This article was originally posted on the Midwest Yoga & Oneness website.
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“Sadhana [spiritual practice] is important. It will give you a comprehensive knowledge of life with all its currents and crosscurrents…The purpose of sadhana is to be free from the magic wonders of the mind and remain free all the time…To be spiritual means to be aware of the Reality all the time, to be aware of the Absolute Truth all the time, and to be aware of the Lord within you all the time.” – Swami Rama
I am sharing this post as an offering to those who may be experiencing discomfort or anxiety as a result of the tumult of duality unfolding in the world around us.
Whether its the condition of the world or perhaps even our own lives, the one place in which we can take refuge from the storms of the outside world or the inner tension of our mind, is within our dedicated practice or sadhana.
Our sadhana is a vehicle that, through our humble efforts, is able to transmute the present and impending darkness into light. It is within the refuge of our sadhana, that we bear witness to the small (and potentially huge) ways in which our practice impacts our lives.
In modern times, when the tides of darkness arise in the form of strife or subjugation, many feel hopeless and confused about what to do in order to make a meaningful difference. Fortunately, the ancient Sages have left us with very specific formulas to transmute this darkness and bring about balance. The beauty of this process is that is starts within and ripples outward. First, transforming our own lives and then extending outward – transforming us into nexus points of light, aarti lamps, which then shine their divine light into the world.
When joined together in concentrated practice, this collective light feeds and ignites global and universal transformation. Our sadhanas become one.
Thank you all for your commitment to your practice, to your journey, for who you are and all you do.
May we work together uniting our strength for the good of humanity.