Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

The Hazel Diaries V

by Roxanne Currie

Hazel was 5 when she was invited to church for Easter Services. Laura has a gift for explanation adapted for the listener. She explained to the adult who invited her, “You can tell her what comforts you and you can tell her why, just don’t tell her that any one way of worship is the only or the best way.”

Hazel was fidgety as she got ready for church. Laura began a story,

“There was a man who lived a very long time ago. His name was Jesus. You may have heard of him, Jesus?  Jesus Christ?”  “Mmmm.” Hazel’s eyebrows jumped and she nodded.

Laura went on “Jesus was a teacher. He helped a lot of people. Some people said he was the son of God.” 

“Mmm hmmm,” Hazy said, concentrating on pulling on her tights while Mommy brushed her hair.

“Some people did not believe that. The people who did not believe that killed him.”  Laura said.

“Aw. Did they hang him?” Hazy asked. “No.” Laura said. “Was he alone?” Hazy asked. “No, his mother was there, and another woman, but that’s another story.”

Laura went on “After he died, they put him in a cave with a huge boulder in front of the doorway and when they came back three days later, they found the boulder was rolled away and he was gone.”

“Whaaaat?!” Hazy said, eyeing her suspiciously.

“I know,” Laura consented. “Those people call themselves Christians, and Easter is the celebration of His rebirth.” “Hmm” Hazy said, nearly dressed and losing interest, Laura wrapped it up, “Not only are there Christians, there are also Moslems, and Jews, Atheists and Hindus and Buddhists and Mormons and Sikhs. And what do they all say we should all do?  They all say we should love each other.  And what do they do?  They fight about it.”

Hazel looked at her, raised her eyebrows and shrugged before running to answer the doorbell.

Editor's Note:

This is the fifth “The Hazel Diaries” to appear in the AHYMSIN newsletter.

Previous articles in this series:

Roxanne Currie is a writer, grandmother, Raja yogi. She maintained her yoga practice since she was introduced to Swami Rama and his teachings in 1968. She received mantra initiation from Swami Veda Bharati, formerly Dr. Usharbudh Arya, to the Himalayan Tradition in 1972, and became certified to teach in 2008.  She teaches yoga in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.

We invite you to visit her website: www.goodmedicineyoga.com

Roxanne has a Good Medicine Yoga DVD entitled “Stretch Breathe Relax.” Please see http://www.goodmedicineyoga.com/htmlsite/products.html It is also available at the online bookstore of The Meditation Center, which ships nationally and internationally, and is under the title “Good Medicine Yoga DVD.”



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