Tag: karma

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.

Later on he goes on to counsel that you are better off failing at your own dharma than succeeding at someone else’s.

 

I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of karma and dharma since childhood.  Back then these ideas were foreign, mysterious and somewhat ridiculed in the  judeo-christian neighborhood of my youth.  My own ‘dharma’  began to assert itself  then, although, of course, I did not see it at the time.  Hindsight brings amazing clarity at times.

Belief in reincarnation is fundamental in understanding the wheel of dharma and that is a hurdle for some.  Many in our society live their lives according to a linear model of time, with very well defined beginnings and endings.  Reincarnation is not compatable with linear thinking.   Those who study dharma tend to measure and experience time cyclically which creates a very different mentality.   Reincarnation is the vehicle by which the scales become balanced.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a four point plan for the warrior, Arjuna, which begins with the instruction to “discover his dharma” .  Once found, it is our duty to do our dharma in order to evolve into a higher state of being.  But, first, we must  remove the karmic obstructions so to create fertile ground for our dharma to manifest.

One’s natal horoscope can answer many questions surrounding our soul’s purpose (dharma) and when and where and how to manifest it. The lunar nodes symbolize the karmic path we’re on in this current lifetime, as well as the dharmic task we’ve been assigned.  Our soul’s purpose will be fulfilled, regardless of whether or not we are conscious of what it is. The advantage to knowing your purpose is nothing less than evolutionary growth for your soul.

 

 

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.

Later on he goes on to counsel that you are better off failing at your own dharma than succeeding at someone else’s.

 

I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of karma and dharma since childhood.  Back then these ideas were foreign, mysterious and somewhat ridiculed in the  judeo-christian neighborhood of my youth.  My own ‘dharma’  began to assert itself  then, although, of course, I did not see it at the time.  Hindsight brings amazing clarity at times.

Belief in reincarnation is fundamental in understanding the wheel of dharma and that is a hurdle for some.  Many in our society live their lives according to a linear model of time, with very well defined beginnings and endings.  Reincarnation is not compatable with linear thinking.   Those who study dharma tend to measure and experience time cyclically which creates a very different mentality.   Reincarnation is the vehicle by which the scales become balanced.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a four point plan for the warrior, Arjuna, which begins with the instruction to “discover his dharma” .  Once found, it is our duty to do our dharma in order to evolve into a higher state of being.  But, first, we must  remove the karmic obstructions so to create fertile ground for our dharma to manifest.

One’s natal horoscope can answer many questions surrounding our soul’s purpose (dharma) and when and where and how to manifest it. The lunar nodes symbolize the karmic path we’re on in this current lifetime, as well as the dharmic task we’ve been assigned.  Our soul’s purpose will be fulfilled, regardless of whether or not we are conscious of what it is. The advantage to knowing your purpose is nothing less than evolutionary growth for your soul.

 

This Sunday’s transit chart shows the moon squaring the lunar nodes which is auspicious for our investigations.  Come, join us to explore Purpose thru discussion, experiential exercises and yoga nidra. All Welcome.  Bring your natal chart.  $45/ for Sanctuary students, $54. all others. Minimum 3 to run program.

Please call /text in advance to register.

SUNDAY, OCT 8 12 – 4PM, The Purpose of Purpose – A Workshop

The Sanctuary  560 Main St., St 2C, Loch Arbor, NJ 07712  732 531 9013

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“Your days pass like rainbows, like a flash of lightning, like a star at dawn. Your life is short. How can you quarrel?”

~Buddha 

 

INQUIRE WITHIN – Mysterious Blessings

Yoga Teachings & Experiential Activities for Grief, Sadness, and Loss.

Experience Renewed Peace, Serenity, and Comfort.  

Recently , one of my students died.  Our relationship spanned 35+ years.  She had been a witness to my life and a few of my ‘transformations’.  And, I to hers. She was more than a student to me.  Over the decades we were friends & rivals, neighbors & housemates.  We came from entirely different families and background but felt a kinship when we first met at the tennis club in Wall, NJ.  I felt honored and blessed that she allowed me to stay close to her thruout her illness, treatment, and hospice period.  It’s a very sacred time, as is birthing.  We don’t deal well with loss or death in our modern culture.  Nor with grief, sadness, or despair.  As a society we repress it and allow only a limited number of days of leave from  work, and responsibilities.   Then we’re told to “Get over it” and move on. Which might be the best action to take?  Who knows?  But, where does the rest of the grief go?  And what about the sadness from the less-final losses we experience?  Where does the leftover sadness go if it wasn’t fully expresses?

Yoga Therapy offers a multi-level perspective on the human body and provides healing opportunities in different and unexpected ways.  When unresolved and unexpressed emotions collect internally all sorts of ailments, dis-ease and dysfunction can occur. Raising our awareness of how the physical/subtle/causal bodies respond to different circumstances can help us remove  the unconscious blockages (samskara’s) that cause imbalance and prevent healing.

This half-day experiential program will help you to know how and where your body stores unresolved emotions particularly grief/loss/sadness.  The movements of Saturn/Pluto/Ketu (South Node of the Moon) over the past months have provided us with lots of events, news, and crisis to provoke these vulnerable emotions.  Participation gives you a dedicated time to acknowledge, feel, and heal what’s been lurking in your shadow.  Social Silence and Sacred Space honored.

Activities include: Gentle Kripalu Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and off-the-mat experiences artfully sequenced to support you through this healing experience. Feel free to call with questions.   Group & Family rates apply.

 

Saturday, Saturday, July 27  9-1pm

$40/$60 Sanctuary students/others. 

Must register  by July 25.  Call/text 732.531.9013 or submit form.

 

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THE DEBT OF KARMA
Yogi Amrit Desai

Every soul is charged with an evolutionary mission
To realize its inborn divine potential.
Life is a perpetual therapeutic irritation.
It provides a compelling force to drive us
Toward the completion of our mission.
When we deny a painful experience,
It goes underground as a pending debt of unfinished karma.
When you block pain, you may feel temporary relief,
But your karmic account is not closed.
The collection agency will present the lesson
Again and again, in various forms.
Through apparently unrelated events.
Every event that is not faced fully and consciously comes back
As irritation, emotion, resistance or denial.
Habitual ways of reacting and reliving the same event
Perpetuate unconsciousness.
All lessons will be repeated until they are learned.
The debt of karma is paved in consciousness.

 

Ancient Wisdom Dharma Karma Yoga

Beginning 11/23 –   11/30, 2010 the North Node of the Moon (Rahu in Jyotish) will be in a conjunction with Pluto at  4 degrees of Capricorn.

(Pluto is not recognized in classical vedic astrology.)

For those of you who are comfortable with the concept of reincarnation and the wheel of karma this time period is  an important one.  Karmic forces are in control.  Not us. Period. Om shanti, peace.

The lunar nodes can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  One perspective is to see them as significators for your personal relationships.   The north node might represent those who take you forward into uncharted territory.  The south node, on the other hand, might represent those in your life who are less challenging and more comfortable to have around.    A piece of data like that can make all the difference between the struggle and/or the peace.

Another way to look at the lunar nodes, in a more spiritual way perhaps, would be to see the south node as the karma you face from your past lives.  The north node would be more representative of the dharma, or purpose of this life…thereby creating new karma for your future lives.   Do you see the wheel turning?

When we add the influence of Pluto to the lunar nodes the impact becomes Absolutely Transformational.

Yoga Therapists:  Deep Process experiences can be both agitating and therapeutic during this time.  Remember to be mindful of your own boundaries and deep issues and do not project your stuff onto your students. Om shanti.

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