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The 20-Days Himalayan Awakening Course Is In Full Swing At The Canadian Ashram
55 precious Divine Gems from around the globe are at the Canadian Ashram to experience and celebrate life in a yogic way. For many of the participants it is their first experience of seeing snow, and they are loving it. The grounds and trees, covered with snow, look heavenly.
The weather has been perfect so far for us to enjoy the outdoors. We are walking, rolling, sliding, singing, dancing, doing pranayamas, and meditating in the snow. The air is so fresh and rich in prana. It is rejuvenating for the body, and thirst-quenching for the mind. Feels like we are not just breathing the air, we are drinking it.
The seva team is happily working very hard 24/7 to make sure everything is running smoothly. The food is amazingly delicious and nutritious.
Chinese New Year’s Ongoing Celebrations!
We celebrated the last day of the 2-weeks celebrations of the Chinese New Year. We sang and danced around the bonfire. The Chinese participants prepared an exquisite dinner, which included over 800 dumplings. Everyone ate so much!
What Makes You Beautiful!
The Moon is an icon of beauty and fullness. It charms everyone, and inspires poets and spiritual seekers. But the moon looks beautiful only because it reflects the Sun. The Moon’s beauty lies in the Sun.
Similarly, your beauty lies in your Soul. Your mind reflects your Soul, and is heavenly beautiful. But you don’t experience this beauty because of the unnecessary modulations in the mind which act like dark clouds and hide the beauty.
Through the proper practice of yoga when you are able to free your mind from the unnecessary modulations, the beauty becomes apparent. Then you yourself bathe in this beauty, and also become an icon of beauty, fullness, and love, and an inspiration to many.
When, through abhyasa, you identify more with the Soul, and less with the flesh, you becomes increasingly beautiful. Your growing and expanding identification with the Soul eventually leads to the realization of your oneness with the Soul. Then you are no longer a decaying flesh, you become that Most Beautiful.
May you become that Most Beautiful!
Art of Silence Course Toronto, Canada
Keen and Sincere Yogis
In all the courses above, the course participants were very sincere and eager to learn, which made the teaching a joy. Many of them were commuting long distances daily, but still they were all present for the early morning sessions.
Love you all.
Everyone shared beautiful experiences. Below is one, a representative of most:
Forgiving others and oneself is an essential characteristic which a yogi must possess in order to progress on the path of yoga. However, for the matured students of yoga, another way, which transcends forgiving, is recommended,
Question: Dreams don’t have consequences, but the past does. How can they be alike?
You have consequences in the dreams also, but they are not there when you wake up. The consequences of the past may require an action. Take the needed action but then, using the above wisdom, move forward, and be free from anger, guilt, and blame. They all belong to the past.
Can spiritual practices really lead to enlightenment? I have been doing my practices for over 25 years regularly and sincerely. I undoubtedly see many benefits, but I don’t see myself anywhere near enlightenment. I also do seva regularly and have sincere devotion in my heart. I don’t know what’s missing. Could you please share your thoughts on it.
Spiritual enlightenment is a flashy and vague term. It can mean many different things to different people. I don’t know what it means to you, and what exactly are you trying to achieve?
The Yoga Scriptures don’t use the term ‘enlightenment’. Instead, they inspire the seekers to become mukta (free or liberated). Becoming mukta is a meaningful, clear, and achievable goal of spiritual journey. It means freeing yourself from all that you have created in your mind. In the Bhagvad Geeta, Lord Krishna repeatedly says that a yogi is free, and inspires Arjuna to become free. He doesn’t tell Arjuna to become enlightened.
Spiritual Practices Have Their Limitations
Spiritual practices are very essential for the wellness of your body, mind, and Spirit, but they also have their limitations. The practices are something similar to sunbathing. When you sunbathe, you experience the presence of Sun, but you are no where close to the Sun. You can sunbathe a million times, your tan will certainly become darker, but the distance will still remain. Similarly, in meditation you experience something beautiful that is being emitted from the Spirit, but you are nowhere near the Spirit. You can meditate for many years, your experience will certainly become deeper, but you may still be nowhere closer to the Spirit. Though the Spirit is omnipresent, it is not accessible to all. Its presence is.
So, drop the desire to be enlightened. It is only a concept. Instead, cultivate the desire to be free in your mind. You have bound yourself, and now, through knowledge and self-effort, unbound yourself. When the mind is free, it will open the doors to the Spirit, and the drop will merge into the Ocean.
A free mind doesn’t have the desire to have its own identity, and therefore it merges into Infinity. When you are desiring for enlightenment, you have the desire to exist. You want to exist as an enlightened being, which is not possible.