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Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

I had written on this prayer/mantra over 4 years ago.  It seems important to revisit it, given the state of our world, being more and more divided and seeming to have no meeting place between sides. Everyone is anxious, afraid, convinced that they are 100 percent right, and believes the “other” side is just totally… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

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“Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

Last week in my practice, one day I was doing what I call “Earth-hugging twist.”  In this case I was lying belly-down with the left arm extended, and reaching over to the left, I rolled over to the left to open the chest/shoulder/arm. This pose is one of my “self-created” poses that I only many… Continue reading “Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

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WAKE UP!

“TIME TO WAKE UP!” -D.O.A., a punk rock band from the 80’s (song starts at 0:18) “It’s very easy to wake a sleeping person.  It’s very hard to wake a person pretending to be asleep.” -Amma “Awake” -movie title, currently on Netflix on the life of Paramahamsa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi (I… Continue reading WAKE UP!

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Reflections on this Time With Amma

I’ve been going to be with Amma, my Teacher, twice a year for 19 years now and was with her in DC (Alexandria, just across the freeway from the Pentagon) last weekend.  One thing hasn’t changed.  She still gives darshan (hugs) for at least 10 hours a day the first day and night in any… Continue reading Reflections on this Time With Amma

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Is There Satan?

  Yesterday a wonderful woman student asked me this question.  It was part of a longer conversation, but she was sincerely wondering about this question upon seeing her own sometimes unhealthy choices and actions that were against her own happiness and peace of mind, specifically the ways things that she did and the ways she… Continue reading Is There Satan?

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Gun Control! More Thoughts on the Violence in the World (and in ourselves)

I wrote last time about doing good and it’s effects in the world, inspired by some of Amma’s guidance and teachings in November in Detroit.  Toward the end of her answer to the question posed about what we can do to decrease the violence in the world, she did say (or maybe it was just… Continue reading Gun Control! More Thoughts on the Violence in the World (and in ourselves)

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Do Good!

On the retreat with Amma in Detroit this past November, there was a Question and Answer session.  A woman asked her, “What guidance can you give us to stop the violence in the world and to make the world more peaceful?”  She asked because there had recently been some kind of gun violence in her… Continue reading Do Good!

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WORLD/UNIVERSAL Peace

When we were with Amma recently, and for the past year, at the end of the talks and meditations, she has said, “At this time Nature and human minds are equally agitated.”  Sounds true, right?  She continues saying that Grace is the only thing that can help us in the current situation.  I hear this… Continue reading WORLD/UNIVERSAL Peace