What Are Our Five Core Practices?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Are Our Five Core Practices?

The pancha nitya karmas are spiritual practices for all Hindus: worship, holy days, pilgrimage, dharma and rites of passage. Three forms of worship: the temple, home shrine and on pilgrimage. Daily spiritual practice. Mitigating karma by worship. On pilgrimage, in powerful temples with maximum effort in worship and one pointed attention, karmas accumulating for many past lives can be eliminated.

Path to Siva, Lesson 41.

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What Is Our Core of Conduct – Niyamas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Is Our Code of Conduct -- Niyama.

In Patanjali’s comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It’s easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we’re clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. “Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience.”

Path to Siva, Lesson 40, Niyamas.

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What Is Our Code of Conduct? – Part 2

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 40 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing the niyamas, Hinduism’s 10 observances.

What Is Our Code of Conduct – Yamas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Is Our Code of Conduct -- Yamas.

“Siva’s devotees…move the forces of the world and are not moved or affected by them.” We meet and interact with all kinds of people. If we’re not following all the yamas it gets difficult to hold spirituality and to meditate. Actions which deviate from these ethical restraints cause disturbances in our life resulting in a disturbed mind, generating painful karmas.

Dhriti -- Steadfastness, is very important. Gurudeva frequently talks about the 4 P’s and then add “prayer”: plan, persistence, push and start it all with prayer. Reach in and find your willpower.

Path to Siva, Lesson 40.

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha’s and Gurudeva’s online audio.

What Is Our Code of Conduct?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 40 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing the yamas, Hinduism’s 10 restraints.

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