The hardships of the outer world often distract the soul from the inner world, hurling the soul into despondency. The Gita demonstrates how souls can reconnect with the divine in their heats, thereby attaining a state of full-heartedness. From this position of inner strength and fulfillment, the soul is able to return to the battlefield of the outer world with courage, fully prepared to act.
Four years ago when we opened Yoga 216 our goal was to create a space where our community could come and find refuge from the craziness of NYC life. A place to move your body and perhaps your spirit as well. We wanted to create a space that helped you bring your practice into your everyday life. As we closed our study of The Yoga Sutras we found ourselves needing a new text to explore. Immediately we all thought of the Bhagavad Gita.
One of the things that makes this text so pertinent today is its exploration of the battlefield of life and how to reconcile that with our inner spiritual life and goals. This isn’t a text about going to live in the forest and meditate. This is a text about finding the resources you need to go out into the world and be brave enough to do the work you came here to do. Does it get more useful than that?!
On top of being pertinent to surviving life in the jungle we all live in, it is also truly a love story. It is an exploration of the longing for the Divine within us all and sweetly enough, a story of that longing being returned.
I truly hope you pick up a copy of the Gita and join us every month as we blaze a new chapter. Let this ancient love song bring some joy to your day and perhaps some heightened thought as well that you may find fulfillment, courage, and strength!