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A Brief History of Meditation

From before the Big Bang to Now Western science tells us that the universe as we know it began with the Big Bang.  However, the obvious question is, “What was there before the bang?”  The Vedic answer to this question is Pure Consciousness.  An eternal, silent field which is nothing in itself but holds the potential for everything and, out of which, everything arises.  The Absolute. Being eternal, the Absolute is timeless, an eternal Now.  It is also Pure Silence.  However,

A Brief History of Meditation2020-03-27T17:02:28+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Meditation

The word meditation covers a wide range of different practices.  The following answers relate mostly to the silent meditation practices taught by Chopra Global, such as Primordial Sound Meditation.  These answers are intend as general guidelines, please consult one of the Chopra certified instructors if you have more specific concerns. I’ve grouped the questions to make it easier to find those of interest to you. General Q. Are there different types of meditation? A. There are several

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Meditation2019-12-23T15:19:04+00:00

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

October 25-29, 2019 Diwali is one of the most beautiful and joyous times in the Indian calendar, filled with love and rejoicing.  Although its origins lie in India, it is a time of new beginnings, a festival of light, abundance, fulfillment and a celebration of good over evil, wisdom over ignorance, which can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. The word Diwali means “row of lights”, so it is commonly known as the Festival of Lights. For Indians,

Diwali, the Festival of Lights2019-10-23T03:22:34+00:00

Navaratri, Celebrating the Divine Mother in All Things 

"Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." This Indian festival is observed twice a year, once at the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter. Every year the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence.  At these times we give thanks to the Divine Energies, which maintain the correct balance in the Universe and within our mental, emotional and physical bodies. For most

Navaratri, Celebrating the Divine Mother in All Things 2019-10-23T03:18:55+00:00

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

In the Vedic Tradition there are two great mantras that stand out from all the rest.  These are the Gayatri Mantra for enlightenment and the Mrityunjaya Mantra, the most powerful mantra for healing and longevity. This mantra is addressed to Shiva for warding off untimely death. While its energy protects, it re-links consciousness to its deeper essential nature and repetition of the mantra develops concentration that leads to a transformation of awareness. Whereas the Gayatri Mantra is meant

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra2019-09-09T03:49:30+00:00

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima or the Full Moon of the Guru is a very special celebration in the spiritual calendar.  This is the day when we honor the Guru in all forms.  We give thanks for all the blessing we have received in the past and ask for future support in all areas of our lives but particularly with our growth to Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment. The word guru means remover of darkness or ignorance so the Guru can

Guru Purnima2019-07-15T18:45:54+00:00

Origins of Ayurveda

We don’t really know how old Ayurveda is, although scholars place its formal origins at around 5-6000 years ago. According to Vedic mythology, Ayurveda is as old as time itself.  It is said that before manifest creation, the gods were weak and unbalanced.  They went to Lord Vishnu for help, who told them to churn the Ocean of Consciousness until the Amrit, Nectar of Immortality, appeared and this would rejuvenate them. The story of what happened has

Origins of Ayurveda2019-07-02T21:34:22+00:00

Meditation’s Great Gifts

All traditions and religions describe some form of enlightenment or spiritual awakening.  Unfortunately most people are spiritually asleep, some snoring soundly.  Meditation is our wake up call, when we rub the sleep of ignorance from our eyes and begin to enjoy the great bounty that awaits us. The good news is that we’re all already enlightened, we’re all perfect in every way.  Perfectly happy, perfectly healthy, all our desires are instantly fulfilled.  I know you’re rolling your eyes but,

Meditation’s Great Gifts2019-07-01T17:47:16+00:00

The Gayatri Mantra for Enlightenment

While there are numerous mantras in the Vedic Tradition, there is non greater than the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri is dedicated to the aspect of the sun just before sunrise so that all the potential energy emanating from the entire cosmos is contained within Gayatri.  It is said that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra burns away all the layers of impurities covering the mind, accumulated through countless births, and bestows upon us the vision of

The Gayatri Mantra for Enlightenment2019-05-10T01:05:04+00:00

Loving Practices

Guidelines for Bringing More Love into One’s Life The ignorant person desires material objects, the intelligent person desires enlightenment but the wise person just loves and everything comes to him or her As the Beatles told us, “All you need is love” and how sure this is.  Our highest vibration, our Essence, who we really are, is Pure Love.  When we love, we connect with the deepest part of ourself.  The part of ourself which is

Loving Practices2019-05-10T01:03:41+00:00

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