Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Quote

"Lust and gold is maya. As long as the cloud of maya exists, you do not see the effect of the Sun of Knowledge. A sannyasi [monk] must renounce both 'lust and gold.'"

-Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, January 28, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday Quote

"It is only after a student has been shown a method by a guru and is totally involved on a yogic path that the real meaning of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra will reveal itself."

-Geetha Iyengar

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mid-Week Tip


This Saturday, January 26, 3-5PM $25 ($30 at the door)
Chicago School of Yoga, 2442 N. Lincoln; 773.868.9642

Does winter get you down? In this workshop we will learn about the body-mind connection, and how timeless yoga techniques can be used to cultivate a sense of inner peace. We will use basic yoga postures, breathing practices and chanting to manage symptoms associated with the season — such as lethargy, racing thoughts and negativity. We will also discuss how small changes in diet and lifestyle can help you manage your moods. You will go home armed with practical, time-tested tools to help you weather the season’s darkest days.

This is the only time this workshop will be offered this winter.

Learn more and register here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013


"In enjoyment there is the fear of disease; in social position the fear of loss of status; in wealth the fear of hostile kings; in honor the fear of humiliation; in power the fear of foemen; in beauty the fear of old age; in scriptural erudition, the fear of opponents; in virtue the fear of traducers; in the body the fear of death.

"In all the things of the world, pertaining to men are attended by fear; renunciation alone eliminates all fear."


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


The last roll of Kodachrome film - much of it shot in India.

View the photographs here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013


"I am always ready to help you. My sympathies are ever with you. I will radiate joy, peace, thought-currents of love to you. I will inspire you. But I cannot do the work for you. You yourself will have to do the work. The struggle and exertion must come from your side. You will have to place yourself each footstep in the spiritual ladder. Always remember this point well."

-Sri Swami Sivananda

Monday, January 07, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013


"God, who is absolute existence, consciousness and bliss, is within you -- nay, you and He are not different. Unless you realize Him, there can be no true liberation and lasting peace. Please note that the first qualification necessary for the seeker of God is fearlessness. Neither the terror of solitude nor the terror of the crowd should daunt you. But solitude is a great help. Know that God, who dwells in you, is almighty. Seek His assistance by constant remembrance, meditation and prayer. Then the mind is bound to come under control. The evil passions must depart from it.

"Forget not the central truth that God is seated in your own heart. Don't be disheartened by failures at initial stages. Cultivate the spirit of surrender to the workings of His will in you and outside you, until you have completely surrendered up your ego-sense and have known He is in all and He is all, and you and He are one. Be patient. The path of self-discipline that leads to God-realization is not an easy path. Obstacles and sufferings are on the path; the latter you must bear and the former overcome - all by His help. His help comes only through concentration. Repetition of God's Name helps concentration."

-Papa Ramdas