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Uncovering the Secrets of Time and Space, Beyond all Dimensions

Modern physics speaks of three dimensions of space with time as the fourth dimension. Vedic science speaks of infinite space and eternal time as your true Self and the core of your being, taking us beyond all dimensions as the entire universe exists within us.   Akasha or Space is the most subtle of the

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Yoga-Vedanta: The Highest Teaching of Yoga

Yoga is defined as the unity of the individual Self or reincarnating consciousness, Jivatman, with the universal or transcendent Self, Paramatman. The nature of this unity is best explained in Vedantic texts like Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata, as well as in later Vedanta Shastras.   To truly understand Yoga and what it means by

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The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: An Integral View

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, perhaps modern India’s greatest sage, recommended Atma-Vichara or Self-inquiry as the best and most direct approach for Self-realization. However, a careful examination of his teachings reveals that he recommended yogic approaches of devotion, mantra or raja yoga – in fact, he encouraged whatever might aid a person in their sadhana. The Maharshi

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Knowing the Unknown and Unknowing the Known

What is the known? It is name, form and number, which are the main determinative factors or coordinates of the mind. The known is the mind and is held as memory down to a subconscious level.   Yet the known is not static. It continues to evolve as more information and ideas occur in the

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The Fifteenfold Non-dualistic Raja Yoga of Shankaracharya

Shankara, the Great Yogi Shankaracharya, or Adi Shankara the teacher, is one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of India. Shankara has often been called the greatest philosopher of India, if not of all time and of the entire world. His teaching is highly rational, clear and concise, as well deeply mystical, unfolding

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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

The Ancient Yoga of the Sun

For the Winter Solstice December 21, which marks the rebirth of the Sun and Agni What if the most powerful force for energizing all Yoga

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