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This week’s Friday YouTube video link is about the Origins of Yoga.
This series of four videos are by the author Georg Feuerstein PhD., who has extensively studied and written about Yoga, offers an invaluable insight into the true nature of Yoga as a spiritual discipline.
David R. Durham
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As we mature through our lives, from childhood to adulthood and so on, we eventually reach older age.
Within the Hindu scheme of things, a person in the later stage of their life can elect to become a sannyasin (male) or sannyasini (female). In this sannayasa phase they have completed their duties as a householder, and are now embarking a life of spiritual contemplation, free from the demands of excess materialism.
How many Hindus actually adopt this sannayasa option I don’t know. What I find interesting, is that the concept of this life-style exists at all.
In our Western mindset, I’m not sure we even have this concept. We have retirement (assuming you can afford it) and for those who can afford it, travelling the world, following the dreams you put off while you had a family etc. But, a life of spiritual contemplation? More likely another round of golf, or tune into the latest edition of our favorite soap opera.
Now that many more people in Western societies are living longer, perhaps introducing the concept of the sannayasa phase could be a valuable alternative? Again, I’m not sure how many would actually adopt it, but at least it would not be an alien concept. Then again, I’m not sure how many in the West, have reached the point where they can acknowledge the concept of living a ‘spiritual life’ at all.
© David R. Durham
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The illusion of our separation from our source creates a number of challenges and opportunities.
The challenges primarily come from a run-away ego-structure which is overtly focused on personal self-interest and gratification, protecting its’ immediate bloodline and in defending and furthering the aims of its’ tribe. Various social norms seek to address this issue, norms often derived from a mixture of historical experience, cultural heritage, legal traditions and religion’s moral systems.
Other side effects of this can include a false sense of isolation or a “what’s the purpose of it all” kind of a feeling at times.
On the other side of the coin, when the limited personal ego-structure is examined and seen through for what it is, an energy structure used by life to come into human form, then different scenarios come into play.
Move in to the realm of the mystics and sages, and this phenomena is often traditionally dealt with by seeking to revert to a spiritual source, sometimes termed a “union with God”. To ‘return’ metaphorically speaking (as there can be no literal return as there never was any separation), to a base-state of consciousness, a kind of spiritual garden of Eden or mythical Shambhala.
An additional option, is rather than simply condemn the ego-structure, understand it as an intended temporary phenomena in the evolution of consciousness. And from there, explore what is to be done next, if anything, to further this expansion and enrichment of consciousness through the human experience.
The balance point of consciousness, or center of poise, in this exploration is a ‘just sitting’ style of meditation1 ; where for here, for now, there is a total acceptance of all that is arising in the current moment as being entirely appropriate and complete. Which includes accepting the personal ego-structure itself.
Whilst in this balance point, it is conscious awareness itself which then determines the next development in its’ evolution and growth.
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1This meditation style is only a meditation, it is not a prescription on how to engage with daily life.
Are you feeling stuck in your meditation practice?
One of the things you can try is to move your practice down from your head to your heart.
What would it feel like if it came from your heart? I.e. when it is no longer just a concept in your mind.
It may take a few sessions to really get the hang of this.
Why might this help?
Well there are two main gateways to our deeper states of being; one relates to our mind and the other relates to our heart.
This is why balanced spiritual growth develops both our wisdom and our compassion.
When I say relates to our heart, I don’t mean the physical organ or heart chakra. It is consciousness as it relates to our heart.
Where are we, as consciousness, coming from?
This guidance was graciously given by the spirit of ayhuasca.
© David R. Durham
A spiritual path implies there is somewhere for you to go, some place or time in the future when you will be whole or happy.
This is just a delusion of a time-space universe.