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7/24/2022 Choosing to be Shiva

7/24/2022 Choosing to be Shiva

August 8, 2022

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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

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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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Teachings Article - Psychology and Spirituality

Teachings Article - Psychology and Spirituality

May 11, 2022

Psychology is the study of the mind, while spirituality is about getting beyond your mind.  Psychology analyzes mind and emotions.  By contrast, seekers are trying to get past their mind.  They seek a spiritual experience, an expansive and blissful moment, something that transports them afar.  Yoga says neither is enough.  What you really want, and what you really need, is to know...

Read by Yogaratna Yogyananda.

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4/17/2022 A Great and Holy Day

4/17/2022 A Great and Holy Day

May 6, 2022

This discourse was given on Easter Sunday.  This day honors Jesus for his life death resurrection as well as over 2,000 years of influence.  Gurudevi discusses how Jesus joins an assemblage of many great and holy beings, like Buddha and Shankaracharya as well as many countless great yogis and gurus.  Many of Jesus’ teachings echo the ancient sages of India.  Listen to Gurudevi’s discourse to learn more about the teachings of Jesus and the Divine beings and gurus of India. 

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Sound Bite: Outgrowing Old Stuff

Sound Bite: Outgrowing Old Stuff

May 5, 2022

When you were a child, you outgrew your clothes every summer. Growth means you leave some things behind. In adulthood, the process is more internal. You outgrow limited attitudes. You outgrow your fears. They can no longer hold you. You lose the ability to hold a grudge or blame others for your situation. Your heart grows, along with your willingness to participate. – Gurudevi Nirmalananda

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4/10/2022 Peace Follows Renunciation

4/10/2022 Peace Follows Renunciation

May 1, 2022

Renunciation means embracing the world without becoming entangled in it. When you settle into the Self there’s nothing to cling to, nothing to need. Listen to this insightful discourse by Gurudevi Nirmalananda and discover that you are so much more than you think you are.

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4/3/2022 Why Are You Not Enlightened Yet

4/3/2022 Why Are You Not Enlightened Yet

April 26, 2022

You want something more. You want to become enlightened. When you put your mind and heart into Consciousness and truly participate in the process, you will find the Divine Essence you have always been. To become enlightened, you need to spend more time dissolving limitations than installing them. Gurudevi explains how to base yourself deeper within your own Self. Thus, you outgrow old and limiting attitudes.  

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Teachings Article - Yoga & Worldly Life

Teachings Article - Yoga & Worldly Life

April 1, 2022

Everyone matters.  But no one person matters any more than any other person.  Each and every one matters fully.  This is the mystical perspective.  You have this perspective when you are experiencing your own Self.  The One Divine Essence shines through as every single being and every single thing.  They are all lovable.  They are all to be...

Read by Anandi Ross.

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3/27/2022 Consciousness Becomes Bliss, Consciousness Becomes You

3/27/2022 Consciousness Becomes Bliss, Consciousness Becomes You

March 27, 2022

Just as water takes on many forms, Consciousness takes on many forms. It becomes bliss, but it also becomes you. Gurudevi Nirmalananda says, “When you’re all caught up in your body, or you’re repeating your script to yourself again, reinstalling your limited sense of personhood, then you can't find the bliss that is hidden deeper within.”  The Guru’s job is to help you beyond your mind, beyond your inner sense of separation, and allow you to discover Consciousness within.

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03/20/2022 Your Blissful Journey Through the World

03/20/2022 Your Blissful Journey Through the World

March 20, 2022

You can choose to make your journey through this world be filled with supreme bliss. You can be based in a deeper dimensionality of your own Beingness, so that you can bring bliss with you wherever you go. Discover how the power of Grace can transform your life. 

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Teachings Article - The Bliss of Consciousness

Teachings Article - The Bliss of Consciousness

March 15, 2022

Bliss is not the goal.  Consciousness is.  This can be confusing because most seekers are looking for bliss.  But Consciousness is what matters.  Still, bliss is incredibly important.  Why?  The need for bliss is built into you.  Your body is hard-wired for bliss; it’s called your parasympathetic nervous system.  Your body has bliss software; it’s called your...

Read by Swami Samvidaananda.

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03/13/22 When You Know

03/13/22 When You Know

March 13, 2022

When you know your own Self, you live in the deeper dimensions of your own existence, beyond your mind’s limited idea of who and what you are. In this satsang audio, you will learn how to use your mind to look inward, so you can live with the drama of the external world without losing the light of your own being. Gurudevi Nirmalananda will guide you towards the bliss of your inherent Divinity and to the knowing of your own Self.

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3/6/2022 Shining With Light

3/6/2022 Shining With Light

March 6, 2022

You are made of light, and you were meant to be shining all the time. A qualified Guru in the Shaktipat tradition can light your inner fire, the fire of Consciousness. Find out more about the yogic art of inner awakening by listening to this satsang.

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2/27/2022 Where’s Waldo

2/27/2022 Where’s Waldo

February 27, 2022

Yoga is about knowing who and where you are, even when surrounded by the world. Gurudevi Nirmalananda explains how the Guru points you inward, so you never lose your true self again. Find out how the Guru’s Grace can propel you deeper until you know the greatness that you already are.  

