A Beginner’s Guide To Yoga Practice At Home

So, it’s coming to the end of the year, Christmas season is upon us. I know that I have been slacking with the Grace Guru lifestyle recently as work and social schedules are very hectic! During this season I start to brainstorm goals for my new year’s resolutions. If you’ve been thinking the same and trying yoga is one of your goals, this short and simple guide is just for you! We will talk you through the basics so you’ll be calmly yogi-ing your way into 2016!

A key benefit of starting yoga at home is that you are not committed to a specific time or place, you have no nerves about being in a room with strangers, or having anxiety about not being able to reach into a certain pose. The only promise you need to make is to a yoga mat!

However, you will require one form of commitment, a pledge to yourself. Yoga beginners will need an open mind and a lot of patience, mix this with determination and you will feel your body progress and see results in no time at all!

Step 1 – Breathing

Lay down flat on your back (on your yoga mat), feet shoulder width apart and hands relaxed to your side. Attempt to engage your diaphragm and take a long deep breath, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeating this 10-15 times will reduce your heart rate and take you to a much calmer place. You can also play calming background music, to help create a peaceful atmosphere and block out any surrounding noises.

If something has been irritating you during the day, think of this as you breath in and out, feel the tension release through your shoulders and down your limbs.

Top Tip: Remember to maintain a smooth breathing pattern throughout your yoga routine to help your body stretch and strengthen.

Step 2 – Stretch

Mountain Pose – stand tall with your feet together; let your arms rest to the side with fingers together. Feel your spin stretch from the bottom of your spine all the way to the top of you neck.

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Child’s Pose – this pose is perfect for resting! Start wit your knees and feet on the floor, with your feet touching. With your knees apart rest your belly and chest between your legs. Stretch your arms out in front of you and place your head on the floor.

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Step 3 – Progress

5 Yoga Poses To Strive Towards!

  1. Tree Pose – stand with arms at your side, shift your weight onto your left leg and place the sole of your right foot on the inside of your left thigh. With hips facing forward, when you have found your balance, bring your hands in front of you into prayer position.iStock_000012256061_Small
  2. Warrior – step your feet about legs distance apart and turn your right leg out to about 90 degrees. Take your arms out to the side and bend your right knee so it is above your ankle.virabhadrasana warrior pose #4
  3. Downward-Facing Dog – from the mountain pose hinge forward from your waist to place your flat palms on the ground. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart with your arms and back in a straight line. This may feel a little challenging at first, but remember to breath and relax deeper into the pose when you feel more comfortable.Business woman in conference room
  4. Cobra – lie facing down on the floor with your hands under your shoulders and your legs extended, tuck hips downwards as your squeeze your glutes, push through your thumbs and index fingers as you raise your chest.Yoga upward facing dog pose
  5. Bridge – lie on the floor with your knees bent and directly over your heels, place your arms at the side with your palms down, press your feet into the floor as you lift your hips. Bring your chest toward your chin and clasp your hands under your lower back. bridge

Step 4 – Cool Down and Relax

When you have finished a yoga-routine it is really important to lay down and completely relax your mind and body. The corpse pose is perfect for ultimate relaxation!

Relax your body, with your arms and legs by your side in a natural position that feels comfortable. Feel each muscle in your body start to relax, shut your eyes and breath deeply. Stay in this position for 5-10 minutes to restore balance ensuring you will be re-energised after your first yoga session!

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Which poses do you love to practice?

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Benefits Of Sirsasana!

Yoga has been around for many years and is credited with many benefits. For example, it is said to have healing qualities in addition to enhancing physical fitness. It is important to understand some yoga poses since they carry specific gains for you. One of the most significant of these postures is Sirsasana.

What Exactly Is Sirsasana?

Widely considered as the best asana, Sirsasana is essentially the headstand. In plain words, it means balancing your body on your head with your feet pointing upwards. Some people think that doing this is acting like a child; after all, children are the only people capable of engaging in dangerous physical play like attempting to support the body’s weight with the head.

What these people do not know is that the headstand is among the most beneficial poses that one can practice in yoga. However, there is a rider. This is the kind of posture or activity that carries with it the tag ‘don’t try this at home.’ Seriously speaking, only engage in the Sirsasana if you have an expert taking you through the motions. If you have back or neck problems please wait until you are fully healed for you to practice Sirsasana. You would rather lose the benefits for the time being than worsen your health problems.

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What Are The Benefits Of Sirsasana?

Sirsasana can help you to increase the flow of blood in your body by allowing the blood into the lower limbs to reach the heart faster and get purified. People who sit for long will tell you that by the time they rise up they feel heavy in the feet and legs. The truth is that a lot of blood will have flowed to the lower limbs with little blood moving up. Through Sirsasana it becomes possible to allow stagnant blood to flow back to the heart more efficiently.

Another important benefit of Sirsasana, and which is related to the first, is allowing blood to reach the head region more effectively. Studies show that this movement is important in helping in toning the pituitary gland. All other endocrine glands are controlled by the pituitary, which also helps the reproductive glands to function more effectively. You also must understand that having blood flow to your scalp and follicles will greatly improve the quality of your hair.

Your organs are subject to gravitational pressure and Sirsasana will give you relief for negative effects of this strain. This is in relation to hydrocele and piles which can make you very uncomfortable. It is important to know that for your entire life, your organs have faced downwards because of gravitational pressure. The best way to give them a relief is to let them face the other way for some time.

Sirsasana will also help you to relax particularly when you are stressed. Stress is a common phenomenon in human life but it affects each person differently depending on issues and circumstances they have to deal with. The headstand helps you to become less worrisome and to overcome fear and anxiety. As you breathe in and out in this posture, you will begin to deal with the issues that make you anxious.

Sirsasana will also help you with focus issues. Your brain needs adequate blood to help it function optimally. When you give the brain its food, it becomes better in its work in addition to helping it to focus. In this situation, you are likely to feel more confident, active and attentive. That is what many people are trying to achieve through many not-so-effective methods. With this yoga pose, you have a shortcut to concentration.

If you want to make your arms and shoulders stronger, then Sirsasana is one of the best strategies for doing this. As you stand on your head, you will be building the stamina and muscles in the head and shoulders. To make sure your muscles get the required exercise, you can push your body down and up as you get off the pose. There are not many exercises that can give you this type of workout.

