You are feeling confused and dull.
Uncertainty rules your mind, coupled with a complete lack of inspiration.
What will happen… what is happening?
Where are we going?
I won’t blame you. We live in challenging times.
At times like this, everything seems to fail.
There is one thing, however, that has stood the test of time.
The words of great men, men of wisdom, and experience.
Men who saw it all, men who got self-realized – Men of Yoga…
I found my inspiration in these difficult times in these awesome quotes by legendary Yoga masters.
Quotes that make you think even in the most uninspired times. Because we have a long way to go, this is not the end.
We have been given everything that is important and necessary to keep us peaceful and even happy. However, the moment we start judging things and putting our expectations as a measure of what comes our way, there goes all bounty.
To receive grace, all we have to do is be available.
You can be available by dropping judgment, by trusting what comes your way. Do that and the ever-present grace is yours.
Ma Sarada Devi
We live in a world of relative reality. What you consider as unwholesome and wrong, has a cause behind it, which you may never know as it is.
So, the mother is not asking you to stop discerning. All she is saying is to drop the hatred, and then take whatever action is required. Because both good and evil come from that creator who is the only absolute.
And whether your reality at the moment includes beauty or a beast, it has been created for you and by you.
Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri
We invent plastic without caring that with a single-use, we shall be polluting the earth for 1000 years.
Chemical and nuclear warfare is invented, to be given in the hands of lunatics so the world suffers unscalable epidemics and disasters.
Not just that, we even invent definitions of success, only to see young lives succumbing to it because they couldn’t live up to the standards.
Call it divine, call it nature or call it the source from where you came from. The moment you stop being aware that you are part of a meticulous network, you are bound to cause misery to yourself and the world around you.
So many of us don’t pursue what we are passionate about, simply because we don’t want to fail.
We are only coached for winning, so much so that we stop playing unless success is guaranteed.
Well, some of the great names in the world were failures before they succeeded. I was a failure in my eyes, not being able to do what I loved until I took a risk and gave up my secure job to find my true calling.
Failure is just that – it is the path to success. And even if you don’t win technically, you shall always be a winner for trying something you thought was worth it. Winning and losing both render you the skill worth passing along.
What is everyone working towards? Look closely and your answer will be ‘happiness’. Never mind what form it takes.
How many has it though? The happiness that is non-fleeting?
We look for it in things, in people, in Oceans and starry nights. Each one of them can only make us happy for a certain period of time.
If you are looking for the ever-lasting kind, turn inwards.
Was there ever a time, you stopped wanting? This life seems full of it, big or small, but that is what it is, a string of desires.
And as long as you want, the feeling of complete fulfillment is absent.
If only you were to stop desiring only for one day and just experience what is, without putting conditions of what else it should be, you will know abundance.
Desire is what keeps you in poverty, maybe not literally always, but mentally for sure. And that mental poverty seeps all aspects of your life.
I apologize in advance but we seem to be missing the point a tad too much in the recent past.
The point of being a Yogi.
People adding ‘Ananda’ after their names to get more Yoga students… Do we attain Ananda (bliss) just by adding it to our name? Letting go of all the facades is the point of being a Yogi, not adding one more.
Dropping one’s ego is entirely the point of being a Yogi. And calling yourself one doesn’t help, just adds a little more to your ego.
I have seen them and I have met them too. I have been one too, some or the other time in my life.
A person who thinks that death will solve the problem.
Some leave it all on death to resolve, ‘My problems will end with my death only’. Others live as unhealthy lives as they want, constantly making the excuse of death, ‘All of us are going to die, some may go early, some later, let me live fully (ex. eat mindlessly and invite diseases) till then.’
And some just choose to stop living, thinking they will get a clean slate to start from.
Just that as per Universal law, the journey will start from where you left it. So, none of the above-mentioned ways will help. Now is the time, if you want to do anything to change how your story goes.
Not that tradition is wrong, no Sir.
Tradition is a rich fabric woven out of hundreds and thousands of years of experiential wisdom, only to be used wisely.
But when a generation starts to use it as a meaningless ritual, without understanding the meaning of it, it makes up for a stupid and at times even cruel society.
Many social practices that I today understand are so significant and absolutely scientific, used to be a pain for me as a kid. I used to rebel against each and every practice that was imposed upon me, in the name of tradition.
For example, why women are not allowed to enter temples while in menstruation. Turns out, it is not a hygiene issue at all, but mostly an energy issue.
But only if you would have heard the reasons that were given to me, you would know the meaning of ‘decay’ in society.
Can you express love in words?
But you have experienced it.
And that experience is like no other! That truth is like no other. But the fact remains, you cannot express it in words.
Because, how can you? Something so profound, so ecstatic could never fit a language. It is meant only to be bathed in, like the moonlit night.
Next time you try to negate God or Spirituality or the grace of Guru, think of love.
Always look towards the Sun
So, now that your mind is exercised enough and you know everything is relative in this reality – no more wallowing in dullness for you.
Times are hard but so are you, and you know grace is always available.
Take your pick as to how you would like to make a difference in your life and get going because this life is your golden chance.
I would love to hear from you more about how these words of great men made a difference in your reality.