yac cheryah syaan nishcitam bruhi tan me sishya te ‘ham shaadi maam tvaam prappannam. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 7
“Translated: My will is paralyzed, and I am utterly confused. Tell me which is the better path for me. Let me be your disciple”
The Bhagavad Gita is a wonderful book written centuries ago. An inspirational piece, when you are ready for a little spirituality in your life. But if you’re not ready, the teaching won’t really speak to you. At least not yet.
I received my first Bhagavad Gita in a Mediation class I took years ago. I bought my second book (each book is an interpretation of the teaching) this year when I was assigned the task to read and write a paper about what part of the book that spoke to me. When I received my first book, I wasn’t ready for the teaching. Taking a yoga teacher training program made me so ready. I had to purchase an additional book to get a different perspective (but then again, I tend to be a bibliophile).
I love the passage above, because it’s about being a devoted student to a teacher. In actuality, it’s about Arjuna surrendering himself to Krishna who becomes his Guru.
In today’s world there are very few teachers who would admit to being a Guru. But from a student’s stand point (mine specifically) I have come across quite a few “Guru’s” who I am so appreciative, that I must surrender part of myself. I have so many wonderful teachers in my life, each and every one having a different impact on the different aspects of Yoga.
My question is if I have many “Guru’s”, am I confusing myself or is it even wrong? In the days of Arjuna and Krishna, there were no cars. I guess you could get in your chariot and drive the hills to see a teacher. Today, I often drive 45 minutes to visit my first yoga teacher in Brentwood. I love Sandy Carmellini‘s style and detail of yoga. Sandy made me fall in love with yoga. I also drive 20 minutes to visit Diane Valentine for her spirituality and her patience, Dennis Eagan, and Tyler Palmer to receive their teachings with attention to detail. It’s the detail in the poses that seem to posses me!
I’m not sure if I need to pick one “Guru” to guide me through my training. I have a few years ahead of me before I will confident enough to open my own studio, but that’s my plan so far.
Thank you to all the wonderful people out there willing to help me and teach me and make me a better person so that I may help others in return.
Like Hanuman, it is always with devotion.