Tuesday, August 28, 2018

4 Corners of Ashtanga Yoga


What you actually do when you step on the yoga mat, knowing that or not, is that you search for Your Natural State. Whenever you step on the mat, you are actually interested in Moksha, Liberation, Freedom, Transformation, you name it.

There are no strict rules how you should behave in the world but it is good to follow some guidance in order to remind you and keep you in line with your Ashtanga Yoga practice....

1. Keep Self - Awareness

There are only two things in the world; world (perception) and existence (awareness). To take interest in what has happened is to get involved in worldly affairs. That leads to nowhere.

At all time you should be aware of "I AM sense" and separate the sense of your existence from thoughts and words. Whatever you do, you have to be aware of your existence.

It is not awareness of your individual self it is awareness of the sense of presence.

It is not self-observation where you observe my thoughts and feelings, it is actually forgetting this personal "I" and acting in the world. Performance is what matters and not who is a performer.

2. Detachment from personal "I"

The key of gaining self-realization lies in DOING JUST NOTHING. It is the road across boredom, melancholy and depression. Activities create misery, worry and anxiety and they are included in the world. Being aware and doing nothing is the key.

You want to detach yourself from others and stand alone. Let's do things that must be done, don't engage in something new. To do something is restlessness of the personality -  identification with the body. It is the habit of ignorance, the habit of engaging in some activity all the time. From now on, leave people and things as they are.

You have to pay special attention to things that make you angry. Investigate why something insults you and be completely free of anger. Keep inner awareness, be quiet and don't feel insults. The surge of anger indicates your habit of wanting to dictate some things to others.

3. Living life with compassion and humility

Generally talking, people are ignorant and cruel. Forgive those who don't understand you and out of their own ignorance try to harass you. Never harbor hatred in your mind towards anyone. Have no desire to take revenge because that results only in misery. Do not create enemies, rather forgive and move on.

Life is tough, not only for you but for everyone on this planet. There is no need to define why it is so, it just is. From now on, you need to be kind to people. Compassion is not being cruel to anybody.

Be satisfied with what you have. The rich is not the one who has a lot but the one who needs less. Do not be greedy, not even for spiritual knowledge.

4. Performance is all that matters

Humor, flexibility, be "large" from the very core of your heart. Acting with lightness, humor, radiate energy of happiness and let others take it, enjoy whatever you're doing.

In reality, whatever you've seen and experienced means nothing. Nothing has ever happened. To gain That what are you interested in, the world has to be left as it is. Even the world is false, yet you and I indulge in it. That shows our doubts and spiritual immaturity.

Illusion is nothing. However much you may have achieved in the dream, yet all is false.

To leave the world as it is, is the great act of courage. Fear underlines misery. You should be free of any fear knowing who You Are and enjoying your play. You are free and you should behave like that.

These are four corners of Ashtanga Yoga. To be the one with your true nature is real happiness. Being happy and leave others as they are. Do not judge anyone, don't gossip and don't consider people's actions as important. That's all.... and practice.


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