Live in the present, respect the world and life as it is

“Live in the present, respect the world and life as it is, free from craving and aversion, all this is impermanent and it’s not ‘I’.”

Being free from attachment and identification with the selfless function and condition of the physical body and the thinking mind, as well as all the mind perception of names and forms of pleasant/unpleasant life experiences with all kinds of desirable/undesirable relationship with beings and objects, being undetermined by actions and the fruit of actions, respecting the law of nature of cause and effect, transcending the duality of good and bad, positive and negative, right and wrong, happiness and unhappiness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, success and failure, achievement and non-achievement, praise and condemn, and absence of worldly passionate desire or expectation towards everything to be or not to be in certain way.

The disturbed/hurting mind is being disturbed/hurt by itself being ignorant towards itself. Restlessly being disturbed/determined by the desire of craving and aversion towards past experiences and future anticipation.

Know thyself and be free.

Huge amount of different kinds of yoga and meditation practice, teaching and sharing is nothing, if the mind doesn’t work on freeing itself from ignorance and egoism, being determined by the mind perception of a worldly life existence with egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion and expectation towards the world and life to be or not to be in certain way.

Some people don’t practice yoga or meditation and don’t relate themselves with spirituality or humanity activism, but they are liberated minds being free from ignorance and egoism, performing actions selflessly in discreet without attachment and identification or expectation towards the actions and the fruit of actions, respecting the law of cause and effect, without desire/intention/ambition to change the world and life to be or not to be in certain way, respecting the world and life as it is.

Is yoga a religious practice?

This is a common question about yoga and yoga practice.

It’s common that many people, including some of the yoga practitioners might relate yoga teachings and the yoga practice with Hinduism, as yoga has it roots in the land of India, where majority of the people embrace Hinduism.

Though yoga originated from a land that is rooted in Hinduism, not all Hindus practice yoga, and yoga practitioners don’t have to be Hindus to practice yoga.

Many of those who have their own personal religious or cultural belief and they also practice yoga, there might be some elements of their own religious or cultural practice being mixed into their yoga practice. And it’s okay. But, it doesn’t mean that yoga is a religious or cultural practice.

Meanwhile, in many of those who practice Buddhism, there might be some elements of their own personal religious or spiritual belief and practice being mixed into their Buddhism practice. And it’s okay. But, it doesn’t mean that Buddhism is a religious or spiritual practice.

The essential teachings of yoga is not different from the teachings of Buddhism. The essential teachings of yoga and Buddhism are the law of impermanence, selflessness, non-dualism, oneness, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness. These teachings are neither religious nor spiritual.

Both the teachings of yoga and Buddhism is about transcending the egoistic mind and its modifications, to be free from ignorance and egoism, to know the truth of names and forms, to realize selflessness, and be liberated from impurities and suffering that derives from ignorance and egoism. It is beyond all the subjective intellectual thinking, worldly education, personal religious and cultural belief that exist in the mind and influencing the mind.

There’s nothing wrong when some people refer yoga as a spiritual practice with some religious practice influences, and meanwhile, many people refer yoga (asana practice) as merely one type of physical exercise for health and fitness, as everyone is free to think and believe what they want to think and believe. But, yoga is neither spiritual nor non-spiritual, neither physical exercise nor non-physical exercise. It is beyond spirituality and physical exercise. It is freedom transcending all the qualities of names and forms. It is unconditioned and unlimited by names and forms consist of different worldly thinking and belief, religious and cultural practice, and personal interest or motivation.

Whether one is religious, or not; whether one has a particular religion belief, or not; whether one is spiritual, or not; whether one belongs to a particular religion or spiritual community, or not; whether one believes in God existence, or not; whether one thinks oneself is a good being or a bad being, everyone (all minds) can practice yoga and realize yoga.

One can take up yoga practice, whether partially or completely, appropriately or inappropriately, and one can also abandon yoga practice. It’s one’s freedom about what one wants to do with one’s body and mind. There’s no judgement or punishment. It’s one’s effort whether one will attain liberation via yoga practice, or not. There’s no success or failure.

Om shanti.

Self-realization is knowing our true nature as it is, without being contaminated nor conditioned by all the qualities of names and forms…

There are contradictions or confusions about whether there is “something” to be realized or there is nothing to be “realized” in the spiritual path towards self-realization…

There is, and there’s not…

When “we” are deluded by ignorance in our mind and are identifying with the impermanent qualities of names and forms of this body and this mind, then “we” need to “realize” who “we” really are…

When the mind is free from ignorance, and “we” are not being determined by all the qualities of names and forms of this body and this mind, then there is nothing to be “realized”… We are what we are… We are not something else that we are not… We are not becoming, or turning, or changing into something else that we are not…

The space is always the same space, colourless… Whether there are some colourful substances spread into the space and make the space appears to be colourful, or when all the colourful substances are abstracted and what left is just the colourless space… But it is still the same space… Never increase nor decrease… Never became colourful nor colourless… It never changed, even though from the appearance it changes colour depending on what type of colours fills up the space at that moment…

The space is always the same space, odourless… Whether there are different fragrances or smells exist in the space, and through the sense of smell we smell different types of fragrances or smells in the space, but the space itself has no fragrances or smells, it does not smell of any fragrances or smells… It will not be contaminated, nor conditioned, nor changed into something else by whatever types of odour that passing by…

The only “hindrance” that “hinders” us from knowing our true nature is ignorance…

When ignorance presents in the mind, “we” think “we” are the mind, “we” think “we” are the body… “We” think “we” are the one who is doing the thinking, feeling, sensing, recognizing, analyzing, asserting, choosing, deciding, like and dislike, want and don’t want, believing and disbelieving, agreeing and disagreeing, happy and suffering… “We” think “we” are the one who is the doer of the actions and inactions that comes from the body and the mind… “We” think “we” are the one who is enjoying the fruit of all the actions and inactions… We are ignorant of our true nature which is not contaminated nor determined by all the actions and inactions of this body and this mind…

When the mind is absent of ignorance, all the qualities of names and forms including the impermanent conditions of this body and this mind, they are just being what they are… They are not something “good”. They are not something “bad”… They are not something “positive”. They are not something “negative”… They are not something “happy”. They are not something “suffering”…

And thus, if “someone” who is still being conditioned and affected by all the qualities of names and forms that are being perceived in the mind through the body and the function of the senses, and is identifying with the actions and inactions of the body and the mind, and is associating with all the reactions of the body and mind towards what they perceive or come in contact with, and is experiencing happiness and unhappiness in all these experiences that arising and passing away from moment to moment, then this being needs to “realize” his or her true nature, of who he or she really is… And be free. Free from restlessness that derives from being ignorant of not knowing who we really are… That’s all.

Om shanti.