Life is uncertain and Death is certain

Life is uncertain, but death is certain.

Death is a great teacher of life existence. The healthiest, the strongest, the happiest, the wealthiest, the kindest, the greatest, the most intelligent and knowledgeable, the most talented, successful and famous, or the most loved and respected, will also have to bow down to DEATH.

There’s no guarantee about anything in this worldly life existence of uncertainty, but for sure, death will come one day, sooner or later, regardless of whether it’s natural cause or unnatural cause, intentional or unintentional, expected or unexpected, slowly or instantly, wittingly or unwittingly, having none/few/many friends, having an easy life or difficult life, being ignorant or wise, have done none/few/many good actions or bad actions, have been good or bad/right or wrong/positive or negative/happy or unhappy/healthy or unhealthy. Everyone is dying immediately following the moment of birth, but most people either don’t realize this or they trying to be positive and hope for the best. Death is not a bad or negative thing at all.

“Tribute to my big brother who had lived a difficult but great honest life, who was content and generous, who was forbearing and forgiving, who had been smiling through all the hardships, who had delivered all his duties and responsibilities as a great son, a great brother, a great husband and a great friend to many beings, who had been sacrificed greatly to be looking after our family during the difficult time, and looking after our beloved bedridden father unconditionally for many years until he left the world. And now, my big brother had left this world without any painful suffering but with a smile on his face on the 30th of June 2019. Thank you brother.”

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Want to attain peace through yoga and meditation practice?

If we want to have peace, it is not necessarily that we have to be attending some sort of yoga classes or yoga courses, or to learn yoga from some ‘yoga teachers’ or ‘Gurus’.

There are people who do not attend yoga classes or yoga courses, and never have a yoga teacher or Guru, but it won’t stop them from realizing the truth, realizing unconditional love and peace, and be free.

Peace is not only be found within certain types of spiritual practice, nor does it limited by time, space and causation. It is not attained from the outside through somebody’s else effort to give us peace.

Peace is always here within us. Wherever we are, whatever we do, peace has never left us.

Even Buddha, the enlightened one, couldn’t give enlightenment to anybody, or remove ignorance or suffering from anyone, or to give peace to anyone.

Buddha attained liberation, through his own effort and contemplation upon the truth, out of great will power, determination, and perseverance.

It is not necessarily that we need a teacher to be there to show us how to bring our mind to be in the present moment, or to be aware of what is going on in our mind.

We are our own teacher, when we are able to be aware of our own mind activities just by restricting the mind from its usual inputs and outputs for a period of time. We will start to understand and be aware of how our mind works, or functions. We can develop self-awareness and mindfulness through our own experience in our everyday life even without any teachers to teach us anything about reflection or contemplation.

Even if a teacher is in front of us, being very close to us, but the teacher cannot eliminate our ego for us. The teacher cannot purify our mind for us. The teacher cannot stop our mind from generating attachment, craving, clinging, and aversion.

Everything and everyone that we come in contact with, and every experience that we go through in life, is our natural Dharma teachers, whether all these different names and forms are something agreeable or disagreeable, pleasant or unpleasant, happy or unhappy, as we wish or not as we wish. They are here to ignite us to develop self-awareness and mindfulness, to reflect upon the truth.

Be our own teacher.

Without self-discipline or self-control, it is useless even if we have many teachers being here to guide and show us about many types of practices that can be helpful to us to conquer our own mind.

It isn’t necessarily that we have to be doing some yoga poses to be free.

It isn’t necessarily that we have to be performing some forms of ritual ceremonies to be free.

It isn’t necessarily that we have to know all the Sanskrit names and words to be free.

It isn’t necessarily that we have to know about anatomy and physiology to be free.

It isn’t necessarily that we have to be physically healthy, strong and flexible to be free.

And so on.

Being a person with such and such ‘educational backgrounds’, ‘social status’, ‘beliefs’, ‘cultures’, ‘qualities’, ‘personalities’, ‘experiences’, ‘qualifications’, ‘names and forms’, do not guarantee us liberation from ignorance and egoism.

