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My New eBook Coming Soon!

Each Moment Is Like a Precious Diamond

Living Your Life to the Fullest
Through Ancient Yoga Wisdom

Articles, Poems, and Interviews
from Elephant Journal’s Early Years

From the Introduction

This book is a labor of love, a love for the ancient wisdom of Yoga, which has enriched my life immeasurably.

The story of how I arrived here is told in the very first article below, “Stephen Cope Changed My Life. He Might Change Yours, Too.” You’ll see why I’ve dedicated this book to Stephen Cope. For me, it all started with him.

I had the great pleasure of serving as the first Yoga Editor for Elephant Journal in its earliest years as an online publication. Most of these articles were originally published there.

You will find a lot of variety here—articles, poetry, fiction, interviews–something for everyone. I like to think this is a book where you can read it straight through, or browse through the Table of Contents and pick out titles that interest you, whether it’s something short and light like “What If Every Breath You Took Was Like Eating a Bite of Chocolate Cake?” or something long and on the heavy side, like “Bob Meets Baba: Entrepreneur Meets Sadhu”.

I hope you will enjoy reading and browsing this book as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Welcome to you all.

–Bob Weisenberg

Complete Table of Contents

Introduction
Articles and Poems

Stephen Cope Changed My Life. He Might Change Yours, Too.

Yoga Demystified: The Six Big Ideas

Bhagavad Gita for a Fish

Ten Things I Learned from Listening to All 27 Mozart Piano Concertos

Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell: Big Ideas & Best Quotations

Each Moment is Like a Precious Diamond

Bob vs. Buddhism: The Satisfying Conclusion

Six Short Poems About Joy

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

Your Next Masterpiece

Silence is the Roar of the Universe

Soulmates

Like Waves or Ocean?

Through the Window

Will the Real Bhagavad Gita Please Stand Up?

My Father: Starting Yoga at 87

Should We Worship the Sun, or Should the Sun Worship Us?

Effortless Wellbeing: Meditation as Everyday Life

The Meaning of Life–Who Cares?

True or False?  Physical Yoga Has Influenced America More than Spiritual Yoga.

Fiction

My Dinner with Vyasa: The Legendary Author of the Bhagavad Gita Comes Out of Hiding to Answer All Our Questions (After 2300 Years)

Interviews

How to Live an Extraordinary Life ~ Kripalu’s Stephen Cope

Yoga Can Change the World. Get Yourself Out of the Way! Kripalu’s Stephen Cope, Part 2

How Yoga Has Transformed American Spirituality: An Interview with Phil Goldberg, “American Veda”

Short Takes

What If Every Breath You Took Was Like Eating a Bite of Chocolate Cake?

Please Help: Am I Going Bonkers or Have I Reached Nirvana?

Yoga Tennis

Falling Head-Over-Heals in Love with the Universe

Albert Einstein as Yoga Sage

Coming to Terms with Infinite Joy

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Enlightenment in a Snow Shovel

Whenever Things Get Difficult or Complicated, I Always Return to This

Different Yoga Strokes for Different Yoga Folks

Living Upside Down

The Rest is Commentary

My Daughter Doesn’t Understand Me

Flamenco Guitar as Yoga Philosophy

Compassion ate Yogis

Extra Bonus Attractions  (Of More Specialized Interest)

Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology. (With Apologies to my Egyptologist Friends)

Bob Meets Baba: Entrepreneur Meets Sadhu

First It Was Yobo, Now There is Ratra (Radical Traditional) Yoga

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The Bhagavad Gita on Love

Excellent article about love in the Gita, by the President of the Himalayan Institute, Rolf Sovic: https://yogainternational.com/…/v…/The-Bhagavad-Gita-on-Love

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New Online Bhagavad Gita Workshop: Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Life.

Hi, everyone. I’d like to invite you to join our new online Gita Workshop. It’s the same as the Gita Workshop I ran last year at Kanyakumari Yoga Center in Milwaukee ( see http://bit.ly/178u7ZU ), but with all the discussion online right here on facebook. If you are interested, please see the Workshop page below for a complete description:

https://www.facebook.com/GitaWorkshop

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Will the Real Bhagavad Gita Please Stand Up?

