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The Law of The Vacuum – Create Prosperous Flow and Fulfillment

Posted on January 7th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy, Yogi Bhajan. No Comments
the law of the vacuum

photo courtesy of @nineinchnachos on flickr.com

I’ve been coming across the Law of The Vacuum in Yogi Bhajan lectures alot recently so I taught a couple of classes on it.  I really enjoy going into the teachings like this because … Read More...


Meditation and Road Rage

Posted on May 11th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

Yesterday I was driving in LA traffic. I was coming home after teaching my class at RA MA in Venice. I decided to take side streets to find an alternate route, maybe to avoid traffic, but alas this is LA … Read More...



Kundalini Yoga Class: Self-Confidence, Standing on The Bear and Coming Full Circle

Posted on May 24th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Mind Body Soul. 3 comments

The other morning I was in a sort of meditative state and a few very interesting things came to me.  The first was a message– it came through as the subtleist of impulses, like a soft voice, and it said, … Read More...



Lessons from H.H. The Dalai Lama: It’s Your Love, Don’t Lose it

Posted on October 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, News, Philosophy. 4 comments

I saw the His Holiness The Dalai Lama recently in Los Angeles.  My wife sent away for tickets well in advance and we were lucky enough to get them.  On Saturday, before he did the Medicine Buddha Initiation, he took … Read More...



Five Ways to Simplify and Solve a Problem: Sometimes Real Answers Are Obvious

Posted on October 4th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Life Tips, Meditation. 1 Comment

A Story:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. They pitched their tent under the stars and then went to sleep. In the middle of the night, Holmes awakened and exclaimed, “Watson, look up and tell me … Read More...


Using Commitment to Pull Through to Your Intention

Posted on September 29th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

Yesterday morning in class we were talking about how commitment is a way of pulling yourself to the other side.  The other side being where you want to go with your intention. Once you’re committed, the universe lines up to … Read More...



Getting Things Done: 8 Ways to Get Past A Block

Posted on September 27th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Life Tips, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

When we have trouble getting something done, it’s because something in the mind is doing the blocking. Fear causes a flood of sub-conscious thoughts surrounding that fear to come up and the mind tries to reason its way out of … Read More...



$400K experiment shows Yoga helps relieve chronic back pain | Los Angeles Times

Posted on September 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, News, Yoga. No Comments

yoga helps chrinic back pain; LA Times

It’s funny to see how much yoga is catching on day after day.  As a teacher I see articles like this and I’m glad the word is getting out, but it also makes me laugh a little bit because we’ve … Read More...


Kundalini Yoga and The Immune System: a.k.a. The Funny Endocrine System

Posted on August 31st, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Health, Kundalini Yoga. 3 comments

This week I’ve been teaching sets that clear the lymphatic system and strengthen the immune system. One of the greatest things about Kundalini Yoga and yoga in general for that matter is that it acts very directly on the glandular … Read More...


Where There's Anxiety, There is No Compassion

Posted on August 15th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga. No Comments

I love it when you come across something so perfect that it gives you an ah-HA moment. This video of Guru Dev Singh is one of those. A little background on Guru Dev Singh: He’s the only student of Yogi … Read More...


Reaching For Excellence is Better Than Pushing Yourself

Posted on July 29th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

This morning during the end of Sat Kriya, I had this notion about the subtle difference between reaching for excellence and pushing. I think we’re all taught that since life can be tough, we have to be tough with … Read More...



10 Ways to Get Ahead In The Information Age.

Posted on July 13th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Life Tips, Philosophy, Wisdom. 1 Comment

There are two words to describe todays world: Too Much.  Too much information, too much input, too much stimulus.  With all the activity in the information age it’s getting increasingly difficult to focus the mind and find that flow which … Read More...



Steering The Ship of Your Life

Posted on July 7th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, Wisdom. 2 comments

SET A COURSE AND SEE IT THROUGH

Imagine that your life is like a big ship.  It takes a lot to maintain and sail that ship.  When you steer your ship, it has to be done with certain calculations and … Read More...



Why Is It So Hard To Change?

