Fighting Drug Addiction Through Yoga

Dorilia Morales found herself trapped in drug addiction and an abusive relationship for 10 years. She then found help and a way out by taking yoga classes. She says that yoga gives her self-esteem and has awakened the light within and this has helped her stay off drugs for over 9 years.

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Chip’s Cholesterol Story


If Chip can do it so can you!

I have always been an active person. As far back as I can remember, I ran around the neighborhood, climbed trees, biked, hiked…anything to use all the energy I had. Sports in grade school turned into cross-country in high school, which pushed me to being a gym rat in college, which then formed my love to run 5 and 10k’s every other weekend. As far as diets go, I ate for fuel and leanness. I ate what I perceived as a healthy diet. I was a well-oiled machine, consuming the same meals day-in, day-out for years: cereal in the morning, peanut butter and banana on whole wheat bread for lunch, and salad and lean meats for dinner along with a few whey protein shakes (with milk) throughout the day. I was getting my nutrients and burning calories. I considered myself to be healthy. I could push through hard workouts and extreme temp road races, so I must have been completely healthy, right?

Wrong. While I had my body going in the direction I wanted, my heart was going the opposite way. The past four years of physicals had revealed my heart health (lipids, cholesterol) to be heading down a dark path. I was in the 200’s in my 20s; could that be right? Each year told the same story, and it was getting worse. While the 210 cholesterol count stayed the same, my LDL (bad cholesterol) was rising and my HDL (good cholesterol) was way below normal…half of what is recommended. I wasn’t completely surprised; both my dad and grandfather have high cholesterol. I assumed I was genetically destined to have high cholesterol too and that I was doing the best I could. My physician pushed harder each year to take the pharmaceutical approach, but I turned them down each time. I hate the idea of taking pills. I always told them the same thing about how I felt human body is amazing and already has all the tools needed to last a lifetime. Continue reading

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The Life Of Paramahamsa Yogananda- Extraordinary End

The Last Smile

"The Last Smile" Picture of Paramahamsa Yogananda an hour before his passing

When Paramahamsa Yogananda reached US after completing a successful trip to India and Europe, a banquet was organized to celebrate his return. This was 1937 and the venue was in Los Angeles, California. The speaker was James Lynn, Paramahamsa Yogananda’s foremost western disciple and a self-made multi-millionaire. Here are some excerpts from his speech:

“Just five years ago I had the great privilege of meeting Paramahamsa Yogananda for the first time. I had always been interested in truth and religion, although I had never accepted any church. My life was business, but my soul was sick and my body was decaying and my mind was disturbed. I was so nervous I couldn’t sit still.

After I met Paramahamsaji and had been with him a little while, I became aware that I was sitting very still; I was motionless; I didn’t seem to be breathing. I wondered about it and looked up at Paramahamsaji. A deep white light appeared, seeming to fill the entire room. I became part of the wondrous light. Since that time I have been free from nervousness.

I found that I had discovered something real, something immensely valuable to me. I had had to be sure. Not until my experience of the healing light did I realize that I had found entrance into a spiritual realm previously unknown to me.

The beautiful thing in these teachings is that one doesn’t have to depend on blind beliefs. He experiences. He knows he knows, because he experiences. Ordinary man is conscious only of his thoughts and of the material world that he can smell, taste, touch, see and hear. But he is not conscious of his soul deep within him that makes it possible for him to think and to cognize the outer world through his senses. He doesn’t know anything about That which is behind the scenes, just behind the thoughts and senses. One should learn to realize the presence of this Life, the real Life; and attain the union of his own consciousness with that Life.” Continue reading

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The Story Of Paramahamsa Yogananda- A Guru Departs

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Paramahamsa Yogananda

As Swami Yogananda sat in meditation at the Mr. Washington headquarters he heard his guru’s voice in his inner ear, “Return to India. I have waited patiently for fifteen years. Soon I shall swim out of the body and on to the Shining Abode. Yogananda come!”

Treating his master’s wish as his command, Swami Yogananda made immediate arrangements for his departure to India and soon set sail to India via Europe. The year was 1935 and accompanying him were Richard Wright (The brother of Daya Mata, the future president of Self Realization Fellowship) and an elderly lady Miss Ettie Bletsch.

The group arrived in London and soon departed for Germany to meet the Catholic mystic Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth. After some difficulty the group was able to locate her and as soon as Swami Yogananda met Therese they found an immediate connection. At the age of 20 she was paralyzed and blinded by a series of accidents. She then regained her sight and mobility miraculously by praying to St. Therese of Lisiuex, also known as “little flower”.

From 1923 onwards Therese did not eat anything. The only thing she had daily was one paper-thin coin-sized consecrated host. Swami Yogananda immediately understood that she got her energy from the sun via subtle channels. He mentions this in his Autobiography and also mentions that Therese was delighted to meet somebody who finally understood from where she got her energy. Later in his trip Swami Yogananda also met, in India, an elderly lady named Giri Bala. Just like Therese she had completely forgone food, proving that the case of Therese of Konnersreuth was not an isolated one. Continue reading

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The Story Of Paramahamsa Yogananda: Journey West

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Paramahamsa Yogananda

The big moment was here. This was the moment he had been preparing for all his life. A few months ago he had received an invitation to speak at the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His Guru had blessed his journey from India to US, and his father had agreed to finance it. The First World War had just ended and with this the shipping lane between India and the US was about to be reopened. In spite of the excitement of undertaking this journey to the US, Swami Yogananda, had some grave doubts. He had never lectured in English before and he was not sure how he would be received. He knew nobody in the US and he was just 27 years old.

Swami Yogananda decided to sit and meditate and hoped to get God’s blessings and assurances on the wisdom of undertaking this journey to the West. As hours passed in meditation, Swami Yogananda got no word from God. No indication that he was on the right track. As his desperation grew he began to meditate so deeply that he felt his head was about to split. Still there was no Divine Signal on the merit or demerit of undertaking this journey. Finally he heard a knock on his door. When he opened the door he was wonderstruck to see the great Yogi Babaji standing in front of him. “Our Heavenly Father has heard your prayer. He commands me to tell you: Follow the directions of your guru and go to America. Fear not; you will be protected.” Soon Swami Yogananda found himself on the City Of Sparta, the first passenger ship to go to America from India after the end of the First World War.

During the two-month voyage to America, fellow passengers soon learnt about Swami Yogananda and invited him to speak. However Swami Yogananda was so nervous about giving a lecture in English that in spite of several attempts he could not organize his thoughts or prepare a speech. Finally abandoning all efforts to be ready with a prepared speech he decided to speak extempore and showed up in front of his audience. Unfortunately he remained dumbstruck and no words came to his lips. For ten agonizing minutes he stood silent in front of his audience till finally some people in the audience began to laugh. Swami Yogananda began to pray to his Guru for help and he heard two words in his head in the voice of his Guru: “You Can!” This was enough to spur him on and he began speaking. He has no recollection of what he said that day but he spoke without stopping for 45 minutes and his speech was so inspiring that many in the audience invited him to speak at various locations in the US. Never again he would be nervous about speaking in front of an audience in English. Continue reading

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