Juniper berries. I continue practicing this lesson from every fruit-bearing tree, which is to selflessly offer the fruits of my labor without hoping to receive anything in return. Often when I do expect something in return, it ends up causing deep pain, because I am not living according to Truth and love. However, when giving without attachment to receiving anything, it leaves my mind and heart at peace. Right work done well and in the mood of serving the Lord without attachment to the fruits is a form of prayer. Through karma yoga, we can obtain mukti, or liberation. “Remain evenminded in success and failure. Evenmindedness is true yoga.”
I wanted to say the magic happens when we practice our sadhana.
The truth is magic is happening all the time, but we can’t see it unless we maintain the tapas, the fire of motivation and discipline of daily sadhana. The hustle of our lives blurs our vision of reality; we walk around and interact with skewed perception of what’s objectively happening.
I found this sundog when I pulled my mat outside for my sadhana of asana and japa. I never would have noticed it had I not laid down on my mat to begin my practice.
The magic is waiting for us to connect to it, the problem is that most of us don’t have the tapas to keep returning again and again, which is what it takes to see it. Don’t expect to find it the first time you choose to show up, or even the 50th time. It will reveal itself when you’re ready, in other words when you’ve been purified through your regular sadhana.
The Bhagavad Gita states, “Thus practicing constant control of the body, mind and activities, the mystic transcendentalist, his mind regulated, attains to the kingdom of God by cessation of material existence…
He(She) who is regulated in his(/her)habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.” (6.15-6.18)
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
Approach everything and every act with intent to serve nature and then life becomes yoga or sadhana, spiritual practice. The following is written by Sri Swami Satchidanda.
Spiritual Practice is Not What You Are Doing, But What You Are Thinking – November 30
When you repeat your mantram, you should feel, “I’m not doing it for my sake. I am doing it to train my mind. If I train my mind, I can serve better.” So even your mantra repetition becomes an offering. “I’m doing everything as an offering to God, guru and humanity,” Then you don’t make distinctions between, “Ahh, this is sadhana, this is spiritual practice. That is not.” Sometimes we say, “Oh, I don’t have time to do sadhana. I’m always working on the bulldozer.” So what is bulldozing then? Your working on the bulldozer is not spiritual? Do you think that only by going into a corner and closing your eyes and murmurinmg something you are doing spiritual practice?
Spiritual practice is not what you are doing, but what you are thinking. Remember that. If you could understand the meaning of sadhana you would know how to do it. You don’t have to change your activities and say “This is sadhana but this is not.” Even your eating. Even when you sit on the toilet you are doing sadhana. Remember that. Everything becomes a spiritual practice. We should transform all our activities into this kind of sadhana. That means “I am doing everything as a meditation, as an offering, as a prayer to serve God through service to the humanity.” I wouldn’t even say to humanity; do it as a service to the nature. Why only humanity? Humanity means only human beings. Serve the dogs, serve the cats, serve the rats, serve the mosquitoes. Serve the plants. Be nice to them, be loving. Even if you have to pull out a weed, do it in a loving way.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
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