Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Four Sanskrit Words

shunyayogi is very fond of these four Sanskrit words:

Kshetra (The Field of Activity; Domain):

The understanding is that one must be completely aware of one's kshetra. If you are keenly aware of your kshetra, chances are you would begin to get an inkling of your inherent programming.

Sukshma (Subtle):

Going beyond the gross, you become aware of the realm of the subtle. On one hand, your antenna begins picking up the faintest signal and on the other your communication becomes subtle too. A whole new realm opens up.

Maatraa (The Correct Dosage; The Optimum Reaction; The Fine Balance):

This holds true of almost anything - medicine, emotional reaction, indulgences or just about anything else. Too much of a good thing is bad. Too little of a good thing is ineffective. Not more, not less. Just the right amount. That's where wisdom lies.

Sahaj (Smooth and Easy):

Lao Tzu pointed out the unwisdom of using force in any action you perform.

We have all seen Yoga enthusiasts performing asanas with frowning concentration, straining to get their body to bend to iron will. We have compassionately watched eager beavers doing pranayam, violently expelling breath during kapalbhati.

But then, we have also seen swimmers who glide through water, batsmen who swish their stroke effortlessly, basketball players who flit swiftly across the court with nimble feet...

It would appear that for everything we do, there is a forceful way and there is a sahaj one. Wise folk would recommend you opt for the smooth and easy.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Love and Separation

Separation is the absence of Love, and Love is the absence of separation.

- Ramesh Balsekar

Monday, December 28, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Guest House

This being human is a guesthouse 
Every morning a new arrival 
A joy, a depression, a meanness 
Some momentary awareness 
Comes as an unexpected visitor 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows 
Who violently sweep your house 
Empty of its furniture 
Still treat each guest honorably 
He may be cleaning you out 
For some new delight! 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice 
Meet them at the door laughing 
And invite them in 
Be grateful for whoever comes 
Because each has been sent 
As a guide from the beyond 


- Rumi

Also check out an earlier post The Key Is In The Knowing