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Before Christianity; The Gita and The Tao

This unique religion caters to the Material as well as the Spiritual needs of everyone including theists and atheists alike. It’s universality makes it unique among the eminent sacred works of the world. It’s unique in that it rises above temporal questions and reveals the dynamic way by which man may achieve perfection of the self and final absolution.

The Bhagavad Gita was written between 400BC and 200AD like the Vedas and the Upanishads the authorship is unclear, although many credit Vyasa, a man more legend then actual historical figure.

Interestingly the Tao Te Ching, the classic Taoist text written in 400BC or even as early as 500BC, also has an unclear authorship, though many credit Lao Tzu, a man also more legend then historical figure.

Both the devotion to God implored in the Bhagavad Gita and the embrace of the Way (of God) explained in the Tao Te Ching are meant to bring a person closer to perfection.Indifference to Duality is evident in both the Gita and the Tao. Both texts also insinuate that the physical world is an illusion. Paradoxically both texts seem to offer wisdom that is unreachable, but at the same time imperishable.

In both your challenge is to take a good look at the way you’ve been living and to weed out old habits and beliefs that once fortified your ego but no longer serve you. They both stress the importance of working on the mind, our ways of thinking and our emotional responses to life, such as an abusive or lifeless relationship, an addiction, a history of powerlessness, overwork, or the glare of self-hatred, for example.

As you do this, you’re left to face the great canyon of emptiness that lies underneath. While it can be frightening, facing this inner void clears the slate, making way for change and regeneration.They both stress that it’s only by perfecting the soul within, that our outer environment can be perfected.

In the Gita the tasks of facing the Underworld and your shadow provoke the Kleshas, especially the one called Abhinivesha, which is (a fear of death and the tendency to cling to life). Though painful, the death of the ego is essential so that, like the mythical phoenix, you can rise from the ashes and come to life again in a more mature form.

The suffering and death of the Klesha, Asmita (the Ego), breaks through the defensive structures that frame our personalities, so we can get closer to our souls. The contraction and suffering experienced with the death of the ego can close your heart and make you feel dry, barren, and exiled. This may seem like a spiritual wasteland, but it’s one of the richest and most verdant paths of your awakening.

Although you might not yet see it, the seeds of your new self are sprouting beneath the soil of your awareness. This is often when the Klesha, Avidya (ignorance or delusion) is stimulated: You can’t see what you’ll grow into. You may also have trouble recognizing the last stage of your transition for what it is.

Finally, after all this waiting, you are reborn. This is when the Klesha called Raga (attachment to pleasure) gets stirred up. Now that you’ve moved away from suffering and death, you’re loath to re-experience it. You may rush to form an attachment to your new identity.

Yet if you’re interested in spiritual development, you don’t want to get too comfortable. If spiritual maturity is truly your priority, you must be ready to leave the comfort zone and begin again and again, as many times as it takes. Don’t get distracted by the siren song of Raga.

A spiritual initiation of the Tao is like a carving knife—it cuts and pierces, but also refines and reshapes you. It allow you to reinvent yourself completely, to give yourself over to something greater. There are windows through which you can glimpse who you really are and what’s possible for you. They’re not just an emotional necessity; they’re a spiritual imperative.

As you learn to recognize and accept the extraordinary power of change in both the Gita and the Tao, and develop the art of surrender, you’ll be rewarded with an awakening of the natural alignment between body, mind, and spirit that already exists within you.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

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Welcome

Hello, my name is Dave, and welcome to my smarterfittness website. Being a Baby Boomer I’ve seen the world change and as such I’ve had to change.

Open To Change

I have always believed that I was open to change. Imagine my surprise when it finally dawned on me that not only did I resist change I was opposed to it I was and still am, I’m defiant and a slow learner. But  to be inflexible , stiff and unbending was to die, to be loose, flexible, supple was to live.Over the last 35 years give or take, I’ve changed my beliefs on a number of fronts

It Starts With The Body

The first major change came with regards to Physical Fitness, over the years I’ve belonged to all types of Gyms and Health Clubs, across the country. I’ve seen the industry change and become Big Business, both with regard to the role of trainers and the wide range of equipment and services now available.

I want to dispel some myths about what it takes to get in shape and stay in shape, and how you can accomplish this.

What Are You Addicted To?

The Second major change was with my Addictive Personality, give me something that changes the way I feel and I’ll abuse it. It was hard to admit to being Alcoholic, mentally programed to self sabotage not only my life, but the lives of everyone who came near me.

Realizing that recovery is more the just “putting a plug in the jug”. That a “Lack of Power was my Dilemma” and it took me ten years to figure it out. I know why recovery rates are so low.

What Do You Believe?

The Third major change was with regards to my Belief Systems, and the realization that almost everything I believed in was wrong, based on my inability to accurately perceive the world.

The realization that I was a Narcissist, this anti-social disorder, infects everyone, with your own dense pain body. Key reason why people stay in addiction.

True Happiness

The fourth major Change came with regards to what it means to be happy. In the world of Form everything is dying and that you have to go to the world of Spirit to find happiness. We have a boundless supply of intellectual curiosity and creativeness.

Find your passion, be curious and create. Don’t die with your story inside you.

I want to show how we grow down not up,and bring back a feeling of destiny. this feeling has been lost in so many peoples lives and what must be recovered is a sense that there is a reason we are here. Self actualization is Gods Will for us, the only thing holding us back is a belief that we don’t deserve it.

Why do I want to help people?

I want to help others recognize and repair the damage of having dis-empowering beliefs, not only about the world but about ourselves.

I know this for sure,everyone resists change, if we don’t make staying in shape  an enjoyable experience, we simply will not do it over the long term. No matter what anyone says.

Addictions come in many forms and act to distract us from our feelings. The most basic being, that we are not smart enough or deserving enough.

Our beliefs define us and until we become aware of our thinking we can’t and wont change it.

I believe that their is a best selling book in everyone. Don’t die with your story still inside you.

The goal of this site

 

 

All the best,

Dave

dave@smarterfittness.com

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