Maharishi Patanjali was a venerated Indian Sage who lived sometime around the 2nd century BC. He compiled the Yoga Sutras, widely considered the foremost text on yoga, which offers a system for attaining self-realization. “pat” denoting falling from Heaven, and “anjali” indicating prayer. The great Sage is said to be swayambhu, or self-manifested, a highly evolved spiritual Being who incarnated into a human form to help humanity. Patanjali is professed to be an incarnation of Lord Shesha, the thousand-headed serpent ruler who represents omnipresence and doubles as the guardian of Earth’s hidden treasures. Lord Shesha would also be able to master the art of yoga and dance and spread it widely across the land. Students from all over India came to hear Maharishi Patanjali’s teachings. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras detail 196 long-standing practices of yoga and spirituality. Patanjali is also depicted as a respected Teacher of Samkhya philosophy. Today, the venerated Master Patanjali is aptly known as the “Father of Modern Yoga.”
Life of a Saint
2020-03-29 457 Views
Mainly invoked for protection against the plague and other contagious diseases, Saint Roch is also a patron saint of dogs and dog trainers, wrongly accused people, bachelors, surgeons, pilgrims, skin diseases, knee problems, the Faculty of Pharmacy in Montpellier, and more. In this 2-part series, we look at the inspiring life story and legends surrounding Saint Roch to better understand why such powers were attributed to him. The plague pandemic peaked in Europe right around the time of his birth from 1348 to 1350, claiming the lives of around 50% of the population. He wanted to become a doctor and help those from whom everyone else fled. He told Lord Jesus Christ that he would treat them, but that they would be healed by God’s Grace. Free of worldly attachments, Saint Roch then left France on a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy, where he wanted to pray for sins at the tombs of the Apostles Saint Paul and Saint Peter. His exemplary faith in God and devotion to his brothers and sisters led him forward.
Life of a Saint
2020-04-19 292 Views
As we recall from Part 1, Saint Roch dedicated his life to walking the way of Lord Jesus Christ and traveled to plague-stricken cities to treat those afflicted with the devastating disease. Alas, he himself became infected with the plague and quietly retreated to the forest. At the sight of Saint Roch’s sickened body lying on the ground as he serenely awaited his death, God made a water stream miraculously surge from the ground, allowing Saint Roch to keep hydrated and clean. God, in all Hiers great benevolence, sent Saint Roch a guardian angel in the form of a dog. Saint Roch was said to have lived surrounded by angels while patiently spending the last five years of his life in prison. The humble pilgrim prayed and surrendered his final days to God. Saint Roch asked God to please relieve anyone from any contagious disease if asked in his name. As soon as he passed on from his Earthly existence, the angels sang sweet melodies and the prison cell shone with celestial light.
Life of a Saint
2020-04-26 181 Views
Since ancient times, numerous Masters have graced our precious planet with their divine presence and have helped to uplift humanity’s spirit and level of consciousness. These Master courageously share their wisdom with the world through their holy teachings and continue to touch the lives of countless beings through their kindness and compassion. One such venerated Master was Prophet Mani, the founder of Manichaeism. Prophet Mani, known as the Messenger of Light, was a Persian Saint and preacher who founded the Manichaean religion in the third century AD. His teachings were primarily a culmination of Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Prophet Mani was revered for revealing heavenly knowledge, modeling righteous behavior, practicing compassionate philanthropy, and having psychic abilities such as supernatural healing powers, clairvoyance, and levitation. The venerated Prophet Mani was born around 216 AD in Babylon, Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq. Prophet Mani heeded this call, and at the age of 25 years, He began preaching the Truth. His teachings would be called Manichaeism, and focused on dualistic cosmology. The Saint believed that God had created an immaculate world of light and spirit. Prophet Mani called himself an Apostle of Lord Jesus Christ who was here to teach the true message of Christianity. Prophet Mani was indeed a Messenger of Light, dedicated and determined to help liberate humanity.
Life of a Saint
2020-05-24 164 Views