Happy month of July – the month of bloom and simplicity.
This month we will focus on aparigraha-sthairye janma-kathantā-sambodhaḥWhen the Yogi is established in aparigraha, non-possessiveness, knowledge of the past, present, and future and the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of life is realized.
Aparigraha means non-acceptance of gifts, non-hoarding, being free from greed, being free from rigidity of thoughts and free from clinging to paradigms and opinions. In a positive sense, grasping is replaced with the practice of generosity, gratitude, contentment, and respect. Sthairye is being steady, stable and fully trusting in this practice
Every spiritual tradition has recognised that a simple life is conducive for practices of enlightenment and spiritual realisation. Monks and nuns in monasteries and ashrams generally possess only a couple of identical robes. Some use begging bowls for food and alms. Meals are often minimal, vegetarian or vegan. Many shave their heads to minimize ego, and most engage in Karma Yoga.
Asana and meditation practices are about simplicity. All we need is a mat, our bodies, minds, and breath. Every day, we take a break to let go of outer distractions, grasping and greedy tendencies. We allow the necessary spaciousness to emerge that we can reach a state where we are missing nothing. In Sutra II.39, Maharishi Patanjali suggests that the practice of Aparigraha will ultimately reveal why we were born. It is not only the understanding of past, present and future births, but also of our true purpose in life.
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