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The warmth of the summer sun can have a revitalizing effect on you, particularly after a long winter and rainy spring season. With the summer season just days away, you might already be daydreaming about what you want to do. Perhaps a vacation or a summer cookout is on your list. There are many... Read More
Ganesha is one of the most distinctive Hindu deities with his large elephant head and pot-bellied human body. He plays a dual role of a supreme being powerful enough to remove obstacles and ensure success or create obstructions for those whose ambition has become destructive.   Ganesha is an... Read More
Shiva, the third member of the Hindu trinity, is one of the most complex gods and one who seems to embody contradictory qualities. Shiva, whose name means “auspicious one” in Sanskrit, is both protector and destroyer. Like Shakti, Shiva takes many—and often paradoxical—forms. As the god of the... Read More
We are surrounded by archetypes: those recurrent symbols found in art, literature, modern-day movies, television soap operas, tabloid newspapers, mythology, and even regular everyday people.  These archetypes—including those found in the Vedic tradition—can be valuable assistants in your life. An... Read More
As we advance through the stages of the eight limbs of yoga, we come to the seventh limb called dhyana. Often, dhyana is used interchangeably with the practice of meditation. There is, however, a distinct difference between meditation as a practice and the state of being that is dhyana. The Journey... Read More
Most of us are familiar with the mantra OM. We routinely chant it at the end of a group meditation or a yoga class, without thinking much about it. Maybe we use a mantra that begins with OM, but what does it really represent? What is the true value of this all-powerful sound? The Creation of the... Read More
The changing of the seasons is often a tricky time for health. On one hand, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be excited with the end of winter and happy to see the budding flowers of spring. On the other hand, the rapid changes in weather and seasonal allergies can leave you feeling... Read More
Vishnu is seen as the divine arbitrator. He protects justice and moral order by mediating disagreements, whether they involve humans or gods. He is an archetype you might call on when seeking patience; you might identify with his gentle, merciful nature. One third of the trinity of gods who... Read More