This morning as we were driving to school we had a great example of the different gunas. One son was bright, extroverted, chatty. One was dull, lethargic and bored, and one son was calm, peaceful and content. A perfect physical manifestation of the three gunas. Continue reading “Introducing Children to Gunas”
Wise people never pray for specific things, because they know ‘that which is not destined to happen as a result of fructifying karma will not happen.’ Inquiry into Existence’, James Swartz
With this in mind we could teach our children to pray for the chance to make a contribution to the field, for an intellect that can understand who they are, and for gratitude for what they have. Continue reading “What to pray for?”
A vasana is a habit or tendency that has developed over time. The thoughts we think, actions we take, and how our lives unfold are largely driven by our vasanas. The person’s challenge is to develop helpful vasanas (uplifting socializing, healthy eating, positive hobbies) and reduce the pull of unhelpful tendencies. Children can be taught these principles and in that way at least start to notice how they behave and the effects on their lives. Continue reading “Surfing the vasana”
Helping children to understand the concept of ‘God’ in nonduality terms can be challenging. It’s pretty easy to think of God as a large Man in the sky to whom you pray. That’s the prevailing western ‘knowledge’. Correcting this notion is the bedrock of nonduality. Continue reading “What is God?”
Qualifications + Karma Yoga + Guna Management = The Vedanta Three
Use the ‘Vedanta Three’ as a solid, stable foundation upon which to build a Householder Practice.
Whatever external circumstances occurs, bring attention back to the Vedanta Three – this is the point at which the doer seemingly acts….until you realize you’re the knower of the doer.
Either way, the stress and struggle evaporates.
The tendencies that extrovert the mind need to be sacrificed for the sake of a quiet mind, one capable of meditating on the Self, reflecting on the non-dual teachings and assimilating the knowledge.(JS)
Children grow up anyway, our influence is in the mix with their peers, teachers, school and increasingly the media they consume. We only shave off the hard edges and teach them to manage their existing tendencies….all the rest is up to their in-born programming.