Even though I have read through the books, poems, and quotes that sit on my shelf one thousand times or more, I garner new insight and inspiration each time I thumb through them again. The Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, Kabir, Hafiz, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar, the list goes on forever... Each gives me something to ponder, to share and to somehow bring into my practice and my teaching. One of my favorite lately, from Kabir, translated by Robert Bly:
"The Spiritual Athlete often changes the color of his clothes, and his mind remains gray and loveless.
He sits inside a shrine room all day, so that the Guest has to go outdoors and praise the rocks.
Or he drills holes in his ears, his beard grows enormous and matted, people mistake him for a goat... He goes out into wilderness areas, strangles his impulses, and makes himself neither male nor female...
He shaves his skull, puts his robe in an orange vat, reads the Bhagavad Gita, and becomes a terrific talker.
Kabir says: Actually you are gong in a hearse to the country of death, bound hand and foot!"
It reminds me that no matter what we wear, read, or speak of, we are all on the same journey and have the same human egos, feelings, processes and struggles. No one path is better or worse and changing our names, clothes, or eating habits means nothing if we don't embody that which we feel and believe.
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