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Saturday, March 10, 2007

New video clips 

Sorry not to post anything here lately, but I am really shifting from text blogs to posting video clips. Here they are :

Ram Ram,


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Is it not sometimes good to be angry ? 

All emotions make sense sometimes. Anger can be instructive, like when it helps a mother to teach a child that something is not allowed. If we feel angry then we should not let it simmer inside where it will only grow and damage our biochemistry. Same way, if we lose somebody near and dear, then tears should flow. It is very natural and healthy to be sad about those things. Suppressing negative emotions is never good.

But when we do Rasa Sadhana, all good reasons for being angry or sad are no longer important. Like when we do food fasting, then food is no longer important, even though we never question the natural need for food. Still, after doing these Rasa excercises for a prolonged period of time, we may feel to give up on negative emotions like anger completely. A saint will never be really angry, even if sometimes he or she may put up an angry act if it seems instructive.

The first key is about understanding these emotions and the second about achieving self-confidence through exercise. Anger is always based on some unfulfilled expectation. If we stop expecting things from others, then there is no more need for anger. When we realize that one minute of anger can kill the peace obtained through months of regular meditation, then we understand that getting angry turns a little problem into a really big one. If we stop getting irritated about other people’s errors, we refrain from turning their problem into our own problem.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Would you say that we are living in a mature society? 

This question came from Canada and it seems good to answer it here.

Maturity can be measured in many ways I guess. However, if one accuses an adult of behaving like a child, then usually that behaviour is emotionally imbalanced. So one could also measure the maturity of society in terms of its emotional intelligence. Looking at the regular news, it seems this world is full of uncontrolled anger, disgusting behaviour and irrational fear. Of course, that is what news media like to show. Looking around me, it may seem sometimes as if people are less and less happy and that this unhappiness also causes immature behavior. On the other hand, that might just mean I am getting old... The younger we are, the more easy it is to overlook unhappiness. And there really are lots of people taking a serious look at the causes of their unhappiness and are willing to look at the consequences too.

In conclusion, there isnt any serious way to measure the evolution of society over time. But for sure, society is not behaving in a mature fashion today. Lot's of room for improvement there and teaching emotional balance to people would take everybody a long way. Starting at home, preferably.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The madness of losing happiness in order to pursue it 

One of the main things in this fasting from negative emotions, is to pursue your desires without attachment. Even maybe for the less spiritual desires, pursuing them is quite alright if you can remain happy in succes or failiure alike. This mains to retain awareness about the joke of life, about the madness of losing happiness in order to pursue it. If you can do that, then any desire can be yours. Then, if you really desire them, fulfilling them will bring spiritual growth. If, however, you grumble, cry and shake whenever your desires are not met, then truly any desire, even the most spiritual ones, will not bring you any further at all. And to put this theory into practice, you need the excercise called Rasa Sadhana.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Where does this Rasa Yoga originate from ? 

It is still somewhat of a mystery to me. I learned it from my teacher Harish Johari, who left his body in 1999. He said to have learned it from his parents and that it is Tantric in origin. There are references to the Rasas already in the oldest vedas and in India adolescents are taught about the Rasas in many primary schools. It has never been established as a separate yoga branch because it is mostly a yoga for householders and so fully integrated within other yoga branches that it became somewhat invisible. It mostly relates to the time when there were no yoga schools or ashrams, when yoga was taught in the Gurukul, the household of the teacher. There, in real life, Rasa Sadhana was among the first excercises yoga students had to perform.

There are many saints out there that never heard about it and they are still very much in control of their emotions. So it no requirement. It is also no alternative to other kinds of yoga, but rather a discipline that can be easily integrated within most of them. Not being angry requires no extra time, so it is a kind of yoga that is very useful to the householder that may have only an hour a day or so to practice meditation. If during the day one can remain free from disturbing emotions, then the meditation that one can do will be much more fruitful and in turn that meditation will help to remain more happy in life. It is easy to learn how to do Rasa Sadhana and easy to teach. No special degrees or institutes are required. It may not be easy not to be angry for a month – for some people that are in need of therapy it may not be easy for even one hour - but all we need to know is that trying it will gain us more and more control.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Only nine emotions ? 

It is a question that comes often, so it merits an answer here.

Obviously there are billions of different emotions. Some people may have as many names for different kinds of anger as eskimos have for different kinds of snow. The nine emotions discussed in this book are in fact nine emotional essences or Rasas. They each create their own family of emotions. Some emotional states may even consist of more than one Rasa.

In whatever form it comes, the anger Rasa always has the nature of fire on the levels of our biochemistry and energy. And it is always based on some unfulfilled expectation. Hence any kind of anger can be reduced by cooling down the fire element and by analysing our expectations. Understanding only nine Rasas thus allows us to deal with about every imaginable emotional state.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Don't take your errors too seriously 

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything here. I have some good excuses, with all my traveling, staying alive financially, while still finishing another book and starting the writing of a new one - in brief - the general busy-ness of modern life. Whatever the excuses, I am feeling a little ashamed at disappointing people. But just a little really, just about enough to promise myself to make some new posts more regularly in the future.

That is about all that some dissatisfaction with yourself is good for. To make you recognize some error and create the desire not to repeat it. Apart from that, the feeling makes little sense. Dwelling on it will only further undermine your selfconfidence, drag you down to the bottomless pit of self-pity and self-disgust. Such feeling is even more likely to make you repeat the original error again, than it is likely to make you change your ways.

So don't dwell on the past and don't identify with your errors. You CAN do better. Everybody can. Nobody may be perfect, but certainly nobody IS imperfect. Neither look back nor ahead. Just be, now, as perfect as you know how.

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LOVE - Shringara
beauty - devotion
JOY - Hasya
humor - sarcasm
WONDER - Adbhuta
mystery - curiosity
confidence - pride
PEACE - Shanta
relaxation - calmness
SADNESS - Karuna
compassion - pity
ANGER - Raudra
irritation - violence
FEAR - Bhayanaka
anxiety - worry
DISGUST -Vibhatsa
depression - self pity
The Yoga of Nine Emotions, by Peter Marchand, based on the teachings of Harish Johari
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"The Yoga of the Nine Emotions"



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