One of the classic misconceptions that many people have with regard to spiritual progress is that a person needs to join a group – and not just any group – it has to be the ‘right’ group. I once had the curious experience of being told by one particularly zealous so-called ‘spiritualist’, that because I failed to meet his standards of understanding and behaviour I would be condemned to reside in a very hot place forever. Continue reading Ignorance Breeds Fanaticism
One of the important points that I always make when explaining spiritual development, is that that it’s not helpful for people to feel that they have joined a team or a group of some kind ~ as in for example, ‘I’m a Christian now’ or ‘I’m a Buddhist now’ or whatever. Continue reading It’s Not So Easy
It is only when we look beyond the physical benefits of yoga practice, that we can discover the real treasure that yoga wisdom promises. That treasure has been spoken about throughout the ages, and it is a treasure that is inherently ours. It is the treasure of realising our spiritual nature and our natural spiritual relationship with the Divine. Although this treasure cannot ever be taken from us, it can be forgotten. Continue reading The Endless Sunshine Of Spiritual Wisdom
In a couple of our recent meditation programs, a few people have brought up the question of ‘loving yourself’. The basis of this increasingly common idea/fad is that if you love yourself and feel good about yourself, then you radiate this love and you become a positive force of change for the better, and everybody wins. You love yourself, and you feel so good about that, that your love spreads everywhere – something like that. Oftentimes this idea is put forward as a part of Yoga practice, and superficially it may seem to be an enlightened outlook to have, but the reality is that it is a perversion of true Yoga teaching. Continue reading Loving Yourself?
In our last article we mentioned that if we want our plant of spirituality to grow strongly, then just as in the growing of ordinary plants – we need good soil, regular watering, regular weeding and also some careful protection for our spiritual growth. Good soil can be compared to peacefulness and soft heartedness, and if we have these attributes, then this will certainly be conducive for strong spiritual progress/growth. Continue reading The Flowers of Spiritual Growth Part II
One of the nice examples of rich symbolism that can be found in Yoga teaching is the comparison of spiritual growth with the growth of plants that in their maturity produce sweet smelling flowers. Some people may think that this example is overly naïve and simplistic, but sometimes simple is the best way to go. So it is proved with the example of the flower – a simple story, but one that is full of meaning. Continue reading The Flowers of Spiritual Growth Part I
Although yoga is most commonly thought of as being a means to attain physical fitness and health, people who are familiar with its broader scope, variously refer to yoga as being an understanding, a path, a lifestyle, a teaching, and sometimes it is simply called the ‘way’ or the natural way ~ the way of tuning into and acting on the truth. Continue reading The Way of Yoga ~ Tuning into Truth
It’s widely and correctly known that the word yoga means union or harmony, but one of the great misunderstandings of yoga teaching, is that this harmony has its ultimate expression in the harmony of your body, mind and spirit.
The relationship between the body and the soul is oftentimes explained in yoga teachings as being like the situation with a car and the driver of the car. You (the spirit/soul) are the driver, and the car you are driving is your physical body ~ and if we even briefly analyse the nature of this situation, it is not difficult to appreciate why the idea of body, mind spirit harmony is incorrect. Continue reading Yoga ~ Harmony of Body, Mind and Spirit?
One of the problems that many people have with regard to their meditation and yoga practice is maintaining consistency. I know because I’m one of them. Fortunately though I have a good teacher, so I know what to do when I sometimes get distracted. The advice that he gave me a long time ago is as relevant today as it ever was, and this is what I would like to pass on. Like so many aspects of Yoga teaching, it is something so simple and obvious, that it’s almost embarrassing to even mention it – and yet it is of such great value that people need to be reminded of this age old advice. Continue reading How To Maintain Consistency In Your Meditation Practice
One of the great impediments on the road to spiritual development is the feeling that I am better than others ~ ‘holier than thou’ as the old saying goes. Most of us have it to one degree or another ~ and if not, then it’s an indication that we are in pretty good spiritual shape. Continue reading Can A Leopard Change His Spots?