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Sep 05, 2022,Kanha Shantivanam

by: Kamlesh D. Patel

Highlights of the day..

The Art of Staying Within the Heart

Ashtanga Yoga, especially the first two steps, can be understood only when you have developed a most refined and discriminative mind. With such a mind, Yama and Niyama are naturally adopted in day-to-day life. Otherwise, they can be burdensome exercises.

The day began with the routine walk at 6.30 a.m. Daaji was joined by Vijay from the tissue culture team. They discussed plantation activities, including the rampant problem of neem trees being affected by a bug, and probable solutions.
 

At 9 a.m., Sudhir Marwaha met Daaji to discuss construction-related activities. This was followed by a meeting with Elizabeth Denley at 10 a.m., regarding the message for the upcoming Bhandara. 
 

At 11 a.m., Daaji underwent acupuncture treatment with Amy Mody, who is a resident of Kanha.

 

In the evening, at 7 p.m., Daaji met seekers in the conference hall of the administrative building in Kanha. He distributed chocolates to the children, patiently listened to what some of the seekers had to share, and then conducted meditation for the group.

 

On his way home, he stopped by the dining area of THLC, where the hostel boys were having their dinner. Daaji spent time with the children, walking over to each and every table and saying that he would give them surprise visits every now and then. While he was there, he observed a few children coughing and, out of great concern, asked them if they had been to see the doctor.

One child informed him that his grandmother had passed away a few days back. Daaji said that he would pray for her. When another student expressed that he would like to start meditation, Daaji asked him to attend the group meditation session at Kanha the coming Sunday and begin the practice.
 

In reply to an e-mail, Daaji clarified a few nuances of meditation and the inner journey. It is worth quoting the same here:

The Art of Staying Within the Heart

Ashtanga Yoga, especially the first two steps, can be understood only when you have developed a most refined and discriminative mind. With such a mind, Yama and Niyama are naturally adopted in day-to-day life. Otherwise, they can be burdensome exercises.

Meditation is an inner journey toward the Infinite, and that is why this pilgrimage is called ‘Towards Infinity’ by Babuji. While approaching meditation, it is better to be free of peripheral bondages like, “I can meditate only for 1 hour,” or “only for 5 minutes,” “I will only meditate at such-and-such a place,” or “I will meditate only with this person and not with so-and-so,” or “Only Lord Hanuman should come to my view.” All sorts of conditions must end prior to proceeding toward the Unknown. Please know for sure that anything ‘known’ will surely interfere with the Unknown!

Self-inquiry is there to investigate if you still have some symptoms of lack. Authentic self-inquiry is a helpful tool when you have mastered the art of ‘staying within’ the heart.  
 

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