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Sam's Experience  
Big Island, Hawaii

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"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."

-Rabindranath Tagore

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Aarya Joy

One of the key realizations I have had along this journey of life from birth to death, is that life itself is the most important and best teacher. No matter how much we study, take classes and acquire knowledge of any kind; No matter how much we wish and want...

 

Unless we go within, discover our inner nature, our divine truth and embody it transmuting the knowledge into applied experience; what we have learned becomes useless and life is experienced as a roller coaster of emotional, mental and physical ups and downs. Flitting moments of apparent happiness intertwined with moments of pain

 

Every challenge, every struggle and every triumph is an opportunity to transform ourselves

For me, from 

living full of fear, worry, doubt, desires, attachments, goals...

 avoiding pain and looking for fulfillment

To becoming joy-FULL 

Feeling love, joy and harmony no matter what is happening

around, has been a most wondrous experience

 

It is an arduous path, with intense challenges and many tumbles.

An alchemic process of inner transmutation of iron into gold

 

A process for which I am immensely grateful for it has revealed the magnificence of life itself, the magic of every breath and the joy of embracing every moment fully

 

 

I am infinitely grateful to

 

ALL the teachers, practices, friends, foes, circumstances, challenges, mistakes, victories… that have one way or another played an essential role on this wondrous story 

 

Specially to my three daughters with whom I have intimately shared the journey as mother, friend, companion, care-taker and so much more. Each one providing precious gems that have been the greatest gift

 

To my eldest daughter Durgha, who died one day after her 28th birthday, and with whom I fully shared a nine year challenging dance between life and death as she went through severe health difficulties

 

She showed me about the ultimate life subject: Death, moving on, changing form, that there is no death and from that I feel most fortunate

Here's a Sneak peak into a chapter of the story

For over 33 years I traversed through what

I call a road trip through the alphabet of life

 

Z to A...

 

From bottom to top, starting at

Z-zzz, because I was definitely asleep at the beginning of the journey.

So asleep, I must have been snoring very loud

Then came the first sign of waking up,

when I reached Y...

Why?. Why do we exist?

Why so much fear, pain, struggle 

Many questions with no answers I could hear at that time

This lead me to X... I had to X-ray life for it made no sense to me.

I felt very out of place in society with the way of life as I knew it then

And so began the long journey to reach A

Ah! Aware 

Upon reaching S, I found spiritual practices that Opened my eyes and the door to discover my Inner Self

 

It has been a deep dive with many

twists and turns, including the Death of my beloved daughter

 

Each letter on the Journey providing tremendous Transformation.

From being controlling and fearful, a sheep in a herd of ignorance. Moving through the thick mud, the Waters of change, the Fire of transmutation,- to reach the Gold of Pure Love

A profound shift from fear and struggle to Harmony and Joy

As for the studies and practices I have been blessed to discover and apply

After obtaining a Masters degree in health sciences, I had the fortune to further immerse with amazing teachers in yogic traditions, vedas, ayurveda, mindfulness, meditation, holistic healing modalities and sound yoga

 

Now I feel deeply blessed to be able to share the wisdom of the result of embodying the practices I have applied, and to create space where each one can grow and discover our own magnificence and joy, to fall in love with life 

In Pure Love and Gratitude

Aarya-

M.S. Exercise Physiology, Wellness lifestyle Companion

200 Hr RYT Sound healing Yoga, Sanskrit Mantra.

Minister and sacred ceremony celebrant.

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Words could never convey the profound impact beautiful Aarya has had on my life… but this will suffice.  I met Aarya during my coming-of-age years.  Being the ignorant teenager I was, to say I disagreed with her philosophy would be an understatement.  However, little did I know that these teachings and her view on life would be my saving grace years to come.   

 

It was not until my early college years when I realized the gravity of Aarya’s teachings.  This started when I struggled with depression stemming from an identity crisis.  Questions flooded my mind to the point of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual suffocation: Who am I?  What is my purpose?  What’s the point of living if death is inevitable?  These questions prompted me to stop looking outward for an answer, and instead look inward.  What I needed was a new guide on how to walk through life.  

 

Years earlier Aarya blessed me with a book of hers that would guide me through this search for identity.  What Aarya taught me through this book is that life takes care of us through her natural unfolding events.  Instead of resisting the flow of life, we should embrace it and use our gift of will power to work with these forcings instead of against it.  Learning to work with life instead of against ultimately saved me.

 

Aarya’s philosophy of surrendering to life’s flow has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of my own being on both a physical and spiritual level.  Whether this be through reading, meditation or expressing gratitude, Aarya’s teachings have not ceased to contribute to my own happiness

Davis Oas

Carlsbad, California

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