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Yoga is for everyone – Patanjali

Yoga is for everyone - BKS Iyengar, Light on Life

Yoga is not meant to be a religion or dogma for any one culture. While yoga sprang from the soil of India, it is meant as a universal path, a way open to all regardless of their birth and background.

Patanjali used the expression sarvabhauma - universal, some 2500 years ago. we are all human beings, but we have been taught to think of ourselves as Westerners or Easterners.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on Life)

Tapasya for a fallen yogi – BKS Iyengar

Patanjali warns that even such exalted yogis are not beyond all danger of relapse.

…Inattention, carelessness, or pride in one’s achievement await opportunity to return, and fissure the consciousness. In this loss of concentration, old thoughts and habits may re-emerge to disturb the harmony of kaivalya.

If this takes place, the yogi has no alternative but to resume his purificatory struggle in the same way as less evolved people combat their own grosser afflictions.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

Strength of a mother’s love

Goslings

The strength of a mother’s love derives from her unity with the child. In unity there is no possession, as possession is a dual state, containing me and it.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on Life)

Yoga is a comprehensive solution

What most people want is the same.

Most people simply want physical and mental health, understanding and wisdom, peace and freedom.

Often our means of pursuing these basic human needs come apart at the seams, as we are pulled by the different and often competing demands of human life.

Yoga, as it was understood by its sages, is designed to satisfy all these human needs in a comprehensive, seamless whole.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on Life)

Yoga transformed my life from a parasitic one to a life of purpose.

What Patanjali said applies to me and will apply to you.

He wrote, "With this truth bearing light will begin a new life. Old unwanted impressions are discarded and we are protected from the damaging effects of new experiences."

(Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1, verse 50)

It is my hope that my own lowly beginnings and ordinariness may serve as a source of encouragement as you seek this truth and begin a new life. Yoga transformed my life from a parasitic one to a life of purpose.

~ BKS Iyengar, Light on Life

Practice, practice, practice…

By persistent and sustained practice, anyone and everyone can make the yoga journey and reach the goal of illumination and freedom.

I literally emerged from darkness to light, from mortal sickness to health, from crude ignorance to immersion in the ocean of knowledge by one means alone, namely by zealous persistence in the art and science of yoga practice (sadhna).

What held good for me will hold good for you too.

~ BKS Iyengar

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