Being able to debate about worldly or spiritual matters also doesn’t guarantee us peace and compassion.

It is all happening in our own mind, observing all the mind perception of names and forms, without generate attachment towards whatever the mind perceives through the senses, without generate reactions of craving and aversion. Being aware of reality as it is, without trying to control or change the reality that we don’t like or don’t want to be something that we like or want it to be.

Constantly inquire about ‘Who am I?’, or who is this one whom we identify as ‘I’, who we think is the doer of actions, and the enjoyer of the fruit of actions?

If we realize and see ‘God’ or the universal consciousness in everything, love and peace is beyond all the names and forms, unconditioned or uncontaminated by any good and bad qualities of names and forms. We will respect all beings as they are without discrimination, not necessarily that we are agreeing with everyone’s thinking and behavior.

No matter how many yoga classes or discourses we have attended in the past, or how many yoga books we have read, or how many times we have heard about the teachings of yoga and vedanta, or how many ‘yoga teachers’ or ‘Gurus’ we have, it all comes back to our own faith, determination, perseverance, will power, forbearance, patience, self-discipline, self-control, non-attachment, non-identification, non-judgment, non-comparison, non-expectation, letting go of the ego, desires, craving and aversion, to purify the mind, to stop stimulating the mind, to render the mind calm and pure, to be free from egoism, ignorance, attachment, restlessness and impurities, to contemplate upon the truth, to realize the truth by ourselves, and be free.

As we can accumulate and memorize all the knowledge or information that we gathered from reading and hearing, but it won’t free us from egoism and attachment. We will have doubts, as all these knowledge is not coming from our own self-realization. We will have pride and arrogance, if we attached to the knowledge that we have gathered through reading and hearing.

Until we realize the truth by ourselves, we will still be affected, disturbed, influenced and determined by all the qualities of names and forms due to ignorance and egoism, wrong identification and attachment towards the body and the mind, and being over-powered by impurities, such like anger and hatred, dissatisfaction and disappointment, pride and arrogance, fear and worry.

No body can purify our mind for us, or can take away fear and worry in us, or can give us unconditional peace and love, or can remove egoism and ignorance in us to realize the truth. We need to purify our mind to remove ignorance, to let go of egoism and attachment, and realize the truth which is already there in us, through our own effort and persistent practice, and be truly free.

Sufficient amount of solitude, silence, renunciation from worldly activities, such like, giving up newspaper or magazine reading, novel reading, movies watching, partying, mingling, publicity, arguing, criticism, slandering, vain talk, telling lies, gossiping, backbiting, boasting, avoid too much eating, fasting, sleeping, awaking, idling, moving, walking, talking, or heavy physical activities, are all important practice for render the mind calm and clear, which is nothing to do with attending yoga and meditation classes or courses from a teacher.

This is not being shallow-minded or closed-minded, as this is a common basic teaching from many different saints and sages who have walked the path before us.

We think we are so great and smart. We think that we are now living in a modern world, and all these old-fashioned practice are no longer suitable to be practiced in modern life society, and we criticize all these traditional teachings as outdated and useless. We (the egoistic mind) love the world so much. We care about what is going on in the world and we want to be the world saver. We want to demolish all the bad people, stupid people, bad things, corruption, injustice, violence, and all other evil doings. Well, if we think we are so right and so good, then be happy with the ‘modern’ lifestyle and ‘modernized’ spiritual practice, and what we believe is the best to ‘save’ the world from getting worst.

As all the saints and sages in the past never insisted on trying to persuade, or to convert anyone to be like them. It is everyone’s freedom to do what they want to do, live how they want to live their life, believe in what they want to believe, and be what they want to be.

Om shanti.

“Are yoga teachers happy?”

There was this search word came to my blog, “Are yoga teachers happy?”

Not all ‘yoga teachers’ or ‘yoga practitioners’ are happy in everyday life experiences, or are happy with themselves, or are happy with the world and the environment, as it is. Not all of them are free from unhappiness. Whether we are free from unhappiness, are happy or not, is not determined by ‘who we are’ nor determined by ‘what we do’.

