On Tuesday, May 11th at 9 am Hawaii Time (-10 GMT) we have the Moon and Sun coming together in the star of Krittika at the very end of sidereal Aries. Krittika is “the Cutter” and is where we divide and use the utmost skill in our insight and awareness of how to take something apart. The deity of this star is Agni, the god of fire who helps us digest and transform whatever is in front of us. Fire rules the eyes and our sight, so this star can also help us “see” clearly before we decide what to cast away or cut off. The story of this star brings us the birth of Kartikeyya, the warrior child associated with Mars who fights the demon Tarakasura when he is 7 days old. He is nursed by the wives of the sages, the Krittika, who have been cast off to the sky by their husbands for believing them to be unfaithful, hence this star is not one for marriage! (I tell the full story in the video) The Moon is exalted in the Taurus portion of this star as here we have both the grounded energy of Earth and the capacity to use this fiery insight to cut off any excess fat from our emotional state and connections. In Taurus, we take care of ourselves. We create peaceful and harmonious environments where our nervous systems can thrive and we take care of and nurture our bodies with food and self-care.
This New Moon moves us into the auspicious day (and days before) called Akshaya Tritiya. “Akshaya” means everlasting, eternal and complete. Tritiya refers to the third phase, or tithi of the Moon where we are strong and victorious. On this day, both the Sun and the Moon are exalted and that is why we find long-lasting results from our investments. We are blessed by having our luminaries in exaltation. Wherever the Sun might be on a New Moon in Aries, three phases of the Moon later ensures that the Moon will be in Taurus. The other planets that are close to the Sun, Mercury and Venus, also often fall in either their own signs, each other’s friendly signs, or in Venus’ case exaltation on Akshaya Tritiya. This year, Saturn will be in his own sign as well. This is a day that many people invest in gold or other things that can bring long-term wealth. It is also said to be a great day to start gardens or farming, and this year with so many planets in Taurus, this will certainly bear fruit. Some people may plan their weddings for this day or engagements and other activities that can bring longevity, but of course, avoiding the Krittika nakshatra! Many auspicious things are said to have happened on this day including the appearance of the Goddess Annapurna (Parvati’s form as the giver of food and grains), the birth of Vishnu’s 6th avatar Parashurama the warrior, and the day the Ganges is said to have come down to Earth from the heavens. It is also said that Ganesha and Ved Vyasa began the writing of the Mahabharata, the great epic of India that contains within the Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna granted his childhood friend Sudama great riches on this day as well, and then he and his wife came to the conclusion that they preferred to live in simplicity in the woods and meditate instead. This is an important thing to think upon as we approach this auspicious timing, as perhaps the greatest riches are not actual gold, but spiritual gold. When we invest in our own awakening to Spirit, to the Big Love, then we are not going to ever be bereft of anything because we are forever full! Have a Blessed New Moon and Akshaya Tritiya! Watch the video for the deeper download:)
The Moon is full today, April 26th at 5:31 pm HT (-10 GMT) in the star of Swati in sidereal Libra. This is a star where we are finding our individuation, despite the illusions (Swati is ruled by Rahu) and the wind (Vayu, the Wind is the lord) blowing us in every direction. Here the object we wield is a sword, and we are fighting for what feels like our own power. The Sun is in debility in this place in the sky because it is where we give our power away in an effort to get along and be liked. This star reminds us that no one can have power over us if we do not give it to them. How do you fight the wind? How do you fight illusions of other people? The sword we carry will not get us far if we swing it at every ghost we see. The sword must be used in discernment and with training.
The training happens in Aries, where the Sun, Mercury and Venus are residing. Here is where we learn how to strengthen ourselves and how to show up in a disciplined and active way to follow our own light. The Sun is in his highest state of power here. Mercury and Venus, however are not. With these two relational planets in Aries, we are not very compromising at the moment and this Moon is reminding us that there is a time and place to be willing to budge. If we are so strong in our logic-oriented mind of right and wrong (as shown by Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini) we might forget to make room for other people’s reality. Being in our power does not mean fighting or blocking any ideas or people that make us feel disempowered. It means recognizing that we are the keeper of our own power and it is ultimately us who gave it away to begin with.
