As I sat down to write this week's post, thinking about how to tie in the message of Pentecost, which is observed this Sunday in Christian tradition, to our Yogic tradition, I opened a newsletter from the North American Gurukul and found this quote. Nothing could be more apt. Jesus's apostles were in the same place as we are today. In a world filled with division and mistrust they received the same call: go spread the word that there is a better way to live. Along with that call, the apostles received the assurance of the Divine presence within each of them. They felt the breath of the Spirit in their midst and saw it resting in the form of fire upon each of their heads. And they found power in that presence that enabled them to do the work they were called to do. Most notably, they received the ability to speak in many tongues--to overcome divisions and speak a language of Unity.
Swami Satyananada is obviously not asking us to evangelize in the way the apostles and many who came after them have done. So how do we answer his call? How do our words and actions spread the message of harmony and unity from door to door and shore to shore? What gifts does our Yoga practice give us to help us spread that message? How do we come to sense the breath and fire of the Divine presence in our own lives as we go about that work? Come explore with us at this Sunday's sadhana, 5:45 p.m., Ruscombe Community Health Center.