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There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our hearts” 💛
- Chandogya Upanishad
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The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary (via thelittlephilosopher)

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Asato Ma Kirtan Chant I just made. With the path of Bhakti, it doesn’t matter how it sounds, but how it feels. Sing out if you feel like it.

Asato Ma Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Amritam Gamaya

Lead me from the unreal to the real,
from darkness to light
from death to immortality

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
Lao Tzu (via yogachocolatelove)

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.
Pema Chodron (via cosmofilius)

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Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha, but once you have right view/understanding (8 fold path) you will begin to hear dharma everywhere, not just in Buddhist books but in other religious teachings, in nature, in situations, and even in your own breath. So in a larger since, dharma is the reality…

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Here’s a nice FYI


Here’s a nice FYI

Asker visualturn Asks:
You posted "the Eight Limbs of Yoga." I practice vipassana, not yoga, primarily because I always associated yoga with postures and movement. On the eight limbs, only asana seems focused on postures and movement, while the other limbs present a broader picture that seems to include aspects of vipassana. Can you help me clarify the differences and similarities between the practices?
thedeconstructivemind thedeconstructivemind Said:

I am sorry, I have not been on tumblr in awhile. Yes, yogasana has become synonymous with yoga. This is not a bad thing, rather just a thing. The postures get people ready for meditation. Remember that the Buddha was a traveling sanyasin before realizing the middle path. Buddhism comes from Hinduism and yogic philosophy. In my opinion, it clarifies it replacing dogma with dharma, but what ever resonates with people is their business and I can only speak on my behalf, I have great respect for hinduism. I digress, the eight limbs are broken down into two groups: the external and internal parts. The first 5 are external, ie prepratory practices for meditation and union. That is not to say that you cannot find bliss in asana or pranayama, meditation truly exists in every action; however, yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, and pratyhara prepare the body/mind to enter into the higher realms of consciousness. Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi are all lumped in in meditation. I actually use a zen-style mediation after pranayama because that resonates with me more than an om meditation or vedic meditation, however, all forms of meditation use this form. First there is focusing, whether it is on your sensations, scanning your body, mantra, breath, or a symbol does not matter. Then, you let go and focus without focusing, you know what I mean it is hard to describe this step. Then, there is bliss, silence, union, or whatever you wish to call it. Words fail to fully point at these things, they must be experienced. Follow your heart, it will lead you on the path, namaste. Om shanti shanti shanti.