The Modern YogiSutra - By Atmananda Das Website | Facebook | Twitter
Prologue to the Modern Yogi SutraYou have asked about the nature of things real and unreal, well....You are not these bodies or your mindWe are players on a temporary stage crafted on a breath of GodWith no memory of who we are in origin or from where we comeYoga gives an all-adaptive set of tools to guide us back to truth without relativitySometimes by focus, worship, or sacriﬁce, but now by love of spirit through song and danceFor understanding Yoga these nine topics are the key:• ishvara [the source],• atma [the soul],• maya [the matrix – illusory matter],• karma [destiny],• dharma [duty],• sadhana [practice],• yukta-vairaghya [useful spiritualism],• seva [service], and• prema [non-material love],No imposition of belief or cult or creed to swallow; Yoga is beyond dogma, sect and screed.Begin with determination free of fault ﬁnding in other aspirants but with diligent discriminationtowards all teachers.Let the focus of the journey be new habits, not epiphanies. And now the Modern Yogi path begins...
The Modern Yogi SutraIshvara [the source]If God exists, he’d defy science & philosophy’s effort at containment, so the modern yogidoesn’t accept an absolute blindly, just curiously.We want our mentors pure and free of sin, but what if the darkness that stains their soulprovides them access to the light?The sadhu is that indescribable personality who hypnotizes your heart with talk of God thatfeels more like honey than words in your ear.Time: a material incarnation of God relentlessly pushing forward an illusory game of endlesschances to learn we are spirit, not bodies.You have heard, “fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”, but what God is this? It’s not God we’dfear if we understood our position here.Three energies the Vedas trace: the soul- inﬁnite and full of grace; Maya- indomitable by usalone, and Bhagavan- the sweet source of all.In the absence of humility the gods themselves shake their heads at the futility.Without a power greater than yourself you will have to rely upon yourself. I wish you all thebest...
Atma [the soul]Self knowledge is to freedom as oxygen is to waterA water drop stands in front of the endless ocean and says "I am you." Lovingly the oceananswers, "Only in quality...""We are all one” is a subterfuge based on half the truth, to persuade us to look up but not out.Just look around. We are different too!If someone tells you, “you are God”, run the other way, fast; or face false ego’s Death Star, theallure of being greater than mysteryWhat poor imagination is the resignation to the half-baked notion: we’re all one? When differenceis just as fun. Defy dogma & dance with me.If you reﬂect carefully on the metaphorical “heart” you might see the folly of following apitchman for all things temporal.Instead of “follow your heart” yell through a window of the heart, “Wake up sleeping soul! Findyour true identity, temporarily forgotten."One sin is real and worthy of our fear: ignorance of why we’re here.You cannot love yourself until you know yourself and when you know yourself you will not needto love yourself.You cannot love yourself until you know yourself and when you know yourself you will not needto love yourself.
Maya [the matrix – illusory matter]From what fabric are memories born? That they can cut and grind more ﬁercely than the glass orsand of earth?A shared glance, a wisp of ﬁre between us, I let it feel real, so once again I can search outpermanence, in a shop dedicated to transience.Seeing your grace and beauty in this form I sigh and weakly smile; knowing the difﬁculty ofremembering my lust for you is longing for Him.How to ﬁnd solace on the inside & get my kicks above the waist, how many disappointments bymother’s offer before I wake up to her promise.My mind would ﬁght the battles of my emotional body like Don Quixote. How can this predilectionto chase shadows so easily overwhelm reason?Looking into faces of the humans all around me, it’s not a person that I see, but a constellation ofdesires, like a star emblazoned sky.Most caring Maya, upon graduating will I appreciate your deceptive dance as the laureate fondlyremembers the stern marm that set him right? Website | Facebook | Twitter
Maya [the matrix – illusory matter]There’s one who does deserve your fear. One you cannot conquer on your own... Our dearbeloved Maya, the mother of all matter here.Oh beloved Maya, Oh terrible temptress, what form of Goddess are you that promises everythingand delivers endless disillusion?Prayer is the means to rekindle a spiritual connection. Why waste it whining for earthly chattel?If you still think there is a woman or a man out there that will fulﬁll you and make you happy, youjust dont get itThere is a dark side to seeking certainty in an uncertain world that engenders a dishonesty thatleads to an unruly ignorance.My Ma (or Maya) can’t be beat, she’s in origin all divine, I must surrender to her task and use mylove for her to free me from her hold. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Karma [destiny]Karma is what you are born with; dharma is what you do with it.Mind and body are both matter and matter’s just a training tool to teach a slumbering spirit.Making waking up what really matters.Your thoughts do not create you, they reveal you.Thoughts like ﬂimsy bubbles ﬂoat up from the river of action and behavior.Like a monkey bound to rocket understands: the world is undone by actions, not thoughts.To change your thoughts, change your behavior, to change your behavior change your goals, tochange your goals use your imagination.Before coupling in that deepest and most delirious way, know that there is always an unseen priceto pay.Nothing is for free. The more the ﬁre of desire is fulﬁlled, the higher goes the fee.Dont worry about death. Worry about karma.Humans may have originally created the institutions around us, but eventually these institutionscome to create us.
