Words of wisdom from Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers International

Escaping karma
The purpose of escaping the Karma is to reach your essential and eternal nature. That is the soul, the all-pervading, immortal soul which is neither born nor dies. But the soul is now caught and imprisoned in this bodily cage made up of flesh, bone and marrow, germs, and worms, etc. And it is seeking a way to get freedom. Freedom, peace, and bliss are one and the same. If a man has got freedom, he’s peaceful. We know we are not free. It doesn’t matter how much money, how much wealth, how much power and position we have, we know we are not free. We are unable to do things according to our wish. Getting imprisoned in this bodily cage is due to the desire to enjoy the fruits of our actions and even if there is only one desire, we will fulfill it at sometime. None of our desires will ever go unfulfilled. That is the law.

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About Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

FIRST CLASS FREE Teaching classical yoga in San Francisco since 1957. This nonprofit organization, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, teaches methods to attain physical, mental and spiritual health based on Vedanta philosophy. Our dedicated, volunteer staff are all internationally certified teachers. We offer daily drop-in hatha yoga classes for all levels, daily satsang/meditation/kirtan, vegetarian meals after class, special events/workshops, as well as courses in hatha yoga, in positive thinking & meditation, and in related spiritual topics. Our open classes accommodate beginning through advanced students and consist of savasana (relaxation), pranayama (breathing exercises), Sun Salutations (warm-up exercises) and 12 asanas (postures). Variations of these postures are usually included and others added according to the level of the students. Classes are 90 minutes, with the exception of our beginners' drop-in class, which is 1 hour. FREE OPEN HOUSE - 1st Sunday of every month.
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