Association with materialists or sages? – James Swartz – Yoga of Love, Vedanta, Bhakti Sutra Narada

Revision of verses 38-43. Vedanta is a method that the teacher
applies to your mind. You are always aware. Elimination of nonessential
factors. Bliss in deep sleep. Do you stop existing when
you go to sleep? Something that you can never dismiss is real.
The scripture is never wrong. The problem is in my
understanding. Consequences of association with negative
people. Verse 44: Association with materialists causes anger,
confusion, forgetfulness, loss of intelligence and total spiritual
calamity. Verse 45: Rising like waves from association with
objects, these bad effects amass into a great ocean of misery.
You get a big samskara. Verse 46: Only those who abandon
material associations, serves the sages and becomes selfless
crosses beyond maya. Verse 47: The one who avoids society,
loves solitude, lets go of the belief that there is security in worldly
situations and transcends the gunas crosses beyond maya. You
don’t want to change your state of mind. Gunas teaching.
Awareness and the creation of the world. Causal and subtle body.

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James Swartz – Action, renunciation and indifference to objects – Talk 9

Actions won’t remove ignorance. Actions and ignorance are not
in conflict. Knowledge will remove ignorance. By sadhana you
don’t remove the basic ignorance: I am the doer! Moksha is the
negation of the doer. Actions don’t give lasting happiness.
Verse 4: Supreme love of your self. The immortality benefit. All
your worries stop, no tension anymore. The instinct to do
something to survive is produced by ignorance. Its a beautiful
world. Verses 5-7: Everything is perfect. Teaching is perfect. No
need for a new teaching. It does not generate desires. Turning
everything over to the Lord. You are like a baby. Verse 8: Spirit
of renunciation. You hurt yourself with the fear thought. Its good
to get rid of things. Renunciation of worldy and spiritual duties.
The wonderful power of desire to make the lifes of people better.
Desire is your life force. Verse 9: For renunciate objects
are value neutral because they are inert, matter. Value is
projected of conscious beings on inert objects. You only
experience the thought of an object. The location of objects
teaching. Inference versus direct perception. The value of an
object is projected by your conditioning depending on your
values.

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Bhakti Sutra of Narada by Leela Mata

Short talk on the Bhakti Sutras of Narada, one of the important texts on devotion.

The essence is: All Joy comes from God. Awaken the inner love and knowledge by experiencing God. The Bhakti Sutra helps to reach it.

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Birth and Childhood of Hanuman by Dr. Nalini Sahay

How did Hanuman come into existence?

Dr. Nalini Sahay tells about Anjani and Vayu, the Wind God, and how Hanuman was born as their child. Hanuman was a “naughty” boy – there are some wonderful stories about this as well. You will find more stories of deities and yoga on our Website: Yoga Vidya.

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Birth of Karthikeya – By Dr. Nalini Sahay

Ganesha and Karthikeya were sons of Shiva and Parvati. How did it come about that Shiva and Parvati got children? Dr. Nalini Sahay tells how Karthikeya came into being. It is a story from the beginning of creation. Dr Nalini Sahay teaches regularly at Yoga Vidya.

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Who was Sankara? Chandra explains

Sankara is considered the most important of Jnana Yoga Masters and Vedanta Teachers. Until today he is held in highest esteem. Chandra Cohen speaks on the importance of the most important Indian Philosopher and Jnana Yoga Master, Sankara, also called Sankaracharya, sometimes spelled Shankara or Shankaracharya. Sankara lived around 800 C.E. Listen to this talk on life, meaning and teaching of this Advaita Vedanta Master. Chandra is teaching Vedanta Courses at Yoga Vidya Germany and in upstate New Yoga. Chandra is a disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda, Swami Brahmananda and Swami Dayananda. This short podcast episode is taken from an interview at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany.

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