Posted on July 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. 2 comments

Everybody wants to change themselves for the better. It’s a natural human inclination to want to go higher. So why is it so hard? Why are some people able to change while most others suffer their habits, constantly pulled … Read More...



Getting High

Posted on May 8th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Mind Body Soul. 4 comments

It’s funny that it’s called getting high, because that’s exactly what you do in yoga, particularly Kundalini Yoga.  You raise the energy in the body and that takes you higher.   The truth is, all anyone wants is a look over … Read More...



How To Digest A Problem

Posted on April 28th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Breath, Mind Body Soul, Wisdom. No Comments

einnyWhen you’re overwhelmed it’s because the mind is making too many over-calculations based on past experience. The sub-conscious throws up fears, the mind calculates infinitely and you become overwhelmed. The basis of every block is simply thinking too much. The … Read More...


Stop and Go

Posted on April 11th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

Stop N Go headerI often tell classes when I have them in a rest period, to drop all tension from the previous exercise.  What happens after a tough pose or movement is that the mind wants to stay ready, so the student’s body … Read More...


How to make homemade yogurt

Posted on April 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Recipes, Resources. No Comments

yogurtMaking homemade yogurt is very simple.  You’ll only need a few things.  Anybody can do it and the rewards far exceed the efforts.

What you will need:

  • A dairy thermometer– (you can get it at any cooking supply store like
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Sideways People

Posted on April 2nd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy. No Comments

I was lying in bed the other day in what I call the “half-in” state, where you’re not completely asleep but not quite awake, just conscious.  I thought about the concept of guides– you know, spirit guides.  Even as a … Read More...


Stopping The Mind

Posted on March 17th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Meditation, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

“In Kundalini Yoga you are given a perfect key for the lock of consciousness. The incessant intellect acts like a file that rubs off the levers from the key. Intellectualizing the Truth to suit your own circumstances and to cater

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Have Confidence

Posted on January 22nd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, News. 1 Comment

Confidence is an emotion that focuses the mind and allows the highest projection of your self to come through. When you know who you are and what you can do, then there’s no doubt and that breeds self-confidence.

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Being Who You Are

Posted on January 16th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy. 1 Comment

“The Privilege of a lifetime is being who you truly are.” — Joseph Campbell

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It’s interesting to think about this from a yogic perspective because in yoga we think of everything in terms of energy. When you know who you … Read More...


Relationships

Posted on January 14th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

relationshipsRelationships are about making the other person feel good. I learned this recently from my teacher, Harijiwan. It’s really brilliant when you stop to think about it. How many times to we get upset with other people because they’re not … Read More...


Spiritual Food

Posted on January 13th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Breath, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

The other night I was reading this meditation pamphlet by Elsie Sechrist I had bought several years ago at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. It’s been on my shelf for years but I just looked into it. She … Read More...


Drop Your Fears

Posted on January 12th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy. 1 Comment

“You can never get rid of fear, you can only drop it.” — Yogi Bhajan

It’s true… you can never get rid of fear you simply must drop it. It’s the same concept as focusing on what you’re for– accentuating … Read More...


Life Is A Wave of Challenges

Posted on November 3rd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, Wisdom. 1 Comment

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse.  — Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

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Kundalini Yoga Makes the News

Posted on July 24th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, News. 2 comments

Fox news phoenix did a piece on Kundalini yoga, “The Mother of All Yogas.” They actually did a decent job on it.

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Nothing Is Wasted

Posted on July 12th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, teaching yoga, Wisdom. 1 Comment

My teacher Harijiwan often says, “At this level of incarnation, nothing is wasted.” What he means is that all your experiences up to this moment right now were given to you to serve you in a positive way, even if … Read More...


Everything is Everything

Posted on July 2nd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, White Tantric Yoga, Wisdom. No Comments

We just got back from Summer Solstice in New Mexico and as always it was spectacular. It was a quick trip this year as my girlfriend Jamila and I both had pretty tight schedules. We moved into the new loft … Read More...


