Balancing the Gunas
The yogis call the time prior to the big Bang the Unmanifested consciousness and after the Big Bang when matter and polarity is created, the separation between the Unmanifested and Manifest Shiva (creator) and Shakti (the destroyer).
Matter (Prakirti) is composed of 3 aspects or in Sanskrit Gunas. Gunas cannot be destroyed but the dominance of Gunas can be changed to change our perception of life.
I am going to relate the 3 gunas to the flavours of food. The flavor of a fresh raw apple, in its pure essence we could relate to the sattva guna.
When we add some spices and sugar to the apple it changes its true state to something different, something warming, expanding our taste buds, we have created something new and exciting out of the original pure taste of apple, a flavor of rajas guna.
If we get that same apple and ferment it, a process of deterioration into its sugary and finally alcoholic parts to make cider. When we drink cider it makes us slow, our limbs feel heavy, we feel attached to our opinions, too much may make us feel angry or confused, this is the tamas guna.
So why it this important? Well our thoughts, feeling and actions come from how we perceive life and the how we see life comes from the predominant guna influencing us at that moment
For example if you are feeling depressed, your mind and body are being dominated by tamas. If you are feeling angry again this is the tamas domination of your gunas. At present both these states of being are seen as the status quo in our society. More and more people are suffering from mood disorders, which are only made worse by taking drugs or alcohol which only increase the tamas quality of the mind. Directing your anger on twitter or social media without thought of how the communication will impact on another person, comes from the tamas guna. Yogi Ji reminds us that tamas gunas dominance is not the norm for a human being, in fact we are sattvic by nature or angelic. But this is going to depend on your lifestyle and how well your mind is disciplined
He gave us the gutka shabad to stop the mind when it gets insane. He said to chant a minimum of 5 times
It will stop the negativity of the mind and put it in reverse, it is a mantra that will reverse the downward spiral of the thoughts. Chant it with reverence as it is really powerful and then make sure your words and thoughts are positive. We will also be practicing the Tershula kriya this week which balances the gunas.
Mon 18 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7
Tues 19 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5
Tues 19 Feb 4.00-5.30pm Poya Gong Bath Shaunagh@ Prana Lounge.
Wed 20 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5
Wed 20 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Thur 21 Feb 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Thurs 21 Feb 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8
Sat 23 Feb 6-7.30pm Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.