Monday, August 4, 2008

Dharma धर्मं

Seane Corn used the word 'dharma' in most of her workshops. I wasn't entirely sure the real meaning behind it, until I read the Bhagavad Gita, a version written by Eknath Easwaran.

The word dharma means many things, but its underlying sense is " that which supports", from the rood dhri, to support, hold up, or bear. Generally, dharma implies support from within: the essense of a thing, its virtue, that which makes it what it is.

Dharma means the essential order of things, an integrity and harmony in the universe and the affairs of life that cannot be disturbed without courting chaos. Thus it means rightness, justice, goodness, purpose rather than chance.

There is an ancient Sanskrit epigram, Ahimsa parama dharma; the highest dharma is ahimsa, non violence, universal love for all living creatures; for every kind of violence is a violation of dharma, the fundamental law of the unity of life.

Notes From The Universe

There is no greater love than kindness

A smile, a compliment, encouragement
and compassion belong in the arsenal of every
Time~Space Adventure

Today, may you crush, kill, and destroy the fears you encounter, in others and in yourself

En Garde

Passion & Compassion

It was good to be back in Singapore. I was there to attend some yoga workshops in Pure Yoga studio, hosted by Seane Corn herself. Her workshops was very focussed on compassion and understanding for others as well as bringing awareness to yourself and chakra balancing. Her workshops brought awareness into how we treat ourselves, people around us and the environment.

Seane Corn became a Youth AID's first National Yoga Ambassador. A few years back, she has launched the campaign Off The Mat, Into the World, with all proceeds going to Youth AIDS.

" I found my purpose by going straight into what scared me. Whatever brings you to the mat-alcoholism, abuse, divorce- will be the place from where you'll serve."- Seane Corn (Yoga & Joyful Living, Jan - Feb 2008)

Corn stressed a lot on approaching social activism from love rather than anger. Her workshops also focussed on making healthier choices for ourselves and the world, detoxifying our bodies, clearing emotional blocks, like resentment, with the spiritual practice of forgiveness.

She also believed to start your love and charity in those closes to you first. Rather looking for the causes in your life at home before you head out.

All in all, it was such an uplifting experience to be in her workshop, and yes, would definitely return back whenever the opportunity arises again.