#Spirituality – Today, I just want to share some quotes with you from Dr. Vasant Lad who was a guest at my most favorite podcast „happy, holy & confident“ by Laura Malina Seiler recently. Dr. Lad is an Ayurvedic teacher, traveling around the world to spread the teachings, views and wisdoms from Ayurveda, a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. The interview was just amazing and he spoke some very deep truths. Hope you find time to reflect on them. And if so: enjoy!
Breath & Meditation
“Breath is always present. And in present moment we are breathing. And breathing is so beautiful because we breath with awareness. We breath with mindfulness. And If we do mindful breathing – inhalation, exhalation – automatically all parts, feelings and emotions stop. And you come to the eternal present. In that present moment there is awareness, in that awareness there is clarity, in that clarity there is compassion, in that compassion there is love. So meditation is flowering of love. Love for life, love for existence, love for eternity, love for God. So there is a God in our heart which is pure awareness. And that God – G for generator, O for operator, D for deliverance – that energy God is nothing but awareness. Awareness is eternal, awareness is timeless, awareness is profoundly beautiful. So when you pay attention: just watch your breath. And in between two breaths, there is a silent gap. Just stay in the gap. That’s a beautiful thing: Breathing and thinking go together. Breahting is physiological, part of the respiration. While thinking is a mental part of breathing. So when you pay attention to the breath – inhale, exhale – and stay in the stop, suddenly your thinking stops. In that gap between two breaths, you exist without breath. In that gap between two breaths, you go beyond time. In that gap there is no mind, no breath, no time – just pure awareness, that is God. God is there in the heart of every person.“ – Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic teacher.
Fear & Love
“Why do we compare? Why do we compete? Bottom line: we have fear. Fear of not achieving. Fear of loosing. Fear of becoming nobody. So this fear is the root cause of comparison, competition, aggressiveness and violence. So if we watch our fear: Let the fear come up. Let the fear tell it’s story. What is the fear in my heart? Why am I afraid? What is the cause of my fear? And if we allow that fear to let go, observe it, look at the nature and structure of your fear. Then, an amazing thing you will see: half an inch behind that fear there is love. Love is not opposite of fear. But fear is deadly opposite of love. That’s why we all persist with fear. Fear of loosing relationships, fear of loosing money, fear of loosing job, fear of loosing status. That’s why people become competitive, aggressive and violent. So self-inquiry means to inquire into our own fear, our own insecurity, our own loneliness. And this is great. Because then I will realize: I am the world and the world is me. I have fear in my heart, therefore there is a fear in the world. I have anger in my heart, therefore there is so much anger in the world. And when you observe your own fear, your own insecurity, you will realize: Wow, this fear has it’s root in love. When you go into the deep root of your fear, fear will dissolve into pure love.“ – Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic teacher.
Three Essential Wisdoms
Dr. Vasant Lad
Dr. Lad’s most important wisdoms, from the perspective that at the end of his life, all his work is lost, except these:
“First is: Who am I? Second is: Be aware! Every moment to moment awareness is key. And third: Practice double arrowed attention. When you look outside to your loved one, at the same time look inside, look at you. When you look outside, attention goes outside. At the same time, a second part of attention should go inside. This is called double arrowed attention. And in that double arrowed attention I’m watching and I’m learning. And that learning is living, that learning is loving, that learning is whole.“ – Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic teacher.
Imagine these in a very calm, friendly voice with the typical Indian accent of an elderly man et voila: hypnosis, just through words. It was incredible to listen to this man and his wisdoms. And it made me quite curious to learn more about Ayurveda. I’ll keep you posted about what I discover!