Marga & Yoga Practice as the Hunter’s Path

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The Sanskrit word marga means the way or the path. The word originally referred to the hunter’s path.  Yoga practice is seen as a kind of hunt for the real – for the lurking wild game of our true nature. Like hunters sometimes you have to sit and wait motionless, even for days at a time. The course is unknown ahead of time to the hunter who must sniff and look around for signs and watch and wait.

 

You must become one with your environment – breathe with it.  Yoga is to bring a natural quiet to the mind and body so that you can, for the first time, see clearly. The path or marga of classical yoga is organized around the relationship between inner stillness and wisdom. It is in that stillness that Carl Jung once said is where “the glowing coals of consciousness buried deep within the personality begin to break into flame.”

 

This awakening comes in yoga not at the end of the path, rather it is present from the very beginning. But if you want to experience the joyous ecstasy that life has to offer, to feel those glowing coals of consciousness, there is one commitment that is absolutely fundamental.  It is the commitment to live in the moment. With that commitment as your guiding focus, whatever you do in your daily life is part of your transformational process. your commitment to living in the present moment is your vehicle for spiritual growth.

 

Rest knowing that what you are seeking is also seeking you and everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for. The yogini Shaman, Don Juan, once told his student Carlos Castanada “The thing to do when you’re confused is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you or if you catch a glimpse of or have a feeling that your companion is watching you.”

 

Feel the sense of urgency as a hunter seeking with an insatiable need to find your truest nature – never knowing if you are hunting or being hunted, sometimes looking to your left. MLK once said “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” Have faith, have hunger and go hunting.  Find your marga.

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