Let Go! Be the Flow! – by Shuddhaanandaa Bramachari


Do you know why all your success and possessions can’t make you happy and why some mistakes and guilt steal your happiness? Do you know why things that went wrong in life bother you and keep you brooding over the past and worried about the future? It is due to your inability to release your negative emotions. You cling to them and keep complaining how life has not been fair with you.

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Strengthen Your Wings and Soar! – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Every struggle we go through is only to strengthen our wings so that we can achieve the purpose for which the Higher Intelligence has brought us to this earthly plane of consciousness. Our greatest obstacles and pains are nature’s way to prepare us for our greatest good. A little baby bird tries with all its might to free itself from its shell, and sometimes makes a long struggle. This struggle, although difficult for a human to watch without helping, is absolutely necessary for the young bird’s physical health and future growth! Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. We could never fly.

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The God-incidence of Water – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Water is one element of Mother Nature that can retain what we communicate to it; it basically absorbs those vibrations and preserves them. That’s the wonderful thing about water; it has its own intelligence and can maintain our thought and word energy. If you speak sacred syllables of mantras to water, the water gets more and more sanctified, more and more energized. If you drink such water it’s more like energizing your body. Most importantly, because our body is 70% water, we have to be very careful about what we take in because our body absorbs words, thoughts, emotions, and feelings very intelligently.

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The Sacred Dance of Life – by Shuddhaanandaa-Brahmachari


It is only on the surface, at the periphery, that we see the world of randomness, but deep at its root, the dance of life is in perfect harmony and balance. The Divine designer has designed this unique creation with LOVE and connected everything together; nothing is separated from the other. The level where matter and energy play the dance of creativity is the quantum level, the root of the tree of life. Here is where the essence of life happens, and then the flower blossoms, fragrance spreads, bees come running. They take away the essence, the honey. The flower smiles, the bees sing and dance, the universal ballet continues. This is the sacred dance of the cosmos that is LOVE.

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Feeding the Sacred Fire Within – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


There is an eternal fire within each of us, which symbolically represents our innate divine Self, which is self-illumined. It is symbolically represented as fire or light. There is the fire ritual called yajna in our Hindu tradition. This can be a very powerful form of worship and inner cleansing. There are two ways to practice this internal fire ritual; one is mindful eating and the other during meditation.

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Am I My Peripheral Self? – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


I was recently invited to speak at a global business conference in New Delhi, India. There I had a wonderful experience of seeing how each and everyone is busy exchanging their business cards, and once the card is handed over, the person receiving it reviews it with attention and then looks at the person as if the person is rated on the basis of his success in life! I noticed that for those who have touched some peaks in the world of business and money, they were surrounded by many people asking for a photograph with him or her.

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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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