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Spiritual yet practical, the writings of Jagad Guru* Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa) enable us to find real meaning in our daily existence. His words are profoundly enlightening and have the ability to touch the hearts of others.

On Happiness
On Satisfaction

Sense gratification comes and goes as a natural occurrence of the senses. For example, one cannot eat without tasting. The point is that a life that is centered around sense enjoyment, that makes sense enjoyment the goal, is a wasted life ...

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Often people try so hard to find happiness through sense pleasure that they may attempt to gratify several or all of their senses at the same time For example, you may simultaneously be watching TV, listening to the radio, munching potato chips ...

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On Wisdom
On Yoga

The wise have explained that one result is derived from the culture of knowledge, and that a different result is obtained from the culture of nescience.
~Sri Ishopanishad, Mantra Ten
For one who lives a hedonistic life, a life in which nescience is cultivated, the results are envy, anger, greed, impatience, disrespect for others, anxiety, depression, hatred, ever-increasing lust, forgetfulness, frustration, dissatisfaction, duplicity, fear of death, and so on.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)
© Science of Identity Foundation

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Contrary to popular belief, hatha yoga exercises are not designed to make fat people thin or to make the body immortal, but to help unblock the gross and subtle nervous systems so that the “life air” can flow freely through the body (specifically, from the base of the spine to the top of the head).

Jagad Guru Chris Butler, Science of Identity Foundation

Just as there is no perfectly simple way to explain a complex principle of physics or biochemistry to a layman, so there is no perfectly simple way to explain the subtle material technology known to the yogis.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler, Science of Identity Foundation

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* Because the word “guru” means teacher, it is often used to refer to teachers of all kinds—be they teachers of music, ayurvedic medicine, cooking, etc. The title “Jagad Guru” is normally used to refer to yoga masters who have disciples all around the world from different places, nationalities, faiths, etc. However, in the deepest sense, “Jagad Guru” means a yoga master whose teachings are relevant to and can be applied in the personal lives of every person—regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, or sect.