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The Mindful Yogi Blog

Welcome to Samwanderer Yoga Blog, a sacred space where I, as a wanderer yogi, invite you to embark on a transformative journey with me. 

 

Through my blog, I aim to share the wisdom I've gathered along the way, offering you a unique perspective on this ancient art.

Discovering Your Luminous Side

An Inner Journey Into Atman Through Sound Yoga Meditation

Yin and Yang, Shadow and Light, we are made up of opposites. We have to take care of both sides if we want to live a harmonious and balanced life, accepting the multifaceted nature of our existence, characterized by crystals of light and dark shadows.


But have you ever wondered if there is an untouchable, deep-rooted, and profound part of you that cannot be affected by changing events and is always the same in its primal essence?

Have you ever felt that primordial center of your personality that psychologist Carl Gustav Jung would call 'individuation''? That original part that, despite its uniqueness (to say as Max Stirner), is an integral part of the universal cosmic nature?


Each of us is unrepeatable, possessing unique qualities which should be cultivated and nurtured to fully express our essence. But within this wonderful uniqueness, there is an ancient, cosmic, primordial seed within us, which unites us all, but at the same time, is different for each of us. This precious gem, which lives outside of all judgment and external contingency, is our Luminous Part, as I like to call the Atman.


The Atman is that part of our ultimate essence, which is released from any ambition and social construction imposed by the social ego dictates, which by necessity builds and wears a mask about the social context to which it is subjected. The Atman, on the other hand, our True Self, is released from the engulfing loop of the ego desire, placing itself above all transience and contingency in a silent space of pure observation. It is unmediated by any judgment and influence of the Gunas, who are constituents of Prakriti, the changing reality.


We can therefore say that thanks to our imperishable, eternal, and immortal luminous Atman resides the purest and most incorruptible cosmic primordial energy that has created and governs the universe.

Do you notice the paradox of the wonder of life?


We can consider ourselves a single, unrepeatable universal cosmic fragment!

William Shakespeare said that we are made of the substance of dreams, and this image is lovely. Even more extraordinary is that we can go even further because we are made of the same substance as the universe, of that divine cosmic energy that we can call Brahman.


Atman is Brahman, Brahman is Atman, the particular into the universal, and vice versa.


But why do we too often forget this shining diamond within us, our pulsating energy heart?

The busy lifestyle of modern society often leads us into a state that we can define with the Sanskrit term Avidyā.


Quoting and translating the definition of Avidya in Wikipedia (Ita)

"In Buddhism, ignorance" is one of the Three Poisons and the first of the twelve rings of the Pratītyasamutpāda.
It is the main cause of the permanence of entities in Saṃsāra and of the unfolding of Duḥkha, suffering, the first of the Four Noble Truths.
Ignorance implies a continual process of self-deception about the principles of the reality of phenomena: not realizing that greed and hatred, the other two poisons, are sources of pain implies acceptance of deception as "normality".
Ignorance has six aspects, unfolding in all six sense organs, as described in the Ṣaḍāyatana, the fifth ring of the Pratītyasamutpāda.
To eradicate ignorance one must develop "wisdom" (Prajñā). This is attained by practicing mental presence (Smṛti), patient effort (Kṣānti) and meditation (Dhyāna), each of which is practiced by treading the Noble Eightfold Path and developing the Pāramitā."
We forget ourselves by being engulfed by the ego's desires, thus forgetting the purest part, our luminous Atman.

What can we do to reconnect to our bright side, to our eternal, pure Atman, re-establishing the natural, primordial union with Brahman, and rediscover in us that divine nature which belongs to us?


Through yogic meditative practices, we can discover our eternal, pure immortal bright side, connecting to our divine nature intimately linked to Brahman and rediscovering the pleasure and joy of a vibrant space of joy, harmony, and pure love. By creating this space, we can feel an integral part of the whole universe, placing ourselves in an ecstasy of deep joy and experiential connection with life.


Carry this practice with you always in the most everyday actions and routines of life.


Yogic practices are not implied reclusion from the life of the Prakriti world, far from it; if anything, it helps to live in a fuller and, above all, more conscious way, recognizing the automatisms of the ego and the fluctuations of the mind.


To live in society, in harmony with oneself and following one's own values, without being swallowed up by the ego, by pre-constituted schemes, and by the inevitable challenges that life places before us.

Always be yourself in your wonderful uniqueness and be an active and integral part of the cosmic wonder because you are the universe. You are the bright side. You are Atman in Brahman!



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