Astanga Yoga London

28th of June 2020
28th June 2020

I know I have been doing yoga for over 34 years but I’m still surprised by it. I wake stiff and tired and somehow a perfect practice comes out of that. And how come I never get bored of it? It’s not like I’m immune to boredom, that has been tested quite a lot recently. For me what makes a good practice is one where I’m less distracted than normal. Getting up that little bit earlier than you’d like helps with this.

So we’re coming to the end of the Ramayana. Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman fly back to Ayodhya on Ravana’s flying machine and the paths and road are lit up with oil lamps to welcome their return. The return of Rama and Sita is still celebrated in India it’s Diwali. I remember my first trip to Mysore was over Diwali. It was a beautiful introduction to India, not sure if I got much sleep. Along with oil lamps on everyones doorsteps boxes of fireworks are lit at street junction.

In some tellings of the Ramayana the story ends here. But in others there is a final twist. Rama still doesn’t trust Sita so she goes through the whole fire shit again. But this time, being a little more pissed off she goes to live the forest. But she’s pregnant and gives birth to Luv and Kush. They grow up learning the story of Rama from a sage who lives near by, non other than Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana. One day they eventually get to meet Rama and retell his story. Only then does he accept Sita back, but too late as she stands before him smiling the earth opens up and she walks into it. It’s a rather confusing ending. Sita came from the earth (her name means furrow) and she returns to it. So I feel it was always a temporary relationship. Rama as purusha, soul and Sita as prakriti, nature. Come together as almost a story or a play to show a spiritual path. But where did Valmiki learn the story from, from a crow. So tomorrow we will look at the myriad of animals that feature in Indian stories.

 

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