This full moon also marks Hanuman Jayanti, the birth of the monkey-deity who shows us the way of bhakti. If we hope to emulate Hanuman in his strength and courage, we must also emulate him in his devotion to truth and love. It is only through the love in his heart that he is able to muster up his incredible feats of power. If he is selfish in his endeavors, he will be brought back down to earth as he was when he was a small child chasing a mango in the sky. It is only through his true awareness that there are no "others" that he is able to act in full bhakti, full devotion. For the full download on this moon and the story of Hanuman’s birth and how he got his name and monkey-god status, watch the video! To sign up or learn more about the course "The Sacred Art of Timing" go here:
For the rest of April we have what is called a Parivartan yoga where Mars is in Mercury’s sign of Gemini and Mercury is in Mars’ sign of Aries. With either of these two planets in the other’s sign, we can see fighting words come up. Mercury is quick to speak, focused on black/white and right/wrong thinking. It also illicits fiery word choices in the sign of Aries. Mars in Gemini fights about ideas and information, and can play devil’s advocate here. Especially in today’s internet world, where being a keyboard warrior is so easy and sometimes anonymous, we can see these two planets in either of the other’s signs create and end friendships in one keystroke. The blessing here is that the parivartan yoga gives both planets extra intelligence through the exchange of signs. A capacity for discipline with speech from Mars and a discernment about which battles are worth fighting from Mercury. It’s also super important to understand that people fight (with words) differently.
Some people argue because they enjoy arguing. To these people, ideas are only formed once they’ve been proven through debate and it is fun for them to argue from all different sides. They may or may not even ever commit to a point of view. This can be some of what we see especially hot right now, and is often seen with Mars in Gemini or Libra or Mercury in Aries or Leo, or just significant planets in Gemini and fire signs.
Some people are fighting relationally. This means that for them the argument is about the relationship itself. They want others to prove their love or friendship by “taking their side” or caring about their feelings. These arguments usually happen around trivial or mundane things that the person does not actually care about that much. These can be the most difficult people to fight with because there is no big truth or even information at the core of their argument. They don’t have attachment to a right or wrong, they are just interested in how you relate to them. The people they are arguing with may have a different style and therefore be fighting for something they care about a lot. Since fighting is primarily in the realm of Mars, which is logic oriented and disconnecting rather than connective and relational, and conversation in the realm of Mercury where we are attempting to be objective with information, we see these people often suffer from fights, as they are using it to try to relate and no amount of logic or information will change how they feel. These folks may have Mars or Mercury in water signs (especially Cancer and Scorpio) or significant Libra/Mars energy in their chart.
Finally, we have those who are fighting for their beliefs. These are the people most likely to get riled up and fierce in battle, as they are fighting for what feels like their core principles. These people have strong connections to truth and what they believe is an extension of who they are. The passion and sense of justice in the fight can make the person on the other end wish they never got into it, unless of course it is an argument between two such people! In that case, you might as well get some popcorn. Interestingly, these folks can be the earliest to fold on an argument, once they see that they are unable to convince the other of their perspective, they usually run out of steam because that was the point for them. We can often see Mars or Mercury in Sagittarius or Aquarius here or a strong relationship to the 9th house.
Whatever your style of arguing/fighting is, note that while it’s not “wrong” to argue, it is often ineffective, regardless of your motivation. It rarely brings more connection, wisdom/knowledge or convinces anyone of anything. The best use of Mars energy is to channel it into a disciplined regular action that you take yourself. The best use of Mercury’s energy is to have discernment in the information you take in and send back out into the world, Now is a great time to use mantra practice as the repetition meets Mars and the words meet Mercury. Pranyama, breath practices can also be quite helpful for disciplining the body and releasing the mind of harmful thought patterns. This is also a great time to get active on any paperwork, research or writing you have been putting off while Mercury was in the watery sign of Pisces. Best to stay clear of easy triggers like social media and conversations with people with whom you often argue. Even being funny can be quite cutting at times and remember these transits are being experienced by everyone, so you will not be the only one with a sharp tongue;-)
The Sun and Moon come together in 28:15 degrees sidereal Pisces in the final star of the zodiac, Revati this Sunday, April 11th at 4:29 pm HT (-10 GMT). Revati is where we are walking each other home. It is ruled by the god Pushan, a shepherd who guides the flocks to their resting place. As too are we coming to an end of several weeks with two to four planets in sidereal Pisces, allowing us to feel, emote, receive and dive deep into our connection with Source. This is also the beginning. This is the Hindu month of Chaitra, wherein we celebrate the first month of the Luni-solar calendar. It is said to be when Brahma created the universe. It is also the start of the 9 night festival honoring the Goddess. Durga Navaratri celebrates the epic tale of the mother that comes to save her children from the evil demon Mahishasura. She slays the shape-shifting buffalo headed demon after many trials from his minions and after she has had to manifest in all her various forms to take on his army. In the final scene, she tells her devotees that she will always be there when they call for her. This is a key teaching of the goddess, as we must call her if we want her to arrive. She is hidden but ever present and the calling out to her and manifesting her grace comes from the humility to ask for help to begin with. No easy feat in our modern world where humility is low and ego is high. She also sucks the demon back into her being after she slays him, indicating that even he is part of her. Even our darkest, ugliest and more fearful aspects of ourself are welcomed into her folds to be recycled (up cycled?) into new manifestations of her. This final day “victory day” is also a celebration of Vishnu’s avatar Ram and his birth and the start of Ram Navami.