The Law of Success

Posted on April 24th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Philosophy, Wisdom. No Comments

The Law of Success: Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and HappinessI have this little book called The Law of Success by Parmahansa Yogananda and it’s the greatest bit of wisdom. Very to the point, it’s multi-layered in its depth. The following is a great excerpt about Destiny. Enjoy

YOU CAN … Read More...


Another Boot Camp come and gone

Posted on April 14th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, teaching yoga, Wisdom. No Comments

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written. There have been days when I had wanted to put something out but sadly I found myself with absolutely no time. It’s actually quite a good thing as what actually happened was … Read More...


Embracing Troubles: Bits of Wisdom from Boot Camp and Aquarian Teacher's Training

Posted on March 11th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Teachers, teaching yoga, Wisdom, Yogi Bhajan. 1 Comment

I’ve been absent a while and for that I apologize. A new boot camp always becomes all consuming. This newest program as been a great success thus far. As we’ve finished this first week, the seventeen or so strong souls … Read More...


Charging for Yoga Classes: Greed or Good Practice?

Posted on February 14th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy. 5 comments

This was in response to a post on the kundalini yoga teacher’s forum, subject: knowledge should be free. The gist was that this person thought it was hypocritical to charge for passing on spiritual teachings. The following is a response.… Read More...


Original Yogi Tea Recipe

Posted on February 5th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Health, Recipes, Resources. 32 comments

Yogi Tea

    1 Gallon Water
    30 cloves
    30 whole green cardamon pods
    30 whole black peppercorns
    1 lg finger of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
    5 sticks cinnamon
    1 teabag, Black Tea
    *Milk and Honey to taste (*optional)
  1. Bring water to
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Understanding Trans Fat

Posted on February 1st, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Health, News. 1 Comment

I recently explored this business of trans fat and it’s pretty scary. Now I look at the labels on products and am pretty horrified to find how many of them contain this chemically modified fat that is so foreign to … Read More...


Sources of Vitamins & Minerals Naturally Occurring in Foods

Posted on January 31st, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Health. No Comments

There’s a book that was compiled from Yogi Bhajan’s lectures called The Ancient Art of Self-Healing, Edited by Siri Amir Singh Khalsa, D.C. I got a copy of it up at the Summer Solstice in New Mexico. Other than … Read More...


102 Things you can do to realize your destiny

Posted on January 21st, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy, Wisdom. 1 Comment

To Bee, to bee

A friend of mine suggested this idea a few days ago and so I ran with it. After all, everybody loves lists! Thanks Ali.

  1. Think About Your Destiny Once A Day
  2. Follow Your Heart
  3. Follow Your Bliss
  4. Pray for Others
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Getting Yourself into Orbit – Working With Gravity

Posted on January 19th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Wisdom. No Comments

When I worked in commercial real estate, I had a boss who once said something very wise to me. He told me that anything you do in this life is like “getting yourself into orbit.” Think of yourself as a … Read More...


Easy Morning Yoga

Posted on January 17th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Yoga Sets. No Comments

 

WAKE UP, WARM UP AND GET UP

SIMPLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING – Yogi Bhajan, March 1992

If before getting up and before opening your eyes, you spend one minute doing the following … Read More...


Meditation To Break Depression

Posted on January 16th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Meditations to do. 1 Comment

Meditation on the Breath For Healing & To Break Depression

(As taught by Yogi Bhajan ) <<download/print>>

gian mudraBasic Position: Sit in any relaxed position with a straight spine. Relax the hands in your lap, palms face up, left under, right … Read More...


Why do Teacher’s Training?

Posted on January 16th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Teachers, teaching yoga, Yoga. No Comments

The following is written by my teacher, Harijiwan about the teacher’s training experience. I will be participating as an apprentice in this teacher’s training. I urge anyone who has the will and the means to do it. It will certainly … Read More...


The Paradox of Prayer & Healing

Posted on January 9th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Wisdom. No Comments

Praying for the healing of others heals you by default. By sending out light and loving thoughts to people in your life, you actually heal yourself. It came to me in a meditation recently that since all things are of … Read More...


Bits of Wisdom from My Teacher

Posted on January 8th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, teaching yoga, Wisdom. 2 comments

Harijiwan Singh Khalsa at GoldenbridgeI was on a workshop recently with my teacher, Harijiwan and in the midst of all of the discussions I was compelled to write down certain things because they resonated with such brilliance. The italics represent my commentary.

