1. eclectyca:

    Wishing all those celebrate it, a Happy Diwali. The Festival of Lights celebrates the triumph of good over evil, of Light over Darkness and so may the year ahead be flooded with light for you.

    (via thehindublog)

     

  2. cosmic-rebirth:

    Change is the law of the universe…

    (Source: clanarmstrong, via krishnarevolution)

     


  3. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
    — Marcus Aurelius

    (via thehindublog)

     


  4. As is the human body,

    So is the cosmic body.

    As is the human mind,

    So is the cosmic mind.

    As is the microcosm,

    So is the macrocosm.

    As is the atom,

    So is the universe.

    — Upanishads 

    (Source: hippiepeacefreaks, via thehindublog)

     

  5. agopi:

    Just a beautiful picture of one of the greatest kirtaniyas of all time. 

    (via withinaroundaboveandbeyond)

     

  6. thehindublog:

    Sri Matsya holds the children of the Earth- symbols for the Vedas.

     


  7. The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kind.
    — Dalai Lama

    (Source: gpyouthid, via the-girl-with-the-henna-tattoo)

     

  8.  


  9. The main philosophies behind yoga exercises are:

    1. That Divinity is present within everyone, and that experiencing oneness with the Divine is a cardinal goal of life.  
    2. That Divinity, the soul and the body are intimately connected and holding the body in certain postures can enhance or block awareness of ones innate spirituality.  
    3. All our actions have consequences and these consequences are stored as karma. Such karmas are stored as seed potentials, depending on their quality, in different organs or parts of the body. Holding the body in certain postures has the ability to dissolve some of these karmas or lessen their intensity before they manifest in physical form.
    Thus for yogis who are actively seeking God Realization hatha yoga is primarily a means of stimulating spiritual awareness as a preparation for meditation and also a tool for relieving negative karmic burdens while being a secondary tool to stay fit and physically healthy. 
    For those who are doing hatha yoga ‘just as an exercise,’ they too will get the benefits of stimulation of spiritual awareness and relief from negative karmic burdens though they may not recognize these as such and instead call it ‘wellness’ or ‘being at peace with oneself’ or just feeling stress free. One does not have to believe in the theories behind yoga for it to be effective. 
    Just like one doesn’t have to understand why medicine works to cure an ailment, yoga is an universal practice that doesn’t descriminate one’s beliefs for it to be effective.
    Thus anyone may take yoga out of its Hindu or Indian heritage (power yoga, yogalatese, hot yoga etc. are all modern innovations based on yoga exercises that are different from classical hatha yoga) but one can never separate yoga from the spirituality that is inherently built into the postures.

    Yoga exercise is first and foremost a spiritual exercise. No matter whether one accepts this fact or not, does not erase the basic spiritual benefits as well as the physical well being one gets out of practicing Hatha Yoga.

    (Source: myhindupage.org)

     


  10. "Without the practice of yoga, How could knowledge Set the atman (soul) free? asks the Yogatatva Upanishad. Yoga: union with the ultimate. Carl G. Jung the eminent Swiss psychologist, described yoga as ‘one of the greatest things the human mind has ever created.’  Yoga sutra consists of two words only: yogash chitta-critti-nirodah, which may be translated: “Yoga is the cessation of agitation of the consciousness.”

    The word yoga is derived from the root yuj, which means to unite or to join together. The practice of yoga may lead to the union of the human with the divine - all within the self. The aim of yoga is the transformation of human beings from their natural form to a perfected form. The Yogic practices originated in the primordial depths of India’s past. From this early period the inner attitudes and disciplines which were later identified and given orderly expression by Patanjali. 

    According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the classical text on yoga, the purpose of yoga is to lead to a silence of the mind (1.2). This silence is the prerequisite for the mind to be able to accurately reflect objective reality without its own subjective distortions. Yoga does not create this reality, which is above the mind, but only prepares the mind to apprehend it, by assisting in the transformation of the mind – from an ordinary mind full of noise, like a whole army of frenzied and drunken monkeys – to a still mind. 

    Jean Varenne author of Yoga and Indian Philosophy, observes: “The only remaining testimony to the prestigious civilization of ancient Egypt lies buried in archaeological remains; which meant that the inhabitants of the Nile valley, converted to Islam thirteen centuries ago, had to wait for Champollion to decipher the hieroglyphics before they could know anything of the beliefs of their distant ancestors. Yet during all this time Hindu families continued, and still continue today, to venerate the selfsame Vishnu who is celebrated in the archaic hymns of the Rig Veda…”

    Yoga is an integral part of the Hindu religion. There is a saying: “There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga.” The country of origin of Yoga is undoubtedly India, where for many hundreds of years it has been a part of man’s activities directed towards higher spiritual achievements. The Yoga Philosophy is peculiar to the Hindus, and no trace of it is found in any other nation, ancient or modern. It was the fruit of the highest intellectual and spiritual development. The history of Yoga is long and ancient. The earliest Vedic texts, the Brahmanas, bear witness to the existence of ascetic practices (tapas) and the vedic Samhitas contain some references, to ascetics, namely the Munis or Kesins and the Vratyas.

    (Source: hinduwisdom.info)