From Sama Veda, Mantra #1874 (Rishi Rahugano Gautam):

ॐ भद्रं कर्णेभिः शृणुयाम देवा,
भद्रं पश्येमाक्षिभिर्यजत्राह १
सस्तानूभी ,
व्यशेमही देवहितं यदायुः

Om Bhadram Karnebhih Shrunuyama Devaha,
Bhadram Pashye-makshbhi-ryajatraha
Rvyashemahhi devhitam ydaayuh.

O God, may we hear with our ears what is auspicious,
May we see with our eyes what is auspicious,
May our whole body be healthy and diseaseless,
May we always keep the Five Elements, which are the basis of our life, clean and pure.

Diwali 2009

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We hope everyone had a happy and joyful Diwali last weekend! Here are some pictures from the Ashram’s celebration.

The Ashram holds a philosophy class every Sunday at 10am. Over the past few years, we’ve studied the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and just recently completed Vivek Chudamani. It took us roughly 2 years to get through it, but it was definitely worth taking the time to fully absorb such a deep scripture.

Beginning October 11th, we began studying Yoga Vasisth. While the original work is 32,000 verses of dialogue between Sage Vasisth and Lord Rama, overtime it has been condensed considerably. Anyone is welcome to attend the classes if they’re interested in learning about Yoga from one of the original sources.

Below are some pictures of our last day studying Vivek Chudamani, where we each offered flowers to the scripture.

While truth can be relative or absolute, a yogic view of truth is that which brings permanent happiness. This happiness is not related to material success of pleasure, but by the joy that is found in the soul’s attunement with God. This podcast begins with this simple concept to explain the facility of intuition and how it can be cultivated to bring us closer to our real selves.

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