Wednesday, May 10, 2017

June Calender writes


I dont trust the meditators. 
Its not their spacy
Its their me centered

Deep breathing and yoga
Are good for you, I learned
Long ago; and I know how to

concentrate but I dont call that 
meditate, not the currently fashion-
able kind taught far and wide.                        

The golden age 
We had it a hundred thousand years
Then our brains grew

Zen seems to say
Is enlightenment? Are all infants                                

And animals enlightened? Do

Try to kill off your
Monkeys to get to that thoughtless                              

Space? My monkeys nap and

While I breathe and do tai chi;
But they wake me at midnight
With insights, maybe a

Full of thoughts, I go about my                                   

Chores, doing what I need to do,                                

Enjoying the world and others                        

As worthy of attention as I am,                                   

Often smarter and more fun,                                      

Most are  not self-satisfied, self-

Conscious mediators. We have lives 
To live. We fill our days with little
Joys and various kinds of worries.
 Burmood 001.jpg
 -- Jacob Burmood

 Ustrasana | Camel
Ustrasana | Camel -- Jan Hyde        

1 comment:

  1. An asana is both the place where a yogi or yogini sits and the posture in which he or she sits. Shiva prescribed 84 asana, but in 1959, Swami Vishnu-devananda published a compilation of 66 basic postures and 136 variations, and in 1975, Sri Dharma Mittra suggested that "there are an infinite number" of them, eventually listing 1300 variations derived from contemporary gurus, yogis, and ancient and contemporary texts. The word (Sanskriit for "sitting down'" or "to sit down") appears in many contexts is the third of the eight limbs of classical practice (called "Raja Yoga" since the 19th-century, but the term originally meant samadhi [a state of meditative consciousness], the goal of yoga): yamas (codes of social conduct), niyamas (self-observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), pratyahara (sense withdrawal or non-attachment), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (realization of the true Self [Atman] and unity with Brahman [the Hindu concept of ultimate reality]). Although yoga evolved into many competing schools and approaches, the basics were contained in the "Yoga Sutras" of Patañjali , a compilation of 196 aphorisms that is sometimes dated to as early as several centuries BCE or to as late as the 5th century, but probably came into being in the 1st or 2nd century. This was the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval era, appearing 40 Indian languages as well as Arabic and Javanese, but then fell out of favor between the 12th to 19th centuries, when Swami Vivekananda revived interest in it and the Theosophical Society gave it prominence. Before the 20th century, yoga doctrines were dominated by the "Bhagavad Gita;" the "Yoga Vasistha" attributed to Valmiki, the author of the "Ramayana" (beween the 5th and 1st centuries BCE), though probably compiled between the 6th and 14th centuries; and various texts attributed to Yajnavalkya (8th or 7th century BCE) and to Hiranyagarbha ( the "golden womb" or "golden egg"), an avatar of Vishnu who created the uniververse and devised yoga, though in that desgnation "Hiranyagarbha" probably referred to Kapila, the 7th or 6th century BCE founder of the dualistic Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy most closely associated with yoga.


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