One of the theory lessons that was covered, was on the four paths of yoga, which one of it is Karma Yoga. Kharma Yoga basically consists of entirely selfless service or action(s), in which the ego is given up to the desire to serve everything, a life or inanimate object. To borrow a quote from the website ‘http://www.sanatansociety.org’, “Kharma Yoga is an expression of divine love, of the unity of everything that is yoga. Kharma Yoga means to help, heal and share”.
During the lesson, Master Weiling was giving us examples of how Kharma Yoga is performed. Internally I was thinking hard of any examples to show Kharma Yoga, and how I may apply Kharma Yoga in my life. Then I remembered conversation that I had, on the day that i signed up for YTT.
As i was signing up for the 200YTT with Tirisula, a friend of mine, asked me why i wanted to take up the course. In no particular order, i described to him my reasons, which can be broken down simply to:
1) Using the skills to do volunteer work (I had wanted to join yoga-on-wheels to bring the benefits of yoga to those who needed it)
2) Using the skills to do fund raising on ad hoc basis, for a person and/or family with special needs. The ‘grand plan’, was to conduct a class and 100% of the fees will go to the fund raising, and I myself will add in and match a dollar-for-dollar donation
3) I wish to share the benefits and inner peace from yoga with my friends. They can come to me, and do a class totally free of charge! Good things must share right?
I can’t do those if i do not have the skillset to conduct the class properly. His answer to my reasons was “Wah! you so free ah? Where will you get the time to do it? And you very rich ah? Can match a dollar-for-dollar.” My response to him was “No i am not free at all, and i am definitely not rich. But i just want to do it. I am an abled person, and i have the ability to helping people and bringing joy to them. I do not benefit from it. But it’s ok for me. So why not?”
This memory made me realise that I can practice Kharma Yoga through community service work. There are many people out there, practicing Kharma Yoga, unknowingly. In fact upon thinking further, Kharma Yoga can be practiced easily, everyday, without breaking any bank or sweat. For example,
(a) As you are tapping your Ezlink card while boarding the bus, you can always say ‘Thank you Uncle’ to the bus driver;
(b) At the end of your taxi ride, wish your taxi driver to have a good health, or good business everyday;
(c) As you are paying at the cashier for your item, say ‘Thank you and you have a nice day’.
These are just 3 examples. There are many other ways we can do it. As we open up and wish them sincerely, we bring a smile to them, brighten up their day. This smile, this positive feeling, could help elevate a person’s emotional and mental health. Even for a mere 5 min. If you factor in the butterfly effect, this could actually go on and affect others too. Isn’t it great to be able to bring a smile to someone.
Signing off, I hereby wish you readers, a good health and may no illness befall onto you.
Anna Hee, 200hrs YTT, weekend.