The Meaning of Love Both light and shadow are the dance of love.
Love has no cause; it is the astrolove of God’s secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless
Although I may try to describe Love when I experience it I am speechless.
Although I may try to write about Love I am rendered helpless;
my pen breaks and the paper slips away at the ineffable place
where love a, Loving and Loved are one.
Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love. ~ Rumi
Namaste Dear Community
It is February and at Sonic that means it’s time to open our hearts and celebrate love! I have two offerings from my heart to yours. The first is a set of unconventional heart opening practices from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and the second is a class offering celebrating love in the form of Sringara Rasa.
I am currently immersed in the teachings of the Vijnana Bhairava, a non-dualist philosophical text, with Sally Kempton. Sally is a brilliant teacher and a warm and loving soul, who we have had the good fortune to host at Sonic yoga. Sally’s wisdom and transmission of the teachings of the sacred Yogic texts is powerfully inspirational and transforming.
The Vijnana Bhairava is a sacred and beautiful philosophical text that outlines a series of simple yet powerful Yoga practices to find beauty, peace, joy and passion in life, while guiding us to a deeper connection with the divine. The text is a beautiful conversation between Bhairava or Shiva (consciousness that permeates everything) and Devi or Shakti (creative power or dynamism of the universe). In this sacred, conversation Shiva shares with Shakti some 112 “Yogas”, un- orthodox ways of reaching enlightenment.
Here are a few sample verses from the Radiance Sutras a translation of the Vijnana Bhariava Tantra by Lorin Roche. I love these practices because they do not have the strictness of the more austere teachings of the classical texts. They encourage us to be in exploration and in play and to think out of the lines, just as many of our Sonic teachers do.
In any quiet moment when you are breathing,
The breath may flow out and pause of itself
Or flow in and pause of itself.
Here experience opens into exquisite vastness with no beginning and no end.
Embrace this infinity without reservation.
Dive into it, drink deeply, and emerged renewed.
Whenever you dissolve into helpless laughter –
Transported by a magic show,
Antics or jokes,
Having your armpits tickled,
Drenched by a sudden shower,
Or any of nature’s tricks –
Dive into the source of that laughter.
Surrender to the surge of joy
Illuminating the essence of reality.
In the great joy of seeing
A loved one after a long absence,
A flash of recognition ignites you.
Space becomes charged,
The bond between ou shimmers,
And a surge of delight arises in your being.
Find within you the source of this surge.
Melt into that place of upwelling,
A wave of rolling in a vast ocean of delight.
Tasting dark chocolate,
A ripe apricot, A luscious elixir –
Savor the expanding joy in your body.
Nature is offering herself to you.
How astonishing To realize this world can
taste so good.
When sipping some ambrosia,
Raise your glass, Close your eyes, Toast the universe – The Sun and Moon and Earth
Danced together To bring you this delight. Receive the nectar on your tongue As a kiss
of the divine.
Extend your awareness
Into the bodies of other living beings,
Feel what those others are feeling.
Leave aside your body and its needs,
Day by day, constrictions will loosen,As you become attunded
To the current of life
Flowing through us all.
Wander and wander to the point of exhaustion,
Whirl until you lose control,
Dance until you are ready to drop.
Fall to the earth.
Surrender to the swirl of sensations
Surfing through your form.
Dissolve in awe as arising energies
Continue the dance in your inner world.
Beyond motion and commotion,
Become the body of ecstasy.
My second offering is the practice of Sringara rasa. In classical Indian arts we celebrate beauty and love through the experience of Sringara rasa. Sringara is one of the nine rasas, or tastes, usually translated as erotic love, romantic love, attraction or beauty. It can also be seen as the bond between mother and child or the romantic relationship as a metaphor for the union between the individual and the divine. Sringara rasa is the flavor that arises from what ever is, sacred, pure, placid and worth seeing.
In celebration of the heart this month, find something you love and immerse yourself in it, taste and savor the beauty of life, the loves of your life. Whether it’s your beloved partner, your family, your best of friends, places you love, music, dance, art, food, spiritual practice and yes even Yoga, find it, explore it and drink it in. Celebrate love and experience beauty in all of it’s forms.
For a deeper exploration of Sringara Rasa, please join me for a special class with live sitar by Thomas Wave on Wednesday Feb. 6 at 12:30 pm.
With Radiant Love from my heart to yours!
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Featured Event or Workshop: Partner Thai Yoga Workshop
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