An ADHIKARIN - according to my Sanskrit sources- is not merely a student, but an ‘eligible person or qualified aspirant.’ It’s an interesting contemplation- that learning is such a sacred and precious enterprise that the student should demonstrate eligibility (respect? integrity?) before receiving this gift
It’s infrequent in my workshops, but when I taught more studio classes, I’d had a few experiences where I'd arrive in earnest, fully prepared to serve - and encounter that student who giggles, chats or naps during the centering portion of class. I once had a woman do mat-pilates warm ups while i was giving an opening dharma talk
Y’all know that I am as nice as they come, but I’m ok with firmly asking a student to please sit up and focus. It’s not ego.
I’m not asking them to sit up for ME, but rather for the teachings; the lineage of Grace that
brought these teachings to us for millennia. I think of my teachers and my teachers’ teachers and … well. Don’t just come to class with your body.
Bring your supple heart and vibrant mind. And bring your curiosity. It’s ok if you’re a beginner. Even as a newbie, if you are curious and
a seeker with a true desire to evolve, you are an Adhikarin. Welcome. And Never Stop Learning
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