The Cosmic Dance: Shiva the Destroyer

Updated: Dec 25, 2021


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(Sorry this one is a bit long but it’s a wrap up of 2021 and the preview of the next couple of years; I think you’ll find it worth the read.)


In my Yoga Teacher Training, one of the required books is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda. The Sutras is one of several Hindu texts equivalent to the Christian Bible, Judaic Torah, and Islam’s Quran. One of the questions I ask in the homework is to describe Avidya. Avidya is distortion of reality, incorrect knowledge, false understanding, and it is colored by our egos.


Master yogi Desikachar says, “the essential purpose of yoga practice is to reduce avidya.” He means that practicing yoga is about reducing the noise of the ego/mind and the mirages it creates in order to come to a place of truth, divinity, and clarity within oneself. In his discussion of the consequences of avidya, Desikachar talks about dhyana, which is one of the steps in the eightfold path of Patanjali’s Classical Yoga. Dhyana is a meditative tool of reflection. It helps us prevent negative consequences because we meditate on decisions BEFORE acting and, ideally come to a place of non-attachment (aparigraha) with a mindset of what is best for the greater good – not just for our egoic minds.


Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have much practical wisdom that can be directly applied to life. In fact, the evolution of a civilization (or its destruction) can usually be traced to satya (truthfulness) or asatya (untruthfulness). Satya is also said to be “that which has no distortion.” Today, the discovery of Satya (truth) remains a challenge we all face.


I have said over and over again, that 2020 and 2021 would be a continuation of many RE-veals. RE-member all those RE words? Review, reflect, reassess, reevaluate, revise, reconsider, rearrange, restructure, resign, rebel, return, revive, and finally renaissance.


According to predictive astrologer Anne Ortelee, Pluto will also be doing a lot more revealing. Like Dorothy pulling back the curtain to expose the wizard, the re-veals will continue until enough people wake up and rise above the division (fear).


I came across an interesting video about Evolutionary Astrology which has a unique perspective on morality & duality. If you want to watch it, here’s the link. Otherwise, I’ll give you a summary.


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