01 Oct I will see some of you in India soon…
The Land of Yoga
India, respectfully also called Mother India, is the birth place of yoga. This is where the songs of Yoga Sutras, Bhakti Sutras, Bhagvad Gita, Yoga Vasishta, and alike were sung. This is where the spirituality is embedded in each particle of soil, water, air, and space. This is where the fire of devotion, and longing for God are always alive. This is where the seekers, Sages, and great Masters wish to be born and re-born.
Yoga Retreat at Bangalore Ashram
I will be conducting the Therapeutic Yoga Retreat at the Bangalore ashram Oct 14-20. For this retreat, I can’t think of a better place than Bangalore ashram, and better time than right after the Navratri, when the whole atmosphere is charged with spiritual energy arising from Gurudev’s presence, Pujas, Chanting, Meditations, and many other virtuous activities that take place during Navratri.
I am looking forward to seeing some of you and, perhaps, I will share with you some of my sacred moments with Gurudev, which I haven’t shared before with anyone yet.
Significance of Navratri on the Path of Yoga
Hindus and other spiritual seekers around the world celebrate Navratri ( nine nights and ten days beginning today) to acknowledge and honour different aspects of Mother Divine.
It was the Divine Mother Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, who humbly requested Lord Shiva to enlighten her with the knowledge of Yoga. Since then the knowledge of yoga has been carried and passed on to seekers by the enlightened Masters. The true knowledge of yoga can only be learnt from an enlightened Master. That’s why it is said in Yogasara Upanishad that ‘Learn yoga from a Guru’.
Divine Mother Parvati requested Lord Shiva with humbleness because the knowledge of yoga can flow only toward the humble ones. Without humbleness you simply hear the words, not the knowledge.
Mother Divine is a symbol of determination and inner strength, the two qualities very much needed to walk on the path of yoga.
Mother Divine, though she acts furiously to fight against evil, she is always filled with compassion toward everyone. Being compassionate toward all is a quality that a seeker must cultivate in him, without which the mind simply can not rest.
Cultivating Yogic Qualities
During Navratri, each day I will be talking about one different yogic quality and how we can cultivate it within us. The spiritual energy during Navratri is very conducive to spiritual growth.
With Mother’s protection there is nothing to worry about!