|About the Author:|
Colette Le Fort is a certified yoga instructor living in
Oakville, Ontario. She is a fan of Swami Vivekananda Saraswati who is the spiritual leader of Agama Yoga - a rapidly expanding international yoga school with its homebase in Thailand and many associated retreat centres around the globe.
She has attended nine of ten weekend workshops led by Swami Vivekananda Saraswati at the Shanti Yoga Retreat in Picton, Ontario during his last three tours of Canada.
Swami Vivekananda Saraswati returns to Canada in September 2009. He will lead three weekend retreats as part of the “Choose Evolution” series. Three other instructors visiting from Agama Thailand and Agama India will lead retreats on tantra and meditation.
Swami Vivekananda will also teach in Kingston, Ontario and Kelowna and Vancouver, British Columbia this fall. Details.
Ms. Le Fort assists the Shanti Yoga Retreat with its community outreach.
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Articles & ReviewsJuly 2009
What is there about this guru guide thing that helps me so
By Colette Le Fort
A dream. A guru comes to life.
What is a guru?
I hear that Swami Vivekananda Saraswati is not a guru. That he will not tell me my path – that he has no interest in telling me anything about my personal destiny. And yet...he talks non-stop!
I am learning to listen. To stop talking. To be content with that. To be in a perpetual state of surrender.
I am learning to be still. To hear the voice inside – the voice that knows the answer to the questions I ask – and who keeps me company on the way, while the answer is being illuminated for me.
What is there about this guru guide thing that helps me so much..?
It is, a constantly expanding bounty of hope and joy and love and compassion and peace and acceptance and forgiveness. And steady reminders that disciplined rock-solid personal responsibility and “do unto others” are the yeast that makes it all work.
I am learning to watch more, delight more, thank more, pray more. Receive more.
Is it just another level of some ego-addiction? Have I supplanted my unhealthy addictions with a more positive one?
I grieve. I have grieved. I have grieved a lot. I hope to grieve less and play more. I give myself permission to play more. I want to be aware when the universe is delivering its presents to me – to be in surrender to joy, to peace, to healing and fun. Why not?
I want to “trip the light fantastic”, make love not war, make love in the afternoon, tune in, turn on, unplug, chill out, bliss out, groove on and make mind-blowing music. I want to be strong and confident enough to
remember to say, “May I have some of that please?” Why not?
I want to cleanse, purify, discard the unnecessary and live in ecstatic joy. Why not?
Are there pain and grief in the world? Yes there are. But doesn't it just boil down to each one of us individually choosing peace?
For me, the guru thing is a bit like having all my ancestors who love me rolled up into one human form that I can focus on. One human form that emanates goodness and wholeness and goodwill. Someone who wants the best for me and who I am able to trust. Someone who understands good old-fashioned whole hearted big horizons good-ness and encourages us to invest in gentle wholesome fun. Someone who breathes life into the idea that we belong to each other and that this is more magnificent and more awesomely beautiful than we can ever fully comprehend.
I want to learn more about the magic that is living a life – or maybe living in a shimmering kaleidoscope of love-filled lives – all at the same time. I want to be healthy enough and strong enough and confident enough to receive the joy that comes when my deepest desires are granted.
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