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True Renunciation

Based on a Story from the Yoga Vasishtha

About Morgan Hooper

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Morgan retells the story of the Akshaya Patra, a classic tale from the Mahabharata.

Morgan is a professional actor and earned a bachelor of fine arts in acting from Long Island University. He lives in New York City.

He began following the Siddha Yoga path in 2006. He was on staff in the SYDA Foundation from 2009 to 2011 and has offered seva in many roles, including as a speaker, storyteller, and director for teaching and learning events. Morgan currently offers seva from home as a writer in the SYDA Foundation Content Department.

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Reading this story, I was really touched by the qualities of Chudala, Sikhidvaja’s queen, wife, and Guru. For me, the story reveals the power and compassion of the Guru. I deeply appreciated the ways Chudala helped Sikhidvaja reach right understanding. And I’m truly grateful for Gurumayi’s continuing guidance in situations into which my own delusion may lead me.

Sydney, Australia

My initial understanding of renunciation was like King Sikhidhvaja’s. I felt I needed to abandon worldly life to progress in sadhana. I learned, with gratitude, that performing the Siddha Yoga practices and contemplating the teachings can lead to both bhukti and mukti—worldly prosperity and liberation. As my misunderstanding has dissolved, I feel deep appreciation when I see God in all kinds of things.

New York, United States