DROPLETS OF WISDOM

Loving inspiration and insights from Vivianne Nantel, yogini, mystic, visionary, speaker and author of  Becoming The Light, Realize Your True Enlightened Nature

Becoming The Light, new title and official front book cover

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Becoming The Light, Realize Your True Enlightened Nature

 Wonderful news about my upcoming book!

Precious One,

Hope you are all doing great! Are you embracing this new session of renewal? After many incredible challenges, at last I would love to share with you the very exciting news that my upcoming major book will be officially launched on August 21, 2018. My wonderful publisher, Greenleaf Publishing Group and I have changed the title for many reasons (of what used to be called Wake Up, Baby!). Now the new title is….               

Becoming The Light, Realize Your True Enlightened Nature

How does it resonate to you? Also here in this newsletter is the launching of the official front book cover. We are very excited to share it with you! I wanted to capture a feeling of spirituality, light, serenity and peace, yet powerful and engaging. What is your first impression?

Now we are on a count down for its official launching with approximately only ten months to go. I feel this new title and official front book cover truly reflect the core essence of the content. Soon you will be able to pre-order it in advance. Is that so exciting? This book has been an intense labor of  love and devotion. It took nine years to create it. By the time it will come out, it will be ten years. In order to write a book such as Becoming The Light, one has to experience it.

In a few weeks I will be revealing an enchanting video entitled, Becoming The Light which I narrate my own words (snippet and droplets of wisdom from my book) and also feature one of my music composition. This musical piece is entitled, Invocation to the Goddess of Compassion. I hope in the near future to sing it  which I have composed the lyrics. So please stay tune!

I would love very much to hear your comment, feedback and sharing. And also please share this blog with all your friends and followers on your social media. Together let’s raise the consciousness. Let’s make it happen for the sake of all living beings. Aum Shanti Shanti Aum….

Sending you a garden of light, divine love, grace and blessings,

From my heart to yours….namaste, Devi (Vivianne Nantel)

 

Becoming The Light

We must always start a journey with the first baby step; often fall many times before rising and flying in the light. Spirituality is not something to teach. We all have it inside. In many ways everyone can be a teacher. We can only awake our divinity. The only true obstacle in life is the mind. When we realize this… we set ourself free! We create our karma with our thoughts, words and actions. Like a music composer, the personal song we compose is either a cacophony or a melody, it depends on us.

Feeling a sense of belonging can become a grand portal to knowing our true being, realizing there is only One. Belonging is vital for reconnecting with the Divine within us. The only boundary between our mastery and our dreams is us. That conditioned and brained-washed personality people do accumulate over the decades can cause the most intense misery and sufferings. Are you experiencing your blissfulness yet? If not, what are you waiting for? A fragrant and beautiful flower is always born from filth ….the same as genuine and true success is born out of adversities.

Deep silence is hearing and feeling with all the particles of our being in the ultimate ecstatic state of oneness. Listening is not just hearing with our ears. Listening is hearing with our heart, our spirit. Every particle of our being must be engaged. Every form has a unique sound, yet this whole creation is chanting a universal song. Have you heard its melody calling, vibrating within you? Don’t wait until your last breath. The time is now! Noble silence is not just near absence of words. It is a profound stillness, a silence from within. No agendas, no thoughts, no judgments or assumptions arose. Loose yourself in an oasis of tranquility, be just a piece of life breathing in and out in the oneness of existence. If you encounter a storm along your journey, like a bamboo in a hurricane, you bend with resiliency, strength, grace and dignity without breaking. As long as there is a split between two entities, we will experience duality, exclusiveness, and hierarchy. There is only ONE. Our most important triumph is to allow our true nature to lead the way. Consciously we must face our inner battle.

Only within the depth of our inner shrine can we know and experience the truth. Vulnerability is essential to experience a dimension of reality beyond the physical realm. One must break free from the gateway of resistance and logic to experience the light. The distinction between ignorance and inner- knowing is just a glimpse of change in our perception, our stillness and ease.

The image you hold of yourself has the power to shape your course of actions and destiny, ultimately determine your happiness, success, and inner well-being. See and realize within the mirror of your being that you are divine. You will begin to transform and awake. Divine power is within all of us. Even power is an illusion. Our ultimate nature is naturally powerful because of its true Divine essence. Every moment we have the inner power to experience our true nature and choose through our actions, words and thoughts. Why lock oneself into a fabricated jail? Smile and breath….. The entire universe belongs to you my dear!Abandon yourself to the boundlessness of existence to tap into the depth of your true nature.

