Yoga is one of the Four Great Paths to God.
The Four Great Paths to God are:
1. the path of divine love,
2. the world religions,
3. the teachings of the ascended masters given through various messengers or prophets, and
It is important to note that the essence or core of every true religion, or path of the ascended masters, or yoga, is love, divine love.
These four great paths to God may be combined in any way we like. We may walk the path of divine love. We may be a disciple of any of the world's religions, or a student of the ascended masters, and we may practice yoga. We can combine certain religious practices with our yoga. We may be a student of the teachings of the ascended masters and practice yoga, which the ascended masters generally recommend. Yoga, per se, is not a religion. It is one of the four great paths to God, and it can be combined with any religion, and that surely includes Christianity and Judaism.
The word yoga comes from the root word "yoke," which implies or means "union," so the primary goal of yoga is union with God -- our God of Love. So, in its highest understanding, yoga is a path of divine love, to achieve union with God, or our Individualized Presence of Love. Most of us are practicing "yoga" in some form, and generally, many aspects each day, but often we do not know it or realize it. Anytime we do some spiritual practice in love, or the service of love, we are doing yoga. And, reading the Bible or any of the sacred scriptures is a type of yoga -- jnana yoga -- the study or learning about God or union with God.
Whenever, we show love and adoration to God, no matter what religion we might belong to, that is yoga -- bhakti yoga. Anytime we serve others, love others, care for others, or show our kindness to others, that is yoga -- karma yoga. There are seven major paths of yoga that will be explained as simply as possible, so that many may understand and hopefully practice yoga, although many are already practicing "yoga" in a number of ways and don't realize it. Again, they think that unless they are practicing some form of yoga exercises, they are not practicing yoga. And some think that since they are practicing some form of yoga exercises, they are practicing yoga, even though they may be no love in their heart. Well true yoga is about love, and love is the only way to true union with God.
These teachings are for all, so-called, beginners to advanced -- and made relatively easy for the many.
All true yoga can be a path of ananda, that is, a path of bliss, happiness, or joy.
The approach on this website is the 4 E's approach, that is, relatively, easy, enjoyable, energizing, and effective. This yoga is also a path of Enlightenment. So the approach here will be made as easy as possible, and hopefully will be as enjoyable, energizing and effective as possible. Yoga can be effective or practical, and it can really work for us. And it can truly be enlightening, so that we can have a greater knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. The approach, here, is as much as possible, a yoga made relatively easy, yoga for the many approach. It is a step-by-step and gradual approach. The approach here is for all people, and for all races and religions.
I, William Star, have practiced hatha yoga (exercises or postures) since 1970 and have taught hatha yoga since 1975, so I speak from experience in my practice and teaching of yoga. I am a student of the teachings of the ascended masters, and a student or disciple of all of the world's religions. And I am on the path of divine love.
I am including many wonderful teachings given from some of the best sources of yoga.
When most people think of yoga, at least in America, the usually think of hatha yoga or yoga exercises, postures, or asanas. This is the yoga that is best known by most people, and that will surely be taught here, but all the seven paths will be taught, and far more.
The Great Synthesis of Yoga is the Great Summation or the Great Gathering of the teachings on yoga. It is the Great Integration, Compilation, on Unification of the teachings on yoga.
These yogic practices are universal and complement all faiths and religions. They help us to do what we are already doing, better. Remember, things go better with yoga.
One of the most important things for achieving union with God is the correct understanding of the words 'I AM'.
'I AM' means 'God in me is,' or 'the Presence of God in me is.' An understanding of this Presence of Love will follow. An Understanding of this Presence of Love is one of the main keys to understanding true yoga.
The Magic Presence of Love -- The Beloved Presence of Love -- The Mighty I AM Presence -- Our Real Self -- Our Divine Self -- Our Oversoul
To see pictures or charts of this beautiful Presence of Love that we all are, please click on one or more of the links below:
The Chart of Your Divine Self -- the Mighty 'I AM' Presence (on the Summit Lighthouse Website)
The Chart of Your Divine Self -- the Mighty 'I AM' Presence (on The Masters and Their Retreats website)
Another beautiful chart of the 'I AM' Presence on the website, www.mariusfineart.com
A Website Called My I AM Presence that Has a Chart of the Presence from Four Different Religions
Note: This chart or picture -- this Picture-Perfect Presence -- is one of the highest focuses or gliffs of light, and gifts of light on this planet.
As above, I AM that Magic Presence of Love,
So below, I AM that Magic Love everywhere I go,
And as I AM that Magic Love everywhere I go,
I will reap that Magic Love that I sow.
Note: There is an 'I AM' book called, The Magic Presence, and it is one of the best books that I, William Star, have ever read, and you may learn more about it, and may order it from the website, www.saintgermainpress.com. Just click here.
