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The Ultimate State

by Swami Nirmalananda & Vidyadevi Stillman

November 2018 Teachings Article

Spiritual Upliftment #11


In meditation, you are either “in” or “out”.  In deep meditation, you’re immersed within which is called samadhi.  You may even think you’d fallen asleep.  You see and hear nothing, absorbed in deep peace, growing more and more blissful.  Then you bob “out”. Your mind gets busy, revving the engine, read to go.  In the beginning, either you are meditating or you are enslaved by your mind.

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This is an article in a year-long series on “Spiritual Upliftment”, our theme for 2018, co-authored by Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, Vidyadevi Stillman and Rukmini Abbruzzi.

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January 2018 Teachings Article:

Spiritual Upliftment #1

by Swami Nirmalananda & Vidyadevi Stillman

There are so many wonderful strategies for managing money, successful relationships, improving your health, etc.  You do these things to attain happiness by improving your life.  Yoga also improves your life and makes you happy, though yoga’s true goal is spiritual upliftment.  The ancient teachings speed you toward attaining the ultimate – the knowing of your own inherent Divinity.  Yoga calls this your “Self”.

Click to read more  1801 Self-Effort _ Grace


“The purpose of all yoga practices is to reveal your inherent Divinity, which you discover when you look deeply within.

This Self-discovery is called Self-Realization.”

Click here to read article 1508 Creativity & More.


August 2015 Contemplation article by Swami Nirmalananda

Enjoy the Spring Newsletter everyone.

A conversation between me, myself and I just for you.

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Dear Divine Beings,

Some quotes for you from the contemplation article:

1302 It All Begins at Your Tailbone

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by Swami Nirmalananda and Vidyadevi

“Svaroopa® yoga sequences your spinal release by beginning at your tailbone.”

“After your tailbone release, you continue and carry your core release into your sacrum; through your waist area; into the vertebrae through your rib cage, shoulders and neck – so your whole spine decompresses.”

“Why do we always begin the core opening at your tailbone?                                                                                                                         It’s because this is where all your tensions begin.”

“Why does the tension start at your tailbone?                                                                                                                                                                     It’s instinctual.”


“…the mystery of the body-mind relationship…

The physical change is also an emotional change.”


“When you experience fear, your tailbone tucks under – just like a scared little puppy dog.”

“Your tailbone tucks under whenever you experience any type of fear:  anxiety, nervousness, worry, resistance, impatience, frustration etc..”

“Every time you do a tailbone pose, you experience freedom from fear.”

“Though fear has been extensively researched, bliss lacks such a thorough exploration.   You are the scientist who will make the greatest discoveries!”

“Every time you release your tailbone, you are physically aligning yourself with Grace, so your life is aligned with Grace and your being is aligned with Grace.”

“Grace is your own Divine Self reaching for you, within you.”

“Through Grace, transcendental consciousness emerges within, so the delight of your own Self is experienced as constant in the midst of life.”  Shiva Sutras 1.7

“Svaroopa yoga is the yoga of Grace.”

“You truly can live a Grace-filled life.”




“There is only one Self.  That one Self is being all the selves that exist, including you and including me.  That makes us all family.”

Swami Nirmalananda

Read Family 1211 – November 2012 Contemplation Article by Swami Nirmalananda