Ishta devata is the term in Hinduism for a worshipper’s personal preferred deity. Because Hindus may worship many gods and goddesses or their incarnations, they may choose one beloved deity as their focus for devotion.
In Vajrayana Buddhism, ishta devata is not a deity but an enlightened being with whom a person identifies during personal meditation. In this sense, it is often translated as “meditational deity.” It is also a key component of Deity yoga, in which the yogi imagines him/herself in the form of the Buddha.
Ishta devata comes from the Sanskrit, ishta, meaning “desired,” “cherished” or “preferred”; and devata, meaning “godhead” or “divinity.” It translates as “cherished divinity.”
An old soul is someone who has a greater appreciation and understanding of things that might be dismissed by others their age. An old soul would have a different taste in things than the mainstream media. They are often wise beyond their age or appearance.
According to religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, guru parampara refers to the uninterrupted succession of gurus. Derived from Sanskrit, guru means “teacher” and parampara means “uninterrupted series,” “continuation” or “succession.”
The passing down of knowledge, which is the concept of parampara, is central to yogic philosophy.
The idea that carrots will help you see in the dark is due to a myth begun by the Air Ministry in World War II. To prevent the Germans finding out that Britain was using radar to intercept bombers on night raids, they issued press releases stating that British pilots were eating lots of carrots to give them exceptional night vision. This fooled the British public, as well as German High Command and an old wive’s tale was born.
Also commonly spelled ch’i, chi or ki, is a fundamental concept of everyday Chinese culture, most often defined as “air” or “breath” (for example, the colloquial Mandarin Chinese term for “weather” is tiān qi, or the “breath of heaven”) and, by extension, “life force” or “spiritual energy” that is part of everything that exists. References to qi or similar philosophical concepts as a type of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings are used in many belief systems, especially in Asia.
Kashmir Shaivism is a school of the Tantric Shaiva tradition that originated in Kashmir between approximately 700 – 1100 C.E. During this time, Kashmir was the epicenter of intellectual and spiritual life.
Kashmir Shaivism devotees believe in an all-powerful deity, Shiva, that is a universal, shared consciousness. This consciousness is believed to be within each individual and, similar to a spiritual yoga practice, Kashmir Shaivism centers on revealing the inner Self as connected with a higher Consciousness.
The medulla oblongata is the lower part of the brain stem that connects the brain and spinal chord. It controls involuntary functions of the body like breathing, sneezing, heart rate, blood pressure and swallowing.
Within yoga philosophy, the ego is considered to be centered at the medulla oblongata. It also is considered the primary entry of prana into the body.
Different crystals have different energies and properties, and between them can affect mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves. Simply holding the right crystal at the right time can bring about a change in our attitude and well-being. You don’t necessarily need to look up the meaning each time you do this. Over time you may acquire a number of crystals – just take hold of the one you feel drawn to.
The right crystal can affect the energy of an environment, and the energy it holds can influence you whether you simply hold it in your hand or place it by your bed or on the mantelpiece. Crystal healers use their knowledge of the stones and of the patient in the healing process. There are various methods of healing with crystals, such as placing crystals on and around a person while they are lying down, or using a wand or point to focus love, energy and intent on the other person in a way that relates specifically to their ailment and needs.
The Liquid Rainbow is caused by a unique phenomena: a red plant – Macarenia clavigera – growing in the riverbed. Other colors come from black rocks, green algae, blue water and yellow sand, producing an iridescent effect. The river also features waterfalls, pools and caverns, making it even more dramatic.