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Extreme Devotion: Does baby tossing ritual cross the line?

What is the most “extreme” thing you’ve done for your faith?

If, for example, you alter your body in some way or fast for days on end, that’s one thing. Once you involve someone else in your devotion, though, things start to get fuzzy. In this week’s episode of “Holy Facts” on The Chopra Well, Gotham Chopra explores some of more extreme spiritual practices around the world, including a particularly alarming festival involving babies.

In this 700 year old tradition, practiced every year in Karnataka, India by Hindus and Muslims alike, parents hand their infants over to priests, who swing the youngsters back and forth before dropping them 30 feet off of a balcony. Men standing below hold a blanket taut in which to catch the screaming babies before returning them to their mothers. Devotees believe the ritual to bring the babies prosperity and good health, though children’s rights organizations around the world decry the practice as “barbaric.” And it seems a rather life-threatening thing to do for the sake of “health.”

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 11.37.36 AMApart from the perhaps obvious problem with dropping babies off of balconies, there’s also the issue of forcing one’s devotion on another person. Is it okay for one person to engage another in their extreme and dangerous act of devotion, particularly if that other person is an innocent baby with no autonomy and no way of consenting? Maybe parents know what’s best for their children, physically and spiritually, but it would be interesting to get the baby’s perspective, especially when his or her life depends on a bunch of men with a blanket 30 feet below.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Seane Corn and Deepak Chopra Talk God, Yoga and Service

Remember when we said yoga could be an avenue for activism? Click here to jog your memory…

This week The Chopra Well features part two of Deepak Chopra’s interview with Seane Corn, the eminent yoga instructor and activist. Last week we discussed some of Seane’s key efforts to translate yoga into a path of activism. She addresses humanitarian issues around the world through her organizations Off the Mat Into The World and YogaVotes. This week we dive into Seane’s inner world through her “soul profile,” and a more complete picture of the yogini emerges.

Everyone, meet Seane — a self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl,” a spiritual being searching for a glimpse of the ineffable, striving to make the most of the time she has in this body.

Seane’s intent has been to use her talents and opportunities to help change the world, and it’s taken her around the globe — to Cambodia, India, Haiti, and the streets of Los Angeles. In addition to teaching yoga, she has devoted herself in particular to serving women, children, and prostitutes in impoverished areas of the world.

The work has been humbling, she tells Deepak. There have been times she lost sight of God in the face of such desolation. But always, always, something emerges from the darkness to illuminate her work once more. A smile, a kind word, a selfless act of kindness. It’s little wonder Seane identifies Jesus Christ as her greatest inspiration (despite being Jewish, she laughs). She admires his courage and compassion, his devotion to the causes of the weak. This is the path Seane pursues, the path of devotion and service. Because, as she says, how could she not?

What about you? How do you “give back” and serve your community? Tell us about your service path in the comments below.

Don’t miss part 3 of Seane’s interview next Monday on The Chopra Well

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From Chant To Enchant; The Divine Passage From Sound To Light; The Legacy Of Effulgence; Respectfully

From Chant To Enchant; The Divine Passage From Sound To Light; The Legacy Of Effulgence; Respectfully

 

Devotion Is The Religion Of Life; God Is One; God Is The One In All; God Is The All In One: Respectfully

 

From Chant To Enchant; Respectfully

The humble intonation transcending from the chant to enchant represents the infinite stillness; the serene calmness; God Bless

The Divine Passage From Sound To Light; Respectfully

It encompasses the primordial luminescence that is amazingly empowered; God Bless

The Legacy Of Effulgence;; Respectfully

This is the legacy of amongst the very most creative outstanding brilliance which radiates its wonderfulness infinitely; God Bless

Devotion Is The Religion Of Life; Respectfully

Devotion is the speech of the Soul; God has provided us with the extremely important awareness that the Soul is the perfect and eternal divine essence; God Bless

God Is One; God Is The One In All; God Is The All In One: Respectfully

Our hearts overflow with true love for God always; God is Omnipresent; God is Omnipotent; God is Omniscient; God is the Truth; God is Wisdom; God is infinite; God is Pure; God Bless

Manifestations: Respectfully

God appears in different forms; God shines as the Soul in different bodies; God makes every form that God creates to shine forth with God’s divine illusion; God Bless

Presence: Respectfully

God’s presence, God’s manifestations are God’s own plan; God is Magnificence; God is Splendid; God is Wonderful; God is Truth; God is Love; God Bless

Presence: Respectfully

Like Love is experienced in the heart; so is God’s presence experienced as well; God is Love; God is the Truth; Offering our true devotion to God is amongst the very greatest essence of our lives; God Bless

Yearning; Respectfully

God is the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom; The eyes of our hearts yearn for a glimpse of God always; God Bless

From Chant To Enchant; The Divine Passage From Sound To Light; The Legacy Of Effulgence; Respectfully

We are embodiments of the very finest characteristics and virtues infinitely; When we chant with true devotion the sacred hymns and syllables honoring God, this evokes the phenomenal awakening from within ourselves akin to the evolution of the lotus

Harmonious Orientation; Respectfully

This is the meticulous precision of the passage of sound aligning itself with the light; the light encompassing the melodious effulgence and magnificence of this amazingly harmonious orientation of this truly precious life; lifetime respectively; God Bless

Keep Discovering Your True Nature Your True Self Love, Light and Wisdom; God Bless, Vashi Ram Chandi

Intuition; Respectfully

Let us seek to awaken our inner wisdom ; our higher consciousness; Let us seek to develop our intuition; Intuition is our inner guidance and compass of life- Intuition is the wisdom of the Soul- God Bless

God Bless; Respectfully

May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Good Health, Happiness, Joy, Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always; God Bless

Love, Light and Wisdom,

God Bless,

Vashi

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8 Questions To Help You Choose Your Vows

For the past four years, I have been creating and officiating weddings in the South of France. Couples come from all over the world. They may have guests coming from as many as 20 different countries.
 
Central to the wedding ceremony are the vows.  That moment when two people declare before witnesess their commitment to love each other for their lifetimes is one of the most touching experiences I ever have. For the guests, the love being expressed by the couple opens their hearts to the love they have for their important loved ones.
 
What makes vows meaningful? How do you choose the vows that are true for you? Where do you begin?
 
It is really worth taking the time to reflect on the love you have for each other.  What makes your partnership special and unique? How do you manage the challenging times? What is it that you love so much in your life partner? In all of the planning and preparation for your wedding, it is all too easy to lose your ceremony in amongst the catering, flowers, music, photography, clothes, invitations and guest lists.
 
Vows are part declaration of love, but also the understanding of how you will share support with each other when life throws you its difficulties. It is the challenging times that invite the awakening to more of your love, a deepening of your commitment to each other. Vows form the foundation of devotion for your lives in the years ahead.
 
In choosing your vows, explore the following questions.  Invest this time to get to know each other more deeply.  You will be glad that you did!

1.  What is it that you most love about each other ?
2.  How do you nurture your relationship that keeps your love alive?
3.  What inspires you about your loved one?
4.  What life goals and dreams do you share?
5.  What have you learned from each other?
6.  What qualities do you both have that will keep your love strong?
7.  What do you most look forward to about life with your loved one?
8.  What are some special moments in your relationship up until now, either happy or sad, humorous or profound?

For more information about South of France weddings see:  http://www.annenaylor.com/Wedding-Ceremonies/video.html

8 Questions To Help You Choose Your Vows







For the past four years, I have been creating and officiating weddings in the South of France. Couples come from all over the world. They may have guests coming from as many as 18 different countries. 

 

Central to the wedding ceremony are the vows.  That moment when two people declare before witnesess their commitment to love each other for their lifetimes is one of the most touching experiences I ever have. For the guests, the love being expressed by the couple opens their hearts to the love they have for their important loved ones.

 

What makes vows meaningtul? How do you choose the vows that are true for you? Where do you begin?

 

It is really worth taking the time to reflect on the love you have for each other.  What makes your partnership special and unique? How do you manage the challenging times? What is it that you love so much in your life partner? In all of the planning and preparation for your wedding, it is all too easy to lose your ceremony in amongst the catering, flowers, music, photography, clothes, invitations and guest lists.

 

Vows are part declaration of love, but also the understanding of how you will share support with each other when life throws you its difficulties. It is the challenging times that invite the awakening to more of your love, a deepening of your commitment to each other. Vows form the foundation of devotion for your lives in the years ahead.

 

In choosing your vows, explore the followoing questions.  Invest this time to get to know each other more deeply.  You will be glad that you did!

