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The World Isn’t Good or Bad

We seem to have been running around a lot, doing all kinds of things, just to find a little happiness. When everything failed we looked elsewhere and thought, Maybe I can have a little peace if I move to such and such place. Unfortunately, wherever we go, we carry our...

What Yoga Can Do

In this podcast, Rev. Jaganath Carrera and Avi Gordon (director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association) discuss the importance of wonder and attention, the nature of the mind and the power of acceptance. Rev. Jaganath is the founder of Yoga Life Society. He's a...

Recognize the God in You

What we call “God,” is the Cosmic Consciousness. It is our natural state of peace and joy. That Cosmic Consciousness is infinite. It has no limitation, it never changes, it is omnipresent and eternal. That’s what is meant by immortal. It is in you, as the real you. So...

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Do Not Depend on Anything

Do Not Depend on Anything

Happiness is not something that can come from the outside. One of the things we seem to depend upon for our happiness is physical beauty. We don’t want to accept the fact that we will get old and our bodies will change. When we see others getting old we may think to...

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Mind the Gap! A Teaching from Deepak Chopra

Mind the Gap! A Teaching from Deepak Chopra

In this short video, Dr. Deepak Chopra (doctor, spiritual teacher and author) summarizes the teachings of the nondual traditions with this explanation of one's true essence-nature. He says, "The knowing secret is in the gap between every thought, every sensation,...

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Become Like Children

Become Like Children

You don’t need to do anything or go anywhere to become peaceful. There’s no need to go live in a cave or somewhere in the forest. And then how many people would lose their peace when they become very excited about living in the cave itself? Just be as you are. You...

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Maintaining the Zero Point

Maintaining the Zero Point

Equanimity is Yoga. To know yourself, to see yourself and others clearly, you should have neutrality—complete neutral vision. The scriptures ask us to know ourselves. Check yourself or weigh yourself. The first thing many do in the morning is to step on the scale,...

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Variety is the Spice of Life

There is a saying, “Variety is the spice of life.” Just imagine if some force could come and makes us all look alike. Everybody would end up six feet tall, the same color skin and hair, the same weight, and maybe even the same gender. Would you want a world like that?...

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Let the Light Within You Be Revealed

Let the Light Within You Be Revealed

We say that a person is a good person if they have good thoughts and ideas—the kind that will bring benefit to humanity. We say a person is not good if the thoughts in their mind are selfish and are of a bad quality. A person may look very beautiful or handsome and...

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The Beauty that Lies Within

The Beauty that Lies Within

In Episode 3 of the "Two Old Fogey Yogis" podcast, our two yogis (Swami Asokananda and Rev. Prem) began a discussion of the “Big E,” or enlightenment. Now, in Episode 11, they dig deeper—unveiling an even more profound understanding of what it’s like to be fully awake...

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Self-Realization: The Expansion or Contraction of the Ego

Self-Realization: The Expansion or Contraction of the Ego

The ego should either become nothing or everything. When it comes to the ego, I don’t believe in the proverb that says that something is better than nothing. You should either become nothing or become everything, but not something. Nothing is better than something. We...

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Finding Your Path

Finding Your Path

What drew you to your spiritual path? Does modern Yoga throw out the “baby with the bathwater” when it goes post-lineage? In Ep 10 of the “Two Old Fogey Yogis” podcast, our hosts explore the relevance of a traditional spiritual path in today’s world and what drew each...

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What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life?

Students often ask me questions like, “Why am I here on this earth?“ “What am I to do here?“ and “What is the purpose of life?“ The answer is that we are here to fulfill our part of the work in the great universal mission. There is one universal plan, a cosmic plan,...

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