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A Yogi, the Monks and Me

Last Friday in Thankot, we listened to a spirited lecture by a venerable Hindu Yogi.  The Yogi spoke about the four stages of our lives (student, householder, retired/service and renunciate).  I am currently in the thrid stage (ages 51-75) of my life.

During this stage, ones life is devoted to retirement and service.  I unabashedly embrace this stage of my life.  Retirement fits me well.  However, I strongly believe “to whom much is given, much is expected.”  And we will be judged by our service and how we treat the least among us.

On Sunday, we transitioned to the Thrangu Tashi Yangste Monastery.  The spiritual devotion of the young monks was mesmerizing to observe.  Their quiet discipline, brotherhood and sense of community was enlightening.  The evening chant they performed during dinner echoed through out the dining hall.  It sent chills through me and left me speechless.

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I shall ever come back…

Thank You Nepal