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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Note for Essay

Necessity of Unity
-we need vocabulary that can unify some fields that is divided unreasonably.
(body-mind, physical health-mental wellness or logical solidness, individual-relationships, quality of life-ecology-economy...)

Ex) When we evaluate our economic activities, we have only evaluation by quantity. (This is very unnatural because there is no such thing as monotone value in biology)
We need a new way to perceive and evaluate by criteria (ex: how we cooperate with mother earth)

-how we live with unavoidable suffering
-how we relate with other people with unavoidable conflict without war
-how we live in symbiosis with nature in unavoidable need to exploit and possess some parts of resource
These three are same one question must be thought in one context..

Unity will provide us...
-aesthetic moving
-modesty to nature including one's body
-consideration for who are different

Means for Unity
-we need a way to see the world directly
-"Yoga is "direct" participation in Reality itself"
what does this statement exactly mean?

Technology of Hatha Yoga
-the way we directly participate in Life as Life. (body moves for its breath),(A participates in A)
-the methodology complicated enough to fit the reality and one can easily practice (without complicated thinking)
ex) polarity of inhalation and exhalation provides us a way to overcome fundamental difficulties/paradox(double-bind) such as "ahimsa"(nonviolence) and "satya"(honesty), "aparigrah"(not to possess) and to keep living(to possess at least essential resource)...

-dynamic self-study(tapas-svadhyaya Y.S2-1)
and to accept that we are limited (isvarapranidana)

Steps for practice
savitarka samapatti → nirvitarka samapatti
-we can start practicing with biased preconception in verbal level
(if we absorb in it, the bias will dissolve)

Desikachar's translation (Y.S1-2)
"to go in your chosen direction" , then the mind's fluctuation is reduced

what is thought to be right?(Y.S1-7)
pratiyaksa(direct perception), anumana(inference), agama (words of reliable person)
-epistemology of each individual

then Y.S1-49
to overcome what is heard or inferred

Methodology not to state
- division of sadhana (what can be actually done) and Siddhi (what is given)
not to bring objection

-vinyasa krama (to follow the order)
a way to persist on what to do right now

Where Magic happens
-"sraddha" how do we trust/love someone?
where we cannot explain

-Education of Yoga
"Is there anything or anything, or just shall we gossip?"
"Is there any burning questions?"
a guide to make students go in their own direction (nirodha)

Construction and Deconstruction
abhayasa-vairagya (Y.S 1-12)
to unite/ to become chaotic (=to live in entropy)
-after constructing perspective, we soon go back to actual practice

not to be destroyed by one "good" habit...

Friday, January 18, 2019

How Life Receives and Releases

You don't need to let it go.
You don't need to accept it.

You don't need to struggle to release it by your mind.
Just, exhale.
If possible, I want the rest of your body to coordinate this process so that you can exhale more smoothly.
What you exactly wanted to let go is contained in this exhalation.
As you keep living, what you don't need will go out naturally.

You don't need to impose yourself on such a difficult task as to accept something you don't like or to become flexible.
And now, just inhale.
If possible, I want your whole body to move so that the inhalation can pervade to every corner of your body.
In what you breathe in, there is what you exactly wanted to take in.
If it is really important for you, the Life will receive it and raise it carefully.

The world is one and mixing.
It is impossible that what you want or what you want to let go are completely absent here.
Here is, the beauty that attracts you, the greatness that you will be envious of, the brutality that you want to escape from, and meanness that you don't want to look...
Everything is here, little by little.

When you gaze at what you hate and try to eat it, you will fail.
I suggest you to take it in as much as you need now with all other things in the world.
You may not need even to be aware of the fact that it is contained!

Life can receive or release only what it needs and as much as needed at this moment.
By doing this, we live perfectly.
Is there any necessity for us to put something on this wonderful intelligence?

Live, just as how life is.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Yoga that is put in a Box of "Cause-Effect"

We are living in a world that is very busy to look for "cause and effect".

If we are used to this way of thinking too much,
we tend to seek for something as an "ultimate cause" that can solve everything like a savior.

I usually see somebody who might have this kind of desire.
Or, I may be (definitely used to be) a person  who has such desire.

However, if we put yoga in a box of "cause" of "becoming well", it cannot be special compared to other methods.
There are many other powerful way, I know yoga is very powerful for health though.

Plus, this way of explanation describe the world too much simpler than as it is.
We miss the vast network and relationships that make each phenomena happen.

If we describe yoga as a "cause" of good effects, we mention the aspect of "tapas".
Tapas means to reduce the mental/physical impurities.
It is sure that yoga contains this aspect.

But yoga has more qualities;
tapah svadhyaya isvarapranidanani kriya yogah. (PYS.2-1)

Yoga is not only preparation "cause" for future result.

Svadhyaya means to look over the whole network of "cause-effect" and to know oneself arising from complexity of relationships.
Isvarapranidana means to know that individuals cannot possess any relationship and to surrender oneself to the flow of nature.

Yoga contains these three qualities and they happen simultaneously.
I think this fact makes yoga very powerful.

When people ask me a reason why I practice yoga,
and when I explain why yoga is good,
I have no choice but to mention the aspect of "a cause that brings about better effect".
It's not impossible to say about it.

However, essence of yoga may reside in the fact that we cannot complete describing it on this "cause-effect" context.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Paradox of "Suffering" in Yoga Practice

I'd like to say,
yoga is not solution of suffering(duhkha).
not transition from the world where there is suffering to where there is not.
Yoga is not something you do in your room to feel better.

It is mere perception of whole life and being intimate with it.
It is not matter of contents (story) of your life.

You may feel "relief" or "relaxation" (in my case these are main) when you perceive whole aspect of life,
but it is also possible to feel  "weariness" ('oh, I have to live on in such a condition!') or
"hatred" ('AH, I discover such a ugly aspect of life!').

Even though it might be negative feeling, we can go through natural healing process as a result of participation in Life.
This healing begin by mere embracing of whole life, not by effort to change negative pattern to positive one.
There is no struggle to solve problems there, but
this entire participation can provide most powerful solution.

Therefore, for practitioners (who have already begun) suffering (duhkha) is not even what to perceive.
And this feature makes yogis/yoginis optimistic (sometimes too much).

Sadana, what you can do from now.
If you focus on this, you don't even need to know suffering, and you can just live your life as life.

So, what happens when someone starts yoga practice?
Each everyone has his/her purpose.
In short, I may say there are two points.

1. perception of suffering
2. expectation for becoming better

We feel suffering (duhkha; including pain, adoration for what you are not) and face it, and then we can initiate actual practicum.

As long as you avoid facing suffering, you cannot start embracing entire life.
(but I'm not sure if it is proper to make such people look the Life.)

So,  you feel suffering, then you feel desire to becoming better.
This desire is not what to suppress or control, but sincere motivation that makes us start practice.
At this single moment when student tries to start practicing, duality happens.
Duality between "student who hasn't begun yet" and  "someone who has already begun".
Teacher(acarya)'s role is to mediate this duality.

When you do something for benefit from it, there is a distance between you and the benefit inevitably.
For instance,

1, You do cleaning(practice) because you want reward(benefit).
2, You do cleaning(practice) because you want to feel better in a clean room(benefit).
3, You do cleaning(practice) because you enjoy it(benefit).

Describing practice and benefit in this way, these two seem to be apart.
For you before practice, the benefit seems not to be there (even at 3).

For sutudent before starting practice, benefits are absent and full of uncertainty.
It is teacher(acarya) that who can make student know benefit tangibly.
In Krishnamacharya's translation, acarya means who overcome their own difficulties.

Student can connect with acarya by love, trust, and friendship.
In this intimate relationship, acarya can suggest student to do practice.
"This practice is very good for me, will you try?"
Teacher can shows what student can start from here now(sadana) by consideration for student's health, age, cultural background...

By this intimacy,
student can start yoga practice as what he/she can enjoy his/her whole life,
not as dual-effort to solve problems.

yoga is not solution of suffering,
but one can needs to perceive suffering when starting practice.
At this moment duality inevitably arises, and function of acarya can mediate it.

I saw some "living evidence"of yoga when I visited Fiji last month.
It was really honor for me to meet them and live together for 2 weeks.
Special thanks for Mark Whitwell, Tamar Zick, and all yogis/yoginis who I met there!

However, if I choose "proper teacher for me", I'd say Japanese are better.
Fortunately, I met Yohsuke Ono who lives in Japan and understands our culture.

I'd like to help people who are in similar condition with me, while thinking as universal as possible.

Saturday, August 25, 2018


They say that you should have one strong point.
For, you need to make everyone notice your attraction.

It cannot be helped!
Sadly, the spark of your being itself is supposed to be invisible for almost everyone.

So, you need a hook so that people around you can realize it.

But isn't it only people around you that who don't notice it?
Are you yourself aware of it?
Don't you forget about it, do you?
While pretending to be all right, don't you lose what is shining there, do you?

Oh, do what you love.
Do what you are excited.

Then, look! Here is a Gift!
(Has it been there since before I notice it?)

Location of Beauty

Beauty exists everywhere.Every existence has wonder of "being".On the other hand, we see "constructed beauty".
These beauty reside in specific area such as canvas.
And we reproduce them as "special" beauty.
They can be entrance of our perception of beauty.
If we meet original works (not reproduction), we will feel the beauty more powerfully, and more tangibly. (aura!)

However, we don't need such things actually.
Wherever we see, there is beauty.
Somehow, the closest material, our body, is felt as transparent usually.
In order to play roles as social functions, we cannot be surprised all the time!
But if we always work as functions, we will forget something significant;
Beauty is here, too!

We are the beauty not because we are collection of what is called beautiful,but because we are manifestation of what is called beautiful, what is called ugly, everything.
Short, important invitation.
Shall we remind the beauty of existence here, once a day!?

Sunday, May 6, 2018

To write about Yoga

It is always difficult to write about yoga. There are a lot of great texts on yoga such as Yoga sutra and Bhagavad Gita. The words written in them sometimes help us when we actually practice yoga.
 However, suffering arises when we take them as imposition. Description on long history of yoga may give a lofty impression, and discussion on philosophical background may be seem complex and irrelevant to ourselves. It is quite difficult to talk about yoga without making readers think that “it is difficult, I am not sufficient to understand it, so I have to make efforts.”
In fact, yoga is not meant to reach higher mental state, to understand complex ideas, nor to realize difficult physical exercise like acrobat. You may have such impressions of yoga by complicated philosophical terms or images on advertisements, and you may think you cannot do it. But yoga is concrete, actual and practical means that everyone can start from right here, now. What we require is actual living life, body, breath, and a teacher who is close to you.
 My teacher told me a simple breathing and moving practice that I can do every day. I practice it every day and share it when needed. Yoga happens in mutual interaction between actual people. It is not what is taught on assembly line or performed as a linear process to get somewhere.
  The confirmation of the benefit before the practice itself is impossible and unnecessary. Yoga is a lifelong practice and its benefits are also shown throughout life. Therefore, we have no choice but to find it out only by practicing and living with it. A strong motivation for practice is trust. I was taught yoga directly by a teacher who himself practices yoga every day. I don’t know why but I put my trust in him and began to practice it. The trust has no any particular reason in a same way as we don’t know the reason why we love someone or something.
   Continuing this practice and keep living with the practice, I developed certain feeling. That is, the wonder of Life. It is hard to explain by words, but Life is already perfect and functioning as an extreme intelligence. Even if temporary symptoms or dysfunctions appear, they are also parts of inherent healing of Life. Yoga is mere participation in the wonder. You may get healing, inspiration, or great experience described in Yoga Sutra as a result. But you don’t need to get confused by words. You don’t have to struggle to improve your life and to reach “better” stage. Breathe comfortably, move the whole body, and feel the Life. That is enough. I hope yoga functions for many people as a blissful experience.