It is human nature to pretend we have a strong handle on reality, but truly there is much more going on than what can be seen in the material world. Often, our rigidly held outlook limits our ability to see beyond preconceived notions. In yoga everything is divided in two, purusa and prakriti. Everything we feel, experience and see is real, including our dreams, ideas and fantasies. That which has always been, purusa, is unchanging and will always be. That is the observer in each of us that even watches our mind think. Everything else is prakriti, impermanent and always in a state of change.
Yoga recognizes our physical body, but also recognizes other bodies, or koshas, occupying the same space as the physical body.
KOSHAS — from ‘Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus’
There are five koshas:
1) A physical body comprised of matter.
2) A prana (energy) body. Prana is the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’ that animates all physical and mental activity.
3) A mental body.
4) A knowledge body (knowing beyond sensory perception).
5) An omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient body called the bliss body.
Prana, the life force energy, rides the breath.
FECUNDITY IS THE ORDER OF OUR UNIVERSE. Life fostering consciousness welcomes every opportunity to be. The consciousness of single-celled life forms navigate existence by being chemically attracted to that which brings pleasure and avoiding chemical sensations of distress and pain. LIFE IS AN EROTIC EXPERIENCE.
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There are now many thousands subscribing to this blog. While I am gratified you enjoy it; I ask you to go online and purchase the book—WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH YOGA, JEWEL IN THE LOTUS. Not because I’d like to sell a lot of books, but so you can start to live a joyous existence beyond your greatest imaginings. Weight loss is the means used to illustrate the principles explained—but the book is for everyone. Finding and maintaining a healthy weight alludes many in this country, being recognized as a exploding health crisis in the United States. This is why the forum of weight loss was chosen to demonstrate the teaching.
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None of us is perfect. The activities and understandings revealed in the text offer healing and help to all who employ them. They are universal. Understand ‘EVERYTHING’ as this is your true birthright as well as your duty.
I personally feel I’m only a tool used to facilitate the dissemination of this teaching—so I can discuss its beauty, clarity, and effectiveness. Learn your reason for being and the pleasure of realizing your complete self—by sharing this knowledge that will expand possibility exponentially for you, those you love, and all humankind.
We’re all in this together—a field of humanity—where what happens anywhere affects everything everywhere.
You are being summoned— READ THIS BOOK!
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
SHAKTI AND SHIVA — Myth explaining KOSHAS (5 sheaths of Being)
Individual consciousness and cosmic consciousness are one, separated by subjectivity. Humans have evolved to be capable of understanding beyond sensory perception for spiritual growth.
Consciousness is purusa, unchanging. In order to exist as a material life form it must combine with matter that is always changing, prakriti. This is a paradox. The Hindu yogic tradition uses the MYTH of SHIVA and SHAKTI to explain.
Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus — RELATIVITY
A simple elegant proof of realms beyond the physical universe:
Einstein postulated the speed of light as the constant ultimate.
In a moment, anyone can prove the speed of thought faster.
The lessons we are learning on the physical plane are the reasons for our existence on this plane. Those lessons can only be learned here. Our physical form is the utility for the necessary experiences. We are divided into gender, male and female. Sex shouldn’t be treated as a hindrance to enlightenment or spiritual wholeness, but recognized as a microcosmic expression os the macrocosmic duality that animates our universe. The relationship represented by the yin yang symbol shows the ‘one’ being made aware of its self through interaction with the ‘other’, forming the ‘whole’.Yoga reveres balance, and sexual union is the balance of opposites, a manifestation of our divine nature. Sex is sacred, not against God, not a sin. The yogi is God loving rather than God fearing. The yogi chooses to embrace his or her nature rather than deny it. If you call a healthy , natural expression of life a sin, then you can expect to live in a perpetual state of guilt.
The word for sex in Sanskrit is ‘kama’, as in Kama Sutra, the classic seventh century manual of lovemaking. Kama translates as ‘love-sex together’. Sex and love are entwined in one concept. Kama is also the name for the Hindu goddess of love.
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Yoga Nidra as presented in this book was taught by Yogi Amrit Desai. If you feel it would be interesting or helpful to spend some time with a self-realized being, a true yogi guru of the Indian tradition, you might consider a pilgrimage to visit Yogi Amrit Desai. Known to his followers as Gurudev, he was a pioneer helping to bring yoga to America. He founded the Kripalu Yoga Center in Lennox, Massachusetts in the 1970’s. Once the center was established and thriving, politics surrounding misinterpretation of morality at different levels of spiritual development, threatened destruction of the resource. Amrit Desai selflessly walked away from his creation that it might continue to spread the message of yoga.
The Kripala Yoga Center continues and prospers, albeit without its original inspiration, and Gurudev maintains a peaceful presence at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida surrounded by those who appreciate the importance of the guru as a spiritual resource. Amrit is a lively man in his eighties, and with amazing vital energy and amiable goodwill, he makes himself available to those who want to share his presence. It is an important part of spiritual education to be around such a teacher, to see how exceptional, yet human, they are and to observe the people around the guru, to see how they relate to each other and to their teacher.
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