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Why Peace IS Possible

Posted on January 4th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, Wisdom. 1 Comment

world peace“We have electricity and sewage throughout most of the world because we agreed as a collective group that this was a minimum standard of living. Peace will be possible on earth when everyone decides collectively that this is how we Read More...


Kundalini Yoga: The Non-Denominational Experience of the Soul

Posted on January 3rd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Mind Body Soul. No Comments

I’ve often seen people balk at kundalini yoga because they aren’t sure how it would sit with their religious beliefs. I tell people that Kundalini Yoga is the real time experience of everything religion promises or talks about with regard … Read More...


ACCEPTANCE: The Way of Inner Peace

Posted on January 2nd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Wisdom. 1 Comment

When you accept things the way that they are in this moment, good or bad, you free yourself to enjoy everything in your life.

A lot of people use the word surrender to describe this business of acceptance and I … Read More...


SYNCHRONICITY: There Are No Coincidences

Posted on December 31st, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy, Wisdom. No Comments
warrior beach

photo by Elena Tchoujtchenko

Coincidences are what Carl Jung termed Synchronicity. There really are no coincidences. People like to say, everything happens for a reason. I don’t think everything happens for a reason, but I do think you can bring … Read More...


MEDITATION: Levels of Play

Posted on December 12th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Yoga. 1 Comment

There’s this expectation that one day meditation and yoga is going to be a snap. This is especially the case for those of us who are, how should we say… fanatic about the practice. We work it pretty hard and … Read More...


THE BEST QUOTE About 'What Yoga Is' That I Have Seen

Posted on December 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Wisdom, Yogi Bhajan. 1 Comment

Of course, this comes from the Yogi Bhajan everyday calendar. I try to mix things up in terms of sources, quoting others to give some balance. But when you’re talking about kundalini yoga all the time, it’s hard not … Read More...


SAT KRIYA: How To, Tips, Tricks and Finer Points

Posted on December 4th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Meditations to do, Yoga, Yoga Sets. 118 comments

I’ve been doing Sat Kriya daily for several years now and it’s amazing how you intuitively learn little things from the meditation and the changes that you go through.

When I first started, my right arm would fall asleep and … Read More...


BREATH BASICS: A Word About Prana

Posted on November 30th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Breath, Health, Kundalini Yoga. No Comments

Pranayam Kundalini Yoga Anatomical Model of The LungsPrana is the life force in the air you breathe. In the east it’s known as ‘the breath within the breath.’ The breath of life. Prana contains the life force, which is transferred to you when you breathe. It’s … Read More...


BREATH OF FIRE: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Posted on November 19th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Breath, Kundalini Yoga, Meditations to do. 4 comments

How to do it: Sit in easy pose (simple cross-legged position) Stretch the spine up straight and tall, with the base of the spine forward, the chest lifted and the chin tucked down and back (neck very straight.) In this … Read More...


ON REMOVING NEGATIVE ENERGY: Just "Keep Up."

Posted on November 14th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Mind Body Soul, Wisdom. 2 comments

Please tell me how to remove negative energy from my body and tame my mind as my servant so that no negative thoughts ever in my mind…

There’s a kundalini yoga yahoo group and a recent thread was posted in … Read More...


FLIPPING THE MIND With The Power of Positive Mantra

Posted on November 9th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mantra, Mind Body Soul. 1 Comment

A student of mine was telling me about an experience she had, recently. She was feeling down about something relating to her Dad. Often times when we regret something it’s because a realization about that situation has come too late, … Read More...


Making a choice: The seeds of fear

Posted on November 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Wisdom. No Comments

I came across this great blog called Gurushabad .  It’s maintained by a man from India named Surjit and it’s a pleasant little place with cool, short and to the point entries. One of his posts is so inspiring I … Read More...


Transcending Karma: Just Don't React

Posted on November 5th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul. 8 comments

wheel of karma; courtesy http://EngravingCreations.comSince karma is simple cause and effect or action and reaction, if something happens to you and you just don’t react, you can stop karma in its tracks. Of course, like many practices of a spiritual nature, this is easier … Read More...