Surrender is not submission. It is the grand empowerment of our own inner-master by dropping the mind and ego with all its resistances and life-accumulations. Complete surrender is the ultimate healer, the magic of living in serenity and blissfulness. Only then you will fly beyond the blue sky. In the state of surrendering, of abandoning oneself, you have already won the victory because a fragrance of equanimity and magnanimity will exude from you like a blossoming garden. Surrendering begets expansion of consciousness.

Self-realization is realizing there is no self. The whole of existence is One being breathing. Our teacher is everywhere…in a bee, a cat, a grazing deer, a cow, a blossoming jasmine flower, the waves of the ocean, the raindrop, the ephemeral morning dew, the fruit trees, the sun radiating upon Mother earth. The eternal book of nature has so much to teach us. The more awakened, the more we experience the Oneness of this precious existence and become One with the Supreme Divine Lover, the more universal responsibility we have toward all living beings’ well-being and happiness. It is all the same energy. The more we experience our ultimate nature, the more we become an instrument and expression of beauty and loving compassion. Enlightenment is boundless, like the wind in the blue sky, and the beautiful flower in full bloom. Everyone can enjoy and benefit from its intoxicating fragrance. You need only be receptive and open to feel it.

The essence of wisdom is always timeless, universal and expansive. There is only one truth, one source of creation manifesting in billions of different forms. Have you noticed when you hear the truth, it resonates within the shrine of your being? It is extremely important to hold a beautiful vision for Mother Earth. The power of genuine love and compassion is infinite and unconditional when it flows from a pure heart. Together we can transform our world into a peaceful, loving and harmonious planet regardless of our gender, religious, socio-economic and ethic backgrounds. Giving back to all living beings in whatever way we can begets a wealth of joy and grace in our life. Is your heart overflowing with gratitude and compassion in actions? If not, have you wondered why? It seems religions create division and separation among people. Yet just walking the path of loving compassion is enough to transform anyone.

Until you desperately long to know and seek the truth, it will never be revealed to a believer, only to a seeker. We cannot win with a whip, only with rose petals. Even if we lose in love, there is always victory. A victory won out of selfishness, out of violence, out of greed and ego is a tremendous loss for that individual, humanity and future generations. Together let’s raise the consciousness and unite the world by One spirit, One heart and One breath. Be the light, be love, be compassion– it is our true nature. True healing emerges from expanding consciousness, and it transforms your being. The more your consciousness expands, the more you blossom.

When genuine love is present, it can never go away. It is eternal and boundless. Genuine love is just there like the sun radiating all over the planet, and all living beings. Its rays emanate without discrimination, without asking for anything in return. When we are in a state of Divine love, physical boundaries melt away. We expand and stretch that love to all living beings . . . to infinity. Divine Love is our very nature. Where there is divine love, there is compassion in actions. It needs to be experienced, expressed. We have wings to soar. Fall in love with Divine love and you become free.

Has anyone told you lately how beautiful and precious you are to all living beings? Close your eyes, breathe in and feel…. discover within your inner cave all the splendors of your true divine nature. Eternal bliss is our very essence. Inner beauty is realizing the oneness of existence. That is to be in union, in a state of YOGA! When our heart overflows with gratitude and divine love the whole universe dances with us. Realize…..you are a unique wave in the Divine Ocean of love.

I look very much forward to read your comments. Sending you a garden of divine love, grace and blessings, Devi (Vivianne Nantel)

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Becoming The Light

Update and exciting news!

 

Dearest One,

Hope you are all doing wonderful and enjoying the flow of your breath and the miracle of living! Many new developments have happened since the beginning of the year. I want to share with you that Wake Up, Baby! book has been delayed for several reasons. Because the manuscript was way too lengthy for the publishing industry standards and because we want to reach a wider audience, we decided to convert it into a new format for publishing. We have uploaded the new prologue on my site for anyone who sign-up to our newsletter and blog. Since you are already signed up, you can’t download it.

Please just email a line (with your email address which will make it easier) via my contact page and we will be happy to email you the new pdf. I feel you will enjoy it!

Also, we have posted two new videos entitled, Inner Power and The Great Blessing. You can watch them and more videos under video on my public figure page on facebook (www.facebook.com/viviannenantel), or on my Youtube channel. You can assess my channel via my site by clicking the icon.

As part of my great passion, I spent more than two years studying music composition privately with Elinor Armer from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During this time I composed more than 25 pieces of instrumental music and songs. I have also been studying voice privately with Ms. Deborah Benedict Jackson from the Berkley University for the past four years. A soprano, I have had three recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of my new major project I’m also presently working toward a music album entitled, Beyond the Blue Sky. Many have commented that my music is spiritually uplifting, moving, meditative, ethereal and haunting. Hopefully soon you will have the opportunity to watch and listen to a few of my music video samples.

In regards to the Blissful Nest Sanctum, we had to postpone its construction because of the heavy rain season and other technical challenges. Hopefully we should  start the construction in last spring or early summer.

I look very much forward to hearing from you, and would love to hear your comments.

Sending you a garden of divine love and blessings,

Namaste, Vivianne Nantel (Vivi Devi)

Vision for 2017

 

Today we are 7 billion people on our precious planet. That is predicted to rise to 10 billion in 2050. At the current rate of ravage, exploitation, abuse, cruelty and neglect we are experiencing, our home is in great peril, and may not survive to 2050. Mother Earth is in dire agony. Have you heard her cries? When you touch the very core of your being, there can never be any conflict, war, disharmony….only serenity, bliss, love and beauty. You don’t need to go in the Himalayan caves to meditate. That sacred cave is right within all of us. May we walk together hand and hand into a world of harmony, love, serenity and joy beyond our present limited boundaries, and see our children, their children and grandchildren walk forever with new hope upon beloved Mother Earth. Are you in?

It is my vision that every individual is given this blessed opportunity and infinite possibilities to explore the depth of their own wealth within their being, to experience meditativeness, bliss, happiness, joy, and exuberance of life and to expand their perception from exclusiveness to inclusiveness, from a separate independent individual to an universal embracing compassionate loving being.

Heart felt gratitude all of you who have liked my public figure page on Facebook, shared many of my posts and added your comments to raise consciousness. You are playing an important part and are very much needed. Let’s make the new year of 2017 even more powerful and beautiful with loving compassion and bright light for all living beings.

From the bottom of my heart to yours…..I wish you all a phenomenal new year filled with beauty, divine love, joy, bliss, success, happiness and radiant health. Above all I wish you a profound and deep spiritual awakening. Namaste, Vivi Devi

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The Emergency Call for 2017

 

One lit candle has the potential to light many candles. The energy, frequency of vibration, aura and presence one being can emanate around the globe has boundless possibilities. Humans are overdue to wake up to their ultimate nature. Every day I witness miracles. Do you? We have all the same full potential and divine power dormant within us.
Although we live in an era in which many of us have all the comfort, convenience and technologies we need, we still live in a time of war, terrorism, chaos, poverty, disease and natural and man-made calamities. As a global family, there are a few crucial things we must do to eradicate war, poverty, many more diseases and extinction of many species, and the massacre of many billions of animals which has a tremendous devastating effect our spiritual unfoldment, health, psyche, environment, nature, the starving people and children, and the animals. To raise consciousness is of utmost importance. That is the vision for the seeker, the lover, the visionary, the compassionate warrior, the awakened and enlightened ones.
That is why it is so essential to meditate every day on our ultimate nature, love and emptiness or oneness (the same). If more people looked inside, more would awaken into buddhas…..enlightened beings. Meditation helps nullify negative vibrations in the universe, and creates a harmonious energy in the atmosphere. We cannot win with a whip, only with rose petals. Even if we lose in love, there is always victory. A victory won out of ego, out of selfishness, out of violence, out of greed, is a tremendous loss for that individual, humanity and future generations. Together let’s raise the consciousness and unite the world by One spirit, One heart and One breath.

The names of the Divine are many……Shiva, Brahman, Vishnu, Allah, Kuan Yin, Krishna, Rama, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, the Father, Gautama the Buddha, the Divine Mother, Yahveh, the absolute, the nameless, etc. In some ways it does not matter what word we use to define the truth. Using names seems to create separation and war. Regardless of the name, the truth derives and manifests from the same supreme absolute source.
“All names given to God have the same power. You can reach your destination by taking any name you like,” said my beloved saint, Sri Anandamayi Maa.
I love them all so much and have great and profound reverence for all the source’s manifestations. In some ways it is a tragedy that we feel compelled to call the source by a name, causing separation, suffering and pain. Our ignorant nature and limited mind can be huge barriers to merging with the beyond and have caused humanity great discord, misery, division, exploitation, annihilation, oppression, pain and suffering throughout history.
It is time for us to wake up, go beyond physicality, language barriers, mind and our five senses before we destroy Mother earth and ourselves. It is the emergency call of our times. Together we must raise consciousness on our planet.

Look forward to reading your comments. Sending a garden of Divine love and blessings, In grace… Loving you so dearly, Vivi Devi

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Divine Love

 

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“Where there is divine love, there is compassion in actions.” Vivianne Nantel

We live in an era in which many are obsessed with sex, youth, physical appearance, money, status, acquisitions, prestige, fame, power and social media, in a culture overwhelmed with work, emails, errands, phone calls, media messages, projects, junk mail, in a world bombarded with wars, terrorist attacks, cruelty towards animals, injustices toward women and children (some men too), heartbreaks, depressions, neuroses, psychoses, divorces, disasters and anxiety. Where can I find unconditional pure love, I asked myself.

Our early conditioning influences our entire life, unless we become conscious of it and do something about it. Hatred energy can become an unconscious strategy to protect oneself from intense suffering. Like cancer, hatred is a form of intense anger that eats us up alive. So far my journey had led me to wonder about the nature of love. Does it exist in this materialistic physical world? Aren’t we all in search of unconditional love, a pure divine energy expressing the truth of our ultimate nature…love which is beyond expectations, attachments, conditions, demands and bondage? Such a love is both transformational and transcendental, beyond this physical dimension, a Divine love. Where could I find it?

Throughout the centuries, the ancient spiritual Yoga tradition tells us that our ultimate and true nature is bliss, ananda. Isn’t Divine love the same as bliss? Isn’t one of the gravest maladies of our century to live solely in the physical realm, rather than expand and awake to our ultimate true nature? How can we offer what we do not have? How can we use the spiritual process to manifest a harmonious and compassionate world unless we first heal our own deep wounds?

I was blinded by a false sense of self. As children we develop a self-image which is unreal and often unhealthy. We base our self-worth on this erroneous view. We emerge as adults thinking we are our body, our mind, our professions, a certain gender, our social status, our ethnicity, religious and cultural background, or that we are our possessions and wealth, or even our sexual orientation. The attachments and bondages we form around these identifications prevent us from awakening and realizing enlightenment. We confine ourselves to limited boundaries, our own fabricated jails. In the act of shedding our old, worn-out garment filled with prejudices, conditioning, and assumptions we can expand and break free from our cage. Divine love flowing within us is one of the keys to our freedom. It is experiencing our creator within ourselves and seeing the source in all living beings by experiencing the Oneness of all existence and the beyond. It is our true nature. Divine love liberates the imprisoned heart and allows us to pierce the veil of false identifications and burst free from all boundaries. In this surrender, the inner master within becomes alive.

Paramahansa Yoganada, a venerated ascended master of the 20th century said, “The satisfaction of love is not the feeling itself, but in the joy that feeling brings. Love gives joy. We love ‘love’ because it gives us such intoxicating happiness. So love is not the ultimate; the ultimate is bliss. God is Sat-Chit-Ananda, ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss. We, as soul, are individualized Sat-Chit-Ananda. True love is Divine, and Divine love is joy.”

Divine love brings us back home, healing us from the illusion of separation from the source. Our ephemeral journey on earth becomes richer, more beautiful, more meaningful as the universe belongs to us. Without Divine love we have no power over wars and negative acts committed by people on themselves and others, but we have the power to open up our own heart and seek this transformational love within. By transforming ourselves in this way, we can help others, both human and animal.

Except from Wake Up, Baby! A Universal Journey of Awakening–

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Feel free to share your comments and feelings……Looking forward to hear from you. If you enjoy this short except, please share it.

Heart felt gratitude. Sending you a garden of divine love, blessings and grace, Vivi Devi

Vivi Devi Spiritual Introduction

Dearest One…Do you want to break free from your limitations? Tap into your ultimate potential? Discover the true joy, happiness and bliss of who you are? Wow! At last we are connecting via video as promised! Here is my first very short video recorded on the beautiful Pacific Ocean today for you. Sending you divine love and blessings. Vivi Devi (Vivianne Nantel) <3

Here is the link for my new Yourtube channel https://youtu.be/CFVyY3GKazE

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Inner Divine Power

 

 

