“There are two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material world every living entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every living entity is called infallible.” (Bhagavad Gita 15.16).
Unity with every living entity protects us while identifying with our separate-ness makes us weak. What if my heart thought itself superior to my foot and decided to cut it off with some blockade or border? The whole body would be made weaker because I’d no longer be able to walk around. The infallibility, or certainty and strength, of the body comes from the whole body working together as a unified whole.
To choose separate-ness is to choose a path that leads to despair and destruction.
Yoga treats the whole person: not just the body, not just the mind, but all the layers of the self to elevate one’s health and consciousness so that one can achieve a spiritual level of connection to the Supreme Source, unity, and infallibility.
Where to start: practice yoga and start to look for similarities and how we are all interdependent in each other (not just humans with humans, but all species of plants and animals, and Earth herself).
July 1, 2018: 6 – 7:30PM
Slow down for an evening with 45 minutes offing-held, supported postures immersed in the healing vibrations of sung sacred mantras accompanied by harmonium, followed by 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra. These tools will harmonize you with your intentions and bring you into a deep state of meditation and relaxation.
$15-20, sliding scale, cash only at the Pink House Studio (on the corner of Booth St. and Wright St.)
This little caterpillar exhibits the beauty in just being itself. It doesn’t try to be more beautiful, and maybe it doesn’t even recognize its own beauty. One of the main offenses in Bhakti is Kautilya, or crookedness, defined as not being who you really are, you put on a show on the outside but are not that way on the inside. In a humble state we can realize that all other animals have no problem with this Satya, or Truth, practice, they just are who they are and act honestly.
Begin to recognize the comfort you have around those who practice Satya. Also, recognize ways or times that you might fall into kautilya, or exhibiting a false self to others.
My prayer for this lifetime: Please help me learn to take no offense, to become as tolerant as a plant. Please help me see how divinity is working through this person or situation to help me grow into my higher self.
To the degree that I am offended, I commit myself to suffering. Sometimes I feel offended and that I need to teach the other person what they did wrong. This usually ends up multiplying problems because that individual digs their heels in. And then they are offended too and the suffering multiplies. If we see each other as ordinary, we can easily fall into a feeling of superiority and that we need to teach, but can we see the divine in each person and especially in those that offended us so that we soften this sense of “I need to teach them.” Instead, I will be in a place of humility and tolerance and perhaps invite the situation to teach me.
I’d love for this to be a dialogue, please comment below if you have anything to add.
I saw this posted in the storefront of where Srila Prabhupada set up shop in NYC to share prashad and kirtan.
The root of all problems is our ignorance of who we really are. We aren’t solely the body, or the mind, we aren’t our thoughts, jobs, hobbies, liked or dislikes, but we are spirits connected to all sprits. If we can recognize our underlying unity, we would no longer need borders, no longer need to compete with each other for resources, but instead we’d do everything in support of everything.
Avidya, or ignorance, is the root of the ego, attractions, aversions, and clinging to life, these are the obstacles on the path. Once we realize our connection and yoke to it, we attain vidya, or knowledge, and then we will find harmony, fairness, and peace.
We will realize protecting Mother Earth is self defense.
Yoga, or the realization that the self exists as an inseparable part of the whole and our meaningful existence is found by serving the whole, is the first step to overcoming the obstacles in battling climate chaos and eradicating humanity’s egocentric thinking that Earth and all its creatures and resources exist solely for human use.
Destruction of the environment and our stable climate is a direct result of the mistaken thinking that humans are on top with the rights to use, abuse, manipulate, and destroy as they like.
Malcolm X said, “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.” At what point will standing in the sidelines be more violent than resisting the destruction of the planet and its ability to provide for future generations?
Excerpt is from a highly recommended read titled Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth: