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Shankara Stotra Recitations

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Sanskrit Recitations from the Works of Adiguru Shankaracharya. Listen to recitations of Stotras, of Sanskrit Hymns, of Adiguru Shankaracharya. Shri Shankara is the most important Indian Philosopher-Saint. He was the Master-Exponent of Kevala Advaita Vedanta. But he was also a Bhakta, a devotee. He composed many hymns in devotion to Shiva, Krishna, Devi. These are recordings from Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany.
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What is Religion? What's the way of the Peaceful Human? What are true human and animal rights? Is it possible to achievepeace on earth? I share everyday nuggets of wisdom from 7000 years old Vedic Literatures that all can appreciate and apply in their daily lives.
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Shree Lalitatambila

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Shree Lalita Sahasranam - श्री ललिता सहस्त्रनाम या सहस्त्रनाम स्तोत्राचे सामर्थ्य फार मोठे आहे. देवीचे जे भक्त आहेत त्यानी नित्य हे स्तोत्र म्हणावे/ वाचावे अगर ऐकावे. मन:शांती तर लाभतेच शिवाय आत्मज्ञान होऊन अंती मुक्तीही लाभते. मात्र वाचन शुद्ध व न्यासयुक्त असावे. ज्यांना हे स्तोत्र रोज म्हणणे शक्य नसेल त्यांनी २२ जून व २२ डिसेंबरला (वर्षांतील सर्वांत लहान व सर्वांत मोठा दिवस), आपली जन्मतिथी, शुद्ध अष्टमी, चतुर्दशी आणि पौर्णिमेस जरुर म्हणावे/ वाचावे अगर ऐकावे. या स्तोत्रांत रोगनाश करण्याची फ ...
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Guru Mantras and Kirtans

Sukadev Bretz - Joy and Peace through Kirtan

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Chant in praise of the Guru, the Spiritual Master. The spiritual preceptor is so important on the spiritual path. By chanting Guru Mantras you feel the presence of your preceptor - and of your inner guide. Kirtans, classic Mantra recitations and more. Recordings from Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany.
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The Kunjed Gyalpo is considered a fundamental tantra of Dzogchen, a teaching that according to tradition has been transmitted for over two thousand years from teacher to disciple. Its aim is to awaken each individual to his or her true nature: the primordial state of enlightenment, which can be compared to a mirror on whose surface the multiplicity…
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The Narada Bhakti Sutras is a text attributed to the sage Narada, extolling the principle of Para-Bhakti - or Supreme Love. This love comprises both the base, the path, and the fruit, and so qualifies it as the spiritual path par excellence that takes us immediately to the goal by sheer divine grace. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontempla…
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Guru Ramana Vachana Mala is a concise but powerful text that accurately summarizes the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. It further clarifies areas of the teaching that may be a bit hazy for the seeker of wisdom by summarizing the essential Vedanta teachings. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-one: https://cale…
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Along with Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes the first set of instructions in the Master Ramana Maharshi's own words. These two are the only prose pieces among Bhagavan’s Works. They clearly set forth the central teaching that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontem…
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This hymn is comprised of eight stanzas in praise of the nature of the guru tattva, the principle of wisdom embodied in all of reality. This aspect sometimes comes to us in the physical form of the teacher but is in truth everywhere at once. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-one: https://calendly.com/methodsof…
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This text by Adi Śankara makes vividly clear the idea of the distinction between oneself and one's body, mind, etc., which, when rightly comprehended under the benevolent guidance of a Teacher, a person of Knowledge, will perfectly convince one that one is not other than the Unlimited Bliss untouched by hunger and thirst, grief and delusion, old ag…
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The Dṛg-Dṛśya-Viveka contains 46 verses performing an inquiry into the distinction between the "seer" (Dṛg) and the "seen" (Dṛśya), an overview of samadhi, centering on savikalpa and nirvikalpa, and the identity of Self and the Absolute. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-one: https://calendly.com/methodsofcont…
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In this work attributed to Sri Adi Sankara, the characteristics of the person who has realized that they are Brahman are described. The aspirant for liberation is advised to meditate on these characteristics in order to attain the same state of recognition. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-one: https://calend…
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The Dakshinamurti Stotra is a Sanskrit religious hymn to Shiva by Śri Adi Shankaracharya. It explains the metaphysics of the universe in the framework of Advaita Vedanta, by praising the incarnation of the supreme god of knowledge. Chanting or meditating on the meaning of these verses allows one to become established in the experience of Advaita. C…
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Six Verses to Vishnu from the appendices of Śri Adi Shankaracharya's Atma Bodha. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-one: https://calendly.com/methodsofcontemplation/spiritual-direction --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/methods/messageSupport this podcast: https://podcasters.sp…
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The Vijñānabhairava Tantra is a compendium of spiritual prompts to enter a state of complete absorption in the Absolute, while yet remaining with the power of creativity and fecundity. If any text could be synonymous with Methods of Contemplation, it's this one. In the text, the primordial Goddess Bhairavi asks Bhairava, who is none other than her …
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In the spiritual process of recognition, because what we recognize is none other than our very Self, we re-cognize what we already havealways known. We remember that we remember.A cosmic amnesia lifts, an obscuration is lifted, an ethereal fog drifts away, and there takes place a penetrating shift in our perception of ourselves and of the cosmos.Th…
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The Flight of the Garuda explores the essence of the Buddhist path of Dzogchen or the Great Perfection, revealing insights into the nature of mind, the illusory nature of existence, and the methods for transcending suffering. The teachings are imbued with profound compassion and offer practical guidance for cultivating awareness, developing wisdom,…
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The Song of the Goddess is a text dear to my heart. Combining the piercing lucidity of Advaita Vedanta, with the Goddess centered devotion of the Śakta tantra traditions, the Devī Gita expounds on the nature of Brahman in a style reminiscent of the greater known Bhagavad Gita. "The knot of the heart is itself untied when that Self is seen." Connect…
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Soundarya Lahari, or the Waves of Bliss is a poetic text of worship to the primordial Śakti or Goddess of the power of consciousness. Attributed to Adi Śankara, the towering giant of Advaita Vedanta, the text describes in vivid theological detail the nature of this supreme Goddess. Contesting authorship aside, how could a proponent of uncompromisin…
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Another text of meditation, the Ribhu Gita is uncompromising in its repetition and its subtlety. Forming the sixth section of the Siva Rahasyam, it is the instruction of Śiva in Mount Kailas to His devotee Ribhu. In this chapter, the often overlooked and frequently misinterpreted epithet of Bliss or Ānanda is turned over and over, revealing its man…
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The Ashtavakra Gita is what is referred to as a nididhyāsana text in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. After hearing the truth from the mouth of a living teacher, and meditating on it by reading introductory texts and removing doubts, the seeker of liberation then rests in the experiential realization they have gained through continual and effortle…
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Atma Darshan, or the View of the Self is a lesser known text by the saint Śri Atmananda Krishnamenon. Though his teachings long remained secret, he spoke very openly to anyone who desired to know their own self nature. A beacon of lucidity and subtlety, Krishnamenon weaves through the common doubts that we all have regarding who we truly are - poin…
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Vivekachudamani, or the Crest Jewel of Discrimination, is what is referred to as a prakārana text. Meant to be a workbook for the diligent student of the yoga of Knowledge, it acts as a bridge between the guru and shishya. This bridge is what enables the longing of the student for freedom and the devotion of the free to compassion to meet in the be…
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Aparokshanubhuti means the Direct Knowledge of the Self. As opposed to paroksha, or indirect knowledge, aparoksha jñana is the self-revealing nature of the Self. You know, the one you always and already have. But through this riff on yogic practices, Adi Śankara (the attributed writer) leads us through the true meaning of the self-liberation of our…
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The Yoga Vasishta is an epic text comprising of the discourse between the wise Vasishta (known as one of the first sages of Vedanta) and the prince Rama. In this section, Vasishta instructs on the nature of the root of suffering as ignorance of the true nature of Reality. This ignorance itself is the cause of the appearance of the world as the sour…
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It is said that if one could only study one Upanishad, it should be the Mandukya. Even though it is the shortest of all, it contains the most concentrated essence of the Upanishads. If one truly hears, truly understands, and truly meditates on that which is contained in this one text - a fit student can be freed from suffering completely. Connect w…
