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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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11/28/21 Attitude of Gratitude

11/28/21 Attitude of Gratitude

November 28, 2021

Gratitude isn’t always easy to come by.  Gurudevi describes how she found gratitude. Gratitude opens the doorway to devotion, which empowers your ability to embody Divine Love.

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11/21/2021 Where Am I

11/21/2021 Where Am I

November 21, 2021

People create identities based on where they came from or where they are living.  In this discourse, you learn how to make everywhere you go feel like home.  Gurudevi helps you shed your limited sense of who you are. Who are you, and where have you come from when you’re not living in your old sense of self?

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Teachings Article - Where from and Why?

Teachings Article - Where from and Why?

November 15, 2021

Where have you come from and why are you here? Gurudevi explains the origins of the universe as described by yoga’s ancient sages. She delves into the mystical practices of yoga and discusses how these answer the most powerful and basic questions of your existence.

Read by Swami Samvidaananda.

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11/14/21 The Value of a Human Life

11/14/21 The Value of a Human Life

November 14, 2021

A human life is so precious and so short! Gurudevi gave this inspiring discourse on the occasion of her birthday. Filled with Grace and gratitude, it will motivate you to use your own lifetime wisely.

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11/7/21 Before the Beginning

11/7/21 Before the Beginning

November 7, 2021

Learn about the ancient text, the Shiva Purana.  It begins before the beginning.  All was the One infinite essence, which hid itself by becoming the void.  Gurudevi points out that you know this void.  You find it within, in meditation.  She says, you must delve deeper into “the before the beginning.”  Listen as she explains the wisdom of the Shiva Purana.

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10/31/21 Being, Feeling & Doing

10/31/21 Being, Feeling & Doing

October 31, 2021

Your feeling state is merely what you feel, not who you are. What you do is merely what you do, not who you are. You are the same you, regardless of what you are feeling and doing. The you that you are is your being, your own Self. Use mantra and meditation to dive deeper, below the surface of things, below the churning waves of your mind. This is the goal of yoga, to be based in Self, living from the inside out.

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10/24/21 Like a Child

10/24/21 Like a Child

October 24, 2021

As a child you were vibrant with the energy of life itself! This energy is called prana. Gurudevi  draws upon an ancient text to explain how the divine force of prana works in the individual. She explains how to regain that child-like vibrancy in your own life.

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10/17/21 Life Is About Love & Service

10/17/21 Life Is About Love & Service

October 17, 2021

“When you are grounded in the inner infinity, you see that same reality being all.  This experience of seeing the Divine shining in another – we have a name for it – we call it love.”  Gurudevi explains the true nature of love and where to find it. See how service to others naturally follows, leading to complete fulfillment.

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Teachings Article - What is Life?

Teachings Article - What is Life?

October 15, 2021

What is this thing we call life? It is the energy of aliveness (prana) that makes you and everything and everyone alive. Yoga says this entire universe is created out of Shiva’s bliss. Your own life is your personal version of Shiva’s cosmic dance. Find your own Self, your deepest essence, and take it with you everywhere you go. Then you don’t merely survive, you thrive! 

Read by Swami Sahajananda.

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10/10/21 May Your Life Be a Paradise

10/10/21 May Your Life Be a Paradise

October 10, 2021

“You don’t have to move to a Greek Island, the Maldives or Bali in order to be happy.”  Gurudevi explains, “  Where you live is already a paradise.  Look around you!  There is beauty in every direction you look. Yoga says that this entire universe is created out of Shiva’s bliss.  Everything we see is an explosion of Divine bliss, like a little, mini big bang.  I remember when I first saw this – I was driving on a big, wide, fast freeway in Los Angeles…”

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10/3/21 I Am Sitting at His Feet

10/3/21 I Am Sitting at His Feet

October 3, 2021

Learn about Gurudevi’s Guru.   In this satsang, Gurudevi explains that her Guru was a Shaktipat Guru. “A Shaktipat Guru bestows grace, the inner opening to your own Divine Essence. Most Gurus teach you about God within. But a Shaktipat Guru gives you the experience they name. Baba gave me me.”

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9/26/21 She

9/26/21 She

September 26, 2021

Find out all about the goddess, the cosmic energy out of which the universe is made. In a weekend devoted to the Goddess, Gurudevi explains, “Yoga is all about the goddess. The goddess is the movement of the divine within the divine. The goddess is in you and is being you. It is intensely personal. This is the energy that is coiled within you and once awakened arises within to show you your Divine Essence, who you really are.”

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9/19/21 Enlightenment Dead or Alive

9/19/21 Enlightenment Dead or Alive

September 19, 2021

You can get enlightened while you are alive or you can get enlightened on the way out.  Gurudevi explains that, according to India’s sages, one human lifetime is usually not enough to accomplish all you have come to do and to be.  Yet, the purpose of a human life is to get enlightened.  Shaktipat is the initiation that gives you the inner awakening. Like a rocket ship, it propels you toward enlightenment.

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9/12/21 You Are Going to Die

9/12/21 You Are Going to Die

September 12, 2021

You are not going to live forever, yet Gurudevi says, “Yes you are going to live forever.”  Come listen to her explain that you are not your body.  You live in it, but you are more than your body.  Your essence is the One Divine Essence, your Self.  You are the Self while you are in a body.  When you leave your body, you will still be the Self.  The Self never dies.

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Teachings Article - What is Death?

Teachings Article - What is Death?

September 5, 2021

“The Self does not die,” Gurudevi explains.  The one thing that continues without end is the One Reality from which all has come. You are not something that was created. God did not create you, but became you, and is being you now. You are that which never dies.  Your own essence, your own Self, is immortal.  The purpose of human life is to know your own Self.

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9/5/21 Eternal, Indestructible, Immortal

9/5/21 Eternal, Indestructible, Immortal

September 5, 2021

You do not die when your body dies.  Gurudevi explains that you are more than your mind could ever come up with.  Your own Self is eternal.   You are immortal, yet wearing this mortal body.  Use it to accomplish something important — to know your own immortal essence.  Listen to learn more.

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8/29/21 Spinecentric Yoga

8/29/21 Spinecentric Yoga

August 29, 2021

Your spine is the conduit of Consciousness. Swami Nirmalananda explains how this works.  It empowers you to look inward, so to experience who you really are!

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8/22/21 Being Conscious and Being Consciousness

8/22/21 Being Conscious and Being Consciousness

August 22, 2021

Your own Self is not merely conscious but Consciousness. Listen to Swami Nirmalananda explain how you can experience yourself as Consciousness all the time!

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Teachings Article - What is Consciousness?

Teachings Article - What is Consciousness?

August 17, 2021

The universe is not merely conscious, as the physicist have discovered, but Consciousness. Listen to Swami Nirmalananda answer the question, what is consciousness.

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8/15/21 Only Through a Guru

8/15/21 Only Through a Guru

August 15, 2021

The mystery of the Guru, explained by one who knows.  Gurudevi tells the story of her Guru, Baba Muktananda, receiving Shaktipat from Bhagawan Nityananda.  She explains that enlightenment is not something you attain by yourself.  It is a gift you receive from a qualified guru, one who knows their own Self fully.  It is a gift given by one who is authorized to give Shaktipat, the initiation that awakens your own spiritual power.

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8/8/21 The Mystery Within

8/8/21 The Mystery Within

August 8, 2021

Gurudevi tells us that yoga’s goal is the knowing of your own Self. It is an inner knowing of the mystery hidden within you. When you receive Shaktipat you have an inner experience of your own Self, an inner opening that gives you access to the deepest dimension within, forever after. The root teachings of this system come from a revealed text from 1300 years ago, called the Shiva Sutras. This text explains the different processes that a seeker goes through to reach the highest, the knowing of your own Self as Shiva. Gurudevi gives us a deep and practical understanding of how these approaches are used to reach the highest state.

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8/1/21 Greater Capacity

8/1/21 Greater Capacity

August 1, 2021

Gurudevi describes the capacity of a human being in this way: “You were born with an insatiable desire which you have tried to satiate for much of your life. You misunderstand what your desire really is. Only one thing can possibly fulfill your insatiable desires. That is God, specifically the inner experience of God. When you experience your own Self, all your desires melt away.” Tantra is a yogic system that specializes in giving you the experience of God within. It’s a whole science of Consciousness whereby you have an inner experience of your inherent Divinity. This inner knowing is your greater capacity.

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7/25/21 Guru and Self

7/25/21 Guru and Self

July 28, 2021

Yogis marinate in the light that shines through the darkness inside, especially on Guru Purnima, Gurudevi explains.  That light shining through is Guru’s Grace.  Through this light, a person comes to know their own Self and is transformed.  How does the Guru give you your Self?   Guru and Self are not distinct.  Listen to learn more.

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7/18/21 The Unreality and Reality of the World

7/18/21 The Unreality and Reality of the World

July 27, 2021

In this discourse, Gurudevi talks about her experiences a few days after taking Sannyasa.  She says that there is only One Reality.  She explains that it’s all unreal and real at the same time. There is only One.  Listen to discover more.

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