Sunday, September 29, 2013

विज्ञानभरैितन्त्रम V्ijnana BhairavaTantra

My dear friend SwamiJi told me about this beautiful text that is a conversation between Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. In it, he conveys 112 meditation methods to achieve enlightenment. I find this one particularly poignant. I wish I could read it in Sanskrit. Perhaps in the next life. ;-) 

इन्द्रजाऱमयं विश्वं व्यस्तं िा वचिकमिध त ।

भ्रमद्वाध्यायत्सिंऩश्यतश्चसखोद्गम्॥१०२॥

Meditating on the manifest world as imagined or illusive, like a magic show or a painting, and seeing all existence as transient, happiness arises. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Not everything must be done for a reason. Yoga for the pure joy of personal discovery...now

I was talking to a very dear friend of mine the other day about yoga and the subject came up about me becoming a yoga teacher, to which I replied that I didn’t believe this to be my true calling. Many people with whom I have practiced yoga have suggested that I should consider becoming a teacher.
It is true that I have a tendency to ‘teach’…I am in the communication’s field. And every astrologer who has taken a look at my stars has told me that I have a natural knack for teaching. I have known myself long enough to know that this is true. I have a tendency to want to guide or teach, especially women with whom I cross paths. And as I share what I know, I am also learning more about myself and life from the people that I meet. It is enriching to share what I have come to understand through my own experience. However, I have also known myself long enough to know that I am not cut out to teach in any ‘classic’ way, that is, I would never want to open up a school. I love my freedom. And, even though I work in radio and television so I am used to large crowds, I prefer to talk to people on a one-to-one situation. I connect with them better that way. My energy flows smoothly when I can focus on the person in front of me.
Another aspect is that I have not yet found 'my' teacher. Of course, there is Usha, the reason I come to India is to study with her but she does not want to train any teachers. So, it is obvious that becoming a yoga teaching is not in the cards right now and I cannot think about something that does not exist.
'When the pupil is ready, the master appears’. Let’s see when and if I will ever be ready. So for the moment, I will continue to practice my yoga for me. Just for me....and that is more than enough.
I do think it is our responsibility, in every aspect of life, to share whatever knowledge we have with anyone who asks for it. So if anyone asks me and if I do have the knowledge, I will most certainly share it.