Review Category : Self Inquiry

What Is Self-Realization?

The words self realization and enlightenment are often used synonymously in spiritual literature to refer to the liberation of an individual from the sense of limitation brought about by identification with conditioned beliefs, opinions, fears, desires, and habits.  Because there are two major enlightenment traditions, Sanatana Dharma and Buddhism, and since there are many enlightenment schools within each tradition—and liberated ...

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How to Stop Thoughts

There are a number of techniques for silencing thoughts. Only one of these methods, so far as I know, leads to Self-realization. It has been described in a variety of ways by different people. Here is my attempt to explain how to do it.   This method is based on a certain state of mind that you can get into ...

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How to Control Your Ego

If you have been on the spiritual path for any length of time it is highly likely that you have heard some ‘guru’ or so-called expert telling you that you need to get rid of your ego. First, this is not possible. You were born with exactly what you need to thrive, grow and ultimately reach enlightened states of consciousness ...

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Ramana Maharshi Self Inquiry Meditation Instructions

Ramana Maharshi Self Inquiry Meditation Instructions Question : How should a beginner start this practice? Ramana Maharshi: The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry `Who am I?’ The thought ‘Who am I?’, destroying all other thoughts, will itself finally be destroyed like the stick used for stirring the funeral pyre. If other thoughts rise one should, without ...

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Observe Your Inner Being

Observe Your Inner Self Founder of Yoga in Daily Life, Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda says: “The more wise you are, the more humble you become; the more spiritual you are, the kinder you will be. Free yourself from the prison and don’t imprison yourself again by thinking negatively and talking badly of others. Some are in the prison of their emotions ...

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Self-Knowledge: The Aim of Yoga

Self-Knowledge, The Aim of Yoga Why meditate, why practice Yoga? How do these practices benefit our everyday life? The practice of Meditation and Yoga raises everything we do to the level of the conscious mind. There are so many things we do instinctively or reactively, meaning that we often function without full awareness. Self-knowledge and a heightened awareness, are two ...

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The Yoga of Self-Inquiry

First published in Australian Yoga Life magazine, Issue 9, 2004 Who Am I: The Yoga of Self-Inquiry Self-inquiry, the art of asking questions for inner guidance, is a powerful yogic pathway taught by masters of many traditions. It can be surprisingly simple and bring amazing results. There’s an ancient yogic tale about the nature of life and birth. It says ...

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Starting Over

Starting Over Is there something in your life that is more difficult than it should be? Or something you would like to take to another level or create as a steady practice? Try starting it’s a mindful skill that takes place in this moment. The practice of yoga is the practice of starting over. Certainly, anyone who’s attended a yoga ...

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Is Life an Illusion?

Is Life an Illusion? From Vedic times, the outlook of Vedanta takes a discriminating look at our lives and the nature of true reality. It asks us to distinguish between the ephemeral and the eternal. From time to time we’ve all had experiences of recognizing the dream-like qualities of life. Consider your experiences of  dreaming. Sometimes dreams follow the same ...

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Center of Being

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “being  centered”. Generally it refers to being focused, aware and totally present. If you play a sport you might prepare yourself by closing your eyes and taking a breath. If you are about to do something that requires concentration you might first draw yourself inward. Even if you are about to relax, you might ...

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