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Spirit of the Vedas


“Life begins with fire. Life maintains its existence through fire. And ultimately, life merges into fire. The purpose of life is to know the fire. What is this fire? Inner strength, light, enthusiasm, indomitable will. So wake up; get up! Gather the fire that resides in you.”

—Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Thousands of years ago, self-realized masters compiled their direct experiences and inner wisdom in the form of the Vedas. The Vedas are a universal blueprint for how to find the purpose of life, no matter what culture or time period we live in. These scriptures tell us how to identify with the fire, empowering us to live a life of harmony and happiness, and to be a light to ourselves and others.

In this lecture, recorded during the auspicious occasion of the 2001 Maha Kumbha Mela, on the bank of the Ganga at Himalayan Institute Allahabad, Pandit Tigunait explores the mystery of fire, the core principle of the Vedas. As Panditji explains, everything—from the grandest stars to the tiniest speck of dust—is infused with fire. The radiant, boundless energy that is at the core of our being, and that enables us to accomplish whatever we choose, is also fire.

As the Vedas tell us, by meditating on the living fire and realizing our infinite potential, we attain the highest truth. When we connect with the fire within and enthusiastically direct our effort toward achieving our goal, then all obstacles vanish, and nothing in the world can stand in our way. We become the creator of our destiny.

Listen, and learn the secret of fire!

Format: .mp3 audio file with download
Length: 1 hr, 4 mins

Source: Maha Kumbha Mela lectures (Himalayan Institute Allahabad, 2001)

About the Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

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