Happiness

Yakṣa asks:  Which is the best tool to achieve happiness? Dharmarāja answered:  Having good character one can achieve the best happiness. Here the word sila is used. Its general meaning is noble character. Meaning that, through our own character and actions, we should be able to get both yoga and bhoga. All together the 5 yamas and…

Friendship

Six characteristics of a friend: 1. We will be careful to bring our friend back on track if they have slipped or are getting lost. Because of close connection, this supports the welfare of both self and friend. 2. We will always think of our friend’s welfare and how to support them to get better,…

Sorting

“We should know how to sort things.” Over and over again I am reminded by Ācārya to sort and keep the noble. Like sorting the stones from the beans, the dirt from the poppy seeds, the food from the poison, the milk from the water, the noble from the ignoble, the truth from the untrue.…

Earth and Space

What is greater than the Earth?    The mother What is higher than space?    The father The Earth is the last of the 24 steps of the Sāṃkhya tattvas “Mother includes and manifests all steps, including mind, intellect, etc. This cannot be seen in the Earth itself. ” “If the child honors the mother, and…

Worry

  Yakṣa asks: Which burns straw the fastest? Dharmarāja answered: Worry. Fire burns, its capacity is huge., but worry burns faster and more thoroughly. In the human system, which is the microcosm, or pindanda of the macrocosm, worry burns the whole; the organs, the mind, the intellect and the capacity of each limb. “So, do not be…

Makara Sankranthi or Pongal

In Karnataka, the festival is called ‘Makara Sankranti’, cows and bullocks are gaily decorated and fed ‘Pongal’- a sweet preparation of rice. It marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun’s movement northward for a six month period into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn).    

Questions and Answers

From the text that Ācārya is teaching, the stanza presents questions asked by Yakṣa, The next stanza presents the answers given by Dharmarāja. When asked what is best for showering (ablution, or pouring – abhiṣeka), the answer was water.  Water brings calmness and quietness, eliminates wrong impressions and reduces vāta and pitta. The best is a dip from head to…

The Knowledge and the Boat

“If we don’t know how to sail, the boat won’t serve the purpose!” There was a moment in practice, in the moments of delicate fragrance of the Sacred, when “8 deep inhalations” brought forth the jarring vaporous effluent of the nearby dump. A message about this life path -So loud the waste and consumption; and…