Saturday, August 12th, 2023
"The yogic situation is that of detachment from all sensual engagements. Closing all the doors of the senses and fixing the mind on the heart and the life air at the top of the head, one establishes himself in yoga." – Bhagavad-gita 8.12.
The idea is that in the yoga system one practices pratyahara, which means to withdraw the senses from sense objects or stay away from opportunities for sense pleasure. It is a form of sacrifice, and from sacrifice there is always a benefit to achieve.
This brief message was delivered at a recreation centre in this memorable city, Sudbury. Basically, my spiritual life started here in 1972, so I have a soft spot for this place. I told my story of that life-changing time to the gathering of mostly students and recent graduates from India. In fact, I read to them from chapter one of my book, The Saffron Path, wherein I outline my decision to become a monk.
The same story I relayed to a group of attendees at the Power Yoga studio in New Sudbury hosted by Grant and Allison. What a perfect setup that was! All of the sound equipment was in order thanjks to Mahadeva and Annapurna, and all the folks in this more western crowd were poised for mantra, music, and the monk. We also included in our presentation dance movements which was liked by all. When it came to any philosophical messages, I inserted the message of aham brahmasmi – I am spirit, along with a brief session on the three energies form the Vedic lens. I left them with the thought of God as energy, or as the energetic.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!