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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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Resistance

“Looking at resistance can reveal the nature of mind, for what we are resisting is often the very thing we say we want.” -Joel Kramer The past month plus in class, the topic of the reading has been resistance (under “Mental Aspects” of yoga practice. About two weeks into the reading (reading a paragraph each… Continue reading Resistance

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I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, part 2

“I love you. I love you. I love you.” - you to some part of you (or you to someone else) “It works best if you DO it.” -a student It’s December and as many of you know, this is the month that I lead what I call the “I Love You” practice, and you… Continue reading I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, part 2

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I Love You, I Love You, I Love You!

December is the month when in classes I lead the practice of “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” i.e. saying that silently inside (or outside) to whatever (or whoever) is getting your attention at the moment.  What does that phrase mean?  Here’s an attempt to clarify and offer some possibilities, whether offered… Continue reading I Love You, I Love You, I Love You!

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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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Why Kirtan? (part 2)

Part of the point of kirtan (or meditation or Yoga) is to transform our consciousness from being preoccupied with the little self, or even our preoccupation with our little ideas about God, to an awakening of a bigger Self or Truth or experience of God; pick how you say it, the end result is the… Continue reading Why Kirtan? (part 2)

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Why Kirtan? (part 1)

"In this materialistic age, more concentration can be gained through kirtan than through meditation. Today, the atmosphere is filled with so many different kinds of sounds. Because of that, concentration will not come easily and meditation will be made more difficult than ever before. These obstacles can be overcome, however, if one performs kirtan. Not… Continue reading Why Kirtan? (part 1)

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OM Shreem Maha Lakshmiye Namaha!

(OM and Salutations to the Great Goddess Lakshmi, personification of the Energy of Sustenance/the Sustaining Energy!) Part of me hesitates to write this article because I don't want to cheapen in any way this or any mantra that I highly respect and firmly believe can lead one to Self­/God­Realization, but I feel that these mantras… Continue reading OM Shreem Maha Lakshmiye Namaha!

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Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu

Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu ("May all the beings in all the worlds be happy.") While with Amma over Thanksgiving 2013 in Detroit, in Amma's last talk before giving darshan (hugging people) all night long and then going back to India, she asked everyone to chant "Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu" for 5 minutes two times a… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu

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Helpful Hints for Life – Kirtan

There are a number of reasons you might [show up for this life], some of which are worship, healing, communion, and fun. You might be doing all of these at once, or having a different mood with each [moment]. Whatever you do, you can keep in mind that all these are possibilities and point to… Continue reading Helpful Hints for Life – Kirtan