Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Common People

It seems that this has become a hiccup for some when it comes understanding that recent post quoting from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika about success in yoga.

Here is the commentary on the phrase "common people."

"During the period of sadhana you may find it useless to mix with people who have lower aspirations. At that stage, the less you involve yourself with others the more your inner knowledge can grow. Of course, a sadhaka should not consider the others to be inferior, but until his physical, mental, emotional, and psychic resistance are developed, it is better to stay away from social interactions and negative influences."

I just spoke about this in class the other day, about surrounding yourself with little Ganesha's everywhere...people in your life who open doors, inspire change, and lead by example. So, maybe instead of saying avoiding the company of common people one could say surround yourself with extraordinary or uncommon people.

3 comments:

Shelley said...

success in yoga . . . success in life. I love this and the original post.

balladofyoko said...

I haven't been able to come to your class (and, unfortunately, will not be able to for some time), so I appreciate the explanation here. Thanks.

I've definitely been seeking the company of those with high aspirations-- it's good to know there are uncommon people out there.

sally said...

Hi Jill... here is the website I mentioned this morning:

http://ashtangayoga.info/asana-vinyasa/primary-series/21a-Kurmasana.html

interesting that he has some inhales/exhales in brackets (I guess meaning that they are not counted but that they have to happen?)...

Sally x