It is important to understand the meaning of the words 'I AM' in order to understand the higher teachings of the Master Jesus. The words 'I AM' mean "God in me is" or "the Presence of God in me is". So when Jesus used the words 'I AM' he was referring to the Presence of God in him, which is in all of us, and not to himself as the one and only son of God, for we are all sons and daughters of God. When he said: "I AM the open door which no man can shut," he meant for humanity to understand that he was referring to the "Great I AM," which is the life of every individual manifest in form. He did not wish to convey that the personal Jesus was the only one to whom this privilege was ordained or given. Each one of us are beloved children of God, sons and daughters of God, of the One Father-Mother God, and each one of us has the Presence of God within us, the Great 'I AM', which was in Jesus. This Great 'I AM' is how he achieved his final and eternal victory, and so can we.Note: This chart or picture -- this Picture-Perfect Presence -- is one of the highest focuses or gliffs of light, and gifts of light on this planet.
The Meaning of the Words 'I AM'
The kingdom of God is within us, the consciousness of God is within us, the Presence of God is within us or above us, that is, above our body temple. Once we understand that the words "I AM" means "God in me is" or "the Presence of God in me is," then we can have a higher understanding and respect for all great teachings, and the saints and sages that brought them forth.
Note: Yearning for God's love draws your presence near, but sharing his love keeps the flow and grace of your presence ever near.
The Tube of Light and the Violet Fire Within that Tube of Light
Heart to Heart with the Chart
Our First Service -- Praise and Adoration of Our Presence
I AM praising and adoring the Presence of God within me now (and the Presence of God within my twin flame).
O God, You are so magnificent! (3X)
I AM, I AM, I AM adoring Thee! (3X )
Praise the Lord, I AM THAT I AM, the Mighty I AM Presence
Holiness unto the Lord (3X and more)
The Science of the Immaculate Concept
for Ourselves and for Others
We are created in the image and likeness of God (of Love)
We are conceived in original bliss
Ye (We) are temples of the Holy Spirit
I AM an eternal youth
I AM an immortal youth
I AM perfect health and fitness
Ye (We) are gods.
Be still and know that I AM God (within each of us).
I AM the Mind of God and the Mind of Christ
"Keep your attention upon your Mighty I AM Presence, for that upon which you place your attention... you shall become. The first sin is to take one's attention from one's God, to let go the strength of that bond and to desire another." Why not let the Mighty God within take full charge and handle every human condition. Let the power of the Mighty God within know no domination. Lo, the I AM THAT I AM is God in me where I AM, and naught else has any power this day! Thou the All, I the nothing. (Teaching from the Summit Lighthouse)Affirmations:
I AM keeping my attention upon my Mighty I AM Presence, and becoming that Mighty I AM Presence.
I AM the strength that bonds me to my Mighty I AM Presence, and I desire only this Presence.
I AM the Mighty God within taking full charge and handling every human condition.
Lo, the I AM THAT I AM is God in me where I AM, and naught else has any power this day! Thou the All, I the nothing.
The Seven Major Paths of Yoga are:
1. Bhakti Yoga or the Yoga of Love and Devotion to God
Bhakti yoga is the practice of giving love and devotion to God. The practice of bhakti yoga is basically the same as the Great Commandment of Love as given by Jesus -- Thou shalt love God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all soul.
Bhakti yoga is generally practiced by doing some form of devotional chanting (kirtan), by giving bhajans (devotional songs), or singing and/or dancing. We may practice bhakti yoga by singing and/or dancing to any songs of true love and devotion. We may also practice bhakti yoga by saying such affirmations or prayers such as the following:
O God, You are so magnificent,
I AM, I AM, I AM adoring thee.
Thank you, God. I love you.
All "spiritual practices", especially as given on this website, are types of bhakti yoga, that is, they are some form of love and devotion to God. On the navigation bar are a number of various spiritual practices.
2. Karma Yoga or the Yoga of Love, Compassion, Selfless Action, or Service to Others
Karma yoga is selfless action or service to others.
The practice of karma yoga works out our negative karma, and gives us good karma, that is, if it is done out of selfless action or the love of the heart.
The practice of karma yoga is basically the same as the Second Commandment of Love as given by Jesus -- Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Also, greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life (in service) for his friends. (The Bible, John 15:13)
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (The Bible, Matthew 23:11) From a Christian viewpoint, the practice of karma yoga is the practice of charity, that is, doing good works.
Moreover, doing any good works, and that includes playing beautiful, devotional music, is an act of karma yoga, that is, if it is done out of the love of the heart. The key is that we do our service or good works out of the love of the heart; otherwise, these "good works" may have little or no value, at least for the evolution of our soul.
And the Golden Rule of Love is the compliment to the Second Commandment and is the primary rule of those of us who would practice karma yoga -- Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
To see an example of the Golden Rule in most of the world religions, click here
For more teachings on the second commandment, click here.
To Understand the Use of the Violet Flame to Work Out Our Karma, Click on the Link below:
Understanding and Using the Violet Flame on this Website, An Open Door of Love
3. Dhyana Yoga or the Yoga of Meditation or Contemplation
Dhyana Yoga or Meditation
Note: Raja means royal or lord or king. Dhyana yoga is often called "raja yoga" because it is often considered the "royal or lord or king" of yogas. Moreover, the integration of all seven major paths of yoga is considered the "royal or lord or king" of yogas, which I, William Star, generally agree with, so the integration of all seven major paths of yoga is also called raja yoga, and is considered the "highest path" of yoga.
