Recorded on June 2, 2020
-Does yoga have a place in the conversation amidst protests and violence?
-A change in policy doesn’t mean a change in the heart.
-Relief from miseries is not the goal of yoga, but a starting point.
-What does it mean to live a yogic life?
A note: At the time of this recording, demonstrations have erupted across all 50 states to protest police brutality after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. This class was recorded the day after President Trump ordered federal officers to tear gas a large crowd of peaceful protesters in front of the White House.
[BG 6.20-23]In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This perfection is characterized by one’s ability to see the Self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the Self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness, realized through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact.
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Book: Bhagavad Gita As It Is