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Ananda: What is its True Meaning?

Ananda is one of the key terms of Yoga and Vedanta, and like many of the others often misunderstood. Ananda is translated as bliss, though it has no real equivalent in the English language. Bliss is at best a helpful approximation but can be misleading.   Ananda is composed of the prefix ‘aa’ indicating superlative

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Technology and Consciousness: The Need to Awaken our Inner Being

Can we develop the inner Consciousness to master our powerful new information technology? Or will it come to rule over us through its artificial intelligence?   Humanity has undergone a series of continual, relentless, and powerful technological developments over the last two centuries. Each generation has had to live in a newer technological era than

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Comparison and the Incomparable Self

Your inner Self (Atman) and true nature cannot be compared to anything. It has no name, form or action, no shape, size or color. It is beyond all elements and qualities of nature. It is beyond body and mind, time and appearance altogether. It dwells within everything yet is not limited to anything. At most

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Santosha, the Yogic State of Inner Contentment

American Institute of Vedic Studies
American Institute of Vedic Studies
Santosha, the Yogic State of Inner Contentment
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  Santosha, the yogic state of contentment, is not ordinary contentment, such as being happy personally with who are, what we own, or having our desires fulfilled. It is not mere complacency or being satisfied with outward enjoyments. Santosha is the contentment and peace that arises from dwelling in our true nature, the inner Self

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Self-Remembrance: Do Not Forget Your Inner Being

Self-remembrance is one of the key practices of meditation in the Vedantic tradition. Self-remembrance grounds us in our eternal reality and in our prime purpose in life, which is to realize who we are in our inmost essence beyond all outer changes of time, place or action.   Self-remembrance is not remembrance of our ordinary

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Our True Self as the Space of Consciousness (Chidakasha)

In Vedanta the Self or Atman is commonly defined as space (kham, akasha). That space (akasha) is further defined as bliss (Ananda). What is the nature of this space that is the Self?    Our inner Self holds the entire universe in the small space within the spiritual heart (Hridaya). This is a space of

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Mantra, Concentration and Meditation

  Concentration and Meditation   To reach the meditative state, concentration is required first. A scattered, distracted, and inattentive mind cannot truly meditate, even if one sits silently for long periods of time. As the Yoga Sutras teach us, one must first develop the one-pointed mind (ekagra chitta) in order to reach state in which

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Inner Self-Awareness and the Mind-Body Connection

American Institute of Vedic Studies
American Institute of Vedic Studies
Inner Self-Awareness and the Mind-Body Connection
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Whatever you bring into your mind, you also bring into your physical body. What your mind does, affects both your psychology and your physiology. If the mind becomes afraid, for example, the body contracts in fear which affects our internal organs. If the mind becomes angry, the body also seethes with anger, overheating our organic

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Vedic Counseling and Ayurvedic Psychology

Vedic counseling forms the background teaching for any education, guidance or therapy in the Vedic field. This includes Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Jyotish, Vastu and Sanskrit, along with the principles of Vedic living overall as karma and dharma. It extends to mantra and meditation to heal and uplift the mind.  Vedic counseling  provides the integration for

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Consciousness, the Ultimate Power of Knowing and Healing

American Institute of Vedic Studies
American Institute of Vedic Studies
Consciousness, the Ultimate Power of Knowing and Healing
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Modern physics is searching for a unitary field of consciousness to explain the coherence of the laws of nature. Such a universal consciousness is proposed as existing behind all time, space and energy. It is the ultimate frontier of knowledge. Vedic teachings have long taught us how to discover such a unitary field of consciousness

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