Tuesday, May 21"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

Yoga

Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Adi Sankaracharya, Gyana Yoga, Hinduism, Indic Religions
Source: - Swarajya Magazine. मा गच्छ त्वमितस्ततो गिरिश भो मय्येव वासं कुरु स्वामिन्नादिकिरात मामकमनःकान्तारसीमान्तरे | वर्तन्ते बहुशो मृगा मदजुषो मात्सर्यमोहादयस् तान् हत्वा मृगयाविनोदरुचितालाभं च संप्राप्स्यसि || (Śivānandalaharī of Ādi Śankara) Primeval Hunter, Shiva! Why wander here and there in search of game ? The wilderness of my mind harbors many beasts like pride, jealousy and lust; Come, kill them, you’ll enjoy the sport. People have been praying since forever for God to reside in their hearts, but it took Ādi Śankara’s pluck to suggest the offer as a favour to God! Śankara Jayantī was celebrated last week, and now is a good time to ruminate upon the ideas of this philosopher. Śankara is also a poet of the firs
Put Down That Painkiller, Pick Up A Yoga Mat: VA Study Finds Yoga Helps Chronic Back Pain Without Pills [Excerpts]

Put Down That Painkiller, Pick Up A Yoga Mat: VA Study Finds Yoga Helps Chronic Back Pain Without Pills [Excerpts]

Health & Wellness, Yoga, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - San Diego Union Tribune. By Jeanette Steele Aug. 6, 2017 2:20 PM In the middle of a prescription painkiller overdose crisis in the United States, a San Diego VA study finds that veterans with chronic pain would be well-served to put down the pills and pick up a yoga mat. After six months of twice-a-week yoga sessions, San Diego veterans reported a significant drop in back pain — one of the signature complaints of a demographic that suffers higher rates of chronic pain than the general population. Also, the number of patients in the study on opiate-based pain pills dropped from 20 percent to 8 percent. It’s a potentially important finding, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs weans its members off of long-term addictive painkillers such as hyd
An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

Bhakti Yoga, Converting to Hinduism, Hinduism
Source: - https://www.sbs.com.au Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in India for the last 20 years. An author, pilgrim and spiritualist, Ms Sorensen's latest book is Living the  Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life where she states the 5,000-year-old teachings hold the answers to the stress, anxiety and confusion that many face in modern life today.  Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in West Bengal for the last 20 years. It was in the early 90s when Braja first visited India. The country captivated her. A few years, in 1997, after having worked in television, tourism, and publishing in Australia, London, and the U.S, Braja returned to India to make it her home. In 2000, she met her Swedish husband and the duo has never looked ba
Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta — A talk by Sanjay Dixit

Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta — A talk by Sanjay Dixit

Bhakti Yoga, Books & Reviews, Featured, Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Sanjay Dixit, talks about the Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta. He also talks about the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam from the Upanishads, Dharma Adharma, Himsa and Ashimsa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPjm9bn1cSc
The Power of Meditation – BBC, Full Documentary

The Power of Meditation – BBC, Full Documentary

Kriya Yoga, Videos, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - 'Best Documentaries' YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QYOiRsKAyg The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
Is Hinduism based on mythology or reality? [Excerpt]

Is Hinduism based on mythology or reality? [Excerpt]

Bhakti Yoga, Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e03w6qABqZw Source: Dharma Speaks Channel This is an excellent video that goes into explaining why Hinduism is not based merely on myths that seem fantastical.  This video will help you gain a more nuanced understanding of Hindū texts which are based on using stories to help drive home the message at a spiritual level.  Also, you will learn about efforts by scientists and researchers to corroborate Hindū texts as being far more than mere myths metaphorically teaching spiritual lessons .  Learn about this at the above video.
Establishment of the 4 mutts by Bhagwan Shankaracharya

Establishment of the 4 mutts by Bhagwan Shankaracharya

Adi Sankaracharya, Advaita, Featured, Gyana Yoga, Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ko_RDhLFc Bhagwan Shankaracharya knew that after his demise, India will have to face a physical war, ideological war, cultural war. He knew this very well. That is why in order to protect the 4 Vedas he set up 4 Amnaya Mutts in the 4 corners of this country. Amnaya means the Vedas and Amnaya Peetha means Vedic Seat. So, he established 4 Mutts in the 4 directions of India in order to protect the 4 Vedas and the 4 divine abodes of India. He established the Sri Uttaramnaaya Jyotirmath in the north. The Veda protected by Jyotirmutt is the Atharva Veda, i.e the literature relating to Atharva Veda, the Brahman Grathas, the Aranyak Granthas, the Upanishads, in order to protect these, this mutt was established. He gave this responsibility to the Uttaramnaya ...
Common Yoga Protocol IDY 2016 (Arabic)

Common Yoga Protocol IDY 2016 (Arabic)

Videos, Yoga, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - Indian Diplomacy YouTube Channel. In 2015 the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India made a film on Common Yoga Protocol to serve as an introductory guide to practicing Yoga. It contained, inter alia, general guidelines to be followed before, during and after the practice of Yoga and an explanation of the most widely practiced yoga poses and asanas. It was used by thousands of people across the world as a basic guide for the 1st International Day of Yoga. The Common Yoga Protocol for IDY 2016 is an updated film made jointly by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) and Ministry of AYUSH and includes more yoga techniques which have been added in consultation with leading Yoga experts and heads of eminent Yoga Institutions in India. This film will be a useful resource fo...