1.  What is it that you most love about each other ?

2.  How do you nurture your relationship that keeps your love alive?

3.  What inspires you about your loved one?

4.  What life goals and dreams do you share?

5.  What have you learned from each other?

6.  What qualities do you both have that will keep your love strong?

7.  What do you most look forward to about life with your loved one?

8.  What are some special moments in your relationship up until now, either happy or sad, humorous or profound?

For more information about South of France weddings see:  http://www.annenaylor.com/Wedding-Ceremonies/video.html

2010: A new me

To be cheerful and spry,
you have me confused with St. Nick.
Instead I go awry
and my anger flares too quick.

I made a committment
to choose happiness every day,
but my mind gets bent
because life gets in the way.

It must be awesome from birth
to keep a smile on our faces.
I don’t think it happens on earth,
just in heaven and other far away places.

Still, the committment I made
to choose happiness and joy.
I must view each and every minute
as a brand new toy.

HOW DO YOU CHANGE?
 
How do you change? Is struggle, pain and suffering necessary?
Change is a decision. And that choice must be made in the moment.
 
Staying awake if often the problem – remember to focus your
attention on what you wish to change. In the morning when you arise
take a few moments and remind yourself.
 
Today I will remember to focus on _______________.
 
Remember to focus on what you do want to create and then as you go
about your day notice how your old ways seduce you and then choose
again. Change is simply a matter of creating a new habit.
Repetition is the key.
 
Practice the new way of being until it becomes second nature. Be
playful, allow yourself to enjoy practicing. Each moment, each
thought, each action is an invitation to reinforce either the old
or the new.
 
The choice is yours. The choice is mine! Choose the new and change you will.
 
I choose to live each day with conscious intention. I welcome change with a willing heart. Believing in my own talents and gifts, I will use them to the fullest extent. Now, down to specifics:
 
1.      I will spend more time with my husband, Gary, and show how much I appreciate both him and what he does to support us.
2.      I will do a daily devotional
a.      I will read the Bible
b.      I will read additional devotional material
c.      I will meditate
d.      I will pray
3.      I will adhere to my budget without borrowing from family or debt accumulation.
a.      I will pay my credit card off to zero balance each month
b.      I will contribute $350 to the household
c.      Starting 3/1, I will save $200/mo towards my dream kitchen
d.      Starting 3/1, I will save $75/mo to visit my mother
e.      Starting 3/1, I will save $75 to buy an airbrush and take classes
4.      I will get healthy and fit
a.      I will strive for 10,000 steps every day. I will allow myself time to hit this mark consistently.
b.      I will eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day
c.      I will add more whole grains to my diet
d.      I will eat several, small, well thought-out meals throughout the dya and try to keep a food journal.
e.      I will continue with physical therapy to overcome my shoulder/neck injuries
f.       I will get a Pilates machine by 8/31/10
g.      I will lose 10 pounds by 2/14/10
h.      I will lose 20 pounds by 4/30/10
i.       I will lose 30 pounds and reach my target weight by 6/30/10.
j.       I will read “The Spark” and use SparkPeople.com resources consistently
k.      Through PT and Pilates I will resume the sport of archery
5.      I will prepare delicious and nutritious weekday lunches for Gary
a.      I will incorporate new recipes into the repertoire
b.      I will keep Gary’s taste/digestive issues/satisfaction in mind
c.      The weekday meals will be quick and inexpensive to stay in budget
6.      I will clean and organize the house a minimum of 20 minutes per day
7.      I will meditate each afternoon or evening.
8.      I will take more baths in order to relax and sleep better.
9.      I will keep learning
a.      photography class
b.      airbrush class
c.      therapy/self-help
d.      batik
10.  I will keep a daily gratitude journal
11.  I will keep a daily affirmation journal (granted it could be the same one repeated over and over and over again)
12.  I will convince Gary to visit someplace new on vacation
13.  I will stay creative
a.      Keep painting
b.      Make angel boxes
c.      Batik angels and kitties?
d.      Photography
e.      Lady Jade Bath Salts
f.       Caterdash website revived?
14. Read a book a month for pleasure…join a book club?
15.  Volunteer at least once a year
16. Try making a daily schedule and see if it works well
17. Stay in touch with friends and family daily
18. Pamper myself once a moth such as with a spa visit
19. Perform random acts of kindness
20. Be less anal retentive (yeah, right)
21. Happiness is a choice. Choose happiness ever single day.
 
 
 
 
 
HOW DO YOU CHANGE?
 
How do you change? Is struggle, pain and suffering necessary?
Change is a decision. And that choice must be made in the moment.
 
