yOga : dhAraNa and dhyAna : Holding an idea and paying attention

dhAra is flow. dhAraNa is to hold an idea, or a thought. dhru word root means to bear. dhAryatE means bears. Having practiced restraint from undesired things and commitment to valued principles, having found a comfortable posture that you can hold for a long time, having practiced breath regulation and having learned not to pay…

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Madhu and Kaitabha : Devi Bhagavatham

Madhu and Kaitabha are described in  Swami Vijñanananda’s translation of the the Devi Bhagavatham as Daityas, Danavas and Asuras, though my studies upto now, show that these were not synonyms. They were born out of the ears of Vishnu. These were the days right after one of the Pralayas. So the whole world was submerged by…

s’ama dama : s’ama in Melkote Narayana Sannidhi

At Melkote, the chief deity is Sriman Narayana himself., not one of his 22 avatars. The Trip : My cousin called up one morning at my Yoga Practice time and declared his intention to take me to see nArAyaNa at mElkOTE. All I had to do was get ready, he took care of everything else…