11am Sunday Talk: The Wonder of Your Stardust Spacesuit, with Br. Shankara
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On Sunday morning, March 27th at 11am, Br. Shankara will give a talk entitled The Wonder of Your Stardust Spacesuit.
March is a month for study of Karma Yoga, a spiritual path leading to the abandonment of selfishness. As a karma yogi, you practice offering your actions and their results, as well as your perceptions, thoughts, and feelings to the Divine Presence.
In many Ramakrishna Mission centers, this prayer is chanted by the congregation, in unison, at the end of a puja’s homa fire ceremony:
“No matter what I may have done, said or thought, in waking, dreaming or dreamless sleep, with my mind, my tongue, my hands or my other members, may all that be an offering to the Divine Presence.”
Even before fully knowing this Presence, you hold firmly to the belief that the Presence is within each person or other living being that you interact with or serve. Working and abiding in this spirit, you are increasingly able to release attachment to your activities and their results. This yields the freedom and contentment promised by Karma Yoga.
“Even a little practice of this yoga will save you from the terrible wheel of rebirth and death …” — Sri Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2.
The seed of the woman or man reading this was born with time, space, and causation itself. That seed has been evolving what it contained for billions of years, clothing itself in ever more complex and specialized forms.
You, the person who can be seen reflected in a mirror, are the result of that evolution. The garment you wear now — the “spacesuit” created to make a livable reality out of the numberless frequencies of vibration that are our universe — truly meets the definition of a wonder.
Your spacesuit is quite literally made of stardust, the forms of matter made by exploding stars. According to cosmologists, this process of star formation and transformation is ~13.7 billion years old. One result is the human being — an astounding, self-replicating, self-sustaining, self-repairing life form — some of whom may join us on Sunday morning to help develop and discuss these ideas.