“The words you speak become the house you live in.”
Hafiz

Until the age of seven years, the mother is the guru of the child.

She is responsible for the development of all the desired qualities, such as love, compassion and intelligence. Just as the gardener looks after a small plant, she too provides for the total care and nutrition of the child. The compost and manure are derived from her blood and bone marrow. She is like the farmer who gives urea to the plant when it is growing. Once the plant is fully grown, urea is no longer useful.

In the same way, giving nutrition to a baby is the mother’s responsibility, and that nutrition does not mean only feeding, it is all inclusive.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati (yogamag.net)

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Deepak Chopra

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The Unknown Years of Jesus’ Life - Sojourn in India

In the New Testament, the curtain of silence comes down again on the life of Jesus after his twelfth year, not to rise once more until eighteen years later, at which time he receives baptism from John and begins preaching to the multitude. We are told only:

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

— Luke 2:52

For the contemporaries of such an extraordinary figure to find nothing noteworthy to record from his childhood to his thirtieth year is in and of itself extraordinary.

Remarkable accounts, however, do exist, not in the land of Jesus’ birth but farther east where he spent most of the unaccounted-for years. Hidden away in a Tibetan monastery priceless records lie. They speak of a Saint Issa from Israel “in whom was manifest the soul of the universe”; who from the age of fourteen to twenty-eight was in India and regions of the Himalayas among the saints, monks, and pundits; who preached his message throughout that area and then returned to teach in his native land, where he was treated vilely, condemned, and put to death. Except as chronicled in these ancient manuscripts, no other history of the unknown years of Jesus’ life has ever been published.

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Yoga & Spirituality

…Just coming and practising one’s yoga, pranayama and meditation is not embarking on one’s spiritual journey. Embarking on a spiritual journey begins when one begins to modify the limiting, negative, restrictive and destructive behaviour of one’s nature. A person can practise their asana, pranayama and meditation life-long and still will not be a spiritual aspirant.

There are millions of people in the world who are practising yoga, but they are not spiritually inclined. Most of them connect only with their bodies, or only with their minds. Most of them are connected with their problems and are seeking solutions to their problems. There is nothing spiritual in the life of most people; most people have never made any effort to better themselves. Rather, they have fallen deeper and deeper and deeper into the rut every passing day, consciously and wilfully, without making the effort to extract themselves.

Yoga and spirituality are two different things: yoga is a sadhana, while spirituality is an awareness of life and the creative expressions in life.

— Swami Niranjan
(Message from SwaN)

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
`Polonius` in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare