Sometimes aloneness can be healing and therapeutic. It really depends on where you focus your intent. If while being alone you feel "lonely" you have allowed your ego to indulge in the feeling of being separated. However, if while being alone you can become meditative the influence of the ego will subside and the feeling of interconnectedness will arise. There really is no separation, that is merely the illusion of the ego. Don't allow your aloneness to become loneliness, otherwise you will miss something very subtle; use it as an opportunity to discover how vast your inner self is, and how it connects and merges with the infinite, divine consciousness. Within you is the entire universe, but only through awareness can it be perceived.
Love arises when the concept of duality dissolves. The generally accepted interpretation of love is that it requires two people. But love is a state of being that is an embodiment of all that a human can aspire to be, and because it is a state of being, in the truest sense of the word, it does not require a separate focal point. This is the love of an awakened one, a Buddha, where love is not dependent on a separate person or object; he simply IS love. A Buddha is not separate from from the rest of existence; he IS the entire universe.
The future of commerce is increasing headed towards a global economy, where companies deal with manufacturers, suppliers of raw material, and cheap labour from foreign countries that offer a discount in costs and expense compared to those found domestically. While this has some benefits, it also has many drawbacks.
You state "We must retain our identity of a culture and religion...it is that richness that brings us together and enhances the world."
2008 is here. It is a new year and a time when many people wish to shed the negative habits and aspects of their past and move forward free of their old baggage. We are heading towards - in fact, we are in - crucial times. There are senseless wars being waged abroad, while citizens at home are not being taken care of. The assassination of Bhutto has thrown a whole country into division and turmoil. Religious conflicts are destroying hope. And politicians and presidents seem to serve the corporations and not the people.
You must understand, there are certain things that the establishment do not want to change, for it would undermine their control. One of course is the consumption of oil, another is keeping the masses relatively stupid, and yet another is to keep people eating meat.
One can still meditate and eat meat. One can be spiritual and eat meat. One can still love deeply and eat meat. One can still be a beautiful person and eat meat. But if one really has the desire to go deep into the experience of becoming a spiritual person, one has to be very aware of his or her actions and the joy or suffering that each action causes. It is the intention and understanding of each action that makes the difference between "right" and "wrong." For example, from the perspective of a cat, a mouse stealing a piece of cheese is the evil-doer.
Question: Do we create our own luck?
Sevara: Yes, but I don't call it luck. Karma is a better word. You can also call it Dharma if you are in harmony with yourself, others, and your surroundings.
Question: I want to attract better people into my life. How can I do this?
Answer: First I ask you, what are you giving? What is it that YOU offer? Your consciousness, your energy, will determine what you get back. Are you are an angry person? That is what you will get from others.
Student: I have studied various styles of yoga but I keep falling into the same traps and bad habits.
Sevara: You bring up a good point. Why do so many yoga practitioners live in such duality? I have even known a student who came to morning class hung-over. Why has yoga not transformed them?
Seven Steps to Happiness (as taught by Yogi Bhajan with commentary by Sevara)
Step 1: Commitment
We all have our own concept of what happiness is, and that concept can be called “the goal”. For some, attaining happiness may entail finding a good job, a quality partner, having a lot of money, a big house, etc. We know that in order to attain these goals we must be focused, disciplined, and committed if we are to get what we want and to keep it.
Step 2: Character