About purpose and inspiration…

A good friend asked me tonight: “So, what is your purpose with this website of yours. How do you intend to help the community?”

At first I thought it was a great question (or two) just because I was thinking of writing tonight but I was lacking inspiration.

As a yogi, the first that comes to mind is one of the principles taught in the Bhagavad Gita 12.12. In this chapter Krishna explains Bhakti Yoga (Yoga through the path of devotion and selfless action) to Arjuna:

 

“śreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj

jñānād dhyānaḿ viśiṣyate

dhyānāt karmaphala-tyāgas

tyāgāc chāntir anantaram

 

SYNONYMS

śreyaḥ — better; hi — certainly; jñānam — knowledge; abhyāsāt — than practice; jñānāt — than knowledge; dhyānam — meditation; viśiṣyate — is considered better; dhyānāt — than meditation; karmaphalatyāgaḥ — renunciation of the results of fruitive action; tyāgāt — by such renunciation; śāntiḥ — peace; anantaram — thereafter.

TRANSLATION

If you cannot take to this practice, then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge. Better than knowledge, however, is meditation, and better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action, for by such renunciation one can attain peace of mind.” [1]

 

Being completely honest, as much as I would like to consider myself completely selfless and altruistic in my actions. I think I am far from there. However, as I told my friend tonight I try really hard every second of my life.

Even if I fail 99% of the time, it is ok; I’ll just keep on trying. And that is the point of the practice of Yoga.

I always wanted to write a blog. I really don’t know why. I don’t have a purpose or an agenda. After my first post, I wrote this on Facebook as I shared the link to this outlet trying to get my friends to read me, like me, share me etcetera:

“I always wanted to blog and finally today I found the courage”

This was a comment in response to that from another beautiful friend of mine:

“…I think you always had a courage but you didn’t have a topic…”

Maybe she’s right. Or maybe I was trying to look for that courage, that topic or that inspiration and that’s why I never started before.

Maybe this is one more of the gifts yoga has given me.

The night I started this site I was overwhelmed with beauty and happiness and without thinking about it twice I signed up and I wrote. I did so with no real intention or purpose in mind I just knew it was right.

Just as many other yogis I remember, not long ago, when I first started to feel all the blessings and transformation that comes through constant Yoga practice; I was telling everybody about Yoga.

I just wanted everybody to come with me and practice every day. I was talking (maybe even preaching) about Yoga all the time. I must have seemed so annoying to a lot of people…

Slowly, slowly this changed. Not my passion for the practice, but I realized that preaching is not the way to engage or inspire people.

It’s funny, but as soon as my attitude changed people started asking questions and approaching me wanting to know about what I was doing that was transforming my life. Some people even told me how I was inspiring them.

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So, after all this, I still don’t have an answer, I still don’t have a purpose and I still don’t know how or if I am going to help the community.

I know that I am acting out of Love, doing what feels right and hopefully it will help or inspire someone along the way.

 

Love and Happiness,

Mannu.

 


[1] http://vedabase.net/bg/12/12/en

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