Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Every layer of the human individual is represented neatly by a bird model in Yoga (described in the chapter called brahmanandavalli in taittiriya upanishad). This is the model for the vijnanamaya, the level of the unique personality of the individual through which the individual creatively engages with the world. The head is sincerity or faith with respect to ones inner voice (this decides the goals or sets the vision). The wings are absolute truth and the same packaged with compassion (the right means to get there). The body is consistent union with the non-dual atman within (the individual hirself). The tail is the universal ego i.e. an identity that encompasses all that exists (provides stability, guides and helps change directions). May all of us identify the inner voice and let it manifest itself in the external world to the fullest!