Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 85 "Pain is a Messenger"
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Pain is a Messenger    
 “What comes seemingly as pleasurable is often followed by terrible pain. But, pain is a messenger. Obstacles are painful, but there is gain afterwards. Without pain we can never open our eyes and realize the shallowness of the temporary happiness we’re running after. So, don’t run after things. Just be content.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda
(photo: Ananda Kutir, Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, late 1980s.)

Spiritual Life is a Razor's Edge

Swami Rama Tirtha (pictured above), a mathematician and a contemporary of Swami Vivekananda, made an equation about contentment: Peace is always based on your desire and contentment; your wants, and don’t wants. If your want increases, the peace goes down. If your want decreases, the peace comes up. No want, full peace, but full of want, no peace. This is very true. That’s why the scriptures say that even wanting to have peace will disturb your peace. Because if you want peace, that means you don’t have it. Even wanting peace should not be there, because you have peace already. The moment you forget it then you want it.  MORE


Transforming the Heart of Suffering
By Pema Chödrön

To care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean—you name it—to have compassion and to care for these people, means not to run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves. In fact, one’s whole attitude toward pain can change. Instead of fending it off and hiding from it, one could open one’s heart and allow oneself to feel that pain, feel it as something that will soften and purify us and make us far more loving and kind. The tonglen practice is a method for connecting with suffering—ours and that which is all around us—everywhere we go. It is a method for overcoming fear of suffering and for dissolving the tightness of our heart. Primarily it is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of us, no matter how cruel or cold we might seem to be.  MORE

Google has collaborated with CyArk, a California-based nonprofit, to preserve heritage sites in online 3D libraries. If you visit: The Open Heritage project, you'll be amazed by the 3D models of 26 heritage locations in 18 countries, including ancient Buddhist temples at Bagan in Myanmar and three temples at Ayutthaya in Thailand. CyArk was founded by Ben Kacyra, an Iraqi engineer living in California, after he learned of the destruction of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001. The 1,500-year-old statues were destroyed by Taliban militants, leaving behind two massive cavities in the cliff face where the monuments once stood. After CyArk technicians mapped the temples at Bagan in 2016, an earthquake badly damaged the site. Bagan is an ancient city known for its 2,000 Buddhist monuments that were left abandoned and untouched after the population fled the city at the end of the thirteenth century.

I used to think that my pain meant failure. When I felt down, anxious, depressed, or melancholic, I would try to fix it. Fixing it would mean doing some kind of activity to purge my feelings—journaling, talking to someone, or doing a physical exercise to clear my head. But one day I experienced a tragic and sudden loss. On that day, my fixing tools didn’t work. I was at a loss. What was I supposed to do with this pain? We are a culture of doers who value schedules (Google calendar anyone?) and lists (who doesn’t have some kind of list app on their smartphone?). Sometimes, life presents us with things that none of our tools will fix. We have nothing left to do but let life take the lead. My tools failed when my sister died at the age of 20. In that fragile place, Yoga found me. Yoga found me months before she died, but I hadn’t yet found it.  MORE

India is said to have pioneered the art of making perfume from natural fragrant ingredients, a tradition that dates back several millennia, to the Vedas—the world’s first revealed scriptures and to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Fragrance has been one of the greatest aids to worship and innumerable ancient spiritual and mystical Indic traditions have employed fragrance as a medium of connection between the spirit and its creator. In Sanatana Dharma or ‘Hinduism’, incense forms an integral part of every ‘Havan’ ceremony where fragrant materials are offered to the sacred fire. Incense is also an indispensible part of every pooja ceremony in which it is offered to the deity....While many Muslims offer agarbattis at mausoleums of Sufi saints, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Buddhist and Christians alike, find their solace in the bliss of incense.  MORE

Integral Yoga teacher and Cardiac Yoga founder, Rev. Mala, was in Gibraltar this past week teaching a program hosted by the Integral Yoga Centre. GBC-TV featured Rev. Mala on their program, "The Hub," and the hosts interviewed her (at about 4-1/2 minutes into the program) about the workshop the workshop she presented: "Yoga & Mindfulness—How & Why Yoga Works." Rev. Mala explains the latest research proving what ancient yogis always knew—that Yoga and meditation work and now scientists finally understand why! (Note: this link expires soon)

Food Revolution Summit 2018 – Starts Today!

The annual Food Revolution Summit, hosted by Ocean & John Robbins, is a free online event running from April 28 through May 6. Among the speakers are Dr. Dean Ornish, Vandana Shiva, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neil Barnard, Kris Carr, and many others. You can sign up for free, see the schedule of speakers here, and watch live or via the replay option. This is a stellar line-up of speakers and a wonderful event hosted by good friends of Integral Yoga and two of the most inspiring advocates of healthy living—nutritional experts John Robbins and his son, Ocean.
Toronto Accessible Yoga Conference — June 22-24th

Portugal: New Integral Yoga Teachers Graduates!

Congratulations to the 12 new European teachers trained at Integral Yoga's training center in Portugal —Quinta da Calma— in the beautiful Algarve region. Swami Divyananda (first row, middle) and Luckshmi Cannon (2nd row, far left) led the training. Jai!

Inside Yogaville
This past week, the Yogaville community was featured on Charlottesville's The news outlet covered last weekend's Earth Day observance with this report: "People gathered in Buckingham County on Sunday to celebrate Earth Day and tour a Yoga oasis known as Yogaville. Those who live near Buckingham are concerned about the potential impact that the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline may have on central Virginian communities and Yogaville's future. 'We’re celebrating the wonderful beautiful land here in Virginia, the rural nature of it, and it’s that very nature celebrating on Earth Day that we need to defend and protect,' said Joseph Abbate, manager of Yogaville Environmental Solutions. The people of Yogaville are celebrating earth day by giving tours of their home to others who they hope will join their peaceful fight against the pipeline. Visitors got a chance to see the LOTUS temple as well as the Union Hill area where a pipeline compressor station is under preparation. Organizers say it is important to bring people of all faiths together for this endeavor."
Inspirational Meme of the Week
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