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Yoga – Union of Jiva with Shiva

Yoga – Union of Jiva with Shiva

Yoga – Truth, Consciousness, Bliss By Swami Ayyappa Giri Yogacharya, Yogini Ashram, California USA It was in 1970, fresh from a coffee house, that I tip-toed into a Yoga meditation and lecture, where dozens of people sat, transfixed on the fascinating discourse of the Guru. The speakers eyes remained closed as a veritable feast of ideas and inspirations emerged. It was Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, a venerated Saiva Siddhanta Yogi from South India. With the shyness of youth, I thought, “Let…

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Yantra – Harnessing the Power of Mystical Geometry

Yantra – Harnessing the Power of Mystical Geometry

Yantra  By Swami Ayyappa Giri Purohit-Acharya, Yogini Ashram, California USA Article Published During Sacred Navaratri, 2016   Then Shiva Mahadev spoke to Parvati, “O Devi, Because it restrains suffering due to desires, anger and karma, it is called Yantra. The Goddess who is worshipped within it, offers Grace to the Tantric” Kularnava Tantra The academic or south-Asian scholar might believe that a yantra is an art form and a psychological symbol which addresses the worshippers perceptions of the Divine. This is…

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Mahavatar Babaji and the Golden Body of Light

Mahavatar Babaji and the Golden Body of Light

Babaji By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Acharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca. Article Rewritten and Published on Babaji’s Birthday 30 November 2014   Though known by Kriya Yogis for centuries, details of the life and birth of the deathless Mahavatar Babaji were not made public until the late 1940’s, when the saintly Swami Yogananda Paramahamsa was permitted to release a few details of Babaji’s incredible incarnation. Later, the great saint included a chapter about Babaji in his magnus opus, “Autobiography of a Yogi”. In…

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Mantra – Sacred Sound Bath of the Mystic’s Path

Mantra – Sacred Sound Bath of the Mystic’s Path

Mantra By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Acharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca.  Article Published on the Full Moon, 21 May, 2016   Sound lies at the heart of all matter. Everything in the universe vibrates, and except for the vacuum of space, vibration generates the transmission of sound as well. We learn in Yoga that sound emerging from the God essence is indeed the Word of God. Divine vibrations produced by the voice of a soul who resides in the heart of…

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Siddhis -How the Great Masters Attain Miraculous Yogic Powers

Siddhis -How the Great Masters Attain Miraculous Yogic Powers

Siddhis By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Acharya, Yogini Ashram Published on 13 March 2016 The mysterious powers (siddhis) attained through the practices of Kriya Tantra Yoga result from a mastery of the elemental principles, and are rightly veiled in the writings of the Siddhas using a unique expression of intentional obscurity embedded within the sacred texts. This veiled language is referred to as sandhabhasa. The arcane expression is justified, not only because those who wield the sword of power can themselves be cut…

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Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Dattatreya & Renuka Devi Shakti Peeth

Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Dattatreya & Renuka Devi Shakti Peeth

BY SWAMI AYYAPPA GIRI, Acharya, Yogini Ashram Central India’s Great Seat of Grace and Power The village of Mahur stands as a lone sentry for dharma at the border of Maharastra and Telegana. It serves as a beacon of Shakti, Unity consciousness and grace-light. Remote and accessible only through a land route, one takes an overnight train from Hyderabad followed by a somewhat perilous bus ride through the winding roads of a small mountain range forested with teak trees. It…

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Pilgrimage Mysteries of the Five Element Shiva Temples & Practical Techniques that Lead to Mastery

Pilgrimage Mysteries of the Five Element Shiva Temples & Practical Techniques that Lead to Mastery

Pancha Bhoota Sthalam By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Acharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca. Article Published on New Moon 11 November 2015   “The peerless Lord of the Siddhas, Maha Yogi Shiva, is rightly venerated as the quintessential master of the elemental energies. His five colossal Bhoota temples, though impressive, do not easily reveal their omnipotence as portals to other realms except to those who fully commit to the dharma. Sadhana, surrender and cultivation of unconditional love will reveal his elemental mysteries and lay…

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Kriya – The Science of Trance and Transformation

Kriya – The Science of Trance and Transformation

Kriya By Swami Ayyappa Giri Yogacharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca. Article Published on Full Moon, 1 June, 2015  “Course the breath through the Ida and Pingala channels while seated comfortably in the proper posture, and direct the breath blissfully within; From the root at the base of the spine, direct the energy upward. Verily may you see the feet of the Lord that is timeless eternity.”                                                                               (Tirumandhiram- verse 2173) Just as veins of gold lead to the mother lode, all…

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How the Ancient Mother Goddesses Elevate and Transform Consciousness

How the Ancient Mother Goddesses Elevate and Transform Consciousness

8 Mothers By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Tantracharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca. Published on 12 February, 2015 “The classic battle, from which the ancient Mothers famously emerged victorious,  represents the war between the inmost Divine Self and the ego. Victory over ego and destruction of illusion alone is the great battle of every sincere soul in their journey to enlightenment. On a macrocosmic level, it heralds the ultimate victory of the collective divinity in achieving full awareness of the one limitless undifferentiated consciousness.”…

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Enigma of the Tantric Goddess: Darshan of the 64 Yoginis

Enigma of the Tantric Goddess: Darshan of the 64 Yoginis

64 Yoginis By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Tantracharya, Yogini Ashram  Published on the Sacred New Moon & Winter Solstice 2014 “Sixty and four are the instruments of enjoyments that tempt the individual soul (jiva). Sixty and four are the divisions (kalas) within jiva; Sixty and four are the chambers of jiva’s chakras; Sixty and four; where Shiva-Shakti reside.“ Thirumandiram V. 1418   The Sacred 64 An examination of the ancient Tantric tradition reveals a particular sanctity assigned to the number eight….

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