There is no fetter like illusion, no force greater than Yoga, no friend greater than knowledge, and no enemy fiercer than ego. v.4 Gheranda Samhita
There is a path we all want to live in our existence, walk and breath, one that has been written upon the very halls of destiny. Perhaps, it dwells deep within the marrow, far set into the furthest recesses of our minds, hard to tell from whence it comes. But…it is there. Even the most skeptical of persons must admit that each and every one of us carries propensities towards a particular nature that tends to far exceed nurture.
The ancients, they knew of such things. This identity behind the personalities of culture and creed were called a variety of things. Soul, daemon, genius, atma, Self, the list goes on yet the mystery remains the same. There is something within that transcends and intends beyond the masks of our temporal lives that drives us to be who we are meant to be. If one is truthful and reflects upon the path of life from birth to now, one must agree.
Finding this path, one’s way or dharma is the goal and beginning of life. To realize what is the task of bliss for each every person is the focus of all great legends and epic tales.
Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the meaning of my life?
All questions, reflections from the magnetic draw of serendipity.
We all feel it, the pull to be what we are meant to be. Indeed, we are drawn to the unique identity that is our role in this cosmic play we call life. To find our place is a magnanimous fortune. It is not easy, even though who we are is always there but it is covered by powerful magical illusion that bewitches our minds and leads us astray. The life we live, the generations we are born into, the cultures that surround us, all these and more cloud our inner vision and place us in an existence that limits us from seeing our true nature. Fate, karma, bad luck, these are all the same, remnants of what was before coming into the now. Accepting this and seeing that there is something larger and more profound than these identities is the shaft of light in the darkness that reveals true knowledge.
Knowledge begins the journey to liberation. We see through darkness, out the cave of limitations and realize that a life beyond our imagination exists, one of true satisfaction and fulfillment. This is the road we are meant to travel.
If this were enough, so many would be happy and full of infinite joy. But, most have this beatific sight then ignore it or fall into despair because what was seen seems beyond any reach of present circumstances? Too many distractions, obstacles surround it. Honestly, even for those who see and strive after it, what was seen as the path is confused and clouded by perceptions of our mind so the goal becomes even further out of our hands. This is the realm of the ego and it's skewed take on what are meant to be binds us to ultimate disappointment.
Here resides a force capable of leading us to the life we are meant to have. It is a way that has taken many forms and shapes though the ages. The moment we look at the vision of our lives see it and say yes to it, the cosmic wheels begin to churn and place before us the practice that will lead us into the life we are meant to live. It will be different for every person.
I call it Yoga! Name it whatever you want. Go deep into it and you will discover the way to liberations and fulfillment.
This is the plug that when connected to what we seek will illuminate our way. Through following a course of yoga whatever it might be for one, however it manifests itself and then through a determined practice we will be led to the way we were meant to walk.
May you find your Yoga!!!