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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 New Year Message

Suddenly when we look back e realize how fast already nine years have passed in 2000 and we entered tenth year!
But  January 1st strictly speaking is no different from either December 31st or January 2nd.. For earth it does not make any difference nor for the sun based on whose appearance we consider the day and we start the new year. It makes no difference for the wind or for any other elements in creation. Other species in creation such as trees birds or animals do not know that this is a special day!
Man makes this as a very special day by doing several things. If he has to do some thing new, he has to do it at some point. Probably for this reason he has this January 1st as the day the new year starts for him. We make it significant by starting the calendar from this day or some activities like accounts;  it starts on this day for some people.
In addition many make this mid night of the first day of the new year as unforgettable by killing several animals and eating the meat of these animals and making merry. Then, this new year may be celebration for the people but this is an unfortunate day for the animals which give their lives on this day even thought they have no idea as a new year day! Some make this new year day unforgettable by drinking liquor and dancing where they loose their consciousness! I wonder many times these things happen in the name of religion also!
Let us think of it. Do we feel comfortable in doing these things  can we make a difference in our making this new year some thing significant!
Can we make this new year day very special that this day we show extraordinary compassion towards fellow creatures by being strictly vegetarian! Can we make this new year day a very special day by spending time in greater awareness with the help of meditation bhajan etc rather than loosing our awareness in drinks. Can we make this a very special day for us and for the people around us by taking a resolution which can help in uplifting self as well as the creation around him or her! If we can let us try to help others to take up a resolve so that they can also make this new year a memorable one. The resolution can be around several things such as health, or harmony, spiritual growth, ecology global warming or plastic pollution etc
I wish all the members a very happy new year and I pray god to give strength to all to peacefully and efficiently execute their resolutions for the good of self and humanity!!
Aum shantih shantih shantihi


Annapūrṇāṣṭakam by Adi Shankaracharya

Same video with Turkish translation

This poem to Annapurna devi is written by Adi Shankaracharya.
The music played is by Thiagarajan from the album Holy Chants of Shiva and Shakti, used according to fair play. 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Question and Answer Sessions / 18th international yoga conference

First let me express that there was a very participation of very sincere spiritual seekers at both pre-conference sessions and in the conference at VYASA 18th international conference at Prashanti kuteeram.

During my sessions, there were several questions, which are very important. I could only answer a few of them in the conference and I promised that I would give brief answers for them through my web site. Let me try to give them here.

Question: when it is said that a yogi is in Samadhi state, is it he is continuously in silent blissful state or is it something beyond.

Answer: yogi is in the state of absolute silence, which means there is no dialogue, taking place when he passes into Samadhi state after being in dhyana.  However, one thing we need to understand that Samadhi also is not be a state which is of the nature of going and coming. Therefore such yogis slowly realising this truth and stay in the state of Samadhi while sitting in dhyana or while engaged in any other activity. At that stage samadhi is no more a state to achieve but it what they are. That is what some times some refer as a state beyond!  Patanjali describes it in the following way.

Mind in normal human being is wandering from point a to b to c etc. When he has to think, then he will hold one point with his mind and this is known as dharana. Then he slowly goes in to dhyana and may touch Samadhi for a flash or so. Nevertheless, a yogi whose state has become Samadhi he is peaceful normally and only when he has to think of any object then he will put his mind on it and will go to rest once the need for thinking is over. A non yogi, on the other hand goes back to his multi directional mind once that task is finished. His mind does not know rest!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Surya Namaskara Yajna of Yoga Bharati Movement (January 1-January 22, 2010)

Leading the Yoga awareness movement all over the world, Yoga Bharati organizes Surya Namaskar Yagna (Sun Salutation Marathon) every year to encourage everyone to add Yoga to the list of new year resolutions and start the new year on a healthy note!

We welcome you all to participate in the SNY 2010! It is very easy to participate in this marathon. Do a simple, quick and effective Surya Namaskar as many rounds as possible, daily and compete with the other participants as in a marathon. You can do it alone or as a group, at home or office or any of the yoga classes organized by Yoga Bharati, and self-report your count to us.

The event starts on New Year Day - Jan 1, 2010 (Friday) and completes on January 22, 2010 (Friday)
Upon completion of this 3 week event, results will be announced and participants with the highest Surya Namaskara count are recognized.

Yoga Bharati provides the needed information and training to start the practice free of cost.

In the below video, Sri NV Raghuram explains about what is Surya Namaskar Yajna of Yoga Bharati Movement, what is the significance of year 2010, how can the significance of each year be the same for everyone, from where could be gotten this yearly information of indian lunar calendar.

Video of Sri NV Raghuramji about the philosophy of Surya Namaskara Yajna and the importance of sun salutation

E-mail us for registration or other enquiries
Click on to learn Frequently Asked Questions
Click on to register yourself to the cause
For more information and follow up visit Yoga Bharati web page

Monday, December 14, 2009

SMET : Self Management of Excessive Tension

Sri NV Raghuramji is giving his introductory philosophical ideas about stress and its management in this short video.

The theory of Stress Management of Excessive Tension (SMET) is given with a full presentation in the below video by Dr. HR Nagendra, Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga University

Here you may see the whole Stress Management of Excessive Tension (SMET) practical session that is guided with the naration of Sri NV Raghuramji.

SMET (Stress Management of Excessive Tension) program is developed by Swami Vivekananda Yoga University Above you may find the full version of SMET program. The program is protected by Copyright laws and is shared strictly for personal & non-profit use. For any commercial use of this program, please contact for details.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Basics of Yoga Therapy

Sri NV Raghuramji gives the answers to the questions what yoga therapy is, how it works, role of a yoga therapist and also if yoga therapy denies modern medicine.

Sri NV Raghuramji explains how yoga therapy works on cronic diseases, his advices to the patients, Stop diabetes movement and yoga therapy centers all around the world.