Qualities of a True Yogi

Qualities of a True Yogi

As the term “Yogi and enters deeper into the English lexicon, I have come to accept that this word is often being used to describe someone who enjoys doing Asana Yoga a lot!! While, I welcome this exalted word into the English, I am concerned that if we embrace this revered ancient word with so little qualifications the true qualities of a Yogi, that are every soul’s higher aspirations, may also get lost in the process.
 

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Wobbly Earth - Zodiac in Vedic Astrology & Western Astrology

Wobbly Earth - Zodiac in Vedic Astrology & Western Astrology

While the Europeans were still debating whether the earth was flat or not, the Vedic sages had already figured out the effects of the earth’s wobble on the calculations of the zodiac. It is quite amazing how advanced the Vedic civilization was in mathematics, science and astronomy that even without the aid of modern technologies they had calculated that the orientation of the equinoxes to the fixed stars precedes or moves backward through the zodiac at the rate of about 50.3 seconds per year or about 1 degree every 70 years (and it adds to about 24 degree over 2000 years).

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A Tale of Three Saturns (The 2012 Elections)

A Tale of Three Saturns (The 2012 Elections)
“I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream…he realizes that he’s gone just about as far as talent or fortune will take him. The dream will not happen, and he now faces the choice of accepting this fact like a grownup and moving on to more sensible pursuits, or refusing the truth and ending up bitter, quarrelsome, and slightly pathetic. ”
― Barack ObamaThe Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream 
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Shiva/Shakti, Sun/Moon - Union of the Masculine and Feminine

Shiva/Shakti, Sun/Moon - Union of the Masculine and Feminine

Goddess worship is an integral part of Hinduism and both male and female aspects of the divine, personified through the deities, are worshiped by men and women alike. Indeed, the word for strength, power and energy in Sanskrit, is the feminine aspect of the divine – or “Shakti”.  While, Shiva, the masculine impulse in the universe is the transcendent eternal principle; it is the feminine Shakti that transforms spirit into material form.

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Rahu and Ketu - Divine Confusion

Rahu and Ketu - Divine Confusion

A central principle of Yoga and Vedic Astrology is the cycle of human birth, death and rebirth, as the soul’s journey towards the realization of its cosmic roots. With each successive birth the desires of the soul to experience all aspects of life evolve until all desires have been transmuted (not suppressed) and surrendered. The desire that propels the soul to take birth on the physical plane is Rahu (north node) and the completion of the desire is Ketu (south node). When all longings cease and everything is embraced as an aspect of the divine, the journey is complete, and the soul merges back into its source.

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