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Don’t be afraid. Sooner or later you have to resolve those fears

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How does one cultivate love for those duties which create conflict in the mind?

First of all, you should sit down. There are only few conflicts; not many. You have not resolved them because you are afraid. And do you know what fear does? Fear invites danger. You are afraid of that, and that’s why you have kept the fear.

Don’t be afraid. Sooner or later you’ll have to resolve those fears. Be forward and do it. The conflict will not be there. You are afraid of telling something to your wife, and there is a conflict, ‘I did not say this to my wife. If she knows, she is going to create havoc at home.’ So there is a conflict.

Either resolve it without letting it out. Spitting something bad out is also not good. It is not necessary.More...

Human effort

Atlantic OceanWhen you do not use your human effort, yet you believe in God, God says, ‘No. Human effort is a gift given by me. Use it.’

~ Swami Rama

Lectures on Patanjali’s Yogasutra

Why do I get stress


Stress means you are not doing what you are supposed to do. You are doing what you are not supposed to do.

~ Swami Rama

(Lectures on Patanjali’s Yogasutra)

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)

Only rule of life that any disciple needs

These three instructions, plus meditation, contain the only rule of life that any disciple needs: detachment; realization of God as the Giver; and unruffled patience. As long as we fail in any one of these three, we still have a serious spiritual defect to overcome.

~ Sri Gyanmata, “God Alone: The life and letters of a Saint”

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

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