Craving, yearning and desire express a feeling of lack ‘What I need I haven’t got’ and so reaching-out (upādāna) occurs beginning a self-fulfilling prophecy that cycles around from; craving, reaching out, disconnection and lack and on and on in a loop that is like a snake biting its own tail. It is, in part, this trapped cycle that the Sanskrit term saṃsāra describes.
As soon as we disconnecting from the mains or take the cup from our lips, it leaves us unplugged, un-resourced scrabbling around in our own personal stores which are; limited, partial and biased, to find information that might vaguely match the infinite, complicated and ever-changing (anitya) reality of this brand new moment.
Rather than personal stores of information that we accumulate as views and opinions about reality the yogin recognises this moment is the direct source of Knowledge. Like with the controversial process of extracting shale gas lodged in between rock strata the yogin simply uses methods that cause the inherent Knowing trapped in This Moment to burst through their own layers and trigger spontaneous response that arises in muscles, mind, speech and thought.
In this extraction of what is contained within This Nowness our thoughts feelings, actions become a conduit for what This Moment wants to say. This is expression emerges from a sense of essential unity and hence never acts out of personal self-interest or personal power over another – it is always open, compassionate and at peace.
This process may include a radical emptying out of oneself, allowing oneself to be eaten by The Moment. The sort of offering or giving of oneself that so often occurs spontaneously (sahaja) when a moment is suitably, perhaps even surprisingly and sometimes suddenly, intense; smelling a rose, feeling a yoga pose, suddenly catching a moment of intense beauty, sadness or joy can all serve to cause us to temporarily forget to run our programs leavingus empty enough to Know. (Extract from my recent article in Yoga Magazine). #yogamagazine