The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, on "Raja Yoga"
4. Mantra Yoga or Yoga Mantras (Mantrams), Prayers, Affirmations, etc.,
An Understanding of Mantra Yoga and a List of Mantras, Prayers, and Affirmations
5. Prana Yoga, Pranayam(a) or Breathing Exercises
The Scientific Art of Mastering the Breath
Prana Yoga, Pranayam(a) or Breathing Exercises
The link above contains all that is below, except the video that is at the end.
Introduction to Breathing
Conscious Breathing, Breathing with Awareness, or Observing our Breath
"Listening" to the breath
A Four-Part Breathing Exercise or the Complete Breath
Two-Hand, Double-Good, Four-Part Breathing Exercises
The Basic Ten, Two-Hand, Breathing Exercises
These breathing exercises are generally done standing, but they may also be done, to some extent, sitting down, or lying down. We can try and see what works for each of us.
1. The First Opening Breath or The Flowing Hands Breath,
or Somewhat Circular Hands Breath in Front of the Body
2. The Second Opening Breath or The Flowing Hands Breath
or Somewhat Circular Hands Breath to the Sides of the Body
3. Hands Up-Down Breath in Front of the Body
4. The Hands Out-In Breath, Out to the Sides
5. Hands Up, Front, Back, and Down Breath
6. Hands Up, Back, Front, and Down Breath
7. Biceps and Triceps Breaths
8. Combination Biceps and Triceps Breaths
9. The Heart-Centered Breath #1-- The Heart, Head, and Hands Breath #1
10. The Heart-Centered Breath #2-- The Heart, Head, and Hands Breath #2
Three Breathing Exercises Similar to the Ones Given by Saint Germain in the "I AM" Activity
1. The Energizing Breath,
2. The Rhythmic Breath or Sacred Fire Breath,
3. The Balancing Breath or Alternate Nostril Breathing
The Liberty Flame Breath or Threefold Flame Breath
inspired by Paul the Venetian
Listening to the Heartbeat
The Walking Breaths
Babaji's Kriya Yoga Breath
An Internet Video about 6 minutes on Breathing Exercises -- An Introduction to Pranayam
6. Hatha Yoga
or Yoga Exercises, Postures, or Asanas
Made Relatively Easy For the Many
Relatively Easy, Enjoyable, Energizing and Effective
Things Go Better with Yoga!
This heart-centered hatha yoga is one of the greatest forms of spiritual-physical exercises. And the Tai chi / Chi Kung that I teach is another one of the greatest form of spiritual-physical exercises.
I, William Star, learned basic hatha yoga in 1970, and then in 1973 learned Babaji's Kriya Hatha Yoga as taught by Yogi Ramaiah. I then started teaching Kriya Hatha Yoga in 1975, and consider myself a master teacher of this yoga. I am one of the few teachers in America that has learned to teach Babaji's Kriya Hatha Yoga. I am glad to train anyone to do this yoga through this website, or in person when possible, and I am glad to train others to be a teacher of this yoga.
Introduction to Hatha Yoga
Yoga Exercises, Postures, or Asanas
One of the best forms of hatha yoga that I have found is Babaji's Kriya Hatha Yoga as taught by Yogi Ramaiah. The reason that these postures are one of the best forms, for most people, is that they are done in steps or stages, and each one of us does just the steps are stages we can do, so almost anyone can do this yoga. They are generally done in a certain order, up to 18 postures, so it is relatively easy to do them and remember them. Also, they are generally done in pose and counterpose, that is, in the pose the trunk of the body is bent forward; and in the counterpose, the trunk of the body is bent backwards; so we generally get the greatest benefit from the postures. Starting off with 2 or 4 of the postures can be plenty. Learning the "foundational four postures" can be a great start, and then you can progress from there, possibly adding two postures at a time. There are 18 postures in total.
Interestingly enough, I, William Star, can teach these postures in four different ways. Each of these ways are relatively easy, enjoyable, energizing and effective, that is they work, especially if we just start with the first four foundational postures, and work up from there.
So here are the four ways of doing these postures:1. all sitting hatha yoga in a chair (chair yoga), especially good for beginners, seniors, and women who are pregnant, however it is generally good for all. As soon as I can, I plan to have a written explanation of these postures, a series of still pictures, and/or moreover, a video of these postures, at least the first four.
2. All standing hatha yoga, especially good for beginners, seniors, children, and women who are pregnant, however it is generally good for all. As soon as I can, I plan to have a written explanation of these postures, a series of still pictures, and/or moreover, a video of these postures, at least the first four.
3. Kneeling, sitting on the floor, and lying down hatha yoga, especially good for some beginners, some children, and those of an intermediate or advanced level.
These "modified' postures are postures in which we come to a kneeling position, or remain on the floor between most postures, and not return to a standing position, which makes the postures a little easier to do, than in Number 4 that follows, the classical or traditional way. As soon as I can, I plan to have a written explanation of these postures, a series of still pictures, and/or moreover, a video of these postures, at least the first four.
