Dharma is a concept of central importance in philosophy and religion.  It has multiple meanings. It is difficult to provide a single concise definition for Dharma, as the word has a long and varied history. There is no equivalent single word translation for Dharma in English language.  Yog Sadhan Ashram is offering a workshop on the topic of Dharma on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A simple, vegetarian lunch will be provided.

The workshop will be conducted by Acharya Hersh Ji, the Director of Yog Sadhan Ashram.  In this retreat, we will cover in detail the definition, meaning and types of Dharma.  Please come with questions.

Register:  Please email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Cost: $35 suggested minimum donation, however, no one will be turned away from lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions?  Email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com or Call 630-293-9554.

Join us for a new philosophy class series on the Katha Upanishad that starts tomorrow! For the next 6 Saturdays (1/4 – 2/8) at 1-3pm, Hershji will provide English translations and guide us through the meaning of the teachings in this great scripture. Suggested offering is $60 for the whole series. Email yogsadhanashramusa@gmail.com to sign up!

Throughout the Gita, Lord Krishna describes the need for samnyasa. What exactly does it mean? It is an inner renunciation of ownership and doership, and not outer renunciation of work, wealth, home etc. in Ramananda Prasad’s translation of the Gita, he provides a great summary of the 9 types of samnyasa:

(1) Renunciation of ac­tions forbidden by the scriptures (16.23-24),

(2) Renunciation of lust, anger, greed, fear, likes and dislikes, and jealousy (3.34, 16.21);

(3) Spurning of procrasti­nation in the search of Truth (12.09),

(4) Giving up feeling pride in one’s knowledge, detachment, devotion, wealth, and charitable deeds (15.05, 16.01-04);

(5) Rejection of selfish motives and attachment to the fruits of all works (2.51, 3.09, 4.20, 6.10),

(6) Renunciation of the feeling of doership and ownership in all undertakings (12.13, 18.53),

(7) Giving up thoughts of using the Lord to fulfill material desires (2.43, 7.16);

(8) Spurning attachments to material objects, such as a house, wealth, position, and power (12.19, 13.09); and

(9) Sacrifice of wealth, prestige, and even life for a noble cause and protection of righteousness (Dharma) (2.32, 4.28).

Let us remember that this path is long and difficult, and we may not be able to achieve full samnyasa overnight. But if we commit to do our best and trust that progress will be made with God’s grace, then we will surely find peace.

Hershji gave a very informative and inspiring lecture on prayer during our 2012 Yoga Retreat. This is a live audio recording, so you will also hear questions and dialogue among the group. Enjoy!

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The literal Sanskrit translation of karma is “action.” Each karma has an effect, in the present or the future. Therefore, the effect of our karma is neither punishment nor reward but simply an extended expression or consequence of our chosen acts.

Karmas lead to bonds and attachments. Yet as long as we are living, we have no choice but to perform actions. Karma Yoga, therefore, is the path for those looking to perfect their actions so that bonds are not created and one becomes closer to God and Self-realization.

What does it mean to perfect one’s karmas or actions? The Bhagavad Gita is filled with wisdom on this topic, and here is a simple summary taken from our Satguru Ji’s writings:

Karma Yoga is to do karma with the body while keeping the mind in meditation. When actions are performed in this way, desire for the fruits of one’s action ends and karma transforms into karma yoga. Therefore, a karma yogi is peaceful in both gain and loss. One then becomes a karma sanyasi (renunciate of karma), performing all actions by one’s senses but the soul remains detached.

While this may seem esoteric, it is reachable in this lifetime! We must apply what we learn from the scriptures to make real progress. Here are some practical tips to help us learn to combine karmas with detachment and meditation:

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