Appreciating Our Teachers: Ramana Maharshi

Posted October 12th, 2012 by Erin under Appreciating Our Teachers.

Just behind the sign-in table at Karuna there are a few framed photographs. You may have glanced at them once or twice. The beautiful juxtaposition of B.K.S. Iyengar in Natarajasana and Eku Pada Urdhva Danurasana may have inspired you to open your chest just a little more. Or the fiery look in Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s eyes may have inspired tapas in your practice.  You may have noticed the gentle expression of Ramana Maharshi and felt a bit more peaceful as you start to settle in to class.  If you know anything about Ramana Maharshi, this picture may signal quietude for you, or remind you of the great power of silence. If you aren’t familiar with his life and practice you may see something else when you glance at his photograph: compassion. There is something powerful in this man’s face. There is acceptance, willingness, clarity, and love. Next time you come to class take a moment longer to look at his photograph. Lift up your eyes and you chin and let your chest open and you shoulders gently release down your back and remember the kindness in this mans face as you journey onto your mat.


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