Ishvara Pranidhana – surrender/dedication to God

When yoga teachers talk about being non-competitive, this does not reflect some utopian idealism, but a down-to-earth pragmatism. A sense of space provides sufficient disentanglement from our formations, compulsion lessens, and the opportunity to respond begins. This is the beginning of what yoga poetically describes as ‘Ishvara Pranidhanna’: surrender or dedication to God, or handing over to intuitive, creative action.

This is a deep meditative feeling, which has a wisdom to it, that, because of its immediacy, has little to do with preconception, yet, feels limitlessly and deep ‘knowing’. Because of its direct relationship with the present, there is no battle between self and other, and therefore it feels, unlimited energised and lifted.

Quotes

‘When I say “extinguish yourself” or “throw yourself away” or “let yourself fall way” or ‘”kill yourself” this is the same as “live in a bigger way” or “become one with all things”‘

‘Dying the great death the reality of life appears’

— Harada Sekkei Roshi