Archive for September, 2013

Krishna Das at Karuna

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Recently Karuna hosted Krishna Das for a a workshop and two lively kirtans. The turnout was fantastic and, as usual, the performances were full of beautiful energy and love. Here are some photos and a video from the Sunday workshop.

Fermenting!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It’s harvest season! Yay! What a great time to ferment your vegetables!! Here is a good video on how easy it is!

Svadhyaya and Motherhood

Friday, September 20th, 2013

On svadhyaya* and motherhood…

I will wear this hood – gratefully –
for a lifetime
…..what i was i still am yet now, somehow, more
born of My womb you were a Tiny Beloved;
…..spark of a deep, abiding, infinite and imperfect Love
……..but Ours you are not
as Gibran eloquently observes
you were (indeed) born of “life’s longing for Itself”
And in your pure reflection, when I choose to witness,
…..i grow and delve into my Self-
……..deeper
………..sometimes darker
recesses of love and fear
…..joy and anger.

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………………..*
I have only begun to touch Source.
………………..*

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You challenge me, you insist – like any good Guru-
……..that i Show Up
…..with complete presence
and find a comfortable seat for the ride
…..for when I don’t (and I often won’t)
you have perfected your effective methods
to call my attention and strengthen my efforts

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…….and I will falter
and i will ask your forgiveness,
……….again… and again…
hopeful that the next time not the same missed mark,
…..for perhaps I have learned this time
…..and i will see my own wounds
and i will be given the chance,
…..over and over again
to apply the salve of divine mercy and compassion
…….to my own wounded heart
so that i do not repeat and inflict those deep cuts
…….with anger
……….with words
………….with touch
that have become my sam(scar)as and my (his)stories
for you were born with this One Precious Human Life
with Suffering all your Own,

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…..may i ease your load
……..may i add to your joy
…………and may i see the world through your wonder.

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* Sutra 2.1

Tapah svadhyayesvara pranidhanani kriya yogah

Accepting pain as help for purification, study of spiritual books, and surrender to the Supreme Being constitute Yoga in practice.

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Loren Magruder, 500hr Karuna Advanced Teacher Training Graduate, Mother