May all be peaceful, be happy…

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May all be peaceful, be happy…

 

When we have hatred towards some other people or some teachings that our mind disagrees with, the one whom we hate and disagree with will not be affected nor determined by our hatred and disagreement, but ourselves will be disturbed and hurt physically, mentally and emotionally by the hatred in our mind.

May those who are very unhappy and have hatred towards some teachings that they disbelieve, or towards others whom they don’t like and disagree with, be peaceful and be happy.

It doesn’t matter if we think we are better human beings than others, or we think we have better values and understanding than others, or we think we have higher realization than others, as long as we have hatred in our mind, we are not free.

Om shanti.

Plunge into your Sadhana, right now…

If you are aware of the state of your mind
is imbalanced,
restless,
swaying back and forth
between satisfaction and dissatisfaction,
between elevation and depression,
between happiness and sadness,
between feelings of love and hate,
between meaningfulness and meaninglessness,
between high confidence and low confidence,
between clarity and confusion,
between affirmation and doubts,
between energetic and low energy,
between motivated and demotivated,
and etc,
it is a sign telling you that you might have forgotten your Sadhana,
and have left your meditation practice far behind.
It’s time to pick up your Sadhana and meditation practice again.
No one can do it for you.
No one can tell you how you should live your life or use your time and energy,
or what you should do and shouldn’t do.
No one can control you for what you do and don’t do.
You’ll need to have intense self-discipline and determination to let go of your unnecessary “worldly affairs” which distract you and pull you away from your Sadhana,
and plunge into your Sadhana,
right now.
If you truly want to free your mind from restlessness,
and have peace.
Especially if you think you want to help the world to be a better place.

Om shanti.

About what is “allowed” and “disallowed” in yoga…

Lately there was search word like “What is allowed and disallowed in yoga?” came to this blog.

Well, if by taking up “yoga practice” will generate a lot more inconveniences and problems in life, making our life and other people’s life more complicated, then personally I have no interest to be practicing this yoga. As anyone also can be happy and peaceful as they are, it’s not necessarily has to be coming from practicing yoga.

Most of the rules and regulations exist for those who don’t have self-control and self-discipline to help them to develop these two elements to help them in their practice towards conquering their own mind.

For those whose minds are liberated, they don’t need to practice yoga, nor to observe any observations, nor be bound by any rules and regulations.

Here are some of the observations to be engaging yoga practice in everyday life:-
– Have strong self-discipline.
– Do our best in whatever we do and renounce the fruit of actions.
– Accept and respect all beings as they are.
– Talk less.
– Conserve energy.
– Be moderate in food intake.
– Take up Sattvic diet that helps in calming the mind.

– Be adjustable, adaptable and accommodating.
– Be kind and forgiving.
– Be truthful and straightforward.
– Be humble and generous.
– Contemplate on the teachings of yoga.
– Live in the present moment.
– Don’t give up, keep practice.
– Don’t judge, compare, expect.
– Don’t discriminate any beings based on our personal thinking and beliefs, likes and dislikes, agreement and disagreement.
– Don’t waste time and effort in vain talk, boasting, gossiping, slandering, condemning, scheming, complaining, mourning, and etc.
– Don’t waste energy in too much worldly physical and mental activities.
– Don’t take too little or too much food, and don’t take food that will either agitate or depress the mind.
– Don’t hate or save hatred.
– Don’t tell lies or be hypocrite.

– Give up the identification with the worldly self-image.

– Give up possessiveness and jealousy.
– Give up pride and arrogance.
– Give up anger and hatred.
– Give up fear and worry.
– Give up dissatisfaction and disappointment.
– Give up offensiveness, defensiveness, aggressiveness and animosity.
– Give up craving and aversion.
– Give up ill-will and ill-thinking.

By observing these observations can help in purifying, taming and controlling the mind, to help to free the mind from ignorance, egoism, distractions and passionate desires. But it is not a guarantee of liberation or enlightenment. As even by observing these observations, it still doesn’t determine that we will be free from ignorance, egoism and attachment. For example, we might still have attachment towards identification of “I” am observing all these “observations”, and “I” am a good yogi.

It’s not that if we didn’t manage to have strong self-discipline, or we like to talk a lot, or if we like to judge, compare and expect, or we spent lots of effort and energy in many worldly physical and mental activities, or if we are not vegetarian, or if we are influenced by passionate desires, anger or depression, that will determine that we are “bad” beings, or we are “evil” beings, or will be guaranteed that we won’t be happy and peaceful.

There’s no such thing as things or behaviors that are “only be allowed” and “strictly disallowed” if we know what is yoga. If there is something that is “allowed” and “disallowed” in yoga, does that means if we do something that we aren’t allowed to do, we will be judged and punished accordingly? Or if we didn’t do what we are supposed to be doing, we will also be judged and punished accordingly? And then we will not be allowed or be disqualified to practice yoga, now and forever? If this is happening in what we think is the world of “yoga”, then this is not yoga at all. Even if somebody had committed some serious crimes whether intentionally or unintentionally, this person also can practice yoga, and attain liberation through one’s own effort. Of course there will be consequences of actions coming from our behavior that we have to be responsible for.