We don’t have to be a ‘yoga teacher’ to be happy, nor being a ‘yoga teacher’ will make us happy.

Just like a ‘mother’ or a ‘father’ can be a happy ‘mother’ or ‘father’, or can be an unhappy ‘mother’ or ‘father’. It is very personal and vary from person to person, on how they deal with every situation and condition in life.

The ‘yoga teachers’ that we think we know, are normal human beings also, they are not any different from ‘other human beings’ who have good and bad feelings, who have certain degrees of egoism and ignorance, certain desires and attachments, certain degrees of anger, dissatisfaction, disappointment, fear and worry. Everyone is still in the process of experimenting life existence, and in search of the truth, or liberation, or real happiness, or peace.

There is nothing wrong when unhappy feelings arise in the mind due to certain unpleasant experiences, but most important is that if we are practicing yoga and meditation with the correct mentality and attitude, we should be able to be aware of all the activities in the mind, be aware of all the action and reaction of the mind towards the objects of the senses, without identification with the body and mind, without being over-powered by all these thoughts activities, feelings and emotions, and not generate attachment to them, without craving for pleasant or happy feelings, without aversion towards unpleasant or unhappy feelings.

As long as the mind is still functioning, as long as the ego is there, there will be perception of different qualities of names and forms that are pleasant and unpleasant. There will be reactions coming from the mind towards what the ego likes and doesn’t likes, agrees and disagrees with. There will be pleasant and unpleasant feelings arise due to this process in the mind. But, if we have developed certain degrees or strength of awareness from our persistent yoga and meditation practice, which is going beyond all these mind perceptions and activities, we do not generate attachment, craving or aversion towards all these perceptions and activities in the mind. That itself is liberation.

There are many ‘yoga teachers’ and ‘yoga practitioners’ in the world nowadays as ‘yoga’ seems to be a ‘trendy’ thing to do, and there are so many demands for ‘yoga classes’ everywhere especially in the big cities, especially ‘yoga classes’ that are marketed, designed and catered for fitness, beauty and health. But whether the ‘yoga teachers’ or ‘not yoga teachers’ are liberated or not, is not to be judged by anyone from their appearance, behavior, action and reaction. As liberation is not a thing that can be judged by the qualities of names and forms. Attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness, is beyond the qualities of names and forms that our mind can perceive.

Only ourselves will know whether we are liberated or not. Nobody needs to justify themselves whether they are liberated or not.

We don’t need a ‘certificate’ to certified us that we are liberated, if that is what we are.

We can pretend to be happy beings and disguise as liberated beings, in front of other people, but we can’t hide the truth from ourselves, if we are not free yet, we are still affected and determined by egoism, ignorance, impurities and suffering in our mind.

Happy or not really depends solely on the state of mind, or how pure is the mind. There are many different elements or factors influencing the state of mind from moment to moment.

It also depends on how we want to define ‘happiness’? It can be anything for different people.

In yoga and meditation, one who has conquered his or her own mind and the ego is eliminated, is indeed free from unhappiness or suffering. It is not necessarily one has to be happy all the time. The moment we are free from unhappiness, that moment is peace, is liberation.

Most of us are having a mixture of happy and unhappy feelings, swaying back and forth from one extreme to the other extreme. Sometimes we have more happy feelings and less unhappy feelings. Sometimes we have more unhappy feelings and less happy feelings. Sometimes we are easy to be happy. Sometimes we are difficult to be happy.

Our behaviors, action and reaction are very much influenced by the state of our mind, which is not pure and not free yet. And our behaviors, action and reaction will bring us some happy and unhappy consequences in return.

Happy or unhappy is a pleasant or unpleasant feeling or thought that arise in the mind, that will stay for a while, and will change and disappear from the mind. It is impermanent.

A person who knows the truth, will be aware of all these pleasant and unpleasant feelings, without generate craving, clinging or aversion, and allow all these feelings to come and go in the mind, without judgment, without expectation. As we don’t own the mind, or any activities in the mind.

The one who knows the truth doesn’t need to be happy, or to be positive, and there is nothing that can induce unhappiness or negativity in his or her mind.

Everything is just what they are. All the names and forms has no intention or power to make us happy or not happy, to give us happiness or unhappiness. It is all coming from our own mind, depends on how much we attached to the mind, the thinking, the beliefs and the feelings, and how much the mind attached to the qualities of names and forms, and be affected and determined by them.

There is nobody being there feeling happy or unhappy. There is no ‘I’ being there to feel happy or unhappy. It’s just some happy or unhappy feelings arising and passing away in the mind.

It depends on how much our mind is being affected, or disturbed, or influenced, or determined by all the names and forms that it perceives through the senses.

It depends on how efficient is the practice of non-attachment in the mind towards all the pleasant and unpleasant feelings, without generating craving, clinging and aversion.

It depends on how fast or how easy for the mind to be able to let go of unpleasant or unhappy feelings. The mind can be happy or unhappy for a few years, or months, or weeks, or days, or hours, or minutes, or seconds, or a moment, or not at all.

Anyone, whether ‘yoga teachers’ or not, human or non-human beings, if they know the truth of this mind or themselves, and are being compassionate as they are (not about try to be compassionate), then naturally there will be no unhappiness or suffering can exist in them. Their mind is free from all sorts of impurities that arise due to the absence of compassion. And absence of compassion is due to egoism and ignorance. If the mind is free from egoism and ignorance, and realize compassion, peace is there. Peace is nothing to do with the existence of pleasant and happy feelings.

We want to think and believe that all ‘yoga teachers’ are supposed to be enlightened beings who have transcended suffering and life existence, to be here to guide us (the unliberated or ignorant ones) to be liberated from suffering or unhappiness. If so, we will be very disappointed. As there are not many ‘yoga teachers’ are in such level of pure consciousness.

The ‘yoga teachers’ that we see, who are giving instructions in ‘yoga classes’ for performing some forms of yoga asana exercises or yoga practice with different types of brands and names, are not necessarily as perfect as what we think they should be. And it’s okay.

There are many people who ‘teach’ yoga classes after attended some ‘yoga teachers training course’ and attained a few ‘certificates’ and ‘qualifications’, but not all are already completely be free from impurities, egoism, ignorance, attachment, craving and aversion, or had transcended life existence, the body and mind, suffering and ignorance. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

If we expect all ‘qualified yoga teachers’ should be enlightened and liberated before they give yoga classes or teach yoga to other people, then there will be very few such ‘yoga teachers’ in the world. As those who are enlightened and liberated are not necessarily ‘yoga teachers’ or are giving ‘yoga classes’ in the yoga studios, or yoga centres, or yoga fitness clubs. But that doesn’t mean that they do not share their wisdom and compassion with other beings.

Do not criticize nor look down on these ‘yoga teachers’ who seem to be not perfect nor liberated yet, as all and everyone are the same consciousness without qualities, without name and form, beyond birth and death, but in the moment we are veiled by egoism and ignorance about who we really are.

As yoga students, we are not looking forward to be like our ‘yoga teachers’. We don’t have to find a perfect liberated ‘yoga teacher’ for us to imitate and become like him or her. Even if a liberated teacher is here guiding us, it is up to our own realization about the truth of ourselves. The liberated teacher cannot give us liberation.

Open our mind and be patient, and wait, if we really want to find a real ‘yoga teacher’ that we can’t recognize from his or her behavior, appearance or certificates. As ‘yoga teachers’ are not defined by their personalities, behaviors, appearances, actions and reactions, nor are being stamped on their forehead with the tag ‘yoga teacher’, nor whether they were graduated from an internationally recognized and affiliated yoga school of yoga teacher training courses.

The universe will bring the teacher and the student together at the right time and the right place. And this yoga teacher is not necessarily in a form of human beings. It can be right in front of us, or it is within us already. In fact, it is our own Self. As all the other ‘yoga teachers’ are also a manifestation from our own mind.

Om shanti.

Yogi? Guru? Yoga school? Ashram?

