He started from nothing and built a chain of hotels “Hilton”, but all along he wanted one thing and only one thing: to OWN the Waldorf Astoria, the most prestigious hotel in NYC where all the presidents stay.
During the depression, in the 30s he went broke, but he:
“Faced with challenges that might have seemed insurmountable, he did what he had done since he was a boy—resolved to work hard and have faith in God. ” That comes from here
Finally, in the early 40’s he bought the Waldorf. After having started from scratch TWICE.
Wiki describes him as a “socialite” (someone who spends time entertaining and being entertained). Also as a hotel “heir”.
He married a couple of Hollywood stars.
He died at 42 of heavy alcohol consumption.
LET ME BE CLEAR: I am not judging anyone, should I had been the daughter of a billionaire and had millions thrown at me at since 18 I would probably have done pretty much the same. Heck, I am pretty sure I would have done worst! I am under no delusions. That is NOT the point.
THE POINT IS I want to be a Killer!, and where does that happen in yoga, you may ask? Being a killer (in the business sense) works as a metaphor for “one-pointedness”
Think about it. Hilton wanted the Waldorf and he knew he would get it, period. He was going for it, he did all he could, he never doubted it, he was getting it. End of story.
Now look at Krishnamacharya: he is a one-pointedness master, can you see it in his eyes?
So what does it take to be a one pointed master? a “killer”
-Being fully present
-The complete certainty that YES I am in the right path, I am achieving it.
-Speaking only when necessary
-Using words wisely
-Using energy efficiently
When I say, I “AM ACHIEVING IT” I think of old Conrad, he wanted the Waldorf and he got it. Krishnamacharya wanted God, or enlightenment, or whatever it is that happens as a result of all the yoga practices, but that sure starts with one-pointedness, or full focus on one thing for longer periods of time.
Did he get it? We don’t know, in yoga we never know cause it is a different ball-game, those who get it won’t say.
That does not stop us from using the tools and having the faith. From putting the work and saying “I cannot fail!” “I am working with the Light”, “I trust” and anything that comes in the way, being a negative thought or a doubt… “Not useful”.
This post is about faith.
May the force be with us!