There was a Q-and-A session during the last panel of the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. One question, which had been submitted to conference organizers prior to the start of the gathering, seemed like an eight-part question about enlightenment. It was such a long question that I won’t even attempt to summarize it. But it doesn’t really matter, because in the case of the videos below, the answers are more interesting than the question.
Eddie Stern on enlightenment
Just before this clip begins, Stern says that when he first found yoga, he only knew of meditation and chanting. He was searching for something called enlightenment. He didn’t find postures until he met Pattabhi Jois. This clip picks up there.
I was interested in learning what Guruji knew. I was interested in learning how he could see people so clearly….How could he see things about me that I didn’t understanding about myself? So all that became a lot more interesting to me than some idea about some state that I may or may not ever reach or be in — or maybe even exist.
Enlightenment, as Eddie intimated, is kind of a lofty concept for a householder. You know, my wife is happy if I remember to empty the dishwasher. She refers to it as foreplay.
In his trademark fashion, David continued the rolls of laughter by starting out with, “I am enlightened. And if you would like to get enlightened, buy my DVD.”
What are the signs? Do you get a tweet?
What David says in his answer seems to apply specifically to our practice as well:
Answers are overrated. Because what happens many times — we get an answer, and we stop questioning….Questions contain the quest.
In this series:
- [VIDEO] Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: The making of the ‘confluence’ theme
- Not discussed (thankfully!) at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: Vanity Fair’s profile on the Ashtanga Yoga/Jois Yoga tension
- [VIDEO] Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: Eddie Stern suggests a high-stakes Vedic debate with ‘The Science of Yoga’ author William Broad
- [VIDEO] Ashtanga Yoga Conference: Last day (first set?)
- Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: Backbending, and getting back together
- Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: How inhaling and exhaling can wring us out
- Ashtanga Yoga Confluence: Thinking of Ashtanga as ‘pranayama for restless people’
- The Ashtanga Yoga Confluence kickoff, plus my class schedule for the weekend
- T-minus 60 minutes until the start of the debut Ashtanga Yoga Confluence — now, how do we stay digitally connected?
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