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September 09, 2006

Love is the only True Teacher


Love is the only True Teacher, originally uploaded by govindakai.

Learn From The Children

Some responses from some children, aged 4-8, when asked what their definition of love was.

We must all learn from everything around us. Observing and listening very carefully to children is a great place to begin.

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"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and
paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his
Hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca- age 8

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"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

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"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving
cologne and they go out and smell each other."

Karl - age 5

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"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your
french fries without making them give you any of theirs."

Chrissy - age 6

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"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

Terri - age 4

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"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip
before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7

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"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"

Emily - age 8

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"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop
opening presents and listen."

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

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"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a
friend who you hate,"

Nikka - age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

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"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
everyday."

Noelle - age 7

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"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are
still friends even after they know each other so well."

Tommy - age 6

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"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I
looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8

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"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

Clare - age 6

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"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."

Elaine-age 5

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"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford."

Chris - age 7

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"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left
him alone all day."

Mary Ann - age 4

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"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old
clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Lauren - age 4

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"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image)

Karen - age 7

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"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

Mark - age 6

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"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8
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And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

"Nothing, I just helped him cry"

September 06, 2006

Love Sensation!


Love Sensation!, originally uploaded by govindakai.

A group photo from a workshop with Govinda and Mae in a small town on the coast of Kyushu on September 3, 2006 called Itoshima. Most of the attendees were beginning students. The day was spectacular with bright sun and cool breezes. What was most remarkable was the hearts and spirits of the people there. Such open hearts and a genuine hunger for self discovery. The air was filled with joy.

September 05, 2006

The Power of True Love Knows No Bounds

A photo of Paul Dallaghan practicing advanced asana at Yoga Thailand on Koh Samui in August of 2006. Not only is Paul a superb asana practitioner, but he is also deeply commited to the deeper and more devotional aspects of traditional yoga practice. A truly inspiring example for us all.

Love and Yoga

Love and Yoga

About 2,500 years ago, a great man and yogi by the name of Patanjali wrote a set of verses with instructions about Yoga, which we now know as the Yoga Sutras. This book has been studied by thousands of yoga practitioners and has shed tremendous light and wisdom onto this great practice.

The most widely known of these verses is, "Yogash-Chitta-Vritti-Nirodhaha". In this verse, Patanjali gives us a basic definition of Yoga. Basically, the definition states that Yoga is the process of restricting and ending (Nirodhaha) the fluctuations or disturbances (Vritti) of the mind or consciousness (Chitta).

When the mind or consciousness is "quieted" in this way, Patanjali then states that the Self will begin to reveal itself in it's true form. The true form of one's essential Self is pure transcendent awareness, unclouded by fear or doubt. It is like when the clouds clear from the sky to reveal a brilliant, radiant sun.

In many ways, this "essence" can be described as none other than pure love. It is that part of us that is untainted by conditioned, habitual responses, judgment and, as I have stated before, is free from fear. There is no sense of separation. In fact, one of the definitions of Yoga is unity. One has the full experience of being a part of all things, connected to all people everywhere.

However, because most of us lack true self-awareness, we have lost our capacity to feel and to experience this part of ourselves. We have forgotten who we truly are at the core of our being. Thus, we mistakenly search for both happiness and love from people and things outside of ourselves. This fruitless search, as many of us can attest to, leads only to suffering and dissatisfaction and not to lasting happiness and joy. At most, when we seek true happiness and love outside of ourselves, we find only temporary moments of pleasure, but nothing that really lasts.

The great beauty of Yoga and its practices is that it gives us the tools and resources to begin to look deep within ourselves. As layers and layers of our conditioned emotional and mental patterns are lifted, we can begin to see the true nature of who we really are. We begin to see a light, a joy and a wisdom inside ourselves that is truly astounding in its radiance and power. We finally begin to see that the joy and love that we are seeking outside of ourselves is already within us.

We begin to understand that we have been seeking love, not because we need love, but because we are love. We have been only seeking to connect and to know our own true Selves.

This realization is extremely powerful and liberating. We begin to see that, not only are we not creatures of needs in a world of scarce resources, but that we are the source itself, the well spring for a treasure that is far beyond our wildest imaginings. There is no longer a deep-seated sense of survival and struggle.

We begin to see that we can begin to be generous and giving in all that we say and do and be. Ultimately, we see that we can begin to let go of all the fear in our hearts that we have been living with for so long.

When we begin to let go of fear, then possibilities and miracles begin to appear in ways and in places that we never imagined they could. The amazing thing is that we are not the only ones who are affected by this kind of change. Everyone that we come in contact with (and beyond) is touched in special and miraculous ways. We literally begin to be a "light" unto this world. It appears as if the very ground for our reality begins to change.

This kind of transformation is at the heart and soul of what Yoga is truly all about. It is the reason why Yoga exists at all in the way that it does in the world today. Throughout its history there have been countless men and women who have devoted their entire lives to this purpose. Their lives became a living expression of the power of love.

It is very important to remember what the true purpose of Yoga is all about. Even if we only have a small glimpse of this deeper side of Yoga and keep it in our hearts, it can be enough to keep our practice true and steady.

If we think that Yoga is only a form of physical exercise, we will not have the necessary energy and devotion to it to make the ultimate goal a reality. The conditioning and ignorance that is very much a part of each of us it very deep rooted and powerful. To realize the deepest potential of what Yoga is intended to be, one must apply oneself in the highest fashion, with full devotion of body, mind, heart and soul. If one can sustain this kind of dedication over a long period of time, there is no doubt in my mind that miracles are possible. You will know the true meaning of love.

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