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Instrument of war

I watched a movie on Youtube the other day called ‘The Instrument of War.” As I watched I was mildly distracted by the usual suspects – getting a snack, incoming texts, surfing for other videos, checking the weather radar, playing a quick on-line poker game (play money), thinking about my to do list and, of course, I had the tv on in the background. The movie was a bit slow for me and then towards the end, with about 20 minutes to go, something caught my attention and I watched with all my attention until the end.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and writing about the duality we are immersed in. Can’t get away from it. Everyone talks about “oneness” or “community” or “unity” but it is always so illusive.

There is a chapter in The Bhagavad Gita (chapter 13) that could be entitled….”WHY FIGHT?” Upon awakening to the duality do we seek ‘peace” through understanding and compassion? Or do we engage as a warrior? Do we FIGHT?

“Arjuna said, O Krishna (God), if You consider understanding superior to action, why have you been urging me to this terrible action?” This apparent contradiction confuses me. Please tell me clearly: Which path will help me toward the highest good.”

The paradox is that becoming an instrument of war, Arjuna becomes an instrument of God. How? The spiritual “work” is different than the work of the ego. Both are necessary but The Soul’s journey is to cut the bonds of ego attachment to allow for an effortless upward movement toward The Divine.

I will write more about this but I link two videos here for further inquiry. The first is about morality and point towards the ties that bind the ego. The second is the movie.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/where-do-good-and-evil-come

Healing

This is an email I wrote to my yoga clients:
If you are getting this email then you are on my “yoga” list or I, have or am working with you on a related subject.  I came across this video and I would like to share it with you.  The link is pasted toward the end. Allow me to create some context.
Yoga, from the Sanskrit root “Yuj” gives us our word “union.”  Returning to wholeness, therefore, is the essential meaning of Yoga.  The heart of Yoga lives in realizing the path by which we unite our finite self with Infinite Being.  The vision of Yoga is an unbroken (unceasing) awareness of our oneness with Spirit.  This new level of consciousness evolves through yogic practices aimed at developing an ever-increasing awareness of the various levels of our experience : physical, energetic, emotional, spiritual, and so forth.
Keeping us from experiencing ourselves as truth, bliss and consciousness are obstructions, both obvious and subtle.  These obstructions create disharmony within us and is considered the root cause of our dis-eases.    In response to this alienation from Self, the practice of Yoga assists us in holding these unconscious patterns of obstruction and disturbance up to the light of our awareness.  This is the healing journey; the path to wholeness.
Swami Kripalu described it this way………
“The purpose of Yoga is the attainment of happiness, peace and bliss.  The meaning of
Yoga is the union of individual consciousness with Shiva consciousness; with
God (Source, Creator).  Yoga is the meeting of the drop and the ocean.
The ultimate result of all Yoga is purity of mind and body.”
Ok, with that said, most of you know that I acquired Type 1 Diabetes at age 14.  This dis-ease has been my “cross to bear.”  My deepest desire is to heal it.  It is a very challenging and uncomfortable obstruction to deal with albeit all the medical advancements.  Prior to the invention of injectable insulin in 1922 a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes ended quickly (not quickly enough).  Without insulin the body is not capable of metabolizing food.  Without insulin the body starves and is drained of all water.  My awareness that this life was a path of healing hit me square between the eyes in November of 1976.
I teach Yoga in the context of understanding that we are inquiring into how to become whole; how to heal.  This attitude is the foundation of my passion.  Yoga is but one map that I have studied and engaged in.  Some of the other maps are Vipassana Meditation, Kabbalah, Mystical Christianity, Spiral Dynamics, Integral Theory, Cranio – Sacral Therapy, Light Therapy, Bio-feedback, Acupuncture, Chakra balancing and others.  I love having Yoga as the backbone because it is such a dynamic map.
This video is one of the most comprehensive processes I have experienced.  It is 24 minutes. When you have a 1/2 hour find a comfortable place to be. lower the lights, maybe light a candle, wear comfortable clothes. make a cup of tea, put your headphones on, click play and enlarge the screen so you are in full screen mode.  One of my facebook friends posted this and then I checked it out.  The internet and advancements in technology are both mirroring and making possible the evolution in human consciousness that all of us can tap into now.
I teach the yoga classes not so much to teach yoga but rather to find and walk the path of healing.  I think we are about ready to quicken the pace.  Perhaps this video may aid in your path of healing.  It won’t resonate with everyone.  Check it out.
Here is the Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iLX14ua6k
Namaste,
Michael Mahanger
Coach, Trainer, Meditation Guide & Certified Yoga Teacher
www.choicetimes.com

What’s Really Going On?

I watched the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and I swear everybody looked like cartoon characters.  It was a bit appalling no matter what world view you have.  Questions arise but it really all boils down to a fight over “Power.”  That is our quest.  That is the human quest.  Power.  What is worse than feeling powerless?  More power means more freedom.  Less power means less freedom.  Or so it seems.

Of course, most of us know too little to make an accurate assessment.  My Liberal friends seem to be caught up in the wave of resistance and opposition to anything President Trump does, suggests, says or nominates.  My Conservative friends are impatient and want to move faster.  It seems like a perfect recipe for stagnation but, I believe, we are not standing still at all.  I believe things are moving faster than any of us can imagine.

Will Judge Kavanaugh be confirmed?  Not sure.  One thing is for sure…This upcoming midterm election is a big one.  If the Democrats are correct in their prediction of a Blue Wave and take over control of Congress then everything will come to a grinding halt and there is a good chance of impeachment.  If the Republicans can sustain control of Congress then the “blockade” will be broken and the flood gates will open.  God help us!

End Days

There is a lot of talk that we are living in the “End Days”.  What does that mean?  Those familiar with the Bible and the prophecies within are seeing current events as prophecy fulfilled.  Does End Days mean the end of the world?  The answer is NO.  It means an end to a system.  A new system is at hand.  We have recently entered the “Age of Aquarius.”  A new age indeed.  The divide between the left and the right has permeated to the core of the American family.  I believe that a good thought exercise is to begin to contemplate the “First Days.”  What is your Creation Story?  How did existence come about?  Was it random?  Is it impossible to know?  Is it found in some religious dogma?  If something is coming to an end then it had a beginning.  What is the cause?  This is the inquiry of the truth seeker.