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The American Institute of Vedic Studies is an online educational center providing a broad range of courses, resources and publications for an international audience. It focuses on Vedic knowledge systems of Ayurveda, Yoga-Vedanta and Vedic astrology, along with the background system of Hinduism or ‘Sanatana Dharma’. It emphasizes bringing together the greater Yoga tradition in an integral manner with regard to its Vedic origins.

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Lord Vishnu and Vedic Astrology

Vishnu is the primary Devata for the Sun in Vedic thought, notably in the form of Surya-Narayana. Narayana is the cosmic form of Vishnu who rules over the entire universe. The mantra – OM Namo Narayanaya! – is a mantra of sadhus and connects us with the supreme Consciousness. It can be used to draw in the Vishnu energy overall and harmonize all astrological and karmic influences.

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How well do you know the greater Yoga tradition and the deeper Vedic knowledge? This test created by noted Vedic teacher Dr David Frawley (Acharya Vamadeva Shastri) can help you to confirm your assessment on this topic yourself. What is more? You can even share your test results with to the world through the social media.

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Hridaya Granthi

Releasing the Knots of the Heart

Dr. David Frawley

Yogic literature, starting with the Upanishads, speak of the knots of the heart and the necessity to release, cut or break these in order to free ourselves from ignorance, death and sorrow. This is necessary to realize our true Self that is one with all, which dwells at the core of the spiritual heart. It is not a matter of emotional healing but of the highest Self-realization. Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi emphasizes Hridaya as the seat of the Self. In this article we will explore how to release the knots of the heart and all the implications involved.

Shiva’s connections to the Sun are powerful and profound. He is the Pratyadhi-Devata, the third level or ultimate Devata of the Sun, afterSurya as the Devata and Agni as the Adhidevata. Shiva represents the pure transcendent light or Prakasha behind all other forms of light in the universe, manifest and unmanifest, which is discussed in detail in Shaivite philosophy. The Sun as the Self (Atman, Purusha) indicates our transcendent Shiva nature, the supreme light, not just the luminary of our solar system. At the sacred mountain of Arunachala in Tamil Nadu, where Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi stayed, Shiva is associated with the rising Sun.

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Lord Shiva in Vedic Astrology

Dr. David Frawley

Lord Vishnu and Vedic Astrology

Vishnu is the primary Devata for the Sun in Vedic thought, notably in the form of Surya-Narayana.  Narayana is the cosmic form of Vishnu who rules over the entire universe. The mantra – OM Namo Narayanaya! – is a mantra of sadhus and connects us with the supreme Consciousness. It

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Yogic Quest: Test your understanding of Vedic Knowledge

How well do you know the greater Yoga tradition and the deeper Vedic knowledge? This test created by noted Vedic teacher Dr David Frawley (Acharya Vamadeva Shastri) can help you to confirm your assessment on this topic yourself. What is more? You can even share your test results with to the world through the social media.

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Psychological Immunity and How to Measure it

We all know the importance of physical immunity. This is our ability to resist disease, ward off pathogens, endure the dualities of heat and cold and seasonal changes, have physical strength and stamina, slow down the aging process and heal our bodies from within relative to injuries or chronic diseases.

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Releasing the Knots of the Heart: Hridaya Granthi

Yogic literature, starting with the Upanishads, speak of the knots of the heart and the necessity to release, cut or break these in order to free ourselves from ignorance, death and sorrow. This is necessary to realize our true Self that is one with all, which dwells at the core

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Yogic Pratyahara and Psychological Immunity

Pratyahara Yoga   What is the main Yoga practice we can do for developing our psychological immunity, emotional calm, and inner equipoise in these difficult times? First, we must note that the principles and practices of Yoga overall are about mastery over the mind, so they all aid in psychological

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Consciousness and Immunity

Consciousness and Immunity Strong immunity is the basis for physical and mental health. It has ramifications outwardly relative to our social order and natural environment, and inwardly for our own deeper awareness. This includes karmic factors at individual and collective levels. A good immune system requires an expansive connection to Prana

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Lord Shiva in Vedic Astrology

Lord Shiva has a central yet complex role in Vedic astrology, associated with a number of planetary energies, though he has specific planetary associations. We will explore these from my years of research in Vedic texts and Shaivite Yoga.   Shiva and the Sun and Moon   Shiva’s connections to

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Yogini Shambhavi Devi joined American Institute of Vedic Studies in 2004 and offers consultations, retreats, training programs and personal guidance, particularly in the field of Shakti Sadhana. This greatly enriches the perspectives and insights that Vamadeva began. Yogini Shambhavi is one of the most important women gurus coming out of India today and holds many sacred traditions of the Himalayas. You can contact Yogini Shambhavi relative to her Vedic Astrology Consultations.

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