See below the special Christmas edition of the tv show ”Dialogues between the mind and the heart”, with the title ”Meditation – the gate towards our interior universe”. With the participation of seven guests:
Ananda Devapriya, Cătălin Iriciuc, Liliana Stanciu, Oana Raluca Badea, Marius Octavian Stefan, Judit Baróti and Anka Lavinia.
One of the basic practices of Yama and Niyama – the ethical principles that form the foundation of spiritual practice – is “Svadhyaya” which means to reflect on wisdom teachings. Here is a website where you can download e-books written by Ananda Margii authors – an excellent source of “Svadhyaya”:
Ananda Marga E-books Website
What does success really mean? Dada Madhuvidyananda explores the spiritual definition of success in this talk. He also reveals – that spiritual secrets are secret, not because someone is shrouding them purposefully in mystery – but rather because they are subtle. This talk is based on an ancient teaching, given in the form of a dialog between the yogi Shiva and his wife Parvati, 7000 years ago.
I first saw Dada speak when I was a very new meditator – and found his talks extremely accessible and clear. Here he introduces the first of the seven secrets. His book can be found on Amazon.uk – click here.
In January, I will be presenting a seminar on the Seven Secrets at Morningstar Center!
Didi A. Devapriya
The founder of Ananda Marga, Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar composed a body of poetic, devotional songs known as “Prabhat Samgiita” – Songs of the New Dawn. Each song captures a particular inner feeling in our relationship to that Supreme Entity. Some songs are full of sadness and longing, others filled with bliss, reflecting the ups and downs of the spiritual journey. Many of the songs are reflective meditations on the beauty of nature and the metaphors it evokes. Continue reading Songs of the New Dawn
This evening, Didi A. Devapriya appeared for the second time, as the guest of Stefan Pusca on his show “Dialogues between the Heart and Mind” on 6TV.
The discussion covered the difference between relaxation and meditation, sacred sounds and mantra, the practicalities of beginning a practice and a brief demonstration of kiirtan with a guided meditation.
Jyosna – is one of my good friends and sisters on the path of bliss. Seeing this made me miss her – and the moments we have shared, in Italy, Sweden, Copenhagen, Germany – singing and dancing together to the mantra “Baba Nam Kevalam”. Cultural programs at retreats often end with a special kiirtan sung to all of the directions – and when she plays, such a sweet flow of blissful energy is created that I never want it to stop. Often indeed, it would be well past midnight when she stopped and we sat to meditate. Continue reading Jyosna in Brazil – beautiful yogic devotional song
Diipavali, is an ancient Festival of Lights, which falls on the new moon night of October. Continue reading Diipavali: Festivalul luminii la Morningstar Bucuresti
Dada Chandranath was one of the first disciples of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii and learned meditation directly from the master. He was also one of the first “acaryas” of Ananda Marga. Acaryas are spiritual teachers authorized by the master for the traditional oral transmission of the spiritual practices in an authentic manner. Dada attained high level of realization in his practice and radiated serenity and wisdom. Continue reading Interview with Dada Chandranath about meditation
Brahmacakra: The Origin and Destiny of Creation from Didi Devapriya on Vimeo.
According to the ancient teachings of yoga, everything in the universe moves consciously or unconsciously around the Cosmic Nucleus – the Supreme Soul, or Brahma. Each and every atom that enters into the cycle of creation passes through a gradual evolution of consciousness. Ultimately human consciousness has the possibility to fully reflect Cosmic Consciousness and merge back into the Supreme state – in the blissful union known as Yoga Samadhi. This cycle from bliss and back to bliss, is known as the Brahmacakra.
This is a creative, artistic representation of the Brahmacakra based on the Ananda Sutram, the seed of the philosophy of Ananda Marga, as given by the great spiritual teacher Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii.
The video was made by trainee yogic nuns of Ananda Marga in the Sweden Training Center in 2001, in collaboration with Hitendra from Innervision Studios.
Meditation: “Guru- The Guide” – chapter 6
As spiritual seekers, you and I face many challenges. For example, our daily life may not encourage or support meditation or the desire for inner awakening. If people see you sitting for a long period with your eyes closed, they may think you are just trying to cut yourself off or to escape from the world. When faced with these questions I explain that my meditation is helping me come in touch with the whole garden of life; I’m learning to see more than the small path in one corner of the garden where I’ve always walked. We may face inner doubts as well as outer distractions. I meet meditators who seem to have set some sort of timeline for success in meditation. They seem to think they must make a certain level of progress by a certain date. If not, it means the meditation is not good for them (or that they just can’t do it). However, as I suggested earlier, we do not always have
Continue reading Meditation: Searching for the Real You