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If you are having problems with your metabolism and digestion, it is time you tried Sirsasana. One of the reasons you are not feeling well in your abdomen is because some of the food you have been eating is stuck somewhere in your system. This yoga pose will help to remove such food and this will in turn help blood to flow into the organs that support digestion. Nutrients are also likely to be absorbed faster and more efficiently when you engage in Sirsasana. 

There are many other benefits of Sirsasana. For example, you can relieve your migraines and headaches through this pose. If you are suffering from asthma, try this posture and you will find relief. Sirsasana also rejuvenates your body. The only way to find out is to begin Sirsasana lessons today.

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Your Grace Guru

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What Is Karma?

How many times have you heard someone say, “What goes around comes around?” Karma is the principle that is epitomised by the unwritten law of life that for every action there is a reaction. Have you ever realised that if you do evil there seems to be a way through which evil comes back to you? Let’s put it another way. Do you know that when you do good, good things happen to you even if it is not immediate?

Karma is a Sanskrit word that means word, action and deed. But there is more to this term.

Some Examples

To understand Karma more, let us delve into more examples. Chickens love eating insects like ants. It is part of the chicken’s food. But notice that the remains of a dead chicken are eaten by ants. Wood from trees is the raw materials for making a matchstick. But you must be aware that one matchstick can burn an entire forest.

Have you ever heard of a driver who cuts off other people in traffic or overlaps only to cause an accident? This accident means that all the hurry has now come to a stop and instead of arriving at his destination this driver spends that night in a police cell, a hospital bed or a morgue. This is karma acting in the here and now. There are many examples that we can site, but those ones will suffice for now.

The most important thing is for you to get the drift. Karma is a power that you cannot see but it ensures that every action or thought is reflected back. It is like an echo which comes back to you. Sorry, I had stopped giving examples but could not resist this one. Karma is in simpler terms the law of cause and effect. Whatever you do comes back to you in a different way.

The Law Of Karma?

It is important to emphasise that the law of Karma is universal and cannot be broken. It does not depend on you. Karma will happen whether you want it or not. It does not matter whether you know it or not. You don’t have to love or hate karma for it to work in your life. It is like the law of gravity. You cannot claim don’t believe it exists and then jump from the roof of a skyscraper expecting you will not be hurt or die. Try it and the morgue will be your next destination; a place where you cannot question your beliefs or change them.

Secondly, everything that happens to you is deserved. I know you are fond of blaming others for your mistakes – pardon me if you don’t. But the truth is that you are the architect of your fate. Your misfortune and happiness are just part of your karma. You are in your current state because you caused it. That friend you put in trouble may suffer for the time being, but sooner or later you will find yourself in the same situation. Nothing happens by mistake. You plan it, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Thirdly, everything you go through, the thoughts, the feelings, everything, is specifically for you. Karma demands that you learn from your experiences. Since your current situation is a result of your past decisions and actions, you need to learn to do good and stop being evil. While you may be happy today, tomorrow you have to pay for your past mistakes. The only way to avoid this kind of a misfortune is to live today in a manner that you don’t regret what will happen to you tomorrow.

It is evident, therefore, that you are not fated. Rather, you set your own fate. You have the gift of free will or freedom of choice. You can decide to live honourably or commit atrocities that will come to haunt you later. Nobody has written your future or determined it. You create your tomorrow as you go about today and as you interact with other human beings. Every day you have the opportunity to change your future and to avert bad karma.

Despite this, whatever has been done in the past cannot be undone. You have to experience your share of good or bad karma. The most important thing is for you to learn from what you are going through. When you put your hand into red hot coal, you will get burned. It would be foolhardy for you to be burned again since you should have learned that hot coal can burn your hands. Karma demands that you change your future by learning from the present.

The Role Of Intentions In Karma

It is not possible to talk about karma without mentioning or discussing intentions. Karma is a creation of intention. Most of the evil or good we do is well-thought out. You take time and ponder on what you want to do and the effect it will have on the other person. Once you are convinced that your actions will have the desired good or bad effect, you launch your weapons. Whatever happens, you are creating good of bad karma for yourself and it will surely come to pass.

Does that sound like the couple you caused to separate by spreading malicious rumours and gossip? Wait for your time because karma does not fail. Remember that time you made someone to lose a job by creating the impression that they were not trustworthy? How about the day you laughed at that sick old lady? Isn’t it you who toasted to the collapse of another person’s business? Well, it won’t take long before your bad karma pays you a visit!

What If I Harm A Person Unintentionally?

Karma is born of intention. Where there is no intention to harm, karma will not be unfair to you and inflict punishment. I am saying this because many of us commit mistakes without intending and then fear that bad karma will come our way. Karma scholars hold that where there is no intention, karma is absent. You don’t have to worry. Perhaps you should just perform good deeds to the person you harmed without intention as this will attract good karma.

But I Know Some Evil People Who Never Experience Bad Karma, You Say.

I know them too. I am talking about the relatives who steal from orphaned children – depriving the destitute of their inheritance. I know the politician who murders competitors and instigates violence in order to win a political seat. I know you are aware of the drug load who continues to thrive while the poor people who buy his evil merchandise wallow in addition, poverty and death. There is also your sadist neighbour who will do or say anything simply to see that you are in trouble and suffering. The list is endless.

Don’t despair though; karma does not forget. It is a universal law that cannot be bent. Evil people cannot escape punishment. Their fate may delay, but is will surely come, most likely with vengeance. Karma does not move in a straight line; nor is it subject to our ways of reasoning. Even when people appear to enjoy destroying the lives of others, karma is still lurking in the background, waiting to pounce.

If you have been a keen observer you will have realised that the children of criminals almost automatically become criminals. I read about one of the sons of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi being sentenced to death by a court in that country. When he and his father were running the show and killing with impunity, they would never have thought that a day would come when someone else would rule Libya and condemn the Gadhafis to death. For decades, this family strangled Libya with impunity. The Libyan people would not have understood or appreciated karma then. Today you can be sure they understand that evil will never go unpunished.

Is Karma A Religion?

