Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
IN GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
COMMUNITY, CONNECTION AND NATURAL LIVING
“Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize.”
– Swami Sivananda
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Our teachings section is based on the essential teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. In this teachings section of our website you will find teachings on many different topics such as “What is Satsang”, “What is Yoga”, Life, Health, Mind, Prana, and much more.
“Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness, Yoga Shows the Way.”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
LOS ANGELES, VIETNAM, ASIA
The LA center has been in operation for more than 50 years since the 1970s. In 2019, we moved the center to a new location. The center is now in a beautiful, historical building in the West Adams neighborhood. We have daily satsangs, yoga classes, workshops, and courses. Please come by for a visit.
Health is Wealth
Peace of Mind is Happiness
Yoga Shows the Way
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Our Sivananda Yoga Farm Blog has numerous articles, videos, and talks given by our senior teachers over the years.
Today we have a very serious topic, the topic of Karmic Disease. So, you know, people have diseases and sometimes it’s not explainable. We don’t understand why they have the diseases. So, first you need to understand the meaning of the word karma. Karma means simply the universal law of cause and effect, action and reaction. The word Karma means action, and karma applies to physical action, but also to mental action. I mean, you don’t do anything, but you think about it. And when you think about it, you create the mental karma, and the reason why we are born in this particular condition is because of our karma. So, there is no accident that we are born in a certain family in certain circumstances, a certain country and our life goes a certain way.
Diseases do not happen like right away, let’s say you are angry, you are resentful, it stays in the system for a long time; resentment is like rust, slowly, slowly it eats your body as it eats your mind; so then slowly slowly, after ten years of resentment, you develop some kind of problem, for example, problems on the liver, arthritis problem. Any physical health problem always has some kind of equivalence in the mind. If you are grieving, for example, you were crying, or you never really recovered for years, then you might one day have a problem with the lungs.
There are different definitions of meditation. One of the definitions, the classical way, is the definition according to Patanjali. According to Patanjali, meditation is at the seventh rung. That means seventh step of the eight steps ladder of yoga, a Raja Yoga system. That means you have to prepare yourself, in order for you to be able to be still. Yamas and niyamas are the two first rungs in Taja Yoga, guiding you to have proper behavior that will not bring about any kind of reaction, that will bring about peace.
The topic of today is an important topic, a philosophical topic. It is the topic of detachment. Those who study Vedanta in the TTC, you know that it is part of the practice of Vedanta to learn to detach so that your mind and heart are not so involved in everything that is temporary. You remain yourself.
Karma is action and consequence of action. It Implies that we are born as consequence of past action and thought. Action comes also in terms of thoughts. This life has a cause and what we do in this life will have a consequence in the future. So, we have to see the big picture to understand your life at the present. There is a reason for certain things to happen that way, and there is a way you can then get out of it, alleviating it.
Love is selfless and unconditional. Conditional love is selfish and emotional. Emotions need to be purified to become pure love. Emotions come from our lower mind and our subconscious mind which carries impressions of the past. Yoga teaches us to purify the usual, habitual, tainted love, in other words, our lower mind and to activate our higher mind.