479 – 10 Divine forms of the Goddess

Das Mahavidyas are the divine forms of the Goddess. They are very powerful forms of the Goddess and can be worshipped in their individual manifestations. Their origin is when Sati manifested herself into the ten forms of Adi Shakti because Shiva would not allow her to attend her father’s Yagna uninvited. Both Sati and Shiva had not received an invite. When Shiva found that he was surrounded by these Goddesses in every direction, he agreed to attend the function. Continue reading

465 – Prana, our subtle breath

Having controlled the Prana and Apana, during Kumbhaka (breath retention), with the gaze fixed steadily at the tip of the nose, performing shanmukh mudra with the fingers of both hands, the mind merge itself in the sound of pranava, Aum. – Upanishads.

Shanmukh mudra is practiced when one closes the ears with the thumbs, the eyes with the index fingers, the nostrils with middle fingers, and place the little finger below the lips. Release the pressure of the middle fingers and open the nostrils. Inhale slowly and deeply using full yogic breathing. At the end of the inhalation, close the nostrils with the middle fingers and practice Kumbhaka (holding breath). Hold breath for as long as possible. Release the pressure of the middle finger and slowly exhale.

What are the Upanishads saying?

Through one’s breath awareness, one is able to control inhalation and exhalation. When this is accomplished, one is able to rid oneself of negativity, doubts and fears. The outcome is one’s thoughts are no longer the rulers of one’s mind.

The mind, when it is free from thoughts, desire and motion, merges in the supreme Brahman. This state is Samadhi. – Upanishads.

The year is ending and what is the resolution one can make? Balance one’s prana and to do that practice Samvrit Pranayama. Inhale to the count of five, hold the breath to the count of five, exhale to the count of five and hold the breath outside to the count of five. Practice 27 times with the mantra So Ham, Aum or your personal mantra. Remain on the spiritual path.

Aim Hrim Klim

 

455 – Be warm and well

 

Parmahamsa Satyananda said,

Man is born with his breath and with his subtle prana, which is the essence of breath, he departs. Breath is man’s soul companion.

Daily practice of Prana Vayu Mudra pranayama will keep you well in the winter season. Prana Vayu mudra pranayama concentrates on the flow of prana in the area above the diaphragm and the throat. In prana Vayu mudra, the mantra used is Om Pranaya Swaha. Continue reading

454 – Playground in my mind

There is a very old song called, “Playground in my mind. “It was written in 1972. I had just got married; I was 22 years old. It is a lovely song and remains a favorite of mine. Please listen to it. It is a song about simple joys and the pursuit of happiness. It is still relevant and many of us can enable others to visit the playground in their mind. Continue reading

441 – What are Siddhis?

We are all interested to know more about Siddhis, and many of us are very keen to acquire them. What are Siddhis? Siddhis are supernatural accomplishments which control the mind and prana. There are eight paranormal powers obtained by Yogis as a result of sustained practice, which are considered to be obstacles on the path to realization because they maintain interest in samsaras (cycle of birth, death and rebirth; illusory world).

What are the eight Siddhis?

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436 – Zapotec Star

It is so wonderful to know that we are alike and yet we are different too. I am in Mexico and am enjoying and embracing the culture. The air outside of Mexico City is fragrant and smells of oregano, sage, and rosemary. I wrote earlier about our visit to a carpet factory, where all the colors were sourced from plants. Continue reading

399 – The platinum bunch

A platinum key! What kind of lock would this key fit? The platinum key is our anchor and our savior. A symbol is what we must seek. We are blessed if our Guru gives us one or we find one. The usual place for a symbol is behind our eyebrow centre. It can be a yantra, mandala, deity, sun, moon, star, or flower. Once we feel comfortable with it, we stay with it. How do we use it? It becomes a part of us.it never leaves us and when we use the other four keys, it is present. It rescues us and protects us. Continue reading

396 – A bunch of keys for you

In this days and age of virtual keys, Yoga is upfront with its invisible keys.

Key to unlock the psychic sound. What is the psychic sound? It is the sound of Aum and the first sound which was created. How do we utilize the mantra to unleash our prana? Our prana is within us, but this key enables us to purify and glorify our prana. Continue reading

385 – Pratyahara

This sadhana to bring you closer to the Supreme Goddess.

What is pratyahara? It is described as withdrawal of one’s senses. The maximum dissipation happens when one is involved with everything that is happening around one. One’s eyes are gazing at some object or happening, the ears are listening, there may be a smell, a sense of lingering taste and lastly the sense of touch. Continue reading

384 – Earth and water elements

The universe is composed of five elements and so is our self. The five elements are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Why is there so much unhappiness in the cosmos?

Our first element is earth, and it is what composes us. Earth is our grounding and it is accompanied by the mooladhara chakra. The mooladhara chakra is the first chakra which is awakened in the fetus. It has a direct connection to the mother. After twelve weeks, it becomes independent of its mother’s prana. It is written in the ancient books that an expectant mother should be always happy and given whatever she asks for. Nobody should harm or distress her. Continue reading