Welcome to Part 4 of The Seeker’s Story, where Namit explores the key to happiness and the importance of togetherness and connectivity.
Chapter 1 & 2 – Yoga Sutra – A Seeker’s Story Part 1.
Chapter 3 – What is Yoga?
Chapter 4 – Yoga’s Theory of Creation
Yoga Sutra – The Seeker’s Story
Chapter 5 – Happiness and Oneness
The next day I came to the temple and there I saw the yogi sitting down with his legs crossed above him. He was still upside down and this time was supporting himself on his shoulders. He was looking into the distance and he looked so calm. He came and sat down next to me.
Today I thought I had better start with a hello so as not to look so impolite.
‘Good day yogi ji how are you today?’
‘I am very well Jake thank you, my exercises make me feel so calm. And how are you Jake?’
‘I am definitely calm thank you. My mind feels like it is getting used to a new outlook on life you know yogi ji.’
The yogi giggled to himself. ‘Good’ he replied.
‘Continue telling me why are we here? What is the reason that we are on this earth yogi ji?’
‘We are all connected Jake as we have already talked about. We are here to live together in harmony. When we forget this harmony and this connection we have with each other, this is when we feel sad. This is when we forget the reason that we are here. It is important to always feel the connection between us, others, and the world too. It is important to always know that your happiness is connected to the happiness of others.’
‘What do you mean by connection?’
‘The feeling of friendship you share with others. Does this friendship you share with other human beings not make you feel like you have some kind of connection with them?’
‘Yes I guess it does.’
‘Well this connection exists between all of us. If a stranger smiles at you do you not feel happy?’
‘I guess I do.’
‘Well this my friend is because there is a connection amongst all of us. The stranger can pass on his or her happiness to you.’
‘And children know this well. It is why they like to smile at others even if they do not know them. They are so innocent.’
‘So you are saying we are here to share happiness with each other?’
That evening went to the Rai’s home and I spent a lot of time playing with the children in particular. I paid extra attention to their smiles. Yogi ji was right. Children do smile much more than adults. The family had two boys, both always giggling and both so friendly. It really did look like they were sharing happiness with each other. They were also sharing happiness with myself.
[Stay tuned for Chapter 6: Magic next week]
About Namit Kathoria
Namit Kathoria has a Bachelors Degree from King’s College London in Pharmacy and a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Queen’s University Belfast. He is also a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and has worked the Pharmacist Advisor to NHS Direct. He hence has a vast knowledge of health which he applies to his yoga teaching. He has studied yoga across the world including various parts of his native India including Dharamshala, Rishikesh and Mysore. He currently teaches yoga retreats in Spain at Yoga Sutra Shala in Sayalonga. To read more please visit www.retreats-yoga.com.