My Loving and Divine Ones,
On the occasion of Good Friday, Passover, and Easter I send my love and prayers to all of you, and at this same time I take the opportunity to write a few lines to express my mind and thoughts. This creation is the creation of God. It is permeated by His loving presence, but we often forget it. Instead of making this world beautiful, we often invite miseries and misfortunes by wrong thoughts, words, and deeds. To remind us that our role is to manifest love, kindness, and compassion, many divine incarnations have been born on this earth. Nevertheless, we still forget our duties and responsibilities.

Here's a short story about assimilating the knowledge we receive in our daily life. There were 105 princes in the classroom and one son of the Guru. The teacher taught the class, “Anger is not good.” Then he asked, “Do you remember what I said?” and everyone said, “Yes.”
The next day he asked, “Who doesn’t remember what I said yesterday?” One prince raised his hand. The teacher said, “You don’t remember!” and then he asked another student who answered, “Anger is not good.”

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Another obstacle for spiritual life is laulya, which has many meanings including restlessness, fickleness, temptation, greed, and strong sexual urge. (Last month we discussed Obstacle 3: Gossip or Excessive Talk).

In the yogic tradition, devotion — pure love or bhakti — is the essential heart of spiritual life. Without it, our other practices — be they asanas, meditation, pranayama or philosophy — we may become dry and stale. However with devotion, all practices reach their highest perfection and completion.

Kriya Yoga teacher Swami Atmavidyananda Giri will explore the beauty and practices of devotional yoga in a day-long intensive in Melbourne on 25 April (Anzac Day) 2018.

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