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Our Daily Journey in Consciousness           

  Our entire lives form an ongoing journey into consciousness that occurs one day at a time. We should treat each day as sacred with its own importance as a doorway into eternity. In this way we can take our practice, whether of Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda or Jyotish to the highest level. We must learn

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Self Inquiry and Its Practice

By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastry) Many different types of meditation are practiced throughout the world. The Vedantic tradition of India has counterparts for most of these, from meditation on deities to that on the various aspects of consciousness. Of these different meditation techniques Self-inquiry (Atma-vichara), a self-introspection approach, is generally considered to be the

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Atma Devata, the Self as the Divinity

By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) Atman means the Self or soul, the very essence of our being as pure consciousness. It is common to all living creatures and pervades the entire universe. In the modern world, psychology dominates our thinking relative to the mind and emotions, the self and ego and has its influence on

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On Deathlessness

By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The greatest fear that all living beings have is the fear of death. The fear of death casts a shadow over all that we do and undermines all our peace and happiness. But what is death and who is it that dies? Actually death is the greatest of all illusions.

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Agni and the Fire of Self-Inquiry

By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Self-inquiry (Atma-vichara), such as taught by Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, is regarded as the simplest and most direct path to Self-realization. However, Self-inquiry is also very subtle and can be hard to accomplish even after years of dedicated practice. It depends upon a great power of concentration and acuity of

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