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  • In Praise of Lalitā Devī: An Introduction to the Lalitā Sahasranāma

    In this seminar, we will learn about the origins of the Lalitā Sahasranāma, its place in the Śrīvidyā tradition, and a broad understanding of its philosophy. In addition, we will learn selected verses from the hymn along with a meditative verse that describes the iconography of Lalitā Devī. We wi...

  • The Supreme Secret of Yoga

  • The Practice of Engaged Bhakti

  • A Love Supreme

    This presentation examines the definition of “supreme bhakti” (uttamā-bhakti) as given by Sri Rupa Gosvamin, the 15th century medieval saint and leader of the famed gosvamis of Vrndavan who were devout followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Considered especially empowered by Sri Caitanya to codify...

  • A Bhakti Song and the Making of a Mahatma

    Bhakti, the Indic term generally translated as “devotion”, has many connotations including “adoring,” “sharing,” and “belonging.” While often discussed as a mental or emotional state, bhakti becomes manifest only in a bhakta – a devotee. Who is an ideal bhakta? What is the definition of a person...

  • Bhakti as given in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna – a dialogue between Man and God. Hence it touches on all aspects of the various relationships between man and god. The dialogue is made more dramatic by the fact that it is set in the middle of a battlefield in which Arjuna, the hum...

  • Bhakti-Shakti: The Role of the Feminine in Transcendence

    This talk is for yoga enthusiasts and spiritual seekers who want to deepen their experience of bhakti by invoking the transcendental assistance of she who can conquer the Unconquerable. Pranada Comtois will discuss how the bhakti tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism elevates the Feminine Divine to th...

  • Hanuman-ji: The Embodiment of Devotion

    Hanuman is the endearing central figure of the sacred text from India called the “Ramayana” or the “Ramacharitamanasa". He is worshipped as the remover of obstacles, reliever of difficulties, and the wide-hearted compassionate, courageous deity at whose feet we fall in surrender. Using the text f...

  • Secret Messages of Divine Love

    The great sacred writings on Bhakti, especially Bhagavad Gītā, offer teachings of living the life of the heart. However, there are secret messages in these great writings that are easily and too often overlooked––yet they reveal the necessary pre-conditions of Bhakti. In this short talk, Graham w...

  • Serve the Lord to Save the World: Bhakti-yoga as a Call to Action

    Modern yogis want to look outward and uplift the world as much as they want to look inward and uplift themselves. Bhakti-yoga offers a powerful prescription for connecting the inward turn that’s required for our contemplative practices with the outward turn that’s required for our social action. ...

  • The Radiance Sutras

    Join Lorin Roche has he discusses the experiences in his spiritual practice that have been enriched by a lifetime relationship with the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. Lorin explores key translations from his work and offers the profound teaching from Shaivism that reveals all things as doorways to the ...

  • The Glance of Shiva

    In this talk, Mary shares from her personal encounters with Shiva, as she has come to know him over the past 40 years. A sampling of the myths, the poet-saints and the scriptural doctrines of Shaivism are woven within the fabric of these mystical experiences which have helped her understanding of...

  • The Pathway to Freedom within Nondual Tantric Tradition

    In this interview, Swami Khecaranathawill discusses the nondual understanding of kundalini as both the individuated expression of the Divine and the means to liberation. This will include a careful articulation of the dynamic relationship between Consciousness and energy, because the power inhere...

  • On Recognition

    Recognition is a key tradition of Shaivism and refers to the recognition of our true Self as it is understood in the Tantras. Join Hareesh Wallis as he discusses some of the history of Kashmir Shaivism and explores the concept of recognition, as it appears in the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam, a text that...