Friday, December 18, 2009

A Day of Rest

For the first day of winter break, Nature give to me
Transcendence in a Golden Dome, please!

I know the things I need to do, and I know the need to do them. I know the steps to complete the tasks, and I know the tasks need doing. And I know that in order to experience the fulfillment that arises from powerful action, I must have powerful, right thinking--and that arises from that clarity of awareness experienced at the source of thought.

Therefore, on this first day of my teaching holiday, I will spend time resting the body and transcending thought by practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique and the TM-Sidhi Program in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge on the Maharishi University of Management campus in Fairfield, Iowa.

"Well begun is half done."

There are things we need to do, important tasks we have to accomplish, and these tasks are not just personal goals. Nature requires for our work to not only be personally fulfilling but to also be in accord with the great evolutionary workings of the laws of nature. We need to honor and accept our responsibilities--our ability to respond to the needs of time.

Like the archer called upon to fulfill his responsibilities, we must first look not beyond the tip of the arrow. We must first fully pull the arrow back on the bow, must know that point of stasis and stillness, and then we simply let the arrow go. We release the forces of the universe from that point of stillness; we direct dynamism to leap from silence.

What an apt time to dedicate ourselves to silence--this time of the year when the bud sleeps beneath a blanket of snow, this time of shortest sunlight and greatest rest!

I dedicate this day to pulling back the arrow. Yogastah kuru karmani: established in Being, in Transcendental Consciousness, perform action. I dedicate this day to my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Today I rest. We'll meet here later, and then we'll talk some more.

Copyright 2009 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved.


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