Theme of the month November – the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
It’s that time of the year again when a brand new group of teacher trainees have started with us in the studio and either ended their first weekend on a high or in despair about how much there is to learn…or a bit of both!
Next month we will study the sacred text of the Bhagavad Gita together, which is one of my favourite yogic texts but when you first start exploring it, it can seem very unfriendly and hard to decipher what on earth is going on!
So this month at the studio, we will be theming our classes on some of the teachings within the pages of the Gita which will help out the new trainees as they wrap their heads around it but will also gives all of us a lovely dose of Krishna magic
When I was a teenager, I was handed a copy of the Gita by a Hare Krishna on the streets of Plymouth! I don’t think I ever opened a page of the book, who knew it was to become one of the most important books in my life? Years later I was browsing a second hand book stall in Darwin, Australia and I picked up a small black book. The woman running the stall told me to keep it and to just open it whenever I needed some guidance on life…of course it was a copy of the Gita. The universe was literally throwing this book at me!
And I’m so glad it did, within its pages you will find guidance on how to live life, battle with your demons and find your own path.. As an aside here, a really fun thing to do to look into your path is to hop onto the 3HO.org website and do the free numerology kundalini reading on there…my path was that of a teacher!
So we hope to see you in class this month to explore the richness of the Gita with us and chant a few Krishna chants along the way!
Arjuna said: Those devotees who, ever steadfast, worship You after this fashion, and those others who worship the Imperishable and Unmanifest – which of these have greater knowledge of yoga?
The Lord said: Those who have fixed their minds on Me, and who, ever faithful, worship Me – them do I hold to be perfect in yoga.
And those who have completely controlled their senses and are of even mind under all conditions and thus worship the Imperishable, the Ineffable, the Incomprehensible, the Immutable, the Unchanging, the Eternal – they are devoted to the welfare of ALL BEINGS, attain Me alone, and no-one else.
Fix your mind on Me alone, rest your thoughts on Me alone, and in Me alone you will live hereafter. Of this there is no doubt.
If you are unable to fix your mind steadily on Me, then seek to reach me by the yoga of constant practice.
If you are incapable of constant practice, then devote yourself to service.
If you are unable to do even this, then be self-controlled, surrender the fruit of all action, and take refuge in Me.
Knowledge is better than practice, and meditation is better than knowledge. Renunciation of the fruit of action is better than meditation; peace immediately follows such renunciation.
He who never hates any being and is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from the feelings if “I” and “mine” and even-minded in pain and pleasure, who is forbearing, ever content, and steady in contemplation, who is self-controlled and possessed of firm conviction, and who has consecrated his mind and understanding to Me – dear to Me is the one who is thus devoted to Me.
He by whom the world is not afflicted and whom the world cannot afflict, he who is free from joy and anger, fear and anxiety – he is dear to Me.
He who rejoices not and hates not, who grieves not and desires not, who has renounced both good and evil and is full of devotion – he is dear to Me.
He who is alike to foe and friend; unaltered in honour and dishonour; who is the same in cold and heat, in pleasure and pain; who is unchanged by praise and blame; who is silent, content with whatever he has, homeless, firm of mind, and full of devotion – that man is dear to Me.
Exceedingly dear to Me are they who regard Me as the Supreme Goal and, endowed with faith and devotion, follow this Immortal Dharma.”