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News of the Day, December 23, 2018

Geeta Iyengar passed away on December 16.

Our great teacher and all her family are in our thoughts. Here is something from the Bhagavad Gita that may help ease the mind in the sadness around the end of a life.

”The Blessed Lord spoke:  …. The wise do not mourn for the dead or for the living.    Truly there was never a time when I was not,  Nor you, nor these lords of men;  And neither will there be a time when we shall cease to be  From this time onward.    Just as in the body childhood, adulthood, and old age  Happen to an embodied being,  So also he (the embodied) acquires another body.  The wise one is not deluded about this. …. It is found that the unreal has no being;  It is found that there is no non-being of the real,  The certainty of both these propositions is indeed surely seen  By the perceivers of truth.    Know that that by which all this universe  Is pervaded is indeed indestructible;  No one is able to accomplish  The destruction of the imperishable. ….. Neither is this (the embodied Self) born nor dies it die at any time, Nor, having been, will it again come not to be. Birthless, eternal, perpetual, primeval, It is not slain when the body is slain. ….. Weapons do not pierce this (embodied Self), Fire does not burn this, Water does not wet this, Nor does the wind cause it to wither.  This cannot be pierced, burned, Wetted or withered; This is eternal, all pervading, fixed; This is unmoving and primeval. …. For the born, death is certain; For the dead there is certainly birth. Therefore, for this, inevitable in consequence, You should not mourn.  Beings are such that their beginnings are unmanifest, Their middles are manifest, And their ends are unmanifest again. What complaint can there be over this?

”The Blessed Lord spoke:
….
The wise do not mourn for the dead or for the living.

Truly there was never a time when I was not,
Nor you, nor these lords of men;
And neither will there be a time when we shall cease to be
From this time onward.

Just as in the body childhood, adulthood, and old age
Happen to an embodied being,
So also he (the embodied) acquires another body.
The wise one is not deluded about this.
….
It is found that the unreal has no being;
It is found that there is no non-being of the real,
The certainty of both these propositions is indeed surely seen
By the perceivers of truth.

Know that that by which all this universe
Is pervaded is indeed indestructible;
No one is able to accomplish
The destruction of the imperishable.
…..
Neither is this (the embodied Self) born nor dies it die at any time,
Nor, having been, will it again come not to be.
Birthless, eternal, perpetual, primeval,
It is not slain when the body is slain.
…..
Weapons do not pierce this (embodied Self),
Fire does not burn this,
Water does not wet this,
Nor does the wind cause it to wither.

This cannot be pierced, burned,
Wetted or withered;
This is eternal, all pervading, fixed;
This is unmoving and primeval.
….
For the born, death is certain;
For the dead there is certainly birth.
Therefore, for this, inevitable in consequence,
You should not mourn.

Beings are such that their beginnings are unmanifest,
Their middles are manifest,
And their ends are unmanifest again.
What complaint can there be over this?

Holiday Schedule changes

Mon. Dec. 24: No classes at 10am, Noontime, or 6:15pm.
Tue. Dec. 25: No classes at all Christmas Day .
Wed. Dec 26: No classes at 7:30am or 6pm
Mon. Dec. 31: No class at 6pm.
Tue., Jan. 1st:
No classes at Noontime, 4:15pm or 6pm.

New Year’s Day Class

We will have an All Levels class, 9am-11:00am, to celebrate the New Year 2019, and also the start of the 101st year in the legacy of BKS Iyengar. Note: no extra charge for that extra half hour. The class is listed as 1.5 hours and will stay that way. All are welcome!

Gabriel Halpern is coming to the Austin Yoga Tree January 4-6.

Gabriel is a renowned teacher, giving workshops throughout the country. He started his practice in 1970, and was trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India. You can get much more information on his workshop and how to register by following this link to his flyer at Austin Yoga Tree.

Devon will teach on Saturday Afternoon Jan.26: A Class Dedicated to Geeta Iyengar.

Here will be a second class in what may be a series on the Nervous System. Physical awareness, breath awareness, thought awareness, all operate through the nervous system. We will observe how our practice can lead toward or away from Patanjali’s goal of a still mind, or citta vrtti nirodha. Most of the material presented will come from Geeta’s teachings last summer in Pune.