Staying awake if often the problem – remember to focus your
attention on what you wish to change. In the morning when you arise
take a few moments and remind yourself.
 
Today I will remember to focus on _______________.
 
Remember to focus on what you do want to create and then as you go
about your day notice how your old ways seduce you and then choose
again. Change is simply a matter of creating a new habit.
Repetition is the key.
 
Practice the new way of being until it becomes second nature. Be
playful, allow yourself to enjoy practicing. Each moment, each
thought, each action is an invitation to reinforce either the old
or the new.
 
The choice is yours. The choice is mine! Choose the new and change you will.
 
I choose to live each day with conscious intention. I welcome change with a willing heart. Believing in my own talents and gifts, I will use them to the fullest extent. Now, down to specifics:
 
1.      I will spend more time with my husband, Gary, and show how much I appreciate both him and what he does to support us.
2.      I will do a daily devotional
a.      I will read the Bible
b.      I will read additional devotional material
c.      I will meditate
d.      I will pray
3.      I will adhere to my budget without borrowing from family or debt accumulation.
a.      I will pay my credit card off to zero balance each month
b.      I will contribute $350 to the household
c.      Starting 3/1, I will save $200/mo towards my dream kitchen
d.      Starting 3/1, I will save $75/mo to visit my mother
e.      Starting 3/1, I will save $75 to buy an airbrush and take classes
4.      I will get healthy and fit
a.      I will strive for 10,000 steps every day. I will allow myself time to hit this mark consistently.
b.      I will eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day
c.      I will add more whole grains to my diet
d.      I will eat several, small, well thought-out meals throughout the dya and try to keep a food journal.
e.      I will continue with physical therapy to overcome my shoulder/neck injuries
f.       I will get a Pilates machine by 8/31/10
g.      I will lose 10 pounds by 2/14/10
h.      I will lose 20 pounds by 4/30/10
i.       I will lose 30 pounds and reach my target weight by 6/30/10.
j.       I will read “The Spark” and use SparkPeople.com resources consistently
k.      Through PT and Pilates I will resume the sport of archery
5.      I will prepare delicious and nutritious weekday lunches for Gary
a.      I will incorporate new recipes into the repertoire
b.      I will keep Gary’s taste/digestive issues/satisfaction in mind
c.      The weekday meals will be quick and inexpensive to stay in budget
6.      I will clean and organize the house a minimum of 20 minutes per day
7.      I will meditate each afternoon or evening.
8.      I will take more baths in order to relax and sleep better.
9.      I will keep learning
a.      photography class
b.      airbrush class
c.      therapy/self-help
d.      batik
10.  I will keep a daily gratitude journal
11.  I will keep a daily affirmation journal (granted it could be the same one repeated over and over and over again)
12.  I will convince Gary to visit someplace new on vacation
13.  I will stay creative
a.      Keep painting
b.      Make angel boxes
c.      Batik angels and kitties?
d.      Photography
e.      Lady Jade Bath Salts
f.       Caterdash website revived?
14. Read a book a month for pleasure…join a book club?
15.  Volunteer at least once a year
16. Try making a daily schedule and see if it works well
17. Stay in touch with friends and family daily
18. Pamper myself once a moth such as with a spa visit
19. Perform random acts of kindness
20. Be less anal retentive (yeah, right)
21. Happiness is a choice. Choose happiness ever single day. 
 
 
 

Aarti at banks of holy river Ganga

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy00PwV_qWU&feature=related

All the spritually oriented noble people who visit this website i urge you to visit the above link which shows the devotion people of India have towards the river Ganga and divine presence of Lord Shiva in the city of Benaras ( the oldest living city on earth ) .

Benaras is about 3000 years old city and the people have been living their for generations , the love/devotion/bhakti in the city is unbound and can embrace anyone who needs to be in the feet of lord . Its believed believed the river Ganges came out of the jatta ( hairlock ) of supreme Yogi lord Shiva .

Taking dip and bath in the holy rover Ganges is a very peaceful and fulfilling experience and fills you with belief in the power of almighty .A few years back the city became little corrupted due to age old myths and few foreigners were cheated but the people are changing there and lot has changed due to education. 

I urge all of you to keep Ganges and lord Shiva in your minds before starting meditation or any of your major tasks and you would see the task happening very smoothly . You can also speak Jai Shiva Shankar , Jai Ganga Maiya .

Please let me know you comments about the essay above and drop me comments if you have any questions .

Thanks and Love of Lord Shiva to all of you .

 

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