4. Standing, kneeling, sitting on the floor, and lying down hatha yoga, that is, the kriya yoga done the traditional or classical way, especially good for some children, and those of an intermediate or advanced level.
The traditional or classical postures begin from a standing position, then generally go step by step in a forward order into the posture, generally on the floor, then do the posture, hold, and relax, and then step by step in a reverse order to the standing position.
Click Here for a Written Explanation of these Postures #4
As soon as I, William Star, can, I plan a series of still pictures of these postures, and moreover a video of these postures, at least the first four foundational postures.
Here is a testimonial from an unknown student of yoga:
"September is here, and once again you turn your attention to creating a routine for yourself throughout the fall months. You know you should exercise, and so a variety of classes might find entries on your calendar.
Yoga first found a place on my calendar about thirty-five years ago. I loved the postures. What intriguing names they had––warrior, turtle, bridge, fish, mountain, tree––and I appreciated them as a creative approach to developing flexibility, strength, balance and endurance in my body and ultimately in my mind and spirit as well.
At times, I left off yoga pursuing lessons in other valuable forms of exercise such as Feldenkrais, aquacise, swimming, tennis, skiing (downhill and cross-country), walking, aerobics, weight machines and tap dancing. As much as I enjoyed these forms of fitness, I always returned to yoga. In the last decade, I've noticed that my hips can get stiff when I neglect the postures and that they can regain their suppleness when I resume. That's proof enough for me as to the value of yoga. Try a class yourself this fall and find out what yoga can do for you."
Sadly enough, in yoga magazines, what is often given, is more advanced postures that few people can do, and that may include myself. The postures that I teach are "made relatively easy for the many".
Here is a more complete approach to doing a yoga class:
The Four-Part Foundational Yoga Class
1. Relaxation-Meditation (Dhyana Yoga)
Relax and meditate for four, or more, minutes.
There are many methods or techniques of meditation, which we may do, if we like.
2. Conscious Breathing and Breathing Exercises (Prana Yoga)
Conscious breathing or breathing with awareness, and relaxation-respiration.
Sitting or standing four-part breathing exercise or the complete breath.
Standing, two-hand, double-good, four-part breathing exercises. (~ 4 minutes)
3. Four Foundational Stretches,
and Four Neck Exercises and Four Back Exercises
(Complimentary to the Hatha Yoga)
Creative stretch, heaven to earth stretch, alternate hands stretch, and angel wing's stretch. (~ 4 minutes)
Four neck exercises (~ 4 minutes) and four back exercises (~ 4 minutes)
4. Yoga Exercises, Postures or Asanas (Hatha Yoga)
Four foundational postures: 1. the pose of salutation, 2. the sun salutation, 3. the shoulder stand, and 4. the fish pose. ~ 8-12 minutes for all four postures together. Plus 14 more postures. May be taught four different ways:
1. All sitting in a chair,
2. All standing,
3. Kneeling, sitting on the floor, and lying on the floor, and
4 Standing, kneeling, sitting on the floor, and lying on the floor.
Note: Most people can easily learn and practice the first three parts of this class, whether or not they practice the fourth part. Practicing the first three parts is excellent preparation for the fourth part, and even the first three parts can have tremendous benefit.
The four sitting postures are:
1. the simple crossed-legged posture.
2. the perfect posture with one foot between the opposite calf muscle and thigh muscle.
3. the half lotus with one foot on the opposite thigh, and
4. the full lotus with both feet on the opposite thighs. If needed, we may use a pillow, cushion, pad, or a folded blanket under the buttocks to help us to be more comfortable and to sit for a longer time. If we simply practice sitting in one of these crossed-legged postures each day, we can learn to be comfortable and relaxed.
Included below are four testimonial letters of people that have taken yoga classes with me, William Star.
1. "Thus far I have had 3 Yoga lessons instructed by Bill ... (William Star). Each one has been a true blessing, leaving one with a feeling of peace and greater balance. What really strikes me, is the flow of energy felt throughout the body, when doing these.
His peacefulness and patience, desire to teach, and gentle compassion, is felt by all."
2. "With great pleasure I write you of a wonderful event ... a wonderful class of Hatha Yoga every Sat. afternoon at the TC (Teaching center).
I greatly enjoyed it and other attendees were grateful too. This yoga has Babaji's signature upon it and some of it was refreshingly new to me.
Bill (William Star) was like a loving brother to each one attending, giving superlative examples of perfectly aligned postures done with grace and peace, a factor so needed by many of us. Bill's voice was so gentle one couldn't help but feel loved and appreciated, and the exercises unlocked hidden potential in our bodies of self mastery giving each attendee higher hope. From the wonderful results I'd love to take it (3X)(3 times) per week."
Love, Jane (Guelich)
3. "I have practiced yoga over the last 20 years, and recently began the system as taught by Babaji's disciples -- Babaji's Kriya Yoga. Having tried various systems and methods and having studied yoga teachings and texts, I feel this system of yoga provides me the most natural and profound approach available and is highly suited for all ages and physical capacities.