A (real) yogi is not determined by all the qualities of names and forms, nor to be judged by their actions and speech, personality or behavior, physical conditions or appearances, attires or accessories, actions or inactions…

If anyone try to look out for a yogi, or try to identify a yogi, and start looking at all these qualities of names and forms to judge and determine whether this or that being is a yogi or not, or is a “good” yogi or not, then we will never find it…

The real search is to find the “yogi” in ourselves… It is not looking out to see who is yogi and who is not… It is finding or realizing the highest teacher in us, and it’s not looking for teachers from the outside to set as an example, or to give us a lift, or to motivate us, or to push us to realize what we are here for.

That is what yoga practice is about. It is for us to realize the attributeless Self unconditioned by the qualities of names and forms, in us, beyond our egoistic thinking mind, conditioned and limited physical body, impermanent physical conditions and abilities, appearances, features, shapes, colours, language, personality, characteristic, actions and inactions, short lived or long lived, solitude or amongst the world, real or unreal, as all are here to serve the universe…

Real yoga practice is not necessarily to be found and learned from some other people (so called yoga teachers, or Gurus, or yogis), or from yoga schools, or from Ashrams. As the entire (pure) teachings of yoga is already within us, as our true nature is identical with the universal consciousness… This is the fundamental essential teachings of yoga. Our higher pure Self will guide the impure lower self when the time is right. And when the lower self become pure (the ego is eliminated) and it becomes one with the higher Self, there is no more separation or duality. There is no pure or impure self, higher or lower self, inferiority or superiority, good or evil, wise or ignorant, compassionate or selfish…

All our experiences through this body and mind, whatever we feel, see, hear, smell, taste, touch and think are our Gurus. When we experience suffering and painful sorrow, that is where the teachings and practice is. We don’t need to ask somebody else to inflict pain or suffering on us for us to learn about something or to realize about the Truth. Our own egoistic mind itself is the cause of all sorts of pain and suffering.

It is not about looking out at other beings, trying to find out, or judge, or determine each and everyone as good beings or bad beings, as saintly beings or evil beings, as selfish beings or selfless beings, as enlightened beings or ignorant beings, as compassionate beings or uncompassionate beings, as yogi or not yogi, as pure yogi or impure yogi, as Guru or not Guru, as real Guru or fake Guru, as yoga teacher or not yoga teacher, as good yoga teacher or bad yoga teacher, and so on…

Look within. That is the only real and pure yogi, Guru, yoga teacher, yoga teachings, yoga practice that we can rely on…

Take care of our own mind, our own actions and speech, why bother or be disturbed by other people’s mind, their actions and their speech?

Om shanti.

About yoga teachers and teaching yoga…

“Yoga teachers” are those who had found the inner teacher within themselves, and are free from ignorance and restlessness, and are sharing the path of unconditional love and peace with some other beings, out of compassion, without attachment. They don’t need to tag themselves as “yoga teachers” or “certified yoga teachers” or “certified yoga teachers with many years of experience” or “yoga teachers who came from which yoga school” or “yoga teachers who learn under which Guru”… As all these names and forms and qualities are irrelevant. There is nothing wrong or bad with all these worldly perception of names and forms and qualities for “sharing” the path towards unconditional love and peace, but they mean nothing to those who have gone beyond names and forms and qualities…

The worldly minded need to see or hear all these names and forms and qualities about so and so, about this and that, but all these names and forms and qualities are meaningless on the path towards unconditional love and peace. As even though all beings have different backgrounds or experiences, and have different levels or degrees of ignorance or realization, but the unconditional love and peace in all beings is the same, no differences… It doesn’t change, nor increase, nor decrease, nor disappear due to the different degrees of impurities or ignorance… It is not affected nor contaminated by our actions and inactions in life experiences… And thus there is no judgment towards anyone or anything. As even a so called “good person” who did a lot of good actions and didn’t do any bad actions, is not guaranteed with peace and happiness, or be free from ignorance, anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, pride, arrogance, dissatisfaction, disappointment, fear and worry…

