Be the change


Focus Of The Month – May, 2017

yad-yad ācarati śreṣṭhas / tad-tadevetaro janaḥ / sa yat pramāṇaḿ kurute / lokas-tad-anuvartate
A great person leads by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world.

Bhagavad Gita III.21

The streets of Calcutta were dangerous and dirty. Thousands were infected with leprosy, cholera, and other contagious diseases. At overcrowded hospitals, nurses were forced to turn away dying patients onto the cockroach-infested streets. A group of activists, led by Mother Teresa, risked their own health to treat the sick and poor, even though most could not be saved. Why would Mother Teresa dedicate her life to working in the most unsettling conditions for people who did not have anything to give in return? She responded by saying, “I see the divine in every human being. When I wash a leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?”

The great leaders of the world – Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai – all share certain characteristics. They are clear communicators as well as great listeners. They have a firm and steady grounding that reflects an unwavering commitment to their cause. They inspire and empower. They are also confident, honest, and discerning. There is another quality each great leader has, that perhaps outshines all the others – humility.

Business philosopher Jim Rohn says, “Humility is almost a God-like word. A sense of awe. A sense of wonder. An awareness of the human soul and spirit. Humility is the grasp of the distance between us and the stars, yet having the feeling that we are part of the stars.” In other words, humility is seeing yourself in others; it is seeing all life as holy.

The word humility is derived from the Latin humilis, which is translated as “grounded” or “from the Earth.” The Chandogya Upanishad teaches tat twam asi or “you are that.” This mahavakya, or great saying, relates to the idea that everything is Brahman, that the supreme Self and the individual self are one and the same. If you are Brahman, and the tree is Brahman, then you and the tree are one. The yogi has the humility to understand they are the same as all that exists on Earth. Its natural resources support life, so it is our responsibility to support the Earth just as much.

According to Vedic scripture, we are currently living in the Kali Yuga – an era of conflict and struggle – and great leaders are especially needed. If we want to see peace and happiness in the world, then we must live the kind of life we want to see. There was a point in time when humanity lived in harmony with nature. We only took from the Earth what was necessary to survive. Now, each year, humans kill billions of animals and destroy millions of acres of land. We are fighting wars over natural resources and the Earth can no longer sustain us. The business of taking all the earthly resources we want was once thought of as progress. We have instead regressed, causing billions of humans, animals, and plants unhappiness.

A great yogi offers strength to others so that they too can learn to be steady and joyful. Humility allows the yogi to be the change they want to see in the world. We can consider progressing in a different way, one that would help us rediscover our higher consciousness and realize that we are the same as the stars and shine just as bright. We can also lead by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world.

April Dechagas

His Holiness The Dalai Lama turns 77 today


The Shantideva Prayer is one of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s favorite prayers. Extracted from “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva 

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil, or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds,
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness, and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

 Here is a video of HHDL teaching it 

Guru Purnima Day: Teachers and Teachings(2)

Aujourd’hui, 15 Juillet 2011, nous aurons la plus grande et belle lune de l’année. Dans la tradition hindoue et bouddhiste est célébré GURU PURNIMA.

Le yoga est une pratique spirituelle, il n’y a pas de yoga sans dévotion. La fête de GURU PURNIMA est une si belle tradition! L’opportunité nous est donnée d’honorer nos maîtres spirituels.

C’est un privilège que d’avoir rencontré dans cette vie présente des êtres humains qui vous ouvrent une porte sur l’éternité. J’en suis reconnaissante au delà des mots. Infinite gratitude, love and pranams to Sharon Gannon and David Life for the gift of Jivamukti Yoga, for being living inspirations of compassion, wisdom and fearlessness. Thank you for believing that awakening is possible and that kindness will bring success. OM bolo Shri Tripura Sundari Ma, OM bolo Shri Deva Das ki JAI!

En ce jour très spécial, toute ma gratitude va aussi à mes gurubais, à toutes celles et ceux qui m’ont apporté leurs lumières et parfois leur part d’ombre (autant d’occasions uniques pour évoluer).OM bolo shri sat guru, bhagavan ki JAI! Cette foi /shradda(en sanskrit) partagée me porte –

“Faith is a way in which your are connected to the universal truth. Faith and love are intimately connected. As it is said in the Ramayana, without devotion there is no faith; without faith there is no devotion. In a way it’s the guru’s own incredible relation to God that’s the transmission of living faith, the fact that he or she is living in the light of God. That connection is love. A book doesn’t give a living transmission. It’s the light coming through the guru, the remover of darkness. Faith really comes from within you, and the guru is awakening it. Faith comes through grace. You can cultivate it by opening your spiritual heart and quieting your mind until you feel the validity of your identity with your deeper Self. The qualities of that Self are peace,joy, compassion, wisdom and love. Faith is not belief. Faith is what is left when your beliefs have all been blown to hell. Faith is in the heart, while beliefs are in the head. Experiences, even spiritual experiences, come and go. As long as you base your faith on experience, your faith is going to be constantly flickering, because your experience keep changing. The moment you recognize that faith lies behind experience, that’s just being, not the experience of being but being, then it’s just “Ah so” ” Extrait de “BE LOVE NOW, the path of the heart” par Ram Dass

Je dédie ma pratique aux gourous des mes gourous. Il y a un fil très fort qui nous relie. Je me sens plus forte d’appartenir à une famille, un lignage, Parampara . Ce lignage remonte à des temps immémoriaux qui nous ramènent à Ishvara, Shiva, le premier Yogi, notre premier gourou. OM NAMAH SHIVAYA.

Enfin, cette journée qui a apporté son lot d’annonces de décès me rappelle aussi le privilège (et la responsabilité) que nous avons d’être simplement en vie.

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it, I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can. H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama

Happy Guru Pūrṇimā गुरु पूर्णिमा


NB: Vous pouvez lire aussi le focus du mois de l’école Jivamukti: The guru as a mirror