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HeartLight

Let us seek to love, not hate;
Seek to serve and not exact due service
Seek to heal, not hurt.

Schools, certificates, and taking workshops from glamorous ‘yoga stars’ does not necessarily make us any more knowledgeable or respected. When Swami Vivekananda expressed reservations about speaking to an audience of world renowned scholars saying he ‘had no credentials, ‘ J.H. Wright, a professor of Greek at Harvard University replied, “To ask you, Swami, for your credentials is like asking the sun about its right to shine.”

Pieces of paper do not validate us… “This little Light of mine, I’m going to let it shine …….”

“Be with those who mix with God
as honey blends with milk” –Rumi

Let Love Prevail.

“When you eat a piece of carrot or bread,
think of it as an ambassador, coming to
you from earth and sky”…. Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you are unable to stop your thoughts, learn to change them. Instead of base thoughts, consciously bring good thoughts into the mind. Improve the quality of thoughts first, then progressively reduce their quantity.”
… Ma Yoga Shakti

Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).  (Old Testament of the Bible)

Qualities of a Spiritual Teacher

How is a spiritual teacher identified? A true spiritual teacher has credentials to impart true knowledge free from speculation and never claims to be God, and knows God is supreme and we are subordinate to God. The true spiritual teacher knows the truth and lives it, is free from lust, anger, and greed and exemplifies wisdom, peacefulness, self-control, austerity, piety, tolerance and strong faith in God. A true spiritual teacher comes from a succession of elders before them.

“Practice Yoga 3 times a week, you’ll change your body.  Practice Yoga most every day and you’ll change your life.”  — Shakti Das

God has allowed some magical reversal to occur,
so that we see the scorpion pit
as an object of desire,
and all the beautiful expanse around it,
as dangerous and swarming with snakes….    Rumi

Galations 5:22-23 Fruit of the Spirit:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such there is no law.” (New Testament of the Bible)

Whereas the orthodox Rishis, sages, Yogis or holy men waited for the ripe seeker (one who was ready, who had disciplined himself, who had prepared himself) to approach them, Swami Sivananda said:  “Perhaps it is too much to expect a person living in the modern world, assailed on all sides by distractions and temptations, to develop discrimination and dispassion. Even in the case of a person who runs away from failure it is possible to find a spark which could be fanned into a big flame.” … Sometimes if the spark didn’t exist he even ignited it.  One of the methods adopted by him was massive dissemination of spiritual knowledge. It was absolutely and totally indiscriminate. dropping an article, a book, words … into the hands of a person at a certain psychological moment to ignite true Viveka, true aspiration, in him. That was the extraordinary beauty in Swami Sivananda.

“Man desires objects when tender in age,
enjoys them when young,
seeks yoga in middle age,
develops detachment when old”
… Professor Krishnamacharya

…virodhe kartike mase satatara krtodayam …

May the long time sun
shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And God’s pure HeartLight within you,
Guide your way on.

~OM~

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