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Kali

Came across this stunning 10th-century bronze of Kali in a museum in Chennai the other day. Kali is one of many traditional personifications of Shakti, the Energy that constitutes the entire universe. She holds the head of a stylised “trishul” trident. … Continue reading

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Bhairava

Our need to “fit in” makes evolutionary sense. Our ancestors needed to stick together in extended families, then in tribes to survive a tough life in a dangerous world. Today, we are a predominantly urbanised species that has divided itself into … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 7

Our obsession with external appearance diminishes our ability to participate in truly intimate, loving relationships. – Kushal Magar As a child, I was utterly entranced by Classical Greece. I taught myself its history and myths, its alphabet and geography. I … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 6

Yogasana … are not exercises, but techniques which place the physical body in positions that cultivate awareness, relaxation, concentration and meditation … the body becomes full of vitality and strength, the mind becomes light, creative, joyful and balanced. – Satyananda … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 5

Body still as a deodar cedar.  Mind lucid as a winter moon.  Senses tranquil as a summer sky.  This is Yoga. – Kushal Magar The contrast between my impressions of yoga as I had experienced its practice in the West and … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 4

He who truly experiences yoga sees himself in all beings and all beings in himself.  He thereby truly perceives that in truth there is perfect unity in all diversities. – Gorakhnath “So what of Matsyendranath’s student, Gorakhnath?” I asked, eager … Continue reading

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Shivratri

Today is the festival of Shivratri, when Shiva is honoured as the principal symbol of all that is benevolent and Unlimited Consciousness – the innate disposition towards order in the universe. In some regions of the Hindu world, Shivratri celebrates Shiva’s … Continue reading

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