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happy, but along with that have a lot of
faith in your inner self."
Practice: on life and death
Appropriately, most people don't spend a
lot of time dwelling on death. But the idea
does tend to arise from time to time,
especially in the loss of someone.
Consider taking an extra moment at those
times to recognise that you are thinking
about life and death. Allow the inquiry to
resonate as true spiritual inquiry.
Contemplation on immortality
Yoga asks us to consider that the death
of the body is but the immortal state of
the spiritual self. Open yourself to the
expansive feeling of non-ending life.
The five kleshas arise constantly in
everyday life. These 'afflictions' flow
mechanically and continuously, driving
our decisions, actions and states of
being. The more we pay attention, the
less their grip. Understanding arises
through individual effort, such as
contemplation, meditation, inquiry,
reading and discussion, along with group
activities, such as working with a teacher,
yoga classes, satsang and retreats.
As you become less attached to
certain desires or tendencies, their pull is
less strong. Like roasted seeds, they are
cooked and can't sprout. And, as you
dissolve the tenacious clinging of the
mind, you open yourself to the
opportunity to discover who you truly are.
Greenblatt, Matthew, ed. The Wisdom --
Teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Inner Directions Publishing, Carlsbad,
The Bhagavad Gita. Self-Realization
Fellowship, Los Angeles, 1995.
Aranya, Hariharananda, Yoga Philosophy
of Patanjali. Translated by P N Mukerji,
State University of New York Press,
rev. ed., New York, 1983.
The author of 108 Meditations, Nancy
Jackson (Swami Dayananda) is the
Director of the Adelaide Shiva Yoga
Meditation Centre. She conducts
satsang, and teaches meditation, yoga
and self-inquiry. Her next meditation
retreat weekend will be May 2010 in
the Clare Valley. (08) 8242 4929
Prabhavananda, Swami and Christopher
Isherwood. How to Know God. Vedanta
Society of Southern California,
Hollywood, California, 1969.
Prabhavananda, Swami and Frederick
Manchester. The Upanishads. Vedanta
Press, Hollywood, California, 1975.
Venkatesananda, Swami. The Supreme
Yoga: The Yoga Vasishta. The Chiltern
Yoga Trust, South Fremantle, WA, 1998.
australian yoga life • december-february 2010
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