The Bhagavad Gita is so rich and versatile that it tends to take on the character of the translator or commentator:

Give it to an historian and you get history. (Feuerstein)

Give it to a Bhakti (yoga of love) devotee and you get love. (Schweig)

Give it to a teacher of dharma (life purpose) and you get life purpose. (Cope)

Give it to a social activist and you get social activism. (Gandhi)

Give it to a psychologist and you get psychology. (Dass)

Give it to a believer and you get religion. (Prabhupada)

Give it to a poet and you get poetry. (Mitchell)

Give it to a literature professor, and you get literature. (Easwaran)

Give it to a businessman and you get leadership. (Chatterjee)

This is a far as I’ve personally gotten. Others?

~

See also
Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell:
Big Ideas & Best Quotations.

Bob Profile PhotoBob Weisenberg is Editor of Best of Yoga Philosophy and former Yoga Editor & Assoc. Publisher of elephant journal. He is the author of Yoga Demystified, Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell, and Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology. as well as Co-editor of Yoga in America and a contributor to The Poetry of Yoga. Contact Bob at facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

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The Mind of a Loving Translator: Graham Schweig ~ Andrew Deitrik

The Mind of a Loving Translator: Graham Schweig ~ Andrew Deitrik ~ “Schweig sits down and begins to put his dream into words. It was no time for sleep. Schweig had spent several months up to this point puzzled over the translation of the opening verse to the Dance of Divine Love, an ancient Sanskrit text found in India’s sacred Bhagavata Purana, but Schweig finally had a breakthrough …Feeling quite euphoric, Schweig eventually chiseled out a flowing verse…”

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/01/the-mind-of-a-loving-translator-graham-schweig–andrew-dietrick/

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Bhagavad Gita in Italian

Since I’m learning Italian, I’m reading the Bhagavad Gita in Italian. Found it free online, and lots of other good stuff at the link at the end of the page. (I know it’s a very specialized interest, but I just couldn’t resist posting it here, just in case anyone else is interested.)

http://www.guruji.it/bhagavadgita/gita.htm

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Answer to the Previous Blog

Here’s the same mountain from a slightly different perspective.

(See previous blog here)

Mountain, full view 2a

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Spectacular Scenery. Where Do You Think These Photos Were Taken?

Take a look at these photos and guess where they were taken.

(Answer in the next blog.)

Mountain 1a

Mountain 1c

Mountain 3a

Mountain 4a

Mountain 4b

(Answer in the next blog.)

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Best of Yoga Philosophy Recap and My Trip to NYC

Hi, everyone.

To see all the latest Best of Yoga Philosophy articles, please see the Pinterest page.  I’ve decided to discontinue my periodic recap blogs on WordPress because it takes duplicates what I’m already doing on Pinterest, and I know that many of you are already following the posts on facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin anyway.

I’m going to be in NYC for a week later this month.  I’m thinking of setting up an informal gathering of followers of Best of Yoga Philosophy on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Brooklyn.  Please let me know if you’d like to join us that evening.

Meanwhile there have been a couple of really good facebook discussions, in case you haven’t seen them already: Carol Horton’s My Problem with Yoga History and Matthew Remski’s How I Teach Yoga Philosophy:

Best wishes for the New Year.

Bob

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Best of Yoga Philosophy–December Articles

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Best of Yoga Philosophy
A Virtual Magazine & Forum

The  very best Yoga philosophy articles from all over the Web.

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Pinterest (best browsing), facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin

Please pass the word to your friends who like Yoga philosophy.
Thank you for your interest and support.

Bob W. Editor

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See all the posts for December on our Pinterest Page:

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Bob Profile PhotoBob Weisenberg is Editor of Best of Yoga Philosophy and former Yoga Editor & Assoc. Publisher of elephant journal. He is the author of Yoga Demystified, Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell, and Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology. as well as Co-editor of Yoga in America and a contributor to The Poetry of Yoga. Contact Bob at facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.