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Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: World: Real, Unreal or Both?

Q: If everything is Brahman, is there really any such thing as an individual’s past life? Or is there really just a collective evolution?

Answer: Both exist, but we first need to understand that many systems of philosophy have appeared within India. There are different points of view, and different ways that Ultimate Reality is described in India, and even within the history of India. Within the school of Advaita Vedanta, which is the school to which we belong, it is indeed said that “All is Brahman.” All is that Absolute Reality, which is of the nature of existence, consciousness and bliss. There is only one reality, and there is nothing second to it. Within this teaching it is not accepted that there is Brahman, and also something else.

Nevertheless, even the teachers of this school, the school of Advaita Vedanta, had to acknowledge that they could not deny our common, conventional, empirical experience. Indeed, we experience multiplicity, variety, diversity. We experience duality. How can we deny our own experience? We cannot.

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What Is the Relationship Between Grace and Karma?

Russill Paul & The Bhakti Boys

Join Russill Paul & the Bhakti Boys for The Yoga of Sound March 21 – 22, 2014

Allow the sacred power of sound to bring you fully alive during two days of high-energy chanting and devotional bliss. Through mantra recitation and ecstatic kirtan you will experience the transformative power of sound.

Gracious Living Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Recipe contributed by Grace Van Berkum & Gracious Living
 
* handful of raw cacao beans
* Sunwarrior plant-based chocolate protein powder
* 3 tbsp dandelion root powder
* 3-4 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
* 1 frozen banana
* 1 cup frozen papaya
* 1 tbsp maca powder
* 1 tsp bee pollen
* 1 tsp Lucuma powder
* natural sweetener of choice
* handful of ice

Blend till smooth and creamy.  Sprinkle with cacao nibs.

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Special Discounts Ending Soon

There’s still time to sign up for our “Early Bird” discount on any upcoming 2013-14 Teacher Training Course. This special offer will be ending soon (August 31st), so be sure to sign up today for any one of our upcoming Teacher Training courses. Check our website for more information and to register.

We would also like to invite all of our new and returning guests to join us in the month of November, which is the official opening of the high season! We will be presenting many new trainings and courses for the first time during this month on topics such as Ayurveda, Thai Massage, nutrition, detoxification & cleansing and Restorative Yoga training. To celebrate these new additions to our November program, we are offering a 50% discount off course tuition to all those who sign up by August 31st. (The only exception is the Ayurveda Body Treatment Course.)

So take a look at our calendar and make plans to come and see us soon here at the Yoga Retreat!

 

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Learning to Distinguish the Real from the Illusory

As Printed in Yoga Life – Summer 2013  [Download the PDF here]

Q: How does one cultivate viveka?

Answer: Viveka means discrimination, or the ability to correctly discern one thing from another.

For instance, when we go to the market, what do we do? We look for the good vegetables, which go into our basket, and we leave the bad vegetables there. We do the same with good fruit and bad fruit. When we shop for shoes or clothes we check to see if there are any defects in them. We keep what is good and leave what is not good in the store. This is discrimination.

Normally, people who are more conscious will choose good food over bad food because it is healthier. They will choose clean air over toxic air, good exercise over laziness. If we have discrimination, we go to the gym, we practice yoga. We learn, first of all, how to discriminate between what is good for us and what is not good for us on a physical level.

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Special TTC Promotion!

Sign up for an upcoming Yoga Teacher Training Course before August 31st & SAVE $250

If you’re longing to take your yoga practice to a deeper, more meaningful level OR if you’re ready to teach others about the wonderful benefits of classical yoga, then the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) is right for you! Graduates of the course receive internationally recognized certification and are certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

We have many options available to suit your schedule, so check our website to see which course works for you: http://sivanandabahamas.org/yoga-teacher-training.php.

How to Become Fearless & Develop Confidence

What Is Meditation?

“Dhyanam nirvishayam manah”: That state of the mind wherein there are no Vishayas or sensual thoughts is meditation.

“Tatra pratyayaikatanata dhyanam”: A continuous flow of perception or thought is Dhyana (meditation). There is continuous current in the mind of one object like the flow of water in a river (Pravaha). There is only one Vritti in the mind. It is Ekarupa-Vritti-Pravaha.

Meditation is the keeping up of an unceasing flow of God-consciousness. It is the flow of continuous thought of one thing or God or Atman, like the continuous flow of oil. All worldly thoughts are shut out from the mind. The mind is filled or saturated with Divine thoughts, Divine glory and Divine presence. Meditation is regular flow of thought with regard to the object of concentration. Meditation follows concentration.

Meditation is the seventh rung or step in the ladder of Yoga. Yogis call this ‘Dhyana.’ Jnanis term this ‘Nididhyasana.’ Bhaktas style this ‘Bhajana.’

Yama (self-restraint), Niyama (religious observance), Asana (posture), Pranayama (restraint of breath), Pratyahara (abstraction or withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (superconscious state or blissful union with the Supreme Self) are the eight steps of Yoga.

Lord Jesus says, “Empty thyself and I shall fill thee.” This corresponds to the teaching of Patanjali Maharshi: “Yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodhah”–”Yoga is restraint (annihilation) of all mental modifications (functions).” This emptying process or making the mind blank is no doubt a trying discipline. But continued practice of an intense type will bring success. There is no doubt of this.

— Swami Sivananda

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