I am most struck by the sense of balance and inner focus that comes as a result of the practice of this yoga. I would dearly like to see this yoga taught at Summit University and I have the highest regard for (William’s)approach which is ideally suited for those who are new or relatively new to hatha yoga.
In my experience the removal of the sense of strain and unnecessary effort is a key element in yoga and this system provides that."
Most Sincerely, Bruce Marah
4. My experience of yoga with William has been quite extraordinary. As a rusty yoga student at 83, I needed help to regain flexibility, good posture, and smoother, relaxed breathing.
My joy in movement grows each week. Thank you William Star.
Victoria Osborne, Emigrant, Montana
Complimentary Exercises to Hatha Yoga
Six Single-Leg Exercises
Six Double-Leg Exercises
Yogananda's Energization Exercises
7. Jnana Yoga or the Yoga of Wisdom, Understanding, and Illumination
Studying the teachings in this section on yoga is a course in jnana yoga, and moreover, studying the teachings on this website is a course in jnana yoga in a more general sense.
8. Raja Yoga, Babaji's Kriya Yoga, or Maha Yoga --
A Synthesis or Integration of the Seven Major Paths of Yoga
Yoga and Love -- Heart Centered Yoga
True yoga is all about love. (Babaji)
Yoga and the World's Religions
Yoga can be practiced as part of any world religion, and that surely includes Christianity and Judaism. Moreover, yoga will generally enhance the practice of any religion or make it better.
Yoga and the Teachings of the Ascended Masters
Who are the Ascended Masters and What Do the Ascended Masters Say About Yoga?
El Morya, Kuthumi, and Djwal Kul --
Master Teachers of Yoga
We will make yogis and yoginis out of you yet -- males and females who have a great mastery of yoga.
Yoga and the Sun -- Surya Yoga or Sun Yoga or Solar Yoga -- Union with the Sun.
The Importance of Sunshine and Its Benefits
The Golden-Pink Glow Rays of the Sun -- The Love-Wisdom of the Sun
Getting the Right Amount of Sunlight -- in Balance or Moderation
Generally, At Least 15 Minutes a Day
Walking in the Sunshine and Fresh Air
Sun Gazing and Meditation at Sunrise, or Shortly thereafter, With Our Eyelids Open
Sun Gazing and Meditation Anytime with Our Eyelids Closed
Sun Gazing and Meditation Shortly Before, and at Sunset, With Our Eyelids Open
The Mysteries of the Sun
The Sun Salutation or Adoration, or the Science of Sun Worship
Done in a gentle sun facing the sun, when reasonable.
Hatha Yoga Exercises, Postures, or Asanas; including the Sun Salutation
Done in a gentle sun facing the sun, when reasonable.
The New Day by Vesta and The Hymn to the Sun by Helios
Note: Helios and Vesta are the Sun God and Goddess of Our Sun. Surya is another ascended being of light, and is associated with the God-star or God-sun, Sirius. This is why the Sun Salutation is often called Surya Namaskar.
Let us Realize Ourselves as Sons of God or Suns of God
Let Us Realize that We Are a Solar Presence or Sun Presence
Surya Yoga as Taught by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhof
"Toward a Solar Civilization" -- a book by Omraam
Self-Healing Using the Sun within Our Cells
Natural Light and Full Spectrum Light Inside Our Homes
Yoga -- A Path of Happiness, Bliss, or Ananda -- A Path of Joy
Hasya Yoga - The Yoga of Laughter, Joy, and Fun
You inhale particles of joy into your spiritual circuitry between each quick breath when you engage in hasya yoga or what we term divine laughter therapy.
(Jewel of Joy from the Hearts Center)
One Website on Laughter Yoga
There are many more websites if we just do a search on laughter yoga or hasya yoga.
The Main Music of Yoga -- Bhajans or Devotional Songs
There are excellent Bhajans by Guru Ma and her chelas or disciples from the Summit Lighthouse. We can listen to one of the bhajans by clicking here
We may learn about them and order them by clicking here. We can listen to samples if we like.
Dancing to the Bhajans -- Sometimes called kirtan
Note: Shiva is known as the Lord of Dance. And of course, Krishna is also a Lord of Dance. One way to eternal life is to sing and dance with Shiva and Krishna.
Chanting by Yogananda and his disciples
(To be given as I am able to, and as time permits)
Short Video of Baba Nam Kevalam -- Love is all there is. Beautiful chanting and pictures.
Tabla Lesson Basics
Note: There are many other tabla lessons on You Tube or Google videos.
Special Dances of India
Indian Classical Kathak Dance
Bharata Natyam or Kathak Dance or Yoga Dance
Dance with Mythili Prakash
Dance with Nitya Venkateswaran
Creating a Yoga Sanctuary and Altar
A Focus for Our Spiritual or Devotional Practices, Our Sadhana, or Our Puja.
A Place for the Practice of Yoga -- A Community of Practitioners of Yoga -- A Community of the Spirit of Yoga -- A Community of Love
The World Ashram
Introduction -- "The Ashram is ever present. It is a world order. There are many members, chelas, or disciples. They uphold the Ashramic consciousness; and the antahkarana (this web of light) has been abuilding for many years. For the understanding of the Ashram as the house of Light, the dwelling place of the Guru and the chela, gives comfort to all. It is the comfort flame midst the storm. It is the light in the cabin window that is seen afar off by the traveler through the night storm.
