Thanks very much to all of you who attended the Mantra Workshop in Brisbane with Guru Dass and for making it possible! We send our love and gratefulness to the respectful Guru Dass for his teachings, music and wisdom shared.
Guru Dass came to Kundalini Yoga Brisbane and it was such a successful, special and magical workshop. This was an amazing opportunity to learn the benefits of Mantra with one of the world's most respected Kundalini Yoga teachers. Guru Dass is a disciple of Yogi Bhajan and has a warm, earthy presence that belies his deep understanding of human consciousness.
'Guru' in yoga is the one who brings us from darkness to light. A Master allows us to look at one another with the eyes of wisdom, clarity and honesty with a certain degree of inner peace. A Master helps us find a sense of self-acceptance, joy and plenitude in the moment, that helps us recognise the perfection in us.
In one way it is like finding answers and truth recognising our Guru and teacher within. It is such a release and fulfilment and a recognition that we are enough. We see perfection in the imperfection.
Life is totally fine as it is. It becomes perfect itself because we start to live from a place of abundance where we learn to appreciate everything. We realise that, in fact, we don't need anything else.
We need to focus and it is then, when we can dissolve the ego and its ways of being alive, with all the 'shoulds', 'musts', 'whys', 'ifs'. Our ego is a story that we write with our minds, that's all.
With much clarity we can start to recognise what belongs to our Self and what belongs to our 'ego' and the mind. Guru Dass gave us such clarity at the workshop about the mind and the importance of re-educating it.
At the workshop Guru Dass shared a Zen story of two monks and a woman:
A senior monk and a junior monk were travelling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young, beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her.
The senior monk carried this woman on his shoulder, forded the river and let her down on the other bank. The junior monk was very upset, but said nothing.
They both continued walking and senior monk noticed that his junior was suddenly silent and enquired "is something the matter? You seem very upset..."
The junior monk replied, "As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?"
The senior monk replied, "I left the woman a long time ago at the bank, however, you seem to still be carrying her."
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With love and gratitude,