As this New Moon is immediately followed by the Moon, then Sun and eventually Mercury joining Venus (who already hopped the Gandanta into Aries on April 10th), we will feel an enormous uptick of energy and fire on its heels. It is so important to make sure we have properly aligned with ourselves in the days of darkness leading up so that whatever we jump start on the other end is coming of and from us and not the world or impressions upon us. Expect a bit of a shock to the system, especially if you favor the more watery and earth elementals and have a harder time with the masculine energies of air and fire we are moving into. Mars is moving into Gemini from Taurus on April 13th and our tongues could become quite sharp. While ruler, Mercury is still debilitated in Pisces until the 16th, it might be confusing and emotional battles we take up with our intellect. Then the two Grahas will be in each other’s sign, Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini offering both a higher dose of intelligence but our words could become even sharper and more focused. The black and white thinking of Mars is antithetical to the more nuanced and objective approach of a healthy Mercury and we can expect some battles to rage. Especially in the online world. Jupiter now in Aquarius is bringing social justice into the forefront and since we each have a different view of what that means and a lot of fighting energy “up” for us, while the ruler of that passion is in an intellectual sign. The best remedy for this is to avoid social media and the news. Try to find other ways to exercise your mind, like reading a good long tome or chanting mantras! The more you allow yourself to engage in the online universe, the more it will trigger you, so consider yourself warned. Remember yourself and your true nature that you were connecting with during the new moon and go back to that inner fire.
“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.” CH3 sl 35 Bhagavad Gita (translation by E. Easwaran)
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This Sunday March 28, at 8:48 am HT (-10 GMT) the Moon and Sun will be exactly opposite one another for our Full Moon in sidereal Virgo in the star of Hasta. Here we take our best laid plans and release them. What remains or comes back is what we are making manifest. Ruled by Savitur, the aspect of the Sun that we experience before we even see it and witness first rising on the Eastern Horizon, Hasta is the open hand, open to receive as well as to let go of what no longer serves us. Thankfully, we’ve had a nice explosive Mars/Rahu conjunction nine houses away from this Moon, which very likely helped us each lose what no longer serves us in our truth, LOL! The universe always provides:)
Seriously, while it is never fun to experience intense anger from within or outside of us, it is often these “explosive” experiences that help clarify what isn’t working and propels us forward. No pain, no gain, they say, and sometimes that is true. The real blessing isn’t in random explosions, however, it’s in aligning with our deepest truths and following a path that continues to build on and illuminate those truths.
With Venus, the ruler of Taurus (where the Rahu/Mars exact conjunction occurs Friday) is in her point of exaltation in Pisces. When Venus is exalted, we really move beyond basic relational needs with one another and into the next plane of love, where it is IN us and EVERYWHERE around us too. When we focus on the immediate exchange of two persons we can elevate our love to a point, but when we move that into a space that is bigger than any two beings themselves can carry, we invite God(dess) in to activate that love. We move from bounded to unbounded love. This is especially important right now, because in Virgo, the sign of Healing, we are getting an exchange between the Moon and Venus, two primary planets in relationships. The Moon in Virgo can bring our mind and emotions to be overly focused on the details, and we can struggle to step back and see the big picture. Venus in Pisces can help keep the focus of happiness on our connection to spirit, rather than something someone else needs to do to please us. Venus and Sun joined in Pisces can find us floating in a sea of all the possibilities, without any bounds to keep us contained, and the Moon in Virgo can bring us back to the specifics that ground our thoughts, feelings and inspirations into something tangible that can be made or done.
