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Recognizing Nonduality through the Upaniṣads.
A yantra is a meditative ritual device used in South Asian Tantric traditions.
Māyā is “illusion,” a core concept in Vedic thought.
Non-dualism literally means "not-two".
Saṃsāra refers to the cycle of death and rebirth.
Svapna is a Sanskrit term for dream.
The Vedantic quest for understanding begins from our own consciousness.
Pūjā is the procedure of developing a deep and sweet intimacy with a deity or object of adoration.
The literal meaning of the word tarka is logic or reasoning. Quite simplistically, it is the ability to put together a series of related notions through logical deduction based on experience – our own or learned as generalizations. Depending on the type of reasoning we use and the kind of experiences we’ve had, the conclusion […]
In many ways, the entire practice of Yoga can be understood as an engagement with prāṇa. Prāṇa is the vital energy of life itself.  It is the basic material for all that exists.  In Sanskrit, prāṇa is a compound word made up of the prefix pra + root verb aṇ.  Pra is an intensifier that […]
Śakti (often transcribed as shakti) means “power” and is the divine feminine force personified in all expressions of the Hindu goddess. She is the dynamic, primordial creative energy that supports life. In the śaiva traditions, śakti is considered non-separate from śiva, or that Absolute Consciousness that is the ground of Being. This union is historically depicted in […]
The word bhakti literally means love and devotion. It is derived from the Sanskrit root bhaj, which means to share or participate.  A “bhakta” is a person who practices “bhakti,” or loving devotion to god or the divine. And, while bhakti draws upon common experiences of love it is much more than an emotional whim […]

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