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It is natural for some to want power. Certainly we want mastery over ourselves. And many yearn also for power over others. Those who crave dominating power are the ones who are powerless, insecure, disconnected and separated from our creator. Power over others dates back millennia and rose from a primal instinct to survive, dominate, exploit and reign over other humans, animals, and Mother Earth. This kind of power is destructive and archaic, and creates the illusion of separation from everything else.
Even power is an illusion. Our ultimate nature is naturally powerful because of its true essence. Inner power originates from the Divine. I believe this inner power can only stem from the most profound expression of our spirit, from a stable emotional and mental state, mindful and acute clarity. If we are willing and allow it to, our true nature will lead the way for healthy interactions based on mutual true love, compassion, understanding and equality. Inner power is expressed with loving, compassionate feelings for co-creation, cooperation, realization of our interdependence, and interconnectedness with a profound reverence for all life forms. It is within all of us. Rediscovering this intrinsic divine power became one of my most important insights and realizations.
Over centuries we have witnessed how the patriarchal system, a model of domination and control over other humans (females in particular) and animals, has caused tremendous suffering and pain. It has destroyed lands, civilizations, people, animals, and nature. Unfortunately this patriarchal system is still engrained in our psyche. We can observe it in societies, governments, civilizations, even in relationships. Power over someone can be extremely hard to identify in the dynamics of relationships because it manifests in many subtle ways.
Consciously or unconsciously, this false sense of power is about conquering, annihilating, possessing, winning and exploiting. How can we deny the deplorable effects of patriarchy over the centuries when evidence everywhere proves it? Ask yourself, what kind of power do I exert in my life? What kind of power do people exert around me? How do they affect us? How do I affect them? We, human beings are the only animals on earth with the power to lock ourselves in our own fabricated jail, or liberate ourselves from confinement. Which one we elect is our choice, destruction or creation? Remember, we can be empowered with profound insights, awareness, spiritual knowledge and wisdom. We don’t have to suffer unnecessarily.

PS. I look very much forward to hearing your comments. Sending you infinite Divine love, blessings and grace, Vivi Devi

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Sacred Love Relationship

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Sacred Love Relationship

There is a prodigious difference between true sacred intimate love and a domesticated love relationship with attachment and bondage. In true profound love, there is no attempt to control or manipulate another individual, no entanglement between the lover and beloved one. It is a sacred relationship dedicated to support each other’s growth on all levels and evolution on the spiritual path. We want only the very best and highest for the beloved. We do not harbor destructive, negative feelings. In true sacred love, we are able to let go, uniting on a very profound spiritual level. This love can transcend to Divine love, a sacred relationship.

In a sacred loving relationship, genuine love stems from a very deep spiritual, mystical and energetic connection. It is one of the most intimate and beautiful connections because the intimacy being created and experienced is far beyond the physical realm. It also touches all aspects of our beings: physical, emotional, mental, psychological, existential, spiritual and energetic levels. This profound love is not based on any conditions. The sacred loving relationship crosses all societal boundaries such as age, religious and spiritual traditions, socio-economic backgrounds and creeds. This profound love is Divine and mystical because it is born from our true state of being and longing for the ultimate truth.

For most couples their intimate love relationship is contractual and focuses more on the physical and on a “take away.” If you do something for me, I will give something back to you…and keep on loving you, always based on conscious or unconscious conditions. It is subtle. Yes, we all have some needs to fulfill in intimate relationship. Yet a sacred loving relationship will naturally and organically attend to these needs, though it is not a requirement. Sacred love relationships lie within the inner power of the dynamic between the lover and the beloved, allowing each to abandon themselves completely in the loving, surrendering spiritual process of their relationship and be transcended in all. The connection is so very powerful, profound, mystical and supreme it is as if their hearts beat as ONE. Their love will pervade no matter what and will overcome all obstacles, from passion to compassion ….from compassion to ultimate passion.

When two individuals, who are sincere seekers on the spiritual path, form and embark on a sacred loving relationship, detachment can be one its most precious qualities. In detachment there is total abandonment and surrender of self, interdependence, and devotion toward one another. There is no grasping, jealousy, lust, insecurity, or envy ..….only a grand sense of freedom to express the most beautiful and precious passionate and blissful expression of deep expanded love by embracing the beloved as well as all living beings and life. Detachment does not remove or create a distance or separation between the loving couple. To the contrary, detachment allows a greater depth of freedom, trust, intimacy, expansion of consciousness, inclusiveness, awareness, acceptance, interdependence, growth, evolution and intensity between them. There is nothing greater than a sacred loving relationship when one is longing to be in a loving intimate relationship.…another powerful gateway to the Divine, to the Creator…. to liberation. A sacred loving relationship is all about self-actualization, self-realization and liberation for the sake of well-being and happiness for all living beings.

Please share your thoughts and feelings…..Very much looking forward to read your comments.

Infinite divine love, grace and blessings, Vivi Devi (Vivianne Nantel)

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Demystifying Yoga

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Demystifying Yoga

The Sanskrit word “yoga” literally means “yoke,” to unite. This union aims to dissolve, liberate and unite oneself with the pure consciousness which is often referred to as the source, the Self, the Absolute, God, Creator, Divine Mother, or hundreds of other names. I love to refer to our creator as the Divine Mother. When the Rishis (ancient sages) talked about Moksha (or Mukti), the ultimate fruit of yoga, they referred to liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth, pain and suffering of the physical realm.
Yoga is the science of union and the knowledge of the spine (kundalini). So yoga is the union with the Divine in all its forms. Figuratively speaking, we can be in a state of yoga in every moment of our lives as we inhale and exhale.
Unfortunately, here in the Western hemisphere many people still think of yoga as twisting one’s body into some kind of knot. Yoga goes far beyond exercise. It is an extremely rich and powerful spiritual path that involves body, mind and spirit. As the revered sage Patanjali expounded in the Yoga Sutras thousands of years ago, Hatha yoga prepares one’s body and mind for deep meditation.
Today we are witnessing a renaissance, with yoga studios everywhere. Yet this trend is far from the genuine ancient and authentic yoga taught by the Rishis for God-realization and liberation. Besides realizing enlightenment and liberation, practicing yoga brings many health benefits.
This fascinating and ancient science of yoga is not a religion or a philosophy. Yoga does not fall into any category of an “ism.” Faith is not a requirement. You will still get the results and benefits even though you may not believe in it. Yoga is a science. Anyone can test it and see the proof by having direct experiences with the Divine. However to test it fairly, it is important to have the appropriate spiritual master, a satguru, at the right time during the evolutionary process. A spirit of inquisitiveness, patience, perseverance and discipline is required to thrive on the yogic path. If one has longing and devotion for knowing the truth, success will come for sure.
Yoga was brought from India by the popular pioneer and yogi, Swami Vivekananda, one of the most revered yogi and spiritual masters of the 19th Century, a close devotee of the highly reputable and well-known mystic, saint and enlightened master Paramahamsa Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda introduced yoga to the Western hemisphere when he came to America in 1893. He represented India as a delegate at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. That day brought a great boon to the Western hemisphere. Thereafter, Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private classes and lectures disseminating yoga in America and in Europe.
A few decades later, Paramahansa Yogananda set foot on American soil and graced us with his presence and teachings. He also went on to disseminate the knowledge of yoga in the West, especially Kriya yoga, the yoga of mastering energy.
I wondered how this amazing science of yoga arrived on Earth, and the great lineage of maha avatars, gurus, and ascended masters manifested on our planet. According to the ancient Rishis and Sadhguru, a phenomenal being of light, the Adi Yogi (also known as the Adi Guru), was the first yogi and supreme guru. He appeared approximately over 10,000 years ago in the upper region of the Himalayas at Mt. Kailash, and transmitted the science of yoga and the power of Self -Realization and liberation to the first seven mystical sages (Rishis) to help expand and transform human consciousness to a higher state of vibration.
Predating all religious traditions, these seven Rishis known as the Septarishis spread yoga over Mother Earth. In the yoga tradition, it is the personal form of “Shiva” who is revered as the Adi Yogi and guru, the lord of all yogis and yoginis from which the lineage of gurus descended.
Over the centuries, yoga spread and infiltrated into many different traditions, and new branches of yoga developed. By the grace of the Adi Yogi, today six major yoga branches have emerged: Hatha yoga (forceful) is the most familiar branch to Westerns. Bhakti (devotion-love), Jnana (right knowledge), Raja (royal) in which Kriya yoga falls, Karma (selfless action), and Tantra yoga (continuity) remains to be explored by millions of seekers. “Kriya” from Sanskrit means “completed action,” and the ultimate action of kriya yoga is to transform and master the energy. The words Yogi (male) and Yogini (female) designate those who experience the oneness of this phenomenal existence.
Spirituality means experiencing existence beyond the physical dimension of reality. Most of us are trapped and limited within our five senses. As long as we continue to identify ourselves with the physical realm, we will remain caught in its boundaries creating the illusion of separation. As Jesus Christ said, “We are in this world, but not of it.”

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