It is about not attach to what is called “good” and what is called “bad”…

It doesn’t mean that we can do a lot of “bad” actions but will be free from the consequences… Some people misunderstood this teaching and take it as an excuse to justify our wrong doings that will hurt ourselves and other beings, and do whatever we feel like doing but being irresponsible for our actions. But what we didn’t know is that we did all the “good” or “bad” actions with the identification as the doer and the enjoyer of the actions, and we have selfish intentions coming from the ego with attachment and expectation towards our actions and the result of our actions… “I did this..” or “I didn’t do that…” or “He/she/they did this…” or “He/she/they didn’t do that…”

Whether our intention or expectation to perform or not to perform any “good” or “bad” actions is to attain some sort of good feelings, or excitement, or satisfaction, or pleasant sensations, or to express unhappiness, dissatisfaction, anger, jealousy, disagreement, or due to reactions out of fear and worry, we are still being affected and disturbed by our/other people’s actions and inactions, and the result of our/other people’s actions and inactions…

That’s why even though if we did a lot of good actions, try to be good and do good and try not to do any bad actions, we can still be not peaceful, unhappy and constantly being disturbed by anger, hatred, jealousy, pride, arrogance, greed, dissatisfaction, disappointment, restlessness, fear and worry that arise in our own mind, which has nothing to do with all the qualities of names and forms that we perceive through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind…

We “expect” that, if we do good, we will “receive” something good in return, and we will not “receive” any bad in return… But when this is not happening according to what we think it should be, we will be so disappointed and unhappy… We identified ourselves as “good” people who do good, and being proud and arrogant about ourselves for being good, and we might also expect other people to do good, and if other people don’t do good, we’ll get unhappy and frustrated, and judge them as “bad” people, and we are “good” people who do good, and we deserve to be here, and those who are “bad”, they don’t deserve to be here… And so on… Being so unhappy being disturbed by what other people do (bad actions) and don’t do (good actions)…

Just like in a yoga class while everyone is doing the same exercise but not everyone will be looking the same as everyone has a different body type with different degrees of strength and flexibility and different types of physical limitations. But all these differences of qualities and names and forms cannot determine whether one is peaceful and another one is not. Love and peace is nothing to do with whether we can perform all the yoga exercises in a “perfect body alignment” or not… It is not about if our feet is pointing at certain degrees and angle, and we will be guaranteed peace, or else if our feet is not pointing at that certain degrees and angle, and we will not have peace…

Teaching yoga is sharing the wisdom of yoga with anyone who is looking for unconditional peace, and guiding other beings on how to find the inner teacher within themselves and be free from ignorance and restlessness… If we haven’t realized our own inner teacher yet, and have not found peace and are not free from ignorance, then how can we “teach” or “guide” other beings to be free? Even if we have an enlightened Guru sitting in front of us, to teach us or guide us, but it is still our own effort to realize love and peace… If we are reluctant to let go of ignorance, nobody can remove ignorance for us, not even an enlightened being can take away another beings suffering or ignorance…

Real yoga teachers don’t need the title of “yoga teachers”. They don’t need to be “trained” to “become” “yoga teachers”… They don’t need a specific time and space to share and teach yoga… They are naturally “yoga teachers” when they are in peace and they have the “opportunity” to be there guiding other beings towards unconditional love and peace…

Out of compassion, it is a very natural action to share and guide other beings onto the path towards unconditional love and peace…

It is not so much about “I want to be a yoga teacher and I want to teach yoga…” or “I want to teach these people and these people will learn from me and will be benefited from my teaching and sharing…” and then we go to a yoga school, to learn how to do some yoga poses and some other yoga practice, and learn how to organize a yoga school or to teach a yoga class, and then pass the exam, get one or many recognized certificates, and start teaching yoga or run a yoga school…

There is nothing wrong or bad to have a specific time and space for people to participate in yoga classes performing yoga practice, as the “conditioned” lifestyle in the world nowadays, as well as the “limited” time and space that people have in their working and living conditions, there is a need to have some sort of organized time and space for people to come together to learn and practice yoga… But love and peace is beyond that conditioned and limited time and space of the timing and the hall for performing yoga practice… Yoga practice is happening in our heart wherever we are, at anytime, in any situations and conditions, every moment…

