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Encouraging Interest and Observation in Children

When someone asks, “How are you?”, what is your response? Do you always say, “Oh, I am great,” even when you are not? It’s food for thought: Do we take the time to be observant before answering such questions? Do we connect with how we truly feel? And do we express exactly what we have observed? Is it necessary to express it fully to others?  Simple Activities One of the most important things we can do for our children is encourage them...

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Some Thoughts on the Heartfulness Practices

Heartfulness Meditation I will describe the method of Heartfulness Meditation for those who are not aware of how to meditate, those who are attending a meditation session for the first time. It’s very simple: Gently keep your eyes closed with your attention toward your heart, thinking of the presence of the Divine in the form of Light. Think that it is attracting your attention inward, pulling your attention inward. That’s all you have to do. If thoughts arise during meditation, it’s okay....

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Connecting in the Time of Distancing

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought new words into our vocabulary. But they are not just mere words, as they also carry with them an associated adaptation to a new lifestyle: Lock-down. Self-isolation. Quarantine. Stay put. Social distancing. Be cautious. Travel ban. Work from home. School at home. Sheltering in place. All this has happened in just a few weeks. We are all in the same boat, preparing ourselves and our families to weather the situation, and being as cautious as we...

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The Correct Thinking And Right Understanding About Fasting

Dear friends, We have spoken a lot about fasting and autophagy in recent years, and the relevance of Ekadashi as a very useful tradition for health and well-being in Indian culture – a tradition that is commonly practised but not deeply understood. Ekadashi is the Sanskrit word for the number 11, and it represents the 11th day of each half of the month in the lunar calendar. Therefore, there are two Ekadashi days in each month: one is in the first...

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Peace on Earth and Good Will to All

Dear friends, To work harmoniously, peacefully and lovingly, for the common good, is the demand of our time. At Heartfulness, we offer a set of simple daily practices that fulfill that demand – removing prejudice, negativity and emotional burdens, and nurturing inner contentment and universal love. In 1957, my dear Master, Shri Babuji Maharaj, wrote a letter to the United Nations Organization, offering a simple and very practical solution to the world’s ills: “Sooner or later we will have to adopt...

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TRAVELS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH DAAJI, 31 July 2019

Wednesday, 31 JulyDo you believe in God?During the day, everyone prepared to move from the Paramdham Ashram to the campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, where preparations were in progress for the Conference on “Elevating Consciousness Through Meditation for Global Harmony” that would be taking place from 1 to 3 August. Prior to this, on 31 July evening, an event was held in the IIMB auditorium, entitled, ‘Heartful Leader: Design Your Legacy,’ for around 300 CXOs, institutional heads,...

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TRAVELS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH DAAJI, 27 to 30 July 2019

Saturday, 27 JulyKurnool & AnantapurDaaji left Kanha by road for Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh around 10:15 a.m. on the morning of 27 July, along with a convoy of seven cars filled with abhyasis who were all going to Bengaluru for the International Conference on Elevating Consciousness at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). He arrived at the Kurnool Meditation Centre just before 1 p.m. and conducted satsangh for around 1,200 people who were present. He conducted a second satsangh...

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TRAVELS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH DAAJI, 30 July 2019

Between events, during the day Daaji spent time with visitors and abhyasis in meditation and informal conversations. He shared many profound insights. Here are just a few:  The potential for evolutionIn response to a question about samskaras, Daaji explained, “You can see who are those abhyasis who do their Cleaning well every evening. Even their physical body is full of light. There is no heaviness in their system. But unfortunately most people do not do the Cleaning.” He became wistful and continued,...

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DAAJI’S MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Dear friends,As a daughter, a mother, a father, a son, a life partner, a friend, a colleague or a citizen, we all want to be the best we can possibly be, but often we fall short of our dreams. We may regret the hurt we cause others and the way we feel about ourselves in our hearts. We often prefer to avoid looking inward when we are disappointed, so instead tensions build up inside. But that doesn’t bring positive change....

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