Truth is more than simple words; truth is a sacred vibration. This vibration pervades through the cosmos as God consciousness, Christ consciousness, Buddha consciousness, all that which is pure. Truth fears nothing nor does it need to hide behind man made laws.
All good things in life take effort. Delicious ripe fruit on a tree doesn't just appear; it is a process that can take years starting with the seed first being planted in the earth, then splitting open takes root, and the momentous moment when the root breaks through the earth reaching for the light of the sun.
At this moment while I sit at my computer writing, the sun is peeking through the clouds and rays of golden light warm my hands. For the last few days it has been a consistent cycle of sun, cloud, rain, and then sunshine again. This is of course a small cycle within a bigger cycle which we call seasons. Summer transitions to Fall, which then transitions to Winter and then on to Spring.
If we wish to accomplish great things in our lives, one ingredient in the recipe of success is commitment. If we wish to have a successful relationship we need to be committed to doing those little special things that say "you are special to me and I value you". If we wish to have a successful career we need commitment to face the battles as they arise with a sense of grace and dignity. If we wish to be successful in being humane beings we need commitment to refine our way of thinking so that our way of life is in harmony with every other's way of life and our environment.
In yoga and many other spiritual disciplines we often refer to the concept of 'light' with regards to the attainment of higher consciousness and a more loving heart. Buddha once said "Be a light unto yourself," and we also hear other such phrases such as "the light of the soul" or "the light within you" and so forth. The familiar term "Guru" in fact means "that which transforms darkness to light" - "Gu" means darkness and "Ru" means light.
This evening I taught a class of about 12 students and at the end an Indian man in his 50's asked how to to be more joyful.
In the kriya that I taught there was a part that required the students to laugh (I'll be teaching the same set this Sunday). I noticed that the laughter from the group was very half-hearted, so I tried to encourage them to laugh harder and even told a couple jokes. It then occurred to me that for some people it is actually difficult to let go and just laugh. Why is this?
It is important for us to recognize our connection to the Earth. And in these changing times it is even more essential that we recognize this link. I don't simply mean our dependency on her for food and water. Nor simply feeling gratitude for the sustenance she provides. I mean the recognition that we are her as much as she is us. this includes every rock, every tree, every plant, every fish, every animal, every insect.
You know you are capable of great wisdom. You know you are capable of great compassion. You know you are capable of great sensitivity, great kindness, and great love. Remember a time when you truly exemplified these traits. What would it be like to live this greatness every moment, if you could reach those heights even when the challenges in life present themselves to you, even as the faces of your enemies surround you, even as the jackals of hatred wish to devour you?
Like a tiger crouching in a jungle, silent and unseen to its unsuspecting victim, the negative mind waits to pounce and devour your inner silence. We all have triggers, buttons of unresolved emotional baggage, that when even lightly touched can set off a firestorm of hostility. These unresolved issues are like traps that we inevitably fall in to time after time. We know the traps are there, yet we do our best to ignore them in some futile hope that by ignoring them we can escape their wrath.
Friends truly make life a blessing!
Once in a while I get asked about the importance of eating a vegetarian diet for those seeking a higher spiritual path. Below is a recent response to the age old question.
Personally, I believe the best system for us to co-exist as harmoniously with the planet is to eat vegetarian. This is not only based on spiritual principals, but also on scientific principals that illustrate the most effective way to manage produce with the minimal amount of waste.