Lover of Wisdom

by Nicola

“The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose” – William Cowper (Poet, 1731-1800)  

Philosophy coming from ancient greek, means “lover of wisdom”. When I first studied yoga and it’s philosophy, I thought, how on earth can I gain wisdom from this amount of stuff to learn, it seemed way beyond my reach.

Thanks to my studies with the College of Purna Yoga, yogic philosophy was translated to our times today, let’s say it’s more practical. As I couldn’t relate to the old yoga and how enlightenment was achieved. Purna Yoga gives us tools to use the ancient wisdom to live well in the present and create a great future.

According to the Vedas there are four reasons for life; finding one’s life’s purpose (Dharma), the pursuit of wealth and prosperity (Artha), obtaining enjoyment from life (Kama) and Spiritual pursuit (Moksha).

Let’s see how we can relate to that in the 21st century.

Have you ever asked yourself “why am I here”? What is my purpose in this life?

If you’re not clear about your purpose in life, that’s ok, but it’s worth starting to explore. Exploring is the beauty of it says my teacher. Until you know “this is what I was born to”, enjoy looking with curiosity. It’s like, if you want to buy yourself a new house, you don’t go to the first place and buy it, you look around and see what feels right, where you feel at home. It’s the same with Dharma (life’s purpose). We all have one or many. Allow yourself the time for discovery and revelation.

How do you handle money? Do you love what you do?Y

In my early twenties I was doing a job I didn’t really like , I did it because I didn’t know better and it gave me the freedom I needed at that time. Until I realized that this can’t go on. I needed to leave and look at my life from a different angel, it was a risk, but in the end it was helpful. Not in my dream I would’ve thought about becoming a yoga teacher. And here I am, doing what I love and helping others to take care of themselves and fulfill their own dreams.

What are your pleasures?

Indulging ourselves in something what we think is a pleasure gives us great satisfaction and we’ll be temporarily happy. The cup of coffee in the morning to wake up, the excitement of staying up late, the pleasure of taking one more glass of wine. As we enjoy those things we actually only give in to what the body and the mind wants and especially the ego.

Myself I like to indulge in those things every now and again, but I know that my soul asks for more, it wants peace and be around like minded people. I want to walk in the nature and breath fresh air. The morning meditation or nutritious food, a good yoga practice, and a warm relationship, all these have no negative side effects. That is true pleasure!

Who do you trust?

We all need to have a teacher or a mentor, someone who guides us. In our early days it is our parents which show us the way, later the teachers at school support us if we are lucky, and then we are suddenly on our own all grown up. But are we really?

When my teacher who is one of the biggest yoga teachers on earth today, talks about His teacher I see a humble man, the ability to always learn, never stop being a student. “Herein lies the difference between mastery and stagnation”, says Aadil. “Mastery is a constant process of evolution.” And this requires to have someone to trust, someone who can help us to find our own path.

Studying yoga, is studying life, all I was ever curious about was how to live this life well. Along with the meditation from part I we have the perfect tools to experience our complete selves.

Please give me your idea on how yogic philosophy has influenced your life, just comment below.

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