Venus being so close to the Sun (they are also exact as of Friday) can give us the feeling of being overlooked, underappreciated and not admired. This could definitely be a catalyst for some of the anger and aggression of the Mars/Rahu conjunction, but it can also be an inspiration to find our happiness inside ourselves and our relationship to Spirit, not through others and what they give us. Everyone is always going through their own experiences also, and often we expect too much of each other. We expect our friends and partners to show up for us in ways we often do not even show up for ourselves, and this is not a healthy dynamic. How can we connect to one another outside the fields of “right and wrong” and how we have been conditioned to think relating works? How can we manifest our wildest dreams, literally grounding the impossible in the possible? The only way is if we allow our connection to whatever Source we resonate with to guide through us. If we are the only ones with whom the responsibility of making big things happen, we will fall from the weight of it all. Even with help from that other person we have made contracts and commitments with, we will both drown. Swimming is an act of God. Floating and being carried while also using the mechanics and know how to keep yourself afloat. Neither can happen on our own will alone.
With the ruler of the Moon, Mercury in the end degrees of Aquarius, we can use this time to blueprint our models for what we want to build in society and for the future. In just a few days, Mercury will transition into Pisces and our capacity to clarify our thoughts will be also in the watery and spiritual realm of the fish. While brilliant insight will be available with the conjunction of exalted Venus, we will still have more trouble delineating and organizing our thoughts at that point. Jupiter is also giving dristhi to this Full Moon, giving us some practical wisdom that includes long-term awareness of how best laid plans can falter, fail or survive. This is a time to take the gold nuggets of wisdom of Jupiter in Capricorn, and leave the fear and less expansive energy to be, because the Sun is coming up and we can choose to either stay asleep, or be a part of this brand new day!
Gayatri Mantra: Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyum Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Di Yo Yo Na Prachodyat
Holi is the “festival of colors”, an Indian holiday that officially brings us into the celebration of Spring! As we move out of the darkness of winter and into the budding spring, we also are honoring the lifting from the darkness of spirit into the light. The story of Holi shows Prahlad, a devoted young boy who has a one-pointed love for Vishnu being born to a demon king, Hiranyakashyapa. His father was self-obsessed and wanted the devotion of his son. When the reflection of Prahlad’s purity became too much to bear, he began to devise a plan to end his son’s life. After several failed attempts, he brings his sister Holika into his schemes, asking her to bring Prahlad onto her lap and he will light a fire around them. Holika has a boon to be protected from fire, but Prahlad will burn. Unfortunately for her, Holika finds out that her boon was contingent on her being alone in the fire and she burns, while Prahlad’s devotion and love for Vishnu saves him. The day leading up to the festival of Holi is often honored by bonfire, where this scene is re-enacted and then fire can be brought back to individual homes to purify and clean any negative energies that have accumulated there, as well as bacteria, disease etc. This is a time to begin Spring Cleaning too! Happy Holi!
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Mars/Rahu in Taurus joined exact this week... Plus ruler Venus exalted & combust in Pisces !!
