Mantras are a useful tool for keeping the mind focused within. We've all experienced the mind jumping like a monkey from thought to thought, worrying about what we have to do, what we should have done...etc. Chanting is a way for the mind to keep busy while we attempt to reach inner stillness. The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit words man and tra - "man" meaning "mind" and "tra" meaing "to free".
Chakras are energy centers which govern the subtle, psychosomatic aspects of our inner being. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and much, much more.
Question: Dear Sevara ~
Dear Sevara ~
I read an article recently in which it was stated that "Recession is a fear-based reality."
In today's complex world of finance, this does not hold true. The author of that statement is basically referring to what know in Economics as The Paradox of Thrift, in which the populace migrates towards the mentality of the "saver," no longer spending money on useless things. In a society dependent on consumerism for growth and stability this could indeed create a recession. But what we have today is far more serious and far more sinister.
Sevara on The Therapeutic Value of Yoga and Meditation in the Management of At-Risk Behaviors in Adolescents
Interview conducted by Jenni MacNeil
It is clear that modern man is setting the stage for his own demise due to his careless squandering of the earth's natural resources. and lack of governments global concern. The destruction is most clear in the many cosmopolitan cities that dot the face of the planet where the plethora of cars clog the highways and the towering smoke stacks fill the air with toxins and pollutants from the ever-present industrial ‘parks’.
I was shocked to read a recent article about a Rhode Island school district's planned pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags. This is a frightening indication of what's to come. Big Brother wants to know where you go, what you do, who you associate with, what you purchase, what books you read, and if you pay all your taxes. Friends, beware: you freedom is erroding.
On Mother's Day we celebrate the feminine energy. This energy is needed more than ever in these times. Whether a woman has children or not makes no difference - it is the healing roll that they play in society that is of importance. The male dominant energy has prevailed too long and has failed to bring peace upon this planet. But now as we shift into the Age of Aquarius a new light is dawning. It is time for men to step aside and allow the nurturing, sacred energy of the Divine Mother help us get through this transitional period, with gracefulness, gentleness, and generosity of the heart.
If we want to make something of this life, to give it meaning, we must seek to become graceful, blissful, compassionate, and aware, not out of coercion but by our own virtue. A dog can be trained to be obedient, but if the command of its master is not present the dog will fall back to its instinct. Only through constant and persistent chipping away at what we call ego, self-observation, and meditation, can we go beyond instinct and move towards ever-increasing awareness and intuition.
The conundrum is that in order for us to experience this gift of life, with all its pain and pleasure, we require intellect, but with it comes certain flaws such as ego and fear. But how does the intellect play a role in Spirituality?