A Complete Yoga Manual- Epilogue

March 9, 2018 | By More

By Rupa

I believe in simplicity and directness. But most of the time we make a simple thing complex. When I was young, to die meant to go to heaven and didn’t understand why I could not go to heaven at once, but had to stay living to suffer. Death and the meaning of life has always been a consideration in my mind.

In July 1998, my eldest sister died at the age of 31 when she traveled to “Tiger-leaping Gorge” in China. Her death urged me to start a life for my Self instead of for others. A life for my Self even if it could end in the next minute since life itself is fragile anyway.

In 2002 I met my Guru at a Kirtana. At the very first sight I was stuck. I had never met him before but seemed I knew him for centuries. I didn’t realize that the purpose of my life started to unfold.

Time flies. I moved Canada with my husband Stewart and my son in 2006 and enjoyed a simple and quiet life in Kanata. But things happened. In April 2012, my niece passed away because of cancer, at the age of 30. A bright person, surrounded by love in her most beautiful time of life, then suddenly everything was gone with the wind. God forced me to face an unexpected unpredictable death, again. Why couldn’t she be saved by modern advanced technology? I was in shock. I called my Guru in China and told him about the death of my niece. His reaction surprised me. “It’s normal”. I had asked him to be my Guru and I learned intensively about living and dying, about the soul, about eternity; to explore the world that is unseen; the highest science – the science about the Self, from which one can know the Divine. This science has been developing for thousands of years yet has been neglected by modern scientists.

Death is like the night. The night is the shadow of the day. Death is another form of existence; a form which is covered by darkness. The roots of Yoga are the Vedas which means “true or sacred knowledge”.  Any sacred knowledge that is able to dispel the darkness about death is regarded as Vedas. From ancient tales, legends, philosophical writings of different cultures we can see the same light guiding us through the darkness. I always remember my first Yoga teacher — Master Tan, who had practiced Yoga for more than 70 years, told me that Yoga originated in the Himalaya Mountains, and the art of Yoga (union) is known by a person who knows the Self.

The meaning of life is embodied in the search for meaning. The journey of searching is like climbing a Himalaya Mountain and it is never easy. We will find out the strengths, and skills we have are so insignificant on this journey. We have no choice but to surrender to the will of the Divine. Being part of the Divine Play allows us to understand and experience the mysterious and magical side of being.

Yoga is far more than physical exercise. It is beyond speculation. It is a direct experience of the soul.  In the space of Yoga, death and the purpose of living are not necessary to ponder over any further. We just experience and feel. Feel the body, feel the heart and the connection and embrace the soul.

Rupa’s Chinese background and training has given her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way. She hopes for her book, A Complete Yoga Manual, to be a bridge between east and west, modern and ancient, theory and practice.

For more information please contact Wishingtree Yoga at wishingtreeyoga@hotmail.com.

A Complete Yoga Manual by Ivy Xie-McIsaac (Rupa) is available at Singing Pebble Books.

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