Explosive, and Fiery Potential, but also Deep Devotion as the ruler Venus is in her sign of exaltation, Pisces. Whenever Mars joins Rahu, the north node, we have potential for explosions, as Mars is fire and Rahu is the airy quality of dispersion. This can literally bring fires to the earth (Taurus is an earth sign), and definitely within our bodies and lives. From an Ayurvedic perspective, we can calm this fire (pitta) and air (vata) with food choices that steer clear of oily, spicy, acidic or gassy foods. We can also practice asana and pranayama that help to meet and control these exacerbated energies. Twists and backbends can help control the fire, also long holds and strengthening poses that do not have excessive movement. This will also automatically bring more peace to the mind, but in addition breaths like Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Sitali (cooling breath) and even just long deep breaths can help to stabilize and neutralize the dispersive and nervous energy of Rahu. note:
This conjunction is happening in the nakshatra Rohini, the rosy red maiden whom is the favored of the 27 stars by both her husband Chandra (Moon god) and her father, Daksha. We can see this play out with an emphasis on fighting for the rights of young women, and their sexual freedom as well as their right to not be exploited or killed/assaulted. Be patient and compassionate with yourself and others, as they are all experiencing this also. Also, be careful out there! It’s been heating up, so you’ve likely already experienced a lot of the beginning phases of it. Rahu can have us feeling like a stranger in a strange land, so don’t force yourself to be around people, but accept that they will likely be around making noise anyway, lol, and practice imagining that your thoughts and experiences are also the ones they are having. Recognizing yourself in the other. This will be happening in a different house, a different area of life for each of us, and Mars is a different house lord for us each too, so referring back to the video I made a month ago when Mars first moved in, where I go through this transit for all 12 signs will be helpful, and I’ll put the link in the comments. I do go through a few examples in the facebook live video filmed today and much more in depth with the way we are experiencing this. I will list that video also in the comments, after it airs. Venus is joined the Sun (also exact on the 26th) in her sign of highest potency, Pisces, the watery emotional realm of merging with all that is. Here we have a chance to really feel the love and devotion available when we see God/Goddess/Energy in everything and everything as an emanation of that love itself. While Venus combust the Sun can definitely have us feeling overlooked and underappreciated, in her sign of exaltation with the indicator of Consciousness itself, we are able to really have a communion with Source if we are in touch with this part of ourselves. Whatever house Pisces is for you, and Venus and the Sun ruling, will definitely get a boost of this extra-ordinary love and creativity, and as she is the ruler of Mars/Rahu in Taurus, we will all see potential for our actions to be elevated to this level as well, perhaps even inspired by the feeling of “other” that Rahu can delude us with.
It is also important to note that once Rahu moves into earlier degrees than Mars (the nodes of the Moon move backwards as the planets generally move forward), we will also begin to bring our Kala Sarpa Yoga to an end. The Kala Sarpa, or “Time Snake” has wrapped us up in its coils of delusion and illusion since Venus first brought us into it in early January and has been helping us evolve our karmas with this Taurus/Scorpio axis by giving us extraordinary experiences to highlight the karma we must bring to a close in Scorpio, through the shadows in that area of our life. The lessons we learn from the smoky haze of the nodes are necessary if we hope to stabilize and get more positive results with the newer karma on the front end with Rahu in Taurus, which is driving this Kala Sarpa. If you are not already on my email list, when you sign up you will receive an instant free report on this Taurus/Scorpio nodal axis for all 12 signs! Sign up in the top right corner!
Many blessings to you and all around you! Hare Ohm
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The New Moon is this Saturday, March 13th at 12:21 am Hawaii Time. This New Moon also falls on the heels of the biggest celebration of our highest spiritual potential all year, Mahashivaratri, the Great Night of Lord Shiva. Every 13th (night)/14th lunar day of the waning Moon (Krishna Paksha) is a Shivaratri, in that as the Moon and Sun come together as one, our Mind joins our Consciousness in a meditative union. We are not lit up in the light of our socially aware selves, rather internalized in our own inner awareness. On this 14th phase, Chaturdashi tithi, the Moon is moving to its absolute darkest and in the month of Magha/Phalguna, it is the time where the Northern Hemisphere is also most positioned towards the heavens... offering us humans a potent portal to access our highest self. This is the story of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati and all they had to overcome in order to unite in love, and this is also the story of Shiva becoming so entranced in meditation, he became one with Mount Kailash, still as a mountain himself. This is a night for yogis, ascetics, householders and eccentrics to become one with their own selves. This year, it will be celebrated on March 11th.
This New Moon is falling just before the final degree of sidereal Aquarius in the star of Purva Bhadrapada, the early blessed result. This nakshatra is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one footed goat who shows us the rough climb we have if we do not possess all our faculties. It is also where we receive that lightning flash of insight that we are more than just these shells of flesh and bone. It is where we realize we are the Seer. Much work is left to do thereafter, as a glimpse is not a becoming, but it is often the beginning of an arduous journey through the next star of Uttara Bhadrapada, where we have to dive deep into our own poison to come out with the nectar. Purva Bhadrapada is in both Aquarius and Pisces, the bridge between our mind and our feeling nature on the universal plane. When we can imagine the future, and then when we can become it. We are still at the final degrees of the mental plane of Aquarius, where we realize the health of the collective is the health of the individual. Where we understand that we are all in this together. What this means to each of us will, as always, depend on our worldview and beliefs but the capacity for great change on a grand scale is very much available. We can choose how we want that to look at move forward in a sacred way, or we can allow the usual suspects to dictate what that future looks like. It is up to each of us to thrive for the hive! What is your greatest vision for humanity? What does a first step forward look like. If we get to caught up in reaching an ambitious goal, then we feel disappointed when we don’t get there. We need to see an end vision and work towards it, but also have the flexibility to allow it to form as it naturally will. We also must be present enough to accept each step as it’s own victory, like our friend Aja Ekapada!
