Om. Brahman, or God, exists. Parabrahman cannot be demonstrated, but it is possible to infer the existence of it. Brahman is the Self of everyone; Ahamasmi. Even after apparent death, life exists. Listen to more from Swami Sivananda on how to understand the existence of Brahman.
A Sadhaka is a spiritual aspirant. In this lecture, Swami Sivananda instructs sadhakas to reduce their wants to the barest minimum, to share what they have, to have sakshi bhav (the witness attitude), and more. The spiritual path is difficult, like the edge of a razor. Patience and perseverance is needed. This lecture is a great motivator for all sadhakas. Historical recording of Swami Sivananda, 1887-1963, one of the greatest yoga masters of modern India. To find out more about Swami Sivananda: http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://my.yoga-vidya.org . Copyright the Divine Life Society .
This lecture by Swami Sivananda begins by chanting some of the Shantih mantras, followed by a discussion of the nature of the Self. The Knowledge of the Atman, or supreme Self, is subtle and cannot be realized by our own doing. He discusses many topics such as: the individual soul is identical with Brahman, the importance of a guru, the sreya marga and preya marga, avidya, and more.
Swami Sivananda talks about the Kena Upanishad, also called the Kenopanishad, in which is revealed the Truth of Brahman and how it relates to man. Everything is possible by the power of Brahman. Brahman shines by his own light, and everything shines as a reflection of this. Therefore, we should meditate on Brahman until we Know Brahman as pure Self consciousness, not as an object.
Identification with the perishable body is the greatest obstacle to Self-Knowledge, says Swami Sivananda in this very detailed synopsis of some of the most important points of yoga and vedanta. He discusses the 3 bodies, the 5 sheaths, the 3 states of waking/dream/deep sleep, the 6 changes the body goes through, the tattvas, indriyas, 5 pranas, the antakharana, and much more. A lecture not to be missed.
Swami Sivananda begins by recommending we meditate on Soham, and Aham Brahmasmi. He explains that the Brahmakara vritti is the form taken by the mind when it is about to lose itself in Brahman, and that it is not like ordinary vrittis of the mind. Find out more in this amazing lecture.
Swami Sivananda instructs us on the 7 stages of Jnana, also known as the 7 Bhumikas. He recommends we keep the Brahmakara vritti, the thought of Brahman, at all times – while walking, talking, eating… Meditate ceaselessly. Then you will ascend the 7 stages known as Subecha, Vicharana, Tanumanasi, Sattvapatti, Asamshakti, Padartha Bhavana, Turiya. He goes into some detail to explain these different stages. An excellent lecture.
Swami Sivananda tells us about the things that are Real, unchanging and absolute, as opposed to the things that are Unreal, changing and relative. He tells us our ultimate destiny and what the purpose of life is. You are the architect of your own fate. Everything is within.
Tantra is expansion and liberation of the soul and the mind. Dr. Nalini speaks about Tantra and Tantra practices. Dr. Nalini is a disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananada of the Bihar School of Yoga. She is teaching Tantra Meditation and other Tantra Practices. Interview at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany where Nalini is giving Training Courses in Tantra practices regularly.
At Yoga Vidya Germany the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is taught as an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course. Swami Atma is the main teacher for the 9-day Intensive in June/July of every year. In this Video Swami Atma speaks about what this Hatha Yoga Pradipika Course is about and what students can expect when taking this course. Infos on Seminars at Yoga Vidya More Infos on Yoga http://www.yoga-vidya.de/english/ More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Mudras, Bandhas, Meditation, Superconsciousness – these are the themes of the 3rd and 4th chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the most important of Hatha Yoga Scriptures. Swami Atma speaks about these chapters of this most important Hatha Yoga scripture. Information on Yoga Vidya and seminars at Yoga Vidya Germany http://www.yoga-vidya.de/english/ More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Prana, Purification, Kriyas and Pranayama – these are the main topics of the second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Prana means life force. Kriya means action, especially purificatory actions, cleansing actions. Pranayama are the breathing exercisres. Swami Atma talks about what this chapter is about. Most likely, the second chapter is the most important of this Hatha Yoga scripture. More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Any serious Yoga practicioner and even more any Yoga Teacher should know the basics of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this scripture, the why and how of Yoga is explained, especially from the point of view of Tantra, Kundalini Yoga and Raja Yoga. In this Podcast Swami Atma speaks about the first chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this chapter the Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical foundation and the Asanas are explained. This is a sound track of a Yoga Video Interview. Yoga Videos on http://my.yoga-vidya.org/video More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/