The Nature of Masks – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


So long as we are living and working in society, it will be necessary to wear the mask that society wants to see. But we need to remember always that our spiritual quest is an inner journey. How can we maintain constant awareness of our spiritual journey while also knowing when to wear our mask of practicality?

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Am I Awake or Asleep? – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Sleep is needed for our body, not for our consciousness. We need to always ask ourselves “am I awake or asleep?” This simple question needs moment-to-moment clarification, and if we keep responding to this question with a positive note, then we are awakening to the reality of life. When we are asleep we cannot discriminate between right and wrong; so, too, when our consciousness is not awakened, when we are living in an unconscious state, we cannot determine right from wrong.

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Who Watches Your Mind But YOU? – by Shuddhaanandaa Bramachari


We are separate from our mind, but we do not perceive this. We are also separate from our body, but this is equally difficult to perceive. It is only when we awaken to the reality from within that we are the watcher of our mind and body that we begin to perceive who is the Watcher of our thoughts! We are not the mind, nor the body.

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World Vision: Seeing As One – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Eyes are like windows to the world. Eyes cannot see. It is the mind; it is the consciousness that sees through the windows of our eyes. We are the seer and need to see with the eyes of love and forgiveness. If we see with the eyes of anger and jealousy, hate and disgust, our physical vision will be impaired, and the mind cannot feel at ease; it will be experiencing dis-ease!

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Openhearted Technology – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


In spite of, and in some cases, because of, all the advancement in technology, humans in this world are now going through a difficult phase in their lives. None are spared. A case in point is how much the use of the internet and other technology influenced the social media and media coverage of the recent elections in the U.S.

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Leading a Natural Life of Simplicity – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


We all are obsessed with the idea of attaining and achieving. This is a kind of endemic fever, a disease that drives every one to the edge at times. Ask anyone and everyone, “where are you heading?” The reply is always vague, for very few people set the compass of life before they set out for the voyage to a destined port. People burn themselves in anxieties and stress to achieve something, which is presumed to be the source of perennial joy! But the dream attained only extends the daydreaming of moving without knowing where the ship of life is moving!

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4 Meditations on the Magic of Life! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


There are a myriad of ways that magic can manifest in your life. Some of us try too hard to make everything go our way, and in the process lose the very essence of what we are searching for. Here are a few simple meditations of daily life that can be done anytime, anywhere, with anyone, to help you tune into the Magic of the Universe, the Dance of Life! For every breath, every moment, every daily chore can bring the Blessing of the Magic of Life to your loving heart and calm mind!

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Is Our Inner Vision Distorted? – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Our mind mirrors to us, everything of the external world. In simple words, it is the mind that is our world. We see, or perceive the world only through our mind, and just as glasses with grease and dust on them distort our ability to see things right, so also our mind, trapped in the groove of our distorted subconscious programming, never allows the beauty of the Present to be experienced.

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Aging With Grace! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


When I reached the age of 60, for the first time in my life I had a strange feeling, definitely the thought touched me that I am a senior now. I had the greatest fun when I went to see a film and it was there my friend, who went to buy the tickets, first told me, ‘you are a senior now, and you will get a discount!!’ That was a great joy for me, that I am being given a very special privilege. I thought I have become someone truly respected, special. This was in one of the cinema halls in the Chicago area.

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Light More Light! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


As life becomes more and more crisis-ridden, men and women the world over are feeling increasingly confused and worried about the future. Yes, there are times when negative influence creates a gloom around us, but isn’t it true that the power of Light is more than the darkness, that Truth is more powerful than untruth, that the power of Love is invincible? Don’t feel frustrated with negative people and situations; be the positive light, be the lighthouse, for evil is powerful no doubt, but the power of Truth, Light and Love is ultimate.

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Our Luminous Breath and Mind – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Pranayama, or breathing practice, teaches us how we can gradually expand our breathing capacity, then expand our mindfulness, and then our awareness. Finally, we will experience the light of the Spirit within and without, which is pure ecstasy and joy. Thus breathing helps us to meditate. Meditation helps us to become mindful. Mindfulness expands our horizon of awareness and then finally merges us into Universal or Cosmic Consciousness. That, in the Indian yogic tradition, is called Samadhi.

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Relax, Refresh, Renew! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Mother Nature has a rhythm. In winter, she takes a pause to refresh and renew all of creation. If we are wise, we will take Nature’s cue and look within ourselves to nurture the light and peace of our hearts, and be sure to take time to relax, refresh and renew.

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Our Greatest Adventure Is Within! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


We are always searching outside of ourselves for an adventure, something new and exciting, thrilling, perhaps dangerous, and definitely stimulating. But the greatest adventure in life is not outside of us, but in the recesses of our own mind in meditation. Most of what we think of as adventure is born out of sensual or material interaction with the objective world. It is sense-bound, hence, limited and transient. Though very exciting to begin with, it always ends and then we keep searching for another new bit of excitement, for physical life is transient, unpredictable, and inevitably moving toward the next cycle of what next, what next!

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What Can We Do To Help? Counteracting Terrorism, Within and Without – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Many people ask me, “I am so frightened by the random acts of terrorism that are happening.  How can I become less fearful? How can I overcome the deep feeling of anguish and frustrations over the blood baths happening around the world in the name of religion? Where are we heading as nations and as humanity? How can I be positive in the midst of encircling gloom that is so painful and overwhelming? At times, I am at a loss to think can I do anything as an individual to bring about any change to these difficult situations world over? And what can I do to help make the world a more peaceful, loving place?”

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The Magic of Love Happening – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


The magic of the Universal Intelligence is always performing a myriad of miracles at every moment in every one of our lives. We can’t fathom that until we have the eyes to see it. When we open to allow the flow of love, though, when we participate in that flow, that energy can touch and transform any situation.

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Mindfulness Breeds Love! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


The poet and theologian Rumi once asked: “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?”
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Our mind is preoccupied with visiting all the continents of the world and areas of life that we presume would make us feel secure and happy. Mindfulness is to find time to just STOP. It is like stopping at the stop sign, and then proceeding. Even a moment’s stop and then paying attention to our inner world can trigger the light of consciousness, the luminous divinity in us to bless our way ahead. Visiting our own self is what mindfulness is all about; it is self-awareness, self-love.

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