Thursday Satsang via Zoom – March 3, 2022
“Ahimsa and Shaucha: The Two Sided Coin”
with Pandit Tejomaya
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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7:00 p.m.: Meditation guided by Swami Radha Bharati
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Talk by Pandit Tejomaya
8:30 p.m.: Evening Prayers
Pandit Tejomaya will begin the evening with a short reference to Shivaratri, which falls on March 1st, and will read Shankaracharya’s “Shivohum. ” His talk will follow.
Hidden among the numberless blessings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the transformative interplay between the Yamas and the Niyamas. With the first, we systematically empty ourselves of all our habits which are not helpful on the spiritual path; with the second, we intentionally fill ourselves with the qualities that are conducive to spiritual growth. Either limb without the other is incomplete.
This symbiotic relationship, and the underlying brilliance of Patanjali’s system, is beautifully exemplified in the relationship between Ahimsa and Shaucha. Each is a sacred practice unto itself with breathtaking potential, and yet neither practice can be fully realized without the other.
Pandit Tejomaya was initiated in the Himalayan Tradition by Swami Veda in 2008. He was initiated as a Pandit by Pandit Dabral, and received the name Tejomaya in 2012. He took the vows of a Vanaprastha, or Forest Dweller, in January of 2017.
Pandit Tejomaya resides on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea of Canada’s British Columbia where he lives a life of sadhana and devotion.