My 5th grade niece did an impromptu word study connecting knowledge of her DARE class to words she read in church. During church she leaned over to her mother and exclaimed, “HalleluJah and mariJuana are the same!” She noticed the use of a silent “J”. She then got the giggles, and of course, created more of a scene than her mother wanted.
But what a gift! To be able to see similarities in so many places brings us a step closer to oneness. Identifying similarities in words, people, church, and in nature is a gift. In yoga, the ultimate challenge is to find oneness, to feel connected and empowered by all around you, and to go beyond what is tangible, knowing that you are united with the Great Divine! Yoga means to unite.
The Bhagavad Gita discusses the importance of eliminating duality and the benefits of doing so. Instructions are provided, to eliminate duality, finding samadhi through meditation. What I see, is that we can begin to practice for samadhi by finding similarities whenever possible, just as my niece did.
Delusion arises from the duality of attraction and aversion, Arjuna; every creature is deluded by these from birth.
Excerpt From: Eknath Easwaran. “The Bhagavad Gita.” Chapter 7, verse 27.
Well flip and flap! From birth?!?!? Krishna tells Arjuna that we are affected by duality from birth. True. We are separated from our mother and primal oneness with the mother is lost. It takes work and conscious effort from birth on to reconnect with our source, God. Even in oneness, we find individual distinctions but recognize we all have the same distinctions.
Thus he (Krishna) is both happiness and suffering, birth and death, being and nonbeing. Like the Brahman of the Upanishads, he is beyond duality, utterly beyond the constricting categories of the things of this world.
Excerpt From: Eknath Easwaran. “The Bhagavad Gita.” The Introduction to chapter 10.
When we see similarities, the categories of things and people begin to fade and distance among people diminishes. We become one.
Start small. Hallelujah and marrijuana use the letter “J” in the same way. I am interested in gardening, just like my neighbor down the street. I am seeking a spiritual path, just as my catholic sister does. We are all the same. We are one.
In your downtime, begin to train your brain to find similarities. Watch people in public and look for what is the same. When you are in conflict, look for similarities. If you are in conflict with another person, focus on what is the same between the two of you. If you are having internal conflict, accept that you have distinct emotions, but they are the totality of your oneness.
You are all that!