-Rhythms of Nature with Ashtavakra Gita
As Nature wakes up all around us, the rhythm of spring has begun echoing in our heartbeats. From little birds, silly squirrels and excited dogs, to budding shrubs, the spawning grass and the majestic trees returning to their glory; every moment is filling up with life. As the sun sets later, as Torontonians wake up from their winter-long hibernation, life has become mesmerizing again.
Spring is here.
In this nourishing climate, I would like to celebrate my completion of the Ashtavakra Gita Knowledge series last weekend. Ashtavakra Gita is a beautiful beautiful dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka who wanted to understand the nature of reality. Having tired of the conceptual learnings from various texts, with the burden of the entire nation on his shoulder, he seeks the counsel of Ashtavakra. The commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the text is so profound that the reader is immediately set in amazement and the journey that Sri Sri takes us through is a life defining experience. 🙂
It took me a couple of months to watch the 33 odd episodes, but comparing myself from the day I started watching it, to today, I am lighter. I am able to witness events like passing clouds and not get caught in them. I am able to put out fires in my mind and heart easier, recover from difficult circumstances faster and stay centered longer. I am finally learning to be in tune with the rhythms of life: joy & sorrow, success & failure, health & illness, winter & spring, to the ever-changing nature of reality. And I am able to slide into a state of freedom that has made living and giving more fulfilling.
Ashtavakra Gita is generally recommended to be watched in groups, and especially only for those who have been meditating for a while. It can get very confusing!
If you want your awareness to rise; if you want to dissolve into the present, connect with the self, drop all concepts and walk on this planet like a beautiful cloud: grounded and rooted in your responsibilities but free like a bird and happy like an Art of Living teacher :P, join a knowledge group at our local Art of Living Chapter and embark on this journey with me!