We have both Venus and Mercury now in Aquarius as well, Venus quite close to the Sun and Moon. Might our willingness to work together, find harmony and compromise in our work and excellent communication. While our beliefs (Jupiter) and commitments (Saturn) are still steeped in the fear of Capricorn, they are also offering us that same thing we have had available since Jan 2020 when Saturn first moved into his home sign….a chance to let go. When better to apply this capacity for silence, solitude and meditation than at Shivaratri? When better to understand that the more we merge with our own higher self, the easier it will be to engage with others and the world community? If we don’t address our individual reality, how can we hope to solve collective problems? With Jupiter giving a 5th house dristhi to Mars in Taurus, we will have the inspiration to act, but it may pull us to more materialistic, sensuous and practical pursuits. This is less of a concern if our personal kingdom is in order because all marching orders will be coming from a place of deep understanding. If we are scratching the surface though, then we will achieve just that…surface results. With all the planets trapped between the lunar nodes right now, we can go deep within and awaken, or remain shallow and confused...the choice is for each of us.Go Deep;-)
Blessed Shivaratri & New Moon!
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Full Moon in Purva Phalguni: Pleasure, Devotion & the Collective
The Moon will be at its brightest this Friday night at 10:17 pm HT (February 26th) in the sign of Leo and the star of Purva Phalguni. Purva Phalguni is the “early reddish lady” or the maiden ripe with fertility that is ready to delight in love and play. It is ruled by Bhaga, the god of delight and enjoyment who learns that if he is only seeking pleasure through his eyes, then he will be blind to the well of deeper beauty available. When we are caught up in the spoils of power and are overly stimulated, we might lose regard for the collective we are ultimately serving. We then no longer feel the beauty and joy ourselves either. This is being really etched in right now as both the lord of Leo, the Sun and the planet of beauty and happiness, Venus (who incidentally also rules Purva Phalguni) is across the way in the sign of Aquarius, reminding us that if only ourselves and a select few are experiencing happiness, then it is not sustainable. If we are living the high life while others are suffering, we must do our part to raise the vibration for all, because we share this world and can only experience a limited amount of joy if others are not experiencing any. This is where Bhakti, or divine devotion comes in. When we are able to offer our joy, pleasure and even sexual energy to something higher than ourselves, it permeates throughout time and space and fills all of us. When we raise our own vibration to the higher qualities of love, where we serve from a truly loving place of wanting what’s best for society, not just ourselves, then we feel an ocean of bliss beyond what personal satisfaction we could ever feel in transitory moments. The power of Leo is in the realization that the “king” or our own personal ruler, our connection to Source, is only powerful when it is serving the people, the kingdom. Once it becomes tainted and uses the power for personal gain, then it is no longer real power. It has shifted into ego power which goes as quickly as it came. Think of the yoga practices you may partake in (or have heard of others doing:). If the goal is only to become more flexible, stronger and thinner, than you are getting only the basest of benefits from your practice. If you say, also want to calm your mind and feel more inner peace, then you are raising the vibration a little but still remaining in your ego and selfishness. This is why the Bhagavad Gita expresses the foremost yogas to be Karma (Selfless Service) and Bhakti (Devoted Love) because they are the two that transcend personal gain and offer it to the rest of the world and beings. You can gain great siddhis (yogic powers) by extreme austerity and commitment to strengthening your body and mind, but if it remains selfish in its pursuit, it will bring the power of asura, without light. It will be power that may be able to conquer all three worlds and gain much worldly possessions and beauty, but it will always be in danger of being taken from you and therefore, no longer enjoyable. If we have to worry about our riches, beauty or pleasure being taken from us, then we have to live in a mindset of lack and competition, which does not feel intrinsically blissful. If we do not have these worries because we are feeling bliss in the collective sense and not as the goal, then we cannot lose our joy and happiness because it was never ours to begin with. It is being held by all and therefore available to all.
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