Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Fleeting (aren't they all?) Thought on Consciousness

If we use a metaphor to describe consciousness, can we not say that it is the light whose rays when reflected upon the processes of the mind 'bring them to life'? In the same way, literally and not metaphorically, the reflection of the sun's rays on all objects in its path, bring them to a form of existence?
The objects on earth, animate and inanimate, are flowing through space and time as one, just as thoughts flow through our consciousness. 
When light is there, they appear.  
We differentiate ourselves from the Light-Consciousness and believe our thoughts to be the truth, which eventually creates deception, conflict, and misery when that so called truth transforms.
We also believe that everything under the sun exists separately one from the other and this, too, brings us to the same miserable end. 
Can light exist if it has nothing upon which to reflect?

Does pure consciousness exist if thoughts become formless? 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Detachment and Non-Attachment are not the same

Detachment is non non-attachment.
I have noticed that the word ‘detachment’ is often used when referring to vairagya. Personally, I feel that it is not the right translation, in fact, I feel it is the exact opposite of what vairagya means. Detachment gives a sense of being separate from something, like a door that has become unhinged from its frame. Although I do not think that any one English word can perfectly and completely express the full meaning of vairagya, the translation that comes closest is probably ‘non-attachment’. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 New Year Thoughts

Some new year thoughts. It has become very clear to me from my yoga asana practice that what my body could do yesterday, it will not be able to do tomorrow. And that is fine with me. There comes a time when one has to realise the difference between maintaining one’s health and forcing (torturing ;-)) the body to do what it no longer wants or needs to do. My body has done so much for me and I am grateful to have been blessed with such a healthy ‘container’ in this lifetime. This body has brought me to many different countries, it has carried me up many mountains and icefalls, and down many snow-covered ski slopes. I have flown like a bird and swam like a fish in this body. Yoga asana practice, too, has been an important part of the process however, it is certainly not the only way one can become aware of the body. I am beginning to understand how everything one does with the body can connect oneself to a deeper understanding of the body and mind. For me, in my life, the Path began with mountain climbing. Yoga is a continuation of this Path.