Sukhasana, the Asana of Happiness – Ramana

Happiness

Ramana Marahshi on asanas:

Questioner: But hatha yoga is so much spoken of as an aid.

Ramana’s Answer: Yes. Even great pandits well versed in the vedanta continue the practice of it. Otherwise their minds will not subside. So you may say it is useful for those who cannot otherwise still the mind.
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Posture and Asana in Zen and Yoga

At the bottom of this article you will find the Posture chapter of Shunryu Suzuki’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and also the YouTube with Peter Coyote reading this chapter.

This short chapter is remarkable in several respects. Superficially it seems that he is describing the recommended zazen posture for the body. Looking more deeply at several statements in this talk, however, I realize that he is presenting us with non-linear Zen thoughts. Many statements impact me as wake up calls, directing me to leave my conventional thought patterns. This short talk is very rich and deep in its potential to show me the multiple levels that his communication contains. Here are some of my reflections on his statements from this point of view.
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HUMANITY’S COLLECTIVE INSANITY AND SPIRITUALITY

This post is Pam’s comment to my post on the Tornado in Oklahoma and my response to her comment:

“Our Souls Touched – Tornado in Oklahoma”

Pam’s comment:

“Tomas, thank you for sharing this. Indeed our hearts go out… and break while going.

Mother Nature has not only been ignored by homosapiens (since the beginning of their ascent) but terribly abused, plundered mercilessly. Not to be pessimistic, but there is nothing we can do to eliminate the harm we’ve already caused, the repercussions of which we are now experiencing. Yes, it would be wise to listen now to Mother, as you say, and to learn from our past mistakes. But look around, what is the likelihood of that happening? Keystone Pipeline, anyone? Let’s have a little “fracking” party, perhaps? How about we fell all the Amazon trees to build new homes and shopping centers? We need more of those. And create new dams throughout the once vast tropical land; we need the water more than the native species that live there. Oh, and let’s not forget to spray our manicured lawns and those pesky little dandelions with some Round Up, not to worry that it’ll destroy the GMO’d corn & other vegetables that are being grown nearby should its mist migrate. We don’t want weeds, nor bugs, nor any other ‘alien’ lifeform, do we?

I wonder, has Mother decide we are the aliens?

Sigh. Sorry.

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