'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…
How has your month been? Have you enjoyed hearing the different voices of the teachers in the films provided? Is there any one thing in particular that you felt rang deeply and meaningfully for your own situation? Did you take notes…?!
It is certainly meaningful here at AV-blog that the reading numbers have remained consistent during the discourse month. The change in pace did not affect things. This shows interest and some level of dedication. As many a teacher has said in the past, however, without your feedback, your input, your 'putting up of your hand', it cannot be known what it is you have doubts about, or what you question, or where you feel lost in the subject. The reminder comes again, then, to utilise the comments box or the private contacts box to check in, to ask those questions and to voice those doubts.
The overseas trip went well and everywhere, that capital 'ell' Love was encountered. Despite the upheavals of the governments both here in UK and over in the US, folk on the ground are keeping a reasonably even keel it seems. For the individual, life simply must go on. The bigger things in society, however, are examples of how a breakdown in values and an inflation of ego, 'me-ness' and 'my-ness', can surge to such a level, the whole community is shifted and shaken by the attitude. Change, is the only constant in life! This is a key principle in the teaching of Vedanta. How to deal with that inevitable fact, how to make the best of any situation and how to remain as untouched by it as possible. The application of Viveka and Vairaagya as well as the Shamaadhi-shat Sampatti. Everyday, we are presented situations to further our saadhana.
This Vedantic practice, however, can sometimes seem remote and almost 'cold' to those who are feeling emotional and worn down from the ravages of life. This is where Bhakti comes in. It allows for the laying down of our worries at the feet of the Lord… in the case of Christianity, Sri Yeshu reminds us that He is available to help carry the load!
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Apply your saadhana well; but when in need, ask and you shall receive.