Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi
  AHYMSIN Newsletter, Issue - Dec 2012  

The Prince or the Pauper

by Jyoti Gerlitz

Have you ever walked past a homeless person and hoped they would not bother you? Have you experienced feelings of discomfort when in the presence of a homeless individual? Have you looked down at your shoes to avoid making eye contact?  I had the experience a couple of summers ago that has forever changed my perspective on these actions and feelings, all of which I have experienced or engaged in at some point in time.

I had the great fortune to be in Minneapolis studying the Himalayan Tradition under the tutelage of Swami Veda Bharati and his esteemed faculty for a full 16 days. It was an amazing opportunity and I met many wonderful souls in my classmates and our instructors and the several Swamis who were present. I was able to watch people's reactions to and interactions with the faculty, as well as witness the awe and reverence with which they treated everyone, especially the Swamis.

Oh to be graced with a moment of time with Swami Veda, what an absolute privilege. We all went out of our way to see him, be near him and especially to be engaged in conversation, blessings or photos with Swamiji.

What is interesting is that one afternoon before we attended a family picnic hosted by The Meditation Center, our instructor said something truly insignificant but life changing all at once. As we were packing up our things he said very casually "ok everyone, let's go and see our favorite homeless person." As many of you know, Swamis take a vow of renunciation and have no real worldly possessions when they become a Swami.

I believe that the moral of this tale is that we must be mindful of the filter through which we view the world and one another. We are all one and the same. Our worldly possessions truly have no bearing on the soul that is present in each and every one of us. The Prince or the Pauper, we are all One.

With the Grace of the
Himalayan Tradition

Editor's Note

Jyoti Gerlitz lives in the Calgary, Canada, area and represents the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Centre.  We invite you to visit their website: http://www.himalayanmeditation.com/