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Suryayog helps one find solutions within oneself

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Surya Swami gives this interview to The Times of India on June 6, 2003.  Surya Swami teaches Suryayog a yoga practice that includes gazing at the sun with naked eye, chanting mantras, deep breathing, a few yogic postures and bowing to Nature.

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Course After Death by Swami Krishnananda

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Swami Krishnananda’s discourse on The Chhandogya Upanishad teaches about the journey of the soul after the death of the body. Ancient seers of India taught that the soul journeys to the sun after death. A properly evolved soul would be allowed passage through the sun and into higher spiritual realms. Teachings on prana, nadis, nerves, and kundalini are included in this discourse.

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Abodes of Surya – Konark Sun Temple

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The Konark Sun temple is probably the best and most majestic specimen of temple art in Orissa, India, despite its ruined state. The Konark sun temple attracts thousands of visitor every year because of it’s magnificent architecture and historical significance.

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Surya Savitri, Creator and Increaser by Sri Aurobindo

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Sri Aurbindo teaches the significance of Surya Savirti – the Sun God – in his book The Secret of the Veda.  Verse 81 of the Rig Veda teaches that Surya is the seer, the revealer.  Surya enlightens the mind and the thoughts with the illuminations of the Truth.

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Japanese method of Simplified Surya Namaskara with Reiki

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In Japan, a modified version of the yoga technique Surya Namaskara – the Sun Salutation – has been created for the elderly who face physical limitations and find it difficult to practice the 12 postures of the traditional Surya Namaskar of Sun Salutation. This blog post created by Shreedhar shares the 7 stages of Simplified Surya Namaskara.

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Abodes of Surya – Sun Worship in India

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India has one of the world’s earliest records of sun worship. This article reveals some the sun temples that exist in India. These temples were once the centers of spiritual worship and now function largely as tourist centers and historic landmarks.

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Awakening to the Sun: The Gayatri Mantra

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The Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the holiest verse of the Vedas. It describes the bhargah (the solar spirit), who is the essence of Savitri (the solar being), who is yet the inner identity of Surya (the sun). The Gayatri Mantra as a prayer is a petition to the infinite light of pure consciousness. This article by Yoga + Joyful Living magazine clearly explains the meaning and significance of the Gayatri Mantra.

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Surya Namaskara by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (video)

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Swami Satyananda Saraswati has written an extensive book on the practice of Surya Namaskar, the yoga Sun Salutation. This book teaches the complete Surya Namaskar technique, including the correct sequence of asanas, breathing pranayama, concentration locations, mantra, and bandhas. The inner meaning / esoteric science of Surya Namaskar is also explained. This book is highly recommended by Sunlightenment to deepen your Sun Yoga spiritual practice and improve your health.

Included in this post is a video example of the Surya Namaskar yoga practice, including the sacred bija mantras for each asana movement.

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Abodes of Surya – Sun Temple Modhera

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The Modhera sun temple, even in its ruined state is a majestic one, bearing testimony to the art of the ancient Chalukyas of Gujarat, India. Modhera is now the site of several dance and cultural festivals. The sun temple and the ambience here provide a majestic backdrop for the exhibition of performing arts.

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Suryayog the Panacea

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“The human body is not mere flesh and bones but also has electromagnetic dust, where rays from the Sun (Surya) can cause positive vibrations to balance the body, mind and spirit naturally. [The] human body is a gigantic Atomic Reactor and a moving Power House. Brain is the Generator and heart is the Transmitter”.

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Surya by Sri Chinmoy (part 1)

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This article by Sri Chinmoy shares the Hindu teachings on Surya, the Sun god, found in the Vedas and Upanishads of India.  Part 1 shares India’s teachings on Surya, the sun god and the spiritual sun that exists within each person.

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History of Sun Temple at Konark, Orissa

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This professional YouTube video shares the significant history and amazing artwork of the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, India. This Sun Temple took 12 hundred artisans and architects 12 years to construct. Learn also about the curative powers of Suyra, the Hindu Sun god, and the legend of Samba, son of Lord Krishna, who was cured of leprosy by worshiping the sun.

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Beliefs & Legends related to Surya

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Ancient spiritual texts in India attribute many powerful healing abilities to Surya, the sun god. This article reveals some of the most popular qualities that Surya, the sun, has to share to people as taught in the legends of India.

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Nourished Magazine: Sun Gazing

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The online publication Nourished Magazine. wisdom to thrive by posted this article that summaries the practice of sun gazing as is currently taught by Hira Ratan Manek, the famous sun gazer of India, and the history of sun gazing in ancient Europe, Greece, Egypt, India and the Americas. Learn how the sun affects the human body and brain and why cultures around the world have always honored the sun as a great source of biological and spiritual energy.

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The Sun as the Eye of the Universal Self by Swami Krishnananda

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Swami Krishnananda’s discourse on The Chhandogya Upanishad shares the teaching that surya, the Sun, is a popular symbol of the Absolute. The characteristics of the Supreme Self, the Atman, are similiar to the qualities of the Sun.

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Life Positive: Sun Yogi of India

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The incredible story of a man who has overcome the need to take food or water by absorbing energy directly from the sun through a system that he is now teaching. Learn about the Sun Yogi Umashanka in this Life Positive magazine story.

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Abodes of Surya – Arasavalli

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The Suryanarayana temple at Arasavalli in Andhra Pradesh, India is an ancient one built by the Kalinga rulers in the 1st millennium CE. It is believed that those with skin ailments, blindness and barrenness are miraculously cured of their afflictions upon offering worship at this temple.

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Surya by Sri Chinmoy (part 2)

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This article by Sri Chinmoy shares the Hindu teachings on Surya, the Sun god, found in the Vedas and Upanishads of India.  Part 2 discusses the Purusha and Prakriti and their relationship to the inner and outer sun.

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ART OF ASANA: Surya Namaskara

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Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) is one of the most ancient and respected Hatha Yoga practices. Surya Namaskar stretches and strengthens the entire body in one easy sequence of asanas (postures). More importantly, Surya Namaskara awakens and empowers the charkas (psychic energy centers) and nadhis (psychic energy pathways), while also deepening the breath and calming the mind. For thousands of years, Surya Namaskara was honored as one of the most sacred and powerful yoga practices.

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The Yogic Aspect of the Sun Salutation

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The Surya Namaskar is considered to be the complete embodiment of Hathayoga, Mantra Yog and Bhakti yoga. It is a complete exercise for the culturing of both mind and body. In just twelve steps asana, pranayama, shuddhi kriya, bandha and mudra are completely included along with prayerful devotion.  Learn how this simple yoga practice has been proven to be one of the world’s most complete exercises.

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Spiritual Yoga – Suryayog Sun yoga

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Suryayog is a dynamic spiritual yoga. Surya Swami, the founder of this natural technique to meditate and attain self-realisation has answers for the inner selves. He says that Suryayog takes us from Saguna Swaroop towards Nirguna Swaroop, which is from the human form to that of God.

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This website is dedicated to the free discemination of information on the healing powers of the Sun and the spiritual practices of Sun Gazing and Surya (Sun) Yoga. All information is given in the spirit of the Sun, whom shares its Light and Love without restriction. May all of humanity benefit from the enlightening energy of the Sun and the wisdom of all beings who share in this service of Sun Yoga.


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