Beautiful river shot.
Beautiful river shot.
Holy Mother Sarada Devi absolutely forbade animal sacrifice at the time of Kali Puja at Belur Math. Sri Sri Ma Anandamayi also banned such barbarism.
A cartoon by Baloo, alias Rex May
Actually, meditation produces profound and far-reaching changes in our extremely complex makeup, whether we do or do not perceive those changes. Some meditations are times of quiet assimilation of prior changes and balancing out to get ready for more change. - See more at: http://www.ocoy.org/light-of-the-spirit-blog/#sthash.4HRxKyvt.dpuf
The twitter feed of Light of the Spirit Monastery
An arya is one who labors to rise, exemplifying the saying that a diamond is a piece of coal that never gave up. Truly a saint is a sinner that never gave up, as Yogananda often said. In other words, an arya is one on the path to sainthood as well as one who has attained it. - See more at: http://www.ocoy.org/light-of-the-spirit-blog/#sthash.1aBJ9QYt.dpuf
When Buddha first spoke to others the knowledge gained through his enlightenment, the first principle he gave was: “There is suffering.” This is the fundamental fact of relative existence. It is nonsense to accuse Buddha of being pessimistic or negative for saying this, for he continued with three other facts that give hope to anyone who ponders them: “Suffering has a cause. Suffering can be ended. There is a way to end suffering.” Everything else spoken by Buddha was the practical way to demonstrate the truth of these Four Aryan Truths by attaining Nirvana–the ending of all possibility of suffering.
Good tools for learning Hindi
An interesting forum about all kinds of meditation
"Years ago I heard about a hillbilly who spent the entire day in a theatre, watching the same film over and over. When asked why he did this, he answered that he did not like the way it came out and so was waiting for it to end differently."
When desire remains on the rampage in the mind of the “meditator” he should realize that:
1. his meditation method is defective;
2. his practice of the method is defective;
3. some elements in his inner and outer life are preventing success in meditation.
"The wise person is to live by sankalpa–resolve and act of will and intention based on enlightened intelligence (buddhi). This is a manifestation of icchcha shakti, the power of will (ichcha)."
Consciousness is the root of sound–is innate in sound. Sound, then, is the direct means to return our awareness to the inmost level of our being and put us into touch with consciousness itself. - See more at: http://www.ocoy.org/light-of-the-spirit-blog/#sthash.MZ3LovUU.dpuf
Certainly a person can learn and practice meditation without a “guru” in the present-day sense, though it is good to have the advice of a person with experience in meditation. Nevertheless, the way can be learned even from the written word. It is practice that matters.
From the text: "Egotism and arrogance under the label of “self-esteem” are tacitly considered virtues, whereas self-effacement and humility are looked upon as marks of either weakness, stupidity, or Oriental craftiness."
The answer to this question: "Since there is a Law of cause and effect or the Law of Karma is it still necessary to pray and ask God for something like world peace, settle our financial problems, ask for health, etc.? If God fulfills or answers one’s prayer does not it means that God breaking the Law He himself has created?"
Karma is the creation of the mind–is simply the mind in extension. Karma need not be worked out or fulfilled; the mind need only be changed, or better yet brought into complete abeyance. Then karma is no more and its attendant compulsions–including birth and death–no longer exist.
Here are four scientific reports about the practical benefits of meditation, the first three being about Breath Meditation specifically:
Yogananda in his bestselling “Autobiography of a Yogi” talks about visiting the saint he calls Master Mahasaya. He was referring to Mahendranath Gupta, otherwise known simply as “M” and the author of “The Gospel Of Ramakrishna”. Here is one version of the encounter in Yogananda’s own words.
In the East-West Magazine of the July-August of 1927, Yogananda wrote a review of the then newly released silent movie, The King of Kings. The article has the review, the YouTube video of the movie, a quiz or two, and more. As you can see, Yogananda himself knew Cecil B. de Mille.