An Awakening in Sri Lanka

Amman Temple
Sri Durgai Amman Temple, in Thellippalai, in the northern Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. This temple so beautifully integrates the “new” with the “old”. Notice the neon Trimurti anchored into the aged but beautifully maintained sculptures.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a rich spiritual heritage which I am privileged to have experienced first-hand. The island, formally called Ceylon, is directly south of India by about 90 minutes flight time between Columbo, Sri Lanka and Chennai, India.

Recently, I was blessed to join Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami along with fifty eight other participants from eight countries as we took a two week spiritual pilgrimage to three Sri Lankin cities.

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The Final Four – Yoga Limbs 5 thru 8

This concludes the series 8 Limbs of Yoga

In brief summary, we have discussed the goal of Yoga, which is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self, “JIVA” with the infinite “BRAHMAN”, the Hindu concept of God.  This God is not a personal God, but it is an impersonal spiritual substance which is one with nature and cosmos. Brahman is an impersonal divine substance that “pervades, envelopes and underlies everything”. Yoga comes to yogi who is one with Brahman”

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Breathing and Posing

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Yoga Pt III  Breathing and Posing Third in the series, The Debt I Owe to Yoga

We now arrive at asanas. This is limb number three of yoga that gets called, well, “yoga.” Actually, it is properly named asana, or , posture. These are the poses you see in advertisements for yoga paraphernalia or poses by bodies that grace the covers of Yoga or health related magazines .  These postures practiced in asanas, comprise the third limb and the breathing exercises or pranayama comprises the fourth.  If you have been reading this series so far, you will know that asana is not a fitness system or a series of gymnastic exercises but part of a larger process of spiritual rebalancing. 1, 2

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