The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

What is the ice bucket challenge?

Its simple: You pour a bucket of ice water over your head and challenge three other people to do this. It is done to raise funds for and awareness of ALS.

Who started it?

Pat Quinn was diagnosed with ALS last year. He reached out to Pete Frates, who is also diagnosed with ALS, “I want to see if we could connect and fight this thing together.” The two became friends and soon launched the ALS Ice bucket challenge that has gone viral.

What is ALS?

ALS is a progressively degenerative neurological disease that affects the neurons in the brain and the spine. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It begins with muscle weakness and stiffness and progresses from there. The disease is little understood and life expectancy is short just 2 to 5 years after diagnosis. There is no known cure for this disease.

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Fully Experience The Present Moment!

Experience Present Moment

This is a continuation of Bob Weisenberg’s essay: Six Big Ideas Of Yoga. This is the third of the Six Big Ideas:

The way to experience our wondrous self is to fully experience the present moment, since each moment of consciousness is infinitely wondrous in itself.

One of my favorite Yoga stories is the one about the young American who makes an arduous journey to the farthest reaches of the Himalayas, seeking to learn the secret of life and happiness from one of the greatest Yoga gurus.

Once in the Himalayas, he travels five days up into the mountains, through many trials and difficulties. Finally he reaches the high mountain pass where the great old man in a white robe and long flowing grey hair sits in lotus position, staring peacefully off into space.

The young man sits down next to the guru and assumes a similar pose, waiting for his words of wisdom. An hour goes by. Then several hours. Then a day, then several days. He feels extraordinary bliss and peace. Finally the young man says to the old man, “What happens next?”

The guru answers, “Nothing happens next. This is it.”
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The Yogi Healer

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Paramahamsa Yogananda

This is a story that unfolds when the legendary Yogananda had returned to India from the US to visit his Guru. Yogananda accompanied by his younger brother and a few others decided to visit the “Kumbh Mela”. This story is related by his younger brother Sananda Lal Ghosh who refers to him as “Mejda” or “Middle brother” in Bengali. We see in this story how some people are blessed with remarkable healing powers:

Our guide then took us to the other side of Ganges to visit another remarkable sage who, it was said, had healed many persons of incurable diseases. He was seated on a hillock in front of a ceremonial fire, and was surrounded by his devotees. We climbed the mound and seated ourselves near the sage. Mejda asked about his healing power. The sait replied in Hindi: “What is unusual about it? You are also healing others with the same power.” Mejda remained silent. After a short time we bowed respectfully and left. Mejda remarked: “He truly has the power of God.”

While we were resting at Prasad Ghosh’s home one afternoon, his second daughter, Chaya, about eight or ten years old, was either playing on the high wall surrounding the house or climbing on it in order to pick the fruit from a nearby tree. She slipped and fell, uttering a piercing cry. We rushed outside and found her lying on the ground, unconscious. She was carried into the house. From her posture, and from the swelling in the spinal area near the waistline, it was feared that she might have fractured some vertebrae. They were going to rush her to the hospital.

Mejda came into the room and asked the weeping mother and relatives to step aside: “Let me see her back.” Laying the child face down, he began to offer silently some prayer or chant as he sprinkled cold water on her back. This process lasted about fifteen or twenty minutes. Then he sat down besides the still form, placed his hand over the injury, and meditated for about half and hour. We all stood silently around them. Suddenly Mejda stood up and took hold of the little girl’s hand, and with a sharp jerk, lifted her to her feet. “Get up!” He said. “Nothing has happened. You are all right.”

Fully conscious now, Chaya saw everyone staring at her; she became shy and ran over to her mother and buried her face in her mother’s sari. Mejda quietly left the house.

Editor’s note: Though this story is about healing powers, we must be extraordinary cautious in taking recourse to these. Our first choice should always be to take normal medicine, as Yogananda, and his followers did. Healings as described here are extremely rare.

Credit: This account is provided in the book Mejda written by Sananda Lal Ghosh.

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I Plan To Keep Yoga In My Life!

Nicole Muchowicz provides us with her story into yoga as a daughter of a Yoga teacher. She folds her story into the story of yoga itself and how it works and helps us. A wonderfully done story that will open your heart to the endless possibilities created by Yoga.

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The Genius And John

Genius And John

A proud and confident genius makes a bet with John who is known to be not too bright. The genius says, “Hey John, every question I ask you that you don’t know the answer, you have to give me $5. And if you ask me a question and I can’t answer yours I will give you $5,000.”

John says, “Okay.”

The genius then asks, “How many continents are there in the world?”

John doesn’t know and hands over the $5. He then asks, “Now my turn. What animal stands with two legs but sleeps with three?”

The genius tries and searches very hard for the answer but gives up and hands over the $5000. The genius says, “Dang it, I lost. By the way, what was the answer to your question?”

John hands over $5. “I have no idea,” he says as he leaves while he puts the remaining money in his pocket.

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