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Living the Yoga Life: The World

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The dwandwas, the pairs of opposites inherent in nature (prakriti), such as pleasure and pain, hot and cold, light and darkness, gain and loss, victory and defeat, love and hatred are always present in this world. The pleasant ones attract us and the unpleasant ones repel us. In this way we are impelled back and forth continually, hardly ever coming to a state of real rest and calm. This is the basic condition of samsara.

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Before we came into relative existence, the creation (samsara) was eternally present to those within it, and after we have transcended creation and left it behind, it will still be going on, a dream bubble that encompassed us for a while, yet from which we will have been freed. But the ever-changing drama of creation will go on forever to those within it.

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It can be difficult to get into the stream of effective spiritual life. Seeing this, many decide that it is beyond their strength, not realizing that once one is fully in the stream most of the difficulties are over. The “luggage” of the world and our accumulated ignorance not only does not bother us, it fades from our mind. The “stuff” of this world no longer matters, for our attention is focused on the practical aspects of living the yoga life that leads to liberation, to perfect freedom.

Entering the spiritual stream is a result of discrimination between the real and the unreal, between the perishable and the immortal. When discrimination (viveka) is ripened in us, then the pointless toys that occupied us from life to life are of no interest any longer.

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Truth is stable and lasting, and so is the spiritual illumination of those who seek and unite themselves with the highest truth: God. But the thought and words of those immersed in the world and its ways are like letters written in chalk: they quickly fade, become meaningless and eventually non-existent.

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Living the Yoga Life–Perspectives on Yoga

Living the Yoga Life–Perspectives on Yoga: Introduction

    1. Living the Yoga Life: Climbing the Ladder of Consciousness
    2. Living the Yoga Life: Sanatana Dharma, Sanatana Yoga
    3. Living the Yoga Life: The Atman/Self
    4. Living the Yoga Life: Bhakti and Jnana
    5. Living the Yoga Life: Brahman
    6. Living the Yoga Life: Ishwara
    7. Living the Yoga Life: Breath
    8. Living the Yoga Life: India and Sanatana Dharma
    9. Living the Yoga Life: The Importance of Independence
    10. Living the Yoga Life: The Intelligent Path
    11. Living the Yoga Life: The Internal Life
    12. Living the Yoga Life: Japa and Sound (Shabda)
    13. Living the Yoga Life: Japa with the Breath
    14. Living the Yoga Life: Jnana
    15. Living the Yoga Life: The Jnani
    16. Living the Yoga Life: Karma and Karma Yoga
    17. Living the Yoga Life: Kundalini
    18. Living the Yoga Life: Liberation
    19. Living the Yoga Life: It Is All Up To Us
    20. Living the Yoga Life: Madness, Divine and Worldly
    21. Living the Yoga Life: Manas (Mind) and Buddhi (Intelligence/Intellect)
    22. Living the Yoga Life: Buddhi Yoga
    23. Living the Yoga Life: True Masters (And Not)
    24. Living the Yoga Life: Maya
    25. Living the Yoga Life: Meditation
    26. Living the Yoga Life: Prana
    27. Living the Yoga Life: Raja Yoga
    28. Living the Yoga Life: Reincarnation
    29. Living the Yoga Life: Religion
    30. Living the Yoga Life: Samadhi
    31. Living the Yoga Life: Sadhana
    32. Living the Yoga Life: Dedication to Spiritual Life
    33. Living the Yoga Life: Self-realization
    34. Living the Yoga Life: Shivashakti
    35. Living the Yoga Life: Spiritual Experience
    36. Living the Yoga Life: The Spiritual Teacher
    37. Living the Yoga Life: Subtle Anatomy
    38. Living the Yoga Life: The World
    39. Living the Yoga Life: Worship
    40. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga, the Body and the World
    41. Living the Yoga Life: Dharma and Adharma
    42. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga–The Supreme Dharma
    43. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga Nidra
    44. Living the Yoga Life: The Yogi
    45. Living the Yoga Life: Some Advice to Yogis
    46. Living the Yoga Life: Qualities of a Yogi
    47. Living the Yoga Life: This and That
    48. Living the Yoga Life: Touch Not
    49. Living the Yoga Life: The Gita Speaks To The Yogi
    50. Living the Yoga Life: How It Is Done
    51. Living the Yoga Life: Use your mind
    52. Living the Yoga Life: Some things it is wise to avoid
    53. Living the Yoga Life: Things you should definitely do and have in your life
    54. Living the Yoga Life: Spiritual Reading
    55. Living the Yoga Life: Gorakhnath Speaks To The Yogi
    56. Living the Yoga Life: And A Final Word From Me
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