Five Things To Know About International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day

1. When is Yoga Day?

Yoga day is on June 21st of the year. This day will be known as the “International Yoga Day”.

2. Why June 21st?

June 21st is the Summer Solstice for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

The first full moon day after the Summer Solstice is known as “Guru Poornima”. According to Yogic lore, Guru Poornima is the day when the first yogi taught his disciples. This day has been since used to celebrate spiritual and academic teachers.

3. Who decided this?

The International Yoga Day has been created by the U.N. General Assembly. It came about because the General Assembly adopted a resolution to this effect. This resolutions was sponsored by a record 177 member nations (of the 193 member body.) The measure was proposed by the Indian Prime Minister.

4. What should I do on this date?
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Everyone Is Infinite!

Everyone Is Infinite

Everyone is the Self and indeed, is infinite. Yet each person mistakes his mind-body for his Self.

In order to know anything, illumination is necessary. This illumination is provided by Consciousness.

Consciousness is the Self of which everyone is aware. No one is ever away from his Self and therefore everyone is in fact Self-realized; So what is self-realization then?.

Realization consists only in getting rid of the false idea that one is not realized! It is not anything new to be acquired. It must already exist or it would not be eternal and only what is eternal is worth striving for.

Once the false notion ‘I am the mind-body’ or ‘I am not realized’ has been removed, Supreme Consciousness or the Self alone remains and in people’s present state of knowledge they call this realization. But the truth is that Realization is eternal and already exists, here and now.

The essence of the mind is only awareness or consciousness. However, when the ego clouds it, it functions as reasoning, thinking or perceiving.

The Universal Mind, not being limited by the ego, has nothing outside itself and is therefore only aware. This is what the Bible means by ‘I am that I am.’

Credit: By Sri Ramana Maharshi in Teachings in His own Words.

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People Could Learn From Their Furry Friends!

This remarkable video is narrated from the dog’s point of view. It shows us the way to value what really matters and let the superficial fall away. Just like a dog would do.

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The Black Pebble

Black Pebble

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
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The Train Of Life

The Train Of Life
Life is like a journey on a train, with its stations, with changes of routes, and their accidents!

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey.

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

Credit: Source unknown. Saw this on Facebook. There is a similar essay by John A Passaro.

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