It is not so much like “Oh, it’s a one hour class, and it is a “certain style” of yoga, and so, I have to teach this class with these certain practices in such style within an hour…” or “Oh, it’s the day for “certain” practice, and so, today I perform this “certain” practice…” or “Oh, today our intention/Sankalpa is forgiveness, and let’s practice forgiveness today…”

Beside having a fixed “routine” that we perform everyday to gain maximum result by performing repetitive practice of the same “routine” and to develop continuous and steady mind concentration, to make it into a natural habit for yoga practice regularly, yoga practice is being performed according to the present condition and situation of what the body and mind need in this present moment… It can be very different from moment to moment… If we have nose blocked now, we stop performing heavy asana practice, do some light practice and maybe perform neti kriya to help to ease the nose blocked. And if we are low energy now, we can perform some asana practice that will boost up our energy level… If we are agitated now, we can perform some yoga practice that will calm down our mind and balance the energy field… Maybe in the same class, some people need to do more forward bends, and some people need to do more backward bends, and some need to perform longer relaxation, in that present moment… And all the yoga practice is to develop non-attachment towards the body and mind by letting go of the ego, develop mindfulness, concentration and steadiness, to allow the mind to be quiet to meditate upon the Truth… And this is not limited by specific time and space… It is happening from moment to moment continuously…

It is also not so much about going to one particular yoga centre and attending one specific type of yoga class, nor it is about going to different yoga centres attending different types of yoga classes, follow whatever the teacher/teachers tell us to do in the class, but it is more about getting to know the practice through our own experience, and realize the inner teacher within us (we are our own highest teacher), and know what we are doing and what we suppose to do, without the need of following instructions from the teacher for us to perform our practice. This requires inner strength and flexibility like self-discipline, perseverance, determination, adjustment, adaptation, acceptance, accommodation, tolerance, cheerfulness, truthfulness, and etc…

It is not about “I can only practice yoga in a yoga centre, in a yoga class under the instruction of a teacher, or in certain type of comfortable condition, or else I can’t practice yoga or I don’t know what should I do by myself…”

A real yoga teacher is allowing the students to learn to be their own teacher and stop depending on him or her to practice yoga… This might be contradicted with the policy of many yoga schools and yoga centres as that is part of their source of income, sustaining people to keep coming back for the classes, as well as attracting new people to join the classes and continuing to come regularly… And some might bring up more different types of new “yoga practice” or “yoga classes” to make more “interesting” courses for attracting more people to “invest” into ongoing refresher courses or further studies… And some like to use the phrase of “There is no ending of learning, and we need to keep learning until our last breath…” Well, that is similar to “There is no ending of suffering, and we are born to be suffering forever… There’s no way out…”

But yoga is to allow people to come to a point that they can stop “learning” and “practicing”, and it is possible to be free from ignorance and realize unconditional love and peace at anytime…”

We need to look for peace and happiness (for example, performing yoga practice), because we are not peaceful and are not happy… If we are peaceful and happy, we don’t need to do anything to be peaceful and happy (end of yoga practice)… As we are peaceful and happy. It is our true nature. It is not coming nor accumulating from doing something or not doing something… It is by stop attaching or identifying with the body and mind, which is not “us”…

Teaching yoga is the person himself or herself has realized the Truth about unconditional love and peace from within, and be free from ignorance, and naturally he or she knows what and how to share with other beings who are looking for unconditional love and peace, by guiding them on how to realize the inner teacher within themselves that will lead them towards unconditional love and peace… Yoga teachers cannot “give” love and peace to the students, and “make” them peaceful and happy…

Maybe by showing loving kindness to people can “make” them feel good and being loved for sometimes, but it won’t take away their root cause of unhappiness – ignorance… Everyone has to remove ignorance through their own effort and be free from unhappiness that derives from ignorance, and realize the unconditional love and peace within themselves, and be truly happy… When a person is truly happy from within, then whether other people are nice to him/her or not, he/she will still be happy… Because his/her happiness is not coming from the conditional impermanent objects from the outside… When a person has not found the happiness from within, even when other people are nice to him/her, even though he/she is “smiling” and “laughing” in front of other people, he/she will still be unhappy being dissatisfied or disappointed with him/herself, or with other people, or with life, or with the world, and etc…

Some people might think that only those who have been practicing yoga for some time and they already know about yoga, and are having a strong and flexible physical body to be “good” in performing most of the yoga poses, are qualified to attend yoga teachers training course… But it’s not really like that. Anyone who doesn’t know anything about yoga, or have never done any yoga practice before, or doesn’t have good physical strength and flexibility, can go to a yoga school or ashram and participate in a yoga teachers training course, as the objective is not about trying to become a yoga teacher, but to learn more about yoga and its practice, and devote ourselves into the practice and realize the effects or benefits of the practice through our own effort and realization, and to realize unconditional love and peace from within, and be free from ignorance, and then naturally we’ll know how to guide other beings on how to be free form ignorance and realize unconditional love and peace…

We don’t “learn” to “become” yoga teachers, nor “learn” how to teach yoga, nor “learn” how to “become” a “good” yoga teacher… We don’t need to call ourselves “yoga teachers”, nor judging/tagging ourselves as “good” or “bad” yoga teachers… If we still have doubts in our own practice, then obviously we are not ready to “teach” or “guide” others towards liberation from ignorance, but of course we can still teach other people to perform some yoga exercises for attaining health and fitness benefits… If we know what we are doing, then even though we are not “perfect”, we can share our knowledge and experience with others, as we are walking on the path of yoga together, learning, practicing and sharing at the same time… At one moment, one might be the teacher of the others, and at another moment, another one is the teacher of us… There is no superiority nor inferiority…

It is not like “Oh, I read lots of books and know more than you, you should listen to me and learn from me…” or “Oh, My teacher is an enlightened Guru, so you should listen to me and learn from me…” or “Oh, I have been practicing yoga longer than you, so you should be learning from me…” or “Oh, I know how to do all the yoga poses and know all the names and terms in Sanskrit, so you should learn from me…” or “Oh, I can stand on my head and you can’t, and so you should listen to me and learn from me…” and etc… It is more likely to be “Oh, you are so peaceful, please tell me and teach me how to attain peace as well…” or “Oh, you are free from suffering, you can teach me how to be free from suffering…”

But then everyone and everything is our teacher, not only people in a specific manners and background can be our teachers, nor only things that are in specific conditions can teach us something… But above all, look beyond all these qualities of names and forms, and find the inner teacher (the higher Self) within us (the lower self), who is the only one and always there every moment with us, for us, guide us towards unconditional love and peace… When we realize this inner teacher within us, all and everything is our great teacher (including the people and things that we don’t agree with and don’t like…).

It is not about teaching a yoga class according to the guidance and informations written or printed in the books, or teaching the class by imitating some other yoga teachers styles of teaching, but teaching the yoga class with the wisdom that we realized from our own sincere practice, knowing what are the effects of the yoga practice, and how these yoga practice can help us in realizing the unconditional love and peace that is already there in us… It is not about “Well, according to what the teachers said or what the books told us, and this is the Truth we should all believe in…”

If we still need to rely on doing something, or experience something, or possess something, or attain something, or eat something, or drink something, or smoke something, or see something, or hear something, or smell something, or taste something, or feel something, or think about something that we like and agree with, for us to feel good, or to be happy, or to be confident, or to be meaningful, then know that we still need to keep practice or keep purify the mind to realize the wisdom of unconditional love and peace that is not coming from all these external worldly names and forms with different qualities that our mind likes and dislikes, agrees and disagrees with…

It is not about to feel good, or to be happy, or to be confident, or to feel meaningful… It is going beyond the attachment towards the intention and expectation to feel good, to be happy, to be confident and to feel meaningful…

Here is a link to a blog post written by one of the students who is now teaching and sharing yoga with many others – http://yogakee.blogspot.ie/2012/06/becoming-yoga-teacher.html

Om shanti.