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  1. S1va

    Asana Practice

    Agree with the precision from Iyengar yoga. I leaned some basics in Dallas Iyengar studio about 15 years back. I was impressed. It was very helpful, not just as a yoga practice, but from learning how to stand when idle (foot posture, evenly distributing body weight etc) to various other things to be mindful through the day and night. The basics of asanas/yoga, tai chi should be taught in the primary and high schools. This can help children grow into a healthier lifestyle and avoid so many diseases and ailments.
  2. Wise words. Having done moderation, I can say it will be challenging especially with political topics. Most people that participate only in political discussions are not exactly Buddhas or Gandhis. The minimal or no moderation may sound good at the start, but it will not be practical if the forum becomes popular with regular visitors and guests. There are going to be all types of characters pushing all types of boundaries and making the staff work hard depending on how busy the site is. There can be bitterness at times with members taking different sides and finding fault with the staff no matter what they do (even if they don't do). I do not agree with minimum or no moderation and neither do I agree with excessive moderation by going through every single post like some sites do. Being prepared will be good. Initially one admin may be enough and even a good thing as david pointed out. Later, if you can have one or two in staff who have done moderation or admin work in other forums before, it may be helpful. Like every other work prior experience can be helpful at times in dealing with conflicts. Right candidates can also learn quickly. There should be a balance in moderation in order to create a forum where spiritual conversions can thrive in harmony and independence. For those who keep crossing the line warnings and few temporary suspensions with increasing time periods should be considered before banning. Good luck with the new site. I will check it out soon.
  3. Insightful. Thanks for sharing. Maintaining inner silence and to be in equipoise through any type of social interaction seems to be way more challenging than achieving or maintaining inner silence during other day to day activities. I guess it is so, because the energetic interaction with others unearths or brings dormant issues to the surface which otherwise may be hidden in isolation.
  4. I invited Pilgrim in an IM yesterday. Not sure if he is still checking the IMs in the other site. It would be nice to have some of these members here.
  5. S1va


    I believe Jesus is talking about immortality. The death also does not indicate permanent perishing. Even if it is not rebirth, Bible talks about heaven/hell and continuation in some form after the body perishes. The complete dissolving of sentient beings is not a generally advised concept in most religions. The arhat in some Buddhist descriptions can be equated to complete dissolving of the individual after attaining Nirvana. By these definitions, unlike a Buddha, the arhat does not stay to help others in a light form. They dissolve into emptiness. It is prudent to take precautions and even defend oneself against harms in the outer world which operates in duality at practical levels to function. The inner world is little different. There is nothing that separates each one of us from other. Until a person reaches certain state where the nondual is realized, they reside or are constricted by the local body and mind. At this level, shielding, protecting oneself etc. may sound reasonable and it is understandable. After one truly realizes they are one with everything, there is nothing to shield or to be cautious with energy. When Jesus talks about good or evil, many times it is metaphorical and refers to the good and evil that is inside each one of us in different proportions. This is what Jesus discriminated against. He did not discriminate actual people saying this person is good or entirely evil. I doubt Jesus would have ever refused to help or associate with someone because they had negative or evil energy, or he ever had to shield or block and shut out people.
  6. Yes, ironic. The ability of the human mind to forget the past events is an asset and without which it will be hard to live mired in the events of the past and caught up in the past emotions. But, it is not wise to forget the lessons we learned from the past.
  7. That is a wonderful response to the situation presented. It is true that we may never know if there was a genuine need. Nevertheless scanning is not the right way to go. But flipping it this way is good from the standpoint of the one giving (or gave).
  8. I am a fan of the simple stories and parables Ramakrishna often used to narrate to his disciples and friends. Enjoyed most of the other videos/music posted here. Especially the ones posted by Trish and Aetherous. Lately I find the white noise from a fan or other machines that make a background white noise to take me to just a residing meditative state quicker than any chants or music, when the mind is caught up with the worldly stuff and thoughts. I read some types of white noise are used to reduce stress and even used as treatment modalities in some places.
  9. I like the personal forum area also. May be in future as Karen says. Not sure how much of an initial effort it would be to setup something like that. Plus there is some work for the moderators when members make requests each time. This forum seems to run the same base software.
  10. Yes, it can be frustrating and not a pleasant experience. But it is also a good opportunity to observe what happens within us. Watch the anger rise, observe the effects on the body. When we fully focus on the emotion and it's effects internally without identifying fully with the thoughts and the mind storyline, we may notice a tightness or a block somewhere (generally in the chakra 1-3 area for anger). By such constant observation and being present without the stories or associated thoughts of the mind, we can notice the tightness or block dissolving, rising and leave. We do this time and again with all emotions just observing when we can. This is the gist of the 'The Presence Process'. It can work very well if done right.
  11. Welcome rideforever! Good to see you here.
  12. Left, Right, Center and in between --- everyone is welcome here and and as far as I know nothing gets censored here based on a person's belief system or political leaning. There are not a whole lot of new topics and discussion in the recent times in the forums section. Hopefully that can change with the influx of the new members and some of the old ones returning back to the forums. Look forward to some interesting and insightful spiritual discussions.
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