Posts Tagged ‘Bhagavad Gita’

Wed. 7/3/13 Citta Chats™ entire 78 min. class VIDEO: Guided Meditation, Bhagavad Gita 13.1, Drg Drsya v.1, YS1.3-4

Wed. 7/3/13 Citta Chats™ entire 78 min. class VIDEO: Guided Meditation, Bhagavad Gita 13.1, Drg Drsya v.1, YS1.3-4

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Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

On Action & Reaction, Desire and Anger: Includes video of Citta Chats LIVE segment on this very topic, from a student question. Watch the discussion to further explore the article and topic: you. As human beings we have a unique ability to be motivated by something other than instinct.
We can exercise choice in relation to [...]


The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

Here is a piece just published in Elephant Journal I kinda started in 2010 when I first got cancer and I was the recipient of such outpouring of compassion. In many ways this is a big “Thank You” to all those who showed care and support. “Empathy, the gateway to our essential nature. When this [...]


What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

How much mental/emotional vitality dissipates into sorrow at what we cannot change? Today, where can you rejoice in what is, steering clear of patterns of perception of loss in what is not? I often hear such frustration or sadness at what one used to be able to do in yoga, for instance; or daily despair [...]


How can I practice “dispassion” when there is such suffering?

How can I practice "dispassion" when there is such suffering?

On Equanimity, Dispassion and Empathy: Everyday we experience ups and downs, things that bring a smile to our face or a knot to our hearts. For some the trials and suffering others, homeless in the streets, a child crying, an argument between lovers and so on will elicit an emotional response. Even those apparently numb [...]


Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta – Book review, Interview

Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta - Book review, Interview

Emerson on Consciousness: “We are in it. It is not in us.” Truth is not subjective. Modern science seeks to observe and understand our world and it’s truths, investigating our perceptions, inferences and assumptions about the world. Truth is not culturally specific, nor time dependent; laws of nature are not cultural, nor subjective. We don’t [...]


On Happiness, Now, and Thou…

On Happiness, Now, and Thou...

Happiness is universally cherished and sought, and yet so elusive and often associated with experience, rather than our essential nature of Being. I wrote this originally around New Year’s day, touching on the motivation we often have at that time of year to reaffirm values important to us, to invoke happiness for the year to [...]


Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

For some years now I have been pondering ‘identity’ as I study and seek to practice Yoga and Vedanta. Identity meaning sense of self – in community, in society, in relation to spirit and divinity, in relation to our apparent tribal nature.

Yoga and Vedanta teach the nature of Wholeness, brahma vidya, knowledge of Brahman, and the practice of karma yoga…
Recent studies in neuroscience, psychology and behavior point to empathy and compassion being strong biological drivers[...]


All is Given Pt. 2: Cultivating attitude of graceful acceptance – karma yoga is bhakti

Here I offer the principles and verses from the Bhagavad Gita that inform the principles in All is Given Pt1 and delve into the essence of Karma Yoga, which includes Bhakti, or devotion. There is no separate Bhakti yoga in essence. Again, I draw largely from Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s teachings. In essence Karma Yoga has [...]


All is Given Pt. 1: musings, Sutras & Gita, and free meditation mp3.

[NOTE: it's a long one, you may want to print from blog for better reading. You have to read all the way through to download the meditation in mp3 format ] Is my body mine? Does it belong to me, in terms of rights of ownership? Am I defined by my physicality (gender, species, health, [...]


Emerson, Vedanta & Serendipity (Karl’s musings, book, conference)

So I’m reading a book on Emerson by Richard G. Geldard I saw reviewed in an old issue of Parabola (a magazine on world mythology and spirituality I’ve been into since high school). I have always been a fan of Emerson since high school or earlier, and Thoreau, Whitman… I realize now much of Emerson [...]