Emerging from the Forest of Illusion

The cosmology of karma and the reincarnations that result, create a cycle of life after life as the soul appears to be reborn. Continuation on this path toward liberation is a process of learning, overcoming vices, and transcending the fragmented experience of ego. Shankaracharya explains his emergence from the illusory world beautifully.

“Until now, I have been dreaming. In my dream, I wandered through the forest of illusion, from birth to birth, beset by all kinds of troubles and miseries, subject to reincarnation, decay and death. The tiger of ego attacked me cruelly, without ceasing. Now, by your infinite compassion, O Master, you have wakened me from my dream. You have set me free forever.
Salutations to you, O great master. You are one with Brahman. You are one with the shining Light that casts this shadow of a world.”

Quoted from Shankaracharya’s Viveka-Chudamani; Crest-Jewel of Discrimination which you can find in our boutique, as well as many other books.

For more about Vedanta: www.sivananda.org/teachings/fourpaths.html


About Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

FIRST CLASS FREE Teaching classical yoga in San Francisco since 1957. This nonprofit organization, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, teaches methods to attain physical, mental and spiritual health based on Vedanta philosophy. Our dedicated, volunteer staff are all internationally certified teachers. We offer daily drop-in hatha yoga classes for all levels, daily satsang/meditation/kirtan, vegetarian meals after class, special events/workshops, as well as courses in hatha yoga, in positive thinking & meditation, and in related spiritual topics. Our open classes accommodate beginning through advanced students and consist of savasana (relaxation), pranayama (breathing exercises), Sun Salutations (warm-up exercises) and 12 asanas (postures). Variations of these postures are usually included and others added according to the level of the students. Classes are 90 minutes, with the exception of our beginners' drop-in class, which is 1 hour. FREE OPEN HOUSE - 1st Sunday of every month.
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