Although karma is about ethics and morality, it is not a religion. Karma is not about a god who controls what people do or don’t do. It does not emanate from a supernatural being. Karma is a rule of life and existence. Think about it this way: the law of gravity controls objects in space and on earth without fail. Similarly, karma is the law that controls the spiritual world, the realm of the unseen.

I needed to emphasise this because they are many people who believe that karma is about Hinduism. That said, karma does share some beliefs with oriental religion. For example, karma is about reincarnation. This is the belief that people never die, at least not the soul. After your die, you will continue to exist in a different form and your karma follows you in your reincarnated body. In the same way, your actions come back from the dead, as it were, to haunt you.

It is possible that you understand why some oriental religions advocate for animal rights and adherents practice veganism or vegetarianism. Apparently it is because of the belief that the animal you have in your compound is actually a reincarnated human being who, from his or her action in the previous human life, deserved, through karma, to be reborn as an animal! If you mistreat that animal, karma will catch up with you and you might as well be born a dog in your next life! Wow! That is powerful!

I know I am digressing, but this is important for you to understand the extent to which karmic teachings are entrenched in oriental religions. That goes to show the powerful nature of karma and the fact that we live in an interconnected and never-ending universe where karma will never let you off the hook. If it can haunt you in death, how can you avoid karma when you are walking on the face of the earth?

Are Words Also Subjected To Karmic Law?

Words are powerful tools through which we create reality. Whatever you convince your mind through your words that you can do, you will. Words are also born from intention. The heart and mind ponder what to say before you say it. Consequently, like actions, your words cannot avoid the law of karma. When you pass judgment upon others expect to be judged by the same standard.

Beware of your words when calling people lazy, fat, arrogant, silly and many other negative terms. Time will come for the same words to be used on you. Instead of unfairly criticising people, seek to understand why they behave the way they do. Before you say any words that are unfair to others, think about the type of karma that will result. Remember you did not create anybody and have no justification to call anyone ugly or foolish. If you do, your bad karma will surely catch up with you one day.

Is Karma Reversible?

No and Yes! No because once you have committed a felony, your punishment will come after you without fail. Remember it is a law that cannot be broken and it does not play favourites. However, karma can be reversed by learning from it. By this I mean that once you get your fair share of bad karma, you need to learn and practice good deeds so that you attract good karma.

The universe understands your feelings when you agonise over thoughts or actions that invited bad karma. It cooperates with you as you change your behaviour towards those you may have hurt. It helps you to change your bad habits in order to avert bad karma. As you seek for forgiveness from those who have suffered from your unfair actions, you will begin to feel more at home with yourself and good karma will be you reward.

Final Words

You cannot live on earth and assume that your good or bad actions happen in a vacuum. Karma exists to remind us that we have to be kind, generous and understanding with fellow human beings. You have had your fair share of bad karma, but you can change your life and enjoy more of good karma by beginning to behave responsibly today. Remember karma is real and active, whether you believe it or not.

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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Adult Colouring Books And Why You Need Them!

There is a new craze in town and it has to do with adults behaving like children! Yeah, being childish is in vogue now. I know you’ve heard it on TV, seen it in all the magazines and all the bookshops are overloaded with them. So now is the time you are asking yourself, why not trying it out and why is it actually so popular?!

Let me save you the pain of pestering Google with petty questions. Ladies and gentlemen, show your love for Adult Colouring Books! Put your hands together for the champions of this course – our youngsters!

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Before you begin to insinuate that I am high on something or I am little bit confused, please allow me to confirm that adult colouring books are the above-18 years-old version of the colouring book your son, daughter, nephew, niece and neighbours’ children use at school. Yes, I am talking about the book you bought for your little angel that has many patterns waiting to be filled with a myriad of colours.

I know you are yet to recover from the shock of learning that fathers, mothers, college students and working class men and women are warming up to colouring books. I don’t blame you because some of us did not understand the importance of these books when we were in school. You and I know people (like us) who use this strategy to keep children quiet when we want to concentrate on something else. In essence, colouring books are some form of punishment or method of distracting kids to help you work on something different.Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 16.26.53

However, people who understand colouring books and what they represent will always find time to engage in some colouring. Far from being a punishment, this is an activity that will bring a lot of benefits into your life. It is important to underscore what I have just said because the only time most adults touch colouring books is when they have to demonstrate to kids how to use the books. Many, therefore, fear that engaging actively in this pastime will make them objects of ridicule. This is a notion you need to discard if you are to become one of the many people who are enjoying the countless benefits of colouring books.

What Are These Benefits That I Am Talking About?

Perhaps we should begin by asking why we buy colouring books for children and then use some of the insights to derive lessons for adults. The main reasons for children to engage in book colouring activities are to make sure they are busy ( he he ) , no but the real good ones are to impart drawing skills, develop creativity, develop patients, to inculcate perceptual skills and also for entertainment. If you are a parent, you must realise that colouring books are some of the best gifts you can give to your children, some kids really love it. Kids that engage in this activity tend to be very keen on details since colouring books require one to work within confined patterns.

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Let Us Now Turn To You…

If you visit Amazon today and search for adult colouring books, you will be amazed at how many products pop up. People are realising the need to go back to the basics if only to find joy in life. Unless for a few people who might have gone through very difficult upbringing, childhood remains the best period of life in terms of play and enjoyment as well as being carefree. Psychologists often urge people to try some of the childhood games they played as a way of reconnecting with their inner beings and finding happiness once again. Colouring books are very crucial in cultivating positive nostalgia in adults and bringing the missing spark after days of repetitive work.

Another important reason you should start using colouring books is stress control and relaxation. The average adult is often a person who has to go out in the morning, work or study, and return home in the evening while tired and stressed. Human beings engage in leisure as a way of unwinding. Just as you engage in indoor games, scrabble or any other pastime, you can take up colouring books and find intellectual, physical and emotional rejuvenation. As you trace your way through patterns and fill images with colours, your mind will demand for more creative energy and this will bring out the best in you.

Colouring books are also crucial in training your brain to concentrate. For some understandable reasons, we tend to glorify multitasking. Women are particularly praised for juggling tasks and reducing the time it takes to accomplish chores. However, psychologists are now warning us that multitasking is not all that positive. It interferes with the normal working of the brain. People who engage in many tasks at the same time often end up not doing any of those tasks as efficiently as expected. On the contrary, colouring books train you to focus. There is no way your mind can be thinking of something else or your hands can be engaged in another activity when you are colouring, if you really want to stay inside the lines. At first, concentrating may appear impossible but with time, it will become easier and you will not notice how fast the time flies!

