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Walking on the path depicted in the above photograph in the company of my granddaughter produced the Poem "The Enchanted Forest". Read about it in EYEFUL of SKY.
Here is what one reader said after going through EYEFUL of SKY:
Regarding the beauty of your poems: I felt the meanings rather than just understood them, they drew me into an experience. Lovely words used. I felt drawn into experiences that were often touched with light and spirituality. Sometimes I felt a deep quiet.
Really, I find it hard to say other than this. Randall K."
Dear Swamiji, smiles,
Looks on at his children,
with a glint in his eyes.
Mischief in his gaze.
In the blink of an eye,
he spies our discombobulate
gazes that told it all.
Weight lifting two books,
Swamiji moves from Vasishtha
to a modern story
we all adore.
Still musing, confusing,
tells stories of old.
Ancient words, to us,
like liquid gold drips,
off his tongue.
Love in those words
ancient wisdom stirred.
From Swamiji's heart,
all in that room.
And nature sang in
of love sublime
in Vasishtha song.
To Swami Veda,
From Elizabeth Proctor
Contemplations on the Essence of Sankhya
by Swami Nityamuktananda
Today, Yoga is practiced on many different levels and has, in many respects, become disconnected from its basic philosophical roots. This commentary by Swami Nityamuktananda, is meant to raise aware-ness and allow the growth of a deeper wisdom in all who are serious students of Yoga and Sankhya.
I attended Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama as a guest in late 2010 and had the great privilege to attend Swamiji's lectures on the Shiva Sutras. I was so inspired by listening to Swamiji speak that I made the decision to return as a Gurukulam student the following year.
I returned home and spent the majority of one year arranging my finances and settling my affairs. I decided that I should attend the Gurukulam program for at least three years and arrived back in the ashram in October 2011 to begin.
The year began with a fairly gruelling schedule of classes. I remember being told at one stage that we would be very busy with the upcoming TTP and then finding (somewhat to my relief) that it was a little quieter than our usual routine. However, despite the hours, I immensely enjoyed the routine, especially the Sanskrit class and the philosophy class covering the text Tattva Bodha. I found the teaching methods in these classes to be wonderfully precise as well as challenging. I had spent years working full time and always wishing for more time to spend on my sadhana (both study and practice) so I was exactly where I wanted to be.
During the first few months, my greatest difficulty with the schedule (predictably) was sleep. Although I had maintained a fairly steady habit of rising around 4 am after my time as a guest in the ashram, I found that as a Gurukulam student, I was getting a little less sleep every night than I was accustomed to. This had the early effect of wearing down my mental fortitude. However, after persevering with the same hours for about three months, I found that I was regularly waking up before my alarm and feeling more and more energized each day. For me, this small result was a wonderful incentive for future effort.
Now that I am coming to the end of my first year in the Gurukulam program I realise that, although the routine of study and practice have been useful, I have benefitted from my time here most in more subtle ways. Having the chance to serve Swamiji, in as much as my limited capacity allows, has been my happiest and most rewarding experience. Also, the sense of good fellowship amongst sincere sadhakas is not something that was available to me in my life outside the ashram and I have made a few very strong friendships here.
As my first Gurukulam year draws to a close, I feel certain about where I am.