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Lessons and Instructions from the Tamil Siddhas

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T.N. Ganapathy wrote a great book called The Philosophy of the Tamil Siddhas, which explains about this Indian cultivation tradition. Siddhas are yogis who continue to live in the world, in their body, after self-realization. They are beings who have achieved enlightenment, the Tao, and achieved the nirvana of no more sorrow and suffering. In the Indian tradition we generally have Natha Siddhas, Rasa Siddhas, Mahesvara Siddhas and Sangata Siddhas. They all practice various yogic methods to attain enlightenment that involve meditation and sexual continence. This leads to the arising of kundalini and physical/chi purification, and then higher stages of [...]
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The Birth and Spread of Religions

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Several points of interest: * The mother of the great cultivation techniques in the world is definitely India. So many cultivation techniques were invented there, as well as philosophies and so many heavens and spiritual states were reached by the Vedic asages. As to Egypt/Babylonia and Assyria,  and the Aztec/Mayan civilizations, nothing much is left to tell us of their techniques and traditions and how they compare. All civilizations die out in time due to lack of merit or in socio-political terms, "the civilization just ran its course." Same for peoples, same for nations … everything waxes and wanes, and religions [...]
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5 Misunderstandings About Christian Prayer, Christian Meditation and Christian Cultivation

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To understand proper Christian meditation and cultivation practice, first of all we have to understand the basic principles of cultivation. The first principle we have to understand is all religions of the world - including the teachings of the Christian saints - maintain that God is not a person. When we read the descriptions of the Tao, original nature, Brahman, God or however Tao is referred to in the various religions and in the teachings of realized saints -- from realized prophets, masters, gurus, sages, adepts, avatars, immortals, saints, etc. rather than the intellectuals -- they all tell you that [...]
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Christian Cultivation is Emptiness Meditation

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When I was young, I used to read Christian books about medieval monks and their prayers, Desert Fathers and all sorts of Christian saints. I would read their explanations of how to pray to God, and it occurred to me they were all describing a giving up of thought so that nothing stood in the way of your union with God, the ultimate nature. Since thoughts were selfish, you had to give up even this egoity to become one with God, and hence prayer became a means of freeing oneself from thoughts. Fast forward many decades later. I had a [...]
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The Master Key to Self-Realization

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There is book by Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, Master Key to Self-Realization, that nicely partitions the spiritual path into stages that have to deal with our higher bodies. There is first the Physical body that we must detach from on the road of spiritual cultivation - our body of flesh and blood. This is our unripe physical nature that must be purified on the spiritual path in order that we can geenrate the next higher, more refined subtle body of chi that internally resides within it as a potential. If you can cultivate and open up your chi channels, you can [...]
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Common Spiritual Cultivation and Meditation Techniques Used by the World’s Religions

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The Non-denominational, Common Spiritual Cultivation and Meditation Techniques Used by the World's Religions. Comparative religion. How many times have I picked up a book on this topic and been disappointed? Here you won't be because you'll get some meaty answers on some difficult topics. You see, the various spiritual schools and religions of the world, for those who are intent practitioners, always use meditation methods in some form or another. These methods, when practiced correctly and diligently, lead to spiritual kung-fu or gong-fu. Part of that gong-fu means various spiritual states called samadhi which correspond to superpowers, knowing angelic beings, [...]
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Why Yoga is Better than Jogging for Burning off Calories

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So how can something as “easy” and relaxing as yoga do such amazing things for your body? It’s because while you can do yoga and not work up much of a sweat, it doesn’t mean you’re not working your body hard. Let me explain… I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, so I have a good knowledge of human anatomy and performance. I’ve even conducted my own research on yoga in a lab and compared it to cardio exercise. And you may be shocked to hear what I learned from a recent experiment. Kris is burning as many calories [...]
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Are These Yoga Myths Keeping You from Getting into Your Best Shape Ever?

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Myth #1: You have to do vigorous, grueling exercise to burn calories. TRUTH: You can burn just as many calories (and even more fat) by doing yoga alone. When you do a series of yoga moves together, your body gets a great workout without wreaking havoc with your joints or leaving you out of breath. And you can burn just as many calories as jogging! Myth #2: Yoga can’t help you lose weight. TRUTH: Yoga can help you lose weight. Research proves people who do yoga weigh 19 pounds less on average. This could be because yoga lowers cortisol levels [...]
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Slow Down, Relax…and Get into Your “Skinny Jeans” Again

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Now, chances are you may not think of yoga as “real” exercise. Maybe you think it’s simply stretching…holding what may seem like awkward poses…or humming “om”. But there’s so much more to yoga. That’s why I want to get the word out to as many people as possible about the amazing body-shaping and life-transforming benefits it can offer you. Kris Fondran, founder of Shapeshifter Yoga, 6 days before her 45th birthday. My name is Kris Fondran. Years ago, I was the last person you’d think of as doing yoga. I was a long-distance marathon runner—and a classic, hard-charging “type A” [...]