Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Clearing the Haze: The Meaning and Purpose of Yoga

Like many profound, beautiful, and powerful arts and sciences, yoga has suffered from the spiritual poverty of the modern world--it has been trivialized, watered down, or reduced to cliches. The deep and eternal essence of yoga has been misrepresented and packaged for personal profit by clever people. At the hands of some, yoga has been reduced to just another exercise program. In other contexts, yoga has been presented as a cult religion aimed at attracting "devotees." Such a haze of confusion has been created around the clear and pure concept of yoga that it is now necessary to redefine yoga and clarify its meaning and purpose.

Yoga defines itself as a science: that is, as a practical, methodical, and systematic discipline, or set of techniques, which has the lofty goal of helping human beings become aware of their true nature. The goal of seeking to experience this deepest potential is not part of a religious process. It is an experiential science of self-study. Religions seek to define what we should believe, while a practical science such as meditation is based on the concrete experience of teachers and yogis who have used these techniques to experience the deepest Self. Yoga does not contradict or interfere with any religion, and may be practiced by everyone, whether they regard themselves as agnostics or members of a particular faith.

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Cosmos within Cosmos within Cosmos

UK Retreat, June 2012: With Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Nityamuktananda

When we begin to realise life is about perspective - Is the moon above us or below us? - it depends which planet you are standing on and which moon you are talking about! jokes Swamiji

When we begin to realise there is more to this universe than us and more universes than just this one.

When we begin to realise we are one spec (one spark) and only here for such a short time in this form, in this universe, in this Cosmos within Cosmos - life continues on with us and without us.

Perhaps when we have such realisations we start to Let Go, Let Go, Let Go

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Signs of Meditative Progress

As you walk on the path of yoga changes occur in you. First you realize, you begin to realize that there is something changeable in you, and changes occur in you. Your body language changes. There is no more uncertainty in your body language. There's no more demonstration of conflict in your body language. One shoulder this way, one shoulder that way. That will stop. Neck sometime this way, sometime that way, sometime that way, sometime that way. That will change. Your body language will become balanced. That change occurs.

I have here somewhere a secret Himalayan herbal cream. Rub that everyday. You will have less wrinkles on your face. It's an invisible cream and it's for free. The less wrinkles form on your face as you progress spiritually. That change occurs.

You become more and more a neutral observer of events. Events in your body, events in your surroundings so that you become a neutral observer of your own illnesses and pains and thereby you learn the art of self healing. These are just a few examples I am giving.

The more someone scowls the more you smile. That change occurs in you. Your voice becomes softer and therefore more effective because it invokes the response of a yes from the listener. Just yoga postures in the spa will not give you that. It's a start, some sort of a start. You become less prone to anger, more prone to compassion. You begin to take the side of your opponent and explain your opponent to others. You begin to explain your opponent to others.

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November 2012 Newsletter by Dan Prideaux

Faith and determination are two essential rungs on the ladder of enlightenment.

Without them enlightenment can never be realized. Without faith we can attain some degree of intellectual knowledge, but only with faith can we see into the most subtle chambers of our being.

Determination is the power that sees us through all frustrations and obstacles. It helps in building the will power that is the very basis of success within and without. It is said in the scriptures that with the help of sankalpa shakti, the power of determination, nothing is impossible.

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Table of Contents

  • Faith and Determination
  • Visit to Kashmir
  • Yoga Sutra Course with Swami Veda
  • Astavakra Gita, Part III by Swami Nitya
  • Ammaji's Corner
  • KHEL News
  • Book of Poems
  • Happy Birthday Benni
  • Twitter Fan? See Swami Veda Quotes