Hidden Benefits of Stress and Pain

Hidden Benefits of Stress and Pain

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung observed that, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” Jung’s insight may initially offend or cause us woe, but it accurately reflects a truth stated in every spiritual tradition. In this world, the seed must be split in order for the plant to sprout, and the decomposing hull of the Read More

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Finding Yoga Science in Higher Jihad

Finding Yoga Science in Higher Jihad

Television host Chris Matthews and a distinguished panel of experts were debating the efficacy of America’s global war on terror. The commentators were Katty Kay of the BBC, Dan Rather, former CBS News anchor, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News and Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker. Matthews asked this provocative question: “Imagine you are having Read More

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Finding The Right Balance

As children, Jenness and I often watched Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” television show on Sunday nights. Among the performers we saw over the years, one old-time vaudevillian, named Erich Brenn, always held our attention, and we’ve thought about him often in relation to yoga science. This performer had a rather simple act. Before Read More

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DON’T LET FEAR, ANGER TAKE OVER

DON’T LET FEAR, ANGER TAKE OVER

by Leonard Perlmutter ALBANY, New York.  September 24, 2005 (The Times Union) Every American has experienced some effect of hurricane Katrina. Even if we did not feel her destruction firsthand, we have been caught in the mental and emotional floodwaters of shock, helplessness, anger and fear. In the face of Katrina’s physical fury, we are Read More

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A NOD TO ELVIS ON YOGI’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

A NOD TO ELVIS ON YOGI’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

The King’s music helped lead author/teacher to Eastern traditions
by Paul Grondahl SAND LAKE, New York.  September 7, 2005 (The Times Union) Leonard Perlmutter is totally serious when he calls Elvis Presley “my guru.” The 59-year-old yoga and meditation teacher, in fact, thanks the King in the acknowledgments to his new book, “The Heart Read More

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An acquaintance once asked, “Wasn’t Elvis Presley’s life a tragedy?” The question opened a floodgate of memories. My relationship with Elvis Presley had begun in 1956. As a teenager, listening to Elvis’s music was one of my first experiences with meditation. Every time I listened intently to his music I felt happy–so happy in fact, Read More

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Desire Determines Destiny

Increase your reserves of
energy, will power and creativity
by sacrificing habitual desires
The Upanishads have been called the oldest and purest source of spiritual wisdom known to humanity. These ancient scriptures share profound revelations on the nature of the eternal Supreme Reality–wisdom that the great sages realized in the depths of their Read More

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THE SEARCH FOR JOYFUL LIFE

THE SEARCH FOR JOYFUL LIFE

THE SEARCH FOR JOYFUL LIFE  by Ray Parker
NAPLES, Florida. January 14, 2005 (Naples Daily News) They sit on the edge of their seats. Back straight. Eyes closed. Hands in a relaxed position, thumb and index finger touching. Now, slowly, effortlessly, they begin silently repeating the mantra. If they do this for 30 minutes, twice Read More

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Educated but not Enlightened

In the search for happiness, direct experience surpasses knowledge from external sources by Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter There’s lots of pressure placed on both children and parents these days. Ask any exhausted parent. Kids now have schedules as dizzying as any corporate CEO’s. Why? Because the culture is constantly warning that unless a child is Read More

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Educated but not Enlightened

In the search for happiness, direct experience surpasses knowledge from external sources There’s lots of pressure placed on both children and parents these days. Ask any exhausted parent. Kids now have schedules as dizzying as any corporate CEO’s. Why? Because the culture is constantly warning that unless a child is well-rounded and accepted by a Read More

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