PC: Mike Keany [Wa’ahila Ridge]
“The whole path of yoga begins with these little daily experiences of waking up. Awakening comes, in yoga, not at the end of the path; rather, it is present from the very beginning. Ramakrishna, perhaps the greatest Indian mystic of the last two centuries, was fond of saying, “Only the divine can worship the divine.” In the experience of samadhi, in other words, it is our awake nature that recognizes itself in the mirror of consciousness. In these moments, we are dissolved back into the One that is our source.” – Stephen Cope [ Yoga & the Quest of the True Self ]
We’ve all had our experiences of samadhi (bliss or union with the divine) and in these moments we know who we really are. We rest into our true nature and recognize in the deepest part of our soul, everything is as it should be. There is nothing to accept and nothing to reject. Life just is as it is, and that’s perfect. These tasted moments of union may be brief, but they are the reminder that we can arrive and awaken everyday to our life. It’s not enough to just show up. We have to engage and shake from the dream of separateness in which we usually live.
Sometimes this concept seems so simple to me. Other times, it’s a calculus equation I can’t begin to disassemble. But in these succinct moments, there are no partitions or boundaries. I feel a break through from daily life and grind. I’m not worried because the illusion of separateness is broken. I am aligned with the present and I know I am provided for.
Yoga puts our experiences of enlightenments at the center of our being and it’s difficult to turn back after that. All of us who have had these experiences know, in spite of our denials or rationalizations, that we are changed by them. Exiting out of samadhi and landing back into ordinary consciousness, we’re not quite the same. We’ve seen truth and are not so concerned with the small picture anymore.
I have moments where I can’t unroll my mat, I don’t want to chant, meditation is unbearable and I’m unmotivated to teach. But yoga remains because it is my mode of transportation to truth. Bliss may only come in moments, but the imprint it leaves on my spirit is permanent.
Happy Monday // aloha nui!