Journey through the Chakras: Anahat

The “Anahat” or heart center is located just behind the heart area near the spine, in the center of the body. Physically it controls circulation and respiration, and much more. Spiritually, it is important in that it is the center where our natural love for God develops, and from which it is offered upward. Dharmadas discusses all these points and … Read More

“The “Non-Blues””

Dharmadas’s recent “One-Minute Challenge” video (Eliminate Complaining!) touched on a few lines from “The Non-Blues” written by Swami Kriyananda. In this video, Dharmadas shares the song, and some thoughts about the points Swamiji makes in the lyrics, as well as the charming story that led to him writing the song in the first place. Lyrics below: The Non-Blues (by Swami … Read More

One Minute Challenge: How’s Your Child?

This is a common enough question—for those who have children. But all of us potentially have a relationship with God—and—like any human parent—we are the only ones who can nurture and develop that relationship. No one else can do it for us in the same way. What if that relationship was our “child?” Could we learn to look at it … Read More

Journey through the Chakras: Manipur

The third part of our “journey”–the Manipur Chakra is associated with digestion and assimilation and physical energy, “fiery self-control” and Asana or posture. Dharmadas describes the importance of this stage in our growth and spiritual evolution–that we have to learn to focus our own energy and train the faculty of will (willingness) to accomplish upliftment for ourselves and the world … Read More

Journey through the Chakras: Swadhistan

The “Swadhistan” (second) chakra is where we learn to express creativity, fluidity, and flexibility. In this video Dharmadas suggests how we can open up and tune into the blessings and spiritual aspects of this chakra on our journey of awakening.

Journey through the Chakras: Muladhara

The Chakras are energy centers in the body with both physical and spiritual influence on our lives. In this video, Dharmadas begins the journey at the base of the spine–the coccyx or “Muladhara” chakra, associated with the earth element, locomotion, elimination, and firm commitment with focus on the rules of life. Dharmadas suggests ways we can awaken and tune into … Read More

One-Minute Challenge: Life Purpose

A basic metric around success in our lives revolves around the simple question: What is the purpose of my life? Of course, “simple” does not necessarily mean “easy to answer!” This is not just a rhetorical question–we are truly the only ones who can answer the it. And ultimately it does have an answer. If we can answer that question … Read More

Grieving

When we lose a loved one or suffer some other kind of personal loss we may try to avoid the natural grieving process that comes after. We cannot avoid it altogether–and trying to do so can sometimes lead to unhelpful consequences. Dharmadas shares a few personal observations and suggestions to aid the process in this video.