The topic of our Yoga Inspiration Spread today is Clarity (Deutsch: Klarheit). On the Card you can see Krishna dancing on Kaliya.
The legend of Kaliya is found in the Bhagavatapurana. Kaliya lived in the Yamuna River and his poison contaminated the river water. One day Krishna climbed on a tree standing on the shore; from there his ball fell into the water and Krishna jumped after it. Immediately Kaliya rose his more than one hundred heads and spat poison. Krishna hurled the snake around, jumped on it and danced on its heads until blood came out. At the request of Kaliya’s numerous women, Krishna allowed Kaliya to retreat into the sea, whereupon the water of the Yamuna became drinkable again. Krishna is a Hindu form of the Divine and is usually worshipped as the eighth avatara of Vishnu. For his followers Krishna is the incarnation of the Supreme.
So let’s go further with the spread.
In the past something has to be released.
Letting go often is connected to losing. But it is not about turning your back on something or someone completely, but to release it. To accept that your own path and the path of the other person separates, so that new paths can open up. This can also be related to the topic of dignity. For example, you can let go of something or someone who does not recognize and appreciate you as you are, does not give anything back to you or something similar. Such relationships cannot fulfill you and growth is not possible.
In the future it’s about patience.
Also patience is often negatively associated. We do not want to wait any longer until we can achieve something. Here you have to ask yourself why you want something. If it is something external, e.g. a certain person, an object, why do I want it now? What can this give to me, obviously I think I do not have it inside me. But: Everything you need is already inside you. Only you can bring yourself happiness and well-being into your life. No one else can do that.
Its still unconscious to you that forgiving is the key.
Forgiveness does not mean to approve of everything someone has done. It’s okay to name if something was bad that someone did to you. But it is not a solution to hold on to. You have to go on. Anger about it will not get you anywhere. Forgiveness can help you to process what happened and move forward on your way. Then healing can happen.
Its conscious to you that your perception has changed.
You can perceive that your thoughts become more loving, to yourself but also to your environment. You recognize the beauty in nature, in the simple things of life and enjoy them. You enjoy the moment.
Yoga Inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita:
The Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Mahabharata. In this epic of the blind king Dhritarashtra, the seer Samjaya describes the struggle of the two Bharata families the Pandavas and the Kauravas for power. In the Bhagavad Gita a dialogue between Krishna, the teacher, and Arjuna, the disciple, is depicted. Krishna, as a manifestation of the Divine, explains the basic ideas about life to the young warrior and prince Arjuna on the battlefield. He shows him his divine being and instructs him in recognizing the divine.
On the picture at the beginning of the blog post you can read a inspirational quote from the Bhagavad Gita:
English: One who is able to withdraw the senses from their objects, just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, is established in divine wisdom.
German: Der Yogi, der wie eine Schildkröte ihre Glieder, alle Sinne von den Sinnesobjekten zurückzieht, dessen Weisheit ist fest gegründet.
Today we want to reflect on this sentence.
What feelings are coming up, when you are reading this sentence?
What do you think about it?
What can you take away for your own yoga practice?
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