13January

A new tune

Setting up a song for the new year

Krishna SadhanaI start a new sadhana a little ahead of the new year. Not being a drinker and mainly being in charge of two little ones, I generally like to do things with some vigour, when I get a moment there's no time to waste. So you'll pardon the tenuous connection with the song which has been strumming through my brain this week:


A New Decade by The Verve:

A new decade
The radio plays the sounds we made
And everything seems to feel just right

Apparently the 20s were fun last time, so I'm hopeful, if dubious for this one.

Of course the song is what illuminates this sadhana or more precisely, the Bhagavad Gita, often translated as the song of the Lord. Specifically, what has caught me this time is the instrument which plays the song - Krishna's flute. The flute is a symbol of our body as the vessel of the breath, as the breath is pressed through the instrument it plays its tune. The teachings of the Gita pull me back time and again, just like it has for so many others:

When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.
Mahatma Gandhi

This 40 day sadhana, is the fuel for my teaching, it is a look at just a few principles of spirituality, philosophy and the physical looked at through a series of different lenses. There is no beginner, intermediate, advanced. No beginning, middle or end but a presentation of different views which will be accessible to people to varying degrees depending on their own experience and tendencies. Because this isn't the first time I've studied or taught with the Bhagavad Gita as a backdrop and I also know it will be fresh and new. Because it always is.

Our heroes of the Bhagavad Gita are Krishna and Arjuna who both, as we all do, wear many labels. The ones I am dwelling on in this moment, however, is Krishna: the dark one, the all loving one and Arjuna: the light one, literally translucent. So we have, as we so often do, two sides of one coin: the dark and the light and the relationship between the two.

And this is what the Gita asks of us. To come into right relationship. In all our relationships.

Or as The Verve would have it:
If you're looking for me
I'm there and it's you
If you're looking for me
And I'm there, oh, and it's true

I don't know what these 40 days will hold, as I stand on the edge of it. As Arjuna stood on the edge of the battlefield at Kurushetra. But I do know I will learn more than I will teach and I will return again to the Gita.

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