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“An angry mind
Is filled with smoke It spreads smoke Like a smoldering fire A mind embedded in past Is filled with foul smell It spreads foul smell Like rotten food mind filled with joy Spreads fragrance Like a flower.”
Live like a yogi!
A yogi is very aware of what he thinks, speaks, and acts, so that any of these don’t cause disturbance in others’ minds. He looks at his intentions before he speaks or acts. If the intention is to hurt someone or put someone down, he doesn’t speak or act. If the intention is good, and if he must speak or act that may disturb others, he thinks of a skillful way to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.
A yogi also doesn’t get disturbed by what others say, do, or think. He is fully aware that people will say or do things that he may not like or agree with. He is awake in the acceptance of this truth that this will happen again and again. So when it happens, he doesn’t get disturbed.
A yogi is aware that what he thinks affects others, and others’ thoughts affect him. So he is very mindful of what he thinks, and doesn’t get affected by unnecessary thoughts that may be just passing through his mind, but may not be his own thoughts.
So, by not disturbing others, and by not getting disturbed by others, he remains peaceful within himself.
You can also live like a yogi. It is just a matter of continuous practice.
“One who never disturbs anyone and one one who never gets disturbed by anyone,
and one who is free from mundane excitement, anger, fear, and anxiety
is very dear to Me.” Bhagvad Geeta 12-15
Just by living this wisdom of not disturbing and not getting disturbed, the other qualities mentioned in the above shloka will automatically dawn in you.
May you be blessed to live like a yogi, if yoga is your path!
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The author, Krishan Verma, will be leading the new Sri Sri School of Yoga, launching at the Retreat Center in 2017. He has been teaching for over 30 years and developed the Sri Sri Yoga Program in 2000. He has trained more than 2,000 yoga teachers in more than twenty countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. He previously served as the global director of Yoga Research and Training of the Art of Living. Bringing a depth of wisdom and experience, Krishanji guides his students to capture the true experience of yoga through the outer study of the ancient discipline and the inner study of the self.