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Come back often to find new, valuable and practical articles to help you in your spiritual life. Below the latest blog posts we also list some of our most well received articles.
Wisdom Quote of the Day
“The real castes indicate the ability for thought. Shudras are incapable of independent thought, and even of holding another’s thought. Vaishyas can do something or follow someone else’s thought. Kshatriyas can creatively combine several thoughts. Brahmins are those capable of independent thought.”
Abbot George Burke

Latest Blog Posts

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Why a Yogi Is Wary of Small Desires

We may not even realize the potential of an affinity or even a very slight, dispassionate liking. But it can grow into a very real problem. Liking or enjoying something is not harmful if it makes no attachment begin. But the mind has its ways of turning things around without us even knowing. Therefore the sadhaka must always be alert and vigilant.

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Who Are the 24 Elders in the Book of Revelation?

Q: Please explain the twenty-four elders standing around the throne of God. It is most important to realize that the book of Revelation is purely spiritual symbolism and not prophecy at all. Rather, it is a book of mystical teaching, relating especially to the esoteric experiences of the evolving consciousness. Paramhansa Yogananda stated that it is a book of yogic

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Bhagavad Gita for Singing, Maharshi Gita, and More

We continue to add more useful content to OCOY.org, and this month have added three important articles: The first is the The Bhagavad Gita for Singing , a translation of the Bhagavad Gita arranged according to the meter of the original Sanskrit text so it can be sung–as it is done every morning in most of the ashrams of India. The second

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Yogananda on America’s Good Karma

Swami Yogananda was officially presented to President Calvin Coolidge by the Hon. J. Balfour, Second Secretary of the British Embassy, on January 24th, 1927. President Coolidge can be seen standing in the window. A special 4th of July article extracted from a talk by Dr. M.W. Lewis given in San Diego,California on June 22, 1958 Patriotism Patriotism, when considered in

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What is Yoga?

“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word that means “to join.” Yoga is both union and the way to that union. What do we join through yoga? First, we join our awareness to our own essential being: the spirit whose nature is pure consciousness. In yoga philosophy this is known as the Atman or spirit-Self. Next, we join our finite consciousness to

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Part 2 of “What If?”

This is Part 2 of a guest article by Paul van Oyen of the Netherlands, who has done extensive research into the sojourn of Jesus in India. The full text of “What If” can be found here. The message of Jesus Christ was to alleviate the suffering of the people and to teach them to focus on the transcendental reality of

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What If?…The Implications of Jesus’ Time in India

This is Part 1 of a guest article by Paul van Oyen of the Netherlands, who has done extensive research into the sojourn of Jesus in India. The full text of “What If” can be found here. The significance of Jesus’ studies in India and Tibet for us today If we take Jesus’ sojourn in India and Tibet as a conceivable

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This Month's Features

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Jesus in the Forest feature

Yogis Who Saw Jesus

The day our Original Christianity and Original Yoga website was launched we received an irate communication from one of those Western “Hindus” that believe they are more truly Hindu if they hate other religions–especially Christianity–and deny that Jesus ever existed. Here is our answer:

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The Many Advantages of Vegetarianism

You can indeed reap a lot of benefits by being a vegetarian and people have become more aware of the health benefits of being a vegetarian. Animal rights issues is only one of the reasons why people decide to go on a vegetarian diet. People are beginning to care more about the environment. However, the main reason why people go on vegetarian diet is because of health benefits.

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Buddha, Jesus, Swami Sivananda, Sri Ramakrishna

Seeing the One in All

In response to our recent blog posting about the reality of Jesus in the experience of India’s great yogis, we received a most heartening letter from India. I want to share parts of it with you and my reflections on it for I feel it presents the most authentic perspective on these matters.

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7 Steps to Misuse Your Power of Thought

Thought is power–magnetic power, particularly. That is, thought can draw or repel whatever is thought about, depending upon the polarity of the individual mind. Many times we see that people bring to themselves the things they continually think about, but we also see that thinking about something can repel it from the person.

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