surya namaskar

Beloved Surya and the Surya Namaskar

The Beloved Surya will always be my all-time favourite symbol. It is the ultimate attainment of self-realisation when we become one with the Hiraṇyagarbha (हिरण्यगर्भः), literally, the Golden Egg that is the Soul of the Universe, Brahman. The Vedas and Upanishads refer to Hiranyagarbha and credits him with the creation of yoga and ayurveda. Here is my drawing of the beloved Surya and surrounding it is a 12-step sequence of the Surya Namaskara. There are some days when the Surya Namaskar is all that I do on the mat. I find it works every part of my body and it is …

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Aham Brahmasmi

Aham Brahmasmi – I am Brahman and the sabzi wallah

This is the second of the four Mahavakyas or Great Sayings. In yoga, these four sayings represent the ultimate state of self-realisation. Here, Aham Brahmasmi literally translates to I am Brahman. I am God. My true nature is God. I am whole. I am a powerful creator in possession of infinite potential. This mahāvākya can be found in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of the Shukla Yajurveda. What relevance does this have for us mere mortals? Well, as in everything on the yogic path, all that we do is an attempt to transcend the ego or I-mind. The part of the mind that goes …

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worship the sun

Worship the Sun

Scriptures say that the Sun (Surya) is the symbol of the Divine Godhead who makes its home in our spiritual hearts, the Heart Chakra. Within this spiritual heart, the Upanishads also tell us, there is a cave. And within this cave, there is a lotus. And when this lotus is fully awakened, with petals all perked up from the kundalini energy, then a most brilliant, effulgent light will shine forth. Look at this picture! There’s that amazing scarlet and carmine again. Is that our goddess in side profile? Our lovely Devi? Ah, compared to the other picture of the lovely …

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The Lovely Devi

The Lovely Devi

I found this amazing picture on Google Search that caught my painter’s eye. I like how it is rendered in a seemingly traditional manner and illustrating the chakras. The carmine (one of the many shades of red) is the first thing that caught my eye. In the interest of yogic inner alchemy which is all about the kundalini, let me see what I can see from the other elements in this lovely picture. It’s interesting that the goddess here is shown with her hair down. Kind of reminds me of Kali instead. If that’s so, this is a really benign …

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Prajnanam Brahma: Our reality is pure consciousness

The deeper meaning of this Mahavakyam or great saying (of which there are 4 main ones) would run something like this imho …. In Zen, one would say…. Each of us is more than the body, more than the mind. We are not the body, we are not the mind. What are we then? If you look into the mirror, who or what is that looking back at you? That’s who we are in reality. Consciousness. Without it, we won’t be. In Vedanta, one would say…. We are the tiny wave that is part of the ocean; we are the …

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