The Sages of Yoga: Bharadvjasana and finding the source of your joy by Jamie Martin
**As you begin the New Year, join Jamie on Thursdays in Flowing Yoga II at 8:00a in Normal Heights and hear stories of yogic sages. She will use them as inspiration and guidance on our own yogic path.**
Finding the source of your joy
Bharadvaja was a dedicated student of the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual and philosophical texts of Hinduism. He devoted three entire lifetimes to intense study of these writings. He read them, wrote them down, memorized them, and then did it all over again, hoping it would bring him closer to a higher power and liberate him from the cycle of death and rebirth.
At the end of his third lifetime, Shiva appeared to Bharadvaja upon his deathbed and gave him some rather disappointing news. Shiva informed Bharadvaja that despite his unparalleled knowledge of the Vedas, he would not be accompanying Shiva to heaven because he had not learned the true meaning of the Vedas because he hadn’t shared the beauty and grace of them with others.
In his fourth life, Bharadvaja taught the philosophy of the Vedas, to those near and far and in every caste, with wisdom and compassion. During this life, he realized that wisdom is not contained in the knowing of a subject, but the living and sharing of that wisdom.
Bharadvaja’s story inspires each of us to find the source of our own personal joy and to then live it and share it with others. When we dance in the light of our heart’s fire, we inspire others to find their own joy. When we find our life’s true passion, it is fully expressed when we begin to share it with others.
What is your heart and soul’s passion? How can you or do you share it with others?