The meditator’s goal, on the Hindu spiritual path of Raja Yoga, is to first become aware of energy and then to familiarize himself with it. Next he learns to harness this energy so it does not all flow out of him. Once this is done, his task is to withdraw this energy. As he withdraws…Read more
Reflection for this weekend:
“By wisely discriminating where our energy flows, we can with the powers of concentration channel our energies to specific areas in our lives that we want to cultivate.” ~ Dandapani
Photo: Kulaniapia Falls on the Big Island in Hawaii. Breathtaking in every way.
I hope to share with you, once or twice a month, one of my passions — photography. I believe it’s so important to make time in life for what you love and who you love. I love photography and always do my best to integrate it into my travels around the world. I’m currently in…Read more
One of the things to cultivate on the spiritual path is self-acceptance. Right this moment, you are the sum total of many, many incarnations. It took hundreds of years, maybe even thousands of years, to bring you to this very moment so you have to be forgiving of yourself for your negative personality traits. You…Read more
I’ve seen and heard many people hold up their smartphones and say, “These things are ruining our lives.” I beg to disagree. Smartphones are not ruining our lives. They are wonderful devices with great capabilities. What is ruining your life is your inability to exercise discipline around the use of smartphones. The smartphone itself is…Read more
This is Part 2 of our April 2017 update on the work that we are doing to develop Siva Ashram in Costa Rica. If you missed the Part 1 update, you can read and watch the video here. After our friends Nick and Tracey left, another set of friends arrived. Jeremy, Jasmine and their daughter,…Read more
Reflections for the weekend: “Every year most people accumulate more and more things in their life. Things, like people, can uplift or consume energy. The fewer things you have the less energy you lose.” ~ Dandapani Photo: The Kolkata Flower Market is a kaleidoscope of color. Mounds of marigolds line a cramped street by the…Read more
People jump from one thing to another to another all day long, becoming slaves to their technology. Most people allow technology to control where their awareness goes in their mind. Every time your laptop sends a notification or your smartphone beeps an alert, you allow your awareness to get dragged to email, Twitter, Facebook, or…Read more
Through a clear and disciplined spiritual practice of self development and growth, you tend to see more things within yourself, not only from this life but also from previous lives. When you come to a place on your spiritual path where you don’t understand something about your nature that you are working to change, and…Read more
We should start by defining the word “mindfulness.” I define it as a state of being fully aware of what one is engaged in at any particular moment. So many people are talking about mindfulness but I think very few people can actually define it. And I say this because people often use this word…Read more
Reflection for this weekend:
“Do one thing at a time! Consciously choose where your awareness goes.” ~ Dandapani
Photo: The full moon rises behind the Swayambunath Stupa as pilgrims circumambulate one of Buddhism’s holiest shrines during the celebration of the Buddhist new year in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hindus wear markings on their forehead for many purposes. Some markings denote the sect they belong to, others tell if a woman is married or not, and some have deeper metaphysical reasons. Hindu priests and monks can often be seen wearing the most elaborate of facial markings. The markings are made of holy ash, sandal…Read more