ is a contracted from of ‘buddhi’or intellect. So it indicates a person who has the vision of oneness.

Interviewer: Can you explain what Vedanta is?

James: Vedanta is usually called the yoga of knowledge or the yoga of no-contact. There is a certain irony in this statement because yoga means contact, union, communication, connection. The idea in Yoga is that you ‘connect’with and become one with your self. And since your self is the self in everyone and everything, you experience oneness with everything. In this way you become free of inner and outer conflict. Knowledge Yoga frees the selffrom dependence on objects. It is not an intellectual teaching, although it requires a discriminating mind. It engages the seeker in such a way that it produces insight into the nature of reality in most individuals.

Interviewer: What do you mean by objects?

James: An object is anything that you depend on for happiness other than your own self. The problem with depending on objects like people, for example, is that they constantly change. And even if the object remains the same, the desires of the subject, the one who is relying on the object for happiness, constantly changes. So happiness, which is the result of the successful pursuit of and enjoyment of an object, never lasts.

Interviewer: This sounds very challenging. How does it work?

James: You have to look into yourself to see if you, the subject, is lacking in happiness. You need to determine if the happiness comes from the object or if it comes from you. The method is enquiry. If you look at the reality of your own experience in light of the teachings of Vedanta you will see that that the way you see things is not the way things really are. You realize that you are ignorant of the nature of the Self. If you have a proper Vedanta teacher, he or she can help you understand the true nature of reality.Most of us feel small, insecure, incomplete and inadequate. This feeling drives our desire for objects, like security, pleasure, power, status, or relationships. When we want or don’t want something the mind is disturbed by the desire and we don’t see things clearly. We project what we really want on the object and then we are disappointed when it fails us.

Interviewer: Patanjali talks about this inability to see things as they really are in the Yoga Sutras. So why would Vedanta offer a more effective way of freedom?

James: Because Patanjali’s methods depends on achieving certain states of mind. Patanjali’s notion of freedom is experiential. That is, there is something that you have to ‘do’ to set yourself free. This doesn’t work because freedom, kaivalya, which is a word for lasting unconditional happiness, cannot be the result of any action. The doer of any action is limited and the results of action are limited, but freedom is limitless, so it cannot be caused by something a person does. Freedom is the nature of the true Self. It is something that we are, not something to be gained. A long time ago the Vedic sages evolved a method of inquiry that shows us how to get what we already have. It is quite simple, but extraordinary at the same time.

Interviewer: What do you mean by the Self?

James: The Self is your own consciousness, your awareness. It is always free of objects. Often in spiritual literature you see it capitalized to distinguish it from the ego but this can cause a person to think that there are two selves, a higher one and a lower one, a true one and a false one. But there is only one self and it is non-dual, ordinary, action-less whole and complete awareness. It is very simple and very immediate and at the same time very difficult to realize because of the deeply conditioned belief that you are the sum total of all the experiences that happened to you.

Interviewer: OK, so I am aware that some of the scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads talk about the Self or Awareness. But is it really possible for any of us to reach this state?

James: Yes, but the Self is not a state. We are already the Self.

Interviewer: So how do we know when we have realised this?

James: Because your desire for objects dries up. You no longer feel that you need anything to be happy. You are Self-satisfied.

Interviewer: Can you describe what this feels like?

James: It is a sense of wholeness and completeness, authenticity. You feel like a rock, nothing can disturb you. It is more than object happiness. It is contentment. It is a sense of un-caused well being, a feeling that is not a feeling that you ARE love. It is peace, the peace that passes understanding.

Interviewer: Is this something that many people can know?

James: If they are eligible. If their minds are prepared, then yes. This is where Patanjali is very valuable because different kinds of yoga can prepare the mind so that it can grasp the understanding that there is only one Self and that it is ever-free awareness.

Interviewer: So what kinds of preparation are you talking about other than Patanjali?

