The Highest Course

December 14, 2014 by · Comments Off
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When cease the five (sense) knowledges, together with the mind, and the intellect stirs not-that, they say, is the highest course.

– Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitra Upanishad 6.30. uph, 443

United with the All

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When the yogin unites his breath with Aum or is united with the All in manifold ways, it is called yoga. This oneness of breath, mind and senses, the renunciation of all existence-this is termed yoga.

– Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitra Upanishad 6.25. ve, 776

Jangan Menjadi Orang Kaya yang Miskin

December 13, 2014 by · Comments Off
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Tirukkural 84 menyebutkan, “Dewi kekayaan akan tinggal dengan senang hati bersama seseorang yang menemui tamunya dengan senyum tersungging di wajahnya.” Orang yang hidup berkecukupan, tetapi tidak memandang keramahan sebagai sebuah ritual kerohanian–sebagai sebuah pengorbanan suci–di kemudian hari akan mengeluh dan menyesal bahwa dia telah menyia-nyiakan hidupnya, yang bekerja keras tanpa memiliki tujuan suci dan kepedulian. Tanpa memiliki keramahan, sesungguhnya dia telah kehilangan kekayaan yang dicintainya. Orang yang tidak memperoleh dan menikmati buah dari keramahan, tentu akan menyesali kebiasaannya yang tidak ramah kepada orang lain. Dengan tidak memiliki keramahan dalam kepedulian, seseorang telah menyalahgunakan hidupnya dalam pengejaran materi yang sia-sia. Sebaliknya, mereka yang memiliki keramahan dalam kepedulian, bahkan ketika mereka kehilangan sejumlah kekayaan mereka dalam memberikan keramahan dan kepedulian, akan merasa senang telah melakukan kebajikan dalam hidup. Orang yang hidup berkecukupan, dengan tidak mengembangkan keramahan, terlebih lagi kepada tamu yang datang untuk bersimakrama, adalah orang yang memilih untuk menjadi orang miskin di tengah kekayaan yang dimilikinya. Seorang tamu akan menjadi lesu, kehilangan gairah, jika wajah tuan rumah memperlihatkan rengutan sekecil apapun. Seseorang akan merasa jauh lebih nyaman untuk datang bersimakrama ke tempat orang yang miskin harta tetapi penuh keramahan daripada bersimakrama ke rumah orang kaya yang tidak memiliki keramahan. Keramahan adalah bagian yang sangat penting dari pelaksanaan ajaran “dana”. Keramahan itu sendiri adalah salah satu bentuk dana punia, dan harus menjadi bagian dari dana punia dalam bentuk apapun. Ketika menerima tamu yang datang bersimakrama, masyarakat tradisional Jawa mengenal istilah: gupuh, aruh, lungguh, suguh. Ini adalah implementasi dari kepedulian dan keramahan. Gupuh adalah ekspresi dari kepedulian. Aruh adalah sapaan dan komunikasi yang baik. Lungguh berarti duduk; dalam hal ini berarti penyediaan tempat atau alas untuk duduk. Suguh berarti pemberian suguhan, setidaknya segelas air minum. Subramuniyaswami berkata, “Teman baik anda datang dari jauh. Itu pun, adalah Siva dalam kostum lain, dan anda harus memperlakukan tamu anda sebagai Siva.”

Reaches the Goal

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He, however, who has not understanding, who is unmindful and ever impure, reaches not the goal, but goes on to reincarnation. He, however, who has understanding, who is mindful and ever pure, reaches the goal from which he is born no more.

– Krishna Yajur Veda, Katha Upanishad 3.7-8. uph, 352

Hail Aload with Deep Devotion

December 12, 2014 by · Comments Off
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It is he who has revealed the abode of immortality. All worlds have expanded for him who found the Light. Our songs, increasing like cows in the pasture, hail aloud the sacred drop with deep devotion.

– Rig Veda IX, 94, 2

Send Elsewhere All Malice

December 11, 2014 by · Comments Off
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In many a form of goodness, O Love, you show your face. Grant that these forms may penetrate within our hearts. Send elsewhere all malice!

– Atharva Veda IX, 2, 25

All This Universe is in the Glory of God

December 10, 2014 by · Comments Off
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All this universe is in the glory of God, of Siva, the God of love. The heads and faces of men are His own, and He is in the hearts of all.

– Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 3.11. upm, 90

Yoga Portraits to Deepen Your Practice

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MYSORE, INDIA, December 5, 2014 (Huffington Post):

“I have found my best work comes in the form of ‘environmental portraits’,” photographer Christine Hewitt writes on her website, “where I am able to capture the subject and their surroundings in a fine balance of aesthetic appeal, visual interest and storytelling.”

Now, she’s combining that aesthetic storytelling with a good cause. In her first-annual Yogic Photos Calendar for Charity, she’s showcasing powerful portraits shot around Mysore, India — and all of the proceeds help bring much-needed resources to local underprivileged families. All of the people in the photographs are yoga students who have come to Mysore to study.

To view a selection of the somewhat strange calendar shots see source.

Timeline of Hinduism in America

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUCETTS, December 4, 2014 (Harvard University):

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University was created to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. It is a two-decade-long research program to engage students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States.

The Hinduism in America Timeline begins in the 1780′s when trade is started between India and America and ends in 2012 when the first Hindu American, Tulsi Gabbard, is elected to Congress.

According to the timeline, in 1820-70 Ralph Waldo Emerson discovered Hindu thought as an undergraduate at Harvard. In 1893 Hindus at the World’s Parliament of Religions presented their teaching to American audiences. Immediately afterward Swami Vivekananda toured America. In 1920 Paramahansa Yogananda becomes the first Hindu Vedanta and yoga teacher to settle in the U.S. In 1957 Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami established the Palaniswami Temple in San Francisco, CA which was the first Hindu temple in North America performing traditional deity worship.

More of the interesting 100 entries at source.

Bondage in Time and Freedom in Eternity

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He is the never-created creator of all: He knows all. He is pure consciousness, the creator of time, all-powerful, all-knowing. He is the Lord of the soul and of nature and of the three conditions of nature. From Him comes the transmigration of life and liberation, bondage in time and freedom in eternity.

– Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.16. upm, 96

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