Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 158  Living in Tranquility
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Living in Tranquility

The first step to living in tranquility is keeping the right company. The immediate reward of keeping good company is that you are not in bad company. Good company keeps you out of an environment where you might be overly distracted by worldly desires. If you are not distracted, your mind will not be disturbed or shaken. You will achieve equanimity and tranquility, which are the qualities of a liberated person.

God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”    Sri Swami Satchidananda

(photo: Satsang with Swami Satchidananda and Swami Brahmananda,
Ananda Ashram, Monroe, New York, late 1960s.)

Is "Indifference" Yoga?
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

In Yoga, we often use the term “vairagya.” It is often translated as “dispassion” or “non-attachment.” But, sometimes it is confused with “indifference.” So, what does non-attachment mean? Does it mean you are indifferent, you don’t care about anyone or anything? No. If you are completely disinterested, if you take it literally and don’t any interest whatsoever, it is impossible for you to live. Are you not interested in eating your breakfast? The minute we finish the breakfast, we think of what to prepare for lunch. We are interested in eating, in sleeping, enjoying; we are interested in living. If we are disinterested, even the life breath will not come back when it goes out. There is an unconscious interest, or desire to live, so the ribcage expands to create the vacuum that draws in the air. It is not possible to live without any interest whatsoever. Even if you are going to lead such a disinterested life, you would be having an interest in such a life! How can we call it a disinterested life? So we should not take it literally.  Instead, let your interest be selfless. How do you know if you have cultivated vairagya? How would dispassion or non-attachment look in your everyday life? Very simple: Whatever you do, do it completely for the sake of others.  MORE

Today, September 21st marks the annual day of peace. This year's theme is "Climate Action for Peace." The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. Uplift Films is offering their film: "The Inner Peace Revolution" for free viewing. The film seeks to answer the question: If we all want peace, why isn’t the world more peaceful? "The Inner Peace Revolution" unlocks the scientific evidence that points to a surprising solution.

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, Dean and Anne Ornish will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on her inspiring TV show, "Super Soul Sunday." In this clip, Oprah asks Dr. Ornish (a long time student of Swami Satchidananda) about what he has gleaned about life from seeing a patient die. On Sunday's full episode, the Ornishes will discuss their new book, Undo It, their Yoga journeys, and how Lifestyle Medicine is revolutionizing how we understand health and wellness today. "Super Soul Sunday" airs on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), a channel available on cable, satellite, Hulu, and other streaming platforms.

Everest or Bust!
By Haris Harini Lender

Haris Harini Lender (Integral Yoga teacher, Camp Yogaville former director, Kidding Around Yoga founder) recently embarked on a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. She’s sharing a travelogue of sorts and here’s an excerpt from it.
     Tomorrow begins my 9-day trek to Mount Everest Base camp. Many of my friends have asked me: How? Why? Who? When? And most importantly: What the @#$%? So since I am documenting my every move I thought I’d explain how this all came to be and what’s in store. A year and a half ago I was at Stratton Mountain doing a Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) training, and visiting my cousin Laurie. Her daughter Sydney, who was 24ish at the time, had just gotten back from her trip to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and was showing me her photos. To put it mildly, my jaw dropped, and I realized it had been too many years since I had done something amazingly adventurous wilderness style. And, if I didn't take my new hip out for a Himalayan hike now, it would probably never happen. Fun fact: Hard to believe but I did Outward Bound and National Outdoor Leadership School, climbed Mt. Kenya, and ran the Outing Club at my university. Another lifetime ago...  MORE

"All We are Saying is Give Peace a Chance"
By Paul C. Pritchard

Fifty years ago, in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono used their exceptionally high public profiles to bring awareness to the absurdity of war. They were passivists believing that violence is never justifiable. They were just married and the World’s press were hot on their tails. It was paparazzi mayhem. They knew this was a moment in time they could truly utilise for good. They decided to simply have a ‘sit-in’ – a peaceful method of protesting where people simple sit in one place to create awareness, media-attention and peacefully disrupt the system. It was non-violent messaging. In the days before social media and instant viral news threads, this was the only way to reach the world on such a prolific scale. They were in room 702 at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. This was their harmonious private honeymoon time. Instead, they used their honeymoon as a vehicle for peace. They offered up their traditional honeymoon for the greater good. They offered up their intimacy for publicity. And what a magnificent global sensation it was to protest the Vietnam War on the world stage. They spent seven days in bed from 25th to 30th March and invited the world to participate.  MORE

In this short video, the fifth in a Yoga teaching series under the title "Love of Life, Life of Love," Nalanie Chellaram (director of Integral Yoga Gibraltar & Sotogrande) offers reflections on how difficult it is to accept pain in life, and how important it is to do so in order to move on from a trauma. The music is "Hallelujah, Gate Gate" courtesy, and with the kind permission of, Terry Oldfield and Soraya Saraswati.

New 2020 Calendar: Limited Quantities, Pre-Order by Oct. 15

This special collector’s full color calendar is the final year for our wall calendar series. The calendar series began in 2007, with various themes. As most people no longer use paper calendars, we have decided that this will be the final year for the printed calendar. The 2020 calendar—twelve-months of different spectacular photos for each month—features Swami Satchidananda with children and/or animals, highlighting the “Joy of Living” theme. The calendar includes inspirational quotes for each month and the dates noted for holidays/observances for many world faiths, as well as moon phases for each month. The perfect gift for the holidays and New Year! A beautiful hanging wall calendar, on heavy card stock, measures (when open and hanging) 11 inches wide x 16-1/2 inches high. LIMITED QUANTITIES, so pre-order yours by OCTOBER 15th!
A primary mantra (gurmantra) in Sikhism, the word waheguru, or vāhegurū translates as vāh "wondrous" + gu "darkness" + and "remover of." The word Waheguru literally means the "Wonderful Lord" in the Gurmukhi language. God has many names in Sikhism and Waheguru is probably the most important and the most common.The Guru tradition in Sikhism, Hinduism, and Buddhism points us to the Divine and to those who lead us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of wisdom. In this beautiful rendition of this sacred mantra, Tina Malia, chantress extraordinaire, and a frequent guest presenter in Yogaville, accompanies herself on acoustic guitar in a recording studio session. Jai!
Inside Yogaville

Last week, Thomas Linzey founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, visited Yogaville. He met with some community members, during which they reviewed a draft of "Rights of Nature" conservation—the first in Virginia—easements for each of their properties. "Rights of Nature"—securing the rights of ecosystems to naturally exist, flourish, regenerate and evolve—was hardly known just a couple of years ago. It is taking off like wildfire around the globe. This drafted ordinance to protect the Rights of Nature for the James River Natural Community may never be passed by local Buckingham County administrators, but we hope this work will inspire others and we have an extended growing community. When we get a thousand landowners in Virginia (and more globally), we create a storm surge of enlightened attitudes... Rights of Nature is an ancient concept that we must shift to if we are to survive. This morning I retweeted a Green Peace message: "f you are not indigenous you are on occupied land..." This work returns us to a sustainable relationship with our home planet and each other. (Report: Dhivya Berthoud, Yogaville resident, Secretary of Friends of Buckingham, a nonprofit that supports & advocates for environmental issues. Photo: Thomas & Dhivya.)

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