James: Karma yoga. This means giving up anxiety that you feel for the fruits of your action because you understand that they are not in your hands. You may be a doer of action but you are not the ordainer of the result.

Interviewer:: So who is?

James: God is.

Interviewer: What do you mean by God? In my own yoga study there is a lot of confusion around this word. Do you mean Isvara as described in the Yoga Sutras?

James: Yes. God is the whole field of existence…the creation…in which the doers or jivas (individuals) are working for results. Most of us see ourselves as the doers. God is purusha, or Awareness operating prakriti, the field of existence. So yes, you can also use the term Isvara of God, but these are just words that refer to life. Life gives you what it wants you to have, not necessarily what you want.So you do what you do as a worship of God, the field of life, with love and you accept what life has to offer. This quickly purifies the mind. It clears up emotional problems, most of which come from an unrealistic view of what life can and cannot do for you.

Interviewer: Are there any other preparations that you would recommend for self-realisation or is karma yoga enough?

James: Tri-guna vibahva yoga is highly effective. This means creating a pure mind by manipulating the gunas. The idea is to have a sattvic lifestyle which leads to a sattvic mind. Most yoga teachers understand the importance diet and lifestyle but I am not sure how many understand the value of a purely sattvic mind. Yoga people tend to be rajasic and sattvic, with perhaps a bit too much rajas. Rajas is good for getting out of tamas, but it is a problem when it comes to self inquiry because the mind needs to be very quiet for inquiry. Karma yoga and the yoga of the three gunas are indirect means of self realization.

Meditation is very useful too but it is a more advanced method because your life needs to be reasonably settled for it work. Many yoga people find meditation difficult owing to excessive rajas and a lack of the karma yoga attitude. Meditation is also an indirect means.And the direct means of self realization is jnana yoga or self inquiry because ultimately the problem of self realization is a problem of self ignorance and only knowledge, not techniques, remove ignorance. Jnana yoga supplies the seeker with cognitive tools which change the way you see yourself and the world. And then by contemplating the meaning of the teachings, it brings about direct insight into your nature as ever-free awareness.

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The Advaita Worldview: God, World, and Humanity (Suny Series in Religious Studies) by Anantanand Rambachan

In this book, Anantanand Rambachan offers a fresh and detailed perspective on Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism’s most influential and revered religious tradition. Rambachan, who is both a scholar and an Advaitin, attends closely to the Upanisads and authentic commentaries of Sankara to challenge the tradition and to reconsider central aspects of its current teachings. His reconstruction and reinterpretation of Advaita focuses in particular on the nature of brahman, the status of the world in relation to brahman, and the meaning and relevance of liberation.

Rambachan queries contemporary representations of an impersonal brahman and the need for popular, hierarchical distinctions such as those between a higher (para) and lower (apara) brahman. Such distinctions, Rambachan argues, are inconsistent with the non-dual nature of brahman and are unnecessary when brahman’s relationship with the world is correctly understood. Questioning Advaita’s traditional emphasis on renunciation and world-denial, Rambachan expands the understanding of suffering (duhkha) and liberation (moksa) and addresses socioeconomic as well as gender and caste inequalities. Positing that the world is a celebrative expression of God’s fullness, this book advances Advaita as a universal and uninhibited path to a liberated life committed to compassion, equality, and justice.

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College and is the author of several books, including The Limits of Scripture: Vivekananda’s Reinterpretation of the Vedas.

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Words from Dr. Anantanand Rambachan

Dorothy Rowe – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 9, 2015

Dorothy Rowe was clairvoyant as a child, but a rough teenage period caused her abilities to wane. After learning Transcendental Meditation in her mid-teens, the inner vision began to return. She moved to Fairfield, Iowa in 1980 and devoted herself to creating world peace by meditating with a large group of people practicing the TM and TM-Sidhi Program. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1986. She taught Transcendental Meditation and raised a family, while also teaching dance and music.

