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Friday, August 26, 2016

Different teachers, teachings and ways of practice for different minds

There are many different teachers, different forms of teachings, and different ways of practice to approach and cater different minds. It's all about leading the impure egoistic minds towards the annihilation of egoism and ignorance and suffering.

In the beginning, when one still has confusion and doubts about the teachings of yoga and its practice, when one thinks and feels that one is not free, then one needs to go around to learn and practice yoga under the guidance of different teachers with different teachings and ways of practice, to find the path with particular teachings and way of practice that suits one best.

When one's mind shows intense liking and agreement towards particular teachers and particular ways of practice, then naturally, one will 'wish' or 'expect' everyone else should also learn and practice yoga under these teachers or follow these ways of practice that one likes and agrees with. But it doesn't mean that these teachers and the ways of practice are the best of all or suitable for all and everyone.

It's common that people want to share something that they think is 'great' or 'the best' with other people, and they will try to 'promote' particular teachers or ways of practice that they like and agree with, to other people whom they know or don't know.

There's no best teacher or best teachings or best way of practice. Everyone finds their own teacher, the teachings and the way of practice that suits them best. And if one doesn't see the ONE teacher in oneself, one will always have doubts even though one has been going to many 'great' teachers to learn and practice many different ways of 'great' practice, for a long time.

Everyone keeps their own personal liking and agreement towards particular teachers and ways of practice to themselves, and allowing others to find their own teachers and ways of practice, without interference or judgment or criticism towards other people's preferences of different types of teachers and ways of practice.

Go beyond all the likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements towards any particular teachers, teachings and ways of practice coming from the egoistic mind. The teachers, the teachings and the ways of practice that we don't like and don't agree with, are not necessarily that they are 'bad' and 'no good' for other people.

The one who has found the teacher in oneself, sees the teacher, the teachings and the practice in all and everything disregard the personal likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements influenced by particular thinking and belief of the impure egoistic mind. One doesn't need to go everywhere looking for any particular teachers, or teachings, or ways of practice. The teacher, the teachings and the practice is right here, right now. Those who haven't found the ONE teacher in oneself, will have to keep looking out for 'great' teachers, 'great' teachings and 'great' ways of practice, to help and guide them onto the suitable path, until the minds are free from doubts and ignorance. Those who think they are very intelligent, spiritual and good beings are not necessarily be free from doubts and ignorance, and thus, they are still looking for someone or something, hoping to get the help and guidance that will clear all their doubts.

Mind our own practice. Take care our own mind. It's nothing to do with other people's minds and suffering, not even those whom we identify as our family, our parents, our partners, our children, our teachers who teach us yoga, or our students who learn yoga from us. And this is not being selfish. It's compassion.

Everyone will meet their respective teacher, teachings and way of practice at the right time and right place.

Be free.

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