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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 167  The Wealth of Hearing
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The Wealth of Hearing

The wealth of hearing is above all wealth. Always listen. You were given two ears, but only one mouth. Talk less, hear more. If you were meant to hear a word and simply accept it, one ear would be enough. But the ears were put at the sides of your head, so that when the message comes, it would split into two halves and go in each side. That means you analyze it, understand it, and only then accept it.

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

By Sri Swami Satchidananda

We all talk about realizing “the Truth.” If you want to realize the Truth, you should know what the Truth is. Otherwise, you might have it right here and not even recognize it. Whatever it is that you want to experience, you should have an idea in your mind what to look for. So then, what is the Truth? What is God? What do you want to realize? And where should you look for it? Can someone tell you what the Truth is? Unfortunately, it is not possible. No one can tell you what the Truth is, and if somebody does tell, you won’t be able to understand it anyway. The Truth is something that neither can be told, nor understood. The scriptures clearly say that. The translation from Sanskrit is: Those who have seen it, have never said, because they cannot. Those who have said, have never seen it. There seems to be a puzzle here. The seen is different from the said. “The seen” refers to your experience within yourself. You have experienced it. But then who spoke of it? Not the real You. You are experiencing it, and your mind seems to have known that you have had that experience, and then the mind tries to tell others. So the experiencer is different from the expounder.  MORE


In this short, inspirational video, Swami Ramananda (director of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco) shares some further thoughts on the November "Teaching of the Month," which is "Sharing Abundance." Our warmest wishes to all our readers during this Thanksgiving weekend. We're grateful to you for your interest and for the opportunity to share the Integral Yoga teachings.
 

Thanksgiving weekend may be winding down, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for one more treat—or for the next holidays just around the corner! Brother Arjavan, a pre-sannyas member of Satchidananda Ashram, is not only a dedicated spiritual seeker, but also a gourmet cook, whose skills are often showcased in the Yogaville kitchen. Enjoy this recipe: a five-star delicacy that's delicious, and also raw, gluten-free, and vegan!
Pie crust: 2 cups walnuts and almonds, 1 cup pitted dates, and 4 tablespoons coconut oil
Pie filling: 1-1/4 cup coconut cream, 6 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, 3 Tbsp. raspberry jam2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 Tbsp of water, and a pinch of salt.
Directions for the crust: Toast nuts 7-10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the coconut oil, and oil the pie dish with 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. Mix the nuts, coconut flakes, dates, and rest of the coconut oil in a food processor. Press the crust evenly into your pan and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  MORE
Editor's Note: Last week, we received an email (thank you!) from a concerned reader about our inclusion of an article on "reducetarianism," and who pointed out the severity of both the climate crisis and issues of animal cruelty that fly in the face of yogic principles like ahimsa. A plant-based diet seems like the preferable choice for our health, our planet, and the wellbeing of the precious creatures who inhabit it. And science, as well as the principles we espouse, indicate this is the need of the hour. Our editorial staff agrees wholeheartedly with this imperative and Swami Satchidananda (our founder) encouraged all efforts geared to inspiring others to become plant-based. So, in these critical times, is there still a place for a gentle approach to the issue? Perhaps we also have to step up our efforts toward eliminating cruelty and stemming planetary destruction? Are these mutually exclusive approaches? Let's consider one converted carnivore's story...   
    I was raised in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. My diet growing up consisted of meat and potatoes, and plenty of milk (it does a body good, don’t you know). Not only is it a part of my physiology, it is the epigenetics of my ancestors. A meat-based diet is ingrained in my DNA and my mentality, as well as emotionally.  MORE

In this video, Nalanie Chellaram (director of Integral Yoga Gibraltar & Sotogrande) says, "Real freedom is enjoying whatever you do." This is just one of the fundamental messages behind this short, inspirational video. Here, Nalanie explains the healing and transformative power of love, and how learning to love the things you don't like doing can completely change your outlook on life. Love is truly magic in so many ways. This inspirational video is part seven in a series of short films under the title of "Love of Life, Life of Love." The music in this video is: "Rhapsody," courtesy and kind permission of Terry Oldfield.
 

According to thousands of years of tradition, Buddhists meditate to understand themselves and their connections to all beings. By doing so, they hope to be released from suffering and ultimately gain enlightenment. In recent decades, researchers have been gaining insight into the benefits of practicing this ancient tradition. By studying more secular versions of mindfulness meditation, they’ve found that learning to pay attention to our current experiences and accept them without judgment might indeed help us to be happier. Studies to date suggest that mindfulness affects many aspects of our psychological well-being—improving our mood, increasing positive emotions, and decreasing our anxiety, emotional reactivity, and job burnout. But does mindfulness affect our bodies as well as our minds? Recently, researchers have been exploring this question—with some surprising results. While much of the early research on mindfulness relied on pilot studies with biased measures or limited groups of participants, more recent studies have been using less-biased physiological markers and randomly controlled experiments to get at the answer.  MORE

A San Francisco Yoga studio is now offering a donation-based class to support local Castro charities. All teachers are donating their time. "Karma Yoga, the path of selfless service, is one of the significant paths in Yoga that brings benefit to all," Marc (Mukunda) Morozumi, Integral Yoga teacher trainer and Yoga director at MX3 Fitness, explained, adding, "I'm grateful to be able to include a weekly class that supports the community that supports us." The Yoga Loft at MX3 Fitness said that 100% of the money raised from its community class will support Coming Home Hospice, the GLBT Historical Society, the UCSF Alliance Health Project, and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. The community class is a Hatha level 1 course taught by skillful teachers who recently graduated from Integral Yoga's basic teacher training. Thank you for the inspiration and service Mukunda!


Inside Yogaville (But a Little Outside!)

Corner Coffee Junction, the first traditional coffee shop and bakery ever in Dillwyn, Virginia, opened its doors for the first time this past week. Just 20 miles from Yogaville, this is a new venture for Radha Metro-Midkiff and her husband, Howard Midkiff. Radha (Reverends Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro are her parents) grew up in Yogaville and lives nearby, as does much of her family. Our roving reporter, Jeff Ananda Kamen, gives us this report and the photo. "Dozens of early birds enjoyed gallons of freshly ground and brewed coffee, quiche, and cookies. Later in the day, it was the gelato Italian ice cream that drew many of the delighted as they sampled the gourmet flavors. At one of the tables, the Fisher family of Dillwyn played a board game after enjoying some gelato. As they left they declared, 'Awesome! We’ll be back!' Radha was embraced by friends and family as the opening moved into history. Congrats Radha & Howard!
(Photo: Radha and Eliseo serve up the gelato, as Yogaville kitchen mom, Aria, samples the goods!)
Inspiring Meme of the Week
 
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