Namaste from Pondicherry, India
Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!
I bought a bicycle a few weeks ago. It is nice for exercise and now I no longer need to take the notoriously overcrowded buses here in India. Riding a bike on the roads can be dicey though. A typical decision that needs to be made is when there is a bus, 2 cars, 4 motorbikes with 9 people on them, 3 bicycles, 2 cows, 8 goats and 2 dogs all coming together at the same point in the road, what happens? This is a common occurrence on the roads in India, and there are no traffic laws. At least that anyone obeys. Except that the cow is safe.
Here at the ashram we have a very controlled diet. We are allowed to eat what we want outside the ashram except we agreed to stay vegetarian for the length of our stay. The diet that we eat here is Sattvic. This means that the food is prepared fresh and with care and positive vibrations. It is also very agreeable to the digestive system, which primarily means that it is not overspiced or too strongly spiced. Did you know that food prepared in anger is very unhealthy? When we tune into all these energies, we begin to realize the subtleties of the world. We chant a simple mantra before each meal and it is this.
Om Tat Sat Krishnar Panamastu . We chant this three times before each meal, and it is basically a blessing for the food!
In this week’s lesson we take a look at Satya. This is the second of the Yamas, which we practice to restrain our animal instincts. Satya means truthfulness, but that is not the best word to use. It more closely means the ability to see reality or to see things as they actually are. Truth is subjective. Our ability to see reality is based on our perceptions (the 5 senses) and our ability to be aware if our perceptions are feeding us correct information. This is why oftentimes when the police ask 5 witnesses for an account of a car accident, often there are 5 different stories. We must develop a very keen awareness of our own perception and know when it is lying to us. We also can understand reality from a reliable witness or from inference. We must be as careful as these as with perception!
As we look at reality and grow awareness, we move from gross to the subtle to the embodiment. This is true of all the Yamas and the Niyamas. To review, Yamas restrain our animal instincts and Niyamas increase our humanness. When we outright lie, we are not practicing Satya. This is a gross example. When we exaggerate in a story or tell a white lie, this is more a subtle example of Satya. When we have reached a point where we embody our truth or reality, we have reached a beautiful level of Satya and are an example for the world to follow!!!
Enjoy, keep practicing, keep evolving and so much more to come!! As always if you have any questions, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer all emails!!!!
In Unity and Love,