What is our opening chant all about?
The Dhyana Slokas.
June 10, 2019
Happiness = Simplicity
December 9, 2014
Something to contemplate during the excess that often accompanies the festive season:
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau
And from Albert Einstein:
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
These guys were definitely Yogis. The process of Yoga rests on the discovery of purity and simplicity. Whilst it is a blessing to live in an affluent society where we can spoil one another with gifts, Yoga reminds us that true happiness lies not in these external things but rather contentment for all that we have.
Yoga sutra 2.42: santosha anuttamah sukha labhah.
From an attitude of contentment (santosha), unexcelled happiness, mental comfort, joy, and satisfaction is obtained.
May you find a space for some simplicity during your holidays and enjoy the abundance that exists within your soul and your family and nature.