Ralph is an author and Buddhist teacher based in NYC.
Devi was woman who reinvented herself numerous times over the course of her life, who was present at many of history’s most important moments and who studied with some of the spiritual world’s most important teachers.
It may be an unpopular opinion in some yoga circles, but even in reading ancient texts – perhaps especially in reading ancient texts – I come to the conclusion that change is the only truth that we can rely on.
If we fix our minds on one object, we will prevent the nine obstacles from arising, eliminate the four associated symptoms, and cultivate the habit of an even, calm steady state of mind.
In the metaphors of other cultures, light is at war with darkness, life with death, good with evil, and the positive with the negative, and thus an idealism to cultivate the former and be rid of the latter flourishes throughout much of the world.
Swami is a devotional leader at NYC’s Bhakti Center.
One of the most enjoyable elements of the Upanishads, and indeed of most religious texts of note, is its initial, seeming illogic. This is no accident.
Where do these thoughts come from? Patanjali says that the field of the mind produces distractions, called the citta vikshepa, which in turn create obstacles, called antarayas.
We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
Though almost everyone has heard this word, almost no one—including many people claiming to teach something called tantra—knows anything about the historical development of the Indian spiritual tradition that Sanskrit scholars refer to as Tantra.
Don’t let the name of this place fool you. Here you won’t find Lululemon attire or slim, fit yoga bodies. Here there are no warrior poses or excessive handstands.
Astrology concurs that the manifest personality can be altered according to time and place as well. We are not as fixed as we may have thought…
Ask the question: Who is Ishvara and how will special devotion bring me to that high level of super consciousness?
You can realize Truth in experience, but you cannot “think truth.” The best that thoughts can do is point you in the direction of that ultimate, essential truth.
It takes tremendous courage and self-knowledge to say “I don’t know what to do; teach me what you know so I may act wisely.”
The state of super consciousness that arises when the mind is brought under control by systematically moving inward and becomes quiet enough to experience the true Self.