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2/20/2022 A’ham - I Am

2/20/2022 A’ham - I Am

February 20, 2022

The Sanskrit word a’ham means I am.”  Your own Self is Consciousness, that which gives life to both the universe and you. Gurudevi explains how you lose your sense of Self by getting caught up in perceiving all as being different from you. Yoga gives you tools to draw your attention within, and to stop chasing distractions. You can recognize who you really are.

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2/13/2022 You Need A Healthy Ego

2/13/2022 You Need A Healthy Ego

February 13, 2022

It is the shadows and constrictions in your mind and heart that give you pain. Ego gives you a sense of self that is dependent on your environment. But when you have a healthy ego, you recognize that these identities are what you do, not who you are. Gurudevi Nirmalananda explains the various dimensions of your Self and how you can dissolve the limitations so your inner essence can shine through.  

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02/06/2022 Jiva Becomes Shiva

02/06/2022 Jiva Becomes Shiva

February 6, 2022

Because you are a bound soul, you get caught up in your thoughts, memories and fears.  In Sanskrit, this is called “jiva. Find out how to awaken the full power of Consciousness within you. You can reach beyond who you think you are, from jiva to Shiva. You can live in that Knowingness, while it supports you in everything that you do.

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Teachings Article - Two in One

Teachings Article - Two in One

February 1, 2022

Yoga shows you how to look inward to take you beyond who you think you are. You are the one who is having the experience, you are not the experience. Gurudevi Nirmalananda gives you the key to understanding the ever-existent Reality that is being the universe while being you. 

Read by Swami Prajñananda.

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01/30/2022 Peek A Boo, I See You

01/30/2022 Peek A Boo, I See You

January 30, 2022

Your true Self is hidden within you, but you get glimpses of it every now and then. The Guru lives in the knowing of his or her own Self all the time. Find out how the Guru can give you the experience of your own Self, so you can live in that experience always.  

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01/23/2022 The One Being All

01/23/2022 The One Being All

January 23, 2022

You and I are different expressions of the One Reality. Sages have told stories and put different names to this essence through thousands of years. With clarity and heart, Gurudevi Nirmalananda delves into some of these stories to help you understand and see the Divine in all.  

 

01/16/2022 Inside and Outside All at the Same Time

01/16/2022 Inside and Outside All at the Same Time

January 16, 2022

Yoga helps you become present in your body so you can become aware of the multi dimensionality of your own being. Your perception of the outside world changes when you base yourself in the inner knowing of your own Divinity. Gurudevi guides you through the interweaving of your inner state, your body and what you give to the world.  

 

01/09/22 Meditation is Your Most Important Practice

01/09/22 Meditation is Your Most Important Practice

January 9, 2022

Why is meditation yoga’ most important practice? Gurudevi explains the benefits in a way that helps you discover what meditation can do for your life, your mind, and your awareness of the deepest dimension of your own being.

 

Teachings Article - One

Teachings Article - One

January 2, 2022

Every being consists of the same essence, the One Reality which has become all. Gurudevi explains the multi-dimensionality you find within and the importance of understanding this human capacity. Learn how to live in the knowing of the One within.

Read by Yogyananda.

 

01/02/2022 Focus On Self

01/02/2022 Focus On Self

January 2, 2022

What you focus on is where you will go. Gurudevi encourages you to focus on your own Divine Presence — Self.   She describes the qualities of your own Self in detail. This helps you understand and recognize your own Self when you have the experience.  In this first discourse of 2022, Gurudevi inspires you to utilize the year to steer inward. Revealing the hidden aspect of the mantra, she guides you on your way. 

 

12/26/21 The Urge to Merge

12/26/21 The Urge to Merge

December 26, 2021

You yearn to know your own Divinity. Gurudevi explains the many ways in which you experience this deep yearning. It is your urge to merge with God.  She teaches you how to prepare yourself for the ultimate fulfillment of your yearning.

12/12/21 All In

12/12/21 All In

December 12, 2021

You can experience your own Divinity.  Gurudevi explains that the process is one of settling inward until you come to rest in your own Self.  When you get all the way in, all in, you are beyond your mind and senses.  Yogis dive all the way in, into an inner infinity.  Learn more about settling deeper and deeper within, all in. 

 

12/5/21 Finding God Within

12/5/21 Finding God Within

December 5, 2021

Your experience of God is on the inside.  Since your experience is inside, you should look inside to the source of the experience.  This is yoga’s specialty, making you able to dive into the depths of your own being.  Gurudevi discusses how to invoke the inner experience of God.  Not only to know God, but to know that you are God. 

 

Teachings Article - Who or What is God?

Teachings Article - Who or What is God?

December 1, 2021

“Numinous — expansive, holy, sacred, all-knowing, filled with God.”  But who or what is God? Listen to Gurudevi answer this important question.  Learn about your own God-ness.  Discover how to live in the inner knowing that yoga describes, the knowing of your own Divine Essence.

Read by Aanandi Ross.

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