Transformation

Ascension. Trippy Transformation, Passage of Fools, being everywhere and nowhere, being everyone and noone. changing rapidly, shapeshifters, vampires and ghosts, freaky stuff surrounding us, vibes that you feel but you can not describe, being under the effect of so many planetary freaky stuff and trying to hold on to each other, too many fears and fearlessness. Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can’t do, fear or even disgust at growing old. Like dancing crazy, while trying to go with the flow on a stormy weather. Transformation will take the pain away, and everything is changing, they say. The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. Feeling like you are on a speed boat in time. Like being hi and low and dead and alive at the same time, so much like the very first time. A Farewell to all undones and being complete again. A chaos going on under the darkest of fogs and tomorrow stil promises a sky clearer like never before. A new way of freedom is on its way to be discovered by the 21th Century Man. We will be busy deleting each other just to see the forest behind the tree just to feel the joy of uniting again. A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time. Light is there, not yet reached but sure is the only destination to meet, So ham.
Cassius:
Why, man, he [Caesar] doth bestride the narrow world
Like a colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 135–141

Mysore Style Yoga Traveling and more…

Namaste to all from Gokulam, Mysore,

I am in Mysore since 2nd of February. Gurudev Pathabi Jois made Mysore a special place for so many and here I am now, practicing at his shala. This is my first time and won’t be the last since I am connected to this city with my ashtanga practice.

To be honest this is the cleanest city I have ever been in India. When you compare it to the Northern cities, It’s not anything like India. Not just the scene but what you pay for it. Prices are much higher. This is an organic food products heaven. Nearly in every food store in Gokulam you can find organic everything you are consuming. Cane sugar, palm sugar or coconut sugar? For me it was not easy to find my black tea among all the organic teas which were far more healthier than my choice. I can hear some of you who knows me well laughing. Organic rice, organic paneer, organic buckwheat, organic everything. Organic Mysore you make me feel like I am organic again.

Why am I here? To practice at Saraswati Jois Shala. How is my practice going?  Better than I expected.  

 Every morning I wake up with a duty to be better on my mat. Practice, practice, all is coming, is the motto here. Other than the chanting classes we have for three days a week and morning practice, there is nothing much to do, other than taking some additional courses like Sanskrit or sutras, etc. Yoga, palaces, sandalwood and silk, this is what they have here. Take it or leave it. Or you can kill some of your time around the swimming pools of 5 star hotels. And the weather is hot. And will be much hotter in March so not a bad idea. Oh, I must tell you that Sunday guided class is the best of my  experience up untill now, so full of soul. Nice to see so many wandering souls looking for change. Change inside and out. There is still some peace left on this earth. Om shanti shanti shanti!

Ps. Do I miss Varanasi where all my yoga journey started 13 years ago. Well yes! So much that I dream of being in Varanasi sometimes and hope I will be there at the end of month. I will write more, but I guess this is all for now. So Stay tuned.

Namaste, Hugs, so much Love…

On Cats What Bukowski says…

“Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you’ll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There’s nothing to get excited about. They just know. They’re saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.”

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JAI GURUDEV…

Jai Gurudev Ne Demek?

 

Hindu kültüründe hakikati arayanlar arasında birbirini selamlamak için ‘jaigurudev’ sözü kullanılır. ‘Jai’ selamlama ve zafer anlamındadır, guru ‘üstad’ ‘dev’ ise büyük . Bu durumda “büyük üstada selam olsun’ diye basitçe çevirebiliriz.

Büyük akıl bazen hayatta kaybediyor gibi görünse de, aslında her zaman küçük aklın karşısında kazanandır.
Küçük akıl kazandığında mutsuzluk hakim olur
Büyük akıl kazandığında ise, mutluluk.
Küçük akıl mutluluk vaad eder ve umutlarınızı boşa çıkarır.
Büyük akıl ise başta itiraz etseniz de  size mutluluk getirir.

İşte bu yüzden Jai Gurudev,  ‘İçindeki yüceliğe selam olsun’ anlamına gelir.
Bir ‘Guru’ yani üstad ile birlikte olmak birinin yüksek benliğine kavuşmasıdır.  Guru, Tanrı ve öz benlik eş anlamdadır. Bir üstadın öğrencisi olmanın amacı, aradaki bu boşluğu doldurmak için bir köprü kurmanın ilk adımıdır. Guru ile birlikte olmak hayat ve erdemin eş-zamanlı olarak deneyimlenmesidir. ‘Guru’ nuza yani hocanıza saygı duymak, özde varoluşunuzu onurlandırmaktır.

Sevgili Gurujime Pranamlarımla, Saygılar…

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Everything doesn’t come from you

BE CURIOUS

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After hearing her speak at a recent interview (part of the WOW Festival), Vivienne Westwood once again got me thinking. In her advice to aspiring fashion designers, she challenges the modern teaching styles, blaming the 20th century for encouraging us to believe that ‘everything comes from you’, and ‘history is bunk, to be ignored.’

It’s an important perspective from someone who’s largely credited (with Malcolm McLaren) for founding the punk movement (that’s a big deal right?) and who is a celebrated Global brand and fashion designer (three times winning British Designer of the Year).

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People always ask the successful artist, how did you do it? What we’re really asking is, how can I do it too?

Westwood argues, “You have to have ideas, where do they come from? They come from the past.” In the interview, she interchanges ‘the past’ with the word ‘culture’. We use the word culture to describe today’s creative landscape but it’s our understanding of what has gone before that brings depth…

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Shesokak |Jeju Island|

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This will be the first in a series of posts on my latest vacation: Jeju Island, Korea. Yay!sam_1140

Shesokak isn’t exactly a river, but it’s as beautiful as one and acts as a gorgeous entryway to the ocean off the black sanded coast of Jeju. Located in the southern area, near Seogwipo-si, this beach boasts smooth, flat rocks, lighthouses, green water and hot, black sand. This isn’t a place for swimming but you can go paddling in the small area of Shesokak in clear canoes, paddle boats or a large pontoon boat (from 5-10,000 won). We were there early and the wait did not seem too bad but I hear it gets quite crowded.

Although we didn’t paddle or canoe, the scenery made the trip worthwhile. The walk down the “river” is green and lush.  While the beach looks very tropical, of course, with the palm trees, the land surrounding Shesokak…

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