Monthly Seva Program & Sutra

Spread Compassion, Be Willing, Be Involved, Be Connected

Sutra of the Month: June 2019

1.12 Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah

1.12  Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah
Abhyasa: exersise, custom, practice, study, reduplication, dicipline, use
Viaragya: aversion, indifference to world objects, apathy,
Ban: both
Tan: with
Nirodhah: Pataanjali’s description of a calm, and undisturbed state of mind

Both study/discipline and indifference (to the outcome) together will lead you to a state of Nirodhah.If we dedicate ourselves fully to the work and are only concentrated on the outcome of our work, we can become obsessive and never satisfied. If we are always indifferent and “going with the flow” we could get swept away in the current altogether and loose control altogehter. We must learn to balance these two concepts and work hard for the things we want, while surrendering our attachment to the outcome. Then work becomes joyful and full of pleasure, no matter what we’re doing, because we aren’t attached to a promise of things to come, the joy and the beauty is already all around us!

If these concepts are totally lost on you, I would like to offer you another great translation of this ancient and important concept:

Just hold on loosely
But don’t let go
If you cling too tight babe
You’re gonna lose control
Your baby needs someone to believe in
And a whole lot of space to breathe in
Don’t let her slip away

In this song, 38 Special is talking about a lover, however if you replace the idea of “your baby” with “your true self” the song stands!

–Trish Ireland

Monthly Seva Program Update

For March, we will continue to collect after school snacks for children in need in connection with the Teton Literacy non-profit organization, especially since there is a greater need during Spring Break in early April.

Please bring non-perishable, healthy snacks to the studio and place them in the box by the elevator if you want to take part in this seva (selfless service) project. Thank you! If you have a local organization that is dear to your heart, please reach out to Patricia 307-200-1985 and let’s start a conversation about what the Shala Sangha can do to help!

Monthly Seva Program: Spreading Awareness and Compassion through Selfless Service

Spread Compassion, Be Willing, Be Involved, Be Connected

How can you be involved? Follow what’s going on, do what you can, spread the word, offer your time, give what you can.

March: Teton County School District Spring Break Snacks

There are children within the Teton County School District who only receive the two meals per day that are offered at school. They do not have snacks to come home to, or a warm meal at home either because their families do not have stoves to cook on as they are living out of hotel rooms, or are not around to cook for their children and don’t have the means to provide warm meals.

On weekends, after school and during Spring Break these children need food to get them through the time that they will not be in school receiving regular meals. Food that does not require cooking is most needed. Care packages will be made for these little children. Every Friday the Shala will be taking donations to the School District and they will be distributed accordingly.

Examples of What’s Needed:

  • Snacks
  • Bars
  • Lunchables
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Dried Fruit Snacks
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Hummus