Many of us start our yoga journey with the desire to acquire some sanity in life or to keep fit. Over time, the journey evolves into an inner one where yoga becomes a way of living with deep spiritual meaning and humanitarian purpose. More so, it leads us into our core where the Divine awaits and once we’ve had a glimpse of that, life will never be the same again.
Many of us on the path would have been confronted with this question that sets us off on the path. Who am I? What am I? And how did I get to be this ‘I’? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? Is there more to all this? Actually the real question is probably: Can there be more? Not in terms of material possessions, status, or wealth but something deeply satisfying and fulfilling that lets you know this is how life should be. Unshakeable contentment no matter if the sky should fall down.
So how do we get to this point? Well, part of the answer can be found in the teachings of Advaita Vedanta whose one singular message is that we are Brahman in reality. If that is so, our task is to discover what it truly means to be Brahman. Who is Brahman? Is it a being? A deity? Or, a state of being? The teachings will certainly provide the map but it is our daily life that is the territory that we must traverse in our search. It is in the relationships, work, home, and observing how we function in the world, both inner and outer, that we will find the rest of the answer.
For us, the yogi path has been long and winding taking us to depths we never expected and highs that we don’t deserve but for the grace of the Divine. As your journey deepens, you will come to realise that many things don’t matter. Only some essential things really do. You shed the rest you don’t need and keep nurturing the ones that bring out the divine in you.
The yogi path will take you to a place of peace and contentment. It is also takes you to a place of utter faith in something larger than yourself. It’s a pervading presence that never leaves you high and dry and best of all, it sends you little signals here and there to let you know it’s got your back. And your job in turn is to be the best that you can possibly be in service to the Divine.
In many ways it’s like growing ourselves a lovely pair of wings where we choose the colours. From egg to munching caterpillar, we live our lives mostly at the 3 lower chakras. As we evolve and find ourselves searching and searching for that ‘more’ to life, we become like the chrysalis, going deep within and letting the Divine change us. Turn us inside out. And then one day, we emerge bearing the most glorious wings ever. And this is how the yogi path is like. A true metamorphosis. A very painful process but worth every bit of it.
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