Kundalini Yoga: Path of the Householder

Posted on August 15th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Kundalini Yoga, Mind Body Soul, Yoga. No Comments

When people get on a spiritual path often they think that they have to renounce everything. It’s a concept that keeps many from deeply exploring their own soul. It’s a function of duality. Many people, because religion has misled them, … Read More...


The Power of Now: Living As A Warrior In The Present

Posted on May 30th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy, Yoga. No Comments

Take the experience of the past and use it in the present moment. Don’t spend any time back there. There are no answers in the past because all the power is in the present moment. Sometimes you have to go … Read More...


Between You & The Creator

Posted on May 15th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, teaching yoga. No Comments

I was talking with my class about this earlier today. Spirituality is between you and the creator. Any human being, even the most saintly among them is going to have imperfections. Don’t get me wrong, there are some damn good … Read More...


Follow Your Bliss ~ Say Yes To It All

Posted on May 13th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy. No Comments

Joseph Campbell’s mantra was always “Follow Your Bliss.” As the foremost authority on mythology, JC scoured the worlds stories and followurblissmyths and concluded that we are all the same hero in all of these stories. We are simply metaphors for … Read More...


Understanding Karma: The Air-Hockey Game of Life

Posted on May 9th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy. 1 Comment

I was on a yoga retreat in Tuscany Italy a few years ago and I realized that Karma is really just like a big game of air hockey. After a week of yoga, a few of us sat around chatting … Read More...


Keep It Simple… Stupendous

Posted on May 9th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mind Body Soul, Philosophy. No Comments

The key is to open your heart and give Love as much as you can to everyone within your reach because you are everything and everything is you and God is in the details. So when giving to others selflessly, … Read More...


Holding The Space: The Power of Positive Mantra

Posted on May 2nd, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mantra, Meditation, Mind Body Soul, Yoga. No Comments

I went to this acting workshop once and the guys running it were real guys of faith. All of them working actors. They spoke of having a positive attitude among many other concepts for being successful in such an erratic … Read More...


In The World, Yet Above

Posted on April 12th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Books, Philosophy. No Comments

I was re-reading swami Rama’s “Living With The Himalayan Masters.” In it is a chapter entitled “In the world and yet above. ” He talks about being a Swami in India and how everyone in their enthusiasm wants to chant … Read More...


Wahe Guru, a little meaning behind the yoga of sound

Posted on February 13th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Mantra. 3 comments

*Wahe (Wha-hay) means “Wow” or “Ecstacy.” It’s sort of an exclamation of the joy of existence. Guru (goo-roo) means that force which brings one from darkness into light.

‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means light. So Gu-Ru is basically the … Read More...


Meditation for Cold Depression

Posted on March 8th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Meditation, Meditations to do. 7 comments

Got this from Tej Kaur Khalsa last year 3/8/2006. Many people suffer from depression these days. It’s a sign of the times. Our fast paced world actually gives us a scattered feeling of emptiness. Things are moving so fast that … Read More...


Service: The Selfless Vaccum?

Posted on March 7th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Meditation, Philosophy, teaching yoga, Yoga. No Comments

So I was re-reading some of these posts and I realized they’re really long and quite a bit heavy. Not to mention they’re two months old. (I can mention it, you probably shouldn’t) So I thought I would put some Read More...


Can A Human Be Greater than God?

Posted on January 6th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy, Wisdom. 5 comments

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter? Woody Allen,

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The Paradox of Worship

Posted on December 29th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy. No Comments

When you worship, when you bow, you’re bowing to your own soul potential within. This is why idols and graven images are so dangerous. The ego wants to classify and keep everything on the outside, to keep everything limited and … Read More...


The Paradox Of The Common Soul

Posted on December 9th, by Jai Gopal in Bestblog, Philosophy. No Comments

A Word About The Common Soul

We live in a dual world. Everywhere you look outside there are opposites and polarity. Up and down, hot and cold, in and out, love and hate and the list goes on. In fact … Read More...