“I will serve my Guru. In this world, I will be a slave to nobody, work under nobody. Money and status mean nothing to me.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya
Life is my Guru. My students are my Guru. My wife is my Guru. Happiness, joy, pain, hardship, death, sex, nature, music, and everything else that inspires me to feel… these things are my Guru. I am simply a sum of the ripples that I have created. The only Guru I refuse is that of fear. I refuse to be lessened by fear. I always have. I will face both joy and tragedy with the same open mind and learn to hold them both dear. Tragedy has the potential to allow us great leaps forward in our consciousness, however, fear can rob us of any of this invaluable information.
I say all this for many reasons. One- to confirm it to myself as I often do, because this is at the core of who and what I am. Two- because I see so many of my fellow students and teachers doing the work, Sadhna. Improving themselves and their environment. Finding beauty in all that surrounds them.
BUT, I also say this because I ran into a fellow teacher today who reminded me that fear is out there; fear that creates complacency, comfortability, and creates change for the worse. Money is part of trying to sate the fear. Status is part of trying to sate the fear. It is sad to see folks in the yoga realm that get blinded by money and status. They lose what it is that brought them to it and I can only hope they regain it. It is a reminder for me to be aware of those pitfalls that exist.
Which is why I say that the above quote cant say it any better! It took me a couple paragraphs to get it done!