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.
What good does our yoga, meditation, or prayers do if it’s not from the heart? If it’s not for the wellbeing of all? Each day reconnect to your intention: who are you serving? What are you here to offer?
Begin each day with some stillness to connect to your Source. I like to chant japa and meditate each morning before I do anything. Start the day with your Self and your divine Source. Yogi Bhajan says this switches us from operating from 20% empowered to 100% empowered. Many people are disempowered, feeling victimized by circumstances that is their elementary destiny, the samkaras, or impressions, that we inherited from a past life. But once we practice our sadhana, we’re at 100% empowered; we switched to applied destiny where our intention, divine will, and our mind and actions all align. In other words we master our destiny.
When we are living in samskaras we are controlled by the impressions, which makes us vulnerable to fall prey to the ego. Once we are living from sadhana, we live from the heart, with our Source in mind. Then everything we do becomes a living offering.
If you want to read Yogi Bhajan’s lecture go to: https://www.3ho.org/events/summer-solstice-sadhana/yogi-bhajan-lecture-summer-solstice-1992
Yesterday I picked all the dandelion blooms, just as I had done the day before. Every May I make one gallon of dandelion wine, but yesterday I also was taught that you can fry the dandelions! The taste kind of like a sweet vegetable and are packed with vitamin C, plus when you eat them, their hundreds of seeds aren’t maturing and growing more dandelions! You all should try picking and frying or fermenting some! (Recipe listed below).
After I removed as much of the green parts from the dandelions as I could, my partner Murray and I walked down by the river to collect ramps, stinging nettle, and a big dryad’s saddle mushroom.
We evolved to forage: to have a wild variety of nutrients, we didn’t evolve to eat the same tortillas or bread, the same peanut butter and jam, etc. Our movement t is the same, we didn’t evolve to be still most of the day and then choose one “exercise” and stick to that forever, but rather we evolved walking and climbing trees, squatting down to dig or pick things! See my last blog post of the Liberated Body podcast with Katy Bowman.
Besides all of these personal health reasons, we regain a deep and spiritual connection to our food, a realiszation of the miraculous and divine energy that this planet just gives to us, which in my own life has led me to ask, how can I use the divine’s energy to serve the divine?
We also could look at all of the environmental benefits such as reducing our carbon footprint by the reduction of fossil fuels to grow and ship that particular meal’s ingredients, or to pick them up at the store, the way that food is usually not grown harmoniously with nature, and so harvesting food in nature makes us a little more in line with the Tao or the Way, or in flow with the universe.
Anyways happy foraging-and if you’re looking for that shelf mushroom, dryad’s saddle, it smells like watermelon rind and you just eat the edges.
Here’s the recipe link for fried dandelions: http://www.thedailyspud.com/2010/05/14/dandelions-just-eat-em/