It was as we got out to the main road that a couple of friends from Rayong I hadn’t seen in about two
years called out, “Hey, Dylan”, from their black pick-up truck as they passed by and stopped. It was a joy to see them and have a chat about Yoga and life before they had to rush off, and then Maitreyarealized he’d left his helmet and t-shirt back at that two-foot ledge.
I was upset that we’d have to go back down to the washed-out road we’d struggled to come up only just before, as I was on a schedule and hadn’t time to lose. So with some indignation I left back down thehill with my friend to find his helmet and shirt. Yet it was a short-lived emotion as when we parked our
bikes at the start of the bad road, we were met by a family of dogs including very cute puppies.
I was still in a hurry though, so I didn’t see Shiva through the trees, until after running down throughthe sand and grass on the road to retrieve the helmet for Maitreya and back up to the bikes. Then I sawa Shiva image sitting ever graceful and poised in meditation, and felt a great surge of joy well up withinme – joy at finding yet another example of the beautiful melding of Buddhism within the framework of the more ancient Hindu Dharma from which the Buddha was educated in his youth, and Buddhismdraws much wisdom, which is very commonplace here in Thailand, though it still surprises me at timesas Buddha images are still much more common than ones of Shiva.
‘Brahmacharya,’ she said, calling upon some deep place within me from which the eternal knowingsprings forth. She was talking to me. Yet as many great teachers do, she was talking to me in a moresubtle way, bypassing my egoism, going to the core of my being, where intuition is very clear.
Next came dedication and demonstration of asana for Shiva and his family in the sanctum, along withthe caretakers of the temple and their children. With my asanas, I sang through the Hanuman Chalisa,
from beginning to end, relishing verse 39 for its invoking of Shiva as witness. During my ceremony,she blessed me with a fire offering and prayer to Shiva, warming me with the flame and entering mydance with her own. ‘Wow!’ is what I was experiencing at the time and then all through the night and
into the next day, when I, schedule destroyed by Shiva, had a great adventure adventure. I slept for anhour, and mostly wrote, so you can read more later if you like.
Shiva is known as the Lord of Yoga. He is the divine destroyer of obstacles, and a great teacher for all
on the path of Yoga. ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ was one of my first mantras and remains a dear one still tothis day.In fact Bhramacharya has many meanings and uses, and this meaning of Great Supreme Teacher, on
which I propound here, is one that beckons further reckoning in understanding the ancient texts whenone considers the derivation of the word:
stems literally from two components:1.
, the deity representing the creative force (as part of the trinity of Hindu deities of Brahama as creation, Vishnu as preservation and Shiva as destruction). The word
needs to be distinguished from
, the absolute, eternal, never-born god-head.2.
- "to go" and 'a' - "toward". Together this makes the word'charya', which is often translated as activity, mode of behaviour, a 'virtuous' way of life.
has meant in practice a teacher, spiritual guide, or master So the word
indicates a life lived in conformance with the creative aspects of ultimatereality or 'god'”Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmacharya