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11/13/2022 Your Precious Body

11/13/2022 Your Precious Body

December 2, 2022

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Sound Bite: Spending Time with a Saint

Sound Bite: Spending Time with a Saint

November 28, 2022

If you don’t know your Self yet, not all the time, and if you don’t live in the bliss of Consciousness yet, not all the time, what’s the best way to get there? My Baba said if you want to become a siddha, a realized master, you have to spend enough time with a siddha. Really? Just spending time with a saint makes you more saintly? Yes! He described it this way. If you keep the company of a saint, your inner being changes.  – Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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11/6/2022 Happiness & Upliftment

11/6/2022 Happiness & Upliftment

November 25, 2022

You want to be happy. Gurudevi Nirmalananda helps turn your attention inward to find an inner current of energy that uplifts you, while giving you inner bliss. The current of bliss arising frees you from the things that entangle your mind and hold you back. Your own Self is the source of joy arising from within. Elevate your state, do more yoga.  

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10/30/2022 Halloween & All Saints’ Day

10/30/2022 Halloween & All Saints’ Day

November 18, 2022

Do you want to celebrate a day dedicated to ghouls, vampires and witches, or a day dedicated to saints? Saints are real people who opened themselves to the Divine. When you spend time with one who lives in Consciousness, it changes you. You get Consciousness imprints. Help your mind discover the Light of your own Being, so it shines through your mind all the time.

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Sound Bite: Prana

Sound Bite: Prana

November 14, 2022

“Prana is the most important element in the body. When the prana leaves the body, it becomes worth only a few pennies,” my Baba explained.  Prana is what makes your body a living body. Prana makes your heart beat. It makes your eyes able to see. It makes your breath move. 

It’s interesting that we use yogic breathing to move your prana, yet it is the prana that makes your breath move. Your breath is at a crossroads, a place where you can use the physical to affect the subtle. – Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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10/23/2022 Shakti, Divine Power

10/23/2022 Shakti, Divine Power

November 11, 2022

Shakti, or Ma, is the Divine Power that is the source of all life. She is the energy of inner awakening that is the mystical core of yoga. She coalesces into all of us forming objects, creatures, people. When you recognize that you are Consciousness-Itself, you embrace all that is within you. It’s easy to get lost in the outer dance of life, yet the answer is inside.

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10/16/2022 The Greatest Motivator

10/16/2022 The Greatest Motivator

November 4, 2022

Prana is the enlivening source, it’s the power of life. Prana is what keeps you alive, vibrant, healthy, and happy. Pain calls your attention to the area that is low on prana and motivates you to do something about it. Pain is the greatest motivator and can be felt at the physical, mental, emotional, psychic, or soul level.

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Teachings Article - A Living Temple

Teachings Article - A Living Temple

November 1, 2022

Your body is a living temple, housing the One Divine Reality. Yoga helps you develop your ability to tune in and to discern the difference between your purpose and your desires. Then your worldly actions will be an outer expression of your inner peace and dimensionality. Your life will be a celebration of the interweaving of the Divine in the mundane.

Hear it read by Yogaratna Yogyananda.

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Sound Bite: Self Is the Source

Sound Bite: Self Is the Source

October 31, 2022

The Guru makes himself into what he himself is, the Self. And when you have your own Self, you have everything. For your own Self is the source of joy, the source of love, the source of healing, the source of life itself, the source of your own existence, the source of all existence, the source of the universe. By delving within, you discover that it is all contained within you. Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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10/09/2022 Inside Out

10/09/2022 Inside Out

October 28, 2022

Yoga gives you direct access to the bliss of your own Beingness. The closer you get to your own Self, the more happiness you experience. You become smarter, more focused, more intentional and less driven by instinct, fear and desire. This all comes from the inside out. When you know your own Innermost Essence, you are fully and authentically yourself.

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10/2/2022 The Greatness Within

10/2/2022 The Greatness Within

October 21, 2022

We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Baba Muktananda’s mahasamadhi. Muktananda didn’t merely inspire people to follow him, he gave them greatness itself. Greatness lies within you; you simply haven’t tapped into it fully yet. What Muktananda found within is Self.  Self is you; Self is all, Self is beyond all. But the closest is within.

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Sound Bite: Meditation

Sound Bite: Meditation

October 17, 2022

Some people think that meditation is about reducing stress, which is true. Others say that meditation is about healing, or improving your relationships, which also does happen. Others say that meditation is about equanimity in the face of difficulties. Good stuff! Yet, all of this happens because meditation gives you your own Self. When you are your own Self, you are not as stressed by stressful things. Your body and your mind heal more deeply and more easily. You are more present in your relationships. Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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9/25/2022 A Dedicated Lifestyle

9/25/2022 A Dedicated Lifestyle

October 14, 2022

A living master lives in the continuous flow of Divine Grace and can reveal the mystery hidden within you. What do you want and what are you willing to do to get it? It’s about seeing your own Divinity again and again, until again turns into always.

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9/18/2022 When You Look Inward

9/18/2022 When You Look Inward

October 7, 2022

What you find when you look inward depends on how deeply you look. Yoga says to look deeper than your mind. The purpose of meditation is to establish yourself in the bliss of your own Self. When you attain the light of your own Self within yourself, that light emerges as supreme love. When you look inward what will you find?

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Sound Bite: Get in Your Body

Sound Bite: Get in Your Body

October 3, 2022

We begin with, “Notice your toes… all ten toes… all at the same time. Become aware of both feet… outside and inside.” We talk you through the process of becoming present in your own body. Right here, in this body, in this place, in this moment in time. You see, your body is never in the future. It is never in the past. When you get in your body, you are present in the present moment. It’s a fantastic pathway to the here and now.  Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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Teachings Article - Consciousness Imprints

Teachings Article - Consciousness Imprints

October 1, 2022

Meditation leaves Consciousness imprints in your mind. Not only does your mind become filled with Consciousness, each of these impressions dissolves prior impressions, freeing you from your history. The goal is to always live based in the Consciousness that you are. Yoga makes you able to harness the energy of your mind and pour it toward your inherent Divinity.

Hear it read by Swami Prajñananda.

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9/11/22 I, Me, My, Mine

9/11/22 I, Me, My, Mine

September 30, 2022

Your focus is on your mind and heart, your body and life.  But you are the one who HAS a mind, who has a body, who has a life, who has a past and who has a future. Yoga says you are more than who you think you are. You are that existence which is being all that exists. There is more to you on the inside than the outside can ever convey.

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9/4/2022 What You Are Not

9/4/2022 What You Are Not

September 23, 2022

You grab on to things to construct your sense of self. Wherever you go, whatever you do, who you know, none of it makes you who you really are. Your core Essence is intact no matter what comes your way. Can you stay in the Self while you do what you do?

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Sound Bite: Filled From the Inside

Sound Bite: Filled From the Inside

September 19, 2022

Yes, my body needs care. But here I am in my seventies, with less aches and pains than I had in my thirties. I don’t have to press the reset button. I don’t have to push myself to get going. Why? Because I’m filled from the inside. Baba gave me that. That which is called That. That reality that pervades all of existence, and also pervades inside my own existence, and inside yours. There is only one.  Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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8/28/2022 Finding Your Inner Light

8/28/2022 Finding Your Inner Light

September 16, 2022

The light of your own Divinity shines in you and through you. Yoga is about finding, knowing and being the Self that you already are. There is more to you than what you experience by seeing, thinking, feeling or doing. Cultivate the inner experience of your own Self and live in that experience all the time.

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Teachings Article - Perception & Action

Teachings Article - Perception & Action

September 14, 2022

Yoga says that you are the perceiver, not what you perceive. Know who you are, even while you are perceiving and acting. You can use your mind without getting trapped in it. Let the light of your own Self shine through your mind and into the world, so all your actions are based in love and generosity. 

Read by Aanandi Ross.

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8/14/2022 I was Clueless

8/14/2022 I was Clueless

September 12, 2022

Shaktipat is an initiation that awakens your own Divine energy within, but you need to nurture it afterward, by repeating the mantra of this tradition. The mantra is powerful due to the energy installed in it by the Guru.  It is filled with the Light of Consciousness. Every time you say the mantra you draw on the Guru’s energy, which helps you know your own Self.

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Sound Bite: Yoga is Amazing

Sound Bite: Yoga is Amazing

September 5, 2022

Yoga is amazing. You step on to the path followed by other yogis for millenia, and you just put one foot in front of the other. How limiting that sounds. Yet, it is the path to freedom and its fruits are reliable. I was standing outside the other day, watching some of our regular yoga students as they walked to their cars. They moved so freely. They called to each other and laughed so freely. Doing the poses makes such a difference  – Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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8/7/2022 Limitation & Beyond

8/7/2022 Limitation & Beyond

August 26, 2022

Your true essence is completely free of limitations, even while you are in a body and often trapped in your own mind. You can know your own Self and still be engaged with the world. Yoga shows you how to use your mind to get beyond the limitations, so you can be free to be who you really are.

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Sound Bite: Stay in Your Own Skin

Sound Bite: Stay in Your Own Skin

August 22, 2022

You’re used to jumping out of your own skin. Moving forward into the space in front of your body. Racing against time, and trying to prove your worth. Instead, stay in your own skin. Be present in the space of your own body. Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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Teachings Article - No More Negativity

Teachings Article - No More Negativity

August 17, 2022

Yoga works on dissolving your resistances, melting your negativities, and freeing you from your fears. Once you get past the ways you negate yourself, you discover the vast dimensionality of your own existence. Gurudevi Nirmalananda clears your access to the inner light that is always within, so that it will shine and illumine your mind from the inside outward. Learn how to stop using external things to give you a sense of self-worth. What if you said “yes” to life more often?

Read by Yogaratna Yogyananda.

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7/24/2022 Choosing to be Shiva

7/24/2022 Choosing to be Shiva

August 8, 2022

Once you’re feeling balanced and peaceful, it’s easy to turn your attention inward to delve into your own essence, and to experience your own Self. The process is one of settling inward, deepening into who you already are. If you’re not feeling balanced and peaceful, yoga gives you tools to work on your body and mind.  

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Sound Bite: Inner Plentitude

Sound Bite: Inner Plentitude

August 8, 2022

Once you know, you know This is yoga’s purpose, to give you the knowing of your own Self. It begins with an experience of stillness or depth. An inner plentitude or fullness that is like none other. Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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7/17/2022 Who You Are and Who You Think You Are

7/17/2022 Who You Are and Who You Think You Are

August 5, 2022

You exist. Your body is an outer shell by which your existence is known in this world. Your experiences allow you to show different aspects of the multi-dimensional reality that you are. But your essence never changes. Yoga gives you tools so that you can become based in the knowing of your own Self. You are Beingness-Itself. It’s about who you think you are compared to who you really are.

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7/10/2022 Knowledge, Knowing & Knowingness

7/10/2022 Knowledge, Knowing & Knowingness

July 29, 2022

When you know ABOUT things, that’s knowledge, but when you’ve experienced the truth of it – you have a knowing.  

 * Knowledge is what you know. 

 * Knowing is how you know it. 

The goal is knowingness.  This is when your own Capital-S Self knows its own Self.   

 * Knowingness is deeper. 

When you are outside and you look inward, that is meditation. The reality is that you only need to look inward when you’re outside of yourself.  It’s good to look inward.  When you’ve gotten lost out there again, you need to head back home.  But Self-Realization is when you’re inside, looking outward. 

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Sound Bite: A New Way to Live

Sound Bite: A New Way to Live

July 25, 2022

Yoga’s poses and breathing practices gave me a new way to live in my physical body, inside my own skin, in a more enlivened, more relaxed, and more powerful way. The chanting, meditation, and sutra study gave me a new way to live in my mind, which is part of being inside my own skin. Being present in my own presence with my mind contributing to the value of experience rather than tearing me down. Oh mind! Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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7/3/2022 God or the World?

7/3/2022 God or the World?

July 22, 2022

You don’t have to withdraw from life to find God. There is only one Reality, that which is being everyone. When you see through Divine eyes, you see the Divine in all. Yoga makes you able to live your life in alignment with God. The world is where you do your spiritual practice and where you become enlightened. Can you bring your own Self with you while you live your life? 

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Teachings Article - Freedom

Teachings Article - Freedom

July 20, 2022

Yoga describes freedom as an inner experience, living in the knowing of your inherent Divinity. In these teachings, Gurudevi Nirmalananda introduces three systematic processes that move you through the stages of inner expansion. Which of the three you use depends on your starting point. Discover the light and bliss of your own Being and allow it to fill your heart and mind. That is the true goal of freedom that yoga promises.

Read by Swami Samvidaananda.

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6/26/2022 I Want to Give You a Breakthrough

6/26/2022 I Want to Give You a Breakthrough

July 15, 2022

Learn from a Shaktipat Guru what a breakthrough can do for you. Your inner state becomes deep and steady, and you are no longer dependant on external things to support you. What you say, what you mean, what you feel and what you do are all in alignment with each other. When all is given, how much will you carry home with you?

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Sound Bite: Inner Fullness

Sound Bite: Inner Fullness

July 11, 2022

Overwhelm is one of the most important experiences of life, and if you allow yourself to surrender into it, it becomes a breakthrough. You cannot reinstall the barbed wire and the armor you’ve been used to hiding behind. You are seen. You are known.  

You are appreciated in your uniqueness and your fullness. A fullness that is already there and always has been. Yoga doesn’t fill you up, like you fill your car’s gas tank. Yoga gives you access to the inner fullness that is already there. – Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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6/19/2022 International Day of Yoga

6/19/2022 International Day of Yoga

July 5, 2022

This year’s theme for International Day of Yoga is “Yoga for Humanity.” Yoga gives you your own Self. Once you know your own Self, you see Self in all. Then you are drawn into a new level of relationship with the world and everyone in it. Yoga improves your health, your life, and your state of mind. The light of your own Divinity begins to shine through you. In this illuminating discourse you will learn more about the benefits of yoga for yourself, as well as for all of humanity.

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6/12/2022 Flying Free

6/12/2022 Flying Free

June 30, 2022

You yearn to fly so you can shatter the shackles that keep you bound. Yoga and meditation show you the infinity that lies within you. Find the bliss of your own Self and you will become free. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you do, what matters is who you are and what your inner state is. Let the Guru’s Grace help you go beyond your sense of individuality. You can be fully embodied, fully alive, and fully present.

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Sound Bite: Alive

Sound Bite: Alive

June 27, 2022

When people are numb, they look for something to make them feel alive. They want exciting or entertaining stuff. Something that will stir up their prana, their life energy, so they feel alive. But a yogi feels alive all the time. How’s that? Think of it this way, do you feel more alive after a yoga class? After a meditation?  Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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6/5/2022 Eureka! I Found It!

6/5/2022 Eureka! I Found It!

June 20, 2022

Becoming enlightened is about living in the knowing of the light of your own Divinity. It’s a breakthrough that is more than a “Eureka” moment. You can find your own Self by letting your mind become still and going beyond your mind. You can be propelled by Divine wisdom while doing what you do if you keep turning your mind’s eye inward. Find out more in this insightful discourse from Gurudevi Nirmalananda.

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05/29/2022 Being Birthed into Reality

05/29/2022 Being Birthed into Reality

June 17, 2022

You need someone to open you up to the one Divine Reality that is within.  The One is being all while being you. Individual perspective creates delusions that need to be burned away before that Reality is truly seen and known. A Shaktipat Guru reveals a whole new way of living to you. You can learn to use your mind while remaining based in the Self.

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Teachings Article - Breakthrough!

Teachings Article - Breakthrough!

June 14, 2022

That’s what you really want, a breakthrough: a shift in perception, an insight or realization that makes you “get it”.  Suddenly you’re freeIt’s true, we want to fly, to shatter the shackles that keep us bound.  It’s the norm to live in your agendas, entangled in emotions and chasing wisps of thought.  But the desire for freedom is there, inside.  So many popular musicians sing, “I want to be free!”  Yes!  Freedom!  Yoga is all about freedom.

Read by Swami Prajñananda.

