Nothing to do but offer it up. Global climate change comes to India and we live in heavy rains the past two days. Even my mind feels soggy. No dry clothes or sleeping bag. Panditgi keeps our spirits up and says this is just Gods way of laughing at us for making plans.
So we cancel the temple exploration for the day and practice manifestation of form from formlessness. Thank you for the rain God.
Today’s practice was such a gift! There is no hatha yoga taught here only philosophy and practices from Vedas, Upanishads and Yoga Sutras .
I’m aware of how important it is to balance deep spiritual work with much laughter and great humility. Panditgis stories ask us to laugh at all of life and the absurdity of the mind. We are comical by nature but laugh better at others sometimes than self. He tells us many stories about his travels and students and we howl with laughter. It’s almost like he’s this profound philosopher pundit and closet comedian wanna be at the same time. Just when your mind can’t quite comprehend the philosophy any more he cracks you up with some great cosmic joke.
A Pundit by the way is quite different from a Guru. A Pundit is usually a scholar, which Panditgia certainly is, of Sanskrit and Vedic knowledge and he is also a direct student and lineage holder of Swami Ramas.
A Guru usually has devotees and their devotion and great love of the Guru is transferred and transformed into love of the Devine which the Guru embodies.
Both paths are valid if your teacher is authentic. Again, how you tell this, is from the fruits of their practice. They speak and teach from a place of understanding and direct experience.
So, today if you’re working deep in your practice remember the Pundits philosophy. Laughter IS the best medicine. It is a healing salve for the wounds of the world.
The Gita tells us that yoga is the process of tolerating the consequences of being oneself. In other words, Arjuna is saying, get over it, learn to tolerate yourself. We all have our own karma we have to live with in this life. Maybe try not to take yourself so seriously.
You could check out a Laughter Yoga class online or watch a funny movie. Remember happiness is the secret elixir of life so LOL.
Namaste from India where we are knee deep in the muddy waters of life,