Examples Of Adults Using Colouring Books?

As early as the 1900s, the famous psychologists, Carl Jung, prescribed this activity to his patients to help them calm their minds. I know you are surprised because you thought this is a relatively new invention meant for children. Even today there are doctors who follow in the footsteps of Dr. Jung. In addition, modern professionals are gathering in large cities such as New York to engage in book colouring as teams. I have already mentioned the influx of colouring books on Amazon and book shops, which implies that respective manufacturers are making a kill.

Turn It Into A Collective Activity!

If you think it is hard to do it, bring together a few friends or family members and challenge one another to colour books. You can begin working with your child, wife, husband or workmates. Set aside time after work or during weekends when you can become a child once again. You will discover that youth is found in engaging in youthful activities. Don’t wait until you are hospitalised to begin using colouring books. Begin today.

How And Why To Use Adult Colouring Books:

1. Book colouring will at first appear childish and time-consuming, but as you finish more challenges, you will begin to like doing it.

2. There are many types of colouring books with different patterns. Find the ones that challenge you and begin to master the art. Maybe at the beginning start with the big patterns and then when you have the hand for it, go in to smaller detailed ones!

3. Colouring books are very reasonable is cost. You can purchase one every month without straining your pocket.

4. Determine to colour one pattern every day so that you don’t consume the time you need to perform other chores and tasks. Best is to set even a timer, as when you start coloring time flies very quick!

5. The more people participating in a colouring challenge; the better for your development and enjoyment of the activity.

6. Buy tip pens, markers, water colours and colour pens with high colour intensity to get creative and free with all colours your soul desires.

7. Put nice music in the background and a cup of your favourite tea, when you sit down to colour and just let yourself go!

8. Pay attention when starting a new pattern which colours you like to use “today”, what mood are you in? What colours does your soul and spirit desire?

9. Colouring is like a meditation or yoga practice, that helps you to connect with your inner self and bring more awareness into your everyday life!

10. Colouring books will help you to develop creativity and Patience.

With Love,

Your Grace Guru 

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How To Experience And Enjoy Tantra Energy

In conventional and popular sexual approaches, sexual energy is released when partners reach orgasm. However, did you know that this philosophy is only true when your partner and you do not understand how to control your bodies and minds?

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Let’s use and analogy to understand how conventional sex works. When you charge a battery, it gives you the energy you need, which decreases gradually until the battery is drained. This is similar to what happens when you reach orgasm. Your sexual energy is discharged and you feel exhausted.

The opposite is true in Tantric Sex. Here the battery does not lose any energy; it flows unhindered. The partners in Tantric Sex experience increased a vitality that moves around the body – orgasm of the entire body. For partners in normal sex, the energy is in a kind of reservoir that is drained in a short while, during the moment of passion.

Not sporadic moments of passion but prolonged pleasure

Tantric Sex consists of sexual energy in sublime form. This energy remains within the sources, only leaving in form of flows and pulses and going back to its origin. Contrast this with conventional sex where a moment of passion results in the shutdown of the system. Now you know why men doze off after orgasm. In essence, the two sexual partners have no connection.

Rejuvenation, not exhaustion after sex

Tantric sex is different in that you feel rejuvenated and not exhausted during and after sex because of tantric energy. Both of you are conscious of the proceedings and of one another. Throughout the passionate encounter, you are mindful of the happenings and orgasm only enhances, but does not deplete, your energy. Very few people attain this state of continued pleasure.

The price to pay for tantric sex

But do not be cheated that this will happen without any effort. Your partner and you must be trained to focus. Tantra teachers use yoga techniques to train you on this approach to sex. The consequence is a rebirth, whereby you become totally aware of one another and your linkage – emotionally and spiritually. Make sure you choose the right partner or your husband, as the connection is becoming very strong!

In order to preserves and maximise sexual energy in Tantric Sex, you need to practice particular rituals. Prolonged Tantra worship assists you in generating sexual energy, which is them made to flow freely and rejuvenate the minds and bodies of your partner and you. For this to happen, your minds and bodies must be prepared adequately for the process.

Age and past experience do not matter

When your bodies and minds are not trained in Tantra Sex, you reach gratification rapidly. However, if you are prepared through tantric medication and yoga, you will last for a longer time, with sexual gratification taking longer to come. To learn more about Tantric Sex, identify a tantra master and start your journey towards fulfilling sex. Finally, in tantric sex, your age or past sexual experience cannot hinder you from enjoying this unforgettable sex.

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Why You Should Burn Incense At Home

I think I need to admit, that I am a bit obsessed with burning incenses at home! I even suspect the whole building smells of it when I burn them in my apartment and the neighbours must think there is a Krishna Temple somewhere inside the house! LOL! But to burn incense, you don’t have to be religious, a Krishna believer or a Buddhist. Just read the real and good benefits that you can get from burning them, from different perspectives…

What is Incense?

Incense is a fragrant biotic substance that emits aromatic smoke as it burns. Substances may also be mixed with essential oils, spices, tree bark and flowers to create certain fragrances and aromas. Different cultures have varied ways of preparing incense and technology has created even more methods!

Who burns Incense?

Ancient Egyptians would burn incense to worship their Gods and for being near them and to their Gods too. Today Christian churches burn them for religious ceremonies and liturgy. In Asia many people burn them not only at the temples but also at their homes to honour their Gods, for rituals and to purify and protection from any bad spirits.

Want to concentrate more?

A famous Chinese healer teaches that – “Monks recognised this benefit of incense long ago and use it during their meditation to clear the air as well as their thoughts.” Craftsmen practice the same to ensure they don’t lose focus when creating artefacts, jewellery and ornaments.

I love meditating when burning the incense at home in front of my Buddha. It connects me into a different place, the atmosphere changes and my thoughts become quiet, I travel into a different time and my mind disappears into my sanctuary!

Need a creativity injection?

If you are a writer, musician or any other creative artist you can spike your imagination and creativity by burning incense! The exciting aroma of incense can work like gorgeous scenery, an inspiring song or a quiet walk in the woods – or even better – in generating ideas and creativity to work on them.

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Feeling low on morale?

We all feel it at times and burning incense can also change all of this. Incense is known to have air-purifying qualities. It destroys or wards off bacteria, fungi and insects. According to some experts, “incense increases positive energy and drives away negative energy.”

Is your confidence tank empty?

Confidence is very crucial for any activity that you undertake and incense can greatly boost your self-assurance. If your burn incense, it can help you to be more confident and successful!

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Need to boost your libido?

If you are looking for an aphrodisiac, look no further! Your sexual appetite is bound to increase, even as your confidence grows exceptionally with every scent of incense you imbibe. An incense guru holds that “If a couple uses incense together, the smells will kick in the pheromone effect and they most likely will have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.” Wow, not bad for an incense…

Other benefits…

You can avert bacterial infections by disinfecting the air with Myrrh and other forms of incense. If your nose is blocked or you have a throbbing head, burning and imbibing incense will bring you fast relief. You also can use incense to fight depression and anxiety and overcome insomnia. Simply burn them at homes to enjoy its pleasant aroma!

Caution!

Despite all this great benefits, remember it is really very, very important to use only organic / natural incense! It is more safer for your health, respiratory system and is non-addictive, the type that has some synthetic substances or is burned using charcoal can harm you! I would recommend Japanese incense, they are generally more refined then others and are the best from my experience. Nippon Kodo Since 1575.

Tibetan incenses are very natural and light. In India the incense tends to be rougher and very strong in aroma. Additionally, incense can have healing effects, but if your condition worsens, consult a doctor. Personally and if I am honest, sometimes I feel the burning smoke aromas are a bit to strong for me even if I do like the fragrance. If you burn it in small rooms, I would recommend opening the windows and letting some fresh air in.

So don’t overuse it to much, you don’t have to burn the incense everyday and every hour! You can burn them few times or even once a week. So when I feel more sensitive to the smells, I just let them burn (in a safe place) when I leave the house, so when I come back I have a nice aroma, clean energy and good spirit at home!

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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Just Get Happy!

Human beings crave good things. No one wishes himself or herself bad luck. We all wake up with the desire to have a good day and good fortune. Unfortunately, it does not always happen the way we want it. We have to contend with negative events and people.

On the other hand, happiness is not an option if you want to live a fulfilling life. From the onset, it is important to understand that even science attests to the healing and rejuvenating qualities of happiness. In essence, you simply have to find ways of being happy despite the negative circumstances that may be surrounding you.

Further, you need to realise that happiness will not just happen to you. You must create happiness consciously and deliberately. You must pursue happiness the same way you endeavour to place food on the table. Remember, happiness is an attitude and not a fixed state. Even if you are given all the material things in this world, you will still need to make the decision to be happy.

Let us analyse some strategies through which you can begin to be happy or increase your level of happiness in spite of all the reasons that life gives you to be unhappy…

  1. Fake It!

Wow! What a way to start? You ask. And I mean it. Pretend that you are happy. Smile when circumstances are not favourable to you. Instead of inviting pity from others, act like you are happy. It is a habit you have to calculate over time until you finally master it. Didn’t you here that practice makes perfect? This maxim is also applicable to making yourself adopt a happy disposition. When you give your mind the impression that all is well, you will infect your heart with the same warmth and every part of you will begin to feel happy. And of course remember like attracts like !

  1. Watch Who You Let Close To You

Some of the people you call family and friends are the ones who bring unhappiness into your life. Please don’t think that I hate these people because I don’t even know them. You know that you can’t stand some of them. The moment that colleague comes near you, your moods plunge and you feel like a blanket of sadness has come over you. Simply put, you cannot become happy in their presence. Please do yourself a favour and minimise contact with such people. Take a walk or vacation when necessary. Don’t let people surround you with negative energy. Remember that even if they are family members, you have only one life to live and nobody should steal your happiness.

  1. Surround Yourself With People Who Love You

This may sound like another way of saying what I said in the previous point, but there is more to it. Do you have these people whom you feel comfortable around and who lift your spirits at all times? Some of them are family members or former schoolmates who know you more than anybody else. I am referring to that guy who reminds you of a silly game you played when you were young. I have in mind the people who remain with you whether the sun appears to have dropped a few meters towards you or it is raining hail. These people celebrate you and comfort you. Your happiness is closely linked with them. When they are not around you feel like your heart is empty. Seek for the company of such folks all the time and you will always be happy.

  1. Speak Positively To Yourself

There is one person who will always be with you and whose company you should seek and cultivate. Look at the mirror and that person will look back at you and smile. Learn to appreciate yourself. Nobody knows what you are capable of doing more than yourself. When despair sets, in recall those moments when you went through trouble and came out strong. Speak to yourself and affirm that you are going to have a good day. Tell yourself that no problem is beyond you. Practice speaking audibly to yourself and mention your name as you speak. Create affirmative statements that you can speak to encourage yourself, and happiness will be yours.

  1. Be Grateful

There is some magical power in expressing gratitude either to others or simply acknowledging the many positive things in your life. Think about it this way: how many of the people you knew when you were young are alive today? How would you like to exchange places with a homeless refugee in a war-torn country like Syria? How about spending your nights in the cold because you are homeless? Would you like to take the place of the terminally ill person abandoned by family and friends in a hospice and who longs to die more than to live? Think about that sibling or parent who is always there for you and the little angel that smiles and waves at you when you leave your house to go to work. I can assure you that thinking about these things before you go to sleep, when you wake up and when unfortunate events happen to you, will lift your spirit almost immediately.

  1. Be Optimistic

Negative thoughts and despondency are the reason many people live unhappily. Perhaps you know people who always see the negative side of life. I know folks who are so much negative minded that even when you give them a present they want to know whether you have a hidden motive. It is possible that your pessimism is as a result of very many negative happenings in your life, but that does not give you the reason to become a prophet of doom. Sometimes we tend to exaggerate negative situations when there is actually a positive angle to an issue. It is true that life has many bad happenings but there is a lot more that is positive that you need to celebrate today. Instead of agonising at that negative issue that you cannot change, why not begin another project that can harness your strengths and capabilities?