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Sound Bite: Light Banishes Dark

Sound Bite: Light Banishes Dark

June 13, 2022

It’s like you sit in the dark, in your room, counting and keeping track of all the limiting thoughts, memories, and fears. You keep an inventory. But since it’s dark, you can’t write anything down, so you just keep it all in your mind. And you keep reviewing it over and over, so you know what you’ve got. All your pains and sorrows. And the Guru shines light in there. Light banishes dark.  – Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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5/22/2022 Soul and Self

5/22/2022 Soul and Self

June 12, 2022

To experience your own Self is to go beyond the soul level.  There, inside, you find that you are the One who has become your soul.  Drawing on Greek Mythology and classical metaphors, Gurudevi Nirmalananda gives you an understanding of what soul and Self are from a yogic perspective.  She gives you the yogic tools to help you discover that the Self you seek is within you, as well as being all that exists.

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Sound Bite: All Religions & Traditions

Sound Bite: All Religions & Traditions

June 10, 2022

He said, “This yoga is not a Guru cult, but in every field, one needs a guide. On the spiritual path, too, a Guru is necessary. At certain times in one’s life, healers, psychologists, psychics and professors may all be necessary. In the same way, in spiritual life, one needs a guide.” If you want what the Guru has to give, then you see that the Guru has it, and offers it. That moves you in deep ways. Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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5/15/2022 He Gave His Life to God

5/15/2022 He Gave His Life to God

June 7, 2022

Gurudevi Nirmalananda honors her Guru, Swami Muktananda, on his birthday. How did someone who gave his life to God live his life? What can you learn from someone who dedicated his life to the spiritual quest? The most significant thing you can do with your life is to uncover your inherent Divinity. The Guru shines the light of your own Self into the darkness of your mind. The profound teachings and practices passed down through this lineage give you access to the Divine within to fulfill the purpose of life itself.

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05/08/22 ChitiShakti Ma

05/08/22 ChitiShakti Ma

June 2, 2022

ChitiShakti is the power of universal Consciousness, recognized as the Divine Mother. She is the primal force hidden within us all. Your own body and mind are made of ChitiShakti, the energy of Consciousness. But this energy is coiled down, ratcheted down by a temporary state of limitation. In this illuminating satsang from Gurudevi Nirmalananda you will learn why we honor the Divine Mother on Mother’s Day. 

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Sound Bite: Who You Really Are

Sound Bite: Who You Really Are

May 30, 2022

Do you really think that you still are who you were as a child?  How long ago was that — a few years or maybe even decades ago?I see you differently. I see the light shining through you. I see the light of Consciousness shining as you. Can’t you see who you really are? – Gurudevi Nirmalananda 

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5/1/2022 Looking in the Right Direction

5/1/2022 Looking in the Right Direction

May 21, 2022

It is the feeling of need that causes the suffering, even when you don’t really need the thing you think you need.  Freedom is the opposite – freedom from need brings freedom from suffering.  Freedom is also the inner space to be creative, to be generous, to be loving and understanding, to live in the spontaneity of pure bliss.  Freedom is the goal, clearly defined in yoga’s teachings and texts - Gurudevi Nirmalananda  

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Sound Bite: The Ache in My Heart

Sound Bite: The Ache in My Heart

May 18, 2022

Whether I loved others or I allowed myself to feel the love that they had for me, the ache in my heart was untouched... The yearning.  It’s so painful, yet it is the only thing that keeps you alive. 

This is an audio excerpt from the intro video for Gurudevi's Telecourse "Enlightenment: Stages & Steps" - TL-ESS Intro Video 220512 | Svaroopa Yoga and Meditation.

4/24/2022 How Big is Your Heart

4/24/2022 How Big is Your Heart

May 16, 2022

Where will you go to find your Self?  Gurudevi says to start with your heart but then go deeper. Your heart is an entry point into the mystical heart of Beingness Itself. To get there: 1) meditate and repeat mantra to work with your mind (right understanding), and 2) receive Shaktipat (Guru’s Grace) to live in the unwavering awareness that is the knowing of the Self. Then you’ll experience a heart that is big enough to hold the whole universe and all that are in it.

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