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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Resolution or aspiration at the end of the yoga class or yoga practice?

Yoga is not about making resolution or aspiration wishing everything to be 'good' and 'positive' the way that we think what 'good' and 'positive' are, nor wishing to get the things that we like and want, and not getting the things that we don't like and don't want, wishing there are no 'bad' or 'negative' things exist in ourselves, or in our lives, or in the world. Though there's nothing wrong with this type of resolution.

As long as we are still ignorant towards the truth of things, we haven't realized what is non-duality, the mind is not free from the perception of dualities in all the names and forms, then both 'good' and 'bad', 'positive' and 'negative', 'right' and 'wrong', 'happiness' and 'suffering' will always 'exist' in the world that we perceive. The resolution or aspiration about wishing what our mind perceives as 'bad', 'negative', 'wrong', or 'unhappiness' to be disappearing from the world, and only what our mind perceives as 'good', 'positive', 'right', or 'happiness' to be existing in this world, will never happen, as all these dualities exist in our mind and are being projected into the world that we perceive. They will keep following us until we realize non-duality, and be free.

If we have clinging or craving towards 'good' health, 'good' relationship, 'good' results, 'good' life, and everything 'good', as we like 'good' things, and we will be peaceful, happy, confident and feel meaningful about ourselves and life existence when everything is 'good' the way that we like it to be, but then we will be very dissatisfied, disappointed, frustrated, unhappy, not confident, and feel meaningless when we don't get the 'good' things the way that we think it should be, or when we are experiencing or getting something that we think is 'bad' and 'negative'.

Through self-realization of non-duality, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness, we are able to see the truth of things as they are. They are neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither happiness nor suffering. There's no fear and worry towards separation from the things that we like, or come in contact with the things that we don't like. There's no aversion towards something that the mind used to believe as 'bad', 'negative', 'wrong', or 'unhappiness'. There's no clinging or craving towards something that the mind used to believe as 'good', 'positive', 'right', or 'happiness'.

It is being aware of the perceived reality, and allowing the reality to be what it is, without generate attachment towards all the qualities of names and forms perceived by the mind through the senses. Being undisturbed, unaffected, uninfluenced and undetermined by all the qualities of names and forms to be peaceful, happy, confident and meaningful, or not. Without trying to change or control the perceived reality that we don't like and don't want to be the way that we like it to be. We just do our best, perform all our actions and allow the fruit of actions to be what it is, without expecting the fruit of actions to be the way that we think it should be.

There's no desire of craving and aversion towards all the pleasant and unpleasant experiences. It doesn't matter what is the state of the mind, the physical condition, ability and disability, and the environment, knowing that they all are impermanent, and they are not who we are. They are not 'I'.

Go beyond all the qualities of names and forms, worldly identifications and attachments. Sickness, old age, decay, weakness, pain, injury, or death are neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither happiness nor suffering. It's the inevitable truth of the impermanent selfless physical body as well as all kinds of names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses. There is no fear or aversion towards sickness, old age, decay, weakness, pain, injury, or death.
 
Non-attachment, desireless of non-craving/non-aversion and fearlessness doesn't mean that we should deliberately put ourselves into a challenging space to deal with many unnecessary worldly affair and situation deriving from ignorance and the consequence of ignorance.

If we truly want to make a resolution or aspiration, we can try this one, "May all beings including oneself, be free from ignorance."

Om shanti.

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