Stouffville / Hamilton
The Stouffville group is great;
very attentive to the message based on verses 8 and 9 of Chapter Five (Bhgavad
Gita). The theme established was what is good separation and what is bad
First of all, Krishna addresses,
through the channel of sankhya philosophy, that the body must be seen as
separate from the self. For instance, He mentions that merely talking,
sleeping, breathing, and even evacuating – all actions of the body – are to be
perceived as aloof from the person, the soul. Eventually, the individual within
the body must see this distinction.
Ultimately, we must draw the line
between matter and spirit. Inevitably, we will separate from this matter. This
is favourable separation.
The unfavourable separation,
which we initially conceived from time immemorial, was the break-away from God.
It was indeed a divorce of sorts. Thus yoga, which means a reconnection with
the truth, is what we take up in order to unite. Call it a reunion.
I explained to the group that
there are nine methods that allow for this reconnection. Of these nine, the
first two – introspective hearing and chanting – are what we concentrated on
with a group in Hamilton. Oh, and it was so sweet. We ended up feeling so
connected to each other through kirtan. This group only gets together
monthly, so naturally we feel separation (the good type) from each other. We
had three great drummers where we gathered at Monica’s yoga studio.
May the Source be with you!