It is Chaitra NavRatri (April 6 to 14), a time when Hindus all over the world celebrate the Divine Feminine and read the Ramayana or Tulsikrit Raam Charit Manas in preparation of the birth of Shree Raam. This is an auspicious time for reflection. I’m at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, observing silence for NavRatri. Each day, just before sunset at 6 p.m., I hurry to the holy banks of Ma Ganga to dip my toes into Her holy waters, offer my prayers, ceremoniously sprinkle Her waters on me and then take a sip of Her blessing. Then I participate in the evening Havan and Ganga Aarti, feeling the blessings of the universe flow gracefully into me. It is a magical time – a mystical time when we are in union with the universe. Just prior to NavRatri, I facilitated “Embrace Your Spirit with Chakradance,” and after NavRatri, I will be facilitating the workshop “BE the Peace in the Chaos.” The topics for this program are mostly based on the teaching of the saints and how to live in the world and with self according to yoga philosophy, with the last module being “Ahimsa in Action.”
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In the Hindu male trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh [Shiva] – Lord Shiva is the Lord of Destruction. Some time ago i asked a pandit who is the Lord of Peace and he replied, “Lord Shiva”. How can the Lord of Destruction also be the Lord of Peace? It took a few years of sadhana [spiritual practice] and the guidance of Guruji, Pujya Swami Chidanandji Saraswati and the spiritual masters for me to consciously ‘destroy or let go that which was preventing me from discovering the Peace within’ to understand and know that Lord Shiva, the Lord of Destruction is also the Lord of Peace.
We pray to Lord Shiva to destroy, dissolve or transform all that is preventing us from being at peace and discovering the truth that we are. We prefer to stay in our comfort zone even though we want change. Lord Shiva’s destruction makes room for new creation and a new way of life.
To read the full article, download pdf here:MahaShivaRatri – the Great Night of Shiva
Women during the early Vedic period enjoyed equal status with men in all aspects of life. Works by Sage Patanjali suggest that women were educated and could choose to marry or become sages or sants in this early Vedic period.In the Rig Veda, it is suggested that women married at a mature age and were free to select their own husbands who were deserving of them in a practice called Swayamvar. They were also allowed to have live-in relationships called Gandharva marriage.
To read the full article, download pdf here: Balance and Equality Nov 2017
In the great epic The Mahabharata, “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” is mentioned several times. Simply translated, ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’ means non-violence is the highest duty or way of life. Bhishma, [grand-uncle the Pandavas and the Kauravas cousins] states that ‘abstention from eating meat is a great sacrifice and provides many benefits. He explains “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” as the highest religion; the highest self-control; the highest gift; the highest sacrifice; the highest friend; the highest happiness; the highest truth. Ahimsa is greater than gifts made in all sacrifices, ablutions performed in all sacred waters. The person that abstains from cruelty is the father and mother of all creatures’. Here ahimsa is translated as abstention from cruelty in relation to killing for the sake of eating the flesh of the killed animal for personal pleasure. In essence, Bhishma is stating that it is very beneficial to be vegetarian because thereby there is no cruelty to animals1.
I translate Ahimsa as ’cause no harm to self, others, Mother Earth and Her inhabitants’. Let’s take a look at how eating a plant based diet is beneficial to self, others, Mother Earth and her inhabitants.
To read the full article, download pdf here: Ahimsa Paramo Dharma – Vegetarianism May 2017
On Oct. 24, we celebrated the 4th annual Global Oneness Day, which was created to recognize and celebrate the fundamental interconnection of all people and all of life. Why is this important? Oneness is the key to peace. Science is beginning to uncover what was revealed to the rishis and sages of ancient times – that ‘we are all One’ – Vasudaiva Kutumbakam. This concept allows each of us to realize that even though we may appear to be separate from each other in a physical sense, in ultimate reality everything in existence is made up of source energy that is in relationship to and interacts with all of life. We are all interconnected with and interdependent on all of existence. In Africa, the concept of uBuntu (‘I Am because We Are’) is being rediscovered. uBuntu points to the sacred inextricable interrelatedness, interconnectedness and interdependence of all of life. Ubu means ‘Be-coming’, and the African root-word ntu means ‘Highest Being/ Potential.’ uBuntu is becoming the highest being. This is the goal of the human birth.
To read the full article, download pdf here: We are all One
Article published Indo-Canadian Telegram May 2016
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said, “There is no such thing as work-life balance – it is all life. The balance has to be within you.” In today’s world there are many programs which aim at creating this work-life balance. This concept of “… it is all life. The balance has to be within you” is intriguing. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is exactly what I am living and what I teach in my workshops and coaching sessions – it is all life and the key is what energy you are bringing to each situation – at work, home, leisure. Let’s explore “work-life balance.” This implies that our work is separate from our life and what we do at work is less significant than what we do outside work. Is this really true? Think of the jobs of the doctor, teacher, garbage man, police, waitress, firefighter, salesman, etc. All these individuals are important to us. When we start seeing our jobs as service to others and not just a means to earn money for ourselves, we will no longer separate our work from our life.
Download the pdf to read the complete article: ICT May 2016