More Ideas!

  • Find a purpose in life and endeavour to always work in the occupation or profession which you believe you were called or created to do.
  • Identify negative habits that contribute to your unhappiness and replace them with habits that make you feel valuable and loved by your friends and family.
  • Collect nuggets of wisdom that you can feed on every morning and evening, most of which can be found in religious and motivational books.
  • Begin a project or activity that brings happiness to others, like visiting people in need and donating towards their upkeep.
  • Join clubs or societies than engage in activities that you find uplifting and enjoyable to do, like communal work.
  • Increase your happiness by reading books written by your favourite authors and whose ideologies you share.
  • If you have some favourite type of music, set everything aside and treat yourself to your favourite musical sounds.
  • Watch a movie or comedy that gladdens your heart and appeals to your humour because as your laugh about the foolishness of the actors you will be eradicating your won unhappiness.
  • Engage in some childish behaviour that you used to do when you were young. For example, play some games with children and enjoy reliving childhood memories.
  • Live in the present; perform those activities that make you happy today instead of waiting for tomorrow which you are not even sure you will live to see.

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 With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Do Our Souls Come From A Different Planet Or Universe?

Issue about the soul and its existence and related functions are often controversial. There are people who don’t believe in the existence of the soul. There are those who cannot imagine life without a soul. Some of us are ambivalent, choosing to believe in the existence of the soul at one time and denying it at another. To be frank, this article is for those who believe that the soul exists. However, even those who don’t should read it because in the process they will realise that indeed they have a soul that emanates from somewhere.

Not An Easy Question To Answer

Now let us ask the main question again,” Do our souls come from a different planet or universe? The answer to this question can only be understood through a lengthy exposition because a simplistic yes or no answer will not suffice. The soul is sometimes referred to as the higher self or spirit. It is not a tangible entity and science has never proved that the soul exists or does not exist. You also need to understand that matters of the soul are in the realm of the spiritual, which science refuses to endorse. I often ask friends who dismiss spiritual issues as being untrue why they believe in the wind yet they have never seen it. They also cannot explain ‘love’ scientifically yet they believe in parental love, romance and other variants of love. I will leave that issue for now and discuss it on another occasion.

The Origin Of The Soul

Everything there is on earth, animate or inanimate, visible or invisible, emanates from one source – the Creator. Your soul is from that source and its shares many of the character traits of the Creator. Every soul begins its life and journey at the source. It is during the time your soul is or was with the Creator that preparation for earthly life was done. The Creator takes time to nurture and make ready the soul for life in other realms. Once the soul is ready, it chooses where it will be incarnated.

Where Do Souls Incarnate?

There are vast planets and galaxies where you can incarnate. Incarnation means you assume the form of another entity and begin to live in another place. There are souls that choose to come straight to the earth to incarnate. Others choose other galaxies to begin life there. Some of the popular places where souls land for the first time are Pleiades and Sirius, which are star systems away from our solar system. The difference between souls that start life on earth and those that begin in other star systems is evident in a number of ways that we will look at shortly. For now, suffice to know that those who incarnated first as in other star systems are called ‘star seed’ or ‘start travellers’.

You will realise that your soul does not come from another planet, but from the Creator. Other planets are paths through which your soul passes in the process of incarnation. However, if we are talking about souls ‘coming’ from another planet in terms of travelling through them, then our question has an affirmative answer. But there this so much more to learn on this issue that I advise you to continue reading.

Advance of Vortex

Is It Important Whether You Began Your Incarnation On Earth Or Elsewhere?

No star system is similar to the others. Every realm has its own features. When a soul incarnates in a certain planet, it becomes part of that new area and adopts character traits that dominate there. Every place the soul chooses to incarnate has prevailing energy that imbues the soul. For example, souls that begin their journey in Pleiades assume the dynamism, energy and speed that prevail there.

What follows is very important for you to appreciate. The traits that a soul picks from a certain system remain with that soul as it moves to another system. In other words, your current behaviour is likely to be a product of the planets your soul has passed through. You will realise, for example, that you have this fiery trait that never seems to go. For example, you can be the type of person that influences others to work on certain projects and courses. You have the charisma to lead people towards results. This means you are likely to be a soul that went through planets that had a lot of energy.

To answer the question on whether it matters where you first incarnated, I give an affirmative answer. Similarly, it matters where the soul incarnated before it ended up on earth. This is because you are the sum of the traits that your soul has picked along the way as it incarnated. In other words, there are many factors that account for who you are today. This is not just about the traits you are picking now that you are on earth. There is a history behind you that makes you what you are today.

I know you might be asking what happens of this is the earth is the first place of one’s incarnation. It simply means that you are on a journey. Here you are imbued with the energies of the earth. Time will come for you to move to another planet where you will assume another body and live a different life. The traits you acquired while on earth will follow you and influence how you will behave in the next planet or star system.

Funny reincarnation note

Can A Soul Be Reborn?

I will begin this section with an explanation related to the origin of the soul. All souls eventually will return to the source – the Creator. The reason we left the Creator was to gain experience in the happenings of the material world. Souls assume material forms during incarnation but they are not material in themselves. They are divine and will eventually return to their divine states.

Every soul longs for the day it will revert to its original state where virtue and perfection are the norm.

 However, this journey back to the divine state is not as easy as many may think. Processes and experiences of incarnation and reincarnation are responsible for taking the soul away from its divine nature. The soul can only return to the Creator when it is perfect. Your soul must relearn how to be honest, loving, humble and modest, and to respect the fundamental right of existence. Many of the divine traits you had at the beginning have been replaced by material concerns like struggle for power, material wealth, prestige and avarice.

When you breathe your last on earth, your soul, which is not dead, takes time to rethink its journey. It assesses whether it is ready to return to the Creator based on achieving the divine traits we have mentioned before. If these traits are yet to be attained, the soul decides to reincarnate on earth to continue its learning and unlearning. You have to remember that it is easier and possible to retrain your soul in divine ways by reverting to the place where you lost your divine character. That is why many souls reincarnate on earth because this is where they began to lose their perfection.

Boot Camp

Your life on earth is not a punishment as some people would have you believe. You are here to be trained to regain the divine traits that you lost. The people you meet and the circumstances you go through are meant to shape you back into the divine form you were in before your first incarnation.