The Ashram is the haven. It is the resting place. It is the special place that, wherever you find it, is the same as every other such place. Surcease from the struggle, entering in for the recharge, brothers and sisters of one mind and heart and purpose meeting here and there along life's way in our secluded outposts–such is the vision of the Ashram that I hold and that does exist.
The Ashram Notes were dictated between 1952 and 1958 by the Ascended Master El Morya to his amanuensis or messenger, Mark L. Prophet. The published volume includes 39 letters to chelas or disciples who compose the “Ashram” (The World Ashram), and six rituals to be given simultaneously around the world. In chapter 2 of Ashram Notes, El Morya explains, “Our principal reason for founding this Ashram is for the linking of hearts worldwide in a ritual of scheduled group meditations. Even though we are separated by time and space, we shall all meet in a union of consciousness, laboring and travailing together to give birth to our Ashram for God.”
The Six Ashram Rituals are:
1. The Unison Ritual;
2. Great Central Sun Ritual: O Cosmic Christ, Thou Light of the World;
3. Sacred Ritual for Attunement with God's Holy Will;
4. Sacred Ritual for Soul Purification;
5. Sacred Ritual for Transport and Holy Work; and
6. Sacred Ritual for Oneness.
"I ask you, then, to seek another gift of God, the eighth. It is the new chelas, the new students of the Ascended Masters, Lightbearers the world around, who have never heard the message of the Ascended Master Jesus Christ. I ask you to seek them [out] by a number of avenues.
May you seek them by announcing, in your local newspapers or in publications [that advertise] spiritual activities, a new meditation group forming so that they might come [to your meeting] and know what is the meaning of a worldwide Ashram that requires no signing of papers, no membership in the outer, no disaffiliation from any other organization but only the [application of the] heart and only a minimum time spent each week in joining, [each in his own home,] in these [meditation] rituals given by El Morya unto the glory of God in Christ in every man and woman.
Also see the Pearl of Wisdom -- Vol. 33 No. 34 - Beloved El Morya - September 2, 1990
The "Ashram Notes", is a book bound in golden-brown Kivar leatherette with gold foil stamping and contain all six rituals and far more. The rituals are also published in "Ashram Rituals", a 64-page booklet. For information on this book and booklet and/or to order one or both, you may call The Summit Lighthouse at 1-800-245-5445 (in the USA) or 406 848 9500, or go to the website, The Summit Lighthouse,
or we may click here.
We can also do the "Heart, Head, and Hand Decrees" by El Morya by clicking here.
You may ask the Summit Lighthouse about other teachings or books by El Morya
El Morya, Kuthumi, and Djwal Kul -- Ascended Master Teachers of yoga
Babaji's Kriya Yoga
Babaji or Kriya Babaji Nagaraj or Shiva Goraksha Babaji -- One of the Unascended Masters of the Himalayas
Disciple Lahiri Mahasaya talking to his Guru Mahavatar Babaji about Kriya Yoga:
"'Angelic guru, as you have already favored mankind by resurrecting the lost Kriya art, will you not increase that benefit by relaxing the strict requirements for discipleship?' I gazed beseechingly at Babaji. 'I pray that you permit me to communicate Kriya to all seekers, even though at first they cannot vow themselves to complete inner renunciation. The tortured men and women of the world, pursued by the threefold suffering, need special encouragement. They may never attempt the road to freedom if Kriya initiation be withheld from them.'
"'Be it so. The divine wish has been expressed through you.' With these simple words, the merciful guru banished the rigorous safeguards that for ages had hidden Kriya from the world. 'Give Kriya freely to all who humbly ask for help.'
"After a silence, Babaji added, 'Repeat to each of your disciples this majestic promise from the Bhagavad Gita: "Swalpamasya dharmasya, trayata mahato bhoyat" -- "Even a little bit of the practice of this religion will save you from dire fears and colossal sufferings."
"As I knelt the next morning at my guru's feet for his farewell blessing, he sensed my deep reluctance to leave him.
"'There is no separation for us, my beloved child.' He touched my shoulder affectionately. 'Wherever you are, whenever you call me, I shall be with you instantly.'
From Chapter 32 of Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiogaphy of a Yogi"
The book, Autobiography of a Yogi, was written by Yogananda and is an excellent for understanding some of the aspects of Kriya Yoga. Also, Yogananda's guru, Sri Yukteswar, wrote a book called, The Holy Science, and other books
Important Note: All that is taught here on this page can be considered, or to a great extent is, "Kriya Yoga".
Four Organizations that Give Yogananda's Teachings on the Unascended Master Babaji, Kriya Yoga, Divine Love, the Worlds Religions, and More
A community for sharing the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda through meditation, kriya yoga, communities, schools, and more. Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda in 1968. The word "ananda" means bliss, joy, or happiness.Address:
14618 Tyler-Foote Rd.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Note: Nevada City is somewhat near Sacramento, the capitol of California.
