Trying to Understand

Understanding that comes from pure and direct perception, personal experience if you will, is the juice that keeps me going.

It’s tricky though.  There is a tendency to confuse kinds of understanding.  We may really know (pramana – right understaning), or may just think we know.  False knowledge, illusion, etc. make the realm ignorance (avidya) seem so vast.

Thank God for the yogic life – the practice of pure perception.  For example, Oliver is sometimes as sweet as a monk and others as terrible as a mobster.  Selin sincerely wanted to name him Vito Bertero, the Italian-Turkish-American kingpin;-)  He did  choose to be born the evening Godfather was on t.v….

I am quite allured with the challenge of really trying to understand him instead of projecting onto him my own desires, fears, frustrations, etc.  That basically IS yoga for me – an ongoing attempt at tuning into a state of consciousness that is observing, sensing and discerning.

Often, however, when I look into this little face, it is as if from Oliver I am hearing Pattabhi Jois with his captivating presence and playful Indian voice “I am telling.  You…  naaaaaaaat understading.”

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One thought on “Trying to Understand

  1. Haha that’s hilarious, and so true
    Garden looks beautiful, Veto looks gorgeous, please send love to selin

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