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          yoga is the roar of the lion

          meditation the silence of the soul

 

Wisdom cannot be purchased

in the marketplace

or on the home shopping channel

it cannot be grasped

or learned in a university

it lies dormant

deep in the koshas waiting to awaken

 

Shiva invites Shakti to the senior prom

Hatha yoga is born

through alchemy and the union of Sun and moon

the luminous body transcends

this worldly existence

flying on the two wings

of consciousness and prana

 

Raja yoga:

regal

transcendental

the silence beyond duality and the hindrances of the mind

fit for a king

Yogaraj

 

Karma yoga:

our only purpose is to serve

what else is there to do?

where else does freedom lie?

we are all one family

 

Bhakti yoga:

intoxicated

on fire

burning and shining

through the heart

Krishna reveals his universal form

"Were a thousand suns to explode suddenly in the sky,

their brilliance would approximate the glory of the sight."

 

Kriya yoga:

keep the fire burning

be one-pointed and all-consuming

go beyond study of scriptures

to the study of your very Being

no book can illuminate this

it comes from direct experience

life itself becomes our teacher

as this inner wisdom evolves

immerse yourself in practice

gaze into your reflection

and offer it all up as prayer

will and surrender are the two wings

self-reflection mediates between the two

giving us wisdom to act

with skill

and grace

and surrender