What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns toward a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century

8.01.2016

The Year of 9: 9 in Yoga [#5]

"Through the divining power of intuition everything can be known."
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3:33 

Fling a stone nowadays and you can find someone practicing yoga.
 The Western world, it seems, has finally caught up with the ancient practice of stilling the mind and going within to seek the answers to all things.
 Colonization in Reverse.

Yoga has, for the most part, awakened the act of pursuing enlightenment in a 'New World' which still seems to be shrouded in perpetual darkness. From the Asanas (the more popular yoga poses) to Pranayama (breathing exercises) through Dhyana (contemplative meditation) mankind has recently drawn upon these ancient traditions to assist us in achieving the oft sought after state of expanded consciousness and ultimately the attainment of the Higher Self: 

SAMADHI



Ancient mathematicians of the Vedic era, from which yoga emerges, considered the sacred number 108 to be a representation of the wholeness of existence. 

[1+0+8=9]



The number 108 connects the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, where the diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Sun and the Earth, and the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Earth and the Moon. The diameter of the Sun is also 108 times the diameter of the Earth. 


Pranayama 

It has been stated that every day we breathe 21,600 times out of which 10,800 breaths are solar energy and 10, 800 are lunar energy. 
108 x 100 = 10,800.

[2+1+6+0+0=9]

[1+0+8+0+0=9]


For a deeper understanding of the origin of Prana, click play below:



According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. 
Additionally, there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.

The beads in a mala also equal to, you guessed it, 108. 


So on this August mawnin' in the Year of 9, feel free to jump on your yoga mat (if you have one), take 9 deep breaths, emancipate your mind and do 9 sun salutations in acknowledgement of the journey you are presently on, how far you have come and how far you have left to go. 

The sages, seers and yogis over the course of time through diligent practice were able to still their minds, observe Creation and tap into the knowledge of the Universe.

So can you...

and so can

iNi 

presently seeking Dhyana 

Nadya Dee




Read post # 4 in the #Yearof9BlogSeries here: 9 & the Fibonacci Spiral.


Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."