Hi, I’m Jaap.
I felt called to create the Dharma Diner.
The one thing all truth seekers have in common is a daily practice.
The mission of Dharma Diner is to support your daily practice in order to fulfill your life's purposes.
I’m the person you’d meet at a diner and next thing you know we’re in a profound conversation about reincarnation while scarfing down cherry pie and coffee.
I’ve always been a very curious person determined to find answers to life’s basic questions:
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
Where do we come from?
What should we do while we’re here?
How do we do it?
After graduating from the University of Utah's Performing Arts Conservatory, I plunged into practicing a variety of schools of yoga and meditation practices. After twenty-six years of studying the evolution of integral human consciousness and yogic sciences, there is one clear central theme:
There is one energy sustaining all things and all people within you.
I'd always thought the purpose of a yogic practice was to some day experience full Self Realization (Enlightenment), but that's not the full truth. According to ancient yogic scriptures, all schools of yoga and meditation are actually meant to help us fulfill 4 purposes.
In cooperation with the energy within, you're meant to fulfill these 4 purposes:
Flow: Align with this flowing energy so that you are able to receive.
Embody: Fully embody this energy (Enlightenment, Self Realization, Satori, etc.).
Create: Consciously create, fulfilling positive desires and needs with thoughts, words, and actions.
Contribute: Develop your innate skills in order to fulfill your duties and contribute to the overall evolution.
So, that's it. That's our purpose.
And, just like anything else you want to master and do well, you need to practice.
There's no way around a consistent daily practice, trust me I've tried!
It doesn't matter that you know the truth.
What matters is that you're fully embodying the truth. And that takes practice!
It's my prayer that you keep up in your daily practice in order to obtain unending inner and outer joy in all areas of your life and experience Self Realization (Enlightenment).
I know the journey can be difficult. Yes, I know.
Please stay connected with me here at the Dharma Diner. I know you'll find a lot of inspiration to keep you going.
With all humility, Jaap
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