01 May 2007 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 2 Comments.
Nearly all spiritual teachers in the Western world today promise transformation through their teaching methods. Perhaps we should instead encourage more inquiry, awareness cultivation and self-observation. Transformation will certainly occur naturally as a natural by-product.
In a narcissistic and driven culture obsessed with self-improvement, meditation and yoga are widely seen as a vehicle of change. Change is in any case part of the universal law; we ought to be intentionally involved in it.
However, we ourselves might be better served by cultivating contentment and self-acceptance, loving our way all the way to enlightenment. One problem is that we draw our circle too small, and consequently feel disconnected, alienated and alone, excluded even.
“Yoga is not just another self-improvement craze. It is a practice of self-acceptance, which is a very different thing. You don’t need to be fixed; you simply need to remember who you truly are,” says Yogi Gurmukh. In the Tibetan language, the Sanskrit word yoga is glossed as “nal-jyor”. Literally, it means union with the natural state.” I like to think of it as spiritual re-union, like coming home.
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