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Inspirations

"our hunger disappears as our gifts are consumed." -Lewis Hyde in The Gift...

"The things we can touch have no permanence. There is nothing we can do to hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is Real." -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...

One Who Milks In an explanation of the word dohana, 'one who milks', my dear Sanskrit teacher explained it like this: If we take something, it should not harm either side (neither the one who gives, nor the one who recieves). Like a bee to a flower: it doesn’t damage the flower and it takes only a little, not the whole, and then goes on to other flowers. Whatever we take from nature should be in this way. ...

Living Ahimsa For practicing Ahimsa, Yogis advise us to build the muscle of compassion and empathy through placing ourselves in the skin of another being where we may come to realize that their soul is the same as our soul and the pain they feel, we can feel too. "Human beings cannot understand another's life until they have carried the weight of that person's burdens, listened to that person's words, felt that person's pain, observed that person's actions, and walked along that person's path, sharing the other's greatest longings and aspirations. Understanding these things, we must then be able to sleep at that person's fire, sharing every part of the other being's dreams and nightmares. From this vantage point, we may see beyond the tangible frailties into the spiritual essence" -I found this in a book of inspiring words at my grandmother's house. Forgive me I know not the author. If you know, please inform me! ...

Yoga is the original environmental movement There is no Yoga without ahimsa (non-harming). Just by breathing we are part of a cycle of life and destruction. The cells in our very own bodies are dying. It is an inevitable part of our existence that harm will be done. What we can do to avoid it we must. We must eat but we can choose to hurt less by eating vegetarian foods for example. We can pollute less by walking. With every action we should think how we can live with the least harm done- not just to ourselves but to any and every being on this planet. This is an intricate and complex and even paralyzing idea. That is why they give us guidelines in yoga for how to live our lives. Read the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras and Ayurvedic texts. But in a down-home personal way, just inform yourself about the world today and naturally you’ll be inspired to do the right thing…. [vimeo clip_id=44367635 ] http://vimeo.com/44367635 Thank you Josh Fox for bringing the issue of Fracking to our attention. Education is the first step before action. Action is where we have the opportunity to live according to Dharma....

Balance What at this moment would create balance in your life, in the lives around you, in the world?...

Before anything: Before the universe was created Before you were born Before a thought arises Before a storm Before a vibration ripples through the air Before the meditative state Before ANYTHING. There is silence. Before anything, deepen your understanding of inner and outer silence....

Engrossed in Divine Illumination "For starters, there is no such country as “India,” and not a single scripture or text in the whole of South Asia has ever mentioned this name. The true name of the country has always been Bharata, an ancient Sanskrit term which means “engrossed (rata) in divine illumination (bha)”—referring to a land which has ever specialized in the science of spiritual illumination above all. ...