For Contemplation…

“Stay without ambition, without the least desire, exposed, vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain, alone, completely open to and welcoming life as it happens, without the selfish conviction that all must yield your pleasure or profit, material or so called spiritual.“ Nisargadatta Maharaj Photo Credit: Beth Maciorowski’s Photography

Pranayama: Removing the Veil, Sutra 2.52

Inspired by the Pranayama Sutra below translated by B.K.S. Iyengar: Sutra 2.52: Tatah kisyate prakasavaranam Pranayama removes the veil covering the light of knowledge and heralds the dawn of wisdom. Its practice destroys illusion, consisting of ignorance, desire, and delusion which obscure the intelligence; and allows the inner light of wisdom to shine.  As the …

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Wreck Your Body?

There is a storm going on in the yoga community stirred by the New York Times Article, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. Many are questioning the validity of the claims made by Broad about the hazards of practicing yoga. The students and teachers at Karuna have been discussing the implications of this article and …

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Surrender vs. Resignation

Written by Eileen Muir, inspired by Adyashanti while she was on a silent meditation retreat with him. Resignation is a painful place to be in. It is often a strategy we do in order to not feel pain, fear, or sometimes terror. It is a sort of ‘pretend surrender’. Often we do ‘pretend surrender’ when …

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Poem written in response to Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.15

Sutras: Sutra 1.12: abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhah [The vrtti states of mind] are stilled by practice and dispassion Sutra 1.13: tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhysah From these, practice is the effort to be fixed in concentrating the mind Sutra 1.14:  sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito drdha-bhumih Practice becomes firmly established when it has been cultivated uninterruptedly and with …

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