|AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - December 2019|
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice. This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.
"You have no alternative but to learn to love your duty. Then it becomes easy. If you do not love something, and yet you do it, it creates division in your mind, and gives your stress. Learn to create love toward your duties. It can be done." - Swami Rama, Sadhana, The Essence of Spiritual Life, Pp. 53So inspiring! Which duty do we have to learn to love? Maybe our miseries and misfortune or our choices in our life?
Michael Smith has answered this question.
From Michael Smith:
Namaste! What a wonderful quotation from Swamiji! Thank you! The context of what he is saying about “learning to love one’s duty” pertains mostly to one’s family responsibilities and to one’s occupation. The point Swamiji frequently makes is not to dissipate one’s energy with contradictory thoughts (“I hate doing this, but I will anyway”), but to keep a focused, ekagra (one-pointed) sattvic mind.
If you have a question about spiritual practice, you can use the "Contact the Spiritual Committee" link on the Ahymsin website to ask it.
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