23 Feb

Whatever your life goals are, stay focused on that commitment and intent.

The prize of course is different for everyone.

If your goals are nourishing for yourself and others, that is best as peace is preferable to war, even inside ourselves.

The verse keep your eyes on the prize, came from an old folk song passed down, as a spiritual encouragement, in lives of  hardship, toil and even slavery.

… they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.  They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."

 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.  After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose

The same thing happened to Krishna, when the evil Kamsa, not only imprisoned him, but also tried to kill him.
 similarly the prison doors popped open.

In our own lives we had challenges, and even in their prisons so we have to pick what is best in our lives, as priorities.
You have picked yoga, as a balance to these challenges in life.
There are many important things we all consider,
 such as: Health. Friendship. Finances. Learning new things. Career. Marriage. Spirituality. Having fun. Parenting. Creative expression. Exploring life. Service. or saving for retirement,

We can embrace and all, and choose what is important for each time place and circumstance in our life path.

My guru, A.C.Bhaktivedanta  swami, exemplified this, in his life, over, and over, and over again.
It is well documented,
that he even survived two heart strokes  at the age of 71, and he kept his eyes, on his prize, which was love of the Lord Krishna.

He said to me, when we were building, our movement, when people laughed or even spit out of this, when we were singing holy names in the streets, he told us that the same thing happened even than the time of Lord Chaitanya.
He said
"the dogs will bark as the elephant caravan passes."

I was part of the civil rights movement, following my beliefs, and heart to counter act the injustice and hatred in the world at that time.

When I was in Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, our lives were threatened, and I was  beaten, insulted, and thrown into jail.

The freedom songs, gave his courage. We shall overcome,
ain't gonna let no police dogs turn us around, aint let we sang nothing turn us around …..
And then we sang keep your eyes on the prize to give us courage.

So pick your priorities in life, compartmentalize when you have to, and I so encourage you when your path of yoga, as it balances are busy and distracting lives, which keep us from our higher goals.
Maya or illusion, is temporary deterrent, from our eternal, nature, and goal, for me service to Lord Krishna, which feels me with love, and in turn it spills over, in love for you.
We like to serve together as Prabhupad so nicely said " f you cooperate together and there is success everyone os glorified, and if there is failure no one is blamed.
This is predicted on the principals of love and trust and das anu das serving one another for mutual success.

Thank you very much

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