Chaitra Navratri is a popular festival. It falls in the month of March or April. The first day of the Hindu Lunar calendar is known as Chaitra and therefore this time is known as Chaitra Navratri.
The Goddess Durga and her different incarnations are adored during this festival for eight days. The birthday of Rama falls on the ninth day and this day is known as Ram Navami. It celebrates Rama’s birth, the avatar of Vishnu. Rama was born to King Dasharatha and his wife, Queen Kaushalya. This festival is a part of Chaitra Navratri. Continue reading →
I wrote earlier about being needy and how much I detested the word. I also described the practice of Anuloma Viloma, which is visualizing one’s breath while inhaling and exhaling. What is remarkable is that this sadhana unblocks the nostrils and allows the breath to flow freely. Please read the preceding blog. Continue reading →
According to my Guru, keep aside ten minutes for meditation every morning. Decide where you want to fix your mind. Do you want to fix it on a candle flame, or a Yantra? Be only aware of that and nothing else. When the mind is concentrated and one pointed even for a second, then one undergoes a wonderful experience. Continue reading →
You create karma when you act with yourself in mind, with your personal desires and motivation. When you act, not for yourself but as a service, the mind is freed, and you experience the benefits of karma yoga. Continue reading →
While I was teaching this thought came to my mind, that we want everything quickly. There is no patience left in us. When I have to look for a word or information, I go to Google and I find it. Continue reading →
How do we define boredom? Boredom is fatigue, ennui, monotony, tedium and indifference. There is a German proverb which says, boredom is the father of all sins. Continue reading →
When we have a dear one suffering from a serious illness, we are distressed, and we feel helpless. If we are in this condition of anguish ourselves, we cannot offer empathy and support. We have to restore our tranquility and wellbeing before we visit them. We will be sending them signals of despair, which will make them more uneasy and troubled. Continue reading →
“In fact, our sorrows and joys are nothing; our individual exaggerated fantasy makes them appear magnified a thousand fold.”
How do we practice so that we remain neutral in our behavior? Many of us imagine that it is only us who are being singled out for tragedy and hardship. Continue reading →
Purusha and Prakriti emerged from the split. The kundalini is the subtlest form of energy and indivisible part of pure consciousness. Energy and consciousness have separated and united to create the cosmos and they are striving to unite in our physical body. Continue reading →
The water element and the swadhishthana chakra are closely connected. This element is associated with passion, and has four qualities, sound, touch, form, and taste. The swadhishthana (one’s own abode) chakra works on our creativity, fantasy, jealousy, and sexuality. It also works on all our fluids, from the sperm to menstrual blood. We are working on our prana, balancing it so that it can clear our water element and chakra. Continue reading →
There are five elements which comprise our offering to the deity. I write deity for the God as statue or image is a word used by persons who do not recognize the divine status. The puja can be conducted physically or mentally. Continue reading →
We require to unblock our left and right nostrils. It is extremely uncomfortable when our nostrils are blocked and we cannot breathe. We breathe through our mouths and it also leads to bad breath. The Ida nadi flows through the left nostril and the pingala nadi flows through the right nostril.
Why is it necessary to unblock the nadis?
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How do we view work? I remember as a child when I was asked to do work, I felt that I was being treated like a slave. I read a lot and I could never stop reading once I started. So for me when I was told to clean my room, iron my uniform, I felt that I was being exploited like the slaves of Sparta. My father said that it was important for us to learn how to work as one never knew where life would take us. Continue reading →