How About Soul Groups?

It would not be fair to end this article without talking about soul groups. I had said earlier that some souls arrive on earth after having incarnated in other places. It follows that such souls have comparable character traits. These people will find themselves gravitating towards one another, whether they know their origins or not. For example star travelers tend to associate with their kind since they share a past. They are concerned with attaining spiritual development and making the world a better place to live in. Having experienced other worlds that may be ‘better’ than ours, they long to see more justice, fairness and peace. About a quarter of the inhabitants of the earth are star travellers. They are different from those who have only reincarnated on earth.

Final Thoughts

We must admit that our souls have fallen far from the divine nature they were created with. We are more inclined to hurt others and act selfishly than we are to selflessly help our fellow human beings. The process of regaining our divine traits will, therefore, take longer. Many will undergo incarnation after the other on earth before they attain perfection and be ready to return to the original state. Until then, we must continue to view our lives on earth and any reincarnations, not as punishment, but as divine assistance to help us back to our original and perfect place with the Creator.

Christ in skies

 With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Spiritual Travel To Amazing Osho Meditation Resort!

One of these days you may come across a donkey hauling luggage, take a good look at it, because that could be mirroring an image of you. Life is an ironic struggle where we often rush to meet deadlines and targets while forgetting to ‘feed the cow that produces the milk’. You work your ass off in the quest for a king’s life only to die a pauper that never enjoyed life!

Losing contact with yourself is the worst mistake you can make in life. Often we search for the solutions to loneliness and lethargy in other places while the real source of these complications is in our detached soul.

What you need is a trip into your inner self and the best way to do this is to take a spiritual journey to the Osho Meditation Resort…

Appreciating Osho Meditation Resort

I know you are likely to dismiss this as yet another boring article by a yoga enthusiast who has nothing more to do but stare into emptiness, but before you do so let me tell you about the Osho Meditation Resort.

First, it is in India. I can see weird thoughts crisscrossing your mind already – tropical sun, saris, robes, rice, onions, spices, monkeys, rickshaws, traffic, monks, vegetarians, imposing temples and so on. I would be lying if I said you will not come across these real and imagined images of India.

However a 15 minute flight from Mumbai to Koregaon Park in Pune will do you good! Yes, rickshaws are not the only means of transport in India – there are airplanes too! The beauty that awaits you will erase all your lopsided impressions about India and its people; more importantly, this camp effortlessly blends nature and modernity.

Walking in marble

Have you ever walked on marble in the midst of elegant buildings and green vegetation, along a swimming pool only fit for Olympic champions? That is the Osho Meditation Resort for you. And the surprise does not end there. This is virtually an international meeting point if the meditators from over 100 countries are to be considered. This resort gives you the opportunity to not only interact with global yoga enthusiasts but also relax, swim, rest, meditate or simply be yourself.

Not for nut-heads and hermits

I often meet people who think that yoga is a dark art; a mystical oriental ritual only fit for nut-heads and hermits who have lost touch with humanity! This resort will help you understand and practice basic Osho Active Meditations, which are designed for the modern person who has to contend with a lot of stress and psychological strain.

Whether you are the neophyte trying to learn how to salute the sun or you are the experienced meditation expert that needs no prompt to fall into a trance, Osho Meditation Resort is designed for you. There are numerous methods of meditation at this centre including traditional approaches such as Vipassana and more modern ones like Osho Kundalini and dance meditation.

A Multiversity

The Osho Multiversity is also open for eager learners. Please don’t develop stomachache because of your fear of exams – there are none here! At least the founders of the centre knew you would visit one day and did not want to scare you away!

The Osho Meditation Centre also has workshops that you can participate in to enable you develop your mental and spiritual capabilities. At the end of each day, a spectacular evening of celebration, dance and even silence awaits you.

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Daily and in-house programs

By the way, you do have the choice of going to the centre daily for meditation or pitching tent at the resort to soak up all the meditation knowledge and benefits available, like a human sponge!

What happens when you visit Osho?

Your wonderful experience at the Osho Meditation Resort begins at the Welcome Center right at the entrance where you register. This helps shield off busy-bodies and I am guessing you are not one. Please don’t visit the Welcome Centre unless it is between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm daily. It amazes me as to where staff members get their infectious smiles and the resourceful answers they give. Registration takes place up to 12.30 pm for the morning session while afternoon registration activity takes place up to 3.30 pm.

What do you need for registration?

The Osho Meditation Resort is a law abiding entity and requires interested visitors to present valid identification papers. Don’t come with your boutique, supermarket or airline receipts please. Keep them as souvenirs and only present your ID or passport.

Mandatory HIV /Aids Test

This may be scary depending on your sexual history and escapades, but prepare for a HIV test before being admitted into the Osho Meditation Resort. You don’t have to read for the test – it is just 15 minutes of waiting and you know your fate. The resort will reward you with a Meditation Resort pass once you are deemed fine.

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Daily Stickers for entrance

After registration, all you will need to exist within the resort are daily stickers which you can purchase when entering. You may also opt for seasonal tickets if you become a fan – or are you a meditation and yoga fanatic?

How about buying items in the park?

Please leave your cash and notes at home – nobody is interested in your poverty or wealth at the Osho Meditation Resort! Grab some vouchers (of course you have to pay for these) at the Welcome Centre as they are the legal tender there.

The Welcome Morning

Avoid the temptation to oversleep and be at the centre by 9.00 am to participate in the Welcome Morning, which introduces you to the campus, the programs of the Osho Multiversity and Osho Meditations. In the unfortunate event that you arrive at 9.01 am, don’t despair because you will listen to a brief introduction audio in your language of choice. But do not be cheated because you still have to arrive at 8.59 am the following day for the Welcome Morning.

What about residents?

You can register and live in the camp. There is a Living in Program for those on a long pilgrimage. Getting to know fellow meditators is an extra incentive for zero grazing yourself. This is a good option if you are allergic to traffic and rickshaws that characterise the life of a day scholar.Screen shot 2015-06-25 at 18.12.16

Can you stay off campus?

You can stay at any of the affordable and comfortable hotels in the vicinity of Osho Meditation Resort. But as one of my friends found out, you may arrive at the resort after some important activities have taken place.

