There is a Chinese proverb which says: “May you live in interesting times”.
I think that pretty well sums it up.
In a few days’ time, on the winter solstice, the precession of the equinoxes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_precession) comes back to zero after 25,772 years, the solar system will be aligned with the galactic center and the sun will move into Aquarius after having lingered in Pisces for 2.500 years (http://www.share-international.org/archives/Science-tech/sci_rrPisces2Aquarius.htm ). A lot of stuff to which we are fortunate to be witnesses. I remember that in the sixties we speculated about the image of the man pouring out the water over the earth (Aquarius). The idea was that the era of Pisces, which is the era of organized religion, was coming to an end, and true spirituality would be poured out over the human race.
The first article is going to be a long one, so I will have to divide it in sections:
- Locality and non-locality
- Mindset or assemblage point
One crisp August day in 1965 I was sitting in the living room of Chalet Tannegg, the house that Vanda Scaravelli had rented for Jiddu Krishnamurti, in Gstaad, Switzerland, for the summer. I was twenty-three years old and had come for my daily talk with him about ‘enlightenment’. I noticed on the coffee table a book by the title ‘A separate reality’, by Carlos Castaneda. Apparently Krishnamurti had just bought it and was reading it.
Dear Friends and fellow members of the International Centered Yoga Association.
Before I present the following lecture given more than seventy years ago I would like to ask: ‘What is Centered Yoga?’
Probably to each one of us the answer is different.
In agreement with the following lecture I have always felt that being ‘centered’ is to have the courage, or the ‘intelligence’, or the ‘genes’ to stand on one’s own feet, to look at the world and then use one’s discernment to decide what is the ‘truth’ and what is not. To have the courage to have one’s own thoughts and opinions without fear of being ‘outcast’.
“In every older woman lives a young girl that says: ‘What the hell has happened?’”
(quote by Cora Harvey Armstrong)
I was recently interviewed for some yoga journal. The subject of the interview was ‘yoga and aging’, and I was asked what I thought about that, having recently crossed the 70 Landline.
In my usual innocent way I said that aging was a matter of choice and opinion.
Oooops, that was a wrong start. I should have known, but then, I am not an Olympic champion in diplomacy or, in other words, beating around the bush.
I had promised you the first edition of the ICYA Newsletter by the first of July, and here we are the 7th, a week late. Not bad for the first edition, but as you all no doubt have noticed: the earth is rotating all the time faster and faster and it is almost impossible to get everything done in one day that has to be done, especially if you have eight (8) children with four legs each (32 legs) that need to be fed, medicated etc.
We had planned to have the Newsletter starting with everyone’s account of how they started yoga, but I only got something from Emily, so I will go into that at a later time.
I would rather start talking about something else.