Being Free From Anger….the yogic way

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Helping is Divine. You can experience Divine through serving. Every help that comes to you is from Divine. Recognize and be grateful. You will receive much more. ❤

 

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I have known Dev and Harsha for many years. Currently they live in Dubai. Dev is a successful entrepreneur and Harsha is blessed with many talents and skills. They both love Gurudev and yoga, and live balanced and purposeful lives, Over the years, Harsha’s interest in yoga has grown into her passion. Now she breathes yoga, 

Dev and Harsha give generously and prefer to stay anonymous. But I feel that such stories must be told so that others can be inspired . They know when and what is needed and are always there to help. They have helped Sri Sri Yoga in many ways.
Thank you Dev and Harsha!  Your sincerity, generosity, humbleness, and skills to live a balanced life are very inspiring .  

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So rewarding!

I find it rewarding and encouraging to hear from my students who even after many years of taking yoga courses with me still remember and cherish their experiences from those courses.
Bernice from Australia wrote:
“I wonder where you are right now…you do look very busy and happy and am glad to see that in the blog photos.
Today I heard about the Himalayan Awakening course and I am writing to you to let you know that I hope to attend that course with you.
I have been remembering how lovely it is to be with you on a course!
Before the SSYTTC’s I was waiting for something to REALLY wake me up… you and your courses were the vehicle and the opportunity to raise me up out of something  that was dumbing me down that I didn’t even know I was in… I can’t even imagine what I am currently in that I am not even aware of.. but more importantly… You and those courses with you really transformed my whole life. There were so many transformational moments and such incredible feelings of connection and gratitude I am so very glad you are here on the planet and quietly continuing to travel and teach and uplifting so many people (and that you are now offering a longer course in the Montreal ashram! 😀 ” 

Thank you Bernice. Whenever you think of someone so genuinely, just know that the other person is also thinking of you. I look forward to seeing you again next year. ❤ 

 

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Being Free from Anger!

 “I am a yoga teacher. I do my sadhana regularly. I read  knowledge and also do seva. I keep myself very busy. But still I have anger within​ me, and often end up in arguments.  It is frustrating. I really can’t understand how much more I should do to be silent within. Please guide me how can I not get carried away by anger.”  

 Many holy books of yoga mention six  passions or enemies of mind:
Kama – Desires
Krodha – Anger
Lobha– Greed
Moha– Attachment
Mada – Ego
Matsarya -Jealousy
Together they are called Arishadvarga

All six passions are very strong individually, and extremely powerful collectively. They are interconnected and interrelated. One leads to another. They are strong because over a period of many life times they have deep-rooted themselves into your inner-being. In each life you accumulate more, and make them even stronger. 

They are born out of avidya (ignorance), and are the root cause of unhappiness. Though in may books they are referred to as ‘enemies’, but I see them as challenges, not enemies. 

Just as, the only way to remove darkness is to shine some light there, the only way to overcome Arishadvarga, which arise out of ignorance, is through the proper understanding and practice of jnana yoga, the path of knowledge.

Krodha (anger), like fire, can be both dangerous, and useful if used skillfully. In most instances, because people lack skills, anger is dangerous. In anger you hurt yourself first,
and then the others. In anger you loose your centeredness and clarity of mind. Anger destroys relationships. Excessive anger can damage your nadis, the energy channels, and severely affect your physical and mental well-being. According to Bhagvad Gita (2-63), anger eventually leads to your spiritual destruction.

In my next post I will talk more about krodha and also give you a simple practice which has helped me.

In the mean time do this:
Laugh twice daily, for minimum 3 minutes continuously, once in the morning to welcome the day that lies ahead, and once in the evening to say goodbye to all that happened during the day. Laugh from the heart but loud, and let your body move with the laughter. Sometimes , when things don’t seem right, it is difficult to laugh, but still laugh. It may give you the needed strength to deal with difficult situations. ❤ ❤

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The Precious Soap

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The Master gave a knowledge-soap to each of His disciples and asked them to go and use it.

One disciple asked why they needed to use the soap? The Master gave many reasons, hearing which all disciples were very happy.

Another disciple asked why the wrapping paper in which the soap was wrapped was white? He had seen a soap wrapped in pink somewhere else. He wanted to know the difference. The Master said the purpose of the soap was to clean, the wrapping paper didn’t matter. The disciple looked impressed and satisfied.

Another disciple opened the wrapping paper and smelled the soap. It had a very pleasant smell but different from another soap he had seen somewhere else. He wanted to know which one was better? The Master gave the same answer that the purpose of the soap was to clean, the choice of fragrance didn’t matter.

Another disciple asked why the soap was round, and if  there was any significance to that? The Master wanted to give the same answer that the shape didn’t matter, but because the disciples were interested in hearing more, He made up in great length the significance of the round shape which in fact made sense. The disciples were impressed and pleased, they all clapped.

One disciple noticed a small cut on the soap. He wanted to know why?  The Master wanted to laugh but was very patient. He  explained that the small cut on the soap was a reminder of the truth that the life consisted of both perfections and imperfections.

Many more questions were raised and many more answers were given.

The disciples wrote many books on soap. The soap became very popular. Many soap factories were established.

The  disciples kept the soap wrapped in the wrapping paper. For them it was an auspicious blessing from their Master. They wanted to preserve it.

They worshiped the soap.
They discussed the soap
They analyzed the soap
They argued over the soap
But no one used it
The Master just smiled and wondered!