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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 115 "How to Make the World Better"
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How to Make the World Better
 
By getting depressed about the state of the world, you don’t help the world. We can make the world a little better by being peaceful. However challenging the situation, stay put in your center and then lend a helping hand. Without peace in the mind, we can’t give peace to the world outside.

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

(photo: Swami Satchidananda meets with United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, 1970.)
 
Question: If, as you say, “Truth is one and paths are many, must the paths be prescribed, or can one gain the truth through independent Self-realization?
Swami Satchidananda: Well, if you know the way, you don’t have to ask anybody.  If you don’t know the way, ask somebody. You may say, “I don’t believe in asking anyone. I want to find it myself.” Okay, you can. Some people may come to the ashram and they start early in the morning, arriving only late in the evening, because they have been going round and round, not knowing the way. They arrive eventually, no doubt, but an intelligent person will ask for directions beforehand, follow the route and arrive easily. Nobody is going to force their idea or opinion on you. If don’t want to ask, that’s fine. Even in our Integral Yoga practice, nobody forces you to practice. In fact, the scriptures, such as the Upanishads, advise people not to give knowledge that is unasked for. The Bible says, “Ask and it shall be given, knock and the door will be opened.” Why? By asking, you show that you are hungry to know. Then, when the knowledge is given, you will relish it. If you are not hungry, even if you are given delicious food, you won’t be able to enjoy it. So, wait for the hunge
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We Need an Education of the Heart
LA Times OpEd by Tenzin Gyatso and the Dalai Lama

 

When the president of the United States says "America first," he is making his voters happy. I can understand that. But from a global perspective, this statement isn't relevant. Everything is interconnected today. The new reality is that everyone is interdependent with everyone else. The United States is a leading nation of the free world. For this reason, I call on its president to think more about global-level issues. There are no national boundaries for climate protection or the global economy. No religious boundaries, either. The time has come to understand that we are the same human beings on this planet. Whether we want to or not, we must coexist. History tells us that when people pursue only their own national interests, there is strife and war. This is shortsighted and narrow-minded. It is also unrealistic and outdated. Living together as brothers and sisters is the only way to peace, compassion, mindfulness and more justice.  MORE


In 1969, while the Vietnam war was still underway, the youth that were coming to hear Swami Satchidananda's weekly talks at the Universalist Church in New York, were desperate for the war to end and for peace to prevail. Instead of "fighting" for peace, Sri Swamiji began to instruct them about the power of positive affirmation and peace chants in the vibrational and healing language of Sanskrit. This recording, from the Integral Yoga Archives, captures one of these moments in 1969. The message is as relevant today as nearly 50 years ago... 

Patanjali's Words: Nirodaḥ, Part 2
By Reverend Jaganath Carrera

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali's words within the Yoga Sutras. In Patanjali's Words, his latest work-in-progress, Rev. Jaganath explores the Sutras word by word. In Part 2 of our series on the word "nirodaḥ," he examines Nirodha’s adversary: Vyutthana.
   Vyutthana, externalization of the mind, is the predominant characteristic of ordinary consciousness. The temptation might be to characterize nirodha as a mind in meditation and vyutthana as a mind tempted by distractions of the outside world. While this is true, it is not the whole story. The difference between the two mindsets is more comprehensive.Vyutthana as a mindset, is not necessarily evil or wrong, but it is based on an allegiance to the priorities and values that work against, or that can hinder, Self-realization. The symptoms of vyutthana include: pursuing status, nurturing or ignoring craving for happiness or security through material acquisitions, the need to be acknowledged or praised and resentment when we are not, low self-esteem that needs constant affirmation of worth—all these and more are symptoms of vyutthana.  MORE

This is a powerful documentary about an extraordinary woman. At age 44, Mildred Norman left her life circumstances and became Peace Pilgrim—walking coast to coast for peace for nearly 30 years, living on faith and sharing her wisdom and exhuberance generously with people across the land. This 60-minute documentary is a poetic and musical exploration of her life and message, which is as relevant today as ever. Also included are interviews with Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John Robbins, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, and many of Peace Pilgrim's friends, admirers, and relatives. As Peace explained in her article, "Vital Steps We Can All Take to Gain Inner Peace," With me I carry always my peace message: This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. There is nothing new about this message, except the practice of it. And the practice of it is required not only in the international situation but also in the personal situation.

The Jewel of Abundance
By Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

"Do you have a dream? A vision of possibility that calls to you and returns again and again? A divine inspiration that is yours to bring forth? As spiritual beings, we all have nudges from the infinite, glimpses of life’s greater potentials. This is life’s prosperity imperative. Those nudges are life’s invitation to be the growing edge of divine love, to rise up and contribute to the evolutionary thrust for planetary awakening. Each person’s call is unique — perhaps it’s the desire to be a good parent and raise a healthy family, to start a nonprofit to save the bees or the whales, to write a book, or to build sustainable housing. The inspirations and potentials are as infinite as their Source. The common factor is the imperative to prosper, to thrive in a way that fulfills our potential by actualizing the divine qualities within us. The prosperity imperative is the call of becoming, of expressing our true Self in its fullness." This is an excerpt from the new book by Ellen Grace O'Brian, meditation teacher and senior initiate of Roy Eugene Davis (a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda). Available here and many other outlets.

Last call! Only a dozen or so left of 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 hanging) 11 inches wide x 16-1/2 inches high.  Perfect holiday gift! Order now.

 
Sonia Sivakami Sumar — Integral Yoga teacher and founder of Yoga for the Special Child® (multi-level comprehensive program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children and adults with special needs) is just finishing a training program in Taiwan. During the training, Sivakami reports that—for the first time—she was able to utilize The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Translation and Commentary by Swami Satchidananda in Chinese! Thanks to Integral Yoga Taiwan center director Jini Malika Chen, this book and several other books by Swami Satchidananda have been translated into Chinese. Jai!

Black Friday Sale Extended by Shakticom

It's not too late to find spiritual bargains! Digital downloads of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga titles are now 50% off through December 25th. Just enter the code: BFCM2018 at checkout. Happy holiday shopping!
Just prior to the recent cold snap, Yogaville staff, Living Yoga trainees, and Ashram Yogis joined together for a Karma Yoga day at the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine. Preparing the landscape around the LOTUS for what is predicted to be a very cold winter, was a main focus for the karma yogis. Pictured in the background are the Chidambaram and Kailash shrines, now joined by a beautiful walkway.
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