Wednesday, May 23, 2012
...a.k.a. -- the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA!
********INTEGRAL YOGA YANTRA********
"Truth is one, paths are many."
Sometimes external images are used in meditation to symbolize or express certain Divine ideas and qualities. When mantras (sound formulas used in meditation) or Divine ideas are meditated upon, certain images are brought out. A yantra is a visual expression of a mantra and it represents the Divine in the form of a geometrical figure.
The Integral Yoga yantra symbolizes the entire creation. Each part of the yantra corresponds to a different aspect of the cosmos. The bindhu, the dot in the very center of the yantra, represents the first physical expression, the very core of the cosmos. It is that dot which then expresses kalaa. Kalaa means the different aspects or, literally, the different rays of the cosmic manifestations.
The outer petals represent the major faiths, the lesser known faiths, and even unknown faiths -- all of which have evolved from the same source, Cosmic Consciousness. Thus, all faiths are founded on the same essential truths.
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I continue at the ashram. ( www.yogaville.org )
I just finished administering two weeks of programs here for my friend and I now have a short in-between period before attending the Memorial weekend Krishna Das Kirtan Retreat, which I'm SO looking forward to. In the moment I'm trying to catch up on the many details of life. Both cell phone and internet reception are spotty, which makes catch-up challenging, but this morning I have an internet signal and I thought it would be lovely to share some Teachings in the few moments I can devote to saying "Hello!" -- first from Pema Chodron, then Mary Oliver. and last-but-not least, my teacher Swami Satchidananda.
So how do we celebrate impermanence, suffering, and egolessness in our everyday lives? When impermanence presents itself in our lives, we can recognize it as impermanence. We don't have to look for opportunities to do this.
When your pen runs out of ink in the middle of writing an important letter, recognize it as impermanence, part of the whole cycle of life. When someone's born, recognize it as impermanence. When someone dies, recognize it as impermanence. When your car gets stolen, recognize it as impermanence. When you fall in love, recognize it as impermanence, and let that intensify the preciousness. When a relationship ends, recognize it as impermanence.
There are countless examples of impermanence in our lives every day, from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep and even while we're dreaming, all the time. This is a twenty-four hour a-day practice. Recognize impermanence as impermanence.
-- Pema Chodron
IN BLACKWATER WOODS
Look, the trees
their own bodies
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
the long tapers
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
-- Mary Oliver
From the book Beyond Words:
People often ask me, "What religion are you? You talk about the Bible, Koran, Torah. Are you a Hindu?" I say, I am not a Catholic, a Buddhist, or a Hindu, but an Undo. My religion is Undoism. We have done enough damage (from religious dogma). We have to stop doing any more and simply undo the damage we have already done.
Peace and joy is our goal. Whatever we do, we are doing it for that. Not everyone believes in God. But the real God, the absolute God, the cosmic God who is being searched for by one and all, is that peace and joy. Everyone wants that.
If anybody asks me, "What is your philosophy or God?" I say, "Peace is my God." If they ask, "Where is He?" I reply, "He is in me and He is everywhere. He is all-peaceful; He is all serenity. He is to be felt and experienced within oneself.
-- Swami Satchidananda