Posts Tagged ‘excellence’

Bhakti Yoga

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Bhakti approaches spirituality along what is sometimes seen as the simplest path but which, in effect, is one of the most difficult. It requires selfless love and a devotional attitude that is sufficient to overcome all life’s obstacles – the path that Jesus and other great teachers have indicated as ‘the Way.’

The Bhakti loves. He practises expanding that emotion from the limited and personal feelings of the heart, to the limitless expanses of universal love for all things. To such a person Love and God are synonymous. Not only does love become the most intense emotion, but love and loving kindness dictate his day- to- day activities, his moods, his goals, and provides the source of his inspiration.

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Experiences in Meditation

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The Meditation experience is unique to each one – variable enough to be exciting time after time. It offers a familiar path of retreat providing refreshment you seek for your mind and soul.

In whatever guise, meditation brings us realization of some kind when we find or suddenly ‘see’ or understand  a simple solution to a previous complexity or even gain a new perception of old ideas. We can also discover something entirely new from our passive state of mind.

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Dharma

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

From a western point of view, in attempting to understand and embrace the qualities and traditions of worth from other cultures, there are certain limitations. If we are to be sincere in our motivation and respectful in our application of any traditions of other cultures we must also be accurate in our understanding of their meaning.

Western students of Yoga are at present happily embracing much of the philosophies and ideologies attributed to Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Many are enriched by their extended knowledge and understanding that will help them in striving for excellence in their lives, their actions and their behaviour.

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Samadhi – State of One-Ness

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

In speaking of Samadhi we are referring to the supreme states of human consciousness when, beyond the petty ego, an individual occasionally is released into the universal consciousness beyond, to taste the Reality which exists in the patterned beauty of the infinite life in which we are a part and to which we are usually blind.

These expansions of consciousness are rare but well known enough by account, to allow us to accept that we also have a potential to experience the same.

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Diamond Meditation

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

When we meditate we take a prime thought and choose to identify with it. We generally choose a natural creation that appeals to us so that we can attune to its energies. So, through a focus on things of nature and natural forms, we seek to expand our understanding of the vital creative energies of Nature behind the outer forms and apparent purposes.

This particular exercise in meditation is based upon the lengthy process of natural forces at work over aeons in creating diamonds. The diamond crystals are formed in the earth from carbon in the normal slow evolutionary process that takes millions of years to transform basic black carbon into the pure crystal gemstone that, when faceted, can be displayed in jewellers’ windows. The diamond takes its rightful place as the most royal gemstone. It popularly symbolizes purity, fidelity, power, wealth and truth.

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Yoga Sadhana

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Sadhana means one’s personal spiritual discipline.  This is based upon the moral/ethical precepts of Ashtanga Yoga that outline the general principles shared by all aspirants.  However, one’s own personal self discipline is essentially a private matter.

The purpose of Sadhana however is constant. It represents both our desire to grow to become a better human and our aspiration to become capable of expanding our own conscious experiences of the spiritual reality of the great Universal Consciousness that presides over all.

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