If the global consciousness is going to make a leap shortly, we as teachers are here to say you will be making quantum leaps forward in your own consciousness and we are also here to say: “ . . . cope with it by doing this and this and this . . . “
This blog is part of my continual teaching on the roots of Zen and Yoga: both growing from the same source of ancient teachings in India: Tantra – and part of my initiating you into an understanding of how zen has always changed with the culture, because culture changes zen. “Culture” is Dharma, or the Way . . . it is both what culture needs of us, and what uncovering our true selves brings to the Way.
At a time when the world seems to be at a loss, rejecting past values
without being able to establish new ones, Yoga is the most valuable
inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today…..and
the culture of tomorrow…..
We can each one of us only ever be of the generation we’re born into. The culture of tomorrow in our world will be experienced by each generation differently. For myself, I see this experience of tomorrow in helping shaping the new culture, the new values. Practice for many years has proved to me and other teachers, that the values of practice, time and dedication work for us very beneficially.
Lao Tzu said: “I have only 3 things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassion – and with these 3 you can go a long way.” As a teacher, I think I too have only 3 things to teach: meditate, exercise the body-mind, live simply.
My own appreciation of the qualities of my own generation and the teacher I’ve become as a result, has brought me to conclude that a quantum leap in our consciousness as human beings is probably more imminent than we think; and it will change our thinking entirely. However, the generation that will change this world vastly for the future will not be mine, nor the parents of the present, but the children. Only they have the minds that are capable of evolving to be able to think of new solutions for our future.
Personally, I’m shaping my values for the culture of tomorrow by believing that I’m here as a teacher to teach the children well, and to teach their parents and assorted grown-ups in awareness to guide them. And of course, as ever, here for the new wave of aspirants and hungry seekers of consciousness.
I hope the following will uplift and inspire you on your path:
When asked by Alan Watts what his Yoga was, Joseph Campbell replied: “My Yoga is underlining sentences in books!”
Sheldon Kopp: “We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge of life . . . but every so often it all seems so worth it.”
I like this from one of the astrologers I’ve followed since the ’80’s, Jonathan Cainer: “ ‘The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.’ So said philosopher Lao Tzu, who lived a long time ago by our standards. But by the standards of the Universe, he was here just a moment ago. Time takes on a very different meaning if we stop to think about our existence in relationship with the Universe as a whole. So does hope. And happiness. “
I’m precis-ing Deepak Chopra here: . . . countless generations have cared deeply for the future of the world that you now experience, and it’s now up to us in turn to care for the future of humanity.
And, Dainin Katagiri says: “Zazen is to realise exactly who you are. This is all you have to do. You will know true peace and tranquillity. This helps not just you but others as well. Just experience zazen as perfect harmony – harmony that must be shared with all beings.”
And finally, the Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he replied: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
I have discovered love!
How marvelous, how good, how beautiful it is! . . .
I offer my salutation
To the spirit of passion that aroused and excited this whole universe
And all it contains.
Susan’s note: Sources: Swami Satyananda Saraswati: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha; Sheldon B. Kopp: If you meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!; C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins: Simple Zen; Dainin Katagiri: You have to Say Something; Deepak Chopra: How to Know God.
My teaching, writing, and Spoken Word anthems as the artist SuZen, is about dedication to practice of Zen, Meditation and Yoga: it stands for spirituality, understanding, Zen, energy and nutrition through practices.
“As founder of SuZenYoga, I’m delighted to be your teacher and guide during these exciting times in human existence: a time when we are so close to a new dawn of re-balancing our world – and I aim to teach simply and with inspiration and hope. Practice may not be easy, but it’s the only Way for some of us.”
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