Connie Casas B.     

Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico

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There was a mysterious book at my grandmother’s house in Monterrey, Mexico. The images on the book were people with the most beautiful skin colors, blue, pink, violet etc. These people had very refine ornaments and silky garments, they seemed joyful and peaceful. I did not pay attention to the text because I was mesmerized with by this beauty. I was 8 years old.

 

My father decided to move from where we were living to the border of the USA. Even though I never felt attracted to my family’s religion, I was part of the choir because I love to sing but something happened and we joined the Mormon Church and I discovered a certain light and I followed it. After more 25 years I realize that I was going in circles, there were questions without logical answers. I wanted to be like Christ but the scriptures were very vague about how to achieve this goal.

 

The practice of the yoga asanas took me to the books of Iyengar, Iyengar lead me to the Bhagavad Gita, the Gita, took me to Swami Sarvapriyananda, who took me to the Upanishads.

 

The veil has been removed from my eyes with the glowing light that is constantly coming from the lamps of Swami Sarvadevananda, Swami Satyamayananda, Swami Atmarupananda and many others.

 

Reading the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, I have discovered how to be like Christ, how to purify my mind and my heart. Now I know what Christ means when he said “Be one with Me as I am one with My Father” ( no duality).

 

Sri Ramakrishna has become the image in my heart, through him I am learning to love God with a pure mind and a pure heart.

 

My perception of the world and people has changed and my joy and peace are increasing day by day. I know that the way is long but I am willing to keep on this path where the light is keeping me from deceit and corruption of the illusion of maya and the appearance of temporal things which bring suffering, despair and hopelessness.

 

I pray that I can soon be initiated so this light keeps growing within my heart to serve everyone around me. I teach asanas and pranayama exercises; I have been doing this for more than 20 years but, lately I have the feeling that I need to evolve my teaching and go from  physical to spiritual since that is what most of the people need in order to find peace and the real source of bliss in their heart. Yogi yunjita satatam.