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What Losing 3.2 Million Dollars Will Teach You About Life

The day I became truly rich was the day the millions of dollars I held on to so tightly were gone. Sounds crazy, right? Don’t get me wrong—if someone handed me a check for millions today, I would gladly take it. The difference is, today I would know what to do with...

The Yoga of Money

The commercial world greatly encourages everyone to spend and spend. Don’t get caught in that. In order to spend, save and give, you should first have the money. Don’t try to live up to some expected or presumed standard of living. The real standard is your joy of...

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Steps on the Spiritual Path

Steps on the Spiritual Path

Question: For people who are new on the path of spirituality, what do you recommend for them? Are there steps or procedures? Swami Satchidananda: You have already taken the first step by wanting to become a spiritual student. That is the most important thing. You want...

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Teaching of the Month: Sharing Abundance

Teaching of the Month: Sharing Abundance

In the northern hemisphere, autumn is a season known for harvesting all that one has grown and for giving thanks for the abundance of the earth. Celebrating the fruits of our labors with gratitude is a beautiful practice. But as spiritual aspirants, we want to take a...

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The Age of Insta-Yoga

The Age of Insta-Yoga

This is something that I've been wanting to write about for years. But I’ve always been stuck on how to express myself in a way that does not convey superiority. I became a Yoga teacher right before Yoga became mainstream. It was on the cusp of its explosion, at least...

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Where Raja Yoga Meets the Bible

Where Raja Yoga Meets the Bible

There is a beautiful connection between Raja Yoga and the Bible. Both scriptures talk about the heart. One of the Beatitudes is, “Blessed are the Pure in Heart; they shall see God.” That is the heart of Yoga. At the very beginning of the Yoga Sutras, sage Patanjali...

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How to Meditate

How to Meditate

Learning to meditate can be overwhelming for some. The mind can feel less like a place of quiet refuge and more like Times Square. In this video, you can follow along with Yoga master Sri Swami Satchidananda's instructions (read by Saraswati Ishaya from the booklet,...

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Wink: The New Vegan, No-Sugar Frozen Dessert

Wink: The New Vegan, No-Sugar Frozen Dessert

Cold and creamy. Sweet and delicious. Words that usually describe ice cream and yet totally apply to this new frozen dessert from the founders of Wink — Ani Blinova-Wolff and Gabe Wolff. Gabe's food allergies actually first inspired the couple to invent this first...

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Loneliness, Rejection and a Broken Heart

Loneliness, Rejection and a Broken Heart

There comes a time when the bubble of ego is popped and you can’t get the ground back for an extended period of time. Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives. In the midst of loneliness, in the...

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What Do You Believe?

What Do You Believe?

Question: I was raised as an atheist. Life would be so much easier if I had faith. In all my years of Yoga, I know I have heart, compassion and spirit, but I can’t connect with faith. Please offer me your guidance. Swami Satchidananda: Whether you know it or not, you...

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Living Mindfully and Gratefully

Some people think that monks have these esoteric practices and “What can we poor laypeople do?” But when you really understand what the monastic life is about, you realize that we are only doing — under more favorable circumstances and in an environment that...

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Hatha Yoga: The Art of Change

Hatha Yoga: The Art of Change

Change is the act of becoming different, a natural occurrence that makes life possible. So why does it cause so much stress? Change comes into our awareness at the end of comfort. When life is good, there is no need to change. Only when things are uneasy do we begin...

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Recovering Natural Joy

Recovering Natural Joy

Many of us think of joy as an experience we have when something special happens. We may plan specific activities, such as a vacation, some entertainment or dining out, that we think will bring us joy. This thinking is so prevalent in our culture that we don’t realize...

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The Realized Self

The Realized Self

Question: If the Self is already realized and if it is already Divine, why do we need the experience of enlightenment to know this? Swami Satchidananda: Who said the Self is already realized and already Divine? Do you know positively? If you know this positively, you...

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Raja Yoga Teaching of the Month: Tapas

Raja Yoga Teaching of the Month: Tapas

In this monthly series on the Yamas and Niyamas, Swami Karunananda offers wisdom and reflections on applying these foundational principles of Yoga in daily life. This month’s focus is on Tapas, austerity. Sutra 2.43:  “By austerity, impurities of body and senses are...

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Your Mind: Learn to Just Watch the Show

Your Mind: Learn to Just Watch the Show

Someone asked me the following: "Sometimes I see visions of departed souls. I don’t understand this. Can you explain it?” Yes, the mind can do anything. It creates images and can foresee things. The mental capacity for that is there. Recently, I read some articles...

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