Jai Dev gave me the Grateful Dead.
How does someone give you something they don’t or could never possibly possess.
I don’t think we ever share the thing that we think we’re actually sharing. What we share is the Love we have for whatever that thing is.
The angle at which Jai Dev asked me to perceive the Dead demonstrated the most mystical aspects of it. It was that angle of approach that made all the difference for me. It showed me that the slightest shift in perspective can transform music into invocation, a concert into a community, and fandom into devotion.
My interest turned obsession felt like a manner of hypnosis, but what often appears to be magic is merely a manifestation of the most fundamental laws of the Universe. This is the science of angles and triangles that Jai Dev talks about.
Jai Dev didn’t give me the Grateful Dead, just like Jai Dev doesn’t give anyone Kundalini Yoga. He does what any great teacher does and gives us an entry point- an angle at which we can approach our practice that gives it real power. In doing so, he presents us with the possibility of making it mean something.
From then on, it’s up to us what we do with it.
We give yoga the power to alter our lives by coming at it as a means of generating purpose. The alchemy happens when we give ourselves up to it to our fullest capacity. In that exchange, we receive the greatest gift… Us. Ourselves.
The encore of this series is like the design of a masterful setlist. We end exactly where we began. In coming full circle we have arrived at an endless beginning. We may find ourselves in exactly the same place, but with a recognition that we have invariably evolved.
This is about reclaiming what we thought we’d lost but was inside us this whole time. You can call it whatever you want. The truth is we’ll never quite touch it with our words but that should never stop us from sharing it with the world.
Sat Nam, yogis. Go to LFA.yoga to dive into this class, and over a hundred more…