Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Like It Or Not... Ashtanga Yoga Is a Spiritual Practice!

99% practice, 1% theory

Can you practice Ashtanga Yoga without spiritual goal on your mind? 

Can you go 6 times a week on the mat without thinking of awakening? I don't know. I believe this might not be true but on another hand what is the life about? Is the main goal in life to gain self-realization or so popularly called enlightenment or awakening?

What you actually do when you step on the yoga mat, knowing that or not, is that you search for Your Natural State. It is a state of great sensitivity of being awake, not some kind of emotional compassion or tenderness for others. I digress, yes, there is compassion only in the sense that there are no 'others' for you, and so there is no separation.

Whenever you step on the mat, you are actually interested in enlightenment, and the Ashtanga yoga practice creates the experience, and the experience strengthens practice. The practitioner is nothing but the practice. That is really what's going on.

Bear in mind that there is no such thing as truth. The only thing that is actually here is your logical premise, which you call truth. In Ashtanga practice, you may discover that there is only one solid thought. When you count five breaths in a pose you may clearly see or feel the "I" thought. Everything exists is in relation to that one thought. That thought is 'you' and it doesn't really exist. You will understand that anything you experience based on that thought is the illusion.

The life has no meaning unless you want to fool yourself.

I just finish watching Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. According to the movie the meaning of life is not 42 it is the following: Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. Interesting.

Imagine that you live in perfect universe on a perfect planet... what will you do? What? Everything is so perfect and there is nothing else to do but to watch and what you will look at... Water flowing? Grass growing? Planet spinning? How about shaping the rocks and wind shaping the mountains? How about looking at ocean and waves?

How long could you watch a perfect nature? You'd turn into a drooling idiot before lunch.

Boredom is the problem God trying to solve and the perfection of existence isn't solving it and there is no possibility of imperfection to spice things up. God is itself the perfection.

So, that's the setup of your existence. Perception, despite not existing, must perform the vital but impossible function of amusing God. This is impossible because God is not capable of being finite and imperfect. Chaos is not possible, flaws and errors are not possible, irrationality and inadequacy are not possible. Nonsense is not possible. The God created from the awareness is perfect, there is no problem.... And that is the fucking problem.

So lets there be something when there is nothing! And thus was born the illusion of appearance! And thus was born the illusion of time, energy, matter, space, causality, duality and life. With life, the illusion of you and your ignorance came around so you can ask the question... what is the meaning of all this. It has no meaning, whatsoever.

Being awaken is not the remedy for problems, or something to avoid pain. 

Life is painful. There is no use asking why it is so. It is so. To describe enlightenment as a state full of bliss is a nonsense.

Things are bad enough. The Be in the Now, Be Present, that fantastic concept used to fool innocent and naive people, is the worse. There are numerous self-proclaimed lunatics, so called saints, prophets and saviors who wish to serve this world. Spirituality is a romantic stuff. The Path!!! Search for truth. The Way... all is romantic bullshit. I deny the validity of the spiritual search entirely. You will get nothing there. Try your luck elsewhere.

I don't believe in New Age Spirituality, Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Kim Kardashian and Celine Dion. (Btw. who listen Celine Dion anyway?) You can learn a technique like programming, mathematics, auto mechanics, hair dressing but not what to believe. There is a brainwashing all around, - education, advertisement, philosophy, religion, sports, politics... People imagine they are following the Path, growing, improving, and just like a businessman, they want result... the return on investment.

All the authorities down through the centuries are false. Enlightenment as it is commonly understood supposed to be an ultimate pleasure, uninterrupted happiness. No such thing exists! Wanting something that does not exist is the root of our problems. Waking up, moksha, liberation, and all that stuff are just variations on the same wish for a permanent orgasm.

Now, saints and gurus like Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Deepak Chopra sell this spiritual morphine. People take the drug and go to sleep. It never strikes them that liberation they are after is just an ultimate disappointment, which they follow to be free from neurotic states caused by their own beliefs.

99% practice and 1% theory is the key to awakening.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga, which is boring, dull and hard, does not allow you creativity and wishful thinking. It calls for a complete and total surrender. It is the practice of hopelessness which says that there is no way out... Asana, breath, drishti and vynasas are taking you away from yourself...

Food, clothing, and shelter- these are the basic needs. Beyond that, if you want anything, it is the beginning of self-deception. You see that so clearly in daily Ashtanga practice. Ashtanga yoga is selfish practice. So be selfish and stay selfish is my message. Wanting enlightenment is selfishness.

Obviously, you are not in conflict with the society. Ashtanga yoga force you to accept it as it is and you're not interested in changing it. The demand to bring about a change in illusion isn't there anymore. So, the demand to change the world at large is not there. You suffer with the suffering man and you are happy with the happy man... practicing Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga yoga saved you from the very idea that you have to be saved. When you know nothing, you say a lot. When you know something, there is nothing to say. I am always emphasizing that somehow the truth has to dawn upon you that there is only the practice and there is nothing to understand.

What I am trying to say is that by the practice of Ashtanga you will see for yourself that there is no individual there at all. There is only a certain gathering of knowledge, which are thoughts surrounding the basic "I" thought, but no individuality there.

Some of you mistakenly believe that by practicing ashtanga you will somehow miraculously make your life simple and manageable. But, if you are lucky, you will discover that you are not created for any grander purpose than the ants that are there or the flies that are hovering around you or the mosquitoes that are sucking your blood.

Ashtanga yoga takes away the fear that makes you believe that you are living and that you will be dead. What you really want in life is this fear to come to an end. That is why you have involved in all these meditation classes, becoming vegan, reading spiritual articles and talks, accepting various therapies for choice-less awareness and various other gimmicks.

Ashtanga is a very boring practice. And the boredom is a bottomless pit. As long as you think that there is something more interesting, more purposeful, more meaningful in ashtanga than what you are actually doing, you have no way of freeing yourself from boredom.

Ashtanga returns you to the basics... everything you have around you is the creation of your thoughts. You are yourself born out of thought, otherwise, you would not be here at all. Thoughts have a tremendous value, yet it is the very thing that should be destroyed.

Good luck. 😍

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