A New Year's Resolution: Hanuman Chalisa

A New Year's Resolution: Hanuman Chalisa

New Year's Resolutions can be daunting. I used to make radical resolutions that resulted in a stressful set-up for failure. Now I use them as inspiring goals. One year I chose to learn the Sri Hanuman Chalisa with devotion and authentic pronunciation (rather than a "gringo" accent). It change my life. I had a whole year to learn it, so there was no pressure. I took my time and savored it.

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Sacred Roots: India's Divine Music

Sacred Roots: India's Divine Music

Thousands of years ago, beyond the scope of scholarly research, the rishis (seers) of ancient India created a society and culture wherein religion, art and science thrived in harmony, without any competition or need of comparison. Music was known to be a divine art interwoven with the sciences of sound, psychology and mathematics. It was partially intended for pleasure and entertainment, but primarily intended to assist in man’s quest for Self-realization.

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Mind Your Feet

Mind Your Feet

Feet are beautiful, full of character and extremely useful. They also are often the most dirty part of the body because of their contact with the ground. Did you know that there is an important etiquette regarding feet in India? At first I thought this etiquette was just “cultural” and “outward”, not necessary for me to follow because I had access to the yogic teachings right here in America. But then I realized that the etiquette, the spiritual culture, is actually a manifestation of awareness, awareness of the sacred. This article on feet will be the first in a series about this spiritual etiquette of India. I feel that this is very practical way to help you bring the experience of sacred India into your life.

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