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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

KARMA IN SOCIETY
The world in which we are living in the 21st century is not conducive to health of any kind. We have a struggle to survive- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – having chosen to rebel against or reject the fundamental values and ethics of our culture.
The destructive tendencies of mankind are now rampant in every sphere in society. There are changes that are not constructive and many have contaminated our personal living environment, ruined the refuge offered in harmonious family life and even caused nations to falter.
We hardly need to be reminded of the destruction of our natural physical environment with pollution being an issue on land, sea, and air.
Regarding the subtler areas of human function in the emotional and mental realms we must recognize that there are issues that are equally critical and even more important to our welfare and our future on the planet.
There is unrest or disease apparent on all levels but it is the massive outbreak of psychological issues evidence in depression, violence (self harm and to others), criminality and general aggression so that our societies are now a far cry from the peace, health and happiness we all dream about and wish to share.
However, as individuals and as a people we are responsible for what we have created in wonderful technological and social advances. We are also responsible for rectification of our wrongs, both as a society and as individuals. Only this fact can motivate us to offer our talents to the ultimate good of the whole.
Only sincerity of effort and great life law of Karma will determine the degree of our success.

RIGHT ACTION – Karma Yoga

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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RIGHT ACTION – Karma Yoga

Action requires decision making.
Helpful advice in such times directs us to do nothing that disturbs our inner peace of mind.
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KARMA – in Social Situations and World Patterns

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The materialistic world in which we are living in the 20th century is not conducive to health of any kind. We have a struggle to survive – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually  having chosen to rebel against, or reject the fundamental values and ethics of our culture.

The destructive tendencies of mankind are now rampant in every sphere in society. There are changes that are not constructive and many have contaminated our personal living environment, ruined  the refuge offered by harmonious family life and even caused  nations to falter.

We hardly need to be reminded of the destruction of our natural physical environment with pollution being an issue on land, sea and air.

Regarding the subtler areas of human function in the emotional and mental realms we must recognize that there are also issues that are equally critical and even more important to our future welfare on the planet.

There is unrest or disease apparent on all levels but it is the massive outbreak of psychological issues evidence in depression, violence (self harm and to others), criminality and general aggression that identify our present societies as a far cry from the peace, health and happiness dream we all share.

However, because we as a people are responsible for the wonderful technological advances initiated by individuals, we are also responsible for rectification of our wrongs, both as a society and as individuals.  Only this fact can motivate us to offer our talents to the ultimate good of the whole.

 Karma, the law of Cause and Effect will determine the degree of our success.

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Western Yoga Practice

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Yoga is essentially a dynamic expression in the interpretation of the western mind. We are vitally concerned in any ideology which will promise more efficient living, more abundant health and more material improvements. And this no doubt attracts many students to follow Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action.

Disciplining our lives and achieving self-mastery through Yogic techniques enables us to develop our own self culture lives and accomplish our inherent aspirations. Everyone has abilities that can be used for one’s own self culture and purposes or for the benefit of others.  We are all granted opportunities to develop our own talents and to in some way help others. Many are lazy and find both avenues neglected but will find a degree of disappointment or frustration is felt with any procrastination.

Everyone must nurture a degree of unselfish longing to contribute to society. Until this is fulfilled in some way, life will tend to seem wasted in spite of all the transitory experiences and pleasures.

Yogic practice develops self confidence as we come to understand the presiding natural law of Karma, or cause and effect that rules all action and determines repercussions. We know that constructive effort is rewarded and goodness will result in positives in life. Karma however is not a bargaining table. Its great calculations are left to higher agencies than our human system of debits and credits. The ancient Egyptians understood that both the heart and mind are weighed in the balance to determine the quality of our actions and depicted this in their frescoes. It is important in understanding Karma Yoga to realize that right action follows right thought and right feeling.

There comes a time that each of us must make decisions about how we choose to spend our years ahead and what we would wish to do. In the planning that helps us focus upon priorities we have to make choices such as whether we will live entirely selfishly or to include a degree of effort towards contributing to the community.  We are all aware of the many avenues where help is needed by those less fortunate and it is this awareness that helps to motivate us to act. It can become very uncomfortable if we choose to do nothing.

Westerners are active and purposeful. Studying and applying the principles both of physical and mental activity and balancing energies with quiet meditative moments help to make us candidates for leading a vital, healthy and rewarding life that satisfies our personality as well as our soul. The Karma Yogi understands and enjoys activity and work. Work is enhanced by the injection of enthusiasm. This, the Bhatia’s energy, is known and expressed by Kahil Gibran in his simple words “Work is love made visible.”

Westerners can accomplish much by their dynamic approach to life when the passive power developed through meditation inspires their enterprises to reach beyond material purposes alone to goals that satisfy the deep needs of others and to advance human progress.

Karma Yoga Means Action

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

We are taught and most of us profess to believe in the natural law of Divine Justice and the wisdom in acting with “do unto others…” in mind as a guiding or modifying influence. It is a benign law to assist us in making right choices in life.

We may readily also believe that each of us has the wonderful privilege of free will that allows us to make our own decisions and to choose our path through life.  But we may forget that we determine our future fortune or otherwise by our choices made today.

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Karma Yoga – Yoga in Action

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Yoga is essentially a dynamic expression in the interpretation of the western mind. We are vitally concerned in any ideology which will promise more efficient living, more abundant health and more material improvements. And this no doubt attracts many students to follow Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action.

Disciplining you life and achieving self-mastery through Yogic techniques will enable you to develop your life to become a fruitful accomplishment of all your inherent aspirations.

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Dharma

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

From a western point of view, in attempting to understand and embrace the qualities and traditions of worth from other cultures, there are certain limitations. If we are to be sincere in our motivation and respectful in our application of any traditions of other cultures we must also be accurate in our understanding of their meaning.

Western students of Yoga are at present happily embracing much of the philosophies and ideologies attributed to Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Many are enriched by their extended knowledge and understanding that will help them in striving for excellence in their lives, their actions and their behaviour.

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