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.
Link to a meditative Maha Mantra on YouTube: Maha Mantra
According to the Bhagavad Gita, translated by Swami Prabhupada, in the Age of Kali, there is no process that allows one to realize the Supreme other than chanting ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’
The world is an external manifestation of what is inside. What we see is a perception through the lens we created through thoughts, ideas, and values. We can choose to see the divine behind everything or not. The results of that decision is either to feel entirely supported or completely alone.
Why don’t we choose to live simply in the support of the Highest? The horse above, and your pets and all the wildlife, are not bound to the dramatic news everyday, and even if they are feeling the effects of climate chaos, they don’t choose to suffer over it, but rather embrace and respond to each present moment.
I challenge you to stand where your feet are. To exist just in awareness for a few minutes, or many, each day. Allow whatever is there to be there with an acceptance as if the experience, whether pleasant or not, is a gift to pull you closer to your Source. Yoga is this connection to the Source.
This is what I practice while working with horses. Each act is an attempt to pull the horse into a deeper and more trusting relationship with me, whether the act is rewarding good behavior or redirecting something a little less desirable. I aspire to learn from horses the humbleness of collaborating with what horses consider predators and the ability to not take offense at those less-desired behaviors, because horses, like all beings, only do what they think they have to do to survive.
You know how Genesis says God gave humanity dominion over the earth? I read in Igniting a Revolution that most of us misinterpreted that to mean we can use or abuse the land and animals however we deem most efficient, when in fact God used the word ‘dominion’ to actually mean ‘keep’ Earth as a gardener keeps their garden or has dominion of the garden. When we treat the myriad of miracles the divine gave us with respect, compassion, love, and protection, we act in gratitude and in accordance with how God intended for us to treat the Earth that he hired us as caretakers of. The way a gardener lovingly cares for each plant is the intention behind setting us up as caretakers. Through loving service to all of creation we serve the divine, our Source, the Source each meal, each breath, and we really begin to understand what yoga, or communion with the divine, is.
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Here are a couple quotes inspiring this post from Igniting a Revolution edited by Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, IIMany of us are going about our daily business while a mass-extinction is happening. While we mind our own business, we choose to remain blind to the thousands of species that are dying for the sake of profit and technological “advancement.”
Is it too painful too look at our mistakes in order to change our self-destructive choices? Is it too embarrassing to realize how long we’ve been abusing our Mother Earth?
It’s not too late to mourn the losses and then choose differently. We can choose to protect those without a voice.
In kindergarten we learned what self-centered is and how hurtful it can be, we need to apply this beyond human to human interactions to all Beings who have a right to be respected and protected.
Going to the roots of all spiritual paths, environmentalism is natural. Our spiritual success is measured by realizing and acting on the fact that we aren’t the center of the universe. Let’s honor our Source and honor the sacred nature of each other and the millions of species whom we’ve silenced.
Brahmacharya: seeing and treating everything as sacred, a yogic principle that could save us from the grief of being responsible for millions of deaths, the ruin of millions of homes as ocean levels rise. We are one with all of creation, and beneath the illusion of separation, the joy or pain another experiences resonates within our own hearts.
Now is the time to rejoice in the decisions you make that protect all Beings and to change the decisions that you can’t rejoice in. Brahmacharya is profound spiritual practice that will give you myriad reasons to celebrate.