Wednesday, December 10, 2008
VAMOS A LA PLAYA
I´m in Mexico taking a workshop with Dharma Mittra.
Detailles to come.
In the meantime, here´s an excerpt from his Mentor column for teachers in Yoga Journal....
The highest type of all charities and dharma (duty) is the sharing of spiritual knowledge. If you are teaching asanas, pranayamas, and meditation without a foundation in the ethical disciplines, such as the yamas (moral commandments), niyamas (rules of conduct or observances), and self-knowledge, it will eventually become boring for both you and your students.
To keep this from happening, it is of utmost importance that you continue your own growth in practice and strive to purify your mind. Evoke sattvic, or pure, thoughts and aim to cleanse the gross physical body and the subtle astral body (the body of consciousness and thought) of toxics. Also helpful in inducing a state of sattva is following a light, healthy vegetarian diet. You will immediately feel better and more inspired. And of utmost importance is the practice of right conduct toward oneself and toward others, through living according to the yamas and niyamas.
Ultimately, sattva comes from knowledge of the self, which you can achieve by understanding karma and reincarnation, relinquishing the ego, and letting go of attachments. When one is in this state there is no feeling of emptiness or boredom. Remember, though, that the mental knowledge of these things is not enough. You must also practice silent meditation regularly to become calm and peaceful in order to personally realize that knowledge. The goal of yoga is knowledge, specifically knowledge that leads to self-realization established in sattva, or a state of bliss. Once you are firmly established in sattva, you will be able to share your spiritual experience and encourage your students to seek enlightenment as well.
Read more here.