Dharma [duty/virtue]On matters political the yogi is aloof, but casts his weight and choice in favor of the weak.The sadhu and the sociopath are near allied for only virtue separates them in their disconnectionfrom the inﬂuence of matter.Intoxicants or ﬂesh for food? What’s worse? One hurts only you-the other means you’re willing toignore the life of one who yearned to live.If I forgive my foe(s), now and persistently, offering to bathe their feet, in chambers deep withinmy mind, imagine the freedom I’ll attain.Play the inner game of forgiving others in your heart, layering your tolerance with acceptance foryour part from an often unseen past.The lazy pray for shortcuts, but the brave pursue and search with hungry glee the chance to testresolve and feel alive.The richest in the room is the one who needs the least: true wealth being proportionate tohumility. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Dharma [duty/virtue]The act of being in the Now is less about presence in the moment and much more about beingcognizant and accountable for our actions.The modern yogi is part saint and part spy. A virtue minded operative on an assignment from thehome ofﬁce.Delight abounds when the strong are also tender.Kindness without bravery is a storefront without wares.The more powerful you are the humbler you can be. The humbler you are the more powerful youwill be.The lesson of comportment in this age of quarrel and envy is screaming to be heard, that it’s not soimportant WHAT you do but HOW it’s done. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Sadhana [practice]The list of things you can’t control but think you can is long; the list of things you can but don’t isreally very short.Festivals for Bhakti have an importance to the soul like the clapper for the bell. Surrender toSankirtan rings the bell tower of the heart.Post-it for the mind: ‘Welcome Pain and Pleasure, here. You’re both inseparable and dear, andmust be courted without fear.If, like me, you fail to be here now and most other times then let’s practice being Here. Inhale,exhale-feel without fear whatever’s here.Hope is free but happiness takes effort.Journeying inward hunting fears, dragging them from tunnels where they ﬂee the searing way inwhich you see theyre just smoke and mirrors.Free will is hard to evidence, unless the acts you choose to do are ones you’d rather not.Gratitude is spiritual dopamine. Taken regularly in can cure all the imbalances of the mind. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Sadhana [practice]To attain serenity embrace uncertaintyTo attain certainty embrace mysteryTo attain clarity embrace humilityTo attain strength embrace resilienceTo attain love embrace separationTo attain peace embrace forgivenessTo attain joy embrace GodTo attain God embrace the lowest born Website | Facebook | Twitter
Yukta-vairaghya [useful spiritualism]Life is not truth. It is art; an art that will either free you or bury you.Within these roles I play I long to make Him smile, and spark in you the hope that leads to danceand ﬂoats your heart aloft.Erasing superﬁcially deep lines of character will fail. Engaged dysfunction, turns the ﬂirt intoGods greeter, and the lover to priestess.Resistance is futile. The more you avoid the discomfort of life the more you become a prisoner ofpain. To rise above, relish it all.Optimist argues, “glass is half full.” Pessimist argues “half empty.” Yogi smiles, offers it up andthen drinks in His inﬁnite Grace.Fear of pain and discomfort builds the prison you call life. Resistance is futile. To rise above, relishit all.The power of now is weak soup for the modern yogi. Like a baby, purely in the now meansinoperably here. Try instead the power of choice. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Yukta-vairaghya [useful spiritualism]One power of choice is what you speak. Don’t lazily exchange positive for negative, or moral forimmoral, bravely invoke spirit over matter.Another power of your choice is what you hear; stories, sounds, and songs of God will vanquishall you fear.A most important power of choice extends to what you feel; from your body all around you, tothe emotions you require for the roles you play.Your life is theater; with props, lines, and parts provided by the body, mind and roles ofeveryday. The soul’s tools to tell its story...Yogis feel more, not less. Exhale slowly: taste duality with your mind, draw no distinction, feelwithout fear, that’s the power of choice.Coming in ﬁrst but losing the race, is the irony of thinking “me” instead of “we”. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Seva [service]Multiple Choice: a) You’re free if you believe you’re free b) You’re free because you always were c) You’re free when everyone you see is free (For modern yogi’s the answer’s always C)In days darkened by despair, hopes relit by selﬂess service. While pride prevents progress,humility houses no handicaps.In coupledom a secret passage winds its way through caverns of affection and embrace leadingto an intimacy that’s more kindness than carnal.Two want to couple but by deﬁnition are unique, thus incompatible. The answer isn’tcompromise, but synthesize. Embrace the sum of the parts.The synthesis of relationship is to depart, courageously, the well know world of self and live inthe new one generated by your love.In duration relationships are measured through shared ambition and mutual mores, more so thancommon interests or chemistry. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Prema [non-material love]Left the spiritual world, forgot who you are and what you want, showing up here; to end upchasing shadows of your heart’s forgotten love.Once you’ve had a heart-spinning-soul-swelling taste of spirit you have to pretend with greatforce to appreciate what’s left in this world.Remembering a moment of intense erotic lust; ruminate on it as possibly a beacon, distinct, yetjust a hint, of hidden longing to love God.Experiences sublime, including harmony and joy, lie not inside you but between you. The sweetspoils of spirit are products of relationship.The happiness from within is not triggered by a solo act but rather by a selﬂess act which perforceincludes another, as in we, (not me).When friends celebrate you, joy and sadness dance together. So much love to share, so little timeto do it in; makes you explode with hope.The person that you ache for, long for, the thought of whom sends you reeling, is a mirage; drivenby a forgotten desperation to be near God. Website | Facebook | Twitter
Prema [non-material love]A debauchee like me moves closer to God remembering each lust ﬁlled lick is the taste of Spirit.Spirituality is discovering your relationship with God. It’s not what you believe, it’s how youinteract. The caliber of your connection with God is easily qualiﬁed: is it better than the best sex youveever had?Humility is to bliss as hydrogen is to water.To guide you to your one true love, and join the spirit dance of celebration listen for the sounds oflove singing in your heart.Chant Om Hari Om, Hare Krishna, Radhe-Radhe, Om Nama Shivaya, Om Mani Padme Hum,Praise Jesus, Allāhu Akbar, Shalom The Modern Yogi Sutra was written by Atma They are each no bigger than a tweet Please feel free to share them one by one