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The Upanishads comprise the knowledge portion of the Vedas, the oldest extant religious texts on earth. As such, they represent the richest distillation of the larger corpus. The word Upanishad itself can be roughly approximated to mean "sitting near the truth" - evoking an image of listening to the oral transmission of teachings at the feet of a p…
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Hello, and welcome to Methods of Contemplation. In the first turning of the wheel of Dharma, the Buddha lets us in on a secret: Life, as most of us live it - sucks. Or put more eloquently, the nature of existence is inextricably intertwined with suffering. Really, he's not telling us something we don't already know. But he does tell us how to get o…
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Hello, and welcome to Methods of Contemplation "Flourishing as they do, each of them will return to it's root." In this excerpt of the Tao Te Ching, the master poetically and succinctly gives us the concentrated essence of the Tao - fearlessness, compassion, peace, and the shaking off of death. The Tao is a perfect handbook for daily prompts for co…
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Hello, and welcome to Methods of Contemplation A text lost and forgotten for over a thousand years, 'Thunder, Perfect Mind' was rediscovered in the early 20th century in the collection known as the Nag Hammadi Codices. An unapologetic lance to the heart of dualism, Thunder speaks in the neuter and masculine. But overwhelmingly it speaks with the fe…
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Plotinus is a figure much ignored outside the halls of academic philosophy, but was integral to the birth of non-dual wisdom in the West. In a western framework, he elucidates the core philosophy underlying Neoplatonism, a school that deeply informed early Christianity, and that has much in common with Paramadvaita. In this passage, Plotinus perfec…
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A Course in Miracles is a channeled text of non-dual wisdom that adopts the Christian lexicon to instruct all seekers of wisdom in the way of forgiveness. In seeing every being as completely innocent, and thereby solidifying our own forgiveness. For this lesson, the focus is concerning the ability of the Holy Spirit to reciprocate the small gift of…
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Often decried as a "heretical" Quietest, Marguerite Porete was a woman that dared to speak of her own direct intuitive experience of the Divine in a time when women were often held as incapable of genuine beatitude. And beyond this - her beatific vision in many ways proved higher and subtler still than her male peers. For that she was sentenced to …
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In this excerpt from the Philokalia, Saint Isaac the Solitary leads young ascetics through twenty seven texts discussing important points for those who have undertaken spiritual vows of the Christian life.In this passage, he describes the pitfalls of leaving the door of our heart (the intellect), unguarded. This holds even more true after we have r…
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In Ira Progoff's translation of the fourteenth century Christian mystical classic "The Cloud of Unknowing" - the anonymous author leads us through the practice of contemplative prayer in a way unparalleled by other methods of the tradition.In this chapter, they speak to us of the subtle differences and divisions in the active and contemplative life…
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Teresa of Avila, in this reading brings us to the heights of the Christian spiritual endeavor according to the Spanish school of mysticism. She describes in vivid experiential detail the difference between an intermittent and oscillatory perception of Grace, and the abiding and eternal marriage of the soul and God as lover and Beloved. Connect with…
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In this reading, Bernard of Clairvaux takes us through to the heights of the 'fourth degree' of love. A love that has no interest in acquiring or maintaining created things, but shooting up the spine like a rocket bound for the moon of nectar that is unconditional devotion. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation Work with me one-on-on…
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A veritable firehose of mystical theology, John Ruysbroeck spoke at a level much more subtle, intricate, and experiential than many. And in his writing we can see ripples of our own deepest truth.Although this is a short passage, it is worth listening through again and again. This repeated hearing, reflection, and meditation are what plunge us cont…
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This is a contemplative reading of the Third Theophany of Moses, by Saint Gregory of Nyssa. As one of the first desert fathers of the Christian tradition, Gregory's words here give us a window into the view of Christ in its extra-temporal nature - reverberating through time as the eternal I Am. Connect with me on instagram @methodsofcontemplation W…
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All creatures are words of God. A meditative reading of Meister Eckhart's Sermon 5 from his selected German translations. Often touted as the Christian tradition's most non-dual teacher, Meister Eckhart stretches the bounds of traditional Christian theology and philosophy. His words serve as a wonderful aid to contemplative prayer. Connect with me …
