The Current Global Crisis and Solutions

This is a lecture that Dada Vedaprajinananda gave in Bhubaneshvar, India on November 12, 2012. Dada shows how the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) can solve the economic problems of today, and he also offered new ideas for government and the environment.

The Goal of Life

This is a recording of a lecture that Dada Vedaprajinananda gave at the Renaissance Universal Club in Bhubaneshvar, India in November, 2012. Dada explains that the goal of life is to attain infinite happiness (Anandam) and that the goal of society is to provide the means for its members to attain their individual goal of bliss.

Perfecting the Layers of the Mind

This is a workshop-class by Dada Vedaprajinananda at a retreat at Ananda Liina (www.anandaliina.org) in Urbana, IL on September 30, 2012. According to yoga, there are six layers of the mind (including the physical body) and they can be perfected and purified using the eight limbs of yoga practice (known as Ashtanga or Astaunga yoga). Dada explains yoga practices can be used to bring about the perfection of mind.

The Secrets of a Joyous Life

This is a recording of a lecture on “The Secrets of a Life of Joy” given by Dada Vedaprajinananda on May 7, 2012 at the Unitarian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.  In the lecture Dada speaks about a way of life which is joyous.  He draws on the wisdom of Tantra, Buddhism and the Vedas in this presentation. You can learn more about Dada’s work at his website, www.dadaveda.com

Introduction to the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT)

The Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) is a spiritually grounded socio-economic system based on the concept that this universe is a thought-projection of the Cosmic Consciousness and that people should share the resources of the world as members of one common family.

In this podcast Dada Vedaprajinananda outlines the basic components of the theory and explains how it can offer a way out of the present global economic crisis.  This audio file has been extracted from a video which can be seen at www.vimeo.com/dadaveda or in the embedded file here:

Ashtanga Yoga: The eight limbs of yoga practice

This podcast is an explanation of the eight limbs of yoga practice as formulated by Patainjali around 200 years BCE.  The presenter is Dada Vedaprajinananda.

The eight limbs mentioned in the podcast are:

1. Yama – practices of controlled contact whose result is to bring a person in harmony with the society around him or her.  These practices are : 1. Ahimsa, 2. Satya  3. Asteya 4. Brahmacarya and 5. Aparigraha  (listen to the podcast for the explanation!)
2. Niyama – practices whose result is inner purification.  The components of Niyama are 1. Shaoca 2. Santosa  3. Tapah  4. Svadhyaya  5. Iishvara Pranidhana
3. Asana – yoga postures
4. Pranayama – control of vital energy
5. Pratyahara – withdrawal from sensory stimuli
6. Dharana – concentration of mind at particular points
7. Dhyana – meditation, making the mind move in an unbroken flow towards the Supreme Consciousness
8. Samadhi – absorption of mind and unit consciousness in the Supreme Consciousness