One time I was hanging out with my dad, and he said: "Son, I think you need to follow your instincts a little more." Then he picked up a plate of cocaine and snorted a big line through a straw up his nose. He handed the straw to me, and I did my share—following my addictive instincts for higher consciousness.
Ah, glory days, they'll pass you by.
Obviously, there's some major irony in my story, not to mention some gallows humor. But out of that absurdity, I now put forth a sincere question, which is: When we are considering advice, don't we need to consider the source from where it comes? How valuable is knowledge, or wisdom, if the information has not been embodied and exemplified by the one transmitting the knowledge?
While it may be true that universal principles outlast the personalities that exemplify them, the picture will nevertheless seem incomplete without living proof in the form of flesh.
Buddhism and Christianity have a long tradition of saints who have followed in the footsteps of their avatars. Even yogis have particular lineages and individuals that demonstrate divine love and other noble qualities.
In AA, the architects of the 12 Steps (Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob) followed a formula for recovery, and their physical, emotional, and spiritual condition was a direct result of the psychology they chose to adopt. Any success or failure in their journey can be traced back to certain seed ideas and practices which shaped their actions in sobriety.
No one is perfect. We know this. Yet, we still strive to better ourselves, and to improve our code of conduct. It is a divine game—trying to attain the unattainable. That is how we move forward in evolution, and in stillness.
In AYP, Yogani has lived a solid life which resounds with a very genuine quality—revealing that he has not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. There is a simple cause-and-effect relationship between his loving character and the consistent practices which influence his way of Being.
With AYP for Recovery, I am touching upon a more niche market, and standing upon the shoulders of giants to do so. Hopefully, there is some substance and foundation to the short time I have put in, but even so, it will take a considerably greater amount of time to gain traction and momentum. Fortunately, we have plenty of time, even though there is no time to waste.
Coming full circle, I do believe that underneath my dad's crazy wisdom was the truth. The truth has been with us since the beginning. That truth filters through and illuminates our meandering paths and sometimes tragic diversions. But we keep going, and we refine our approach.
Thank you for the crazy wisdom, Dad, and thank you for the comprehensive baseline of AYP, Yogani.