What is the Goal of Yoga?

Yoga in its most literal sense is meant to yoke, or unite, aspects of the body, the breath, and the mind. When these three come in to accord, we move beyond the physical forms into the subtle aspects of the anandamaya kosha, or the body of bliss, that inner divine nature that resides within all … Continue reading What is the Goal of Yoga?

Katha Upanishad: Bhoga and Yoga

Perennial joy or passing pleasure? This is the choice one is to make always. The wise recognize these two, but not The ignorant. The first welcome what leads To abiding joy, though painful at the time. The latter run, goaded by their senses, After what seems immediate pleasure. - Katha Upanishad She who is a … Continue reading Katha Upanishad: Bhoga and Yoga

A Favorite Tale of Krishna and Radha’s

Uddhava, the apprentice of Krishna, one day expressed his dissatisfaction to Krishna that in-spite of studying all Vedas, Upanishadas and Sutras, he still was not recipient of the title “Maha-Rishi”, meaning the great sage. He indirectly suggested that Krishna should use his weight in the council of wise men to honor him with the title. … Continue reading A Favorite Tale of Krishna and Radha’s

Dhangkar – The Cliffside Monastery

Dhangkar Gompa is something not from this world. Situated on dangerous cliffs, the monastery is over 1000 years old and is perched at an elevation of 12,774 feet. The Dhangkar complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers. In 2006, World Monuments Fund selected Dhankar gompa … Continue reading Dhangkar – The Cliffside Monastery

On the Way (to and from) Mars

So Spiti is always a place I will associate with Serendipity. For me, the two names are interchangeable because of the series of events that led me there. Mainly, bumping into a distant cousin of mine (whom I had never met) at the guest house I was staying at in Solang Nala. I had pretty … Continue reading On the Way (to and from) Mars