Welcome to Down to Earth Yoga.
THE TOPIC FOR 2016: MINDFULNESS, Part II
Cultivating Wisdom, Concentration and Insight
Down to Earth Yoga is an Interdisciplinary Yoga center in the heart of Auburn, NY.
Founded in 1996, we offer comprehensive training in the art, science and philosophy of Yoga,
as well as Ayurveda, personal and spiritual development, and Yoga-based life coaching.
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Summer session starts June 20
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New to Yoga?
Enjoy this article which may help clarify some common confusions.
An Inspiring Challenge
by Swami Rama
We must not create a wall between our worldly and spiritual lives.
People disorganized in their worldly life search for spiritual wisdom in seclusion; whereas, if organized properly, they can have all the means and resources that are of utmost importance for spiritual enlightenment. The purpose of human life is to make the best use of the resources that nature or God has given us.
There are typically two kinds of people. Some are involved in the world and are busy in their self-centered activities. Others renounce their families and do not participate in worldly life at all. There are very few people who use discrimination, work hard for their self-fulfillment, and at the same time, contribute to the welfare of society. People belonging to these two categories have an incomplete world view, and therefore, strive for their limited goals.
In our modern age, where the standard of living has been facilitated by science and technology, we must learn to make the best use of our ample resources. A lifestyle that is suitable for both worldly fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment is the best.
Those who strive to attain personal enlightenment and help others light their lamps are the true leaders of the human race. Blessed are those who are useful for themselves as well as others. They attain the highest goal of life here and now. Right in this mortal world, they become immortal and their wisdom guides humanity on the path of immortality.
Today’s society is waiting for selfless, spiritually enlightened, well-balanced leaders to guide them in how to live happily here and hereafter. Such leaders or reformers will not come from outside our society. They have to be born, raised, and trained right in our own society. We are the ones to become our own guides, our own leaders, and we are the ones to enlighten our own lives.
Get up, my friends, arise: attain knowledge, and dedicate your life to the service of your fellow beings!