Monday, August 28, 2017

Living a Life of Selfless Service

Greetings Sadhakas,

This week in class we are considering our legacy and living a life of selfless service.

I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
 -Anne Frank

When you discover that everyone is contained in you and you are contained in everyone, you have realized the unity of life, which is the divine ground of existence. Then you are not just a person; you have become a beneficial force. Wherever you go, wherever you live, those around you will benefit from your life.

The life of such a person, such as Mahatma Gandhi in our own times, becomes a permanent, selfless force on this earth, because even after death his influence continues to bring people together, to make them aware of their trusteeship for the resources of the earth and for all creatures. Gandhi is still alive because he is still at work as a real force, advancing peace, good will, and unity.

Even one unassuming man or woman leading a selfless life, though he or she may live only a few years on earth, enriches all life for all time to come. Even if one person in a community is leading a selfless life, he will make his contribution, and she will slowly inspire others to make the same contribution, because human nature responds to such an example.

Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran

The homework is to consider what your legacy is, what your contribution is. Challenge yourself to lead a more selfless life – like Jesus, like Gandhi. Through your own experience explore how the many practices of Yoga support you in this endeavor.


paul cheek
Rushing Water Yoga
417 NE Birch St., Camas, WA 98607

Serving Yoga to Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver Washington since 2003