Articles on Yoga & Tantra

  • Chopra Center Articles By Vamadeva

    Various important articles reflecting Vamadeva’s teachings relative to the Primordial Sound Mantra Teacher Training at the Chopra Center University of which Vamadeva and Shambhavi are the main instructors for the advanced program. Mantra & Concentration Using Shakti Mantras to Enhance Your Primordial Sound Mantra Practice Soma, the Bliss Principle in Vedic Knowledge – Part 1 […]

  • The Shiva Linga and its Meaning

    Note an expansion of this article in the book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, September 2008) The sexual symbolism of Tantra, like the subject of sexuality in general, has always engaged the human mind. The modern mind seems to be obsessed with it as well. Many people […]

  • The Devatas (Gods and Goddesses) as Forms of Brahman

    Note an expansion of this article in the book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, July 2008) The Hindu Gods and Goddesses, more properly called Devatas or Divine principles, are usually treated by modern scholars in a superficial senses as distinct powers of nature or worse as just […]

  • The Purusha Principle of Yoga

    From the book Yoga and the Sacred Fire by David Frawley Yoga, the Purusha and the Cosmic Being One could say that the essence of our humanity is that we are ‘sentient’ beings, conscious entities possessed of feelings and capable of suffering. We cannot accept that human beings are enslaved, experimented on, used for food, […]

  • Turning Life’s Poisons into the Nectar of Soma

    The following article is authored by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Shiva as the Drinker of Poison Shiva is the great ecstatic deity of Yoga, the supreme Lord of the highest inner energy and transformation. He has the deepest experience of bliss (ananda) as his constant state of being. He is the foremost drinker of […]

  • Yoga and Ecology

    The following article is authored by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Yoga and Nature Both Yoga and Ayurveda are all about working with the forces of nature, which are not just as material energies but powers of consciousness. This work with nature occurs at both internal and external levels. Internally, we need to balance the […]

  • The Fire of the Goddess

    From the book Yoga and the Sacred Fire by David Frawley (Lotus Press) I first discovered the Goddess as the muse that arose as part of my youthful poetic inspirations before I had even heard of the path of Yoga or studied any eastern spiritual traditions. The muse is the intimation of beauty and mystery […]

  • The Primacy of Shakti

    Note an expansion of this article in the recent book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, July 2008) The ultimate goal of human life is liberation or moksha, the realization of the Pure Self or Brahman beyond all time, space and karma . In that alone is complete […]

  • Yoga and Buddhism: Similarities and Differences

    (By David Frawley, Note: This article in various forms has been published by different magazines in the past like Yoga International and Hinduism Today, and been put on various websites.) Yoga and Buddhism are sister traditions which evolved in the same spiritual culture of ancient India. They use many of the same terms and follow […]

  • Awakening Our Senses

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The five senses are the key instruments that we have in life to perceive the world and make our way within it. How we use them determines how our lives will unfold; whether towards health or disease, creativity or stagnation, enlightenment or ignorance. Learning to use our senses correctly is […]

  • Karma, DNA of Our Soul

    By Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Karma, meaning action, is a term in yogic spirituality for explaining the soul’s evolution from life to life. Karma is generally portrayed as the effect of our individual actions, extending from past lives to present and future lives. It is often regarded as a force of determination, like […]

  • Relating to Spiritual Experiences

    If we take up any form of higher Yoga practice, pranayama, mantra or meditation, we are likely to have various experiences, some of which may be quite dramatic. These experiences may be spiritual, psychological or even physical in nature or some combination thereof. Most of these experiences are likely to be exhilarating and elevating, but […]

  • The Fifteenfold Non-dualistic Raja Yoga of Shankaracharya

    Shankara, the Great Yogi Shankaracharya, or Shankara the teacher, is one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of India. Shankara has often been called the greatest philosopher of India, if not of all time and of the entire world. His teaching is highly rational, clear and concise, as well deeply mystical, unfolding all […]

  • The Meaning of Maya: the Illusion of the World

      The great spiritual traditions of India commonly teach us that the world is Maya, usually translated as ‘illusion’ or ‘unreality’. That the world is Maya is the basis of the emphasis on yoga and meditation in Indian thought, which is regarded as the means of moving beyond Maya. The idea that the external world […]