Monday, November 05, 2007

More from "Eat, Pray, Love"

"God dwells within you, as you."
As You.
If there is one holy truth of this Yoga, that line encapsulates it. God dwells within you as you yourself, exactly the way you are. God isn't interested in watching you enact some performance of personality in order to comply with some crackpot notion you have about how a spiritual person looks or behaves. We all seem to get this idea that, in order to be sacred, we have to make some massive, dramatic change of character, that we have to renounce our individuality: This is a classic example of what they call in the East "wrong-thinking." Swamiji used to say that every day renunciants find something new to renounce, but it is usually depression, not peace that they attain. Constantly he was teaching that austerity and renunciation-just for their own sake-are not what you need. To know God, you need only to renounce one thing-your sense of division from God. Otherwise, just stay as you were made, within your natural character.


In another part of the book she mentions doing a handstand and says "God loves to feel things through our hands".

May we each use our hands in our own unique way to feel things for God. May you and I both remember that God dwells within us, as us.

4 comments:

Katt said...

Wow ...Im not sure what to say here,but in a strange way that makes sense. God made us individuals, there is no one else like us. I can see where we get all caught up in what we think God wants to speak walk and act like. It really all boils down to knowing him. He does reside in us, and as Christians we are images of him. Wow... sometimes we dont put out a very good image .. Thanks for sharing this Sandra..
Love you much
Mom

Becky said...

the handstand thing -- perfect combo of the sacred and the absurd -- so like life. Thanks for sharing!

aola said...

oh, oh,oh, I love this quote... yeah, that's the next book on my list!!

It has been so freeing for me to discover that I can be me... and that's okay with God.

Thanks for this.

Sandra said...

I keep re-reading the quote and am even using it in my morning mediations. It's an amazing feeling to know I was made to be me. I try to hold on to it throughout the day, but sometimes it slips away, so I just repeat it to myself again and again.:)
You'll love this book. I borrowed it from a friend and am considering buying her a new copy and keeping this one for myself so I can dog ear pages and highlight the good stuff. :)