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This method is a guided meditation on the nature of the non-dual. Non-Duality, or "A-dvaita" in Sanskrit, is the experiential realization of the oneness of the individual soul and the supreme Godhead. Literally meaning "not-two", advaita expresses the simplicity of Absolute Reality as awareness itself. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcaster…
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This method is a non-dual guided visualization of the Divine Mother. Called by many names like Sophia, Shakti, Devī, Goddess, etc. - the Divine Feminine is typically expressed as the active or dynamic principle in spiritual ontology. In this meditation though, we take a specifically femininist lens in expressing the nature of the Absolute itself as…
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This method is a relaxing non-dual visualization and meditation on the Universal and Cosmic nature of Christ. The encounter with and participation in the eternal being of the Divine is the breaking free of our small sense of self into the more expansive and loving awareness that is the Logos. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.…
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"The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao". So says the primary text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. But to trace our way back to that eternal Tao, we can make use of the spoken word as a pointer. Much like a finger pointing to the moon, use this guided non-dual meditation to become present to the unceasing clarity of your essential nature. -…
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Sarada singt während eines Kirtan Konzertes bei Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg die Guru Stotra. Du findest die Guru Stotra im Yoga Vidya Kirtanheft unter der Nummer 690. Hier ist der Text zum Mitzusingen: Brahmanandam Parama-sukha-dam Kevalam Jnana-murtim Dvandvatitam Gagana-sadrisham Tat-tvam-asy-adi-lakshyam / Ekam Nityam Vimalam Achalam Sarva-dhi-sa…
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In this guided meditation, Barrett Self leads us from our traditional posture of doing, to a relaxing fall back into the center of our own being. Barrett Self is a writer, cheesecake lover, and the face of 'e x h a l e', an online platform where he offers direct spiritual coaching for people of all backgrounds. In this conversation, Barrett and I d…
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Barrett Self is a writer, cheesecake lover, and the face of 'e x h a l e', an online platform where he offers direct spiritual coaching for people of all backgrounds. In this conversation, Barrett and I discuss the importance of a heart based spirituality that incorporates the body as well as the mind. He gives some practical tips for anyone that w…
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An ordained gnostic bishop and a highly empowered adept of esoteric voudon, Craig Williams has moved beyond conservative views of Vedic studies – evolving a radically unique system of esoteric Hinduism and left hand tantra. with over 25 years of academic and initiatic study in yoga, Ayurveda, tantra, jyotish, and Vedanta, Williams is the recipient …
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Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Oakland University School of Medicine in MI. She has studied Advaita Vedanta at the Chinmaya Mission, the Direct Path with Greg Goode, Śrīvidyā with Śri Śivapremananda, and Non-dual Śaiva Tantra (also known as Kashmir Śaivisim) with Paul Muller-Ortega and Sally Kempton. Her works…
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Pitṛpakṣa is a 16–lunar day period in the fall when we pay homage to our ancestors. The purpose of this tradition is to not just appease generations of our ancestors in another realm, but also to free ourselves of kārmic bonds. Ordinarily, even when we are aware of this tradition, our focus isn't on the internal freedom from ancestral patterns that…
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Shree Lalita Sahasranam - श्री ललिता सहस्त्रनाम या सहस्त्रनाम स्तोत्राचे सामर्थ्य फार मोठे आहे. देवीचे जे भक्त आहेत त्यानी नित्य हे स्तोत्र म्हणावे/ वाचावे अगर ऐकावे. मन:शांती तर लाभतेच शिवाय आत्मज्ञान होऊन अंती मुक्तीही लाभते. मात्र वाचन शुद्ध व न्यासयुक्त असावे. ज्यांना हे स्तोत्र रोज म्हणणे शक्य नसेल त्यांनी २२ जून व २२ डिसेंबरला (वर्षांतील सर्व…
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Today’s method is Self-Inquiry.Self-Inquiry, is a teaching popularized by Sri Ramana Maharshi, a Tamil saint from the early 20th century. Based on the ancient Vedic practice of Atma-vichara, self-inquiry is the quintessential practice for those on the path of knowledge, and is sometimes called the Maha or Great Yoga. Vicharasangraham and Nan Yar we…
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Colette Lafia, an author and spiritual director based in SanFrancisco leads us through a short meditation on the nature of Love as it relates to the spiritual path. Colette teaches on the nature of the heart with respect to the spiritual path, and the ways that it opens us up to receive by surrendering. Her books include The Divine Heart (May 2021)…
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