Awaken to the Power and Fulfillment of Spiritual Leadership

 

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Spiritual Leadership can change your life and bring you the happiness you seek, as you impact the entire world through your own advancement.

Are you a Spiritual Leader in hiding?

How would you know?

Deep down you feel that your life has a purpose, but you struggle with the energy to take action.

You get inspired by the possibility of your desire, but struggle with implementing and acting on it.

You know that life is a team sport, but sometimes you feel like the only one who is playing.

You know that you are meant to have a positive impact in the world in a big way, but aren’t sure how to do that sustainably while maintaining your current responsibilities.

The good news is, it’s not difficult to change all of this. In fact, it’s easy and takes little effort. The bad news is, no one can do it for you. This is your voyage, your Spiritual Leadership, your life, and you are responsible for it, but you don’t have to do it alone.

So now you know…

You are a spiritual leader in hiding and you have a very important life purpose that will have an impact on the world.

That purpose is Spiritual Leadership full of joy, abundance, and fulfillment, and it is literally waiting for you…

Want to know the next step and how to make it sustainable?  Come to…

AWAKEN: Spiritual Leadership Immersion

A full day immersion retreat to experience the infinite possibilities that become available when you step into the space to receive your innate wisdom in order to awaken and align with your life purpose.

This retreat is for you if you are committed and serious about your personal and spiritual development.

Anandi
Anandi

Powerful, experiential and transformational. You will be fully guided and supported through amazing and effortless practice to catalyze and ignite your existing personal work.

This retreat is not for you if you are committed to techniques and rigorous mental, physical and emotional experiences for expanding consciousness.

Space is limited to ensure maximum support. So if you are ready for this experience REGISTER NOW: Email Anandi Kristina for more information and to register in advance to reserve your place.

Sunday July 1st
Nature’s Gate Retreat Center

Registration begins at 9am
Retreat begins at 11am
Retreat ends at 5pm

Snacks, a gourmet vegetarian lunch, tea and water provided.

ONLY $67 !!!

Camping is available for an additional cost $25 per night per person

This Retreat is led by Anandi Kristina, direct disciple of Durga Ma, Natural Meditation Master Teacher, composer, author and speaker.

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VI:44 From Failure to Success

Desire, which is an affirmation of lack, ends with fulfillment. This happy state is had when and to the degree one ignores desires and turns everything over to Absolute God/Truth. This works because in That, fulfillment is already complete, and what we surrender to is what we get.  

Continued from “The Wonders of Failure” (verses 40-43): 

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Thus, without will, he is carried onward by prior practice. Just by wanting to know Yoga, he transcends Word-Brahman.

“Without will, he is carried onward by prior practice
With his arrival in a new body, the yogi is automatically carried forward by prior practice—he doesn’t have to try to make it so, it is going to happen even if he thinks he is aiming at something else.

The Sanskrit word for ‘without will’ tells us how it happens that he finds the path to which he is drawn: the non-willful path. The word for ‘without will’ also means ‘without desire’. It is through surrender to the Divine Beloved that one becomes desireless. Desirelessness is a natural effect of fulfillment. Through surrender to God/Truth one is fulfilled and desire no longer has a place. 

Desireless = Fulfilled

The Sanskrit for ‘prior’ also means ‘eastern’. The Eastern path is the path of the will, which is where our ‘fallen yogi’ has arrived from. 

The Eastern path is every adult’s prior path. We learn how to use our will throughout childhood. In adulthood we can continue in this manner indefinitely, or we can at some point, choose the path that is “without will”, the Western path.

It is this non-willful path that our yogi has been drawn to. He has had enough of willful practices and their repercussions, and has tasted the honey of surrender and recognizes it as his own. 

“Just by wanting to know Yoga, he transcends Word-Brahman”
Word-Brahman refers to the Vedas, but the word veda also covers any authentic scripture or written text on God/Truth and the means of reaching It. Like many written
spiritual or religious texts, the Vedas read as willful, and our yogi has now transcended this. 

  • The Sanskrit for ‘transcend’ means ‘to pass beyond, surpass, get over, overcome’. Broken into its parts it means ‘beyond’ + ‘turning, revolving’—to get beyond the willful path, beyond the path of going around in circles.
  • The Sanskrit for ‘word’ also means ‘sound, voice, speech, the sacred syllable Om, and oral tradition’.
  • Brahman is Absolute God/Absolute Truth.

Getting Beyond Word-Brahman

Getting beyond the need for explanations of God in words, because now you know God directly.

The Vedas are also called Brahman, God, just as the Bible is God, or the Word, or the Word of God. So we can see there may be more than one interpretation of Word-Brahman.

  • Scriptures, written or spoken
  • The Vedas
  • The sound of God (OM, Amen)
  • Oral tradition

To go beyond the scriptures means that one has had enough experience of yoga (union) to get beyond the literal words they contain to deeper understanding.

To go beyond the Vedas means the same thing, but is also a reference to getting beyond the many rituals and laws of the Vedas to the ‘ritual actions’ (kriyas) of spontaneous, non-willful sadhana.

Sadhana – Spiritual practice. Sanskrit: The means of going straight to the goal. Mastering, cure, completion, perfection.

To go beyond the sound of God, is to get beyond the nada, sound heard directly in meditation, to later stages of sadhana and union with The Absolute (asamprajnata samadhi).

To go beyond oral tradition means that one has received the mysteries, which are only imparted orally by the teacher (guru).

So our yogi has transcended resorting to Vedic rituals for the purpose of obtaining their fruits (fulfilling desires). He has gone beyond the recitation of sacred texts considered to be Brahman. (The primary means of accessing these texts in earlier times was memorization and recitation). Having gone beyond them, he is a knower of them, and because of his advanced state, he also understands them and their hidden meanings through his own experience obtained through yoga practice.

His love for Yoga, which has been reawakened in him, carries him onward towards successfully completing Yoga and attaining liberation and perfection.

Surrender Meditation

Spontaneous, experiential meditation.

This chapter is called The Yoga of Meditation, so this yogi’s practice of Yoga is the practice of meditation. But why meditation rather than other Yoga practices?

Because the yogi is sincerely pursuing union with God/Truth and the freedom of moksha, liberation, he is subject to the forces of accelerated evolution (kundalini). Evolution involves change, change that is deeper and more profound than the changes we make in ourselves and in our lives as normal human beings.

This powerful force often produces effects not sanctioned by society in general. The yogi, being sensitive to the First Principle of Yoga (harmlessness) does not allow these effects to take place among the uninitiated. Instead, he establishes a meditation practice for this purpose. This is his sadhana.

Within the context of his sadhana, other practices of Yoga may also arise spontaneously (‘without will’). Because he is changed by the process, and because he is completely free during this time he has set aside, he slowly finds his way to union (yoga) with God and the true freedom of moksha.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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VI:16-19 The Life of a Yogi

Moderation 

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For yoga one does not eat too much or too little, and one does not sleep too much or too little.

17
With moderation in food and diversion, living and acting, sleep and wakefulness, yoga rids one of all sorrows.

These verses give us a new way to look at sameness, dispassion, or equality, with moderation holding the fort this time.

Moderation is not only meant to be applied overall, but to the small pieces of the overall as well. For instance, you can eat too much of the time, or you can eat too much food at one time; you can play too much of the time, or you can overexert yourself when playing—you can take exercise in a moderate fashion, or you can ‘go for the burn’ and force yourself to go the extra mile. So there is an overall moderation, and a real-time moderation.

Moderation is a relative thing. For instance, one person’s body may be naturally inclined to eat three meals a day. Someone else’s body may need to eat smaller meals more often, and another may be content with one meal a day. All bodies are different. When it comes to food, sleep and activity, you will have to get to know your body so you can practice moderation without wasting time and effort trying to train it to do something that is unnatural for it, and therefore not helpful. 

Most commentaries dwell on regulating and controlling all these aspects of life. But one cannot realistically determine what is too much and what is too little without first knowing one’s own limits and proclivities, and the nature of one’s own body. Subscribing to someone else’s idea of how much to eat, how much to sleep, how much to work, and how much to play, can be useful if your physical attributes match those of the one telling you what to do. Otherwise, you will fail because your body will not tolerate it. You can always try to retrain your body. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. It all depends on what kind of body you are working with. 

So what are you to do? You must resort to the fourth Niyama, svadhyaya: self-study. You must pay attention to yourself and your body, and notice what’s going on with your food, sleep and activities. This is the first step, before you can do anything about it, and it will require self-honesty.

If you think moderation is difficult, self-honesty is even more difficult. Aside from having and raising children, it is probably the most difficult thing you will ever do. You will be using your thinking mind, and at the core of the mind is an ‘ego’ that has an agenda of its own. So you will have to be willing to take some punches, accept some points, and then sort it all out.

You might be better off listening to your body, but then here comes the mind and all the things the senses have supplied it with, not to mention the senses themselves. Well, you’ll have to be able to look them in the eye, pay attention, get into neutral gear and choose what you are going to do based on what is best for your Yoga. You will make mistakes. Let that be OK, and just keep going with your self-inspection until you work out your own moderations. 

Neither gluttony nor fasting is appropriate for Yoga. But moderation is not just about food, it is about everything, all aspects of your life. By moderating them you will best serve yourself as the ‘instrument’ of your own success in Yoga.

Yoga

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Then, with the mind subdued, the yogi remains absorbed in his practice. Thus pleasantly engaged, he becomes desireless and free from longing, and finds happiness.

19
Just as a lamp does not flicker in a windless place, the yogi’s attention remains steady in the performance of his Yoga. 

Here the word for ‘attention’ is chitta, mind-stuff, the subtle energy of consciousness that constitutes the mind as a whole. You are not trying to figure out how to get anything, so the mind becomes inactive, not moving around, subdued—the chitta is still, and you are able to become absorbed in yoga. Through it, you easily become desireless and free from longing because you are fulfilled by yoga (union). 

We all have our little micro-moments of this, and we chase it by trying to live in the moment so we won’t miss it, should it come around again. But if you know yoga, you will have experienced that by its practice, you can have this fulfillment whenever you want. You have but to design your life to allow for it.  

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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