As yoga and Buddhism is a practice by freedom of choice. It’s not a religious practice or cult that we have to be observing certain rules and regulations. Or else if we don’t follow exactly the rules and regulations, or if we fail to meet up to certain observations or expectations, then we will be judged as “sinful”, “bad” and “evil”, or we will be punished by some “higher authorities” and be condemned to hell. It is our own freedom of choice and our own responsibility of whether we will be peaceful or not. Maybe some people don’t want to be peaceful, they enjoy being restless all the time. That’s their freedom and choice. There’s nothing wrong with that.

If anyone wants to be good and do good, it’s everyone’s freedom. If anyone doesn’t want to be good or do good, it’s also everyone’s freedom.

Yoga is about realizing the truth of oneness, non-separateness, non-duality, fearlessness, unconditional peace, unconditional love, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness. It is everyone’s freedom whether they want to take up the practice or want to leave the practice, as they wish. There’s no contract, no agreement, no punishment, no sin or condemnation if we don’t practice yoga the way that some other people are practicing, or we don’t observe certain rules and regulations that some other people are observing, or if we want to stop practicing yoga for any reasons.

If we are interested in yoga practice, and we practice yoga sincerely and realize the truth through our own effort, at our own pace, it’s coming from our own self.

If we don’t want to practice yoga and are not interested in any forms of practice, it’s our own freedom. It doesn’t mean that we are any less good, or less peaceful and less compassionate than those who take up some forms of spiritual or religious practice.

Or, we want to practice yoga but somehow we haven’t realize the truth, and we are not free from suffering, ignorance and egoism, it’s also coming from our own self.

Be free.

Om shanti.

Introduction, briefing, or orientation before the yoga classes or yoga courses?

Generally, it is normal that in most occasions or courses, whether it is yoga practice, or fitness training, or educational and corporate training, there will be some sorts of introduction, or briefing, or orientation before the course starts, mostly it’s about what the course is all about, what to expect from the course, whether it’s the course format or structure, or the type of practice or training, or the qualification or affiliation that is related to the course, and the possible results or benefits that they are going to achieve at the end of the course.

If we truly know what yoga practice is about, then all these introduction, briefing or orientation (derived from the worldly idea of names and forms) are irrelevant to what yoga practice is.

Yoga is about training the mind to be free from ignorance and egoism to know the truth of the mind and the perception of names and forms, and be free from identification and attachment. It’s about living in the present moment now, be free from the past experiences and future anticipation or speculation. It’s about realizing the only existence is in the present moment now, that is full of uncertainties or impermanent changes that are not in the control of “I”. It’s about training the mind to be in the present moment now confronting with all the uncertainties of life existence, and to rise above the qualities of names and forms that is subject to impermanence.

If we believe in the existence of God, or the creator of the universe, God or the creator of the universe didn’t brief us, nor explained to us about life before we came into this world of life existence, to give us some ideas or anticipation towards life experiences. God or the creator of the universe didn’t tell us nor inform us about what is going to happen in our life, what are we going to become, how we should act and react, what type of life experience we are going to have, what to expect from this life existence, what are we going to achieve from this life existence, and so on.

We came to this world as we are. We learn as we are. We confront every uncertainty as it is in the present moment now. We learn from our own direct experience of coming in contact with suffering that derived from ignorance, egoism, attachment and expectation, for us to to let go of egoism, attachment, expectation, and to purify and control the mind, to know about the truth and to attain liberation.

As yoga practice is in the present moment now, it’s not being prepared before hand in the past, it’s not anticipation of the future. Confront every moment of existence that is impermanent and non-self, within this present moment with a calm mind that is free from being influenced or determined by the past and the future, free from identification and attachment, free from anticipation, speculation and projection, free from judgment, comparison and expectation.

It’s training the mind to let go of the egoism, and perform all actions, practice, duties and responsibilities without attachment towards all these actions and renounce the fruit of actions. It is letting go of expectation towards the result or the fruit of actions or yoga practice, and allow the result or the fruit of actions or yoga practice to be what it is, without attachment, per-conception, projection, or anticipation.

It’s training the mind to be in the present moment now, and allow all the uncertainties in the present moment now to be what they are with a calm and liberated mind.

If we apply the similar type of worldly commercial training procedure or technique into conducting any yoga courses, then this is actually going to the opposite direction against the means of yoga practice. It is empowering the ignorance and egoism by strengthening the worldly ideas and attachment, instead of eliminating ignorance and egoism by letting go worldly ideas and attachment.

Om shanti.

Undisturbed and uninfluenced by qualities of names and forms is different from being self-centered, stubborn, proud and arrogant…

Sometimes we confuse “what is being undisturbed and uninfluenced by qualities of names and forms” with “being self-centered, stubborn, proud and arrogant towards our own thinking, beliefs and behavior.”

The difference between these two things is one is free from egoism, and the other one is derived from egoism.

One is at peace and being compassionate towards oneself and others, while the other one is not necessarily at peace, and is not necessarily being compassionate towards oneself and others.

One is being thoughtful for others without being influenced by others, and will not generate any actions that will intentionally hurt oneself or others. While the other one is being self-centered and unthoughtful for others, and might generate actions that will hurt oneself and others.

One is allowing and respecting others to be different in thinking, beliefs and behavior, while the other one might not allow nor respect others for having different thinking, beliefs and behavior.

Om shanti.