Telephone: 530 478 7560
Ananda -- http://www.ananda.org/index.html
This website has nearly everything you want to know about the founding of Ananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, Ananda School, spiritual communities, music, and more. This website has a free unedited version of the book, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.
It also has other online books, which include The Path, A Place Called Ananda, and the first chapters of God is for Everyone by Swami Kriyananda. There are streaming video talks, meditation support, Clarity Online Magazine, and more.
Email for Ananda
Expanding Light -- http://www.expandinglight.org
This website gives a calendar for workshops and retreats, the program instructors, and guest responses to individual programs.
Online Ordering -- http://www.crystalclarity.com
This website is for the online ordering of Ananda books, tapes, CD's and yoga videos.
Ananda University -- http://www.anandauniversity.org
Ananda University includes Ananda Institute of Alternative Living and Yoga Institute of Living Wisdom
Email: for questions and a 16 page catalog and application packet
2. Self Realization Fellowship
An organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to teach scientific methods of meditation and principles of spiritual living.Address:
3880 San Rafael Avenue, Dept. 9W
Los Angeles, CA 90065-3298 USA
Telephone: 323 225 2471
9 am to 5 pm Pacific Time
Fax: 323 225 5088
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple
17190 Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Telephone: 310 454 4114
Self-Realization Fellowship -- http://www.selfrealizationfellowship.org/
Email: None was found.
SRF Bookstore to order "Autobiography of a Yogi" and other books
SRF offers lessons that are excellent and are the teachings of Yogananda. Lessons for Home Study
An Interesting Book -- The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels by Paramahansa Yogananda.The Self-Realization Fellowship
3. Center for Spiritual Awareness
The spiritual director is Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. The following information will acquaint you with their philosophical teaching emphasis and the various services they provide. It is their pleasure to be of service to you and provide for you:Information about Center for Spiritual Awareness
Kriya yoga philosophy and lifestyle practices and more.
Center for Spiritual Awareness
P.O. Box 7
Lakemont, Georgia 30552-0001
Note: The international headquarters is located in the low mountain region of northeast Georgia, U.S.A.
Phone: 706 782 4723
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fax: 706 7824560
Website: http:www.csa-davis.org/ -- Center for Spiritual Awareness -- Davis
Email: Center for Spiritual Awareness -- Davis
4. Polestar Community
Polestar creates dynamic opportunities for life-long learning and spiritual growth based on the universal teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Address: Polestar Community
15-2662 Pahoa Village Rd., Ste. #306, PMB 8740,
Pahoa, HI 96778
Note: HI is Hawaii.
Phone : 808 430-8009|| Fax: 888 478-2685
To learn more about Polestar Community, you may click here
Dictations or Teachings by Babaji
In the Summit Lighthouse, the messenger, Elizabeth Clare Prophet gave two dictations or teachings by Babaji, one in 1979, and the other, about 1994. Elizabeth Clare Prophet is also known as Guru Ma.
In the Hearts Center, David Lewis, the messenger gave about three or four dictations by Babaji which may be found on their website. www.heartscenter.org. In one dictation, Babaji began with this teaching, "True yoga is all about love." I, William Star, really like this concept or thought, which coincides with me beginning the seven paths of yoga with bhakti yoga, love and devotion to God; and karma yoga, love, devotion, and service to our fellow men and women.
"The Highest Yoga and You"
by Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Interestingly enough, the book, The Masters and the Spiritual Path, the second book in the Climb the Highest Mountain series, has about 77 pages on yoga in the first section in the book called "The Highest Yoga: You and God." It is excellent and discusses about 29 topics including Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Agni Yoga, and far more. If interested, call Summit Lighthouse Customer Service to order. (406) 848-9500 or 1 800 245 5445. Elizabeth Clare Prophet has been given the mantle or title of Guru Ma. The main website that gives the teachings of Guru Ma, that is, the teaching of the ascended masters is:
The Summit Lighthouse.
Christian Yoga -- Yoga and Christianity
An Interesting Book -- The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels by Paramahansa Yogananda. The Self-Realization Fellowship
Yoga and the Seven Chakras or Energy Centers
A Chakra Chart
Pictures of the Chakras
From the Summit Lighthouse
From the Website, Marius Fine Art
The Seven Energy Centers or Chakras
Name, Color, Qualities, Visualization
Crown, Gold, Wisdom, Understanding, Sphere
Third Eye, Green, Truth, Healing, Sphere
Throat, Blue, Power, Will, Determination, Sphere
Heart, Pink, Love, Compassion, Sphere
Solar Plexus, Purple, Peace, Service, Sphere,
Seat of the Soul, Navel, Violet, Mercy, Sphere
Base of the Spine, White, Purity, Sphere
Note: Most people believe that the colors of the chakras as red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo, and violet; from the base of the spine to the crown. These are the correct colors of the "physical" spectrum, but not the correct colors of the chakras as taught by the ascended masters. The colors in the chart above are the correct colors when the chakras are pure.
Yoga and the Violet Flame
"Yes, beloved ones, we rejoice that the Western yogis and yoginis are pursuing the path of the violet flame. It is an action ray which, when coupled with the ruby fire that I bear and the white light, will bring immense change in the earth!
