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A Seeker’s Guide to Bhakti Yoga
Find out how the path of bhakti yoga—love and devotion—prepares us to receive unconditional love, wisdom, and joy while elevating our everyday life from the mundane to the sacred.
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak
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Love Beyond Time
Love alone is able to remove the conditions of time, space, and causation to unveil life’s mysteries. So reflected Swami Rama after the loving touch of the Mother Divine awakened him from yogic sleepless sleep.
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Swami Rama
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For Success in Practice, Follow Instructions
This amazing story from Pandit Tigunait’s own life shows how a practice that seems simple can have profound effects, and why it’s so important to follow the instructions given by a teacher.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Conquering Anger and Violence
Anger has been a source of pain and violence for ages. Our efforts to suppress or destroy this powerful expression of our yearning for fulfillment have largely failed. To conquer anger and violence, we need a spiritual solution.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How an Atheist Became Devoted to God
Our intellect examines, calculates, decides, accepts, and rejects but has no ability to know God. Swami Rama tells the story of how a proud, intellectually clever atheist was suddenly transformed into a devotee of God.
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Swami Rama
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The Gunas: Nature’s Three Fundamental Forces
Understanding the three fundamental forces of nature—sattva, rajas, and tamas—helps us see where we are on the spiritual path and how to progress. Learn how cultivating sattva (clarity, contentment) moves us forward and why rajas (passion, desire) and rajas (inertia, dullness) need to be employed in the service of sattva
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Meditation: Universal Science for Inner Healing
We are taught how to know the outer world but not how to discover what lies within us. Like seekers in many cultures over time, we can use meditation to attain self-knowledge, inner healing, and joy that is everlasting.
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Swami Rama
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Shaktipata: How It’s Transmitted and How to Retain It
Shaktipata, the transmission of spiritual energy, is mysterious. Using modern and ancient examples, Pandit Tigunait describes the different ways in which the spiritual power of shaktipata is either transmitted through a master or descends directly from the Divine, and explains how to retain its fruits.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How Shaktipata Unfolds: The Highest Level and the Step-by-Step Initiation
Shaktipata is a transmission of spiritual energy from a master to a qualified and fully prepared student. Pandit Tigunait explores the two main categories of shaktipata—maha diksha, bestowing of the highest samadhi, and krama diksha, a step-by-step process—and describes the signs of transformation in students after receiving this gift.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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An Appointment with Death
Can we circumvent death? In this incredible story from his youth, Swami Rama explains how, in rare instances, a genuine and selfless spiritual master can help a disciple bypass the laws of nature. But on the day Swamiji was supposed to die, he still had to encounter death face to face.
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Swami Rama
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Shaktipata: What It Is and What It’s Not
Shaktipata, the transmission of spiritual power, is often misunderstood. Pandit Tigunait explains the levels of shaktipata, what is not shaktipata, and, through a story, how a seeker’s sincere efforts invite this form of grace.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Do No Harm: The Art of Ahimsa
Does anger get the best of you? A longtime yoga practitioner who found that ahimsa, non-violence, is easier in principle than practice, shares her experience of how the tools of yoga—witnessing, self-reflection, and meditation—can help us maintain balance, even in the midst of stressful situations.
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak