Sattva Seeker

This weekend I had the privilege of being in the presence of Swami Govindananda. Swamiji is one of those teachers that you know lives his truth, simply by being in his presence you feel more calm, clear and settled. To be honest I always feel a little nervous when I’m with teachers like Swamiji, as though they can look right through you with their x-ray super powers and see straight into the deepest, darkest corners of your psyche.

Swamiji asked us to consider the three gunas (qualities of being), sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva’s colour is white full of clarity and purity. Rajas is fiery red, driving desire and unsettledness. Tamas is black, stagnant, slow and unmoving. We are always a combination of all three gunas, but ultimately we are striving to settle in sattva. Maybe today you feel anxious, fidgety, nothing’s working out. Your percentage of rajas is going to be higher. We all have those time when tamas dominates our being, where we just can’t seem to get going, we feel heavy and lethargic. And when we come to sattva we feel clear, steady, open-hearted and expansive.

Find out more about the three gunas here: http://www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/1629

Swamiji also asked us to contemplate the flow of thoughts through our minds. When your clothing catches fire, you don’t say to the person beside you ‘Gee, I’m feeling a bit like I’m burning here, I wonder how I should manage this?’. No, you put that fire out straight away. Yet when our mind catches fire with anger or resentment we sit with it, let it burn, light other people on fire too and wonder why we feel injured. So here’s my burning question (geddit?). How do you put your mental fires out? What douses the flame of negativity in your mind? Consider this. Imagine each time you think a hurtful thought, you take a safety pin and stick it deep into your arm. Sounds crazy, right? Well that’s essentially what we do to our spirit when we follow the stories in our minds. So stop pricking yourself! Catch those moments of anger, jealousy and self doubt and fill your mind and heart with gratitude, affirmations and love.

Find out more about Swamiji here: http://ji-living.com/

Swami Govindananda

Swami Govindananda

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