Himalayan Academy Publications is inspired to officially announce the release of our first Hindu game.The DevaTrek card deck has fun in store for both young and old -- the perfect gift for the holiday season. [A reminder about the slideshow controls: click the small icons on the bottom to see images in a light box, thumbnail gallery or full screen.]
The DevaTrek playing card deck contains twenty cards for yamas (guidelines for self-discipline) and twenty cards for niyamas (guidelines for spiritual observances) and two matching title cards with a web address. The card deck comes with instructions for playing four games that help children and adults alike learn and explore the yamas and niyamas.
Match Up is the common visual memory came that even little children can play. The cards are placed face down, players turn them over to reveal matches. Catch and Match is another easy fun game for children, based on the luck of the draw, that is played like "Go Fish." Getting to Know You uses the deck of cards to trigger stories from the real lives of the players. Let's Make a Story is the classic centuries old game where players are challenged to create a story together. Even adults can have a creative, intriguing experience and at the same time have hilarious fun with "Let's Make a Story."
DevaTrek cards will be fun for the whole family while at the same time helping to instill positive values and virtues into the minds of the young. These character-building principles of Hinduism’s code of conduct hail from the 10,000-year-old ancient Hindu text called the Vedas. The yamas and niyamas are also well-known as the first two stages or limbs of ashtanga yoga (“eight-limbed yoga”).
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.