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Monday, October 9, 2023

Yoga classes for self-inquiry and self-realization

"What type of yoga do you teach?"

This is the most common question.

Just by saying, "It's about yoga," it doesn't answer the minds, "I know it's about yoga, but what I want to know is what type of yoga classes?"

The yoga classes are for the minds that are genuinely interested in learning, studying and practicing the essential teachings of yoga and vedanta for self-inquiry and self-realization, and it doesn't necessarily has to be in a yoga school, or a yoga studio, or a yoga hall, in a yoga class. It's happening anywhere, at any time, in the selfless modification of the mind.

Even though yoga is for all minds indiscriminately to be free from ignorance and the suffering deriving from ignorance, to stop generating hurtful damaging actions/reactions and consequences of actions/reactions unto oneself and others and the surrounding environment ignorantly, however, not all minds would be interested in the yoga practice for self-inquiry and self-realization. It's also useless to the minds that are completely lost without certain degrees of sanity, that don't have any reasoning power. That's why it's never too late to help oneself when it's still possible, but also don't wait until it's too late when one couldn't help oneself at all.

It could be quite unpleasant, disagreeing, and even offensive, disturbing and annoying, especially for the minds that have intense attachment and identification and pride towards the idea of 'I' and egoism, as well as towards their particular worldly egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, desires, expectations and practices.

This is not a discrimination at all, but it's merely compassion, to be avoiding the suffering minds generate further unnecessary disturbance in themselves and unto the surrounding environment.

There are many yoga classes in the world catering for these minds to be developing the basic awareness and understanding, before the initiation onto the path of self-inquiry and self-realization. There are quite many 'certified yoga teachers' who have been practicing and teaching certain type and style of yoga for many years are also not ready for the path of self-inquiry and self-realization.

As those who are ready for the path of self-inquiry and self-realization, there's no such thing as 'yoga teacher training certification' or 'internationally recognition authorized by international yoga alliance'.

That's why many silent meditation retreat courses are very serious on the background check for any existing mental health issue and intoxication addiction, where those who have serious mental health issue or addiction towards certain kind of intoxication, are not allowed to be attending such courses, that involve deep mind purification process that are quite unpleasant, disturbing or painful to the minds.

And hence, it would be more suitable for the minds that have certain degrees of awareness towards the existence of ignorance in themselves, and have certain degrees of yearning towards attaining liberation from ignorance, that are willingly to open their mind to be receiving the teachings of yoga and vendanta.

It can be helpful, even though there's no guarantee, for the minds that are suffering from certain mental and emotional disturbance, but are being confused or don't really understand what is happening in the mind, while still have certain degrees of awareness being aware of all that, and have certain degrees of will power of wanting to be free from all kinds of suffering or disturbance, to take full responsibility towards looking after the over-all physical and mental well-being of oneself, to realize unconditional peace and happiness out of one's freewill and self-effort, in this precious momentary selfless impermanent life existence.

There's no guarantee that all minds that are interested in the path of yoga for self-inquiry and self-realization would be free from the veil of ignorance, as it depends solely on the causation and effort of the mind itself.

When the selfless mind is 'stuck' or 'lost' somewhere in the selfless restless modification of the mind, it has to depend on itself to find its way to come out from that.

That's why the minds that understand, "I want to try, and I will do my best, even if I don't achieve success, and that's okay," under certain degrees of mental and emotional maturity or independence, they can walk alone on the path of self-inquiry and self-realization.

The path is all alone, even if there are many others are walking on the same path. All kinds of guidance and teachers that are available for the mind in the present moment now, are all impermanent. The only teacher, teachings and practice that is with the mind throughout the entire path, is itself.

In this present moment, as the selfless mind is coming in contact with all these here, upon how the selfless mind perceives, reacts, reasons, understands and realizes, either with or without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, is indeed the yoga class, the teachings and the practice.

The minds that are free from ignorance and suffering, they don't need all these. They don't need the teachings and practice of yoga and vedanta for self-inquiry and self-realization.

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