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    On Sep 10, 2021 Naren Kini wrote:

    Lessons from a begging bowl
    Tribute to my Teachers. As I am continually learning the lesson of Sharanagati(surrender), I give everything over to my Master's/Teacher's/God's hand. Sharanagati literally means to stop fighting. Control is resistance. With acceptance we stop fighting with what is happening and instead completely accept what is present/presented.

    Sharanagati helps open our heart and mind to what is happening and learn from it. It is a deep faith that everything is as it should be - with or without my begging or helping hand. From humility to hold the begging bowl, to limiting expectations and yet approach with faith and confidence that the bowl shall be filled with what is meant to be is an act of Sharanagati or surrender.

    I have learned that control comes from a place of fear, and acceptance comes from a place of gratitude. When we can open ourselves to trust that everything is going to be okay no matter what comes into our bowl, then we release the feeling of needing to micromanage every experience. This was exactly our attitude as children when we went to learn from our teachers.

    Sharanagati to - what is.
    Clean/Let go - what was.
    Have faith in - what will be.
    May the learner in me always be as empty as the begging bowl for new learnings and in acceptance of what comes into it from my teachers. May the teacher in me always be learning.


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