By Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500
Do you know your purpose? Has your guru helped open your eyes to become your own teacher. The best gurus have always encouraged their students to become empowered and independent. The best Yoga teacher is within, if you just focus on your true purpose.
It has been said that life is a successive sequence of efforts. One of us puts forth an effort to build, while another performs and equal effort to destroy what was just built. The illusion in our existence is to believe we are 100% right about everything. Yogis care about the environment, but how can an industrialist world convert to going green and still making a profit?
We may say. “It’s not all about profit.” Tell that to the board room at a foutune 500 company. We have to realize that our reality is not shared by everyone. There is a diversity of motives and aims, which are followed by a level of effort toward an objective.
In order to fully realize the amount of effort we must put forth, we must face the fact that we live in a world of illusions that are commonly mistaken for realities. One religion believes it has the right to destroy another. One business believes it has the right to destroy its competition. One government declares war on another. In each case, there is a feeling of self-rightousness within the agressor.
What can we do about it? Good little Yogis meditate, eat a sattvic diet, talk world peace, go green, and pray for a better world. Can that really be enough? It’s a real good start and an example that might leave the rest of the world puzzled. You see, you don’t have to preach, all you need do is be a good example.
It really makes people upset when you don’t hop on the war and pay back bandwagon. It’s not that we should lay down every time we’re faced with agression, but there needs to be a view that is not limited by the horizon of our limited perceptions. Luckily, we live at a time, when there are some very good world leaders.
What is your purpose as a certified Yoga instructor or a practitioners? To decrease the level of suffering for everyone. Of course, this includes good health, but it also refers to neglected social and environmental changes in every country. Yoga itself must make a meaningful effort for social and environmental change on this precious planet.
Hari Om Tat Sat
© Copyright 2011 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division
Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.
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