Are you a tortoise, a hare or, perhaps worse, Ravana?

Finally, the online Ashtanga universe seems to be waking up.

David Garrigues has a new post up, and he’s got you pegged into one of two types of Ashtangis:

But this feeling that magic happened to create these transformations can be a slippery slope that you must not fall down.   An illusion is ultimately a false appearance made to look real, the conjuring trick of a magician.  And when your practice begins to yield many such transformations you can unsuspectingly fall into the illusion that these are prizes for your ego or that it is magic that is creating these changes instead of grace combined with your hard work.  Progress, positive change or success does not come from out of the blue, but rather from a lifetime spent in the tedious, painstaking work of repeating.  With each small victory along the way you return to the same practice that you did before, and you return to the challenges of feeling that you are not getting anywhere.

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Here I am reminded of the story of the slow plodding tortoise vs the fast, nimble overconfident hare.   Being satisfied with attaining some minor powers and thus losing your commitment to serious practice or falling into mindless repetition is symbolized in the hare.  He has all confidence that he is going to crush the painfully slow tortoise.  To the hare the race is nothing more than a cruel joke being played on the tortoise.  And of course he jumps out to an impressive seemingly uncatchable lead.   But his cockiness and pride lead him to become overly tamasic, to lose energy and focus.  And over the course of the race he decides he needs and deserves a big, fat nap.

The tortoise eventually triumphs as he makes his way to the finish line slowly passing the hare who sleeps in the bushes next to the road just short of the goal.  And oblivious of defeat the hare wakes up too late.

Check the link for it all, and to figure out which one you are.

Also, there is Tim Miller’s latest:

While under the influence of Mula we have both strong desires and the opportunity to get to the root of our baser desires that are impeding our spiritual growth. Ravana, the demon king, was born with his Sun in Mula. Aided by the powerful influence of Mula he was able to achieve his material desires for wealth, women, and self-aggrandisement. He grew so arrogant that he …

You know what happens next, right?

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