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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...

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...

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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The Eye of the Self

The Eye of the Self

One can appreciate Yoga, and be a yogi, without disturbing one’s own faith. There are Yoga centers all over the world. Often, students begin with Hatha Yoga, the physical side. Gradually, when they understand the true essence of Yoga, they want to go more deeply into...

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Go Within

Go Within

Nothing is going to make you always happy. That’s what the Mother Nature teaches. She says, “You are running after me for happiness; stop running.” Sometimes we hear people saying, “I’ve run and run and run and now I’m tired of running. I’m going to stop.” If that...

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What is Integral Yoga?

What is Integral Yoga?

Did you ever wonder what "Integral Yoga" means? In this video, Mataji (a long-time disciple of Swami Satchidananda) describes how the path of Integral Yoga progressively brings the body, heart, mind, and spirit into harmony and peace. Swami Gurucharanananda, lovingly...

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Enlightenment, Dreaming, and the Greatness of Yoga

Enlightenment, Dreaming, and the Greatness of Yoga

In this podcast, Avi Gordon (director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association) and Rev. Paraman Barsel discuss a range of inspiring spiritual topics. Rev. Paraman has been a student of Swami Satchidananda since 1970 and is a senior Integral Yoga teacher, renowned...

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Kundalini: A Dynamic Force

Kundalini: A Dynamic Force

Yoga students should be very, very careful when it comes the kundalini. It is a dynamic force, part of the cosmic force, that is in everybody. It is something like a seed that is alive and has the quality to germinate into a big tree. But, if you break open the seed...

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This Is What We Call Integral Yoga

This Is What We Call Integral Yoga

In order to be attuned to the Cosmic Consciousness, you have to be tuned in. If you haven’t tuned yourself in, then nothing will come. And if you tune to a wrong station, horrible things will come. But when you are tuned well, when you are at ease, everything comes to...

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Wake Up!

Wake Up!

When I was a young boy, I used to dream a lot about wild animals in the jungle. And very often, in these dreams, they used to chase me. I would run and run and get so tired and when I felt that I couldn’t run anymore and the tiger was very close to me, right in the...

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