Then in early 2008, she underwent a transformation. The change in awareness happened quite suddenly, but it took months for Dorothy to realize that this opening of awareness was to be used for healing. Quietly, she healed herself and others, without sharing her experiences. In 2012, Dorothy was invited to do some healing work for compensation. By word of mouth only, her practice has grown. She now has clients on four continents.

She currently offers private consultations by phone and Skype and Distance Energy Work sessions through her website, http://distanceenergywork.com. The website also offers free resources on energy healing. You can also find her at her YouTube channel, Distance Energy Work.

Escaping the Prison of the Intellect: A Journey from Here to Here Audio CD – Audiobook, CD by M.D. Deepak Chopra (Author)

This recording shows why Deepak Chopra is considered one of the great pioneers in the field of mind-body medicine. Here he offers compelling answers to the eternal questions of identity, origin, and meaning.

Chopra’s thesis is that people rely on their senses to define their experience of reality — limiting their experience of the material world and making them prisoners, out of touch with realities that lie beyond the material. He explains that there is no difference between observer and observed; it is all one shared experience.

Realizing this truth, says Chopra, frees people from their sensory-created prison to experience a more nurturing and fulfilling life. The author’s calm, uplifting voice gives these ideas heft and power, and his inclusion of relaxed guitar interludes let listeners pause to contemplate more deeply. Chopra expands the discussion by citing T. S. Eliot, Nietzsche, Rumi, Tagore, and Patanjali, as well as scientific experiments and spiritual texts.

Deepak Chopra – Escaping the Prison of the Intellect

Published on Jan 21, 2015
Escaping the Prison of the Intellect: A Journey from Here to Here

This recording shows why Deepak Chopra is considered one of the great pioneers in the field of mind-body medicine. Here he offers compelling answers to the eternal questions of identity, origin, and meaning.

Chopra’s thesis is that people rely on their senses to define their experience of reality — limiting their experience of the material world and making them prisoners, out of touch with realities that lie beyond the material.

He explains that there is no difference between observer and observed; it is all one shared experience. Realizing this truth, says Chopra, frees people from their sensory-created prison to experience a more nurturing and fulfilling life.

The author’s calm, uplifting voice gives these ideas heft and power, and his inclusion of relaxed guitar interludes let listeners pause to contemplate more deeply. Chopra expands the discussion by citing T. S. Eliot, Nietzsche, Rumi, Tagore, and Patanjali, as well as scientific experiments and spiritual texts.

Dr. Tony Nader “The Ramayan in the Human Physiology” English version – Madrid 24 May 2014

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Dr. Tony Nader was in Madrid the 24th May and gave the Semninaro “The Ramayan in the Human Physiology”, this is the video with his apeech and questions and answers.

The Vedic Prophecies: A New Look into the Future: The Eastern Answers to the Mysteries of Life –by Stephen Knapp (Author)

Revised and Expanded The Vedic Prophecies take you to the end of time! This is the first book ever to present the unique predictions found in the ancient Vedic texts of India. These prophecies are like no others and will provide you with a very different view of the future and how things fit together in the plan for the universe. Now you can discover the amazing secrets that are hidden in the oldest spiritual writings on the planet. Find out what they say about the distant future, and what the seers of long ago saw in their visions of the destiny of the world.

This book will reveal predictions of deteriorating social changes and how to avoid them; future droughts and famines; low-class rulers and evil governments; whether there will be another appearance (second coming) of God; and predictions of a new spiritual awareness and how it will spread around the world.

You will also learn the answers to such questions as:

* Does the future get worse or better?
* Will there be future world wars or global disasters?
* What lies beyond the predictions of Nostradamus, the Mayan prophecies, or the Biblical apocalypse?
* Are we in the end times? How to recognize them if we are.
* Does the world come to an end? If so, when and how? Now you can find out what the future holds.

The Vedic Prophecies carry an important message and warning for all humanity, which needs to be understood now!

Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has taken over 17,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He has also lectured at many of India’s most noteworthy colleges and universities, and many places in the United States as well. He continues to write books, articles, and give lectures at various venues. .

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Vedic Prophecies by Stephen Knapp

A short interview with Stephen Knapp by Robert Taylor on his book, The Vedic Prophecies. You can find out more about this in Stephen’s video “Vedic Prophecies # 2,” and in his video “2012 and Beyond.”

Vedic Prophecies # 2: The Coming Spiritual Changes, by Stephen Knapp

An interview that explains some of the coming spiritual changes in the future that will take place as society develops spiritually during the Golden Age within Kali-yuga that will last for another 10,000 years. Much more is explained in Stephen Knapp’s book, “The Vedic Prophecies: A New Look into the Future.”

Avatars, Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture: Understanding the Characteristics, Powers and Positions of the Hindu Divinities by Stephen Knapp (Author)

Understanding the assorted Divinities or gods and goddesses of the Vedic or Hindu pantheon is not so difficult as some people may think when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book. This will open you to many of the possibilities and potentials of the Vedic tradition, and show how it has been able to cater to and fulfill the spiritual needs and development of so many people since time immemorial. Here you will find there is something for everyone. This takes you into the heart of the deep, Vedic spiritual knowledge of how to perceive the Absolute Truth, the Supreme and the various powers and agents of the universal creation. This explains the characteristics and nature of the Vedic Divinities and their purposes, powers, and the ways they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe. It also shows how they can assist us and that blessings from them can help our own spiritual and material development and potentialities, depending on what we need.

Some of the Vedic Divinities that will be explained include Lord Krishna, Vishnu, Their main avatars and expansions, along with Brahma, Shiva, Ganesh, Murugan, Surya, Hanuman, as well as the goddesses of Sri Radha, Durga, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and others. This also presents explanations of their names, attributes, dress, weapons, instruments, the meaning of the Shiva lingam, and some of the legends and stories that are connected with them. This will certainly give you a new insight into the expansive nature of the Vedic tradition.

Stephen Knapp grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he sought answers to questions not easily explained in Christian theology. So he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. After his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. Therefore, he continued to study all of the major Vedic texts of India to gain a better understanding of the Vedic science.

It is known amongst all Eastern mystics that anyone, regardless of qualifications, academic or otherwise, who does not engage in the spiritual practices described in the Vedic texts cannot actually enter into understanding the depths of the Vedic spiritual science, nor acquire the realizations that should accompany it. So, rather than pursuing his research in an academic atmosphere at a university, Stephen directly engaged in the spiritual disciplines that have been recommended for hundreds of years. He continued his study of Vedic knowledge and spiritual practice under the guidance of a spiritual master.

Through this process, and with the sanction of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he became initiated into the genuine and authorized spiritual line of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya sampradaya, which is a disciplic succession that descends back through Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Vyasadeva, the compiler of Vedic literature, and further back to Sri Krishna. Through this initiation he has taken the spiritual name of Sri Nandanandana dasa. Besides being brahminically initiated, Stephen has also been to India numerous times and traveled extensively throughout the country, visiting all but three small states, and most of the major holy places, thus gaining a wide variety of spiritual experiences that only such places can give. Stephen has put the culmination of over forty years of continuous research and travel experience into his books in an effort to share it with those who are also looking for spiritual understanding.

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Benefits of India’s Vedic Culture by Stephen Knapp

An interview with Stephen Knapp on the benefits of India’s ancient Vedic culture and traditions. You can find out more about Stephen’s articles, projects, and books at http://www.stephen-knapp.com, and at http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com.

The Secret Wisdom Of The Hindu Vedas – Stephen Knapp


Vedic scholar, Stephen Knapp joins Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where he delves into topics including reincarnation, prayer and ritual, engaging in a spiritual practice and extraterrestrials in Hindu culture.

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