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Part of a whole

posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:17 AM by John Henry Thompson   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 4:19 AM ]

Email from Yoga teacher Sally Miller:

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest; a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
                                              - Albert Einstein

It's clear, right? Einstein is a yogi.  Reading this quote over the weekend, at an art gallery, made me think instantly of meditation, the Gods and Goddesses (like Ganesha and Saraswati who you'll read about below), and I felt instantly touched and at home - knowing that language and cultures aside, all of us humans are looking for the same thing -  freedom.  A widening of our circles...