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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...

Footprints

 

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the
sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the
sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that once I
decided to follow You, You’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I
needed You most You would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My son, My precious child, I love you and would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

~Inspiring thoughts, Swami Sivananda

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

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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