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Guru Tattva: The Guru Principle

Today, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the nature of the Guru. The Vedantic tradition tells us that, “The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the Guru is thus...

Renouncing the Spiritual Ego

When it comes to either physical or mental problems, prevention is always better than the cure. And the best way to prevent troubles is by setting aside all your selfishness. Competition gets into everything, including Yoga and spirituality when there is the idea of...

Take Care of Your Heart

The best way to take care of your heart is to not disturb it. Originally, the Creator programmed it to be a beautiful place for physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. But we don’t keep it that way; we disturb it. We don’t have to do anything to make the heart...

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Be Love Now

Be Love Now

On a beautiful and sunny late morning in Hawaii and a sunny (though perhaps less balmy) late afternoon in Virginia, Integral Yoga Magazine editor Rev. Prem Anjali had the opportunity to interview Ram Dass via Skype. Ram Dass’ latest book, Be Love Now, is the third in...

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The Alchemy of Discipleship

Like a single warrior facing a king’s army, the spiritual seeker tries to subdue the army—one’s own ego. Armed with only a monkey mind, unrestrained sense organs, and a body subjected to nature's control of the physical body, the spiritual warrior is left virtually...

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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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The Benefits of Lineage

The Benefits of Lineage

Swami Satchidananda often explained that the easiest way to learn to master something is to train with an expert in one’s chosen field. All fields of training and learning come down to a succession of those who master the material—whether its mechanics, doctors,...

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Krishna Das Kirtan, Yoga of Devotion Weekend & Webinar

Krishna Das Kirtan, Yoga of Devotion Weekend & Webinar

Memorial Day Weekend 2019, Krishna Das  graced us during what has become an annual event in Yogaville. Once a year, Krishna Das comes to Yogaville on Memorial Day weekend to share the practice of Bhakti Yoga. In addition to satsang on Saturday evening, he conducts a...

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The Essence of the Bhakti Yoga Path

The Essence of the Bhakti Yoga Path

Thayumanuvar, a great South Indian saintly poet, was also the prime minister to a king. He was once asked, if a married or unmarried life was better. He answered in the following way. If you realize that you are nothing but a top, spun around and somebody’s playing...

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How to Face Any Problem in Life

How to Face Any Problem in Life

Sometimes we talk a lot about God, about faith. We say we have faith, but our own life should prove that. If you have complete, absolute faith you will always be happy and joyful—even under severe suffering and severe handicaps. One of the four well-known Saiva saints...

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Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love & Devotion

Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love & Devotion

The word “bhakti” means devotion. Bhaktas are devotees whose goal is to attach themselves completely to God, or the Beloved. Our entire nature is based on such love. We are attached to so many things. From early childhood, we learn to cling to someone or...

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Attuning to Grace

Attuning to Grace

I once visited a home where there was a young baby. I was talking to the family and the mother was busy somewhere in the kitchen. The baby was playing with its toys. After a while, the baby cried a little and started putting things in its mouth, thinking that by...

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