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This post follows Light of light, Part I
St. John of the Cross said, “We live in what we love.”
Think in the context of your everyday life, all your time and energy. Whatever we deem worth doing shows what we value. If we spend most of our time doing things we don’t like doing, are we living? Are we giving? If you don’t like doing something that you thought was giving, or someone told you was giving – you are not giving. We are only truly living when we are loving. Loving what we’re doing, whether it is selfless giving or service, or something we’re passionate about. Our soul lives inside of what we love. Love being a choice, and one serious verb.
Krishna tells Arjuna, “Just remember that I am, and that I support the entire cosmos with only a fragment of my being.”
I read this imagining a meaning that I believe may differ from what Krishna is really trying to say. I mention this because I have a hard time believing in One Creator that truly supports the entire universe, no matter how much love they have.
I internalize support as in “makes up,” as we are all part of the cosmos, we all are one, and we are all the reason we are here.
Reflecting on this theme brings me back to Yoga.
As I write on, try to disengage your definition of ‘yoga’ for these upcoming words. Know that the word yoga has many different meanings in Indian Spirituality.
The book touches on Hatha Yoga on one occasion to distinguish it from yoga, as taught by the Gita. Our western view of the word: yoga (physical postures and exercises) has a relative yet distinctive meaning.
“’Yoga is the evenness of the mind’: detachment from the dualities of pain and pleasure, success and failure. Therefore, ‘yoga is skill in action,’ because this kind of detachment is required if one is to act in freedom, rather than merely react to events compelled by conditioning.”
If you can establish yourself in yoga, “in unshakable equanimity, profound peace of mind,” you will be more effective in the realm of your everyday actions.
This is similar to a popular phrase repeated by Hatha Yoga Teachers and one I hold dearly: You want to move in the world, like you do your practice… with thought, with breath, and with intention.
I took this as; yoga is the sum of what one must do to realize the Self.
“Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness. It is called the light of light, the object and goal of knowledge, and knowledge itself.“
This something out there, the thing that the sparrows represent. It can no longer be beyond my reach. It’s inside of you, it’s inside of me.
I believe hell exists here on Earth. Here now in daily lives. I have confidence in hell being of your own making. And you will continue on a cycle of rebirth until one day, you realize that relentless joy has always been open to you.
Be fearless and be pure.
Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Because the moment you dip into hypocrisy, you flirt on a fine line of being inhuman.
In the Gita, Arjuna, a seeker of Krishna’s wisdom is not interested in what people believe, but in how they conduct themselves in life. It becomes evident at the end of Arjuna’s story, as he heads off into battle that the biggest war we face is not between each other. The biggest war we face is the war within.
You have choices to make today. Reflect on these words and do as you choose.
Once we conquer the war within, we in turn conquer the war amongst each other.
The closest translation in English of Shraddha is faith, literally meaning that which is placed in the heart.
I’ve never really understood faith until I read this phrase: that which is placed in the heart. It’s really not that abstract… it’s our very substance. The Bible uses almost the same words: As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. This faith, and there are many different kinds – there should be nothing passive about it. “It is full of potency, for it prompts action, conditions behavior, and determines how we see and therefore respond to the world around us.”
I guess I found my ever-evolving life’s mission statement:
I want to lead a simple, self-reliant life based on meditation, controlling speech, body and mind.
Life offers no fiercer battle than the war within. The Gita places human destiny entirely in human hands.