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justwannabe2010-07-05 01:17:44 +0000 #1
this is one of those things taht is hard to talk about on a computer, but might as well try.

I have been going to a hindu temple for four weeks and have learned some very good things about postures and breathing and meditation, but four weeks is not a long time either. To me the Swami seems very standoffish, but the next guy in line is the complete opposite. With the swami I feel very uncomfortable asking him quesitons and the answers seem vague and almost like he is waiting to leave. after yoga everyone is out of there in less then five minutes. If I could I would like to learn from the person who is under him.

I do realize part, or maybe all of me feeling uncomfortable around the swami might be my issue and not his.

Another thing is that the food offered is not organic and they spray pesticides on the plants in their guardens, a member of the temple does this at teh swamis request/instructions. Being food is the second most important life source, these chemicals are put into the foods. along with that they cook things in the microwave for food after yoga.

letting things like this bother me, maybe I am expecting perfection and some of it is my issue? on the other hand is some of it their responsibility?

Nichole2010-07-05 01:22:10 +0000 #2

I have a few questions that may may give you (and us) more insight into your situation:

1. To what deity is the temple's devotion? Hanuman? Shiva? Durga? Other?

2. Is the Swami Indian-born?

3. Have you attended any other offerings (ie kirtan, puja, meditation, arti, darshan, etc) at the temple than yogasana?

4. Are you personally seeking a Guru or attending the temple classes to get another perspective on yogasana?

5. Who is/was/were the Guru(s) to this Swami? What is his lineage?

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 01:46:32 +0000 #3
Shall I presume that the question at the bottom of your text is the actual question? The answer to that is yes it is their responsibility and yes it is your responsibility. You are considering the duality. Always look at your stuff to clarify. If you are expecting perfection you may very well be aggitated in whatever pasture you put out to.

Some gurus are gurus and some gurus are not. Even those who's light is truly white light may still be standoffish as you say until the student accepts them as teacher, until the student has a level of commitment. The student changes the nature of the relationship by their level of interest or entry or acceptance.

How do we determine our teacher? How do we find the guru who is guru and avoid the one who merely looks the part? In making the determination we must look beyond what we normally see, beyond what we normally hear. Words and robes are not enough. Examine instead the life of the person. How are they living? Is there integrity? Is there unification between what they teach and how they have manifested their own lives?

I personally could not allign myself with a group using the microwave and forsaking the value of organic foods, not to mention the poisons being sprayed, assuming of course they ARE poisons. They may be spraying soapy water for all I know.

But you must decide if the life of your teacher is the life you would live.



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