How much will it cost you?

A meditation pass is the guarantee that you can remain in the resort between 5.30 am and late night and also access the OSHO Teerth Garden, the OSHO Auditorium and the evening programs.

Those with entry stickers are allowed into meditation programs for the entire day. They also attend the Buddha Grove open-air classes.

Stickers are available either for 1-10 days’ period or for an entire month. 1-4 days; entry stickers will cost you 1560 INR every day if you are not a resident of India, while citizens and residents have to pay 760 INR for the same package. If you opt for tickets to allow you access for 5 to 6 days, you will get a 13% discount if you are a foreigner, which means you will pay 1,326 INR. For residents and nationals, this package will cost 646 INR.

I almost forgot to tell you that the cost of food, drinks, accommodation and courses and workshops offered by the Osho Multiversity are on the Osho website!

Communicating with the outside world while at the resort?

You can visit the cybercafé within the Osho Meditation Resort and pay a little fee for Wi-Fi internet. You can also make calls but only in designated areas. Nobody wants to be disturbed by long noisy and hysterical calls when they are meditating. And forget about selfies as all sorts of photo taking activities are prohibited.

Who is allowed to visit?

Everyone is welcome! The resort receives people from more than a hundred nations on the planet. Whether you are a businessman, policeman or an artisan, you will find relaxation and fun at the Osho Meditation Centre – And age does not matter, too. Both young and old will realise that their needs are well taken care of at the centre. Don’t be surprised if you find you grandfather walking around the resort in a maroon robe!

Majority of those who visit this centre are university graduates. So if you thought meditation was for lowly-educated and superstitious oriental people think twice. But education is not a requirement for meditation! Don’t be cheated into thinking that you are the odd one out because you see people at the centre greeting each other, half of the people whom you will meet here are first-time visitors just like you.

Why should I go?

Countless people find time to visit this resort for the sake of enjoyment. If you feel you need time to shed off some of your pent-up emotions, visit the centre and relax both in mind and spirit. There are those who come to the park for the purpose of learning at the Osho Multiversity. There is no better place to understand meditation than this resort. You may also want to pop in if you have come to India on a different mission. You will never regret walking through the doors of this resort! The sheer numbers you will find here will convince you that you need to have visited sooner.

What kind of a product is envisioned?

This may sound like rocket science for the uninitiated, but the resort has a vision for the human race in this age. The intention is to come up with a human beings who are well-grounded while simultaneously reaching for greater heights. The Osho product is a jovial person, who interacts readily with others, but also retreats to meditate in silence. It does not matter what values you believe in, your space is preserved in this special garden.

Do you need to be a member?

This is a ridiculous lie propagated from those who have no understanding of what it means to visit this resort!! The centre does not belong to an exclusive club. There are no special people who must be admitted and others rejected. All you need is to be prepared to come to grips with you inner self and to develop a deeper and beneficial understanding of who you really are.

You may have heard that people who come to the resort are initiated into “sannyas”, which is another misconception. It is upon the individual to decide whether to enrol or not. Personally, I find no problem with Smith assuming the name William if only to come to grips with his inner self and begin a new fulfilling life.

When you decide to engage in “sannyas” Osho tells you that you have committed yourself to his guidance and he will not interfere with your life. Just dedicate yourself to transformation – while acting responsibly. Only through courage will you achieve your meditation goals.

Are visitors required to join movements or cults?

By its very nature, meditation is not a crowd activity. Osho Meditation Resort encourages you to join your inner self in order to grow into a more conscious and happier person. You cannot meditate effectively unless you appreciate and practice some form of solitary living.

Osho methods are transformative – requiring a personal paradigm shift. Osho advocates for are meant to destroy the misconceptions you have about yourself, thus leaving your soul utterly naked and ready for a new experience. He opines that you can only understand the truth by being alone and that truth is you. He believes that no great spiritual teacher can teach you the truth because the truth is found in you – by engaging in meditation. Meditation is not practiced in market places, football stadiums or politically rallies!

However, realising this dream is not like drinking water or eating a favourite meal – it requires courage. At Osho Meditation Resort you have all the tools you need and the concomitant environment to meditate. Interestingly, there are many other people at the centre pursuing the same goal, and being alone with them (if you can comprehend what this means), is not only easy but also enjoyable.

Is there a dress code?

Here is the interesting part, especially for men who cannot wear women’s clothing! At this renowned meditation centre, visitors wear lose-fitting plain maroon robes (I can hear you breathe a sigh of relief that it is not a skirt or dress). This is mandatory for everyone within the resort and especially during meditation. You will wear this robe between 9 am and 4 pm, while performing daytime tasks. It is also the attire that you will wear when performing OSHO Kundalini Meditations and OSHO Dynamic.

Do you want to know why people wear maroon robes at the resort?

  1. Maroon robes act as uniform attire and make people feel part of the resort and of one another.
  2. Unlike wearing different clothes, uniformity enables you to focus on your inner self instead of the outside.
  3. There is mutual meditative energy that emanates from collective wearing of the colour maroon.
  4. If you are a woman (and this also applies to some men) you will not need to worry about matching the colour of your clothes in the morning, hence giving you more time to focus on the more important task of meditation.
  5. Pune is in the tropics and temperature can hit the extreme north and south.
  6. This attire will free your body from the bondage of belts and other constricting body accessory that makes breathing and meditation problematic.
  7. If you are not from India, you can at least boast to your folks back at home that you survived for some time in a robe!

What others are saying about Osho and the Osho Meditation Resort

You are not the first person to discover Osho Meditation Resort! No medal awaits you for that. At least not for now! Osho’s teachings and methodologies have over the years been commended by religious leaders, actors, politicians, musicians and writers among others. These include Tom Cruise, Madonna, The Dalai Lama, Tom Robbins and Dr. Manmohan Singh to name a few. I am not sure whether you can become a clone of Madonna or Tom Cruise at your age, but I am sure meditation and this experience at the resort can give you a new lease of life at any age.

Time to visit

Don’t read history any more – make history now! There are few pilgrimages that can transform you the way a visit to the Osho Meditation Resort can. Make a commitment today and visit the Osho Meditation Resort!

With love,

Your Grace Guru 

xxx

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