When the rain falls outside, and Winter’s face emerges once again, find sanctuary in the opportunity and privilege of discovery; of reading, learning and sharing these discoveries to help others. A recent book we’re exploring in StewG’s workshops (check out eastlondonschoolofyoga.com for workshop info.) is “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati — recommended reading for all practitioners; teachers and students (we are all students!) and can all be our own teachers. Svadhyaya is self-study.
Reflections: Beyond the books, beyond the mat, beyond the Likes and the Follows, beyond the appearances we feel obligated to uphold; beyond the veil of uncertainty is much to discover. The internal dialogue presents many questions: the Bhagavad Gita is like a spiritual compass relevant to all; we are all spiritual beings, on a journey of discovery.
Wisdom is knowledge shared; spiritual wisdom being the goal of selfless acts (Yajna). And thus we learn the Paths of Karma and Jnana Yoga are one in the same! Both rooted in selfless acts of devotion; whether your ego, your knowledge, your actions- offer it up to something greater than you (practice Ishvarapranidhana); moving and interacting with intention; with devotion!
Read more about the Path of Spiritual Wisdom (Jnana Yoga) in Chapet 4 verse 38 in the Bhagavad Gita (Easwaren translation). And then close the books and discover lessons in LIFE. Every day is a chance to grow; to change; to help others.
Keep fighting for LOVE. Keep fighting for humanity and know you are not alone in this fight!
Originally published on YAP profile: https://www.yogaallianceprofessionals.org/articles/svadhyaya-on-learning-sharing-growing