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Living the Yoga Life: This and That

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One of the fundamental problems of religion is its continual attempt to limit God rather than to free its adherents from limitation so they can become one with God.

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Consistency is essential in spiritual life. The inner and the outer must be the same. Mere words and mere deeds are not enough; they must match the interior condition.

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Activating just part of us is not sufficient for genuine spiritual progress. Our total being must be engaged in sadhana according to the dictates of the Upanishads, the Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Otherwise it is little more than fantasy.

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Through his intuition developed by intense and prolonged sadhana the yogi will come to see the hand of God in all that he has undergone in his life.

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In the company of a true sadhu the mind is definitely uplifted. Therefore sadhu-sanga is a wonderful thing if it can be found.

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The conditionings and flaws of the mind are eliminated when the yogi’s consciousness merges with that of God, and it is revealed as spirit itself.

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To know God is the fruit of yoga. It is also the knowledge of time and destiny–to look back at all our incarnations in relative existence and to comprehend them as steps leading to liberation.

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See the world in, through and as God. The inner eye of Consciousness, of Shiva, must be opened through yoga, which should be the central fact and interest of our life. Then the jiva will be revealed as Shiva.

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The greater the degree of spiritual aspiration, the greater will be the aspirant’s spiritual discipline and sadhana, and the greater will be the resulting realization.

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The conviction that God is real and all else is unreal is the faith (shraddha) that fuels our search for God.

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Anybody can believe anything and not have it produce any effect in their life.

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It is evident that jnana yoga, the yoga of wisdom and intelligence, alone culminates in complete liberation.

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We must be intent on the purpose and nature of everything. What a thing really is should determine our reaction to it and the way we handle or relate to it.

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The dynamic power of the universe is accessible to all, and that power eventually makes all equal by lifting them up to spiritual perfection in which there is no longer any difference.

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The impulse to realize God is the fundamental drive of the human being, no matter how deeply buried it may be.

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A person’s religion is worthless if he does not see the divine value of all sentient beings and their divine origin.

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Those people who keep drawing lines of difference everywhere to separate themselves and somehow make themselves superior to others are the real outcastes.

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Being the most subtle, non-dual realization is the rarest; nevertheless it must come to us all.

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Advaita is not a mere philosophical proposition, it is a realization which frees from all rebirth.

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Sometimes the world appears completely unreal, and at other times we realize that we are seeing God manifesting as the world. Both are the experience of the yogi.

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The sole duty or purpose of all sentient beings is the realization of God. So the master yogis have told us.

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We need not die to gain “eternal peace,” but live the yoga life to gain it.

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God is both the cause and the goal of life.

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Those who have no spiritual realization, or even intellectual wisdom, from life to life will be consumed by the fires of this world, attaining nothing but their eventual death.

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Having no freedom, a bound person cannot be at rest or peace because the world to which they are bound is the source of all misery and frustration.

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“Remember that finding God will mean the funeral of all sorrows,” said Swami Sri Yukteswar.

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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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