Now, change needs to come quickly, yet not so quickly as to be a scorching fire that destroys in the process of the change. The violet flame will bring it about gently. I can tell you, in these days deep changes are taking place gently by transmutation." Let there be a cleansing in the earth without major cataclysm! This is our goal. To this we call you! Saint Germain has called you in the past and many of you have responded, giving day after day your calls to the violet flame...
I ask you to consider again, as the cycles are turning in this decade, how you will multiply the mantras of the violet flame by the Ruby Ray, and the Ruby Ray by the power of the mantras to Shiva, to Lord Krishna, and see what you can do to clear the minds, clear the opposition, clear those conditions that you hear about in the media.
Let there be a cleansing in the earth without major cataclysm! This is our goal. To this we call you!
Saint Germain has called you in the past and many of you have responded, giving day after day your calls to the violet flame.
I ask you to consider again, as the cycles are turning in this decade, how you will multiply the mantras of the violet flame by the Ruby Ray, and the Ruby Ray by the power of the mantras to Shiva, to Lord Krishna, and see what you can do to clear the minds, clear the opposition, clear those conditions that you hear about in the media."
Words spoken by Shiva through the messenger of the Summit Lighthouse
Learn More About the Violet Transmuting Flame -- A Joyous Way of Working Out Karma
Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
And their feminine compliments, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvathi
Lord Shiva -- Lord of Yogis and Yoginis
Lord Shiva -- Nataraja
Lord Shiva is also a Lord of Dance
Agni Yoga -- The Yoga of Fire -- Sacred Fire
And the Agni Yoga Society
Nicholas and Helena Roerich
Mother of the World by Nicholas Roerich
Madonna Oriflamma by Nicholas Roerich
There was a Wonderful Website called International Memorial Roerich Trust that had wonderful pictures of the Roerich Family, their Home, Artwork, the Kullu Valley, and far more. The site may not be working now.
Note: The books are in English, Russian, and Icelandic; and some of the books are in Spanish, Italian, and French.
Note: In dictations from the Summit Lighthouse, Jesus and Kuthumi recommended that we read the Agni Yoga book, Heart.
Nicholas Roerich also gave a dictation through the messenger, David Lewis of The Hearts Center on January 15, 2007. It is called "Create a New Culture of Love: Be An Artisan of the Spirit of God".
For many pages of Nicholas Roerich's artwork, click on the two links below:
Yoga and Ramakrishna and His Disciples
Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras
The Synthesis of Yoga as taught by Aurobindo and the Mother
The Law of Karma
The Law of Love -- The Law of Sowing and Reaping
Reincarnation or Reembodiment
What is the Kundalini and How Do We Raise It?
Yoga Diet and Health
Yoga and Pilates
A Teaching for the Yogin, the Earnest Student of Yoga
Main Yoga Greeting and Practices
Main Greeting: Bow and Say Namaste with the Palms Together at the Heart.
Yamas and Niyamas
Yoga Do's and Don'ts -- Practices and Refrains
A Simple Explanation of the following terms:
Dharma -- duty or obligation in life, our life's calling, our responsibility in life
Darshan -- communion with, or being in the presence of, the master, guru, or teacher
Dhyana -- meditation or contemplation
Dharana -- concentration, in particular, during meditation
Yoga Teachers, Organizations, and Paths
Yoga Training for Teachers
Yoga Therapy or Healing
Everything that is given on this page can be used for "yoga therapy" or in the healing of our mind, body and soul.
The Goals of Yoga
Work Out One's Karma
Attain Union with God by Attaining Samadhi, Nirvana, or the Ascension
Liberation from Rebirth (the Wheel of Rebirth) , that is, from Having to Reembody Again
Make One's Ascension or Become an Ascended Master
Remain as an Unascended Master, such as Babaji (Kriya Babaji Nagaraj)
Incredible India, Holy India, Exotic India, and More
Mystic India -- A Marvelous Film of India
An Incredible Journey of Inspiration -- 7 Years -- 8000 Miles -- Barefoot -- An 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth, who took an extraordinary journey through the wonders of mystic India.
Asha Goes to India -- A Beautiful Film
A beautiful film about one woman's spiritual journey through India. With breathtaking cinematography and soulful music, it will take you on a visual adventure through India- from the Ganges river, to the Himalayan mountains, to the temples, ashrams, and sacred sites that have enticed travelers and spiritual seekers for centuries.
Questions and Answers About Yoga
To be given as time permits.
We May Become Yogis and Yoginis
Yogis and yoginis are males and females who have a good mastery of yoga, and who can generally teach yoga.
Books About Yoga
Yoga Websites and Complimentary Websites
My Story, Practice, and Teaching of Yoga
by William Star
to be given as I am able.
Om Bound -- There is No Place Like Om! -- Take a Yoga Retreat or a Yoga Vacation
A Greater Understanding of How to Put Yoga Into Practice -- How to Make It Part of Our Daily Lives
This material is being compiled and continuously expanded by:
William Star -- Master Teacher of Yoga
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