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“What Does Your Tattoo Mean?”

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When people ask for the meaning of my tattoo, I am often times at a loss for words. I am never quite sure of how to best answer this question. The mantra is from the Upanishads, and it is an often-recognized chant nowadays. Om Poornama-Adah Poornam-Idam Poornat-Poornam-Udacyate Poornasya Poornam-Aadaaya Poornam-Eva-Avashissyate || Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih […]

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Karma and the hope of freedom

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  The traditional notion of Yoga as liberation can hardly be understood without its counterpart of karma. Karma is the mechanism that keeps an individual consciousness at the core of the human personality bound to the conditioned cycle of existence called samsāra. Samsāra is the provisional reality that we navigate in the course of daily life. […]

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Bhagavad Gita 2.15 yam hi na vyathayanty ete

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Bhagavad Gita 2.15 yam hi na vyathayanty ete purusam purusarsabha sama-duhkha-sukham dhiram so ‘mrtatvaya kalpate Translation from Stephen Mitchell (2000) “Only the man who is unmoved by any sensations, the wise man indifferent to pleasure, to pain, is fit for becoming deathless.” Translation from Swami Tapasyananda, Bhagavad Gita: The Scripture of Mankind (2000) : “O […]