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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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History of Yoga – Part 2

He who realises the truth of the body can then come to realise the truth of the universe. – Rat Nas Tantra “Hatha Yoga originally incorporated neither postures nor any distinctive breathing patterns,” Kushal Magar revealed to my surprise.  “It was originally a … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 6

Skanda has been revered in India for over 3,000 years, with a wide variety of literature dedicated to his mythology and even great kings taking his name. Skanda is commonly depicted with a peacock, traditional symbol of Impatient Desire and … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 5

Skanda thereby came into being through the interaction of Desire (Kama), Consciousness (Shiva), Earth (Parvati), Fire (Agni), Water (Ganges) and Space (the Krittika).[1] Indeed, such was the force of his miraculous creation that it rippled through the matrix of the universe, … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 4

Although many miles apart, Rati felt Kama’s incineration and collapsed to the ground, tearing out her hair in anguish.[1] “Without the Pleasures of Love in the world, what remedy will there be for mankind’s suffering?” she wept.  “Without Love, bulls will abandon … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 3

Upon alighting high in the Himalayas, Kama dismounted his parrot and climbed onto the Makara – a mythical crocodilian creature, traditional symbol of the authentic tantric path for it represents the inner reality of all things, the truth beyond ordinary understanding. Kama thus began his approach to the … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 2

Kama was famed for his beauty. His body was slim and muscular.  His black hair curly and adorned with flowers.  His breath a fragrant breeze.  His scent that of an elephant in the full musth of arousal.  Indeed, it is said that … Continue reading

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