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The essentials of all religions are the same:

Serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realise;

Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate;

Enquire 'who am I' know the Self and be free.

Love all, serve all, serve the Lord in all.

Speak the truth, be pure, be humble,

Concentrate, meditate, attain Self-realisation.

These are the essentials of all religions.

Customs, conventions, ceremonies are non-essentials.

Do not fight over petty non-essentials.

Be tolerant, be catholic, have a broad outlook.

Respect all Prophets, all Saints, all Messengers.

All Saints speak the same language.

(Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh)

YOGA derives from the Sanskrit word ''Yuj'', which means to yoke, or unite. Most sources teach that we are already united with the Cosmic Consciousness, and that the objective of Yoga is to realise that.


The Bhagavad Gita says...


''Yoga is equanimity in success and failure'' (Ch 2: 48)
''Yoga is skill and efficiency in action'' (Ch 2: 50)
''Yoga is the Supreme secret of Life'' (Ch 4:3)
''Yoga is the Giver of Untold Happiness'' (Ch 5 :2)
''Yoga is serenity''' (Ch 6:7)


Yoga is a Science of Being, and will thus be different for each practitioner. There are aspects of Yoga suitable for all personality types. The practice of Yoga depends upon personal experience - you must prove to yourself if the concepts of Yoga and Tantra are true, through self-realization.

TANTRA is derived form the two Sanskrit word Trayati and Tanoti, meaning Expansion and Liberation, and this is with reference to AWARENESS.

It is a Universal system, practised the world over in various guises since time immemorial.It is practical and tolerant. It uses the material world to tune into the immaterial. Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (the power of manifestation) are mirrored by Tao and Teh, Osiris and Isis, Universal Mother and Father, and so on.

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  • SOGYAL RINPOCHE

    Even in the greatest yogi, sorrow and joy still arise just as before. The difference between an ordinary person and the yogi is how they view their emotions and react to them.
    An ordinary person will instinctively accept or reject them, and so arouse the attachment or aversion that will result in the accumulation of negative karma.
    A yogi, however, perceives everything that rises in its natural, pristine state, without allowing grasping to enter his perception.

    ***Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, chapter 10

  • “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”

    ~ Patanjali

  • All happiness comes from awareness. The more we are conscious, the deeper the joy. Acceptance of pain, non-resistance, courage and endurance; these open deep and perennial sources of real happiness; true bliss.

    - Nisargadatta Maharaj

  • WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WELL, FOR THE BLESSING OF GOD IS IN ALL GOOD EXCELLENCE.  THERE WILL BE SWEET FRUITS GROWING ON THE BRANCHES OF YOUR HARMONIOUS DESIRES.

  • ''A disciple is an asshole looking for a human being to attach itself to.'' ~ Robert Anton Wilson (in dark and funny mode)

  • "The purpose of life is to ascend the six spinal centers, reinforcing the human consciousness progressively with greater and greater lights, until it is able to unite with the all-pervading, thousand-rayed brilliance in the highest center in the brain. This ascent of the consciousness through the spine may be achieved slowly through right actions and right thoughts. The yogi, however, chooses the quicker and more scientific method of meditation.
    The internal consciousness of ordinary people operates only from the lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal centers that direct all material sensory perceptions and enjoyments. The divine lovers and celestial poets work from the heart center. The calm unshaken yogi operates from the cervical center. He who can feel his presence in the entire vibratory creation has awakened the medullary and Christ centers. The illumined yogi functions in the cerebral center of Cosmic Consciousness; he may be spoken of as an ascended yogi."
    ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

  • GOOD COMPANY IS USEFUL, FOR SPIRITUAL FRIENDS OR FELLOW DISCIPLES CAN HELP ONE ANOTHER EASE THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE OUTER WORLD.

    ~ A.O.

  • It is true that one or two can get rid of the 'I' through samadhi; but these cases are very rare. You may indulge in thousands of reasonings, but still the 'I' comes back. You may cut the peepal-tree to the very root today, but you will notice a sprout springing up tomorrow. Therefore if the 'I' must remain, let the rascal remain as the 'servant I'. As long as you live, you should say, 'O God, Thou art the Master and I am Thy servant.' The 'I' that feels, 'I am the servant of God, I am His devotee' does not injure one.

    ~ Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

  • "Always remember that you belong to no one, and no one belongs to you. Reflect that some day you will suddenly have to leave everything in this world, so make the acquaintanceship of God now. Prepare yourself for the coming astral journey of death by daily riding in the balloon of God-perception. Through delusion you are perceiving yourself as a bundle of flesh and bones, which at best is a nest of troubles. Meditate unceasingly, that you may quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence, free from every form of misery. Cease being a prisoner of the body; using the secret key of Kriya, learn to escape into Spirit."

    ~ Lahiri Mahasaya

    Angels by Sulamith Wulfing:

  • HATHA YOGA CANNOT BE REGARDED AS AN INDEPENDENT FORM.  THE GROWTH OF THE SPIRIT CHANGES IT INTO RAJA YOGA.  IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO NAME ANYBODY WHO ATTAINED THROUGH HATHA YOGA.  BESIDES, IN THE ASTRAL WORLD THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGH HATHA YOGA MAY EVEN BRING HARM, BY STRESSING ESPECIALLY THE ASTRAL BODY.  THE FAKIRS MAY ADAPT THEMSELVES TO THE ASTRAL PLANE AND UNWITTINGLY WEAKEN THE ASCENT OF THOUGHT.  EVEN AN IMMOBILE PERSON, MEDITATING, CAN ATTAIN FURTHER; BECAUSE THOUGHT IS THE RAJA OF ALL THAT EXISTS.  BEAUTY IS BORN THROUGH THE LIGHTNING OF THOUGHT.  TRULY, A FLAMING BHAKTA CAN KINDLE NEW WORLDS WITH A THOUGHT.  AND THE STEP OF A JNANA WILL BE BUT THE SMILE OF A RAJA-BHAKTI.  THEREFORE HATHA AND JNANA ARE NOT SELF-SUFFICIENT.  WHAT SAGE OF WISDOM WOULD NOT BE THE LORD OF LOVE?

    ~ Absolute Oracle

    This is the true true.

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