Living in the Now: By Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger


livingPast things are in the past and do not go there from the present.  This is an obvious thought at the beginning of a new year.  Yoga stresses that present things are in the present.  That the sun and the moon revolving in their orbits do not turn around.  This brings us to one of the main tenets of the practice of yoga. Vairaja is a sanskrit word meaning “dispassion”, “non-involvement” or the relinquishing of results.

The practice of Vairaja is essentially that one lives in the present moment ….only in the “now”.  One is aware of just this present, fully occupied with what one is doing, giving the best without concern for the past or future.  The past is gone and there is nothing we can do about it.The future has not happened and therefore it is stupid to worry about it.   All that exists is this present moment and we must give our best for this moment only.

Have you ever visited a bottled water factory? Here you will see empty bottles standing erect on a conveyer belt.  Automatically each bottle moves forward, is filled with water, sealed and replaced by the next bottle. Each bottle may be considered as a second in time, waiting to be filled by your activities, inevitably to pass onto the next second.

Now apply this concept to your own life.  As you fill each moment of each day, it passes on and is replaced by the next moment.  This is automatic, there is nothing you can do about it. You will only fill up so many moments to make up so many minutes, hours, days and nobody can extend a day to more than 24 hours.

What you put into each bottle (which is each second of your day) is your own choice.  If you put in vinegar it will be bitter. Sugar will make it sweet.  Whatever you put into each moment of time is what you will experience and no one else can fill your bottles of seconds for you.  It is all up to you.


6 thoughts on “Living in the Now: By Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger

  1. Namaste! I was looking in a bookshop in Rishikesh and I saw the name Alan Finger and realised that I had studied with Mani and Alan Finger in 1973 in Johannesburg. I had sat next to a delightful lady on the plane out to South Africa and she introduced me to your classes. I left when I went back to England, leaving all my notes behind unfortunately. I was then introduced to Iyengar yoga by a friend and have practised Iyengar yoga for about 32 years. I am in RIshikesh to do my teacher training after all these years. I can’t believe that I have come across you both again. Blessings and thank you for starting me on the journey.

    • Wonderful to hear from you Merilyn. Apologies that I have only now seen your comment. I trust that your teacher training went well and that your teaching is rewarding to both your and your students. Mani was also my original teacher in the 70s & Alan visited SA for the first time last year. We are blessed to be able to teach what we love!
      Thank you, Marina

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