Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. — Sri Krishnamacharya The Sanskrit word for breath is prana, which means not only the physical breath but also the life force itself. The physical breath can be a gateway … Continue reading The Invitation of the Breath
Your right is to work only, but never to the fruit thereof. Never consider yourself to be bringing about the results of your actions, nor be attached to inaction. (Bhagavad Gita 2.47) This is one of the most famous verses of the Bhagavad Gita and captures the essence of karma yoga, or the path of action. … Continue reading How, then, should we act?
The Bhagavad Gita ('Song of the Lord') is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. It guides and teaches us how to live a joyful life, in the midst of difficulties, sorrows and the unsolvable conundrums that life brings us. These sessions cover Chapter 18, and complete our study of … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita Study Group & Classes
by Charu Ramesh There are many myths surrounding the birth of the sage Patanjali. In one of the myths, his mother was a skilled yogini who desired a son to whom she could pass on her wisdom and knowledge. One morning she was praying at the river, with her hands placed in anjali mudra filled … Continue reading Lessons from Patanjali: Receiving the Divine Offering