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Open mind, beginner’s mind

bandhur ātmātmanas tasya yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ anātmanas tu śatrutve vartetātmaiva śatruvat
“For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, the mind will remain the greatest enemy.” Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, verse 6

Today is known as Akshaya Tritiya in the Vedic tradition. Occurring only once a year, this is an auspicious time because both of our life-sustaining luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, are exalted through most of today – the sun in Aries, the moon in Taurus – where they bring us the most “illumination” in our consciousness and mind/heart (seen as one in yoga, and separate from the intellect), respectively.

Tradition has it that on the day of Akshaya Tritiya thousands of years ago, the sage Vyāsa chose to dictate the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic which contains the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important texts for understanding yoga. Lord Ganesha, with his big ears ready to listen and learn, broke off one of his tusks for lack of another instrument, and took note of Vyasa’s wise words for the benefit of all. What is one thing you could do today, however small and anonymous, that would bring benefit to others?

It’s an excellent day to start something new and creative, for consciously connecting to your inner power, as well as connecting with others. Forget what you think you know, listen to your heart and step forward with an open mind. You might like to honour the sun, the source of all life, with a series of sun salutations, and honour the moon with a period of quiet introspection.

With much love and light,
Susan