This week in Yoga, I shared a meditation with you from The Bhagavad Gita, the spiritual book that guides (and explains) Yoga. It is a beautiful story and guide to living a fulfilling and enlightening life. It enhances every spiritual practice and if your Yoga is beginning to be about more than just the asanas (poses) on the mat, then The Gita is the perfect step into the higher potential of your Yoga practice.
The meditation in classes this week comes from the beginning of Chapter 16 of The Bhagavad Gita and I share it again with you here:
Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to a good and spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve others. Seek the truth in all things; learn to be detatched and take joy in the sacrifices you make to support goodness.
Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show goodwill to all.
Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity, avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your divine destiny. …
These divine and good qualities will lead you to freedom.
The Bhagavad Gita is available widely. It is a short and transformative guide. You can even find free Apps of Gita translations for your iPhone or Droid. I hope you’ll explore its beauty.
Why is it so hard, sometimes, to follow all the wisdom in the “Be Fearless & Pure. . .” writings? It seems so much easier to be angry, impatient, and resentful. Shouldn't it be equally effortless to be positive, patient and grateful? I only ask because I'm noticing so many friends going through a phase where discontent and resentment are at the ready. And I'm certainly not immune to it either! I hate to say this, but thank goodness for wine!!!!