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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 110 "Supreme Happiness"
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Supreme Happiness 
 
 “Show the same love to one and all. Serve one and all. Don’t even lose a single opportunity to serve others. Serve, serve, serve, and you will find that you are supremely happy.

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

Questions & Answers with Swami Satchidananda:
How to Handle Guilt?

Question: I feel so guilty about how far away from self-mastery I am. What can I do?
Swami Satchidananda: At least you know how far away you are. At the same time, know that self-mastery will not come just by yourself. We may not even have the capacity to gain self-mastery by ourselves because there are so many things to tempt us in our lives. It’s very hard to be the master in all situations; it’s a very slippery road. Every step pulls you in different directions so you have to look for somebody to hold your hand. It’s similar to what happens if you fall into quicksand. When that happens, you should not even try to move. You have a better chance of getting out if you remain still and quiet. Every time you move even a little, it quickly pulls your down further. So the minute you realize you are in quicksand, all you have to do is look for help. That’s where Bhakti Yoga helps—pray: God, stretch your hand, please hold me. Pull me out.


Swami Gurucharanananda (Mataji), Integral Yoga's most senior monk, recently visited Gibraltar and Spain as part of a European tour. In this interactive talk, recorded in Marbella, Spain, Mataji (joined by Swami Priyaananda) spoke on the six steps needed to develop oneself in spiritual life.

Ram Dass: When I am afraid of something, I come up as close to it as possible, and I notice my resistance. I allow myself to just notice the resistance, because the resistance intensifies the fear—there’s no doubt about it. Get as close to the fear as you can, noticing the boundaries of it, just being with it, seeing it as it is. Don’t grab, don’t push it away, just notice.
Mirabai: I remember that just after my mother had stopped smoking—which she had done for fifty years—she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon after that, she started smoking again. She figured she was dying, so she might as well enjoy her life. She hid it from the family, but of course we knew—we could smell the smoke. I was so distressed. How could she do that? So I asked Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live, what I should do. He said, "Buy a carton of Philip Morris and give it to her"....Krishna Das says that going on the Auschwitz retreats with Bernie Glassman helped him bring fear close. He sat there, just bearing witness to his fears of other people and difficult life situations, beginning to let go of judgments, being present with suffering and terrible horror. 
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Due to various traumatic events and circumstances in my childhood, my little body and mind became conditioned to operate on a constant state of high alert and in a defense mode from very early on. In many ways, this survival-driven state of being is the only way I’ve ever known. It might sound strange to some, but anxiety has been something like a “comfort zone” for me, if you will. Bipolar disorder, addiction, and depression run in both sides of my family; mental instability has always been our “elephant in the room.” I knew I had to take drastic action when my go-to means of coping with anxiety became destructive. I began self-medicating and relying on copious daily amounts of weed and wine, just to get through the days and nights. When I looked in the mirror, a puffy-faced, dimmed, hungover version of myself stared back. This was definitely not who I wanted to be, so I dragged myself to a 200-hour Yoga teacher training course one particularly cold, lonely, and unforgiving winter.  MORE


Nalanie Chellaram, Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer and Integral Yoga Gibraltar director, gave this talk on the foundational teachings of Yoga contained in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This video is part of a series of talks on the ancient Hindu scriptures, including the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. This introduction and the series of talks that followed formed part of a Raja Yoga course for teachers of Hatha Yoga. (Filmed at the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar in September 2018.).
By Katie Header
 
Take a deep breath at 23,000 feet, and breath out turbulence. Or at least your fear of turbulence. That's the goal of Virgin Australia, which is introducing meditation as part of its focus on well-being for travelers who are stressed out by flying. "Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia deeply embedding mindfulness into the workplace and onboard flights," said Virgin founder Richard Branson, in a statement earlier this month. Branson hosted what the airline is calling the world's first dedicated meditation flight on October 11, partnering with Smiling Mind, an Australian well-being and mindfulness meditation company. On that special fight, guests were treated to hot towel service and hand massages along with a guided meditation led by Smiling Mind.  MORE

"Songs of Grace: Kirtan with a Master"
Chanted by Sri Swami Satchidananda & Students

"Songs of Grace," first recorded in 1980 in California, was only available on cassette years ago. The album master was recently found in the Integral Yoga Archives, so now its on CD and digital download. It contains 14 tracks of Swami Satchidananda leading kirtan and prayers in Sanskrit, Tamil, and English languages, including several tracks from the Bhagavad Gita. A small group of students join in with rhythm instruments and responsive chanting. We're offering a free download of one of the tracks in which Swami Satchidananda chants the 12th chapter (Bhakti Yoga) from the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita slokas were selected by Sri Swamiji as particularly important for students of Yoga. The Tamil songs are poems and prayers written by South India sages and saints from the 10th century and later that were favorites of his. English translation of the Tamil songs is provided here. These songs of grace are a means to opening the heart. (Special thanks to Sam Eberle for adding the beautiful tamboura soundbed on the Gita tracks and remastering the new album.)

Netflix’s latest documentary highlights several women who have an Integral Yoga connection! The film takes a look at the women's movement of the 1970s through the collection of feminist portraits captured by photographer Cynthia MacAdams. Forty years later, the filmmakers look at the culture then and now. Some of the women interviewed include: Actress Sally Satya Kirkland, who talks about becoming a Yoga teacher in the early 1970s when there were very few women teaching Yoga. She was a student of Swami Satchidananda then and taught Integral Yoga in New York City; Jane Fonda, who took Integral Yoga classes in Los Angeles; Lily Tomlin who attended a talk by Swami Satchidananda in the early 1980s. "Feminists: What Were They Thinking?" on Netflix now.

This special collector’s full color calendar is a commemorative tribute to the 50th anniversary of the famed Woodstock Festival (August 1969), during which Swami Satchidananda gave the opening address and went on to affectionately become known as, “The Woodstock Guru.” The twelve-month calendar with different spectacular photos each month, features the 1960s pop art of Peter Max. The calendar includes inspirational quotes, vintage posters and other art of Swami Satchidananda from the ‘60s, and the dates noted for holidays/observances for many world faiths and full moon dates for each month. 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. Perfect holiday gift! Order now!


Inside Yogaville

Carol Kalyani Neuman turned 90 this past week. She's Yogaville's 2nd oldest resident (Amma Rasiah is 100!). Gurudev Swami Satchidananda called her, “New York Times,” because that’s where she was the first female corporate executive. Kalyani loved Sri Gurudev. She was an early Integral Yoga teacher and was comfortable in her role. Once Gurudev took her by surprise during a trip to India with him when he suddenly told her to immediately give a speech on Yoga’s progress in the West—to a large group expecting him to speak! Kalyani was older than most of his students and he would sometimes commiserate with her about how slowly some of the young people were at following his directions. “The hippies,” he would quietly intone to her. She would reply, “Yes, Swamiji, the hippies.” Then they would both laugh. Yogaville honored Kalyani with a luncheon and tributes. (report & video: Jeff Ananda Kamen)
Inspirational Meme of the Week
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